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Frank Salvato is the
Executive Director and Director of Terrorism Research for
non-profit, non-partisan, 501(c)(3) research and education initiative. His
writing has been recognized by the US House International Relations Committee
and the Japan Center for Conflict Prevention. His organization,
BasicsProject.org, partnered in producing the original national symposium series
addressing the root causes of radical Islamist terrorism. He is a member of the
International Analyst Network.
He also serves as the managing editor for
The New Media Journal.
Mr. Salvato has appeared on The O'Reilly Factor on FOX News Channel, and is a
regular guest on talk radio including on The Captain's America Radio Show,
nationally syndicated by the Phoenix Broadcasting Network and on
NetTalkWorld Global Talk
Radio catering to the US Armed Forces around
the world. Mr. Salvato is also heard weekly on
The Roth Show with Dr.
Laurie Roth syndicated nationally on the USA Radio Network. His
opinion-editorials have been published by The American Enterprise Institute, The
Washington Times & Human Events and are syndicated nationally. He is
occasionally quoted in The Federalist. Mr. Salvato is available for public
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Demonizing the Tea Party the Chicago Way
April 9, 2010
"So it is said that if you know your
enemies and know yourself, you can win a hundred battles without a single loss.
If you only know yourself, but not your opponent, you may win or may lose. If
you know neither yourself nor your enemy, you will always endanger yourself.”
– Sun Tzu, 6th Century, BC.
One way to tell how effective the Tea Party movement has been is to gauge the
severity of the attacks on the movement by its detractors. It is fair and
logical to deduce that the more severe the attacks, the more threatened the
attackers feel. Judging from the most recent attacks on the Tea Party movement –
and because the Progressives and Liberal Democrats are completely invested in
"feelings” instead of facts – those opposed to limited government and the
constitutional rule of law are feeling quite threatened.
Anyone paying attention to the mainstream news media has noticed a recent uptick
in the number of news stories about the Tea Party movement. While media outlets
such as FOX News, The Washington Times, BigGovernment.com, NewsMax.com and talk
radio portray the Tea Party movement in a favorable light, the "alphabet media,”
its cable brethren and the Progressive blogs are painting the movement as having
emanated from the fringe; a group consisting of a bevy of Timothy McVeigh’s on
steroids. Truth be told, this isn’t because they are grossly ideological in
their reporting – although that lends to the zealousness of their actions – as
much as it is a coordinated tactic to neuter the power of the Tea Party
movement. The Progressive’s attacks on the Tea Party movement are straight from
Rules for Radicals; they are a textbook Saul Alinsky play...and they are
only going to get more vicious as the 2010 and 2012 elections approach.
To give but a brief overview of who Saul Alinsky was,
DiscoverTheNetworks.org describes him thusly:
"Born to Russian-Jewish parents in Chicago in 1909, Saul Alinsky was a
Communist/Marxist fellow-traveler who helped establish the dual political
tactics of confrontation and infiltration that characterized the 1960s and have
remained central to all subsequent revolutionary movements in the United States.
He never joined the Communist Party but instead became an avatar of the
"Though Alinsky is rightfully understood to have been a leftist, his legacy is
more methodological than ideological. He identified a set of very specific rules
that ordinary citizens could follow, and tactics that ordinary citizens could
employ, as a means of gaining public power. His motto was, ‘The most effective
means are whatever will achieve the desired results.’”
The culmination of Alinsky’s life work comes to us in the form of his book,
Rules for Radicals. It is the quintessential handbook for all
Progressives and especially for Progressives in politics, advocacy and in
government. Hillary Clinton chose to write about Saul Alinsky for her
senior thesis at Wellesley College. And Alinsky’s own son, L.David Alinsky,
said this of Barack Obama after the 2008 Democratic National Convention:
"Barack Obama’s training in Chicago by the great community organizers is
showing its effectiveness...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
"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
And so it should come as no surprise that with Progressives in control of
the Executive and Legislative Branches of our federal government – and in
control of the mainstream media apparatus – we are seeing Alinsky tactics
employed against any force that would oppose the Progressive agenda or its
It is for this reason that we must
learn and understand the Alinsky model and methods. A great example of how
the Progressives use the Alinsky model to their benefit can be seen in how they
are handling the Tea Party movement.
In chapter seven of Rules for Radicals, titled Tactics, Alinsky
"Tactics are those conscious deliberate acts by which human beings live with
each other and deal with the world around them...Here our concern is with the
tactic of taking; how the ‘Have-Nots’ can take power away from the ‘Haves.’”
Alinsky enumerates 13 "rules” here:
1. Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have.
2. Never go outside the expertise of your people.
3. Whenever possible, go outside the expertise of the enemy.
4. Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.
