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By: Wayne Brown
This week America witnessed a new chapter in the “class warfare” debate which our current President seems bent on pursuing with his public remarks. Demonstrators showed up on Wall Street to declare their desire to “Take Back the Dream” and make America what it should be. Based on the commentary of some of the participants in this demonstration, I have to wonder what the “dream” of America ever was to them.
I did some looking around on some of activist, Van Jones’ websites to get a feel for what might be going on here given the fact that Jones is predicting a growing unrest to be demonstrated across America in the month of October. I came away from my visit thinking that I had found the reincarnation of both Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton in current day terms. Here is a man who has managed to combine politics, racial tension, and green jobs economics into one single movement all designed to keep him in the spotlight and as the focal point. Both Jackson and Sharpton have to look at what is going on here and turn green with envy…which seems to be Jones’ goal in the first place.
It is interesting to see the focus of the movement thus far is not to blame the current administration or Congress for the economic woes of the present but instead to insinuate that the problems have arisen from the existence of the Tea Party. In the video below, Jones goes on and on about how young Americans are having difficulty finding jobs yet makes no correlation to the activities of the current administration in stagnating the economy by ignoring the needs of the private sector and continuing to simply spend money and increase regulation. Then, the answer to the whole problem is simply to tax more and to obtain more funds from the “rich” of this country to solve the problem. The proposed solution has little or nothing to do with the problems facing this country and the unfortunate shame is these young people are being used in this process to carry out the President’s agenda.
As this demonstration has evolved organizing groups have moved to the forefront. Union parties, MoveOn.Org, and even elements of the American Communist Party all attempting to focus the frustration of a short of jobs for young people at the feet of the Tea Party. In reality, what we have here is an attempt to regroup the youth vote of America behind Obama once again in 2012. We have an all out effort to turn these young minds against the capitalist system by an administration which is doing more to suppress jobs than to stimulate the markets which provides them. The understanding by these young people that jobs exist because there is a “business need” is lost in the excitement of demonstration. Here again is yet another example of the residual aspects of ignorance in our society. Based on the appearance of some depicted in the film footage, one can start to understand why they might not appeal to a particular business that is attempting to fill a job. The question arises as to how one can afford so many expensive tattoos when one has no means of support?
For those who may not remember, President Obama appointed Van Jones as his “green energy czar” for a short period of time early on in his presidential term. Jones ended up resigning the position within a matter of months as the questions begin to fly about his activist role and controversial activities. In the best interest of the Presidency, Jones quietly took his hat and slipped out the backdoor. Oh, but he didn’t leave the President’s side as an advisor, official or not, his influence is still there. Jones is an integral part of the strategy playing out currently in the attempt to re-elect this president. If this strategy works, it will be one of the boldest attempts at manipulating elections since the Watergate fiasco came to light.
One of the comments quickly apparent on Jones bio site is a statement noting that “the top 1% of Americans control more wealth than the lower 50%”. This statement is made as something which is supposed to have shock value to the reader. Well, call me some kind of warped reader but I would fully expect that there would be far less wealthy people than those with little or no wealth. Wealth is difficult to obtain; if it were not, all of us would be wealthy. What then would we complain about?
Back in the 50’s and 60’s era, there was a comedian by the name of Dave Gardner. He packaged himself as “Brother Dave Gardner” in that he related his stories in a backdrop against the hippie culture and in many cases related them to events in the Bible. Gardner was a theologian having studied for some time at the ministry before deciding to chuck it all and just be funny. He had a keen insight into political matters and could bring out the humorous aspects of almost anything in the current events of our society. One had to be up on current events to fully comprehend the laughter with Brother Dave.
I bring up Gardner because I remember a bit he did on one of his albums. Brother Dave made the observation that “it would be a drag to get up in the morning and not see any poor folks.” Now Gardner did not make this statement to be cruel or show a lack of support for the poor, he made the statement as a backdrop to go a bit further and ask the question, “What would success mean without any poor folks?” Gardner was making the point that poverty is the baseline in our society and in some sense he was also making fun of the concept of wealth. But more than anything else, he was making the listener think, compare, and make some of his own conclusions about the concepts involved. There is no basis for success without a baseline or a goal. How do we measure it if not for those things?
