Organizing the Global Community

June 9, 2010

When asked during the campaign what management experience he had had, Mr Obama cited his experience as a community organizer.  He wanted us to think he was experienced at getting people together to get things done.  But if you’ve read Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals, you know better.

Mr Obama was an organizer, but mostly he was a trainer of organizers.  He was a disciple of Alinsky’s methods, even better at it than Hillary Rodham (Clinton).  But his expertise was in the organizing and the mobilizing, not the doing.

The Organizer’s toolbox was to get people angry at the status quo, find a target in the public eye, and focus that anger at the target.  They would show their own anger and indignation (even if it was only a feignt).

Alinsky wrote about the time he knew the state had a program to provide free medical care, if a community asked for it, but they had to ask.  He organized a community meeting, and told them they ought to be getting the service, and it wasn’t right they weren’t.  He told them they ought to go down and DEMAND the service.  He said he was going to go himself, and they would go with him.  He stormed into the office and bellowed his request.  When the clerk tried to offer instructions on how to begin, he cut her off and said “yes or no, are you going to help us?”  She agreed, they cheered, and he led them out of the office to the victory party.

Pres Obama told us he was going to get BP to fix the leak, as if they weren’t trying hard enough already.  He says he’s gonna “kick some ass.”  But he’s not gonna do anything.  Organizers don’t do.  They only bluster.


Obama’s Empty Suit

March 9, 2010

In yesterday’s post, I described how American has become “an Economic Wasteland”.  While much of the causes come from a variety of policies of past Presidents (Clinton’s relaxing of home mortgage standards and Bush’s war spending), blame now rests squarely on the shoulders of the free-wheeling spending by the Democrat-controlled Congress.  And sitting on the sidelines, adding nothing to stop the slide, is a President inexperienced at governing.

Three years ago, Barack Obama was a Freshman Senator, elected after only one term in the Illinois House.  He had had no executive experience and very little insider political experience.  Coming from a career as a community organizer, his job had been to act the outsider and stir up enough discontent to get the government to do something.  In other words, he created messes that others cleaned up.

Suddenly, he announced he was going to run for President.  Out of a field of life-long politicians, he was the youngest, and the only Black man in the group, though he had not actually grown up Black in America.  (His mother and grandparents were white, and his dads were generally absent.)  He wasn’t even educated in Western ideas, having spent much of elementry school in Indonesia.  And in college he was unremarkable.  So for a country tired of old white men, there was great excitement of a young black man making it to the White House.

In Hefler’s UK Telegraph article, he notes how excited American blacks were at Mr Obama’s inaguration.  “Weeping men and women celebrated his victory.”  The dreams of Dr King seemed about to be fulfilled.  They had the audacity to hope.

Now that weeping is for different reasons.  And their champion seems incapable to do anything about it.  “The slickness of the campaign … does not inevitable translate into an ability to govern.” He lacks “the sophistication and the will to turn [hope] into action.”  As Hefler describes it:

His lack of experience, his dependence on rhetoric rather than action, his disconnection from the lives of many millions of Americans all handicap him heavily. … He wasted the first year … The country’s multi-trillion dollar debt is barely being addressed.

Just as Jimmy Carter had lost the right to govern by the end of his second year in office,  Barack Obama seems never to have had the skills.  America elected an idea, but it was a vapor, a slickly packaged but empty suit.

Inaugural Racism

January 21, 2009

I am astounded at the quantity of race-related comments surrounding this election.

“I never considered attending an inauguration before.”

“I never thought I’d live to see the day.”

“One of ours has made it to the highest office.”

I know I never envisioned anyone looking like Barack Hussein Obama ever residing in the White House in my lifetime and I am so glad I lived to see it.

Barack Obama has accomplished what was thought to be the impossible and become the 44th and first African American President. This historic triumph transcended race. (even though that person made a point to mention race)

A lot of people had predicted that America could never accept his election. Stealthy forces would buy votes, steal them or otherwise overturn democracy.  Instead, Obama’s opponents have congratulated him graciously, and pledged their cooperation. So far, they even seem charmed. (Does he really think that poorly of White people, to think we think about race instead of character?)

The most telling came from an NPR commentator.

“I looked behind me and the demons of my pasts were only ghosts.”

And that’s the problem.  Most non-blacks got over their racism 20 years ago.  Most Americans under 21 never learned prejudice.  Most of the blacks on the news for the past month are still fighting the demons of their childhood and the battles told them by their parents.

It’s part of the black news experience.  Especially in the Black press.  Black Voice News says “More than a quarter of the 2.6 million jobs lost in 2008 were among African-American, even though Black workers are only 11 percent of the civilian work force….That means that nearly half of all African-American men were out of work or have permanently dropped out of the labor force. What would happen if half of all White men did not have jobs?  … why doesn’t it happen in response to shameful levels of Black joblessness?”

