Class Warfare, the Tea Party, Alinsky and the Sixties
I spent a good deal of time watching video feeds and real time chat on Occupy Wall Street. Van Jones is supporting this movement and probably helped instigate it. He’s said in October the progressive movement will ‘push back’ against the Tea Party. Call me curious, I decided to see what they were pushing back against.
What I saw was a bunch of college aged kids who have never worked a day in their life protesting…. something. They really don’t know what that something is because there is video of them being asked what they are protesting and they don’t know! These brainwashed babies feel they are entitled to something and that the ‘rich’ have what they want and are keeping it to themselves. I don’t think I really understood the word ‘sheeple’ until I undertook the task of trying to figure out what was going on with Occupy Wall Street. It sure looks like the October “push back” is going to be an attempt to ignite class warfare.
I’ve said for a long time that the long term unemployed are going to be a very vulnerable group of people that could easily be exploited by the left. If the left manages to unite the long term unemployed, union members and the jobless college students into street action backed by union money, we could easily flash right back to the heydays of the 1960s because those at Occupy Wall Street are already claiming police brutality. (Of course they are-it worked very well for them about in the 60’s)
So, the over-riding question is how does the Conservative Movement respond to these actions? What I remember most about the sixties was the fear the older generation had of the protesters. They chose to “hunker down” and hope the entire thing would just go away. That was a mistake of gargantuan proportions because if they had stood up to the 60’s radicals we would not be where we are today as a country. We would not see alleged conservative representatives ‘reaching across the aisle’ to full fledged and self proclaimed socialists and communists who are bound and determined to do away with our Constitution. Unfortunately, they did not have the internet… BUT WE DO!
In the very near future it could be the Tea Party Members’ chance to correct the wrongs of the sixties. Are we going to ‘hunker down’ and hope these folks just go away? There is no doubt the progressives will not rest until they use every possible means to bring about their ‘utopia’on the backs of the productive working Americans. What are Conservatives going to do to counter them and maintain the dignity of the Tea Party Conservatives?
My suggestion comes directly from Alinsky’s ‘Rules for Radicals. Number 5 to be precise: “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.” I think we should laugh at them and make fun of them. (this is really pretty easy to do!) We can blog and post all over the internet about the ridiculousness of this ideologically ill-defined ‘protest’. We question where the money is coming from for all these people to ‘live’ and presumably eat in one of the most expensive cities in the United States. We question the reported number of people there and the camera shots that are close up to make the crowd look bigger. We question why there are police clashes with this group, yet much larger groups attended Tea Parties and this was not an issue. Question their age, question their education level….there are so many options available to ridicule and laugh at these folks. They WANT you to fear their movement t- Alinsky outlined it for them: RULE 3: "Whenever possible, go outside the expertise of the enemy." Look for ways to increase insecurity, anxiety and uncertainty. RULE 9: "The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself." Imagination and ego can dream up many more consequences than any activist.”
Here’s a good link to an outline of the rules in case you want to read them all and perhaps make use of some I haven‘t referenced:
Read them, learn them, use them….and laugh while you are countering the Occupy Wall Street groups!