In a September 1st letter to the Boston Globe, Saul Alinsky’s son, L. David Alinsky, noted his father’s influence at the Democratic National Convention. Alinsky’s letter stated, “All the elements were present: the individual stories told by real people of their situation and hardships, the packed-to-the rafters crowd, the crowd’s chanting of key phrases and names, the action on the spot of texting and phoning to show instant support and commitment to jump into the political battle, the rallying selections of music, the setting of the agenda by the power people. The Democratic National Convention had all the elements of the perfectly organized event, Saul Alinsky style.”
“Barack Obama’s training in Chicago by the great community organizers is showing its effectiveness,” the younger Alinsky wrote in his letter to the Globe. “It is an amazingly powerful format, and the method of my late father always works to get the message out and get the supporters on board. When executed meticulously and thoughtfully, it is a powerful strategy for initiating change and making it really happen. Obama learned his lesson well.
“I am proud to see that my father’s model for organizing is being applied successfully beyond local community organizing to affect the Democratic campaign in 2008. It is a fine tribute to Saul Alinsky as we approach his 100th birthday.”
It is a fact that the activist-turned-Senator Barack Obama started off his career as a community organizer for the Developing Communities Project (DCP) of the Calumet Community Religious conference (CCRC) in Chicago. Both the CCRC and the DCP were built on the Alinsky model of community agitation, wherein paid organizers learned, in Alinsky’s own words, how to “rub raw the sores of discontent.”
Barack Obama has earned the praise of someone who would know. Though he and his people have modified and updated the teachings of the master, Alinsky’s leftist teachings are apparent if you look. You’ll have to do that on your own, though. The press isn’t interested in spreading the word!