This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, June 4, 2018:
The brilliant radical Saul Alinsky developed a series of rules that, if successfully implemented, will change the culture. Arne Duncan, the former Education Secretary in the Obama administration, wants to change the culture.
Quiz: which of Alinsky’s rules is Duncan using?
Always remember the first rule of power tactics: Power is not only what you have but what the enemy thinks you have.
The second rule is: Never go outside the experience of your people.
The third rule is: Wherever possible go outside the experience of the enemy. Here you want to cause confusion, fear, and retreat.
The fourth rule is: Make the enemy live up to their own book of rules.
The fourth rule carries within it the fifth rule: Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.
The sixth rule is: A good tactic is one that your people enjoy.
The seventh rule is: A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag.
The eighth rule: Keep the pressure on.
The ninth rule: The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.
The tenth rule: The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition.
The eleventh rule is: If you push a negative hard and deep enough it will break through into its counterside.
The twelfth rule: The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.
The thirteenth rule: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.
Arne Duncan rates several pages in DiscoverTheNetworks.com, which, all by itself, is a warning. It provides enough sourced information to allow for the conclusion that the man is a danger to society. A graduate of Harvard College with a degree in sociology, Duncan cut his educatory teeth as the deputy chief of staff of the Chicago Public Schools from 1998-2001. He was promoted to chief executive officer of CPS, which allowed him to implement as many radical ideas as he could. Predictably, under his leadership, the Chicago State Board of Education showed that the Chicago district failed to make “adequate yearly progress” in mathematics and reading each year from 2004 to 2008.
Following that failure, he left CPS to take on the position of Secretary of Education under then-president Barack Obama. During his seven-year tenure, Duncan labored to force states to implement the Common Core curriculum and spent $4.35 billion of taxpayer monies for the administration’s “Race to the Top” program, touted at the time as his signature program to improve student performance. Duncan’s efforts so greatly displeased both the National Education Association (NEA) and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) that they both called for his resignation.
He finally stepped down when the National Center for Education Statistics reported that on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) – a test administered biennially to assess the reading and math proficiencies of fourth- and eighth-grade students – scores were down almost entirely across the board. Wrote National Review of the educational catastrophe wrought by Duncan’s radical policies: “Viewed against more than two decades of prior scores, these results can only be described as a train wreck.”
That report was released in October, 2015, the same month that Duncan announced he was resigning his position.
Following the Santa Fe, Texas shooting, another Obama administration radical, Peter Cunningham, tweeted: “Maybe it’s time for America’s 50 million school parents to simply pull their kids out of school until we have better gun laws.” Replied Duncan:
This is brilliant, and tragically necessary. What if no children went to school until gun laws changed to keep them safe?
My family is all in if we can do this at scale. Parents, will you please join us?
Commentators immediately heralded the blatant hypocrisy about Duncan’s “family” being “all in” over the idea, especially as his children attend the “exclusive, private University of Chicago Laboratory Schools in tony Hyde Park,” according to the Jewish World Review. A brochure from the schools notes that the grounds are “patrolled by the University of Chicago Police Department and private security.”
But never mind. Duncan was busy defending his radical suggestion, which came no doubt directly from Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals. He told CNN:
I know it would be very difficult. It’s counter to everything I’ve talked about all my life of trying to get kids to school and to stay in school, but I just think as a nation we’re at a breaking point and we just cannot continue to allow our children and our adults to die due to senseless gun violence.
Duncan went on to say, “what I’m talking about is an idea – for all the difficulty, for all the impractically about it – I think would shock the nation, would create the kind of tension that we’ve lacked, and we need to create tension to compel lawmakers to change.”
When asked about its practicality by The Atlantic’s Adam Harris, Duncan made his case:
We put this out a few days ago, and it was definitely intended to be thought-provoking. And you think about, you know, not all schools, but many schools, come back to school after Labor Day, that first week of September. That would give us a little time to see whether it makes sense. But there is clearly, as of now, very significant interest.
And, you know, teachers have walked out for higher pay, kids have walked out on the gun-violence issue, and my question is: What have we as parents done? We’re not protecting our kids. And, again, that’s the most fundamental thing. You want your kids to be safe. That’s instinctual. And the fact that we’re not doing that – we’re not willing to think radically enough to do it – I can’t stomach that.
So, the thought was, let’s see if it develops, let’s see if it continues to pick up momentum. But if you could do something in September, you’d see whether politicians move or not. If they move, fantastic. If they don’t move, then you’re looking at the November elections. Then you act….
When we were part of the [Obama] administration, we played by all the rules after [the] Sandy Hook [massacre]. We did a study, we did a report, we worked with Congress, and guess what we accomplished?
So, playing by the rules hasn’t worked. We need to change the game.
Enter Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals. Which of those rules is Duncan using to promote his end game, gun confiscation (and not smarter or better educated students)?
How effective will he be?
Rasmussen Reports has an initial answer. It quizzed 1,000 American adults about what they thought of his idea. They asked “A proposal has been made for parents across America to keep their children out of school for a few days next fall to pressure Congress into passing more gun control laws.”
Rasmussen reported that a majority opposed Arne Duncan’s proposal.
But will that frustrate Duncan or his Alinksy acolytes to the point where they will give up? See Rule Number Eight.
Townhall.com: 12 Ways To Use Saul Alinsky’s Rules For Radicals Against Liberals
RasmussenReports.com: Most Parents Oppose Pulling Kids Out of School for Gun Protests
RasmussenReports.com: The question Rasmussen asked 1,000 American adults
Michelle Malkin: Meet educrat Arne Duncan, master of hypocrisy
TheAtlantic.com: Arne Duncan Is Serious: Americans Should Boycott School
CNN.com: Obama Education Secretary Arne Duncan defends call for school boycott until gun laws change
Arne Duncan’s twitter statement
NationalReview.com: Weasel of the Week: Educrat Arne Duncan
Breitbart.com: Anti-gun Arne Duncan sends his children to school with armed security