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The Race Card: Is Jimmy Carter Channeling Saul Alinsky?

“Maybe we need to develop our own book of rules for fighting the radicals. We have a good start already — The Ten Commandments and the Eight Beatitudes. Our standard bearer is Christ the King. Our boot camp is in Church.”

Mary Ann Krietzer

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Is Jimmy Carter Channeling Saul Alinsky?

By guest columnist Mary Ann Krietzer

kreitzer2The community organizers are at it again…or still. Jimmy Carter is the latest liberal clone beating the drum that opposing Obama’s policies proves you are a racist. (Hmm…does that include the black conservatives in the movement?)

Carter appears be channeling Saul Alinsky. Here’s a little of what the famous rebel espoused. Quotes are taken from Rules for Radicals.

First of all, Alinsky was a true secular humanist who believed in nothing but the accumulation of power. Like most liberals he believed there is no such thing as truth. “An organizer working in and for an open society is in an ideological dilemma to begin with,he does not have a fixed truth — truth to him is relative and changing; everything to him is relative and changing…. To the extent that he is free from the shackles of dogma, he can respond to the realities of the widely different situations.” Carter, who left his Church recently, has always been a moral relativist, able to justify almost anything despite it opposing the Christian faith he professes.

Since the Alinsky organizer does not believe in truth and his only God is power, his ethics are Machiavellian: “The third rule of ethics of means and ends is that in war the end justifies almost any means….” And also: “The seventh rule… is that generally success or failure is a mighty determinant of ethics….” In other words, “Might proves right.” So if you lie, cheat, spread slanderous and false rumors about “the enemy,” you are justified as long as it moves you toward the goal. Bingo! Does Carter really believe that all those opposing Obama are racists or is this simply a convenient tactic?

Positioning yourself on the moral high ground is one of the most insidious rules in the playbook. “Do what you can with what you have and clothe it with moral garments.” On target again. Carter is attempting to take the moral high ground by labeling all those who oppose Obama’s government takeover as racists. It fits with another Alinsky tactic, “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” We know who the target is – conservative Americans who love the Constitution and want it upheld by government. Carter, the mainstream media, liberal politicians, etc. are all engaging in “freezing the target.” They attempt to paint those who disagree with Obama’s policies as extremist, racist, dangerous, anti-government, gun-toting, Southern, rednecks. Look at the rhetoric and recognize the tactic. If you repeat a lie long enough, as Joseph Goebbels knew, many people will chant the mantra. Carter has just become the highest profile cheerleader for the lie.

Do you think Obama/Carter are unhappy with the current hostile atmosphere being created in the country? Think again! Remember, Obama is a community organizer first. Alinsky says, “The first step in community organization is community disorganization….Present arrangements must be disorganized if they are to be displace by new patterns…. All change means disorganization of the old and organization of the new.” Hostility and tension carry the plan forward.

Alinsky goes further. “The job then is getting the people to move, to act, to participate; in short, to develop and harness the necessary power to effectively conflict with the prevailing patterns and change them. When those prominent in the status quo turn and label you an ‘agitator’ they are completely correct, for that is, in one word, your function—to agitate to the point of conflict.”

Playing the race card is a manipulation. “[The organizer] must create a mechanism that can drain off the underlying guilt [of bleeding-heart liberals] for having accepted the previous situation for so long a time.” Who are they trying to manipulate? Not the conservative, tea party patriots, that’s for sure, but their liberal base. The real racists are the organized agitators who keep their useful lackeys on the liberal plantation stirred up and ready to attack THOSE RACIST, REDNECK, SOUTHERN BIGOTS.

Why is this the most divisive president we’ve ever seen? Do you recall any president who so often attacked good-hearted, patriotic Americans as this man has? It’s not an accident. Obama is an Alinsky organizer and he and his allies (or useful idiots) like Carter are following the rules.

Things are unlikely to calm down because another important Alinsky rule is, “Keep the pressure on, with different tactics and actions, and utilize all events of the period for your purpose.” Obama has plans now to circulate among his media adorers with a string of appearances on TV talk shows. Hopefully, the dumbing down of the American people, which I believe is deliberate, will work against him here. The thirty-second attention span of many viewers may make them sick to death of seeing Obama’s pretty face once again going “yadda, yadda, yadda.”

Read Rules for Radicals. If you want to combat Madison Avenue’s manipulative advertising tactics, you need to know what they are. If you want to combat the community organizer’s plans you need to know when he’s trying to “freeze, personalize, and polarize” you.

