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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Rules for Radical's is All About Limited government = Power to the People, to Exercise Freedom and Have Human Dignity!

The Night They Raided Alinsky’s
Written by Ralph Benko on September 22, 2009

In the end he [the organizer] has one conviction–a belief that if people have the power to act, in the long run they will, most of the time, reach the right decisions. The alternative to this would be rule by the elite–either a dictatorship or some form of a political aristocracy.

Believing in people, the radical has the job of organizing them so they will have the power and opportunity to best meet each unforeseeable future crisis as they move ahead in their eternal search for those values of equality, justice, freedom, peace, a deep concern for the preciousness of human life, and all those rights and values propounded by Judaeo-Christianity and the democratic political tradition.”

— Saul Alinsky, Rules for Radicals, 1971, Vintage Books edition, 1989, pp. 11-12

There’s been an interesting and, and to the Left, deeply dispiriting overturning of an icon.

Perhaps the most iconic manual for community organizing and general taking on The Man is Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals. Published in 1971, shortly before Alinksy’s death, it’s subtitled “A Practical Primer for Realistic Radicals.”

Two weeks ago, Washington Examiner columnist Marta Mossburg wrote a gem of a column entitled Why Democrats lost the health care debate.

It begins: Click here to read the rest


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Botched Paramilitary Police Raids: An Epidemic of "Isolated Incidents"

"If a widespread pattern of [knock-and-announce] violations were shown . . . there would be reason for grave concern." —Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, in Hudson v. Michigan, June 15, 2006. An interactive map of botched SWAT and paramilitary police raids, released in conjunction with the Cato policy paper "Overkill: The Rise of Paramilitary Police Raids," by Radley Balko. What does this map mean? How to use this map View Original Map and Database

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Death of an innocent. Death or injury of a police officer. Death of a nonviolent offender.
Raid on an innocent suspect. Other examples of paramilitary police excess. Unnecessary raids on doctors and sick people.
The proliferation of SWAT teams, police militarization, and the Drug War have given rise to a dramatic increase in the number of "no-knock" or "quick-knock" raids on suspected drug offenders. Because these raids are often conducted based on tips from notoriously unreliable confidential informants, police sometimes conduct SWAT-style raids on the wrong home, or on the homes of nonviolent, misdemeanor drug users. Such highly-volatile, overly confrontational tactics are bad enough when no one is hurt -- it's difficult to imagine the terror an innocent suspect or family faces when a SWAT team mistakenly breaks down their door in the middle of the night. But even more disturbing are the number of times such "wrong door" raids unnecessarily lead to the injury or death of suspects, bystanders, and police officers. Defenders of SWAT teams and paramilitary tactics say such incidents are isolated and rare. The map above aims to refute that notion.

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