Posts Tagged ‘Trump’

Alinsky at work in D.C.

What is going on in Washington, D.C. these days smacks of a couple of Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals.” Alinsky, for those unfamiliar with him, is considered the “father of community organizing.” His “rules” are meant to guide radicals in their efforts to bring down organizations including the government.

The proliferation of anonymous allegations against President Trump’s administration seems to follow Rules #4 and #8.

RULE 4: “Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.” If the rule is that every letter gets a reply, send 30,000 letters. You can kill them with this because no one can possibly obey all of their own rules.

The “rule” at play here is the belief that all allegations should be investigated so that we can “get to the bottom” of what is alleged. The more allegations that are made, the more the government gets bogged down in trying to investigate them. Sound familiar?

RULE 8: “Keep the pressure on. Never let up.” Keep trying new things to keep the opposition off balance. As the opposition masters one approach, hit them from the flank with something new.

This, of course, could apply to a football game as well as to radical tactics. Notice, though, that as soon as one allegation starts to be investigated, another slightly different one pops up on the anti-president side of the issue. The point is to keep allegations coming to derail the administration’s agenda.

Two prominent Alinsky acolytes are Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Saul would be so proud.

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Trump as dictator?

I would vote for Donald Trump should he be nominated for President. Something he said recently, however, reminded me of why he is not close to being my first choice. In addressing the gun control issue, he said that “no-gun zones in schools” are “bait.” By which he implied that potential mass shooters are attracted to no-gun zones to gun down innocents. As a counter measure, Trump said that as President, he would do away with “no-gun zones” in schools.

While that sounds like a logical step to discourage potential mass shootings of school students, for me Trump’s statement was chilling. It indicated that he views the Presidency as an office that enables its occupant to decide how local school districts should be governed. Right now, we have a President who regularly “goes around Congress” to achieve his goals. For doing that, Barack Obama is rightly criticized for operating like a dictator. What, then, would be different about Donald Trump’s “going around” local school boards to control how their districts were governed?

I believe that governmental decisions as a rule are best made by the elected officials who are closest to the places and people who will be most affected by their decisions. Trump as President would have to work with members of Congress, state governors and legislators, and the courts among others. I hope he would be willing to accept that, even when they might try to stymie his favorite ideas. I hope, but I don’t know.