Maybe we need to develop our own book of rules for fighting the radicals. We have a good start already — The Ten Commandments and the Eight Beatitudes. Our standard bearer is Christ the King. Our boot camp is in Church.

As for Jimmy Carter, his statements about racism, whether misguided or deliberately provocative, indicate he is willing to slander good Americans to advance the liberal agenda. It reflects badly on him and puts him squarely in the camp of Saul Alinsky and those willing to use any immoral means to a bad end. Shame on you, Jimmy, you should have stuck with peanut farming.

Carter ‘Racism’ Claim Draws Widespread Criticism

Pelosi: Abstinence is dangerous to health of youth; Biden: Our values, no more of these “old wedge issues…”

As we head toward November, Catholics might profit from recalling a few simple facts. First, surrounding a bad social policy or party platform plank-for example, permissive abortion-with religious people doesn’t redeem the bad policy or plank. It merely compromises the religious people who try to excuse it.

Archbishop Chaput, Denver, Colorado

       As Catholic Joe Biden prepares to address the American people from the Democratic National Convention tonight, and with the latest news cycle revealing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s ongoing defiance to Catholic moral teaching against abortion, I find it appropriate to offer a slice of another speech directed toward the culture of death that I suspect neither Biden nor Pelosi consider themselves members of. Yet, their actions or non-action as Catholic public figures on behalf of the endangered unborn speak for themselves… In 1987 at Cherry Creek Park, Denver, Colorado, Pope John Paul II spoke the following words to American Catholic youths within his homily:

“There are those who reject the light of life, preferring “the fruitless works of darkness” (Eph 5:11). Their harvest is injustice, discrimination, exploitation, deceit, violence. In every age, a measure of their apparent success is the death of the Innocents…” (Full Text of Homily)

       I’m sure it’s the hope of American bishops that these two children of the Church might repent from their works of darkness, preferring the lies and works of the world over their innermost truth, as it is mine. But, until that time, I believe it’s the duty of all faithful members of the Church to not only reject the personal public aspirations of these two dissenting Catholics, but also to actively work for their defeat as well as the party of death they have chosen over their faith–the Democratic Party. Preventing the death of the innocent unborn through our votes will negate the obvious compromise these two religious people have made with the world in opposition to the gift of life… There is no excuse. 

Flashback Biden: My Time, Your Time, Our Time…

   The proof is in the pudding. What do you think those old “wedge issues” are? Abortion and marriage?

Flashback Pelosi: If the twisted reasoning that allows a Catholic to believe abortion can co-exist with the Gospel of Life weren’t enough, it’s no surprise that the same reasoning can come to the conclusion that abstinence is somehow a danger to youth…

This report comes from Nancy Pelosi’s appearance at a Netroots Conference with Al Gore:

“In response to a question from blogger Natasha, Pelosi says unequivocally that abstinence programs are dangerous to young people’s health. So why does the Democrat-controlled Congress keep going along with the abstinence sham instead of supporting contraception and condom distribution and honest sex education? Pelosi says more pro-choice members of Congress are needed…”

 

In the words of John Paul II to the youth and all Catholics at Cherry Creek, Denver, in 1993:

“So much depends on you…” 

On us.

Vote Life this November…

If Mary Authored ‘Faithful Citizenship’… Catholic Exchange Editor Responds To Reader Assertion: Democratic Party Is Aligned with Catholic Values

Kudos to Chief Editor of the Catholic Exchange Mary Kochan for responding forthrightly to the myth that the Democratic Party is aligned with traditional Catholic values. It is not… In fact, the Democratic Party is at enmity with the value of life itself through its ongoing promotion and defense of genocidal abortion of children worldwide.  Every Catholic should read this article before stepping into the voting booth this November–and do the right thing.

Here’s the full article:

Reader Asserts: Democratic Party Is Aligned with Catholic Values

To CE Editors:

I am a long-time Catholic, and it saddens me to see Catholic organizations embracing a party that stands for everything traditional Catholics do not, such as bigotry, oppression of the poor and disabled, a war on human rights, deregulatory policies that have turned this country into a sleazy x-rated sideshow carnival on our airwaves, a disregard for public food and drug safety, disregard for the environment for the sake of industry campaign contributors, all for only one issue: abortion. The Democratic Party has always been a party more aligned with the values of traditional Catholics, so why are Catholic organizations encouraging others to embrace a party that has brought the world nothing but misery?

Name withheld at editor’s discretion.

Dear Reader:

First off, we don’t care about political parties and we aren’t embracing any [Footnote 1]. We care more about [1] what is right than about who is right.

