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Ed Driscoll

Cloward-Piven Everywhere

July 11th, 2014 - 11:51 am

“The Obama administration-driven calamity at this nation’s southern border is no naiveté-caused accident,” Tom Blumer wrote on June 24th at PJM. “Instead, it’s the latest manifestation of what clear-eyed observers must recognize is just one of many concerted attempts to overwhelm this nation’s institutions and its social, psychological and physical infrastructure for the apparent purpose of leaving it permanently weakened and fundamentally changed.” As Tom concluded:

For all practical purposes, Cloward-Piven is now a staple of leftist electoral campaign strategy. As one commenter recently noted (I unfortunately lost track of where it originated), the Obama reelection campaign’s 2012 strategy “wasn’t just to publish propaganda, but to publish (and) distribute propaganda in such magnitudes that that folks didn’t even have to think about it, they would just foam at the mouth at the mere mention of (Mitt) Romney’s name.”

As to the recent wave of “Unaccompanied Alien Children” — that’s the Department of Homeland Security’s term, not mine — make no mistake. President Barack Obama and his advisers had to know that hordes of unaccompanied children would be sent to cross our southern border when he unilaterally imposed “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” in June of 2012. Despite seeing its results, Homeland Security renewed DACA for two more years earlier this month. The default assumption simply must be that “Obama is using these children as pawns to implement his goal of universal citizenship for illegal immigrants.”

In other words, it’s Cloward-Piven, yet again.

Flash-forward to yesterday at Comcast-owned MSNBC, and as Noah Rothman writes at Hot Air, “Bloomberg View columnist Francis Wilkinson is apparently thrilled about the worst humanitarian crisis to impact the United States in years. Why? Let’s check his latest column which piqued the interest of MSNBC’s bookers.” Once on the set of MSNBC, Wilkinson really let his Cloward-Piven freak flag proudly fly:

Appearing on MSNBC to discuss his thesis, Wilkinson went a step further than he did in his column. In this segment, he suggested that Obama “wants” the present crisis, and he wants it to be a “big” one.

“I think he wants this to be a big problem,” Wilkinson told the hosts of MSNBC’s The Cycle on Thursday. “I think he wants this to be such big problem right now that Congress has to deal with it, and that the media’s focused on it, and that the American public is focused on it.”

The Bloomberg View columnist added that the GOP’s “nativist” streak is stronger than their hatred for the president, so they will cave to an immigration reform proposal if it is sufficiently focused on border protection.

“I think he wanted a big splash. I think he wanted a big story,” Wilkinson continued. “And I think he needs a big story and a big splash in order to force a resolution of the border.”

In the Wall Street Journal, Peggy Noonan concurs:

There is every sign he let the crisis on the border build to put heat on Republicans and make them pass his idea of good immigration reform. It would be “comprehensive,” meaning huge, impenetrable and probably full of mischief. His base wants it. It would no doubt benefit the Democratic Party in the long term.

The little children in great danger, holding hands, staring blankly ahead, are pawns in a larger game. That game is run by adults. How cold do you have to be to use children in this way?

Which on one level is pretty rich considering that the Wall Street Journal has been calling for open borders for years — to the point of shaming conservatives who supported tighter controls over immigration, but these are still valid points, made by a former White House insider who can’t believe she once supported such a dysfunctional president.

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This is akin to Fast And Furious, only this time the weapons are children.
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I find adding these ten-pound words add a certain extra colour to my articles, which I draft up first in my flat on A4 paper. ;)
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If you've ever wondered how great nations collapse, if you've wondered how the Greek, Roman, British empires disintegrated so rapidly and completely, just look around you. If this 'madness' continues, in a few short decades the United States of America will be as if it never existed. After all, the Soviet empire rose and fell in less than seventy years.

