My latest column for the Duluth Reader.
Charcoal sketch of Daniel Marsh Welty by his wife, Georganne, circa 1960
My latest column for the Duluth Reader.
Charcoal sketch of Daniel Marsh Welty by his wife, Georganne, circa 1960
…the Fall of the Berlin Wall.
Dick was my friend who lived two houses up 4th street from me and the fellow I took over for in 1984 when he had to leave his class for medical care. This remembrance from a former student is wonderful.
Here’s my column in this week’s Reader:
A month before my Dad died in 1987 the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant suffered a nuclear explosion that killed between 4,000 and 90,000 people immediately and prematurely. After our mini adventure Claudia suggested we watch the fifth and final episode of the recent series on the accident. It was pretty compelling.
The main character is the scientist who bucked the Soviet security state’s insistence that he deny the government’s role in the tragedy.
Among his last words before committing suicide were these that I find striking with our prevaricating President still in office:
“Every lie we tell incurs a debt to the truth.”
The official death toll according to the Soviets who trained Vladimir Putin how to run a country has remained unchanged since 1987. It is 31.
Today, Halloween, the Congress began its fourth serious attempt to impeach and possibly remove a President of the United States.
I will not pledge to avoid running against Pete Stauber in 2020 even if I am on the Duluth School Board. I can not do it because today the Democrats in the House of Representatives did the right thing and something which one of Pete Stauber’s Republican colleagues predicted could lead to a second American Civil War.
I wish I could glibly say it will not come to that. Four years ago everyone but me, it seems, laughed when Donald Trump threw himself into the Republican Primary. They laughed at him like earlier generations laughed at Adolph Hitler.
Republicans and Newspapers knew him for what he was: a fraud, a clown, a blowhard, a cheat, a bully and an ignorant narcissist. The Duluth News Tribune is owned by a small time conservative media group that didn’t want to alienate their many rural readers. As a result the Trib failed to endorse the stable and competent Hillary Clinton over the candidate described too kindly two sentences ago. Their subscriptions and revenue were too important to sacrifice for the future of America. Today, damn near every Republican politician is following the fine example of the Duluth News Tribune’s editors.
To say I was disappointed that the Trib did not endorse me for the School Board is terribly off the mark. Rather, I am honored to be just one more obvious choice for an endorsement snubbed because of the editors small mindedness. Look at the final ad I placed in the Trib’s competition the Duluth Reader. Its written as though some neutral source was evaluating me but the fact is I wrote it (as my disclaimer puts it) “by his own darned self.”
I know my strengths. I am a seeker of new information. I value honesty as others value courage and believe that honesty requires courage. I hold self righteousness in low regard. I hold arrogance in even lower regard. I value humility but I know it doesn’t require me to deny my rather high opinion of myself. To prove my point I can point to the acknowledged two best presidents in US history. Both George Washington and Abraham Lincoln were brilliant. And yet, both of these men were graced with great humility so unlike the fetid stench given off by our current President.
I feel uniquely prepared to bring any Trumplican ????? to his or her senses. That would be Pete Stauber in Minnestota’s Eighth Congressional District seat. So, if I am elected to the Duluth School Board I still might try to hobble Pete in 2020.
Feel free to report this to the Duluth News Tribune. I’m sure if the Trib gets this information out by this weekend it might undermine my chances of getting elected to the Duluth School Board. If I am not on the School Board I’ll have more time to figure out how to keep the Constitution safe from Pete Stauber’s spinelessness. I’ll also have more time to practice my French. “Liberté, Equality, Fraternity”
For one brief moment the United States led the Soviet Union to the doorstep of Democracy then Putin and his version of vulture capitalists suffocated Russian Democracy like a baby in a bath tub. Russian Foreign Minister from that hopeful moment shakes his head in disbelief at what is happening in America today and what it may portend for Democracy. He urges President Trump’s impeachment and removal to remove the stain from our nation. I heartily agree with him.