Second, how best to improve conditions for the poor, handle regulations about food, control the airwaves, or any other such “policy issues” are things that Catholics are allowed by Church teaching to disagree on. But abortion isn’t just one policy issue among many – it is murder; it is a Holocaust happening under our noses [Footnote 2]. Our position on it as Catholics is not negotiable – there is only one position on it and we are called by the Church to oppose it and every party, politician, and law that supports it, unequivocally, because failure to do so undermines and will ultimately – if not opposed – result in the destruction of civil society [Footnote 3].

Finally, a political party that favors abortion does not favor the poor for the unborn are the poorest among us, and the unborn of the poor are special targets of the abortion industry [Footnote 4]. It is not against bigotry because it denies the personhood of, and [2] the protection of the law to, a class of human beings based solely upon their state of dependency and their stage of development. And it targets the [3] offspring of minorities for its [4] eugenic agenda of death [Footnote 5]. It does not favor the oppressed for no class of people is more oppressed in this country than the powerless unborn, who are slaughtered [5] at the rate of 1,200,000 per year, 3,288 per day, 137 per hour, 1 every 26 seconds – over 48 million since 1973. It oppresses poor women by supporting funding for [6] forced abortion and sterilization among the inhabitants of Third World countries and oppressing pregnant women in even wealthy countries by colluding in the [7] coercion of them by boyfriends, family members, and even child rapists to kill their babies for convenience or [8] even to cover up crimes.

A political party that favors abortion does not care about the disabled because it wages war against [9] the disabled unborn. It does not care about drug safety because it supports the distribution of the [10] very unsafe RU-486, a chemical cocktail used to cause abortion – which is not only unsafe obviously for unborn human beings, but is also very dangerous to the women who take it with numerous, serious, [11] reported side effects (besides death).

curchflags.jpgIt does not care about human rights because it denies the most fundamental right – the right to life – to millions of Americans [Footnote 6]. It does not care about the human right to due process of law as it allows the unborn to have their home and life taken from them arbitrarily without any legal process [Footnote 7]. It does not care about the right of a person undergoing a medical procedure to have full and complete [12] disclosure of all risks associated with the procedure as it blocks every attempt to give women complete information about the risks and possible consequences to them of abortion and to show them through [13] ultrasounds the [14] visual evidence of the unique humanity of their unborn children. It does not care about the human rights of [15] freedom of conscience and religion of [16] pharmacists who conscientiously object to being forced to be complicit in murder. It does not care about the human rights of parents to guide their underage offspring and seeks to undermine and override parents by [17] obstructing parental consent laws regarding abortion.

Genuine care for the physical environment, if it is to be humane and not idolatrous, must emerge from a recognition that man is the crown of creation and its steward. The historical record bears out that only societies that have reached a certain level of development can afford to be [18] environmentally conscious. Waging war on the unborn causes demographic contraction that shrinks the economy, reducing the resources available to deal with environmental issues. It also destroys the innovation and creativity that unborn humans being carry in their souls – gifts to all of humanity by their Creator – to the point of crushing small skulls and vacuuming out the very brains created to find solutions to the problems we complain about. A determination to destroy human life in the name of the environment could not be further from the [19] Catholic understanding of man and creation.

A political party that favors abortion cannot possibly claim to care about sleaze on the airways because it has a record of [20] obstructing legislation designed to fine purveyors of filth. It also has as one of its most avid supporters Planned Parenthood, which unceasingly targets the children of this country with [21] pornography to sell them on sexual experimentation so that they will “need” the “[anti-]reproductive services” of this murderous company that through duplicity and manipulation [22] sucks tax dollars with a gusto matched only by the rapacity with which it sucks the dismembered bits of unborn children from their mothers’ wombs.

In short, it is a travesty to say that a party that supports abortion is aligned with the values of traditional Catholics and what ought to really sadden you is that so many Catholics, for the sake of party loyalty, have become heartless toward the very least of Jesus’ brothers: the unborn humans awaiting at this moment the horror of unjust execution by the legal – thanks to the Democratic Party – destruction of their precious innocent lives.

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Footnote 1: From Living the Gospel of Life (US Bishops November 1998): “[W]e urge our fellow citizens to see beyond party politics, to analyze campaign rhetoric critically, and to choose their political leaders according to principle, not party affiliation or mere self-interest” (34).

Footnote 2: This is clear from the Catechism:

2270 Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception. From the first moment of his existence, a human being must be recognized as having the rights of a person – among which is the inviolable right of every innocent being to life.

Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately wrought in the depths of the earth .2271 Since the first century the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion. This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable. Direct abortion, that is to say, abortion willed either as an end or a means, is gravely contrary to the moral law: You shall not kill the embryo by abortion and shall not cause the newborn to perish .God, the Lord of life, has entrusted to men the noble mission of safeguarding life, and men must carry it out in a manner worthy of themselves. Life must be protected with the utmost care from the moment of conception: abortion and infanticide are abominable crimes.2272 Formal co-operation in an abortion constitutes a grave offence. The Church attaches the canonical penalty of excommunication to this crime against human life. ‘A person who procures a completed abortion incurs excommunication latae sententiae‘ ‘by the very commission of the offence’, and subject to the conditions provided by Canon Law. The Church does not thereby intend to restrict the scope of mercy. Rather, she makes clear the gravity of the crime committed, the irreparable harm done to the innocent who is put to death, as well as to the parents and the whole of society. 

Footnote 3: Again from the Catechism:

2273 The inalienable right to life of every innocent human individual is a constitutive element of a civil society and its legislation:

 ‘The inalienable rights of the person must be recognized and respected by civil society and the political authority. These human rights depend neither on single individuals nor on parents; nor do they represent a concession made by society and the state; they belong to human nature and are inherent in the person by virtue of the creative act from which the person took his origin. Among such fundamental rights one should mention in this regard every human being’s right to life and physical integrity from the moment of conception until death. The moment a positive law deprives a category of human beings of the protection which civil legislation ought to accord them, the state is denying the equality of all before the law. When the state does not place its power at the service of the rights of each citizen, and in particular of the more vulnerable, the very foundations of a state based on law are undermined. . . As a consequence of the respect and protection which must be ensured for the unborn child from the moment of conception, the law must provide appropriate penal sanctions for every deliberate violation of the child’s rights.’ 

Footnote 4: James R. (Ron) Weddington, one of the co-counsels for Roe v. Wade, the famous Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion as a “right” in the United States, wrote to president-elect Bill Clinton in 1992, advocating elimination of the lower class through birth control and abortion:

But you can start immediately to eliminate the barely educated, unhealthy and poor segment of our country. No, I’m, not advocating some sort of mass extinction of these unfortunate people. Crime, drugs and disease are already doing that. The problem is that their numbers are not only replaced but increased by the birth of millions of babies to people who can’t afford to have babies. There, I’ve said it. It’s what we all know is true, but we only whisper it, because as liberals who believe in individual rights, we view any program which might treat the disadvantaged differently as discriminatory, mean-spirited and… well… so Republican….

Condoms alone won’t do it. Depo-Provera, Norplant and the new birth control injection being developed in India are not a complete answer…. No, government is also going to have to provide vasectomies, tubal ligations and abortions… RU 486 and conventional abortions. Even if we make birth control as ubiquitous as sneakers and junk food, there will still be unplanned pregnancies. There have been about 30 million abortions in this country since Roe v. Wade. Think of all the poverty, crime and misery… and then add 30 million unwanted babies to the scenario… We don’t need more cannon fodder. We don’t need more parishioners. We don’t need more cheap labor. We don’t need more poor babies. (James R. (Ron) Weddington, [23] Letter to President-elect Bill Clinton, January 6, 1992).

Footnote 5: In America today, almost as many African-American children are aborted as are born. A black baby is three times more likely to be murdered in the womb than a white baby. Since 1973, abortion has reduced the black population by over 25 percent. Twice as many African-Americans have died from abortion than have died from AIDS, accidents, violent crimes, cancer, and heart disease combined. Every three days, more African-Americans are killed by abortion than have been killed by the Ku Klux Klan in its entire history. Planned Parenthood operates the nation’s largest chain of abortion clinics and almost 80 percent of its facilities are located in minority neighborhoods. About 13 percent of American women are black, but they submit to over 35 percent of the abortions (for more on the abortion industry’s genocidal agenda against black Americans visit [24] BlackGenocide.org).

Footnote 6: From Living the Gospel of Life (US Bishops November 1998): “Adopting a consistent ethic of life, the Catholic Church promotes a broad spectrum of issues…. Catholic public officials are obliged to address each of these issues as they seek to build consistent policies which promote respect for the human person at all stages of life. But being ‘right’ in such matters can never excuse a wrong choice regarding direct attacks on innocent human life. Indeed, the failure to protect and defend life in its most vulnerable stages renders suspect any claims to the ‘rightness’ of positions in other matters affecting the poorest and least powerful of the human community” (23).

Footnote 7: Fourteenth Amendment Due Process Clause reads: “no person shall be deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty or property without due process of law.”

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