Here are Saul Alinsky’s 12 Rules for Radicals
1. Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have.
2. Never go outside the expertise of your people.
3. Whenever possible, go outside the expertise of the enemy. (Look for ways to increase insecurity, anxiety and uncertainty)
4. Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules. (This is often used against Christians, again using deceptive tactics. For example, people say…. You are not supposed to judge! You are supposed to love (which is manipulated to mean that you are to believe that everything that everyone does is perfectly fine unconditionally or you are not a Christian.) Any objection is seen as intolerance or a move against peace. These are often used and contorted to assert that to be Christian means to be NICE, even obsequiously nice in all situations and to never take an opposing stance.
Even more frequently, the Alinskyite disguises himself as a friend or a fellow citizen but uses that position in order to attack. So any objection or countering of the Alinsky position is considered impolite and unchristian.
But the appropriate reaction to being attacked is COURAGE. Christians need to stand for the truth. They need to uncover the works of darkness. And they need to stand firm when they are attacked and NOT agree that they are being “impolite” or “unchristian” by taking a stand.
5. Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. (Personal attacks and mocking your opponent take the conversation away from the issues and target it on the personality of your enemy. The strategic advantages are many. There’s no logical defense. It’s irrational. It’s infuriating. It also works as a key pressure point to force the enemy .into concessions. Nobody wants to be publicly humiliated. Many of the 12 rules are used together to intimidate people ).
6. A good tactic is one your people enjoy.
7. A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag.
8. Keep the pressure on. Never let up. —Keep trying new things to keep the opposition off balance. Attack, attack, attack…..
9. The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself. Demoralize your opponent. Note how this is used to prevent people in charge from speaking up. The attacks are individualized, personal, constant, attacking from all sides—eg. the mob goes to the house of a politician and screams in the middle of the night or breaks windows etc. A community organized group starts leveling accusations, no matter how minor or even untrue and gets people fired, gets their spouses fired, ruins their reputations, goes to their employers and gets them to apologize if they try to defend the victim. The media quite happily joins in and completes the destruction of the person’s reputation. The threat that these politicians, business leaders and other pivotal people see and are terrified of is the total destruction of a human being. They don’t want that to happen to them. So that is why we are seeing people run for the hills when they should be taking control of the situation and punishing people who commit violent crimes. The threat of the “swatting” keeps these leaders from doing or saying anything that would make them stand out and be targeted by the mob. And so the vicious, Communist mob tears apart America with no one to challenge them. What they don’t realize is that we will all be victims of that mob when the Communists take over (which looks like it will be happening very soon) because of their cowardice and dereliction of duty.
10. If you push a negative hard enough, it will push through and become a positive.
An example could be inciting and creating violence so terrible that the other side to begins to use violence against your people. That creates revolution (a plus for Communist agitators) and works to turn people against your opponent.
This has also been interpreted as pushing a lie so hard and so loudly and persistently that people begin to accept it as true. The phrase was actually attributed to a propagandist who aided Hitler, Joseph Goebbels. The phrase attributed to Goebbels was “if you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.”
Goebbels also added an interesting follow up. ” The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic, and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”
11. The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative. (Here, the “constructive alternative” is the transfer of power, the replacement of American freedom with Communist totalitarianism, which is basically the whole point. For example, the constructive alternative to the recent riots is to wrest power away from the police who are there to protect the people and put it in the hands of a “social agency” controlled by the socialists who now have control over the local firepower in communities. )
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.
We’ve seen a lot of this tactic in recent days. Also see how this connects to Rules 5, 8, 9 and 1.
So those are all of Alinsky’s 12 Rules. Stay tuned and I will assign one or more of these tactics to characters in our card game. Let’s just say that “Jack the Swatter” is not a nice guy, and our “King” has power and control issues but got the nickname, “the Wizard of Oz” because he isn’t quite as powerful as he pretends to be. The Joker is an Imposter—he doesn’t belong in the game, but there he is with an elaborate façade. And let me tell you about the Queen……well, stay tuned….. 🙂
What Happens When You Start to Think for Yourself
Here is a video of two of my favorite people in the whole world:
What happens when you start to think for yourself?
1) You get attacked.
2) You become the person whom you were meant to be.
It reminds me of Jesus’ words in Matthew 10:39
“He that findeth his life shall lose it and he that loseth his life for My sake shall find it.”
You can’t be afraid of standing for the truth, of doing the right thing. If you try to hold on to your old life of sinking in to the routine and going along with the world in order to keep yourself safe and comfortable, you never really live, you never do what God put you on this earth to do and your time on earth doesn’t really make a difference.
But if you are willing to lose the comfort of an easy life, and you are willing to think for yourself and stand up for the truth, knowing that you will face hardship and that you will be attacked for your faith and for righteousness, you find your purpose in life, and you fulfill the reason why God put you on this earth at this place and at this time.
On Communism. Sound Familiar?
