Trotskyites are radicals who support Trotsky’s belief that socialism must be established throughout the world by continuing revolution. That has not been the American experience until now. It was Fabian Socialists, labeling themselves Progressives, who moved the country from the American Idea brick by brick for a century. They avoided talk of “fundamental transformation.”

Look at The American Idea —as understood by Abraham Lincoln:

For Lincoln, this central idea was the Declaration of Independence and its notion of equality as the basis for republican government—the simple idea that no one has the right by nature to rule over another without the latter’s consent:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”

Lincoln remarked in 1859: “All honor to Jefferson—to the man who, in the concrete pressure of a struggle for national independence by a single people, had the coolness, forecast, and capacity to introduce into a merely revolutionary document, an abstract truth, applicable to all men and all times, and so embalm it there, that to-day, and in all coming days, it shall be a rebuke and a stumbling-block to the very harbingers of re-appearing tyranny and oppression.” (Emphasis mine) Lincoln’s most famous single declaration (at Gettysburg):

“Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, upon this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. . . . .

. . . “It is for us, the living, rather to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they have, thus far, so nobly carried on. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us – that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they here gave the last full measure of devotion – that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain; that this nation shall have a new birth of freedom; and that this government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

The Preamble to the Constitution of the United States of America clearly addresses the American Idea:

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan, speaking on the floor of the house chamber last year before the Obamacare vote, is among our fine leaders standing with the American Idea:

“It’s unconscionable what we are leaving the next generation. This moment may mark a temporary conclusion of the health care debate. But its place in history has not been decided. If this passes, the quest to reclaim the American idea is not over. The fight to reapply our founding principles is not finished it is just a steeper hill to climb and it is a climb we will make.

Yes indeed, it is a climb we will make!

The Threat

There is no doubt Islam is the greatest global threat in history. Yet, the fight here for the life or death of the American Idea is more critical and it is now. If we lose the fight with the Secular Fundamentalists, the Islamists will prevail in the end.

If the fight were called today, the secular progressives would win. They control our universities, the media, a majority of Federal and States courts, the United States Senate, the Presidency, 22 governors, several State legislatures and the Federal and State bureaucracies.

The New Trotskyites

The textbook for these Secular Fundamentalist hard leftists, such as Code Pink, is Rules for Radicals, 1971, by Saul Alinsky. Alinsky’s first bestselling (1945) handbook for fundamental transformation is Reveille for Radicals. Whenever you hear the “activity” organizing, think Saul Alinsky. Saul Alinsky was a Communist/Marxist fellow-traveler who helped establish the tactics of infiltration –coupled with a measure of confrontation—that have been central to revolutionary political movements in the United States in recent decades. He never joined the Communist Party but instead, as David Horowitz puts it, became an avatar of the post-modern left.


As a teenager, Hillary Rodham was introduced to Alinsky’s work by her Methodist Youth Pastor. She became a devotee. We do not know if she ever renounced Alinsky. The path she eventually chose was to hitch her star to Bill Clinton.

On the other hand, Barak Obama, has been into “community Organizing” since he enrolled as a student at Occidental.

Richard Andrew Cloward and his wife Frances Fox Piven: wrote the “Cloward-Piven Strategy.” This handbook details the need to destroy the old system before you build the new on the ashes. Let me say again, the old system must be destroyed.

This is exactly Barak Obama’s plan and commitment. This is “organizing.” This is “Fundamentally Transforming.” He has loaded the White House with fellow Trotskyites. The unsustainable size and growth of government is purposeful and intended to destroy the institutions of the American Idea.

President Obama quoted in 2001 when he was an Illinois State Senator:

October 27, 2008 RUSH segment Barack Obama, ladies and gentlemen, calls himself a “constitutional professor” or a “constitutional scholar.”  In truth, Barack Obama was an anti-constitutionalist professor.  He studied the Constitution and he flatly rejected it.  He doesn’t like the Constitution. He thinks it is flawed. Now I understand why he was so reluctant to wear the American flag lapel pin.  Why would he?  He says, “And to the extent as radical I think as people tried to characterize the Warren Court, it wasn’t that radical.  It didn’t break free from the essential constraints that were placed by the Founding Fathers in the Constitution, at least as it’s been interpreted.  The Warren Court interpreted it in the same way that generally the Constitution is a charter of negative liberties.  It says what the states can’t do to you. It says what the federal government can’t do to you, but it doesn’t say what the federal government or the state government must do on your behalf.” 