The America I Knew as Russia’s Foreign Minister Is Gone https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/22/opinion/trump-america-russia.html
Someone on Facebook noted that Jim Fetzer (formerly of Duluth) just got whacked with a $450,000 defamation judgement. I replied that Fetzer didn’t care if he was wrong when he wrote a book denying the Sandy Hook massacre took place. Then I thought I’d better add a little more and wrote:
To be clearer. Fetzer isn’t interested in the Truth. Like Trump he offends people’s intelligence like a naughty kindergartner. He deserves to get whacked for it. He’s been this way for years. (Then I added a link to my old commentary on the rascal)
Fetzer shills for the gullible people of the day. Twenty years ago it was old hippies who thought JFK had been assassinated by the CIA. Today its Tea Party paranoids who really believe the “Deep State.” (meaning liberals) are ruining everything.
The picture in the Trib shows him sitting behind tall stacks of books which is meant to suggest research. Bwa, hahahahahaha
…in the column found in the previous post.
When I get my News Tribune delivered to my door I check several things that I can’t easily find when I’m traveling and look online for the DNT. They include Dear Abby and the Bygone’s section. I was intrigued that yesterday’s bygones coincidentally confirmed my history of Duluth’s Schools integration with a summary of a forty year old Trib Story:
As always, this is a snippet. There is much more to the story than this.
… its worth paying attention to the man who put an end to the last one, General and President Ulysses S. Grant:
“If we are to have another contest in the near future of our national existence, I predict that the dividing line will not be Mason and Dixon’s but between patriotism and intelligence on the one side, and superstition, ambition and ignorance on the other.”
The editors of the Duluth News Trib gave school board candidates a heads-up two weeks ago that we could send them a 500 word column for their paper for this year’s school board campaign. I sat on it for a while then woke up one night and cranked out a piece with lots of suggestions for the District. Last night I woke up with a rather different approach to a column and pounded a different one into my cell with my index finger. This morning I went over it a couple times not remembering that once formerly 700-word-columns had shrunk down by 200 words in these leaner and meaner days of journalism.
But I had written a 640 word essay. I had to cut 140 words from it. Such is the life of a writer. Well, before I trim my column down to size I’m going to share the original with my eight loyal readers. In a week or two you will be able to see whether I was able to preserve the sentiments in my column before I began whittling away at it.
This is a writer’s dilemma but its not one for a blogger. There is one risk. The Trib often warns people who submit something to them that they will not publish anything that was submitted to a rival publication. (That wasn’t expressed in my email invite however) I think they would be hard pressed to call my blog a rival publication. Its strictly not for profit and besides that, by the time I trim one fourth of this verbiage away the Trib will be hard pressed to claim that I made the original column public before they got hold of it. Stay tuned and see how well my message translates to newsprint after its blovia-ectomy.
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By far the biggest political news of the Trump era came today in the humiliation of two skeksies. If the world is lucky those humiliations will get considerably more expansive.
There is a reason that the BBC (British Broadcasting) became the source of conquered Europe’s news during World War 2. Someone had to keep shedding light in a dark time. They still shine that light. Check out how the BBC reports on Britain’s skeksie, Boris Johnson: https://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-politics-49088773/boris-johnson-the-boy-who-wanted-to-be-world-king
For the same reason I rely on the New York Times more now than ever before:
The media outlets trumpeting the “Deep State” are close to outing themselves as the real deep state funded for decades by paranoid billionaires who have bought up once neutral news divisions and hired amoral shills like Tucker Carlson to foment a revolution of the downtrodden for the benefit of billionaires. Sadly, they purged all the moderates from one of two great political parties and financed political sycophants, such as Tucker Carlson, to take their place. Its a Deep State that is being pealed back by journalists who have tracked down the record and methods of these cynical opportunists.
For all my interest in the Duluth Schools I can not help but keep my wary eye out for the movement of these malevolent forces on the national and international level. The Fate of the Earth rests on the shoulders of democratic loving people all over the world who once looked to the United States as Ronald Reagan’s “shining city on the hill.” Now we’ve been soiled by a man who’s go-to spirit once seemed consigned to nowheres-ville until he infected a brash young Donald Trump with his creed – Never admit you are wrong or that or that you lied. Hit critics back a thousand fold and take no prisoners . Trump’s muse was the mentally syphilitic Roy Cohn.
