‘Rules for Radicals’ influences politics in North Carolina

If your organization is small in numbers…conceal the members…but raise a din and clamor that will make the (people) believe that your organization numbers many more than it does.

__Saul Alinsky, Rules for Radicals

Although he died in 1972 Alinsky’s tactics detailed in his 1971 book, “Rules for Radicals,” live on in America—maybe nowhere more evident than in North Carolina.

Compared to only a handful of “conservative” groups in the State the radical Left has 140 identified by the Civitas Institute. They are represented by 1,800 activists; yet, in a population of just over 10 million, their numbers are few. By applying Alinsky’s “rules,” however, they are with certain issues deviously effective. Take election fraud, for example.

The chaos, confusion and subversive activities of just two North Carolina radicals, William Barber and Bob Hall, have contributed to major disinformation about elections voter fraud in this State. A battle with these people has been going on for the past five years, spearheaded by Civitas.

Barber is the chief rabble-rouser for the NC National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, operating under the fake morality of Reverend. Hall is a liberal lobbyist with a group called Democracy NC. According to Civitas President Francis DeLuca, Hall “has spent many years shaping our election legislation, policies and state bureaucracy into the nations most liberal and confusing collection of election laws and decisions.”

State legislators, court judges and interest groups have been squabbling over who should draw the district election maps and the need for voter ID for many years. The evidence is clear, requiring identification in elections, used in many States, does help prevent voter fraud.

After much difficulty, Civitas finally acquired more than 5,000 of Hall’s emails and discovered that “he is much more involved in election law than anyone else in the State.” And there is a “direct link between Barber (NCNAACP) and Democracy NC using connections to influence law and policy behind the scenes.”

According to Civitas’ Susan Myrick in an article, “Bob Hall—A Liberal Attack Dog in Watchdog’s Clothing,” written last year: “The mainstream media usually describes Hall and his group either as watchdogs or non-partisans, but the descriptions are ludicrous, knowing Hall’s history as a powerful elections lobbyist with extraordinarily close ties to North Carolina’s progressive elite and the Democrats in the legislature, and especially with his more than 20 years working with, and at times directing, the State Board of Elections.”

Radical organizer Saul Alinsky counseled activists to work “in the system” to bring about revolution. The insidious danger about this “realistic” radical and his followers is found in the Prologue to his book:

That we accept the world as it is does not in any sense weaken our desire to change it into what we think it should be—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.

Any revolutionary change must be preceded by a passive, affirmative, non-challenging attitude toward change among the mass of our people. They must feel so frustrated, so defeated, so lost, so futureless in the prevailing system that they are willing to let go of the past and chance the future.

People throughout the world have been falling for this utopian sophism for hundreds of years. But when they “chance” the future through radical Leftist revolution most often the result is destruction and death to themselves, their livelihoods and their futures. Only the radical rulers benefit.


About R. E. Smith Jr.

Mr. Smith writes essays and commentary on politics, American history, environment, higher education and culture. He's been published in print media and at blog sites for about 25 years. Smith's formal education includes B.S. and M.S. degrees from the State University of New York and Syracuse University. He has earned a 21-credit hour Certificate in Professional Writing from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. Training/work experience: NYS Ranger School; U. S. Army, Corp of Engineers; soil scientist and forester with USDA; Assoc. Professor at SUNY; real estate agent; small business owner.
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