Saul Alinsky’s book “Rules for Radicals” serves as the blueprint for the current Democrat party, its operatives and media supporters. Understanding these rules can help shed light on the Left’s agenda and how they plot each of their moves.
Donald Trump’s early lead in the GOP primaries has the Left, their media lapdogs and the GOP Establishment in a state of bewilderment. Trump appears immune to the usual tactics largely because the American public seems more politically aware than in 2008, they’re demanding change they don’t want that change to result in the destruction of American society/culture.
Let’s review — just one day ahead of the CNN GOP Debates — Alinsky tactics as they apply to Trump and their application on Twitter.
RULE 8: “Keep the pressure on. Never let up.”
“Keep trying new things to keep the opposition off balance. As the opposition masters one approach, hit them from the flank with something new. (Attack, attack, attack from all sides, never giving the reeling organization a chance to rest, regroup, recover and re-strategize.)”
The Message: Find the point where Trump’s temper, ego, wealth, looks…something will make him reveal his true self to the public. Trump appears immune to this tactic at this stage and, unlike past GOP candidates will attack both through reaction and preemptive response.
Donald Trump is the most liberal republican candidate.
— Hank Moody (@JackedAnon) September 15, 2015
RULE 9: “The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.”
“Imagination and ego can dream up many more consequences than any activist. (Perception is reality. Large organizations always prepare a worst-case scenario, something that may be furthest from the activists’ minds. The upshot is that the organization will expend enormous time and energy, creating in its own collective mind the direst of conclusions. The possibilities can easily poison the mind and result in demoralization.)”
The Message: Imagine a world where Donald Trump is your president! Imagine the horrors. Back in 1979, the Dems tried to sell Ronald Reagan as a Soviet-hater keen to start World War III. They were right about one thing: Reagan hated the Soviets enough to defeat them without bombs.
— Talking Points Memo (@TPM) September 15, 2015
The Great Wall didn't work for Ming Dynasty, and border experts say it likely won't work for the U.S. http://t.co/NVv5RF0FNs
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) September 15, 2015
If Donald trump somehow becomes the next president I really am moving to Mexico
— qt (@_ashleyxox) September 15, 2015
Donald trump is taking votes away from his party
— KAR☯LIE ⛵️ (@Kizzy22th) September 15, 2015
RULE 10: “If you push a negative hard enough, it will push through and become a positive.”
“Violence from the other side can win the public to your side because the public sympathizes with the underdog. (Unions used this tactic. Peaceful [albeit loud] demonstrations during the heyday of unions in the early to mid-20th Century incurred management’s wrath, often in the form of violence that eventually brought public sympathy to their side.)”
The Message: Create a victim class people will view as the underdog. In Trump’s case, his stance on immigration immediately lined up the Hispanic audience as potential victims.
— The Star, Kenya (@TheStarKenya) September 15, 2015
RULE 11: “The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.”
“Never let the enemy score points because you’re caught without a solution to the problem. (Old saw: If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem. Activist organizations have an agenda, and their strategy is to hold a place at the table, to be given a forum to wield their power. So, they have to have a compromise solution.)”
The Message: Thumb through the Liberal playbook for set “solutions”. Economy tanks? Blame the banks, grow more regulations and spend more money!
— MH (@MaxHolla) September 15, 2015
RULE 12: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.”
“Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions. (This is cruel, but very effective. Direct, personalized criticism and ridicule works.)”
The Message: Put the target on an island, cut off from the world, friends, supplies such as money and media time. Again, Trump currently enjoys immunity from this tactic as he is absorbing the lionshare of media time — both good and bad. His ability to self-fund his campaign also leaves him on his own self-sustaining island.
Trump isn't a self-made billionaire. He's just another rich kid. http://t.co/ZNk7uAQCUX
— Jason Damas (@labelscar) September 3, 2015
— Founding Ideals (@founding_ideals) August 24, 2015
— The Economist (@TheEconomist) September 5, 2015