Gaffney: The ‘Big Lie’ Is Back

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Breitbart, by Frank Gaffney, November 22, 2016:

In 2011, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton promised the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to use “some old fashioned techniques of peer pressure and shaming” against those whose exercise of free speech “we abhor.”

At the time, she had in mind specifically perpetrators of what the OIC, the Muslim Brotherhood, other Islamic supremacists and their enablers on the Left call “defamation of Islam.” But the same playbook – in the tradition of Mrs. Clinton’s mentor, Saul Alinsky – is now being followed with a vengeance against what is abhorred by the cabal best described as the Red-Green Axis.

Much in evidence among such “old-fashioned techniques” now being employed is what’s known as “the Big Lie.” It entails the endless repetition of outrageous falsehoods to defame, and ultimately silence, one’s political opponents.

Three good men Donald Trump has selected for key strategic and national security positions are currently getting the Big Lie treatment: his White House Counsel Steve Bannon, Attorney General-designate Senator Jeff Sessions, and incoming National Security Advisor Lieutenant General Michael Flynn. They are being relentlessly vilified as “racists,” “bigots” and “haters.”

I feel these able public servants’ pain. Indeed, I know what it’s like to be subjected to the Big Lie. For years, the Islamists and their allies on the hard Left – notably, the discredited (for example, here and here) Southern Poverty Law Center – have used character assassination and vitriol against me (for example, here, here and here) to protect what they otherwise cannot defend: the totalitarian program its adherents call Sharia. The false assertion last week that I had been asked to serve on the Trump transition team sent these rogues into fresh paroxysms of hateful denunciation, repeated like a mantra by their media echo chamber (for example, here, here, here and here).

I am hardly alone in being diagnosed by such charlatans with the made-up condition of “Islamophobia.” Indeed, I am proud to be included in the company of men and women being pilloried for what Islamic supremacists and their enablers would have us believe is “defamation of Islam.” In fact, it is simply informed, astute and courageous truth-telling about the global jihad movement and threat it poses. Steve Bannon, Jeff Sessions and Mike Flynn are under assault for doing the same in this and other contexts.

It seems that critics are particularly unhinged by the clarity of these three men and the president they will serve about the fact that Islamic supremacism is not simply a menace overseas. The Red-Green types are determined to prevent Donald Trump from operationalizing the plan of action he described in a major address on the topic on August 15, 2016. Among its highlights are the following:

Our new approach, which must be shared by both parties in America, by our allies overseas, and by our friends in the Middle East, must be to halt the spread of Radical Islam. All actions should be oriented around this goal….Just as we won the Cold War, in part, by exposing the evils of communism and the virtues of free markets, so too must we take on the ideology of Radical Islam….

In the Cold War, we had an ideological screening test. The time is overdue to develop a new screening test for the threats we face today. In addition to screening out all members or sympathizers of terrorist groups, we must also screen out any who have hostile attitudes towards our country or its principles – or who believe that Sharia law should supplant American law. Those who do not believe in our Constitution, or who support bigotry and hatred, will not be admitted for immigration into the country….

Finally, we will pursue aggressive criminal or immigration charges against anyone who lends material support to terrorism. Similar to the effort to take down the mafia, this will be the understood mission of every federal investigator and prosecutor in the country. To accomplish a goal, you must state a mission: the support networks for Radical Islam in this country will be stripped out and removed one by one. Immigration officers will also have their powers restored: those who are guests in our country that are preaching hate will be asked to return home. (Emphasis added)

In short, the Red-Green Axis is having conniptions because the American people have now chosen to lead them a president and an administration that will not just be sensible about this threat. It is also determined to do the job Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and their minions have adamantly shirked: protecting us against, rather than accommodating, Sharia. So the Big Lie and “other techniques of shaming and peer pressure” are now being applied with abandon to outstanding public servants in the hope of reducing their effectiveness and that of the presidency they will serve.

