“Se non è vero, è ben trovato.” (roughly translated, “Don’t let the facts get in the way of a good story”)
Even small children know how to get what they want by creating a crisis. Witness any “temper tantrum.” My wife and I teach parenting skills. One of our sayings which we recommend to parents when dealing with a child’s “crisis strategy” is: “Poor planning on your part does not constitute a crisis on my part. No, you can’t borrow $20 because you are broke, even if you did promise to take Betty Lou to the movies tonight.” The child did not get his way. A similar “No!” needs to be said to adult politicians who have created a crisis to get their way.
Saul Alinski had a huge influence on radical left people of the day. Saul was the subject of Hillary Clinton’s senior honors thesis at Wellesley College. “In early 1993, the White House requested that Wellesley not release the thesis to anyone. Wellesley complied, instituting a new rule that closed access to the thesis of any sitting U.S. president or first lady, a rule that in practice applied only to Rodham.” Alinski also strongly influenced a young Chicago “community organizer” named Barack Obama.
What I have to say may help you understand the dynamics, but I doubt it will do away with your suspicions. Being suspicious is a job requirement for both clergy and intelligence work. I also know you are well connected to the internet community and influential bloggers, so you have my permission to use my comments as you see fit.
Here is my story: I arrived in Kansas City, Missouri in May of 1970, shortly after the first bombing done by a group of left wing radicals. I worked for the Western Diocese of the Episcopal Church which sponsored the St. Thomas Student Center at UMKC. Naming an Episcopal student center after “Doubting Thomas” was glaringly appropriate for a college campus in the early 70’s. No, your readers can not ask about my real employer. (As the old joke goes, “If I told you I would have to kill you.)
The summer of 1970 in Kansas City was a very wild ride. In 1970 alone, an estimated 3,000 bombings and 50,000 bomb threats occurred in the United States, and Kansas City was not left out of the chaos. One of my assignments was to look into the activities of a group of radicals who, after they were arrested, became melodramatically known as “the Kansas City Four.” They were really bungling, small time radicals. A legal case from those days survives on the Internet.
I began the process of establishing my cover. It was arranged for the FBI to contact known radicals in the community and ask them questions about me. My “case officer” posed as a state employee, so my monthly meetings with him were open and aroused no suspicion. I was warmly accepted by the radical community, and even spent some time living at a place operated by young radicals called the Ecstatic Umbrella, until I found more permanent housing.
For me, the investigation of the Kansas City Four quickly fizzled. Other investigators uncovered the activities of the suspects, provided the evidence and they were arraigned in July of 1971. My last contact with that case was to arrange to be appointed as a Chaplain for the Jackson County jail, where I interviewed one of the suspects who was being held there as a federal prisoner awaiting trial.
The case was hugely overblown, in the way law enforcement and prosecutors will exaggerate to make their work seem to be more important and to advance their careers. One of the radicals was more of a nut case than a criminal and he might have been the most dangerous because of his hatred and violence against “the system.” He is still alive, on the streets, and probably still dangerous, which is why I still use a pseudonym as I write this account to you.
The Cloward-Piven Strategy and Saul Alinski were all the rage among left wing professors, activists, students and social workers. My social worker girl friend from Chicago knew all about Saul Alinski. CPS was a new idea seen as dazzlingly brilliant by social workers and other liberals. She introduced me to a radical community activist, also from Chicago, who was organizing poor black people who lived in Wayne Minor public housing. His name was Mark. Mark was also a clergyman. Mark introduced me to a powerfully charismatic black woman who was Executive Director of the Kansas City Welfare Rights Organization. There were several young white men and women who worked for the WRO. Mark taught me the ropes about how we were going to train these young “community organizers” and welfare recipients, so that they became effective foot soldiers for the left wing.
“Barack Obama and the Strategy of Manufactured Crisis”
After reading Jim Simpson’s article you will more fully understand how CPS is connected to Barack Obama, and why Obama keeps using the word “crisis” in every speech he gives. I don’t know how to escape the conclusion that manufactured crisis is what clobbered the economy. Manufactured crisis is what made Obama president, and manufactured crisis is what drives his administration and his policies and that is why “Never let a good crisis go to waste”, was stated by Former Chief Of Staff of the Obama Administration Rahm Emanuel. Here’s a scary thought: since Hillary Clinton was an admirer of Saul Alinsky and very much aware of the strategy of creating a crisis to conquer a nation, what would have happened had she been elected president? Thank God someone, almost anyone other than Hillary was elected president.