“Unfortunately, they're called liberals in our culture. They're Socialists, Progressives but the really accurate term is Neo-Communists and they're in the White House and they're part of the same program that the Left that I was part of, the same Left that Barack Obama is part of, with redistribution, central planning and government control of everything”. David Horowitz February 6th, 2014
“My adherents are Useful Idiots” Karl Marx
I’ve been involved in Conservative politics for a few years now, it started after my “lightbulb moment” when a lifelong liberal friend had a mental breakdown 3 days after Sarah Palin’s public introduction…none of us had any idea who Palin was, why was my friend so affected by a person she had no working knowledge of ? I was so curious that it started a 6-year learning odyssey of reading, watching and activism.
So when I heard a Summit of Progressives was being held in Orange County you couldn't keep me away.
Sunday morning bright and early I walked into the Orange County Progressive Summit and paid my $20 to join them (lunch, pleasantly included) I was greeted by a nice woman in her 40s who took my name and gave me a badge; as the instructions on the website were vague she was very helpful finding my first workshop “Creating a Comprehensive Campaign and Engaging Media and Local Officials”. Hesitantly I entered the classroom, sure that I would be seen as an infiltrator and they would all spin, point and start hissing like the Pod People from “Invasion of the Body Snatchers”
....thankfully, that didn't happen. A slightly Amish looking young man proceeded to present the title material; essentially how to cozy up to reporters, groups and politicians and get them to adopt whatever your chosen demand is. His advice ran from simply calling to chat to the much more malevolent “Control the Message” and “Pressure them for your Demands” !! afterwards, the Q&A was focused on controlling the media with whatever your chosen script was. So much for freedom of the Press.
“The Left has only been really successful at one thing….and that is demonizing the Right” Dennis Prager
Next up, “Asking and Getting Money for your Organization” was run by a sharp looking woman from a lobbying firm in Newport Beach. In 30 minutes she outlined a strategy for “Getting to Yes” with potential donors and targeting them ruthlessly to “get as much money from them as you can”. This included some role-playing exercises that brought up an elderly lady who stated she was “trying to save the planet from Global Warming”. During the pantomime she was taught how to extract much needed cash from strangers so that the global, and hopefully local, tides could be turned back. I had seen this technique before in “Glengarry Glen Ross” ?….maybe if Al Pacino had sold carbon credits instead of worthless land deals, but the patsies were the same.
I headed to M.A.P. (Movement Action Plan)....ah yes, “Action”….it’s a core part of every Progressive’s DNA. If you’ve ever seen any Soviet era propaganda “Movement”, “Action” and “Forward to...(?)” are a constant in the “struggle”. This workshop taught ideas constructed by Bill Moyers and was presented by a slim and energetic if slightly manic man named Elliot Adams. Mr. Adams is a Vietnam Veteran who has since renounced violence and now works tirelessly to close Gitmo, improve relations with Muslims and impose hunger strikes on himself. Along the way Mr. Adams was the mayor of his “village”and at the same time he worked on “creating Justice and ending Violence”...where does he find the time for such lofty activism, some days I can barely make it to Costco and binge watch “Breaking Bad”. His presentation dealt with the “4 Roles of Social Activism” which give the user some handy new faces with which to don and commence the Movement. Become a “Citizen”to articulate the vision of a new society. Switch masks and become the “Rebel”...to cause creative tension, or a “Social Change Agent” who would nurture a new public consensus and, finally, hit the heights as a “Reformer” who resides at the nexus between the public and the Cause. Mr. Adams used Moyers' “8 Stages of Social Movements” graph to outline when the time to strike is or to gauge how effective your Action has been or will be. Pretty powerful stuff….pure dynamite in the wrong hands.
Mr. Adams began the seminar by advising that “Everything good comes from forcing your government to give people what they need” and ended by advising his students to “get people aware” or, if they were enemies “keep information away from them”, I had to blink and make sure I hadn’t teleported to Moscow circa 1917.
Anyone who has studied the Left knows Bill Moyers. To the majority he’s the grandfatherly icon of PBS...to the rest he’s a 1960s radical that has clearly influenced how the Progressives have used Alinskyite tactics in their quest for power; any tactics that come from Moyers are dangerous and contrary to a Conservative’s values.
I missed “Effective Protesting in Public” (not my bag, man) and “How to Create and Promote a Powerful Petition”...grievance 101, if the title is any indicator…. possible alternate subtitle: “How to make your daily grievances a reality”
It occurred to me that my fellow conferees were the ideological descendants of Saul Alinsky, the Godfather of Community Organizing and tactical patriarch of Hillary and Barack.
“Alinsky’s methodology began by teaching “community organizers” to raise the consciousness of the economically disadvantaged, who were typically also minorities. The goal was to stir the pain of economic suffering in order to creating awareness in an economic underclass of their disadvantages. “The organizer dedicated to changing the life of a particular community must first rub raw the resentments of the people of the community; fan the latent hostilities of many of the people to the point of overt oppression,” he wrote. “He [the community organizer] must search out controversy and issues, rather than avoid them, for unless there is controversy people are not concerned” Jerome Corsi, “Saul Alinsky:The Evil Genius Behind Obama”
Alinsky was brilliant at focusing the disaffected Left on what was being stolen from them….despite that that no actual theft had ever occurred.