The transparent falsity and political agenda being served by such lies should, instead, discredit their perpetrators. For that to happen, however, the so-called “mainstream press” will have to stop lionizing the Big Liars and uncritically promoting their handiwork.

Frank J. Gaffney, Jr. acted as an Assistant Secretary of Defense in the Reagan administration. He is President of the Center for Security Policy.

Hillary Clinton is a ‘wolf in sheep’s clothing,’ just like her mentor

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Martin Mecnarowski | Shutterstock

Conservative Review, by Nate Madden, Oct. 2, 2016:

Hillary Clinton may be gaining in recent presidential polls against Donald Trump, but before those Americans go to the polls for the former secretary of state, they really ought to take a look at one of her most famous mentors: Saul Alinsky.

To many in the world, the name Alinksy has become a special kind of boogeyman, a watchword for everything wrong with the modern American Left. And rightly so. Deemed the “father of community organizing,” the Chicago native and sociological theorist dedicated his life work to developing the activism framework that has left its mark on nearly every single leftist political campaign in the mid-to-late 20th century.

A new documentary from EWTN, Arcadia Films, and City of Light Studios, “A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing” explores just how Alinsky developed his theories of community organizing. He gleaned wisdom from his experiences with the Chicago mob and communists during the Great Depression, and imparted his theories of agitation, deceit, intimidation, and confusion to liberal ideologues for decades to come.

In Alinsky’s worldview, the civil rights movement, the Catholic Church, and civic organizations were little more than vehicles to an ultimate end. Through detailed biographical storytelling, the documentary takes the viewer step-by-step from the crime-ridden streets of Chicago into the very halls of power that he was able to infiltrate and infect with his savage and diabolical tactics.

True to the film’s name, it begins with a parable of a wolf who dresses himself in sheepskin to infiltrate a herd of sheep with the intent of subjecting the lot to slaughter. In the same context, it shows the true nature of Alinsky’s work and vision that were draped in the language of helping the world’s “have-nots,” but doing so through the means of subverting the family, traditional institutions, morality, and truth itself under a mechanism dripping with the aphorisms of Marx and Machiavelli.

All throughout, scenes of violence, manipulation, infiltration, and political chaos are juxtaposed against Alinsky himself (portrayed by a reserved and morose Jim Morlino), interposing a series of short lines that offer the viewer a deeper look into the man behind the movement. This is a man to whom truth and reality were subjective stumbling blocks on the road to Marxist ideals of progress, and who would stop at nothing to impose that ideal on the American people.

“A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing” is undoubtedly an overtly Catholic production, but its insight into the life of one of the 20th century’s most dangerous American thinkers is valuable to audiences of all worldviews. This is especially true given the dire implications of the film’s message in light of the current presidential election cycle and the seemingly rapid progress that the political Left has already made during the Obama years.

Many are aware of President Obama’s connection to Alinsky, as outlined in a 2009 article by Jim Geraghty at National Review. But while Obama merely studied under Alinsky’s disciples during his tenure in Chicago, Hillary Clinton learned directly from the man himself.

Alinsky’s influence on the Democratic presidential nominee was unavoidable and intrinsic to her political development. Not only did Clinton — then Rodham — write a 92-page thesis about Alinsky’s tactics at Wellesley College, letters a few years ago reveal that the organizer’s influence on the future first lady are greater than originally thought.

“Dear Saul, When is that new book coming out—or has it come and I somehow missed the fulfillment of Revelation?” a 23-year-old Hillary wrote in 1971 about Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals. “I have just had my one-thousandth conversation about Reveille [for radicals, written by Alinky in 1946] and need some new material to throw at people.”

As Jen Kuznicki points out elsewhere at Conservative Review: “Hillary’s whole life has been dedicated to socialist/communist ends. The fact that the arguments and the anger fomented by Alinsky in the ‘40s, ‘50s and ‘60s are the same arguments and anger of today’s Obama/Clinton model is telling.

