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Editorial: America’s greatness or America’s suicide? Part II
About politics and other thingsJuly 16, 2014 | 2,571 views | 3 comments
In his book America: Imagine a World Without Her and the movie by the same name, Dinesh D’Souza explains that perhaps it was Saul Alinsky’s arrogance that led him to say that he could “persuade a millionaire on Friday to subsidize a revolution on Saturday out of which he would make a huge profit on Sunday even though he was certain to be executed on Monday.”
This is the technique that Barack Obama effectively used on the insurance companies to get them to support Obamacare. He convinced the insurance industry to support Obamacare even though his ultimate goal was to put a strangle-hold on private insurance. Because his plan is so unworkable, it will eventually force Americans to look at universal coverage, leaving private insurers out in the cold. Still, Obama’s arrogance convinced insurance companies to go along.
They were offered immediate profits by requiring everyone to buy health insurance. The exorbitant costs of having to subsidize the insured, however, eventually would force many insurance companies to go out of business, leaving only the federal government as the insurer. One look at veterans’ health care and we will know what to expect under universal coverage (when the federal government is the single provider).
D’Souza documents how Obama came to believe as he does and shows why his transformation of America is not something that freedom-loving Americans want. D’Souza argues against those who accuse America of theft and greed and, therefore, want to change it.
Just as D’Souza uses Alexis de Tocqueville’s writings to show America’s greatness, he also uses Alinsky’s writings to show the path that President Barack Obama has taken. He campaigned on bringing “hope and change” to America, but all we are getting is change.
Alinsky was a political activist, community organizer, and avowed socialist who taught poor people how to “extract political and economic benefits from the government.” Conservatives, however, believe that teaching people to work and to be productive would be a better path to equality than teaching them to be dependent on the government.
Alinsky developed his “science of revolution,” which he documented in his book, Rules for Radicals. He advocates social transformation, something that his eventual disciple, Obama, would put into practice.
D’Souza explains that Alinsky realized that the task of a successful radical would be to turn middle class people against themselves. We see this in Obama. Alinsky teaches that you must pretend to be like the people you hate. “Polarize, demonize, organize, deceive” in order to defeat.
Obama does that well, but he’s not alone. Hillary Clinton, the presumed 2016 Democratic Party nominee for president, was also a student of Alinsky’s.
If elected, Clinton would, therefore, continue Obama’s transformation of America. The difference between Alinskyite organizers such as Barack and Hillary is their approach. Hillary would be more subtle. Despite their differences, however, they have one thing in common. They go after the power instead of the money. However, as D’Souza points out, once they have power, they can easily accumulate personal wealth.
We see this with the First Family now. Their lavish vacations and spending certainly show the money that comes with power, while appearing to be completely altruistic. (Note Hillary’s recent declaration that she was not really rich.)
Obama has the message down. He wrote in his book that he serves “as a blank screen on which people of vastly different political stripes project their own views.”
Obama said it, but we didn’t believe him. D’Souza documents it.
While audiences have given the movie, produced by Gerald R. Molen of “Schindler’s List” fame, an “A+” rating, I prefer the book. I don’t like movies in general, but the message is the same in the book or the movie. It’s worth considering.
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