The Useful Idiots?

I was recently shown the following newspaper article and I honestly have no idea when it was published. I have no idea who Garret Geer is but this whole text sounds like it was scripted for Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, or some other talking head on Fox News.

What I dislike most about the article is the blatant failure to be accurate. The central goal is to paint both President Obama and Hillary Clinton as communists in the vein of Lenin and Stalin by linking them to Saul Alinsky.

For starters, Alinsky was a community organizer, not a communist. Lenin and Stalin never advocated labor unions or various ways to combat poverty. The author of the article also fails to note the works of Alinsky have been distributed to Tea Party organizers by Republican Congressmen just as often as by Democrats. The work most often cited is Rules for Radicals, and its list of rules does not include one single topic listed in the article below.


For the sake of comparison, the Rules for Radicals list is as follows…

  1. Power is not only what you have, but what your enemy thinks you have.
  2. Never go outside the expertise of your people.
  3. Whenever possible, go outside the expertise of your enemy.
  4. Make the enemy live up to its own set of rules.
  5. Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.
  6. A good tactic is one your people enjoy.
  7. A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag.
  8. Keep the pressure on, never let up.
  9. The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.
  10. The major tactic is the development of operations that will maintain pressure on the opposition.
  11. If you push a negative hard enough, it will push through to become a positive.
  12. The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.
  13. Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, polarize it.


In an inverted attempt to smear both Hillary Clinton and President Obama, the author of the article either inadvertently or intentionally listed all the things Republicans already support that are serving the purpose of the list of goals, not by socialist means (that benefit many) but by private means (which maximizes profit and only benefits the wealthy)

  1. Healthcare –  The GOP have repeatedly made certain to turn more control of prescription drugs and medical procedures away from doctors and into the hands of insurance companies. The cost of rising premiums are constantly blamed on the poor and elderly rather than insane profit margins.
  2. Poverty – The present poverty level can easily be traced to the GOP de-regulating and allowing, if not encouraging through tax breaks for corporations to export jobs, cut jobs, cut benefits, plunder pensions, and generally drive the cost of living ever higher while keeping wages low. Most notably the minimum wage.
  3. Debt – Ever since Reagan began deficit spending the GOP hasn’t looked back. Under Bush they repeatedly vote to raise the debt ceiling while cutting taxes. Yet we still support the largest military budget in the world by a wide margin.($0.60 of every tax dollar) Bush borrowed funds from China to fund war efforts rather than eliminating tax breaks to corporations or closing loopholes that allow the wealthy to abuse the capital gains tax at only 15% while upper middle class families suffer under the alternative minimum tax and rates almost twice as high. Any efforts to reduce the debt are always targeted on Social Security and Medicare with complete disregard for the citizens who paid into these plans all their working lives. Funding that even Reagan pronounced as being completely separate from the national debt.
  4. Gun Control – Conservatives and other GOP supporters have no argument here since the Congressmen bought and paid for by the NRA dutifully strike down any measure to regulate or curtail gun sales. While the death rate continues to spiral, they see no problems with the lack of training, licensing, or registration, all while we stand alone as the only civilized, developed country in the world with such a problem of mass shootings and gun deaths.
  5. Welfare – While the welfare system is constantly singled out as the source of our debt and poverty problems, why hasn’t the GOP put forth one single piece of legislation to reform the system? Why hasn’t there been more focus on creating more jobs to provide a path out of welfare as opposed to attempting to repeal the ACA sixty different times? The single biggest cause of welfare is the same as its always been. The wealthy don’t want to pay people to work a job, and just like the plantation owners of the old South or the greed-mongers who knowingly employ illegals for pennies today, they would have slaves do their work if they could get away with it.
  6. Education – This is another area where the GOP fights to keep from paying teachers and forces both states and communities to fund their own programs with minimal help. Our schools should be the envy of the world and not 29th overall, and Republicans have fought much harder to keep any kind of courses from being taught that contradict Christian teaching, all in direct violation of the First Amendment. The wealthy want schools to be poor so that private schools for their children are the only ones producing better education. Heaven forbid we as a nation should produce solid, open education that would allow a more intelligent, informed child the freedom to choose for themselves.
  7. Religion – “One Nation Under God” was added to our Pledge of Allegiance in 1954, NOT 1776, as was “In God We Trust” on our money. Freedom of Religion is part of the Bill of Rights. In communist countries such as Russia, religion as a whole is virtually forbidden and no such laws against churches exist here. Religion is taught both by word and deed in the home, in your churches, and in your lives by example. No religion has the right to rule this country, and if you aren’t teaching your children then no amount of Pledge, prayer in school, or ritual on the floor of Congress will do it for you.
  8. Class Warfare – Nowhere has the GOP excelled any more than in the constant way it plays to the wealthy in exercising power over the poor and working class. The term “redistribution of wealth” is constantly tossed into the ring as some kind of unholy rite, yet none of them have spoken out against the redistribution of wages, jobs, benefits, premiums, and cost of living. All of which are driven by the so-called free marketplace and Wall Street constantly juggling everyone’s investment for the sake of trade commissions and personal profit. They cry foul over government regulation but have no problem expecting bailouts when they run the ship aground.


Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals bears no resemblance to Lenin or Stalin in the guidelines for creating a communist state. That point of view is however a constant train of thought with Limbaugh, Beck, or others of their kind. On the other hand I’m not surprised given that Glenn Beck believes the artwork on Rockefeller Center is communist in nature. I get the feeling if John D. Rockefeller were still alive to debate the topic there might be disagreement.

I would also like to see this “list of nations” that has been destroyed by Alinsky and his “Useful Idiots.” Although the title to the article is cited as a term used by Stalin, I would think the break-up of the Soviet Union along with the destruction of the Berlin Wall might be old news that the influence of Stalin is not spreading.

One last thing to the author of this article, the final quote, “It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere,” was not made by Alinsky, Stalin, or Lenin. It was made by Voltaire, a French writer, historian, and philosopher famous for his wit, his attacks on the established Catholic Church, and his advocacy of freedom of religion, freedom of expression, and separation of church and state.

I guess the idea of the “useful idiot” depends largely on your point of view, but the argument of Alinsky fostering communism in America is an idiotic one.



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