Given the fact that we have poverty in America, the attainment of wealth by any individual is seeming looked upon as an evil thing. Granted, there are those who obtain their wealth in less than ideal ways. But, for every one of those people, there are many, many others who have worked exceedingly hard at devoting their entire life to achieving a concept or goal. Once they attain it, we have people within our society who have achieved nothing but are more than willing to point their fingers and state publicly than the successful person does not deserve what he has earned thus he should not be allowed to keep it. That is an easy enough statement to make when you are not the successful person with the fingers pointed at him, but what if someday you are? How do you feel about that statement now? How do you feel about your new found success and wealth? We asked the wealthy man to strap on the poor man’s shoes but what of the poor man walking for a day or two in the rich man’s shoes and seeing the challenges there?
Contrary to propaganda that activist like Van Jones like to spread around in order to feather their own bed, no one has stolen the “American Dream”. It may have been misunderstood or poorly explained, but it has not been stolen. There are those who would actually believe that success is controlled by a list of names and if you name is not on the list success will evade you no matter what you do. This is the kind of hogwash that is placed in the heads of young minorities who have not yet learned to think for themselves and make rational conclusions. This is exactly the kind of thinking that inspires a crowd like that which showed up on Wall Street this past Sunday. These are people who have been convinced through the mumbo-jumbo of “community organizers” that they do not have an opportunity in America because their name is not on the list. These are people who quit before they even tried. They quit because someone told them they were wasting their time.
Now, we have a Van Jones who comes along and wants his brothers to take to the streets and demand their share of the “American Dream”. They want their government run healthcare; they want a guaranteed income for life; they want, they want, they want. They list their demands and post them but where do they list the basis for their entitlement? Is it because they are Americans that they are “entitled” to these things which they demand? What effort has been put forth which has earned these things for them? Where is it written that any American who demands it will get a paycheck for life; where is it written that we no longer need to work and make an effort to better ourselves in order to achieve success and insure our future? As American citizens, the Constitution provides us with life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. We are allowed by law to live our lives and be free in the process and we are award the right to “pursue” our own happiness. That does not guarantee that we will be happy, it only guarantees us the right to pursue it. There are many wealthy people who have never achieved happiness in their short lives.
One of the greatest flaws in the American society is ignorance. For all the billions and billions of American taxpayer dollars which are flushed down the drain in the name of public education each and every year, we are not defeating ignorance in our society. Oh sure, we are handing out education and diplomas but we are graduating people who have little or no understanding of the concepts on which this country was created and functions. Our education system today is filled with political correctness, cultural diversity, and entitlement. My mom taught me to be polite to others…I didn’t have to go to the schoolhouse for that lesson. Luckily, she also taught me the correlation between dependability, hard work, and success. Sadly, too many parents do not teach those concepts anymore and neither do our schools though billions and billions of dollars are thrown into that money pit year after year.
Ignorance is a cancer on the American society which can be manipulated by every Van Jones who comes down the road and believe me there are plenty of them out there. Mr. Jones is not doing what he does as a “contribution” to the American Dream. He is in business to make money and one will not have to dig very deep to find that he is probably living a very hypocritical American dream. Ignorance can be shaped, formed and channeled into a rage which though misinformed is certainly deadly. It not only creates violence on our streets but also erodes the foundation of our society. Ignorance allows people to be easily manipulated and fall quickly into the “group think” mode. Ignorance is surely not part of the American dream. The “Van Jones” of the world understands the concept but they have no qualms about manipulating it to their benefit.
Where does the President come into all of this you might ask? Well, like Mr. Jones, the current president was also once a street activist or as he calls it, “community organizer”. He understands the impact of conflict and violence on outcome. Obama has publicly spoken of his admiration of Saul Alinsky and his writings on radicalism. The President also subscribes publicly to “class envy” offering up commentary in his speeches which basically point a finger at those successful people in our society and insinuating that they have more than “their share” thus it should be taken from them and redistributed among the rest of us. That may sound pretty good to some of these folks in the street last Sunday but we all need to remember that “wealth” is a relative thing. In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king. Once we start taking things from each other eventually the system will stair-step its way down to you and yours.