Michelle Obama speaking at the 2008 DNC:

 “Barack stood up that day,’ talking about a visit to Chicago neighborhoods, ‘and spoke words that have stayed with me ever since. He talked about ‘The world as it is’ and ‘The world as it should be…”

The phrases are from Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals”, Chapter 2.

What about the National Education Association, the NEA?

Where does the NEA fit into the scheme? They are as radical as others we have mentioned. This should be a book but we’ll let two examples suffice.

Bob Chanin, General Counsel to the National Education Association until retirement 2009:

Despite what some among us would like to believe it is not because of our creative ideas; it is not because of the merit of our positions; it is not because we care about children; and it is not because we have a vision of a great public school for every child.

The NEA and its affiliates are effective advocates because we have power. And we have power because there are more than 3.2 million people who are willing to pay us hundreds of million of dollars in dues each year because they believe that we are the unions that can most effectively represent them; the union that can protect their rights and advance their interests as education employees.

This is not to say that the concern of NEA and its affiliates with closing achievement gaps, reducing drop rate rates, improving teacher quality, and the like are unimportant or inappropriate. . . . But they need not and must not be achieved at the expense of due process, employee rights, or collective bargaining.

That is simply too high a price to pay.


The NEA has a “Recommended Reading page on its Web Site. The feature? Saul Alinsky “The American Organizer”

Here are parts of the above recommendation:

“Alinsky’s writings have been called the ‘mother’s milk of the left.’”

Alinsky, the master political agitator, tactical planner and social organizer didn’t mince words…

Liberals in their meetings utter bold works;

The Radical does not sit frozen by cold objectivity.

Society has good reason to fear the Radical.

Radicals precipitate the social crisis by action – by using power. Liberals may then timidly follow along or else, as in most cases, be swept forward along the course set by Radicals, but all because of forces unloosed by Radical action. They are forced to positive action only in spite of their desires …

  • “The American Radical will fight privilege and power whether it be inherited or acquired by any small group, whether it be political or financial or organized creed.
  • “He curses a caste system which he recognizes despite all patriotic denials.
  • “He will fight conservatives whether they are business or labor leaders.
  • “He will fight any concentration of power hostile to a broad, popular democracy, whether he finds it in financial circles or in politics.
  • “The Radical recognizes that constant dissension and conflict is and has been the fire under the boiler of democracy. He firmly believes in that brave saying of a brave people, “Better to die on your feet than to live on your knees!”
  • “The Radical may resort to the sword but when he does he is not filled with hatred against those individuals whom he attacks. He hates these individuals not as persons but as symbols representing ideas or interests which he believes to be inimical to the welfare of the people.
  • “That is the reason why Radicals, although frequently embarking upon revolutions, have rarely resorted to personal terrorism.”

Alinsky practiced what he preached. He said, “Tactics means doing what you can with what you have … tactics is the art of how to take and how to give.”

He uses eyes, ears and nose for examples…

“If you have a vast organization, parade it before the enemy, openly show your power.”

“If your organization is small, do what Gideon did: conceal the members in the dark but raise a clamor that will make the listener believe that your organization numbers many more that it does.”

“If your organization is too tiny even for noise, stink up the place.”

Alinsky devised and proved thirteen tactical rules for use against opponents vastly superior in power and wealth.

   1. “Power is not only what you have but what the enemy thinks you have.
   2. “Never go outside the experience of your people.
   3. “Wherever possible go outside of the experience of the enemy.
   4. “Make the enemy live up to their own book of rules.
   5. “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.
   6. “A good tactic is one that your people enjoy.
   7. “A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag.
   8. “Keep the pressure on.
   9. “The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.
  10. “Major premise for tactics is development of operations that will maintain constant pressure upon the opposition.
  11. “If you push a negative hard and deep enough it will break through into its counterside.
  12. “The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.
  13. “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.

“The real action is in the enemy’s reaction. The enemy properly goaded and guided in his reaction will be your major strength. Tactics, like life, require that you move with the action.”

Alinsky was hated and defamed by powerful enemies, proof that his tactics worked. His simple formula for success…

“Agitate + Aggravate + Educate + Organize”

Wisconsin is at the center of the 2011 action. Today is decision time. Will the Wisconsin Senate Democrats join Governor Walker and prevent the layoff of hundreds of teachers or will they kneel before the “we have the power” Alinskyites?

About Richard Johnson

Richard Johnson: a mature Christian who understands the sweep of history, the unique role of America and these times clearly and precisely.
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