Hillary, Obama, the Cult of Saul Alinsky!
David J. Smith
Editor, Newswatch Magazine
Most Americans have never heard of Saul Alinsky. Yet his shadow and teachings darkens our coming presidential election.
Both Democratic frontrunners, Obama and Clinton, have something in common.
They have drank from the Alinsky well of socialism. In a 1971 book called Rules for Radicals, Alinsky scolded the Sixties Left (Communist) for scaring off potential converts in Middle America. He taught that true revolutionaries do not flaunt their radicalism.
They cut their hair, put on suits, and infiltrate the system from within. Alinsky viewed revolution as a slow, patient process.
The trick was to penetrate existing institutions – such as churches, unions, and political parties.
In his native Chicago, Alinsky courted power wherever he found it. His alliance with prominent Catholic clerics, such as Bishop Bernard Shell, gave him respectability. His friendship with crime bosses such as Frank Nitti, Al Capone’s second-in-command, gave Alinsky clout on the street.
In Richard Poe and co-author David Horowitz’s book – The Shadow Party: How George Soros, Hillary Clinton and Sixties Radicals Seized Control of the Democratic Party – they trace the rise of Alinsky’s political influence since the 1930s.
He excelled at wooing wealthy financers.
Start-up money for his Industrial Areas Foundation, which is a training school for radical organizers, came from department-store mogul Marshall Field III, Sears Roebuck heiress Adele Rosenwald Levy, and Gardiner Howland Shaw, an assistant secretary of state for Franklin D. Roosevelt. One Alinsky benefactor was Wall Street investment banker Eugene Meyer, who served as Chairman of the Federal Reserve from 1930 to 1933. Meyer and his wife Agnes co-owned The Washington Post.
They used their newspaper to promote Alinsky.
Agnes Meyer personally wrote a six-part series in 1945, praising Alinsky’s work in Chicago slums.
Her series, called "The Orderly Revolution," made Alinsky famous.
President Truman ordered 100 reprints of it.
During the Sixties, Alinsky wielded tremendous power from behind the scenes.
When President Johnson launched his War on Poverty in 1964, Alinsky allies infiltrated the program, steering federal money into Alinsky projects.
In 1966, Senator Robert Kennedy allied himself with union leader Cesar Chavez, an Alinsky disciple. Chavez had worked ten years for Alinsky, beginning in 1952.
Kennedy soon drifted into Alinsky’s circle.
After race riots shook Rochester, N.Y., Alinsky descended on the city and began pressuring Eastman-Kodak to hire more black people.
Kennedy supported Alinsky’s shakedown.
Alinsky later wrote that the two men had an "understanding."