By Richard Larsen
Published – Idaho State Journal, 04/26/2009
Saul Alinsky would be proud of what one of his disciples is doing to transform America. Alinsky, you’ll recall, is widely considered the founder of “community organizing.” He maintained that the way to facilitate “change,” was by “capturing the culture and turning it inside out as the most effective means of overturning western society.” He advocated “a Marxist revolution achieved by slow, incremental, Machiavellian means which turned society inside out. This had to be done through systematic deception, winning the trust of the naively idealistic middle class by using the language of morality to conceal an agenda designed to destroy it. And the way to do this was through peoples organizations.”
John Perazzo of FrontPage, in his insightful examination of the Alinsky methodology, said last year, “In the Alinsky model, ‘organizing’ is a euphemism for ‘revolution’ -- a wholesale revolution whose ultimate objective is the systematic acquisition of power by a purportedly oppressed segment of the population, and the radical transformation of America's social and economic structure.”
One of Alinsky’s key strategies was to specifically identify and name “enemies;” those who stand in the way of “change.” As he said in his book, “Rules for Radicals,” “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” Well, his disciple in the White House who studied Alinsky’s methodology and trained others with it, has put a face on the perceived enemy. And not surprisingly, it isn’t Islamo-fascist terrorists. It’s people like you and I!
In an Agency Assessment from Obama’s Department of Homeland Security, titled “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment,” the “enemy” to Obama’s transformation agenda is identified. According to the document which has the phrase, “For Official Use Only” on every page, the issues that motivate his enemies of the state, as identified in the communiqué are opposition to gun control, government infringement on civil liberties, abortion, hate crime legislation, anti-illegal immigration, and opposition to same-sex marriage. In a footnote, the document states, “[Rightwing extremism] may include groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration.” In other words, everyone who is not a left-wing radical is now officially an enemy to the Obama Administration and accused of being a potential domestic terrorist! By their own admission, however, they have no evidence of potential threats, so the assessment is nothing but a political hatchet-job against those who don’t agree with them.
If that alone is not sufficiently disturbing to you, the most insidious portions of the report single out veterans who have served our nation bravely and proudly in combating those who seek our destruction. Veterans could be “recruited” to join “right-wing radical groups” and become “lone wolves” in attacks on the nation.
And for those of you who think your Second Amendment right to own guns is sacred, you’d better be sitting down for this one. The document states, “Proposed imposition of firearms restrictions and weapons bans likely would attract new members into the ranks of rightwing extremist groups, as well as potentially spur some of them to begin planning and training for violence against the government.” Did you note that wording? “Proposed imposition of firearms restrictions and weapons bans…” In case you doubted Obama’s intentions toward the Second Amendment, it should be clear to you now.
Will this lead to curtailed free speech? Officially, perhaps not. But it can’t help but stifle it if everyone thinks they’re going to show up on a “domestic terrorist watch list” for speaking out against abortion, illegal immigration (which according to Janet Napolitano, DHS Secretary, is no longer a crime!), homosexual marriage, or in favor of gun ownership. What they have done is essentially criminalized all conservatives, for those tenets are fundamental. Nixon reportedly maintained an “enemies list,” which made the media and the left apoplectic. Essentially Obama has made public his list, and it was painted with a broad brush inclusive of everyone who doesn’t agree with him.
A notice was sent out in February by the FBI and DHS with essentially the same warnings. It went out to national, state, and local law enforcement agencies.
Now, for those of you who think this is no big deal, imagine if George Bush’s DHS had issued a similar warning about those who protest the Iraq War, were in favor of abortion, illegal-immigration, or same-sex marriage. If Bush had done this against those who opposed him, you’d be crying for impeachment. This is not just un-American, it’s unconstitutional, and threatens free speech for all.