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Rule 13 Redux

We have another example of Saul Alinsky’s Rule 13 being effectively used to destroy another opponent of the left.  As a refresher, Rules For Radicals – Rule 13 is:

“Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.”

The target was fairly easy to pick this time as Glenn Beck of Fox News and his syndicated daily radio show.  Glenn was probably a wise pick as he really does not fit into the strict conservative mold.  He certainly drives me mad sometimes with the gloom and doom scenarios, but there is no doubt that he is a patriot.  His book, Glenn Beck’s Common Sense, is a best seller and he released the book directly to paperback to maximize its availability.  Beck also does not seem to be held in the same regard as conservative hosts like Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, or Mark Levin.  We should all be listening to how these hosts address Glen’s situation.

Rule 13

One of the most quoted “rules” in Saul Alinsky’s Rules For Radicals book is Rule 13.  This rule is under the tactics section of the book and that is a better way to think of this.  In this tactic, you are taught to select a specific target, a person.  Government bodies (i.e. Congress, etc.) or buildings (i.e. Washington, city hall, etc.) allow blame to be shifted too easily. 

“Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.”

Rules For Radicals

Hardly a day goes by without some pundit describing the lefts’ playbook written by Saul Alinsky.  Based on the descriptions, I half expected to be treated to a barrage of 1960’s “kill the establishment” claptrap.  Being born in the early part of that decade, I was more worried about tomorrow’s pick up baseball game than world politics, but I was aware of the strife.  Much of my perceptions of the period was formed in front of the television.