This video explains what is going on right now. https://www.patreon.com/posts/united-states-we-38605959
Card # 5 COMMUNIST GOALS
Here are a few of the Communist goals that were discovered and written into the Congressional record in the late 1950’s. Many of the ones I’ve listed have obviously, disturbingly been successfully completed. From “The Naked Communist,” by Cleon Skousen (p.269 and ff.)
Discourage the teaching of American history on the ground that it was only a minor part of “the big picture.”
Discredit the American Founding Fathers. Present them as selfish aristocrats who had no concern for the “common man.”
Discredit the family as an institution. Encourage promiscuity and easy divorce. Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as “normal, natural and healthy.” Use technical decisions of the courts to weaken basic American institutions by claiming their activities violate civil rights.
Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity in books
Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the school on the ground that it violates the principle of “separation of church and state”
Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with “social religion.” Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity which does not need a “religious crutch.”
CAPTURE ONE OR BOTH OF THE POLITICAL PARTIES IN THE UNITED STATES
Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for socialism and current Communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of the teachers’ associations. Put the party line in textbooks.
Infiltrate the press. Get control of book-review assignments, editorial writing and policy-making positions. Gain control of key positions in radio, TV and motion pictures. Gain control of all student newspapers.
Use student riots to foment public protests against programs or organizations which are under Communist attack.
TRANSFER SOME OF THE POWERS OF ARREST FROM THE POLICE TO SOCIAL AGENCIES.
Promote the U.N. as the only hope for mankind. If its charter is rewritten, demand that it be set up as a one-world government with its own independent armed forces.
Develop the illusion that total disarmament by the United States would be a demonstration of moral strength.
Grant recognition of Red China. Admission of Red China to the U.N. Permit free trade between all nations regardless of Communist affiliation and regardless of whether or not items could be used for war. Provide American aid to all nations regardless of Communist domination.
…”Our plan is to promote ugliness, repulsive meaningless art.
Belittle all forms of American Culture.
CREATE THE IMPRESSION THAT VIOLENCE AND INSURRECTION ARE LEGITIMATE ASPECTS OF THE AMERICAN TRADITION; THAT STUDENTS AND SPECIAL-INTEREST GROUPS SHOULD RISE UP AND USE “UNITED FORCE” TO SOLVE ECONOMIC, POLITICAL OR SOCIAL PROBLEMS.
Emphasize the need to raise children away from the negative influence of parents. Attribute prejudices, mental blocks and retarding of children to suppressive influence of parents.
Give the World Court jurisdiction over nations and individuals alike. (Note this concept could also apply to giving away power over the Internet, which President Obama did a few years ago.)
GREAT NEWS SITES
It is getting increasingly difficult to find quality news. Newspapers and media outlets that used to be credible, that presented the news for the most part fairly and impartially no longer do this. Their slant is so bad, the bias so pronounced that it’s difficult to trust anything they say. And so where do you go to find news that matters—to find the truth?
Here are a few sites I’ve found that have been worthwhile and seem to offer the news that matters most to me. I’d love any suggestions that you might have on other sites that I might have missed. Also, all of these sites are wonderful, even the ones I don’t comment upon.
Just cut and paste the dotcom links below to go to the sites:
Lifesitenews lifesitenews.com Extremely well-researched, world-class reporting on multiple issues by seasoned, talented reporters who are sometimes acclaimed experts on the topics that they write about. Many of them speak multiple languages and are therefore able to do in-depth reporting using native documents and sources of the countries upon which they are reporting. Thus they provide important insights into the news and events coming from those countries . Lifesite is a wonderful and informative source of relevant news from around the world, especially news pertaining to faith and life issues.
American Thinker Americanthinker.com Excellent, extremely well-written articles and editorials about all kinds of issues, especially political issues.
OANN– One America News Network — Oann.com– Wonderful news source
The Washington Times washingtontimes.com
The New York Post www.nypost.com
The Federalist Thefederalist.com
American Greatness amgreatness.com
The Epoch Times theepochtimes.com Excellent variety of news articles from around the world. Great overviews of the breaking news of the day.
News from the Whitehouse Whitehouse.gov Undiluted news about the President and updates on the country from the President and his staff.
The Liberty Daily thelibertydaily.com An aggregate news site with multiple links, much like the DrudgeReport used to be before Matt Drudge sold it.
PragerU PragerU.com Excellent and highly informative resource on politics and the important issues of the day. Host Dennis Prager often has incredibly talented, intelligent, entertaining guest hosts, such as the beautiful Candace Owens. Short educational clips are very instructive, enlightening and entertaining. As my father used to say, “this guy has his head screwed on right.”
Fox News Foxnews.com
Daily Wire dailywire.com The brilliant Ben Shapiro on topics of the day.
(Any suggestions to add to this list would be appreciated, as I know I’ve missed many )
Faith-based news (especially for Catholics)
Classes on important topics
Hillsdale College Hillsdale.edu
Turning Point USA www.tpusa.com
Judicial Watch Judicialwatch.org
P J Media pjmedia.com
Babylon Bee Babylonbee.com
The Gateway Pundit thegatewaypundit.com
More to come……
I wrote the first devil’s “lesson” from Millstone University taught by “Tapeworm” to a class of demons, a Screwtape Letters kind of thing.
