Long ago, I was community organized.
The sour-grape Dems who have taken to mass-disrupting GOP town halls brought some memories out of long-term storage …
Way back in the 70s, we moved to Chicago (for a 2nd time).
We bought a cute little ranch that backed up to a large vacant parcel of land.
The real estate agent said that it was wetlands that couldn’t ever be developed.
If you can’t believe your real estate agent, who can you trust, right?
Well, as soon as the moving trucks pulled out, a couple of our next door neighbors came walking up the drive.
Friendly neighborhood, I thought.
But, their first words: “What do you think of the apartments that are going to be built on the vacant parcel – starting 10 fee from our lot lines?”
Uh-oh. Panic city.
Got an invite to meet more neighbors at a “stop the apartments” get together.
We went, and got to meet Father Greg – a young Catholic priest who said he was a community organizer and could help us stand up to the town chieftains and the developer.
Sounded good to me.
His prescription: start barging into town meetings, making a big ruckus.
“Bring babies if you have any … bring ‘em hungry and, if necessary, pinch them – not to hurt them, but to make them cry.”
He told us that those were some of the “Rules” of community organizing.
At the time, I didn’t think to ask: “What Rules?”
But, now I know …
Father Greg wasn’t preaching from the Good Book, but right out of Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals”.
As a public service, just in case you’re unfamiliar with Alinsky’s rules, here’s a short-form version that’ll help you understand the Dems strategy….