Saul Alinsky vs. Martin Luther King Jr.

History repeats itself. Time and time again we see reoccuring themes. I have been researching some of the public figures of the past. Two figures who have greatly shaped who we are right now are Saul Alinsky, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Both had a great desire for change, but different styles, motives, and objectives. Everyone is taught about Dr. Martin Luther King in school, and is at least vaugly familiar with who he is and what he stood for, but who is Saul Alinsky? He was the first community organizer, or at least the first to put a name to it. He wrote the book “Rules for Radicals”. His belief was that in order to get power you had to take it, and he taught the “have nots” how to take power from those in power. But here are a few of his own words to tell you who he is:

No matter how imaginative your tactics, how shrewd your strategy, you’re doomed before you even start if you don’t win the trust and respect of the people; and the only way to get that is for you to trust and respect them.

It’s just idiocy for the Panthers to talk about all power growing from the barrel of a gun when the other side has all the guns.

The dedication to Rules for Radicals, this is classic Alinsky

Lest we forget at least an over-the-shoulder acknowledgment to the very first radical: from all our legends, mythology, and history (and who is to know where mythology leaves off and history begins — or which is which), the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom — Lucifer

Change means movement. Movement means friction. Only in the frictionless vacuum of a nonexistent abstract world can movement or change occur without that abrasive friction of conflict

Power goes to two poles: to those who’ve got money and those who’ve got people.

Society has good reason to fear the Radical. Every shaking advance of mankind toward equality and justice has come from the Radical. He hits, he hurts, he is dangerous.

Conservative interests know that while Liberals are most adept at breaking their own necks with their tongues, Radicals are most adept at breaking the necks of Conservatives.

Always remember the first rule of power tactics: Power is not only what you have but what the enemy thinks you have

Once you accept your own death, all of a sudden you’re free to live. You no longer care about your reputation. You no longer care except so far as your life can be used tactically to promote a cause you believe in.

Too many liberals and radicals have a tender-minded, overly romantic image of the poor; they glamorize the povertystricken slum dweller as a paragon of justice and expect him to behave like an angel the minute his shackles are removed. That’s crud. Poverty is ugly, evil and degrading, and the fact that have-nots exist in despair, discrimination and deprivation does not automatically endow them with any special qualities of charity, justice, wisdom, mercy or moral purity. They are people, with all the faults of people — greed, envy, suspicion, intolerance — and once they get on top they can be just as bigoted as the people who once oppressed them. But that doesn’t mean you leave them to rot. You just keep on fighting.

We must believe that it is the darkest before the dawn of a beautiful new world. We will see it when we believe it. “

Alinsky was one who believed that the ends justify the means. His tactic was to go in and incite people towards anger and smear the enemy. He was never one to let facts get in his way. He believed in creating chaos then finding a trigger to pull. In the 60’s Alinsky met a young Hillary Clinton and offered her a position as an organizer with him. It was not something that he offered to women often. He was impressed with her abilities, but as the story goes Hillary thought Alinsky was too “local” in his actions and needed to focus on the larger picture. Hillary went on to write about Alinsky in her Senior Thesis in college. Alinsky’s principles are often cited as the playbook of the left.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the other hand was known for his passive resistance. Dr. King had all of his protestors sign the following pledge of non-violence:
As you prepare to march meditate on the life and teachings of Jesus

Remember the nonviolent movement seeks justice and reconciliation – not victory.

Walk and talk in the manner of love; for God is love.

Pray daily to be used by God that all men and women might be free.

Sacrifice personal wishes that all might be free.

Observe with friend and foes the ordinary rules of courtesy.

Perform regular service for others and the world.

Refrain from violence of fist, tongue and heart.

Strive to be in good spiritual and bodily health.

Follow the directions of the movement leaders and of the captains on demonstrations.

Print Name ______________________________

Dr. King believed that through non-violence the opressors would be shamed into granting rights to the oppressed.

These are two competing theories on change in society. One (Alinsky) quotes Lucifer and dedicates his book to him. The other seeks prayer and guidance from God. The left is using the tactics of Alinsky, and I believe that the only way for the TEA Parties to win is to use the tactics of Martin Luther King Jr. The left is calling the TEA parties racist in hopes that the charge will stick. The New York Times printed a story saying that TEA Party protestors yelled racial epitats at Black Senators. The fact that got no press, and that the general public does not know is that the New York Times retracted the story shortly there after citing a lack of evidence supporting the claims. Andrew Breitbart offered $100,000 to anyone with video of the incident. As of yet, the reward money has gone unclaimed. But the Alinsky smear tactic worked. The general public believes that it happened.

As TEA Party Patriots we MUST be better. In order to succeed we HAVE to follow the harder path of peace. If Alinsky were alive today he would be prescribing the left to plant violent activists to pose as TEA Party members. We have to follow Dr. Kings path of non-violence, and reject all and any violence from ANYONE. Do not strike back. Resist, but resist smartly. Resist with our minds and bodies, but not our fists. I will stand by any man with a just cause. I will take a bloody lip with him, but when the fists are raised in defiance he has lost his cause and my support.



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8 Responses to Saul Alinsky vs. Martin Luther King Jr.

  1. Sweetiebv says:

    Amen! Great post and so important right now!

    It is easy to lose sight of the ends when the means are evil, violent or at odds with what is actually trying to be accomplished. Some of the most lastingly influential men like Ghandi and Martin Luther King Jr. were so important because they did not lose sight to let hate and the idea of only victory over their enemies take over their movements means of change. The hardest thing for us to do is continue to be proud, non-violent, and have an unshakable belief that we are trying to regain the freedom that is so precious to us.

  2. Debbie McKee says:

    Yes, let it start with an end to all the Obama and other Democrat bashing emails. Let’s focus on what is right and not be constantly swept up in the hysteria that is meant to distract and divide us. They win when they can keep us angry and focused on an enemy. Focus instead on what we need to DO. If for no other reason, but for the psychological or spiritual reasons or for our own good health!

  3. Sara says:

    Sounds pretty good but don’t ever rule out George Washington’s method for it may come to that before it’s all over.

  4. Monteen Mulcahy says:

    Excellent article and right on the mark. I cannot think of any incident made better by violence. All of us have seen posts made by people who have to be infiltrators with no other intention than to cause friction amonst us. A house divided will not stand, therefore these people must be ignored. Debbie’s comment above reminded me of something a marriage conselor once said: “Just do what you are suppose to, don’t worry about the other person.” I’ve found this to be sound advice in all instances.

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