“Never let a crisis go to waste” Rahm Emanuel
As I walked among the participants I was struck how calm and pleasant they were, most had a smile for me and a conspiratorial vibe that whispered “we’re all in this together”. I spoke with Moms Across America about Genetically Modified Organisms (no, a Pluot is not GMO), an elder hippy who wanted to talk about social media and a young couple working for “Organizing for America”, the “non-governmental“ group that continually sells the entity known as Barack Obama as if he were a shiny new secret that no one had ever heard of. I spied Cindy Sheehan, famous presidential thorn. I watched how seasoned liberal ladies, clad in their best Betsey Johnson, threw themselves at her. It could have been a food show, church gathering or book club…..but in fact, it was a gathering of dangerous people who want to turn America, by force, into something it cannot and will not ever be.
You see, we made a serious mistake. We thought Progressives were harmless fools whose utopian dreams were the childish fantasies of cultural Peter Pans. Progressives are neither cute nor harmless; they have been brainwashed for generations into believing they are the White Knights of American Society that are one drawbridge away from saving the castle and the only thing that stands in the way of Rapunzel and history is you and me. Can you guess who loses in that scenario ? lesson to learn: there is no middle ground we can forge with Progressives.
“You never negotiate with people whose values are 180 degrees from your own” Rush Limbaugh
A cursory scan of the last 100 years shows a constant forward march of Liberalism in America. Woodrow Wilson was our first Progressive president who truly felt a larger, authoritarian government (and racism-tinged eugenics) was in the public’s best interest. FDR’s wanton spending and welfare state began the notion that government is the only protector for people in need. FDR's 2nd Bill of Rights, had it been enacted, would have given every citizen a permanent job, home, education, healthcare, social security and freedom from competition….draining any motivation a human being needed to succeed and persevere in life. We rode high after WW2 but became complacent and allowed the Left (which had always been there, agitating) to infiltrate our colleges. The 1960’s Cultural Revolution was the result, it was the most damaging period in our history and radicalized today’s Democrat leadership.
You might ask why any of this is relevant to you ? because I believe that Progressives pose the greatest threat to America in our lifetimes. I simply call them “Modern Liberals” the most destructive creature in human history; if after the last 6 years of the Obama presidency we don’t comprehend the danger they pose and stop them then we have only ourselves to blame for what happens from here on.
Consider this, to Modern Liberals/Progressives/Statists/Socialists:
Power is Everything. Once gained, power is to be used to make the Progressive’s vision of the world come true…a Totalitarian Utopia.
"One death is a tragedy, a million is a statistic” Josef Stalin
The Ends justify the Means. Communist hero, Saul Alinsky, taught 1960s radicals how to destroy America in his classic “Rules for Radicals”. He advised his acolytes that the goal of turning America into a Socialist nation is supreme and gave them a license to cheat, lie and steal to make the “ends” come true. Hillary Clinton knew him personally and wrote her senior thesis “There is only the Fight” about Alinsky and his tactics and Barack Obama taught Alinsky’s methods in public. They and thousands like them are in the US government now, working everyday to make Alinsky’s dark vision come true.
“Alinsky would deny throughout his life that he was a Communist, his Rules for Radicals was written to lay out for socialists a step-by-step “how to” guide of power politics that was developed to empower the “have-nots” to turn free enterprise on its head – allowing the poor and downtrodden to redistribute income in their favor by wrenching wealth from hands of the “haves.” Alinsky’s vision rested not upon any understanding of classic moral principles, but instead derived from a socialist consciousness of class and race warfare that Marx and Engels would have understood.” Jerome Corsi “Saul Alinsky:The Evil Genius Behind Obama”
Everything they believe is wrong. From the cultural mantras “Inequality” “Social Justice” and “Racism” to the more mathematical Keynesianism, Single-Payer Healthcare and Endless Public Welfare..every single idea, calculation and program are based in falsehoods and sold, through endless propaganda, with the desired outcome being buying votes (with your money) to gain power. Simply put, Liberals steal from productive people and give that money to non-productive people in exchange for a perpetual vote to secure and hold power. At it’s core, Progressivism wages a war on math; an application of first-grade mathematics defeats their every wish list, program and dream.
“Who are you going to believe ? Me, or your lying eyes” Chico Marx
Progressives have had a plan for over a century and systematically implemented it; taking over education, entertainment and government to the point that very little objective truth gets through their Iron Curtain of Information to the public’s propaganda-addled consciousness. While we focus on which iPhone to choose and which new dance show to watch they are working tirelessly, poisoning and indoctrinating the public to the desired point that, when the trap shuts, the public will simply accept their fate.
For anyone who doubts conspiracy theories about Leftist’s desire to take over the US, think about this…To Progressives, America is their Cibola, the famed City of Gold, the most free place in the world….to control and re-make it is their most fervent fever-dream and the denouement of their century-long scheme.
Yet, after 100 years of steady progress and a near total domination of the culture, they only barely hit 50% on their best day. Could it be that the public has an intuitive sense of Progressive's true nature and motives ? only time and concerted Conservative activism will tell.
Until that moment of reckoning they will be out there…..organizing.