Investors Business Daily pointed out how President Obama continues to stick to the script written for him decades ago by Saul Alinsky. Just look how he’s behaved through the partial shutdown, which he purposely made worse.
Here are his rules for conflict resolution:
• No matter how complicated or morally gray an issue, polarize it as Us vs. Them: “All issues must be polarized if action is to follow.” Added Alinsky: “One acts decisively only in the conviction that all of the angels are on one side and the devils are on the other.”
This is why Obama has spent the last few months saying the Republicans in so many words are devils. “Our enemies (are) always immoral,” Alinsky advised.
• Clearly identify the enemy by putting a bull’s-eye on his back: “Pick the target, freeze it, personalized it, and polarize it.” The president has targeted “Tea Party Republicans” — namely GOP Sen. Ted Cruz — for rebuke, taking every opportunity to demonize them as “crazy extremists” and “radicals,” while knowing the media would never call him out on his own radicalism.
• Mock the enemy and his arguments: “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. It is almost impossible to counterattack ridicule. Also it infuriates the opposition, who then react to your advantage.”
During a Maryland speech last month, Obama cited New Hampshire state Rep. Bill O’Brien’s remark that ObamaCare is “a law as destructive to personal and individual liberty as the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850.”
“Think about that. Affordable health care is worse than a law that lets slave owners get their runaway slaves back,” Obama quipped. “I mean, these are quotes. I’m not making this stuff up.”
That calculated stink bomb was met by a chorus of gasps and boos from the largely black audience.