I was following a thread about Chicago Community Organizers and radicals, and found a post that picked up on Michelle’s quoting Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals. Two of the best comments came from mbabbit:
It looks like Michelle Obama actually inverted the Alinsky statement. Alinsky states that the real radical deals with the world as it is and uses techniques that are rooted in this reality, not using techniques that come from a fantasy of how you wish the world should be. He was arguing that you have to use the means necessary to achieve your ends and that non-action is just helping the Haves and definitely not helping the Have-Nots. George Bush, in a way, followed this in that he saw the reality of Saddam Hussein and knew that after 9/11 waiting until it was too late out of the fantasy that Saddam could be negotiated with was no longer a viable option. War was a necessary means though in an ideal world, it would never be used. Hand it to Michelle to take this statement of Alinsky’s and turn it on its head: live for the fantasy of Barack Obama’s power of articulate conversation to change the mind of the US’ most lethal enemies.
I bolded his third sentence mostly for my own edification of what radicals do, and why the Obamas qualify as students and admirers of radicals, in an elitist political sort of way. They use the tools and techniques of radicals like Alinski and Ayers to attack those in power, even as they strive to become te very people they rail against.
His second comment in the thread made his position even clearer.
After hearing Michelle’s speech, it became evident that the fantasy of the world most evident in the Obamas’ view of life is the one where the entire world, the good and the evil, can be seen through the template of the South Side of Chicago, with grasping conflicting/competing forces at play. But this is a very narrow view of the world, which is filled with forces much more lethal and evil than those the Obamas encountered. They encountered Americans, who by nature are a decent people even when overheated with emotion. But the Ahmedinejads, the Putins, the Osama bin Ladens of the world are not steeped in the American mindset. They are different from us, To not see this is to be in a dangerous state of blindness or denial.”
See it there? The Obamas are still using the Chicago playbook. It works in Chicago so much better than anywhere else in the US, but so much less so on the world stage. It takes a massive number of people to buy into your fantasy to bring about change, and too often a murderous anarchist will not wait for you to get your forces together. As mbabbit says, “To not see this is to be in a dangerous state of blindness or denial.”