Thursday, June 27, 2013
Alinsky in Austin
"Present arrangements must be disorganized if they are to be displaced by new patterns that provide the opportunities and means for citizen participation. All change means disorganization of the old and organization of the new....The organizer dedicated to changing the life of a particular community must first rub raw the resentments of the people of the community; fan the latent hostilities of many of the people to the point of overt expression....An organizer must stir up dissatisfaction and discontent; provide a channel into which the people can angrily pour their frustration."
Saul Alinsky, Rules for Radicals, p. 116-7.
(Author's note: We were in the Capitol Tuesday night; this piece is based on our observations but should not be taken as any sort of definitive factual statement.)
Tuesday night, Saul Alinsky showed up in Austin wearing pink sneakers.
It was a weird night. We didn't feel comfortable in that crowd, but neither did we feel in danger. It was a tragically fascinating event to watch.
There's been a lot of speculation about what Wendy Davis hoped to accomplish with her filibuster. She knew Governor Perry would call the legislature back into town to pass the legislation. That's already happened.
We think the Alinksy quote explains Davis' actions. It's not secret that the left wants to take over Texas and that they need people to give them their contact info to succeed. Davis' filibuster was designed to make people angry enough to show up and give their e-mail address to Battleground Texas.
This was an interesting opening gambit from Battleground Texas....