5. Ridicule is man's most potent weapon.
6. A good tactic is one your people enjoy.
7. A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag.
8. Keep the pressure on.
9. The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.
10. Develop operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the
11. Push the negative...every positive has its negative.
12. The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.
13. Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it and polarize it.
Where the Tea Party is concerned, each of these "rules” are being employed by
the Progressives and Liberal Democrats, but none as viciously as Rule 13, "Pick
the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.”
Of this tactic, Rule 13, Alinsky writes:
"In conflict tactics there are certain rules that [should be regarded] as
universalities. One is that the opposition must be singled out as the target and
‘frozen’...any target can always say, ‘Why do you center on me when there are
others to blame as well?’ When your ‘freeze the target,’ you disregard these
[rational but distracting] arguments...Then, as you zero in and freeze your
target and carry out your attack, all the ‘others’ come out of the woodwork very
soon. They become visible by their support of the target...One acts decisively
only in the conviction that all the angels are on one side and all the devils on
As we watch the mainstream media’s coverage of the Tea Party movement we can
see Rule 13 playing out:
▪ The Progressives and Liberal Democrats, including those in the mainstream
media, have "picked the target” and "frozen it”: The Tea Party movement and its
▪ In addressing the Tea Party movement, Progressives and Liberal Democrats – in
the mainstream media, the blogosphere and in elected office – have attempted to
paint the movement’s participants as "extreme,” "fringe” and "violent,” thus
personalizing the Tea Party participants.
▪ In promoting this skewed and dishonest depiction of the Tea Party movement,
Progressives and Liberal Democrats are attempting to polarize the nation,
dividing our country along partisan lines into a "For v. Against” confrontation
about the Tea Party movement. In doing the Progressives and Liberal Democrats
hope that a significant number of Independents and "undecideds” are swayed by
their disingenuous propaganda.
It all seems so absurdly simple and recognizable but to date the Progressive and
Liberal Democrat camps have used this tactic successfully to move the country
further to the ideological Left, incrementally, year after year after year. One
needs to look no further than the potency of Political Correctness to understand
the effectiveness of Rule 13. What was a joke in 1981 is now de facto law
and becoming legislated law incrementally, i.e. hate speech legislation,
over-zealous environmental legislation, healthcare legislation, immigration
reform, energy policy, etc.
But the one thing that the Progressives and Liberal Democrats – the Alinskyites
– didn’t foresee is that the Tea Party movement isn’t about opportunistic
political power or the championing of a political party. It is because these two
contentions speak to the core of what the Tea Party movement is that We the
People stand a fighting chance against the totalitarian and elitist power grab
being made by the Progressives and Liberal Democrats.
This is why it is absolutely critical that those who consider themselves members
of the Tea Party movement – as I consider myself – hold true to, at the very
least, to these three convictions:
▪ The Tea Party movement is not exclusive to any one political party, but is a
grassroots movement born of the American people that spans all political
philosophies that recognize the sanctity and sovereignty of the US Constitution
and the Charters of Freedom.
▪ The Tea Party movement is not about establishing a political faction, but is
about ensuring that those elected to office are beholden to the United States
Constitution and the preservation of our Constitutional Republic via
constitutional law and fidelity to the constitutional legislative process.
▪ That the Tea Party movement is essentially the reawakening of the American
citizenry to constitutional literacy and our constitutionally mandated duty to
civic responsibility and governmental oversight, and that because of this the
Tea Party movement functions on a personal level and needs and/or requires no
"leader,” self-proclaimed or otherwise.
Of course there are more issues that many in the Tea Party movement hold as
critical – tax reformation, States Rights, ethics in government and perhaps even
a renewed appreciation for term limits – but in maintaining fidelity to the
above stated three core convictions, We the People – especially those of us in
the Tea Party movement – will be able to defeat the divisively oppressive
tactics of the Progressives and the Liberal Democrats – the Alinskyites – who
are, today, drunk with power and hell-bent on the Socialization of our Republic.
The key to a peaceful victory over the Alinskyites – who tend to
become violent when their backs are against the wall – in what has been
described in some circles as the Second American Civil War, is an unwavering
devotion to the philosophies and principles employed by the Founders and Framers
in their creation of our Constitutional Republic.
"As the cool and deliberate sense of the community ought in all governments,
and actually will in all free governments ultimately prevail over the views of
its rulers; so there are particular moments in public affairs, when the people
stimulated by some irregular passion, or some illicit advantage, or misled by
the artful misrepresentations of interested men, may call for measures which
they themselves will afterwards be the most ready to lament and condemn. In
these critical moments, how salutary will be the interference of some temperate
and respectable body of citizens, in order to check the misguided career, and to
suspend the blow mediated by the people against themselves, until reason,
justice and truth, can regain their authority over the public mind?” – James
Madison, Federalist No. 63