Rules For Radicals Book Review

Hello! Thank you, Young Patriot Rising, for asking me to write a second guest post for your blog! Since being introduced to your blog, I've enjoyed reading every one of your posts. Your views are always spot on! I'm a woman, an American, a patriot, a conservative, an independent thinker, and a conservative book lover. My conservative book review blog is found here: https://www.conservativebookreviews.com. (Please stop by and leave a comment!) And follow me on Twitter! @patriot_grl I don't read leftists books for my blog. However, conservatives need to understand the tactics of the left. That is the purpose of my guest post. Have you asked yourself, as I'm sure you have, "Why does the left have no shame when it comes to going after President Trump?" RULES FOR RADICALS, written by Saul D. Alinsky, and published in 1971, contains the answers. (BTW, there's a difference between liberals and leftists. My focus is on leftists or, in today's times, The Resistance. (Watch PragerU's video on the difference between liberals and Leftists.) The two get confused. (https://youtu.be/tlIjMJBSnRE

"Lest we forget at least an over the shoulder acknowledgement to the very first radical: from all our legends, mythology, and history (and who is to know where mythology leaves off and history begins - or which is which), the very first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom - Lucifer." SAUL ALINSKY

Who was Saul Alinsky? He was a community organizer who died in 1972 at the age of 63. He was not just any community organizer. With a focus on low-income communities or the "Have-Nots," Alinsky taught principles of achieving goals without apology or explanation to go after the "Haves." Malcolm X made Jean-Paul Sartre's four words - "by any means necessary" - famous in his 1965 speech. I think of these words when I think of Alinsky. "….In war the end justifies almost any means," Alinsky said.

RULES FOR RADICALS was written during a different time from where we are today. The Vietnam War was going on; the Chicago Seven were in the news; four protestors were killed at Kent State; Swann v. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education, a landmark busing case, said busing students to integrate schools was constitutional, and members of the Manson family got the death penalty. It was a highly volatile time where people were angry about the conditions of race relations and the Vietnam War. Although we have Americans in military service, we no longer have the draft. And, as a black American woman, I can honestly tell you that in 2020, I don't feel discriminated against. Of course there are racist people. There will always be racist people. But I don't feel like I can't do what I want to do as a black woman. (I know that makes some leftists mad, leftists who want me to feel like a victim, but I don't care what they think.)

“THE PRINCE by Machiavelli for the Haves on how to hold power. RULES FOR RADICALS is written for the Have-Nots on how to take it away," said Alinsky. However, if you maintain, as most conservatives do, that we're living in a time of prosperity under President Trump, the anger isn't there. Why be angry when things are good?

Even though RULES FOR RADICALS was written during a different time, The Resistance wants us to believe that President Trump has made our lives miserable. Alinsky said, "A revolutionary organizer must shake up the prevailing patterns of their [people's] lives-agitate, create disenchantment and discontent with the current values, to produce, if not a passion for change, at least a passive, affirmative, non-challenging climate." The Resistance hates Trump and wants to remove him from office. We have seen Alinsky's rules put into action.

In the chapter "Tactics," Alinsky lists his rules:
  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 of the expertise of the enemy."
  4. "Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules."
  5. "Ridicule is man's most potent weapon."
  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."
  9. "The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself."
  10. "The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition."
  11. "If you push a negative hard and deep enough, it will break through into its counter side."
  12. "The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative."
  13. "Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it."
This is Alinsky's "mass jujitsu."
A number of his rules stood out for me. Rule 1 is "power is not only what you have but what the enemy thinks you have." The Resistance wants us to believe that most of America believes what they believe. The Resistance includes significant portions of the mainstream media, such as CNN and MSNBC, social media run by Leftists in Silicon Valley, RINOs, Never Trumpers, and the Deep State. Because they dominate the microphones and the spotlights, one could think that everyone thinks the way they do. They often resort to Hillary Clinton winning the popular vote, for example. What they leave out is that Clinton won the popular vote due to New York and California, but New York and California are deep blue states that don't represent all of America.

Another rule that stood out to me is rule 7, "a tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag." This notion helps me to understand why The Resistance refuses to let up. Everything they can throw at President Trump, so far, they have. Currently, it's Ukraine. Tomorrow it will be something else. "There is a way to keep the action going and to prevent it from being a drag," said Alinsky, "but this means constantly cutting new issues as the action continues so that by the time the enthusiasm and the emotions for one issue have started to de-escalate, a new issue has come into the scene with a consequent revival."

Rule 8 is "keep the pressure on," and rule 10 is, "the major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition." Alinsky believes that the Have-Nots resistance to the Haves "must decide and act." There can be no wobbling. He must assume, Alinsky says, "that his cause is 100 percent positive and the opposition 100 percent negative." Rules 8 and 10 help me understand why The Resistance is, in my belief, the largest group of hypocrites we'll ever see. There are so many examples. But just using a current example, they say McConnell is not holding a fair trial for the Democrats in the Senate, despite the fact that Schiff did not hold a fair trial for Trump in the House. "Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it" is rule 13. That's precisely what The Resistance has done. A garden variety Republican would have withered like a dying flower from The Resistance's attacks, but President Trump is no garden variety Republican.

I chuckled when I read this: "The marriage record of organizers is with rare exception disastrous. Further, the tension, the hours, the home situation, and the opportunities, do not argue for fidelity. Also, with rare exception, I have not known really competent organizers who were concerned about celibacy. Here and there are wives and husbands or those in love relationships who understand and are committed to the work, and are real sources of strength to the organizer." Alinsky apparently had no problem with putting a focus on resistance over family relationships, and in the pages, I also learned he had no problem with abortion and in being jailed. None of these surprises me.

I hated Alinsky's writing style. There's such a thing as "writing tight." That's not Saul's style. He rambles on, with an obvious feeling of self-importance. He says he wanted to put the power with the people, but he comes across as a "white knight" who is smarter than everyone else and who has all the answers. That said, I'm glad I suffered through the book. Understanding why the left behaves the way they do not only helps to understand them better, but it helps to lessen frustration with this group.

Young Patriot Rising (my thoughts):

Look at all these 13 rules. Read them again. Think of the Left and The Resistance. What the Left is doing is assuring they gain power. The election of Donald Trump prevented their plan from reaching completion. Hillary Clinton would have ensured them power, as seen in the image above. That’s why Leftists have been fighting for impeachment so hard. Each tactic perfectly aligns with the Democrats’ reasoning for impeachment. Look at the timeline, look at all the tactics. TELL ME THIS IS NOT WHAT THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY IS DOING. The Left’s crave for power and control knows no bound. These rules are what the radicals in Washington follow. The Squad, Sanders, Pelosi, Waters, they’re all in on this evil scheme. Don’t be fooled. These are the rules the Democrats follow to gain back power. Wake up and vote them out. Do not forget these rules, because this is how the Left works. The ultimate goal for them is power.

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