If America is to go through a “fundamental transformation”, as the President so desires, we must mark the death of capitalism at some point in the process if we are truly making progress. Capitalism and the Constitution are really the only things standing between what Obama wants for America and what it is at the present. Once those two factors are proven to be failures, then the clay is moldable into any desired shape. Look to the writings of Saul Alinsky to see the direction things are going here. In his book, “Rules for Radicals”, Alinsky writes that the purpose of the rules is to, “create mass organizations to seize power and give it to the people; to realize the democratic dream of equality, justice, peace.” Alinsky goes on to say that it is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees and then declares, “This means revolution!” Now, let your mind wander back to that crowd on Wall Street in the past weeks and you start to get the idea. This is simply the start of bringing the “have-nots” to bear against the “haves”. Given the size of the American middle-class, it would appear the “haves” have a lot to lose by such actions.
Alinsky goes on to say, “A Marxist begins with his prime truth that all evils are caused by the exploitation of the proletariat (common people) by the capitalists (wealthy). From this he logically proceeds to the revolution to end capitalism, then into the third stage of reorganization into a new social order of the dictatorship of the proletariat (common people), and finally the last stage…the political paradise of communism.”
The actions taking place in New York with the assistance of some organizer groups is setting the stage for a level of unrest in this country which will continue to grow and escalate in the level of violence right up to the elections of November 2012. In fact, it is logical that these types of demonstrations will be so associated with the campaign and election process that it just might stymie a large portion of the voting public away from the polls on election-day. Given that outcome, one who has a dismal chance of re-election might just fare quite well in the ballot box.
It is that plain and simple and it is playing out before our very eyes. The Wall Street crowd is just the beginning as the manipulation and exploit ensues. Some might think this precept absurd in that “it cannot happen here in America because we wear coats and ties to church.” While that premise might make one feel good, but it shows the ignorance of even those with education in their background.
Alinsky defines the desired traits of a good community organizer as follows: A strong ego approaching a “God-like” image; A questioner, one who raises questions that agitate; Irreverence…nothing is “off the table” and nothing is sacred; Imagination…constantly generating new ideas and directions; A Sense of Humor employing the use of both satire and ridicule; and a confident, organized personality capable of presenting the “right” reason for his ideas as the moral high ground. One might look back on Obama’s performance and judge for one’s self how many of these traits he exhibits in their own judgment but why depend on an inexperienced analysis when we can get some insight from a more experienced person? Listen to what David Alinsky (Son of Saul) had to say with regard to Obama as an organizer, “Obama learned his lesson well. I am proud to see that my father's model for organizing is being applied successfully beyond local community organizing to affect the Democratic campaign in 2008. It is a fine tribute to Saul Alinsky as we approach his 100th birthday."
The effort to disconnect Van Jones from the Obama Administration has already begun. Vice-President Biden claims that he has never heard of the guy. Apparently he was not around when the President announced his czar choices nor had any dealings with them afterward if what he says is true. It certainly should be interesting to see how the President responds to these demonstrations as they continue and they most certainly will continue. The President has lit the fires of class envy and has no intention of stepping away from the flame as he continues to fan it into a full roaring fire.
We all must remember the following directives from Alinsky as we go forward. "'The organizer's first job is to create the issues or problems,' and 'organizations must be based on many issues.' The organizer 'must first rub raw the resentments of the people of the community; fan the latent hostilities of many of the people to the point of overt expression. He must search out controversy and issues, rather than avoid them, for unless there is controversy people are not concerned enough to act. . . . An organizer must stir up dissatisfaction and discontent.'" Adding an air of attitude to this position, Alinsky writes in the Prologue to his book, "The Revolutionary force today has two targets, moral as well as material. Its young protagonists are one moment reminiscent of the idealistic early Christians, yet they also urge violence and cry, 'Burn the system down!' They have no illusions about the system, but plenty of illusions about the way to change our world. It is to this point that I have written this book."
Our sensibilities as American citizens should be toward our rights under the Constitution of the United States of America and the Bill of Rights contained therein. If we are maintain our country as a democratic republic, our citizens must maintain that focus at a time when even our leadership and those with hidden agendas are escalating a potential class war on the streets of our cities. We must maintain our focus on life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness if we are to truly survive as a people and sustain as a nation under God.
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