Democrats and the Devil: Why Rhode Island Needed a Voter ID Law
Friday, July 15, 2011
There are radicals involved in mainstream American politics, primarily tinkering within the trenches of the Democrat Party; radical because they wish to overthrow traditional American government with a Marxist-styled state; radical because they are willing to abandon moral principles for the sake of their political ends; and, finally, radical because that is the term that they often use to refer to themselves.
While one typical “democratic socialist” organization describes itself as “geared towards…progressive…and radical works,” Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals offers further instruction on modern progressive politics. Authored by the Left’s highly revered Chicago community organizer, Rules for Radicals is famous for instructing political operatives to lie and deceive in order to advance their political agendas.
In 1940 Alinsky founded Chicago’s Industrial Areas Foundation, which would eventually train Barack Obama in the art of community organizing, who would then spend years working with radical outfits such as ACORN and SEIU. Enthralled with the book, Hillary Clinton made Rules for Radicals the subject of her college thesis. It’s also on the National Education Association’s (NEA) recommended reading list. This is probably a good time to mention that the book praises Lucifer, the “very first radical,” on its early pages. Awesome.
The Radical Strategy
One of the Left’s most infamous and radical plans was the Cloward-Piven Strategy, “a strategy for forcing political change through orchestrated crisis.” Designed in 1966 by two Ivy League professors, the Cloward-Piven Strategy instructed anti-capitalists to hasten a socialist revolution by overloading welfare bureaucracies in the inner cities – thereby causing civil unrest, economic collapse, and the embrace of a Marxist state.
The man responsible for pioneering the Cloward-Piven Strategy across the country was former Warwick resident George Wiley, the namesake of Rhode Island’s George Wiley Center. The GWC is an ACORN-type outfit founded by Henry Shelton, a community organizer who moved to Rhode Island years ago from – yup, you guessed it – Chicago.For years left-wing activists have adopted the Cloward-Piven concept. And, just months ago, activists in New York City, openly invoking the Cloward-Piven Strategy while conducting a “Justice for Janitors” campaign, called for the creation of a condition of “un-governability” because that’s what makes “poor people’s movements…successful…And then you win victories.” (Justice for Janitors has also been launched here in Rhode Island by RI Jobs for Justice).
New York’s community organizers were caught on tape hatching a scheme to “disrupt and create uncertainty” and “bring down the stock market” and “disrupt how the system operates” and “start to destabilize the folks that are in power and start to rebuild a movement” by calling on “community groups” to “organ[ize] homeowners en masse to do a mortgage strike” “in cities around the country” in order to “redistribute wealth and power” and “put banks at the edge of insolvency again” and “literally cause a new financial crisis.”
Those were the words of former SEIU boss Steve Lerner. He’s a radical.
Who Are the Progressives?
The term “progressive” has done wonders for the radical movement, helping to disguise these neo-socialists as they infiltrate America’s center-right democracy. According to its own website, the RI Progressive Democrats of America is an organization that “strive[s] for progressive change…by working within the Democratic Party.” Just the fact that this organization feels compelled to describe itself as “working within” is a signal of its true intentions.
Groups such as Ocean State Action, RI Jobs for Justice, the George Wiley Center, the RI Progressive Network, and numerous labor organizations represent the radical allies that help the Progressive Democrats “achieve collective mutually beneficial goals” by working “outside the party through coalition building.”
One quintessential progressive is Van Jones, President Obama’s former Green Jobs Czar. A self-declared communist, Jones shot to the top of the Democratic network by “forgo[ing] the cheap satisfaction of the radical pose for the deep satisfaction of the radical ends.” Consistent with the radical tradition, Van Jones decided to disguise his Marxist identity in order to advance Marxist policies. His entire mainstream political existence is a lie.
Peter Asen, a community organizer out of Brown University, offers a more local example of the progressive phenomenon. Known to write articles for Solidarity.org, “a democratic, revolutionary socialist, feminist, anti-racist organization,” Asen retired his position as Executive Director of Ocean State Action last year and became the Campaign Coordinator for the RI Democrat Party. And he now works as a “senior policy analyst” for the General Assembly.
Shaun Joseph of the International Socialist Organization (RI Chapter) verifies the progressives’ deception. Another community organizer out of Brown, Joseph once bemoaned the slow pace of socialist advancement attained by progressive Democrats by distributing street flyers throughout Providence that asked, “Where are all the ‘progressive Democrats?’” Joseph has also praised former Rep. David Segal for having a “decent progressive record, albeit more impressively so during [Segal’s] years as a Green in the [Providence] City Council.” Joseph actually argues against the progressive penetration of the Democrat Party, finding it counter-productive to the “path of radical independence and grassroots struggle.”
The Leftist Ethic
It’s disturbing how mainstream the leftist ethic has become. All forms of dishonesty now consume the Democrats’ political culture. From political correctness to union thuggery to shouting down campus speakers, progressives have instilled their Machiavellian code simply by “working within.”
Examples abound, but Rep. Alcee Hastings’ (D-FL) declaration during the Obamacare controversy might have said it all: “There ain’t no rules around here. We’re trying to accomplish something. And therefore, when the deal goes down, all this talk about rules, we make them up as we go along.” It was eerily reminiscent of another leftist icon, Vladimir Lenin: “There are no morals in politics; there is only expedience. A scoundrel may be of use to us just because he is a scoundrel.”
SEIU boss Andy Stern proudly articulated union thuggery in this way: “We’re trying to use the power of persuasion. And if that doesn’t work, we’re going to use the persuasion of power.” And also in this way: “We took names! We watched how they voted! We know where they live!”
Left-wing radio host Ed Schultz had this to say during the Scott Brown campaign of 2009: “If I lived in Massachusetts I’d try to vote 10 times…Yeah, that’s right! I’d cheat to keep those bastards out. I would. Cuz that’s exactly what they are.” In 2006 California congressional candidate Francine Busby (D) was caught on tape informing a crowd of illegal aliens, “You can all help. You don’t need papers for voting.” In 2010, associate director of the NEA-New Jersey Wayne Dibofsky was caught on tape admitting that two voting machines were delivered to NEA activists on voting day that were already “loaded, locked, and voted. Vote tallies were added…That was a tough district for the Democratic candidate to win in, and they carried the district with those voting machines.” Last year a 53 year old employee of the NEA-RI was captured tampering with a local election in Bristol by creating phony email accounts and spreading misinformation in order to sabotage the campaign of an anti-union candidate. This wasn’t a college intern who made a mistake. This was another adult who had simply adopted the Democrats’ Machiavellian political culture.
The bottom line is this: Rhode Island elections need to be safeguarded from progressive sleazebags.
Travis Rowley (TravisRowley.com) is chairman of the RI Young Republicans, and a consultant for the Barry Hinckley Campaign for US Senate.
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