HDR 112: Name That Rule

Target's mascot says: Arf Arf! Am I in the crosshairs, too?


Aloha, All! So it was all Sarah Palin’s fault.  No wait – it was the Tea Party movement’s fault.  No wait – it was “inflammatory” rhetoric’s fault.  No wait – it was Arizona’s gun law’s fault.  Guess what?  It was the shooter’s fault.  I’ve listened to the talking heads and read all the stuff going around on the internet.   In typical left-wing “group think” form, for them it’s impossible that Jared Loughner was a deranged person who decided to kill people.  He had to be part of some “group” and therefore that group is to blame, gosh darn it!!  Ah…but it turns out Loughner was decidedly left-leaning in his thinking.  THE HORROR!  (Makes one wonder what the outcry would (not) have been if Loughner had been Muslim…hmmm.)    So now who do they blame?  Still the right…all this coming from those who either ARE ignorant or refuse to hear the truth. I remind them that Markos Moulitsis of the Daily Kos also targeted Congresswoman Giffords (literally) just like Sarah Palin did, and that someone very recently posted on that same Daily Kos rag that Giffords was “dead to him.” I tell them how Barack 0bama uses inflammatory rhetoric all the time (“If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun.”  There’s even more HERE)  I also remind them that a very dedicated Judge, John Roll, (who supported gun rights) was killed in this attack, along with 9-year-old Christina-Taylor Green – who was born on September 11, 2001. So if Giffords was “in the crosshairs,” then why were the others killed and even more people shot? They weren’t in the crosshairs.” So maybe…just maybe….the guy who did this was a sicko. Period.

But what really amazes me is that people are “surprised” and “appalled” at the vitriol coming from the left, and its quick need to blame people like Palin, Beck Fox News, blah, blah, blah.  HUH?  This is no surprise at all if you’ve been following Saul Alinsky‘s “Rules for Radicals” – exactly what the left has been doing for decades.  The immediate blaming of those on the right for this terrible tragedy is right out of this leftist handbook.  Check out the rules:

1. Power is not only what you have but what the enemy thinks you have.

2. Never go outside the experience of your people.

3. Whenever possible, go outside of the experience of the enemy.

4. Make the enemy live up to their own book of rules.

5. Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.

6. A good tactic is one that your people enjoy.

7. A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag.

8. Keep the pressure on with different tactics and actions, and utilize all events of the period for your purpose.

9. The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.

10. The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition.

11. If you push a negative hard and deep enough, it will break through into its counterside.

12. The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.

13. Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.

The ones in red are especially applicable to this situation.  But don’t discount the others.  Frankly, the right needs to adopt these rules as well.  So instead of the blame game, we need to play the name game – Name That Rule.  Mark my words, this will happen again and we need to keep those rules handy and call the left out!  Alinsky Insky, Bo-binsky, Fee Fie Mo-minsky.  Alinsky!

Great article!  The awesome stupidity of the calls to tamp down political speech in the wake of the Giffords shooting. – By Jack Shafer – Slate Magazine

Excerpt:  “Any call to cool “inflammatory” speech is a call to police all speech, and I can’t think of anybody in government, politics, business, or the press that I would trust with that power. As Jonathan Rauch wrote brilliantly in Harper’s in 1995, “The vocabulary of hate is potentially as rich as your dictionary, and all you do by banning language used by cretins is to let them decide what the rest of us may say.” Rauch added, “Trap the racists and anti-Semites, and you lay a trap for me too. Hunt for them with eradication in your mind, and you have brought dissent itself within your sights.”

The Voice of Idiocy:  Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik, who blames  “the atmosphere” created when “one party trying is to block the attempts of another party to make this country better. ”  Megyn Kelly asks him what proof he has that the Tea Party movement is responsible.  Sheriff Dupnik admitted he had zero: “That is my opinion. Period.”  Morning Bell: Libel is No Path to a Civil Society | The Foundry: Conservative Policy News.

The Voice of Sanity: 24-year-old Joe Zamudio, who subdued Loughner:  “I carry a weapon so when I heard gunshots I ran outside to help.”  Watch this YouTube video interview of him teaching Geraldo a thing or two about gun owners:  YouTube – AZ Massacre Hero Educates Geraldo on What a Responsible Gun Owner Does In a Crisis

Final Thought: “We must reject the idea that every time a law’s broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions.” Ronald Reagan, 1968 GOP convention.  (Thanks to Dick for the quote!)

And: “The great enemy of truth is very often not the lie, deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.” President John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)



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3 responses to “HDR 112: Name That Rule”

  1. David says :

    The truth told plainly. Thanks Gilia. I do however disagree with one point. If you read the ‘Rules” without particular detail, they seem to be more about an appeal to emotion or fear than to common sense. These appeals make any argument invalid. I believe that validity in general is what is stoking the comeback for conservative thinking across our country.

    Sure, we have to recognize the power of the appeal. I’m just not convinced that we should adopt a tactic that is built on a weak foundation. Whereas ‘A’, and whereas ‘B’, therefore ‘C” is an old way of doing things, and can be boring, but in my book still beats “OMG” hands down.

    • giliar says :

      Good point, David! However, as you explained we don’t have weak arguments, so if we use the Rules to our advantage then we win, hands down. A big problem I’ve seen in the way conservatives make their point is that they are often TOO reasoned. They need to use emotion-based tactics more often, as the left has done very well. It’s the old adage about salesmanship….you don’t want a person to buy something because they NEED it, but because they WANT it. In a nutshell, that’s the difference between how the right & the left present their points. The Rules for Radicals are completely emotion-based, and that’s what the right needs to use more often….in our own way, with sound arguments to back up our points.

      • giliar says :

        Holey Moley – I can’t believe Glenn Beck talked about this very thing today (needs vs. wants.) It was a great show all about Edward Bernays and propaganda (aka public relations.)

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