Could it be that, even though there are significantly more  whites than blacks in America, more blacks are in prison than whites, and blacks are less likely (proportionally) to finish high school?  Or is it the white man’s fault the blacks are being held back?

I  believe Mr Obama can indeed rise above race; I hope his supporters can as well.

Oprah Moving Close

December 19, 2008

The NY Post is reporting that Oprah Winfrey is looking to buy a house in DC.  They say she wants to be as close to Barack Obama as possible.

This is just too odd.

I don’t want this column to turn into a gossip rag, but back in Sept I did wonder publicly about their relationship.  I quoted Oprah’s former boyfriend Steadman as saying: “Michelle hated Oprah being do involved, was jealous of [Oprah’s] power and resented [Oprah’s] blatant flirting with Barack. Michelle even warned her husband if he didn’t start backing away from Oprah, it would put a serious crack in their marriage.”

Barack needs to be careful.  The press would have a field day if this were anything more than a good friendship.

Obama Changing Already

November 11, 2008

Barely a week into the transition period, President-elect Obama is already covering his tracks.  First step was to remove campaign promises from public view, lest someone try to hold him to them.

“Gone from are the promises on how an Obama administration would handle 25 agenda items — from Iraq and immigration to taxes and urban policy”

This from the Washington Times, which says the Obama camp “didn’t want the new administration tied to the campaign’s list” and “realized after the fact that they didn’t want to limit their agenda/priorities to what they put on the Web site before they had a clear picture of America’s needs in a postelection environment,”

The specific promises have been replaced with a generic paragraph:

“to revive the economy, to fix our health care, education, and social security systems, to define a clear path to energy independence, to end the war in Iraq responsibly and finish our mission in Afghanistan, and to work with our allies to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon, among many other domestic and foreign policy objectives.”

The site is being while the site “retools.” In other words, the message is being changed to fit the candidate’s real intentions, not what he had to say to get elected.  If you think he was going to give you everything and cost you nothing, prepare for reality.  If you thought moderation was the new watchword, hang on!

If you want to keep your own checklist, what Obama/Biden promised us is still at

Elitist Obama

November 4, 2008

The Obamas want you to think they are just like you, not like the fat cat rich.  It’s a lie.

Take Barack’s suits. Custom tailored by Hartmarx.  Off the rack, untailored would cost $1500 each.  They won’t reveal the true cost, but likely more than that. (My good suit costs $250 … 8 years ago.) 

Folks complained when the handlers put Sarah Palin into an emergency $15,000 wardrobe when she was whisked out of Alaska and onto the campaign trail.  But what about Michelle Obama’s convention gowns?  Ill-fitting for her body type, especially considering they were custom made!  Maria Pinto’s dresses cost between $900 and $5,000 each.  And she has several.

Where is the outrage at this cost on clothing?  Michelle  claims she buys off the rack and on the internet from J Crew.  Maybe for the around-the-house stuff.  But when the cameras are rolling, she makes Palin look “department store”



Looking Forward After the Election

October 29, 2008

On KayInMaine’s WhiteNoiseInsanity blog, a reply on Sep 22 by “Grant in Texas” makes sense.

Rumors are rampant on some of the blogs that Joe Biden will have a health problem soon and resign so Hillary can be named to take his place. This one is on a McCain blog:

Why would McCain supporters want Hillary? Republicans hate the Clintons and I would think Bill and Hill would further energize the Republican base like Palin has already done with the fundies.

I have been disappointed in the Clintons’ “support” for Obama. Hillary doesn’t attack Palin in her speeches and being a woman, she can do a better job than Barack or Biden who will have to “walk on eggs” for fear of saying the slightest thing that sexism can be attached to. Hillary’s speeches I have seen on You Tube sound much like her primary stump speeches about what SHE wants to see done in this nation, then she give some less enthusiastic praise for Obama sometimes sounding like an afterthought. I had hopes for the Clintons at the convention, but were their “uniting” speeches only to keep Democrats in their good graces?

First Bill mentioned last month that Obama wasn’t “ready” but then like an afterthought, said “nobody was ready” but it was a strange and not an enthusiastic “endorsement”. Then this past week to ABC, Bill had some glowing things to say about Sarah Palin and John McCain and once again was lukewarm for Obama. Is he pissed that Barack prevented him for having a “third term”???

Many do believe the behind their masks, the Clintons want to run Hillary in 2012 against Palin, as either John won’t live that long or he will opt for the ONE TERM presidency he has already commented about.

Is that good, or what?

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