“David Brock, in his 1996 biography, ‘The Seduction of Hillary Rodham,’ called Hillary ‘Alinsky’s daughter.’ That is an apt label,” he continues. “Where Alinsky tactics are used now on both sides to confuse and agitate, Hillary is poised to become the supreme leader with all the power and tools of our monstrous government at her fingertips.”

Donald Trump’s rhetoric may have pushed some Christians toward Hillary Clinton, but perhaps an honest and sober look at her inspiration will push them back.

Nate Madden is a Staff Writer for Conservative Review, focusing on religious freedom, jihadism, and the judiciary. He previously served as the Director of Policy Relations for the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative. A Publius Fellow, John Jay Fellow, Citadel Parliamentary Fellow and National Journalism Center alumnus, Nate’s writing has previously appeared in several religious and news publications. Follow him @NateMadden_IV.

Obama quotes Alinsky in speech to young Israelis


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 AARON KLEIN:

JERUSALEM – In his address in Jerusalem today, President Obama channeled Saul Alinsky, citing the radical community organizer’s defining mantra as he urged young Israelis to “create change” to nudge their leadership to act.

Obama told a crowd of college students at Jerusalem’s main convention center that Israel “has the wisdom to see the world as it is, but also the courage to see the world as it should be.”

One of Alinsky’s major themes was working with the world as it “is” to turn it into the world as “it should be.”

In his defining work, “Rules for Radicals,” which he dedicated to “the first rebel,” Lucifer, Alinsky used those words to lay out his main agenda. He asserted radical change must be brought about by working within a system instead of attacking it from the outside.

“It is necessary to begin where the world is if we are going to change it to what we think it should be. That means working in the system,” wrote Alinsky.

Obama related his Alinsky quote to a suggestion that “peace” begins with the people and not just the leadership – a statement some may relate to community organizing.

He further suggested Israelis do an end-run around the country’s leadership and “create the change that you want to see.”

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Horowitz writes in his 2009 pamphlet “Barack Obama’s Rules for Revolution. The Alinsky Model”: “The strategy of working within the system until you can accumulate enough power to destroy it was what ’60s radicals called ‘boring from within.’ … Like termites, they set about to eat away at the foundations of the building in expectation that one day they could cause it to collapse.”

Read more at WND

 

Video: Stephen Coughlin exposes the Saul Alinsky underpinnings of Interfaith Outreach

Robert Spencer interviews Stephen Coughlin on the subversive nature of the Interfaith Movement which is making use of Saul Alinsky tactics.

“One of the things Alinsky’s goal was to do is to take terms, sacred terms, sacred ideas, patriotic and religious, and redefine them without telling people …”

 

577106_406984566035385_1091298055_nStephen Coughlin is a senior fellow at the Center For Security Policy. An attorney, decorated intelligence officer and noted specialist on Islamic law, ideology and related strategic information programs, Mr. Coughlin integrates experience in international law, intelligence, strategic communications and high-level project management in both the national defense and private sectors to develop unique perspectives, assessments and training packages relating to the intersection of national security and law. Often cited as the Pentagon’s leading expert on Islamic law, Coughlin is in demand as a lecturer at leading Defense training institutions, including the Naval War College, Marine Corps HQ-Quantico, and at Staff, Command and Division levels, as well as for the FBI and other agencies and private sector groups.  A Major in the United States Army (res.), assigned to USCENTCOM, with a military intelligence specialty, Coughlin has served in a strategic communications role in CENTCOM-Doha. U.S. assignments have included attachment to the Pentagon’s National Military Joint Intelligence Center, the National Security Council’s Interagency Perception Management Threat Panel, and culminating in his assignment to the intelligence staff of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Coughlin’s private sector career has focused on international law, competitive intelligence and the development and provision of open source, classified and proprietary commercial data and information products and programs at leading publishing houses such as Lexis-Nexis/Reed Elsevier and West Group/WestLaw.