There never has been nor will there ever be a great nation built on diversity in population, multiculturalism in society, and open immigration. Such a thing is a figment of the Left's imagination. Socialism doesn't make great societies, it destroys them.
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Every despot has their cabal of "enablers" and this US administration isn't any different. Having successfully cobbled together an assortment of "willing enablers" kow-towing to every whim, wish and directive from any one and/or all of Obama's administration officials as a means of receiving preferential treatment in their respective fields (Energy, Data Mining, Education, Finance and even Governance)now are learning how a "worm turns" and swiftly...example, Amazon's case vs. POTUS.
This "law suit," by Amazon.com, is most prophetic. See, Tyrannical dictators will use any one thing, any means and any excuse to further their "pogroms," agendas and remaking of any countries institutions into their tyrannical image and ideals. There are stories, historic empires and crazed megalomaniacs having done exactly this. For example, let's examine "Soviet Union's Bolshevik Revolution!" All splinter groups, small organizations, unorganized handfuls of dissidents, political disaffected "intelligentsia" and rabble rousers were cobbled together into one cohesive force to overthrow existing authority and install Stalin's 50 year old system of oppression and slavery of a populace (Trotsky's followers were assassinated). Happened in 1920's Germany, Mao's China, Pol-Pot's Cambodia, Japan, Cuba!!!! The list is extensive...of importance, is the single, major important fact...all of any repressive regime's enabling groups (once a tyrannical dictatorship was firmly installed and in control) ALL enablers were quite literally, "thrown under the bus!" USA's Amazon and ALL IT executives, having become "chummy" with Mr. Obama's "Hope and Change" with "Transformation" will also be "thrown under the bus." This lawsuit is proof positive, "enablers of POTUS" have served their usefulness and are now being "put out to pasture." American "enablers" of POTUS should count their lucky stars they're in America. Any other nation, these USA "enablers" would be shot, hung, hidden in some cell somewhere (North Korea's Camp 14) or just tossed out to sea in some body bag. This administration is the single, largest international criminal organization yet to occupy and set foot in Washington DC. Pray. Amen. God Bless America. Join a local Tea Party, register to vote and vote.
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While Wehner and others are absolutely correct about Obama's character, it is a mistake to single him out as an outlier. In my experience, most people who believe in Big Government share those traits. Strangely, they have a pathological desire to defend nearly everything destructive to civil society, while holding in contempt everything perceived as moral, traditional or demanding individual excellence. They seem incapable of admitting mistakes or wrong behavior. Almost anything is acceptable as long as the person or group is "on their side," and vice versa. They are fanatic control freaks, incapable of self introspection or humility. It's not surprising that so many of them are attracted to professions like government and media, where they can maximize their influence and attempt to impose their idea of Utopia on others.
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Rise Up?

Or Let It Burn?

This is the year of decision.
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Responding to Wehner's comments here, because I'm not a subscriber to Commentary...

See Wikipeida's articles on narcissism and in particular, Narcissistic Personality Disorder, for a precise description of Obama's behaviors. I'm not a psychiatrist, yet it was obvious to me way back in 2008, that Obama suffers (and now makes America suffer with him) from a particularly severe case of that psychological pathology.

("Wikipedia? Really?" you ask. On this, yes.)
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It goes without saying—it was all by design. The complete incompetent theory went out the window years ago. O knows what he’s doing and he thinks he’s winning. If his opposition in Congress is to prevail and save the country they will have to become street fighters of the dirtiest sort—like he is.

Republicans in Congress should also be aware—if they aren’t already—of the many indications that Obama is not working only for Obama but for someone else. That someone else is not a leftwing, progressive guru or a one-shot-wonder confused capitalist type or a real-world inept academic. Obviously, the shadowy things about O's past strongly suggest a need to be accommodating to foreign interests so that what has been hidden so far can be kept hidden forever. If you had Obama’s dubious past and associations and you were informed that someone overseas had intimate knowledge of it what would you do? Given O’s psychological makeup the thing he does is do what the blackmailer wants. And what would a blackmailer want? A Caliphate in the US? Well, scratch that because he never got his police force “at least as strong as the US military” (to provide much needed security backup for when deer season goes awry). So, who, then, would be motivated to blackmail a sitting POTUS and for what reason? Two words: Russia, oil. There has always been something phony and fishy about the little dance that O got himself into with Vlad’s Russia. Is it a coincidence that O has been all too accommodating to Vlad’s need to keep the price of oil up? Because of the many things that O has done to sow chaos in the Middle East and his handling of the Ukrainian crisis you can only draw one conclusion. What with Russia’s single commodity economy and Vlad’s need to stay on top to fulfill his dream of resurrecting the USSR you got your reciprocal motivating factor.
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The blackmail theory is one I had not considered. Probably something to it. Usually one blackmailed kills the blackmailer, if possible. Reports of multiple deaths of males in Chicago and at the UCC church there once Occupy White House headed towards that address. FSB (Russia) could not be killed, of course. Nearing a century now of Cheka/KGB/FSB destabilization activity in USA, to include especially Cloward-Piven. Everything Occupy White House does benefits Russia and as Codevilla points out he is product of CIA's left wing back-fires against KGB fires (active measures). And the back-fires joined the fires, for one lovely blaze, which we see, run about trying to avoid, finding no extinguishers, only propellants.

