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They weren’t personally home yesterday, but if John and Teresa* were angry that anti-war protestors were pounding on the door of their Beacon Hill townhouse, they might want to dust off their copy of Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals, or borrow a copy from Kerry’s boss, who trained under Alinsky acolytes in Chicago.

Alinsky recommended that radical protestors descend upon the homes of what the Occupy crowd dubbed the “One Percent” in 2011; apparently, the goal in Saul’s fevered mind was to apply pressure by sufficiently angering the protestee’s neighbors, thus indirectly roping them as well into Alinksy’s patented formula of the protest as a form of organized public psychotherapy, to borrow from Mark Judge’s recent article.

Check out this violent rhetoric and racialism found in this passage from the version of Rules for Radicals at Google Books, and transcribed in 2010 by Founding Bloggers:

In its early history the organized black ghetto in the Woodlawn neighborhood in Chicago engaged in conflict with the slum landlords. It never picketed the local slum tenements or the landlord’s office. It selected its blackest blacks and bussed them out to the lily-white suburb of the slum landlords residence. Their picket signs, which said, “Did you know that Jones, your neighbor, is a slum land-lord?” were completely irrelevant; the point was that the pickets knew Jones would be inundated with phone calls from his neighbors.

JONES: Before you say a word let me tell you that those signs are a bunch of lies!

NEIGHBOR: Look, Jones, I don’t give a damn what you do for a living. All we know is that you get those goddam niggers out of here or you get out!

Jones came and signed.

The pressure that gave us our positive power was the negative of racism in a white society.

In the immediate wake of the 2008 Democrat National Convention, Alinsky’s son wrote an open letter to the Boston Globe praising Mr. Obama’s mastery of his father’s techniques:

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 well.

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 birthday.

L. DAVID ALINSKY

I wonder if Alinksy’s heirs ever thought the old man’s techniques would boomerang against them? But then, the run-up to, well, whatever we’re going to do or not do in Syria has seen much of the left’s rhetoric of the past few years reflected through a funhouse mirror.

*Who were against war before they were for it, and for Assad before they were against him.

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Funny how 1%ers are never rich folks like John Francios Kerree', Obama and rich Democrats.

On the Syria mess, I agree with Greg Gutfeld: "we dont have a dog in this fight because Obama ate it"
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If Kerry had an ounce of integrity he would have resigned over the Syria mess. Instead he defends Obama's positions. What a sleazy, lying, hypocritical, politician he is.
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These protesters should purchase a bunch of fake military medals and throw them over Kerry's fence.

NEVER expect a democrat to tell the truth.
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When a protester yelled today in this hearing "We don't want this war"~~~John Kerry had the audacity to say "I know how that protester feels~~~I remember being on the Senate floor and doing the same thing"~~~~LIAR, you told that Senate OUR brave warriors were animals not seen since the likes of Genghis Khan and you did it with your uniform on~43 years ago April 22,1971, the same week my husband returned home to me and our 2 year old daughter.
I watched my George's face today when he said that and even after over 43 Years this man still causes pain to my man and all our Vietnam Veterans. He caused so much damage to those poor drafted "boys" when they came home that most couldn't cope.
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Theresa MUST do something about her hair. She really looks like a very old frump.
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Kick down the door and come on in , anyone with a medal , just toss it in the trash , right next to the ones I did not earn .
As long as the Democrats allow progressive trash like Kerry and McCain any credibility at all , we are going to be flinging missiles at Syria . Of course , if McCain , Graham , Pelosi and Reid were not present when the Presidunce' impeachment came up for a vote , Americans might come up winners .
Must have all gone fishing , Mr. Obama Sir

Validate your 2nd Amendment Rights . Carry
51 weeks ago
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"Welcome to my world you hypocrite" - Condi Rice
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Kerry being picketed??? All I can say is "turnabout is fair play" and I'm enjoying just knowing this. It will will have no effect. It won't mean a dang thing to Kerry. He's just laughing. But it's nice to see this on HIS doorstep for a change, even though ALL these guys are on the same side. The LEFT.
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Such brave protesters, why not at the White House? Afraid? Where is the stink Code Pink?
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With Kerry as Secretary of State our international stature is now laughable. Tell me even one country that has any respect for Kerry or Clinton before him. We seem to have no allies anywhere in the world. Oh, how I long for the days of Ronald Reagan!
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Reagan was a great man.

Obama is a great big pile of .
51 weeks ago
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Crude Oil (WTI)USD/bbl.108.84 up $5 this weekend.

When you are paying $10 a gallon for gas, thank these war mongers.
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The problem is that all those filthy Muslim fanatics are the bar Arians at the gate..Assad has to deal with those clowns. We should be hands off entirely. It is not our business and there is no threat to the USA tha twasnt already there and being bungled by an incompetent White House and an incompetent FBI, CIA and any other phony department of over paid twits.
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