Breitbart Goes Fishing for Minnows and Brilliantly Bags the Big Fish!

This. Is. Hilarious.

Saul Alinksy. They are his disciples. They’ve studied him and worshiped at his feet.  They’ve used his black arts tactics on the American public in every way imaginable (and unimaginable) to elevate themselves to the highest offices in the land—nay, the world.  Yet, when an upstart internet entrepreneur went fishing for a minnow, not only did the minnow take the bait, but so did the Alinskyite-in-Chief.

If you haven’t been following this story, here’s the bullet point summary:

  • Alinskyites in DC, threatened by Tea Parties, using age-old propaganda techniques accuse said Tea Parties of racism in an attempt to “pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it” [see Alinsky Power Tactic #13]
  • The racism meme (aka The Big Lie) is used repeatedly by union bosses, Congresspeople and the NAACP
  • Tea Parties say “no way, man!” and spend considerable amount of time trying to defend a politically-motivated, yet baseless, accusation
  • NAACP, escalating the the attacks on Tea Parties condemns racism in the Tea Parties, even going so far as comparing it to a white supremacist group (pick the target, personalize it, polarize it)
  • Enter Andrew Breitbart, a nonHarvard educated, non-Yale educated, non-lawyer and (most importantly) non-ACORN-trained internet entrepreneur:
    • Following the NAACP’s trumped Tea Party condemnation, Breitbart launches counter offensive on Big Government against the NAACP’s racist accusations written by a raciallydiverse group of writers
    • The coup de grace: On Monday, Breitbart ‘proves’ NAACP’s racism by posting two videos of Shirley Sherrod, USDA Georgia Director of Rural Development, speaking at the NAACP Freedom Fund dinner in Georgia, wherein Ms. Sherrod admits to treating a white farmer differently because of his race (with approval from the audience).
    • Within hours, Breitbart’s post goes viral, earning a condemnation from the NAACP.

Racism is about the abuse of power. Sherrod had it in her position at USDA. According to her remarks, she mistreated a white farmer in need of assistance because of his race.

We are appalled by her actions, just as we are with abuses of power against farmers of color and female farmers.

Her actions were shameful. While she went on to explain in the story that she ultimately realized her mistake, as well as the common predicament of working people of all races, she gave no indication she had attempted to right the wrong she had done to this man.

The reaction from many in the audience is disturbing. We will be looking into the behavior of NAACP representatives at this local event and take any appropriate action.

Alinsky Power Tactic # 4: “Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.”

Vindication. The public reaction as well as the NAACP condemnation of Ms. Sherrod’s seemingly racist remarks were likely to have been a simple enough vindication for Breitbart and the Tea Parties.  After all, Breitbart had done exactly what the Alinksyites have done for years—made “the enemy live up to its own book of rules,” regardless of the charge’s authentication.

The funny thing is, while Breitbart only threw the bait out to the NAACP (which they took), what was probably unintended was the hooking of the big Alinsky whales at the White House.

Even prior to the NAACP’s condemnation of Sherrod’s remarks, the Obama administration had gotten baited too by ordering Ms. Sherrod’s resignation…without an investigation and without hearing her side of the story.

Had the White House checked the facts, and not have immediately fired Sherrod, they might not entered the fray between Breibart and the NAACP. You see, Breitbart’s video had done the job of throwing the ‘rascist’ bomb out to the NAACP, even though Sherrod’s remarks were somewhat out of context

Note: The NAACP now claims it was “snookered” by Breitbart and Fox News, even though they knew of the context of Sherrod’s remarks when she was fired, as they acknowledged in their condemnation (in bold above).

Instead of giving Breitbart a moderate victory over the NAACP by saying “See? That’s what we’re talking about!” the White House’s overreaction turned what would have been talk-show fodder into a major administration SNAFU story.

While there may be a hidden agenda to the administration’s firing of Sherrod, the bigger story now is how, by using the very Alinsky tactics used by those on the Left and in power, a guy who went fishing for a minnow wound up with the catch of the day. The Alinksy-in-Chief took bait intended for the minnow and swallowed it, hook, line and sinker.

Nevertheless, the Left’s Alinsky accusations of racism will likely continue as it appears to be the Democrats’ strategy going into the fall.  As Mary Frances Berry noted on Politico’s Arena:

Tainting the tea party movement with the charge of racism is proving to be an effective strategy for Democrats. There is no evidence that tea party adherents are any more racist than other Republicans, and indeed many other Americans. But getting them to spend their time purging their ranks and having candidates distance themselves should help Democrats win in November. Having one’s opponent rebut charges of racism is far better than discussing joblessness.

With nothing left to defend their abject failures on the economy, the oil spill, and a whole lot more, they have nothing left to rely on but their reliance on Alinsky.  Their problem is, as they’re beginning to realize: Two can play that game.

Time to go fishing.


“I bring reason to your ears, and, in language as plain as ABC, hold up truth to your eyes.”Thomas Paine, December 23, 1776

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