I have never fully abandoned my ambition to win a higher office than the Duluth School Board. This blog has been my attempt to explain myself to anyone interested in taking my circuitous career seriously. Yesterday at the SB candidate forum I was asked about transparency and mentioned not only my success at getting the School Board to record its meetings for public view on Youtube but this blog that has been in operation since August of 2006.
I’m careless about editing. I’m often in a hurry. I bite off a lot more than I can chew. But, I strive to write honestly knowing that my point of view is just that and without confusing what I write with “THE TRUTH.” Considering all that, I’ve been pleased with the modest growth of my tiny audience. When I mention my “eight loyal readers” I am only being a little facetious. Here are my stats for my last month of 2017 with six more days to add and all the visitors of my first full year of blogging in 2007
Unique visitors for September so far 3,474
Total visits for September so far 21,829
Average number of times each visitor has viewed Lincolndemocrat for Sept so far (6.28 visits/visitor)
compared with the first year Mar to Jan of 2007
Unique visitors for all of 2007 9,957
Total visits for for all of 2007 21,229
Average number of times each visitor viewed Lincolndemocrat for all of 2007 (2.13 visits/visitor)
My totally improper disclaimer on my now-to-be-discontinued Reader ads (Paid for by Welty for School Board, a committee-of-one run by Harry Welty his own darned self.) does describe my campaign style. I was a lousy Republican and kept getting lousier at being one as the Party became a wall of nativist, self-interest. I refuse to defer to bullshit just to advance myself politically.
I have been promising a book called “First God Created the idiot…” I will write it but the demands of being a grandfather, doing good works keeping up with the deluge of the New York Times AND figuring out how to campaign all-by-my-darned-self has crimped my free time. Out of stubbornness, I am sticking to my daily hour of French study but I’ve only read one book from start to finish this year. After the election win, lose or draw I will get it written, published and sent to my small select cadre of donors. I hope that will be made harder by my election. I do really want to be returned to my life’s project of making the Duluth Schools wonderfuller. If I am elected I will start out running but my blog may take a hit. The time I take to spill so many beans on the blog will likely be shifted to finishing that book. It will be a relatively modest 100,000 words compared to what must be 10 million words on my blog. I do value brevity.
PS – As for my book title: First God Created the Idiot…” It comes from the ever acerbic Mark Twain. The quotation concludes…“That was for practice. Then God Created the School Board.” I love that quote. When I first got elected I quoted it back to everyone all the time…..to keep my humility in check.
Go ahead. A fifteen dollar donation is considered a purchase. I might not get it to you immediately but it will be every bit as readable as my posts in this blog. Gosh. I hope that doesn’t give “buyers” cold feet.
I haven’t figured out how to upload Facebook videos to my blog. This one came from the Historical Center named after my Grandfather. My Mom saw to it her maiden name became my middle name Harry Robb Welty. In response to the video I shared it with the following thoughts
After the Great War the largely white officer corps was happy to award white combatants medals for their heroics. And minority warriors? Not so much.
My Grandfather was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. He told his daughter Georganne, my Mother, that he thought it was “politics” that got him his award although his commendation makes clear he had certainly acted above and beyond the call of duty. Furthermore, he took pains for the rest of his life to make clear that the African Americans he commanded were every bit as brave, if not more so, than any other soldiers. One of them, about whom he reported extensively, is now also being reviewed carefully to see if he too should have been accorded more consideration for a higher honor, perhaps even the Medal of Honor.
Park College has taken my Grandfather’s view to heart. I can think of no higher tribute in these uncertain times than to look back and make amends for the past. Park College’s efforts are a national treasure
I am sure that shortly after 9/11 I posted my recollection of events as a spectator. I haven’t found them as yet so I’ll mention some things now. I had a two-year-old website at the time. For the next half a year I posted this photograph I had taken of the Duluth East Choir during its 1999 trip to the East Coast. Across from Lady Liberty’s Island, which the Choir was visiting, I framed the choir under the Twin Towers. I made sure that my daughter’s smiling face was dead center. When the towers fell I couldn’t think of a better remembrance to share along with the audio of an East Choir recording of the song, “Lost in the Night” with my daughter singing the solo.
