About AJ DiCintio
A.J. DiCintio is a Featured Writer for The New Media Journal. He first exercised his polemical skills arguing with friends on
the street corners of the working class neighborhood where he grew up.
Retired from teaching, he now applies those skills, somewhat honed and
polished by experience, to social/political affairs.
Liberal Is As Liberal Does
to Blame for the Bad Economy?
Liberals Discover Root of Evil
Witches & False Charges of Racism
NAACP & The Tea Party
Celebrating the Fourth with Washington
Liberals Expose Themselves (And It's a Good Thing)
Epidemic of Foot-in-Mouth
Borders, Polls & Statistics Schmatistics
Blowing Up a Pornographic Boycott
Looking Like Europe
Bombs & The English Language
Slouching Toward Columbia & Belgium
Washing Out Dirty Mouths
Dangerous, Unbeautiful Nanny
Damned Lies & Statistics
Is Method in Obama's Healthcare Madness
Perverse Financial Elites
Flying Under the Radar
Obama: No JFK
Massachusetts: Vote! For God's Sake, Vote!
Cowardice, Expediency, Language & Liberals
Tax & Principles
Christmas Times Four
Snake in the Grass
Narrative & Afghanistan
Prostitution & The Healthcare Bill
That Killed at Fort Hood
Who Are the Know-Nothings?
All the Tomatoes!
It's Not a
War Against FOX News
Hope) We’re Not Gonna Take It Anymore
Hyperpartisanship, Propaganda & Hypocrisy
& Sherman's Legacy
Epistemology, Materialists & Morality
the Stench of the Stable
Shameful Education Affair
Reform: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly
(Audaciously Arrogant) Mob
The Boiled Frog
the Last Cow Has Come Home
and The Big Hate
Jefferson: Don’t Question a Supreme Court Nominee Without Him
Liberal Is As Liberal Does
August 19, 2010
The most important aspect of the irrefutable truth popularized by "Forrest Gump”
is that it gives rise to countless corollaries. For example, without fearing an
iota of criticism, we can look toward one end of the spectrum of reality and say
"Hydrogen is as hydrogen does” and then the other to observe "Liberal is as
Actually, the last statement has been swirling in my mind since the President
weighed-in on the issue of whether a mosque and Islamic cultural center ought to
be constructed near NYC’s Ground Zero.
To review, here’s what Obama said the first time he spoke about the
I understand the emotions that this issue engenders. Ground zero is, indeed,
hallowed ground...This is America, and our commitment to religious freedom must
be unshakable. The principle that people of all faiths are welcome in this
country, and will not be treated differently by their government, is essential
to who we are.
Then, a day later he issued this perfectly Clintonian clarification to obscure
the fact that his words indicate he ultimately supports building the mosque:
I was not commenting, and I will not comment, on the wisdom of making the
decision to put a mosque there. . . I was commenting very specifically on the
right people have that dates back to our founding. That’s what our country is
Now, with respect to both statements, two reactions immediately come to mind:
One is "How quintessentially liberal!” the other "How perfectly Alinskyian!”
And why not those conclusions, because for the vast majority of the American
people, the controversy revolves not around the right to build a mosque
but the wisdom of making the decision to put [one] there.
However, instead of speaking thoughtfully about that crucial issue, including in
his remarks some truths about human nature and the nature of a society called a
nation, Obama chose to engage in the insidious "relationship-building” ("I
understand” and "hallowed ground”) that Saul Alinsky taught is necessary to
prepare the public for what is, essentially, the message of liberal superiority,
which Obama delivered in the form of an officious, insulting lecture about the
Of course, as Alinsky instructed his followers, a liberal "radical” or
"organizer” doesn’t succeed by proudly and fully announcing the totality of his
true beliefs and goals, explaining why Obama didn’t say what he surely believes:
that building a mosque near Ground Zero is, on balance, a good thing.
That kind of perverse forbearance is, of course, nothing new; for he has
consistently done the same with respect to other issues.
For instance, he has never precisely explained what America will look like if it
adopts the entire Obama agenda or what caused him to admire Marxist professors
or what he thinks about Marxists now or what kind of curriculum his committee
partner and former domestic terrorist Bill Ayers had in mind for Chicago public
school students desperately in need of a sound academic education.
Obama’s statements about the mosque don’t, however, simply play the old liberal
game of concealment; they also serve as a signal for liberal elites of the media
and academia to do what they do best, that is, demonize those who disagree with
dogmas liberals regard as self-evident truths.
In fact, "important” liberal reporters, commentators, editorialists, and
professors have already begun to "objectively” and routinely refer to opponents
of the Ground Zero mosque as racist, bigoted, nativist, ugly American,
Yes, adhering to Alinsky’s Rule #13, "Pick the target, freeze it, personalize
it, polarize it,” is old hat for liberals, who, for instance, have for years
been ignoring crucially important social, political, economic, and environmental
questions that pertain to the issues of borders, immigration, and citizenship in
favor of vilifying the great majority of Americans with the filthy name calling
Moreover, liberals long ago found that viciously maligning opponents is quite an
easy thing to do — specifically, from the moment they accepted Alinsky’s dictum
that mocks "means-and-ends moralists” while insisting that "the end justifies
almost any means.”
Finally (but certainly not the final word about how liberal behavior defines
liberals), there is the fact that with respect to his position regarding the
Ground Zero mosque, Obama has placed himself outside the super-landslide
majority of American opinion, with a recent CNN poll reporting that nearly 70%
of the public oppose construction while only 29% favor it.
The problem for Obama, however, lies not in this single disparity but in the
fact that it serves as a metaphor for nearly all of his major policy decisions,
as exemplified by the enormous opposition to his programs that, for example,
"reform” healthcare through dangerous centralization and frightful bureaucracy
building, win wars by encouraging soldiers to exhibit "courageous restraint,”
and promote prosperity through the "generational theft” of mad, unfair,
pork-laden spending and borrowing based upon the notion that money really does
grow on trees.
Even a citizen who has acquired only a smidgen of political sophistication would
guess that the in-your-face contempt with which Obama reacts to all of these
enormous disconnects may also be connected to Alinsky.
And that person would be correct; for it was Chicago’s "father of community
organizing” who taught that in politics "One acts decisively only in the
conviction that all the angels are on one side and all the devils on the other.”
However, their arrogance and Rules for Radicals notwithstanding, latter-day
Alinskyites currently face a big problem, because since ’08, the "other side”
has been on the receiving end of a hard lesson about the truth that liberal is
as liberal does.
As a result, the odds are that the "devils” will be doing some self-defining of
their own, in the form of a hell of a lot of hell-raising come November.