When Dr. Ben Carson mentioned Hillary and Lucifer at the Republican Convention, he raised eyebrows.
With the press he raised more than 'eyebrows," he raised their ire, which turned to anger---and they continue to castigate the doctor for his comments.
But he was right. Absolutely right.
Here's what he said.
Dr. Ben Carson said: "Now one of the things that I have learned about Hillary Clinton is that one of her heroes, her mentors, was Saul Alinsky and her senior thesis was about Saul Alinsky. This was someone that she greatly admired and that affected all her philosophies subsequently."
He added, "This is a nation where every coin in our pocket and every bill in our wallet says 'In God We Trust'. So are we willing to elect someone as president who has as their role model somebody who acknowledges Lucifer?"
Actually, Alinsky does more than "acknowledge" Lucifer, he dedicates his Seminole work "Rules For Radicals" to Lucifer.
Saul Alinsky lived from 1909 to 1972 and was a "community organizer" in Chicago long before Barack Obama became a community organizer in the same city.
Alinsky's book, "Rules for Radicals," is like the Bible for community organizers.
Alinsky was an outspoken, committed Marxist, he grew up in a very rough part of Chicago and worked hard to implement social justice as he understood it and as Marx had defined it, which included applying his philosophy that whatever it takes to bring about change is good, even if it involves questionable means.
In "Rules for Radicals," Alinsky writes, "That Perennial Question, 'Does the end justify the means?' is meaningless as it stands; the real and only question regarding the ethics of means and ends is, and always has been, 'Does this particular end justify this particular means?' "
If you read Alinsky's book, and I have, it is fundamental to Alinsky that any "end" you deem as "good" justifies whatever "means" are required to get to that end.
If you open his book "Rules for Radicals," the first thing you see---if you are paying attention, is Alinsky's acknowledgement which says this:
"Lest we forget at least an over-the-shoulder acknowledgement to the very first radical: from all our legends, mythology, and history...the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom---Lucifer."
Ben Carson was right. Absolutely right.
Alinsky even created his own faux trinity--"Class Distinctions: The Trinity" described as "The setting for the drama of change has never varied. Mankind has been and is divided into three parts: the Halves, the Have-nots, and the Have -a-Little, Want Mores."
The press has suggested that Dr. Carson implied that somehow because Hillary admires greatly---and that is not disputed---Saul Alinsky and his writings, which he dedicated to Satan, she worships Satan.
Carson never said nor implied that. He simply told the truth.
In fact, it is also well known that Hillary, at one time in her youth, was offered a job with Alinsky because of their very close relationship, but declined taking it, deciding to go to college---a decision Alinsky disagreed with.
There is no question that Alinsky shaped Hillary's views on a wide variety of her beliefs.
It is also fairly well known that Barrack Obama used Alinsky's teachings as his model in community organizing---and taught Alinsky's rules.
In fact, when Obama ran for president in 2008, Saul Alinsky's son wrote a letter to the Boston Globe following the Democrat National Convention. He wrote in part:
Barack Obama's training in Chicago by the great community organizers is showing its effectiveness. It is an amazingly powerful format, and the method of my late father always works to get the message out and get the supporters on board. When executed meticulously and thoughtfully, it is a powerful strategy for initiating change and making it really happen. Obama learned his lesson well.
I am proud to see that my father's model for organizing is being applied successfully beyond local community organizing to affect the Democratic campaign in 2008. It is a fine tribute to Saul Alinsky as we approach his 100th birthday.
Hillary Clinton's close relationship with Saul Alinsky is well documented by letters between the two. The letters have been obtained by the Washington Free Beacon. I strongly encourage you to read this link.
The following is an overview of Alinsky's 12 "Rules":
Saul Alinsky’s 12 Rules for Radicals
- RULE 1: “Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have.” Power is derived from 2 main sources – money and people. “Have-Nots” must build power from flesh and blood. (These are two things of which there is a plentiful supply. Government and corporations always have a difficult time appealing to people, and usually do so almost exclusively with economic arguments.)
- RULE 2: “Never go outside the expertise of your people.” It results in confusion, fear and retreat. Feeling secure adds to the backbone of anyone. (Organizations under attack wonder why radicals don’t address the “real” issues. This is why. They avoid things with which they have no knowledge.)
- RULE 3: “Whenever possible, go outside the expertise of the enemy.” Look for ways to increase insecurity, anxiety and uncertainty. (This happens all the time. Watch how many organizations under attack are blind-sided by seemingly irrelevant arguments that they are then forced to address.)
- 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. (This is a serious rule. The besieged entity’s very credibility and reputation is at stake, because if activists catch it lying or not living up to its commitments, they can continue to chip away at the damage.)
- RULE 5: “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.” There is no defense. It’s irrational. It’s infuriating. It also works as a key pressure point to force the enemy into concessions. (Pretty crude, rude and mean, huh? They want to create anger and fear.)
- RULE 6: “A good tactic is one your people enjoy.” They’ll keep doing it without urging and come back to do more. They’re doing their thing, and will even suggest better ones. (Radical activists, in this sense, are no different that any other human being. We all avoid “un-fun” activities, and but we revel at and enjoy the ones that work and bring results.)
- RULE 7: “A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag.” Don’t become old news. (Even radical activists get bored. So to keep them excited and involved, organizers are constantly coming up with new tactics.)
- 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. (Attack, attack, attack from all sides, never giving the reeling organization a chance to rest, regroup, recover and re-strategize.)
- RULE 9: “The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.” Imagination and ego can dream up many more consequences than any activist. (Perception is reality. Large organizations always prepare a worst-case scenario, something that may be furthest from the activists’ minds. The upshot is that the organization will expend enormous time and energy, creating in its own collective mind the direst of conclusions. The possibilities can easily poison the mind and result in demoralization.)
- RULE 10: “If you push a negative hard enough, it will push through and become a positive.” Violence from the other side can win the public to your side because the public sympathizes with the underdog. (Unions used this tactic. Peaceful [albeit loud] demonstrations during the heyday of unions in the early to mid-20th Century incurred management’s wrath, often in the form of violence that eventually brought public sympathy to their side.)
- RULE 11: “The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.” Never let the enemy score points because you’re caught without a solution to the problem. (Old saw: If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem. Activist organizations have an agenda, and their strategy is to hold a place at the table, to be given a forum to wield their power. So, they have to have a compromise solution.)
- RULE 12: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions. (This is cruel, but very effective. Direct, personalized criticism and ridicule works.)
Be Informed. Be Vigilant. Be Discerning.