I woke up on the day of the attack in good spirits. I don’t recall what was on my mind but I flew into the School Superintendent’s Office happy as a lark. When a secretary told me that a plane had flown into one of the World Trade Towers I shrugged it off with a joke thinking it was a cessna or something on that order. It was only as I got back into my car to drive home that I tuned into the National Public Radio and began hearing the details. Once home after my five minute return trip I turned on the television to a picture of the first tower billowing smoke. I can’t remember if the second plan had struck by then but I remember wondering if the tower, either tower could remain standing as they were consumed by fire. I watched the first tower fall then the second.
Two years ago in France I watched minute by minute videos that had been taken at the time by witnesses during the deadly wait for the towers to fall. They had been gathered up by our nation’s national security as part of the initial investigation as to what had happened during those hours.Like December 7th, 9/11 will remain a touchstone for those alive at the time. Last year, after watching the fall of the Towers all over again, Claudia and I went on to visit the Normandy Coast of France. In the iconic American battlefield cemetery overlooking the invasion site we stopped and watched as an American Flag was raised and lowered and given to a spectator. I wondered if the flag might have been given to a descendant of one of the men lost in the Invasion of France.
For a month after the attack I put up our American flag on our Portico every day.
Up until the attack my chief concern as a school board member to offer an excess levy referendum to Duluth voters to keep funding the Duluth Schools adequately. One member of our Board, Bob Mars, made up his mind to oppose the levy. That was ominous as previous referendums had foundered without a unanimous Board supporting them. I was so disconsolate I asked my greatest foe on the Board to meet with me so I could tell her I didn’t have the heart to push for the levy referendum. She begged me to find the spirit to fight for it and over the next few days I found that spirit. In fact, one of my most controversial moments took place when I gave a speech explaining the need for the levy. Later I asked a television station for their recording of it. I swore once and that was later used against me by some critics. I called it “My Damn Speech.”
The levy did indeed fail and I always blamed that in part on the terrorists who put such a pall on American spirits. It was just one more victory for them. Perhaps our current national disorder can also be pinned in part on their actions. Or, maybe, we should be looking in the mirror to see the cause of that.
Maybe when the campaign is over I’ll push everything to the side and spend all my time on the darned book I’m hawking. But there is so much else going on.
I have a couple blank posts to attend to but I’ll give myself the day to crank them out. 9/11’s anniversary deserves remembrance. But I’ll get to it and the other posts later today. Stay tuned. A lot is on my mind.
Here’s the list of postings. I wonder how many I’ll get to?
Superior Street Project
Old Central Steam Plant conversion
The DNT’s surprisingly weighty issue today
the Synagogue Fire investigation
Stauber, National Crisis, parking lots
Home-builders feel about local fees a lot like poor people.
“Sankofa” at Duluth’s AME Church
After delivering Grandsons to school I spent much of the morning with my head in the New York Times and the DNT. Additionally, a Facebook post on the Choctaw Indians got me into some online research. One of my grandsons has a smidgen of Choctaw and Chickasaw in his lineage. In fact, his name is from an Indian forbear four generations back. So I found a more thorough article on how and why the Choctaw Indians, still in shock from having been sent on the Trail of Tears march to Oklahoma, managed to raise today’s equivalent of about $7,000 and sent it to the starving people of Ireland during the potato famine. Here’s the full story.
Which led me on a search for the recent news that the Cherokee Indians have just appointed their representative to Congress guaranteed by a treaty with the United States. According to the story the Choctaw also have the option of appointing a representative to Congress but have not acted on this part of their treaty.
My Grandfather’s family left Ireland half a generation after the famine. Earlier this year I began reading a book about it to better understand what my Great Great Grandparents had witnessed. Sadly, I set it aside because other things caught my attention. I do plan to get back to the book. Its called The Graves are Walking.