But I took it down and need to redo it. To speak like that, even in parody, is painful. The tumultuousness of this time has been good for me in a way in that it has clarified to me on a very deep level that I love Jesus Christ. He is my Lord and without Him I am nothing.
I love the One described in the first chapter of John with all of my heart, and will stick with Him no matter what else I have to lose. I say that like Peter said it, and I pray that I have the courage to do it if and when I am persecuted for my faith. Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, have mercy on me, a sinner. Lord, come to my assistance; Oh God make haste to help me.
Jesus, please give me the guidance to speak the truth, and strength to face the persecution that may come my way if I do so.
This is the first chapter of John from the Bible:
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came to be through him, and without him nothing came to be what came to be.
In Him was life, and this life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it…….”
Read the rest—–it is so beautiful!
There’s also a lovely book by Sarah Young called, “Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence.” It is wonderful to read every day at the beginning of the day, and I feel very enriched by having it for a year at least and beginning to read it anew in January.
Today the first line is this:
“I AM WITH YOU AND FOR YOU. When you decide on a course of action that is in line with My will, nothing in heaven or on earth will stop you.”
Thank You, Jesus, and please help me to do Your will, to do good, knowing that You are the One Who gives me strength and guidance.
Why Free Speech?
Without freedom of thought, there can be no such thing as wisdom, and no such thing as public liberty without freedom of speech.
The truth, like cream, tends to rise to the top in a free marketplace of ideas. Healthy people have a natural hunger for truth, they seek it out and generally recognize it when they find it.
A lie has to work very hard to overcome the truth and ultimately can not compete with truth. Even after an extreme effort to promote false propaganda, a lie is often dissolved when the truth emerges.
This is exactly why free speech is so important. It is essential for anyone who truly cares about the truth.
The problem—that truth wins out over lie—is often discovered in Communist or other totalitarian governments with severely restricted public access to information. In such governments, propaganda (false information) has to be propped up by invoking fear or censoring information that might be contrary to government power. In WW2 Germany, the government had to go further than that to crush wisdom, and incarcerated teachers and other professionals who might have lead people out of the darkness of fascism.
They say that the light shines brightest in the darkness, and the light of truth shines brilliantly in the midst of evil. When the Light of Truth involves Christianity, persecution only fans the flame of truth and makes it grow.
“The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Faith,” writes Tertullian, a first century philosopher. He observed even back then that evil’s attempts to destroy Christianity just resulted in its exponential growth,
And so lately, evil has taken a different tack.
Today, the evil do not try to crush Christianity from the outside, but do it from within. Antonio Gramsci, a Communist propagandist described it this way:
“Socialism is precisely the religion that must overwhelm Christianity….In the new order, Socialism will triumph by first capturing the culture via infiltration of schools, Universities, churches and the media by transforming the consciousness of society,”
An infiltration is when anti-Christian forces invade or buy out Christian organizations, countries, even churches and subsequently pretend to BE Christian. As the new “Christianity,” it implements the anti-Christian agenda as if Christians are the ones promoting it. The “changes” are couched in euphemisms—for example, when disregarding the Constitution, one describes it as a “living document” (that one may interpret any way one feels like it). And fundamental changes to 2,000 years of church doctrine and tradition, the Bible and the words of Jesus are explained away with the adage, “tradition is not static, it is dynamic.” (“Dynamically” changed by ME, that is.)
In each one of these examples, what the proponent is really saying is that he is going to do whatever the he__ he wants, whether you like it or not, whether it is within the rules, whether it is true or not, whether it is what a true American or Catholic or Christian would do or not.
One example of evil disguised as good is a Communist government that creates a “Catholic church” that worships the Communist leadership, forbids Christmas, burns Catholic churches, rips children from their terrified mothers’ wombs in forced abortions and persecutes Catholics. By calling itself Catholic, it pretends to be the same church — but the only one “allowed” by the government. The appeal is, here is a church that you can belong to and not be tortured. What a deal!
But it is an imposter. Recently “legitimized,” by Communist clerics outside of the country, it has redoubled its persecution of true Catholics and has increased its reign of terror within its borders.
But evil’s technique has gone much further than one country or even one church. It has used the same kind of deception to try to bring down Western civilization, including whole countries and Christian churches, most notably, the Catholic church.
This has been done recently simply by anti-Christian (sometimes virulently anti-Christian) purchases of solidly Christian publications or sometimes, solidly Christian organizations or administrations.
There is so much more to say about this, but for now the most important thing to know is that propaganda’s most powerful weapon is deception. The propagandist uses the trust that people have in him against them, to destroy them, by deceit.
How do you recognize when you are being deceived? Hopefully this blog will help. There’s a pattern, categories of lies with very recognizable buzz words that will tip you off to what they are doing.
So, let’s get started!!
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