Conservatives need to be very cautious about utilizing the tactics of Saul Alinsky. The reason is obvious to Christians, who make a major segment of the Republican Party and the Conservative movement. Alienate them and the Republican Party can bend over and kiss itself goodbye. The reason is the just stated infatuation with Alinsky and to use his tactics on the Right. From the American Thinker:
David Gregory and Piers Morgan have both met the Alinskyite Right, and progressives in positions of power should take note. Both men are the targets of digital petition drives aimed at holding them to their own standards, and ridiculing them, invoking Rules 4 and 5 from Rules for Radicals:
4. “Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.” If the rule is that every letter gets a reply, send 30,000 letters. You can kill them with this because no one can possibly obey all of their own rules.
5. “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.” There is no defense. It’s irrational. It’s infuriating. It also works as a key pressure point to force the enemy into concessions.
This may be one of the first signs of the direction the conservative movement will take in President Obama’s second term, and I take heart from the development. Conservatives have read and assimilated the lessons in Rules, and with left thoroughly in control of the institutions of media, education and culture, a lot of petards are going to get a lot of hoisting in the next four years. Social media distribution makes it possible for funny or dramatic events to flow around the usual media cofferdams.
The problem with this and why it will likely be a problem for us Christians is that Alinsky was inspired by none other than Lucifer himself. Who Alinsky dubs the first radical.
As to point 4: this is just a matter of the rank hypocrisy and self righteousness of the Left. The evidence of hypocrisy is ever present for us to see. Being committed to the truth is what this about. Truth exposes lies and Liberalism is full of lies and incompatible with Christianity.
As to point 5: Liberalism is self referentially incoherent. Exposing this is what is important so I do not think ridicule is the answer.
So tread carefully you secular Conservatives you are playing with fire here. You do not need Alinsky and his Lucifer praising philosophy to lead you out of the wilderness. You need to committed to the truth and a bold declaration of it. Alinsky’s tactics may work but we do not want to be utilitarians on this one. Choose the right actions because they are right. Better to stand on principle and go down fighting than to adopt radicalism and win at the cost of your souls.