Sunday, January 31, 2010

Rules for Radicals, Recommended Reading in High School

This report from Pamela Geller at Atlas Shrugs is going viral in the blogosphere, as well it should:
An Atlas reader, Chuck,  has a student in the eleventh grade in an Ohio High School. Her government class passed out this propaganda recruiting paper so students could sign up as interns for Obama's Organizing for America (OFA is the former site.)
Organizing for America is (and I quote) recruiting in our high schools to "build on the movement that elected President Obama by empowering students across the country to help us bring about our agenda" ............of national socialism.
The Ohio High School is Perry Local in Massillon, Ohio.
Geller has published the entire recruiting form for this "movement" internship program (here) that Geller points out is "geared toward the 2010 elections." The recommended reading list (page 4) is scary as hell:
  • Rules for Radicals, Saul Alinsky
  • The New Organizers, Zack Exley
  • Stir It Up: Lessons from Community Organizing and Advocacy, Rinku Sen
  • Obama Field Organizers Plot a Miracle, Zack Exley, Huffington Post
  • Dreams of My Father Chicago Chapters, Barack Hussein Obama
It is repugnantly unprofessional for teachers to encourage impressionable, idealistic, high-school kids to learn and adopt deceptive, dishonest methods to help the teachers' political gurus gain political ascendancy. It was Saul Alinsky, father of the Chicago school of community organizing, who said, "Life is a corrupting process from the time a child learns to play his mother off against his father in the politics of when to go to bed; he who fears corruption fears life." Here's how my dictionary defines political corruption: "dishonesty, unscrupulousness, double-dealing, fraud, fraudulence, misconduct, crime, criminality, wrongdoing; bribery, venality, extortion, profiteering, payola; informal graft, grift, crookedness, sleaze. 

Do I fear corruption? Indeed I do. 

No teacher, no honorable person of any field, should even consider steering young people toward a Marxist ideology, the ideology with the worst track record of any that has ever been tried on the planet.

Yet many teachers on the public payroll regard it as their duty to teach their students how to destroy what they believe to be an evil American society. These teachers, I have no doubt, believe they are doing the right thing. Nevertheless, I have never known one of them to be familiar with the history of the march of socialism through Europe, China, and Africa. Before they advocate that their young charges trade honesty for political cunning, particularly in the name of superior moral virtue (and that claim always is made), I recommend that they read a few history books covering the rise of Marxism, and read those books with a calculator in hand to keep track of the millions and millions of dead who were forced to sacrifice their lives to the Marxist experiment.

The first 20 seconds of the following video contains the money quote:
What conclusion do you reach if you just do the recommended reading?

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