Sadly we live in a nation that is stripping children from their unwelcome families and locking them away. The Irish remember the gift of their surprising donors and fellow forlorn benefactors. Today they honor the memory with a sculpture called “Kindred Spirits.”
There is a fierce debate about whether Americans are still racists. The worst black harassing President since Woodrow Wilson (who kicked Blacks out of the civil service), Donald Trump, (who kept blacks out of his apartment buildings) says he’s the least racist Person in America.
I’ll give Trump credit for one thing. His elevation to the Oval Office has shown how profoundly ignorant America is about its shitty treatment of black Americans over the last 20 generations.
Not withstanding our nation’s remarkable election of the half-white Barack Obama in 2008 Trump has ripped the scab off our long simmering anti-black infection.
It continues today everywhere including in Duluth’s Public Schools. I won’t bring an end to it but as one of the few white children actually affected by Brown vs. Topeka Board of Education I will be damned if I will let my experience be wasted.
The New York Times has been publishing a fantastically clear eyed series of histories about how we got to this improved but still rancid state over the last 400 years.
This story about our vile criminal justice system that non-racist, Donald Trump, sent 5 more innocent black kids into is well worth the read for anyone willing to take the scales off their eyes.
American Prisons Owe Their Cruelty to Slavery
Please reconsider your hasty refusal to sell Greenland to the United States. Remember, our President is a genius, a very smart businessman and leader of the free world. But expect him to dicker with you (and no that is not a sexual reference. Dicker means to bargain.)
You should make a counter offer. Offer to trade Greenland for the Blue States. It’s probably about the same land mass and the Blue States are not covered with ice. Sure, when Trump melts Greenland you will lose Maralago along with a third of your purchase but this North American land has lots of productive people who are a lot like the Danes. Not so many guns. They are from blue states after all. Most of them would really prefer your Prime Minister to our President.
When you’ve sealed the deal consider trading Faroe island with Lesser Britain for Scotland. I hear that Boris Johnson is a Trump clone. He’ll be eager to off-load the Scots now that Brexit is breathing down his neck. I think they would like you better too.
Have no doubt. A lot of us would take the deal in a heartbeat. And Minnesota (a blue state if ever there was one) has bragging rights for being discovered by your Viking ancestors. We even named our football team after them.
Duluth, Minnesota, USA (for now but it could be…….)
Duluth, Minnesota, DENMARK (Sounds pretty good doesn’t it?)
And here’s a shameless plug to all you Danes who speak better English than we Americans.
I’m selling a book…
Minneapolitians were divided about the renaming of long-standing Lake Calhoun into Bde Maka Ska. I doubt that many Minnesotans even knew who John C. Calhoun was or why anyone would object to his name being affixed to one of Minneapolis’s many pretty lakes. The answer is spelled out in one one of the New York Times marvelous histories concerning 2019’s 400 anniversary of the beginning of slavery in the United States. When they are finished I hope they publish the collection as a book.
Here’s the villain himself:
I’m intrigued that he looks every bit as grim as his polar political opposite John Brown whose Kansas State Capitol Mural I googled yesterday. That link is to a Christian Science Monitor story about the painter John Steurt Curry.
When my Mother was a girl the mural was being painted in the capitol building. Brown was “reaping the whirlwind” that John C. Calhoun had sown in poisoning the call to equality in the Declaration of Independence. Or to loosely paraphrase George Orwell. “All animals are equal but slaveholders are more equal than others.”
There is a reason this blog is called Lincolndemocrat. When I named it I was about to throw in the towel to the quasi-fascists that had taken over the GOP to fashion a new Jim Crow run by rural white Americans. The spirit of the Republican Party had been stripped from Abe Lincoln and handed to the architect of the anti-democratic South, John C. Calhoun.
