Compromise… Another Alinsky Tactic

alinskysmall Compromise... Another Alinsky Tactic

In a recent Fox News article, the President is suggesting yet again that the Republicans and Conservatives in the House will not “compromise”, this time on the gun control debate. But theoretically, you can insert any issue here.

You can read the full article here.

Compromise. This President and the Democrat Party throw this word around constantly in order to persuade the American people that they do try to meet their opposition in the middle, but those “conservatives” are the ones who will not budge.

What does “compromise” really mean to these people, though? I think we can look to Saul Alinsky’s “Rules For Radicals” for the answer to that. In fact, he has described it pretty clearly in his chapter, A Word About Words.

He writes:

Compromise is another word that carries shades of weakness, vacillation, betrayal of ideals, surrender of moral principles… But to the organizer, compromise is a key and beautiful word… If you start with nothing, demand 100 percent, then compromise for 30 percent, you are 30 percent ahead.

Could this be why our country is in the shape it is today? Have Republicans and Conservatives been “compromising for too long? I will argue yes. Our principles, our values, and our freedoms have been compromised away. Roe v. Wade, Immigration, Gun Rights, Debt, Education, National Security and Foreign Policy. You name it; Republicans have compromised.

He goes on to say…

Control of power is based on compromise in our Congress and among the executive, legislative, and judicial branches. A society devoid of compromise is totalitarian. If I had to define a free and open society in one word, the word would be “compromise”.

Republicans and Conservatives alike cannot compromise on our principles anymore. They cannot compromise on our values, and they certainly cannot compromise with this President or his party any longer if we want to protect and preserve the founding principles of our country.  So the next time you hear the word “compromise”, please remember Saul Alinsky and his tactics. Compromise is not a good word for conservatives, as he has said so himself.

Should Safety Really Trump Our Privacy?

Obama Big Brother SC Should Safety Really Trump Our Privacy?

There are now some who are calling for GPS tracking of legal firearms. It has been reported by WBBM Newsradio Political Editor Craig Dellimore that Ald. Willie Cochran (20th), a former police officer, has said “safety is … a much more important issue than is privacy.” “It is extremely important that we look past this privacy issue, at this point, and understand how important it is for us to address the issue of safety,” he added.

I would like to make the argument that not only is this completely absurd, but unconstitutional as well.

If we apply this mentality to our society, all in the name of safety, then just how many activities we rely upon on a daily basis would be banned, limited, or policed?

Car accidents happen everyday; and we already have devices such as GPS, Onstar, and (soon) black boxes for our safety. Will they stop them from happening?

We are subjected to all sorts of pat downs and searches when we board airplanes, but will that stop them from running off the runway or leaking fuel? How many more subway accidents have to happen in NYC before we start banning riders from standing on the platforms? Maybe we should consider making amusement parks and water rides illegal since they can cause us harm as well.

Once you open Pandora’s box, as we have, there is no going back. Once we allow all levels of government into homes and private lives at this alarming rate, we can only expect to lose more of our freedoms.

They are already starting to put black boxes in our cars to track us. Our cell phones are being used to monitor what we say and write. At what point do we wake up and realize that having a GPS tracking device on our phones is not really about locating it when it’s lost. The electrical devices in our homes now, thanks to smart meters, are already tracking our usage. The appliances we use are monitoring our water consumption every time we wash clothes, take a shower, or flush the toilet. You cannot surf the Internet anymore without getting flashy ads from advertisers promoting products you just viewed.

Every day, we lose a little more of our privacy. Every day, we lose a little more of our freedoms. Every day, we are becoming more of a police state than we ever could have imagined.

There are multiple databases created by local, state, and federal agencies that keep track of just about everything . The Freedom Of Information Act makes it easy to gather personal information on just about anyone and then makes it legal to publish, as we have seen with the Journal News Gun map. And we cannot forget all the goodies in the Patriot Act under the presumption of keeping us safe.

Our schools are asking our children all sorts of private questions through nosy surveys and questionnaires that we have not consented to. Our doctors and hospitals ask us questions on intake forms that have no relevance to the visit. Social sites and others are trying to collect as much information as possible from you in order to make your experiences better, but is the information really private when more than half of the companies are in bed with the federal government?

At what point will Americans say “Enough!” to this ever-growing police state and stop the assault on our liberty?

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Could ‘Death Education’ In Our Schools Also Be To Blame?

What exactly is Death Education?  Back in 1990, ABC’s 20/20 actually did an investigative report that, to quote Hugh Downs, was “overly morbid.” PLEASE watch closely at about 11 minutes in where they talk about Death Ed at Columbine High School…

It was quite shocking to see that one of the students they interviewed was from Columbine, about a decade before the tragedy. It gives you reason to question if this program is harmless as some may argue or detrimental to the well-being of impressionable students who may already be having emotional difficulties. I think what’s most disturbing, besides seeing young kids playing with coffins, reading your child’s obituary, or seeing their name on a tombstone, is that none of these teachers are professional psychologists or have any experience in the field to deal with the raw emotions that these programs unleash. They might have received a certificate from a one-day training session, but that cannot possibly cover everything that they would need to know in order to answer all the questions that are raised. An important part to note in the video is at the end, when they talk about if parents know that this is in the curriculum. As the reporter says, most don’t; but it was comforting to hear someone in the media say “parents know if the kids are emotionally ready for it”, even if it was 22 years ago! Unfortunately, it still is being taught today.

We try and blame guns, video games, movies, television, and even psychiatric drugs; but maybe it is time to take a closer look at what is going on in our schools today. What good can come from teaching this type of curriculum? Why should we idolize death or expose young children to suicide when they are already confused about so many other things and are just trying to deal with the pressures of fitting in.

Maybe instead of trying to blame guns, we should take a closer look at what our children are exposed to in their own schools. Maybe we should stop blaming inanimate objects and actually sit down with our kids and talk to them. Maybe we should all be much more involved in our children’s education and not be naive enough to think that we can leave it up to politicians and teachers who might not have their best interest in mind.

I think it’s time we start standing up for a generation that is constantly being exposed to controversial material without our consent. Find out if Death Education is in your school. Find out what the curriculum is, and voice your opinion. One person can make a difference.