Lanterns: The Trump-Alinsky Connection


The Trump-Alinsky Connection

Over the past 8 years, I have interacted with liberals, progressives, union bosses, Congressional Black Caucus members, socialists and communists and I have learned, through these interactions that lying is not just a key component of the rhetorical style of the Left, but necessary, required and the key to their success in discourse. There is only one worldview that believes that lying, regardless of the situation, is wrong. Deception and trickery is evil. This is one of if not the reason that no one trusts salesmen, lawyers or especially politicians. They have built lucrative careers on lies, on lying and in defending lies.

Rule #4 of Rules for Radicals says, “Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.” In this election, Ted Cruz has been open and honest about his faith in Jesus Christ, his attempts to live according to His teachings and scripture and his belief in the importance of seeking God for wisdom in decision making through studying, praying and fasting. Knowing this Donald Trump plays to Ted’s “rule book”. If Ted does anything or says anything that looks remotely, moderately or even close to dishonest, out comes LYING TED. Trump knows that by damaging Ted Cruz’s credibility and reputation he comes out looking like the one with more aligned to Ted’s core beliefs.

Rule #5 is “Ridicule is a man’s most potent weapon.” There is no counteraction for this kind of attack. One can spend all of their time trying to thwart these attacks but doing so only gives more thought to the people about the very topic of ridicule and no time gets spent differentiating yourself from the other candidate. There is no defense. It’s irrational. It’s illogical. It’s infuriating. It’s effective.

Donald Trump is clearly using Rules 6, 8, 10 and 12 of Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals. There can be no doubt or argument about it. But the 1st Rule of Saul Alinsky’s rules, is the one that Donald Trump has perfected. “Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have.” Power is derived from 2 main sources – money and people. Donald Trump came into this election season with a lot of money; none of which was given to him and the crowds of people have been showing up at rallies across the country in the kinds of numbers that demand main stream media attention. Donald Trump knew that he must build power from flesh and blood; two things of which there is a plentiful supply. Government, corporations and in this cycle, politicians, always have a difficult time appealing to people, and usually do so almost exclusively with economic arguments, constitutional arguments and appeals to sensible common logic. Not Donald Trump. His appeal has been to avoid these things altogether and say things that are empty, undoable and fleeting. But the masses don’t care and they throng together giving Trump more power that his money alone could ever have bought him during his 40 years of paying for influence in both the Democrat and Republican establishments.

We will see today, if the people of Indiana are willing to fight for conservatism, the Constitution and bold colors or will they grow weary of this process and throw in the towel for Donald Trump wanting only for the target to change and the truth to simple go away.

Written by Trey Roberts

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