So yeah, maybe Russia, but upon what secret to be kept? His caliphist associates, queering, non-eligibility? None of those has brought him down, so none can work for blackmail. No?

Maybe he's blackmailing some one(s). How else get placed so?

Or maybe someone is blackmailing someone else on his behalf because he represents the blackmailing someone, who wants him in position to do things for them that he wants to do for them. Maybe he is an enthusiastic stalking horse for someone threats from whom can get him positioned without ever having earned position.

Maybe he represents the Moslem Brotherhood/Hamas and secondarily Iran. And wants to. Along with Jarrett, whom I anticipate as DNC nominee for POTUS in two years. Maybe blackmail is in the picture, but not against him, for him and against the American electorate and leadership cadre.

Accusing electorate and leader cadre of racism and the list of phobias is blackmail. Who is doing that? CAIR, Hamas, Iran.
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Both of those are viable theories, but I think davelnaf2.0 has dismissed the caliphate connection too quickly. Remember that Obama is beholden to Muslims for his education, and most likely a LOT more. He doesn't need to have an army of brown shirts in place (although there may well be a large amount of military types who won't mind following his orders), he just needs to keep that border porous so a whole lot of terrorist can sneak right on in.
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Did you all see the photos of O laughing at the meeting with Gov. Perry, who looked livid?
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I'm coming to the opinion that calling it "Cloward-Piven" just obscures that these are really examples of breaking things, so you can claim the glory of fixing them.

It's just the plain narcissism of dictators to want to sweep away everything that came before them, so they could remake it in their own images. It existed long before those to talked about it, and will continue long after they are gone. We should call it what it is, rather than letting them hide behind fancy jargon.
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There is a lot of misconception why Rome fell;
Rome fell when they diluted the value of their coin. Instead of Silver, they began to mix silver with copper and other metals. Then they began to plate metals with silver. Then they dropped silver completely and simply issued worthless metal. The trading partners with Rome no longer trusted Roman currency, and sought other partners. As their economy soured it placed greater and greater pressure to stamp greater amounts of worthless coins. In the end roman coinage was worthless and no longer accepted for international trade, the end was inevitable.

The United states began its collapse in 1971, when it based its currency on the production capacity of Saudi Arabia. This began the dilution process
( printing money) which has continued and accelerated to the point government no longer provides certain money supply data to avoid spooking equity markets.
Since 1971, the US dollar has lost 92% of its value, and continues to print greater and greater quantities of Dollars to mask collapse of value. This is why Gold and Silver, diamonds and hard assets are at historical highs, they are stores of value when currencies collapse.
The BRIC nations are arranging their own banking and trade currencies to replace the collapsing USD, when this becomes standard and replaces enough international trade then the USA will collapse internally.
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Change the language. They're not "unaccompanied children" most are accompanied by their mothers. "Illegal Immigrants" gives the left the chance to change the subject by launching into one of those "no person is illegal" rants.

Term them instead as "uninvited immigrants." That recognizes them as being uninvited and unwelcome without giving the left the option of accusing us of being Untermenschen, though I am sure they will anyway
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In this case they term them Refugees. They are not refugees. They left their homeland voluntarily, they were not driven from home.
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he who controls the language wins. THEY have known that for a long time. Don't use their words. Rain forest=Jungle. Wet land=Swamp. Climate change=Weather. Health care=MEDICAL care. Educator=Teacher.
Don't let them use the Newspeak. Correct them. Every. Time.
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Texas had a flood of illegal immigrants in the 1950's at the same time that Texas was suffering a drought. They implemented "operation wetback" ( nothing like calling a spade a spade) and removed as many illegal immigrants as the Texas Rangers could get their hands on.

The Texas Rangers still show up in luchadero shows as the most bad--- guys messing with the wrestlers.
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And, amazing as it may seem, the federal government did not interfere with the Texas Rangers!!! All border states should just start enforcing their own versions of border security and enforcement and bill the government.
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