Can Irony Be Killed Twice?

1 comment August 17th, 2009at 05:58pm Posted by Eli

I’ve been totally focused on processing and posting Netroots Nation photos, so I’m a little late here, but this just makes my head spin:

Opponents of Barack Obama’s healthcare proposals are using the tactics of Saul Alinksy, the legendary leftwing activist who helped inspire the US president when he was a young community organiser, says Dick Armey, head of Freedom Works, a group fighting against universal healthcare.

Mr Armey, who was the Republican majority leader in the House of Representatives for most of the 1990s, said his group, which is behind many of the “tea party” protests that have disrupted town-hall meetings in the past two weeks, draws consciously on the forms of agitation pioneered by Mr Alinsky.

Mr Obama, who worked as a community organiser among unemployed steel workers on Chicago’s South Side in the late 1980s, was heavily influenced by Mr Alinsky, who inspired a generation of radicals in the 1960s. Mr Alinsky believed that packing public meetings with highly vocal activists would sway their outcomes and give people a taste of the power they could exercise when they showed up in numbers.

I don’t know which is more disheartening and surprising – that Dick Armey is a student of Saul Alinsky… or that Obama is.

(h/t Julia)

Entry Filed under: Healthcare,Obama,Politics

1 Comment

  • 1. Multi Medium » Grot&hellip  |  November 20th, 2009 at 10:57 pm

    […] These bastards actually invoked Martin Luther King’s name in their mission to oppose civil rights.  That’s even more monstrous than Dick Armey studying Saul Alinsky. […]


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