I highly recommend this installment of the New York Times coverage of the 400th Anniversary of oppression against funny colored people by pink people:
What the Reactionary Politics of 2019 Owe to the Politics of Slavery https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/08/14/magazine/republicans-racism-african-americans.html
I never read Helter Skelter although I recall Mother Jones News or Rolling Stone running a shortened version of it back in the day. I read enough of that to supplement the coverage in the news. Many years later I read something from somebody who interviewed Manson in prison. The story from the interviewer showed some skepticism of the prosecutors who put all the blame on Charlie. The skepticism seemed warranted but in hindsight I suspect that Manson was simply pulling the wool over yet one more person’s eyes. Still, I haven’t revisited the Manson story other than to catch news stories of parole hearings for his imprisoned followers though the years with all the swastikas self carved onto their foreheads. Do I still think there is a partical of truth to the prison story Manson was pedaling that he was simply a small part of the Manson commune and that there was someone else who was the real brains behind all the killing? Naw.
I just bumped into this story about Manson’s youngest groupie who thought she had escaped the story only to be pulled back into it forty years later. Manson was guilty as sin.
Charlie’s “magnetism” was part of the acid dropping era. Luckily, his pull was confined to some small parcels of California’s back woods. Its worth remembering that entire nations can get caught up in the delusions of someone with a good sales pitch. Charlie isn’t the only Messiah to have inspired the ignorant with his visions of a race war. But that megaphone has been placed in the tiny hands of our nation’s Chief of State. And he has fans as addled as the Manson Girls. Ex Congresswomen Bachmann says we will never see a more Godly President than Donald Trump.
Forty years from now Michele may be remembered as our Era’s version of a Manson girl. There is one difference however. Michele isn’t a teenager from a broken family.
I posted the whole wretched screed in the previous post. It took an hour and a half of research to just start poking holes in this clap trap. I may keep working on it or I may not. Its a labor of loathing. My responses are italicized
Fight on, Trump —
“You magnificent bastard”
A description of politics in the US since the 1960’s
Evan Douglas Sayet is a comedian and an in-demand conservative speaker.
Sayet is the author of “The Kinder Garden Of Eden:
How The Modern Liberal Thinks And Why He’s Convinced That Ignorance Is Bliss.”
The kinder Garden. I haven’t read this but the Title is interesting. It suggests that the origin of the story in Genesis is misunderstood by someone and from the subtitle that would be liberals. So the Garden of Eden wasn’t a kinder place. I’d have to read Sayet’s book to find out whether he thinks God made it mean, or the Serpent made it mean or my choice, blind human short term stupidity made it mean.
The “He” of the title is Donald Trump. Certainly Donald Trump fights. He has fought to keep black people out of his buildings. He has fought the people he’s screwed over in court. He’s waged a war on anyone who gets in his way in imitation of the way his mentor Roy Cohen did by smearing them with lies and never backing down. I guess it was nasty liberals who sent Roy Cohen to the woodshed after he attacked the Army for being run by commies all so he could get his gay lover out of the military. Then Roy spent the rest of his life denying that he was gay while he goaded the New York legal community into trying to strip him of his law license. Just the kind of lawyer to help Donald cheat Uncle Sam out of Trump’s taxes.
by Evan Sayet
My Leftist friends (as well as many ardent #Never Trumpers) constantly ask me if I’m not bothered by Donald Trump’s lack of decorum.
They ask if I don’t think his tweets are “beneath the dignity of the office.” Here’s my answer:
We Right-thinking people have tried dignity. There could not have been a man of more quiet dignity than George W. Bush as he suffered the outrageous lies and politically motivated hatreds that undermined his presidency.
George W. Bush was treated as a wuss by Reagan loving Republicans. This was an idea that Democrats loved so Bush had two political camps to suffer through. Google “Newsweek The Wimp Factor.”
Check out this old Newsweek cover.
We tried propriety:
has there been a nicer human being ever than Mitt Romney?
And the results were always the same. This is because, while we on the Right were playing by the rules of dignity, collegiality and propriety,
Ronald Reagan was famous for his soothing “morning again in America” theme. However, I haven’t forgotten how he launched his Presidential campaign in Neshoba, Mississippi where the KKK murdered three young liberal white civil rights workers Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner for registering black Mississippians to vote. I guess Reagan was inviting people into the Republican Party who had not played by the rules of dignity, collegiality and propriety for the 120 previous years using the excuse that white southerners had the power because of “State’s Rights.” Reagan
Speech was called his “States Rights” Speech and he said:
“I still believe the answer to any problem lies with the people. I believe in states’ rights. I believe in people doing as much as they can for themselves at the community level and at the private level, and I believe we’ve distorted the balance of our government today by giving powers that were never intended in the Constitution to that federal establishment.”
