Alinsky Lessons for Republicans
The big teaching moment for Republicans, conservatives and libertarians -- that time you can finally whisper new ideas quietly in the ears of your liberal and progressive friends and relations -- is here.
And it's not just because Obamacare is an unbelievable fiasco that even has them stuttering on CBS and ABC. Everything is going haywire for the president. Absolutely everything.
Obama is even having to field calls from German chancellor Angela Merkel, irate that we were tapping her mobile phone. Now she and the first lady of Brazil are going to the UN over this, humiliating our country, which was just humiliated last week at the UN by, of all places, Saudi Arabia.
My guess is that Obama, as we now know one of the world's most famously absentee executives, barely paid attention to what the NSA was doing, but no matter what the true story, the idea of our pompous chief executive trying to explain himself to Merkel borders on the hilarious, if it wasn't repellent and tragic.
But what, in the midst of this, can we all do actually to change things?
First of all, resist the obvious temptation to get up and scream at the top of your lungs:
"Obamacare! Benghazi! Fast and Furious! IRS scandal in the White House! Morsi, Erdogan, Muslim Brotherhood and the rest of the Islamist maniacs! Iranian nukes! Bungling Assad and the Russians! Record black unemployment! Black on black murder epidemic! Six, going on seven, years of joblessness! Lowest labor participation rate since women joined the work force! Crony capitalism all over the place! Absurd environmental regulations! Keystone pipeline! Nuclear family vanishing! Single parents everywhere! Homeless in our streets! NSA spying on everyone in the universe! Bankrupt pension plans and escalating entitlements! Everything in hock to the Chinese! 17 trillion dollars in debt with no end in sight! He's the worst president in history! The worst president imaginable!"
Did I leave anything out?
Oh, yes, the man is the biggest presidential liar of my lifetime, far bigger than Nixon and Clinton who lied out of self-protection. Obama lies, and constantly, about substance that affects the lives of the American people. He started it all by pledging during his first campaign his administration would be the most transparent in history. That was the mother of all whoppers. Since then it's been all downhill.
Among his more recent -- and most personally damaging -- Pinocchios is the claim he made when selling Obamacare to the public that anyone who liked his or her health plan could keep it. What unconscionable baloney that proved to be. As of now health insurance cancellations are soaring above Obamacare enrollment rates. There will be tons more uninsured people come January.
But true as that may all be -- and we certainly shouldn't forget it -- it's all worth less than the proverbial hill of beans to our liberal/progressives friends. Scream at them and they will just stick their fingers in their ears and yell "Racist!" or something equally attractive.