President Barack Obama reflects in his thinking and actions the open-society tenets of Saul Alinsky. Alinsky, a University of Chicago graduate, introduced the concept of community organizing in 1939. In 1946 Alinsky wrote a community organizers handbook, Reveille for Radicals, and shortly before his death, a follow-up book, Rules for Radicals.
Alinsky’s influence on Barack Obama is clear and troubling. Obama worked as a community organizer in Chicago for some five years after graduating from Columbia University. Under Alinsky’s theory, a community organizer is a revolutionary adept at deceiving an unthinking populace. Obama’s campaign for the presidency reflected his Alinsky-styled training centered on the concept of “change.”
Among the communities to be organized are those with a growing number of Hispanic voters, legal and illegal. The president appears tentative on whether to expend his political capital on the immigration reform that he continues to promise.
In closing his recent South American tour in El Salvador, President Obama stated he remained committed to seeking comprehensive immigration reform with a “path to citizenship” for illegal immigrants who live and have jobs in the United States. There are an estimated 2 million Salvadorians living in the United States — about a third of El Salvador’s total population.
The 2010 Census report indicates that the Hispanic population of the United States has reached 50 million, making Hispanics the nation’s largest minority. States with rising Hispanic populations, such as Arizona, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Texas, and Utah, are major players in the 2012 Obama reelection campaign, which the president initiated on April 4, 2011.
Meanwhile Idaho, Kansas, Maine, and Tennessee are taking action to limit rights and benefits for illegal aliens. Legislators in these states report that illegal immigration is harming their economies, burdening their educational institutions, and tainting their elections.
The number of foreign nationals who are voting illegally in local, state, and federal elections has risen over the years. Why? Because the U.S. government continues to lower voting requirements, such as no longer requiring that voters attest to U.S. citizenship. According to an article in The Hill, the Colorado secretary of state indicates that about 5,000 illegal aliens voted in that state in 2010.
Not all U.S. citizens are taking these “changes” sitting down. For example, in March 2011, a Maryland citizen testified against a bill in the Maryland State Legislature that would give illegal immigrants better admission and tuition deals at Maryland institutions of higher education that those received by out-of-state U.S. citizen applicants. A Chicano activist posted a racist video death threat against the person testifying. What was the response? The mainstream news media had no interest in the story.
President Obama’s political reasoning for a comprehensive immigration reform bill is simple, considering that he rode to victory on the minority vote, including 74 percent of the Hispanic vote — a vote won by his support of immigration reform and path to citizenship for illegal aliens and their extended families.
At the start of his re-election campaign, President Obama is being prodded daily on immigration reform by Hispanic lobbyists, left-wing Democrats, and One Worlders, such as George Soros and his non-profit political activists. Yet, the president dances around the subject with the skill of a community organizer, knowing never to give a direct answer.
In June 2009, Obama’s U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder changed federal law by granting illegal aliens who face deportation additional grounds for appeal and delay — that of “poor legal representation.” Holder also banned Georgia from enforcing its verification of voter registration law, which was designed to ensure that only U.S. citizens were voting. The attorney general used the bogus rationale that U.S. citizenship requirements were impacting minority voters — as well they might.
President Obama appears to be seeking a promise of redemption in changing U.S. business, economics, governance, national defense, demography, culture, and social mores. If immigration reform does not top the Obama administration’s list, it remains a priority in his restructuring of the Republic. U.S. citizens are increasingly uneasy with the Obama vision of redemptive change modeled on Alinsky’s rules for radicals.
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