Here is what the people of Mississippi had done seven miles away doing for themselves what they could to prevent black Mississippians from getting the right to vote.
After Reagan white southerners became Republicans.
In 2011, years eight years ago a poll of Mississippi Republicans discovered that almost half of them wanted black white marriages banned. That was thirty years after Reagan’s speech calling for “balance” in government. Now his party is going back to suppressing black votes again only without all the bombing and murder. How civil of them.
the Left has been, for the past 50+ years, engaged in a knife fight where the only rules are those of Saul Alinsky and the Chicago mob.
Knife fight? Saul Alinsky was a social worker. The Chicago Mob began with Al Capone thirty years before. In checking out this claim I discovered through Snopes.com that Obama haters have been circulating a list of Saul Alinsky’s rules including such things and banning guns and controlling health care. Alinsky may have had thoughts about these subjects but they were not part of his famous or infamous rules for radicals. Here’s the list of his recommendations for making change and BTW some of them sound like they came out of the mouth of Donald Trump:
-Always remember the first rule of power tactics: Power is not only what you have but what the enemy thinks you have.
-The second rule is: Never go outside the experience of your people. When an action is outside the experience of the people, the result is confusion, fear, and retreat.
-The third rule is: Wherever possible go outside the experience of the enemy. Here you want to cause confusion, fear, and retreat.
-The fourth rule is: Make the enemy live up to their own book of rules. You can kill them with this, for they can no more obey their own rules than the Christian church can live up to Christianity.
-The fourth rule carries within it the fifth rule: Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. It is almost impossible to counterattack ridicule. Also it infuriates the opposition, who then react to your advantage.
-The sixth rule is: A good tactic is one that your people enjoy. If your people are not having a ball doing it, there is something very wrong with the tactic.
-The seventh rule: A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag. Man can sustain militant interest in any issue for only a limited time, after which it becomes a ritualistic commitment, like going to church on Sunday mornings.
-The eighth rule: Keep the pressure on, with different tactics and actions, and utilize all events of the period for your purpose.
-The ninth rule: The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.
-The tenth rule: The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition. It is this unceasing pressure that results in the reactions from the opposition that are essential for the success of the campaign.
-The eleventh rule is: If you push a negative hard and deep enough it will break through into its counterside; this is based on the principle that every positive has its negative.
-The twelfth rule: The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative. You cannot risk being trapped by the enemy in his sudden agreement with your demand and saying “You’re right — we don’t know what to do about this issue. Now you tell us.”
-The thirteenth rule: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.
I don’t find anything “dignified,” “collegial” or “proper” about Barack Obama’s lying about what went down on the streets of Ferguson in order to ramp up racial hatred because racial hatred serves the Democratic Party.
Bullshite, Bullshite, Bullshite, My Brother and son lived next to Ferguson when the “racial hatred” blew up. A black kid was killed by a policeman. Saying President Obama lied about it is stupid. And it was Donald Trump who said Mexican’s were rapists. Why doesn’t this comic hold Trump to the same standards he expects of Obama.
What we’ve learned is that in some states tax poor communities pay for services by fining the hell out of their poorest residents. Cops are too quick to pull their guns. And black people don’t like being pushed around. Saying otherwise as this comedian is doing is not “dignified,” “collegial” or “proper.” It sure looks to me like anti-Ferguson hatred serves the interest of the Republican Party or at least Mr. Sayac.
I don’t see anything “dignified” in lying about the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi and imprisoning an innocent filmmaker to cover your tracks.
I have a life. I don’t know if I’ll come back to Sayac’s Bullshite on Benghazi or not. Fighting this BS is like fighting Russian Internet Trolls.