by Karin McQuillan
Out here in Realville, to borrow from Rush Limbaugh, Donald Trump’s supporters could be very happy. For ordinary Americans – from the top to the bottom of the economic spectrum, black, white and brown – President Trump has brought good times. Except for the screeching drama queens in the Democratic Party and among #TheResistance – and our serious mass immigration problems – life is good and the country is secure.
In a sensible world, we would be basking in this period of unprecedented prosperity and peace.
The country should be unified and full of bonhomie. The whole world has advanced to inconceivable levels of global peace and prosperity. Life is easier, healthier, and more comfortable for more people than ever before in history.
Socialism and Communism – those tragic sisters from the 1800s that led to the greatest human suffering, poverty, and mass starvation in human history – should barely be remembered.
Instead, they are ascendant in the Democrat Party. Cultural Marxism and socialism are the new Democrat chic. The entire country is in an uproar. Everyone feels a sense of doom and gloom.
There is more to #TheResistance than the political panic inspired by the likes of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.). They are riding a monster not of their own making. In order to survive, they are providing cover and normalization of something not at all normal.
Conservative pundits have latched onto the fun words “hysteria” and “Trump derangement syndrome.” These words, though cute, mask the seriousness of what is actually happening. The mass hysteria is a goal and a tactic, whipped up by cool-headed, purposeful people. It was not caused by Trump’s tweets or orange coloring. It has everything to do with a long game to change our country. Things are so weird in American politics on purpose or, rather, for purposes – radical left purposes.
The exaggerated, weird loathing of President Trump and all Republicans – that flies in the face of our peace and prosperity – is the daily work of thousands of professional leftists. #TheResistance is their dream come true, as in Barack Obama’s Dreams from My Father.
Their plan has long been public. As Saul Alinsky taught Obama, “[An] organizer must shake up the prevailing patterns of their lives—agitate, create disenchantment and discontent with the current values, to produce, if not a passion for change, at least a passive, affirmative, non-challenging climate. [You must] fan the embers of hopelessness into a flame of fight.”
The tactics of the Trump #Resistance were developed decades ago by Leninists Richard Cloward and Frances Fox Piven along with Alinksy. They were taught by Barack Obama as both a community organizer and a University of Chicago lecturer. There’s a photo of Obama standing before a blackboard teaching Alinsky. Obama never taught constitutional law—he taught three courses on “race, rights and gender,” exploring the legal basis for reparations, the history of lynching and the failure of the Bill of Rights to redistribute wealth.
The socialist plan to create anger and chaos to undermine America is happening all around us right now. Yet we ignore it. It doesn’t fit into our image of America. It comes with an aura of unreality. We’d rather make snarky comments about snowflakes and peoples’ heads exploding than get serious.
You can’t defeat an implacable enemy you refuse to name or wilfully underestimate.
This is not to say there is nothing new here. The anger, chaos, and activist pressure, the corruption of the FBI and Department of Justice, are new in our lifetimes. Our parents and grandparents saw them in the 1930s with Communist and Fascist agitprop and infiltration of key institutions. We seem helplessly naïve, not understanding what has hit us.
Today, the American Left is empowered with unprecedented funding. Soros is only one among a number of radical billionaires, from the Green promoter Tom Steyer, to the Pritzkers of Chicago (Hyatt Hotel heirs), who launched Obama’s U.S. Senate run. One of the Pritzkers is transsexual and a Democrat mega-donor. ActBlue raised well over $1 billion dollars for Democrats in 2018.
Conservative groups aren’t even playing the same game. The Koch brothers don’t make the list of top 50 “heavy hitters’”political donors in the country, compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics – only two out of the top 20 give to Republicans. David Horowitz and Jacob Laksin in their book The New Leviathan, count 122 leftist foundations worth $104 billion. Conservative political groups? Eighty-six in the whole country, worth a measly $10 billion.
Radicalized progressive groups also get federal funding not given to conservative groups, under the guise of being apolitical nonprofits for health care, poverty programs, the environment and even for helping illegal aliens.
Federal support for radicalism exploded under Obama. He illegally transferred money from the U.S. Treasury—some $500 million, not small seed money – and distributed it among leftist nonprofits like La Raza, to create havoc in the name of social justice. His own organization, Organize for Action, for which he raised money as president, has a database of 2 million volunteers.
We are talking about billions of dollars in total and tens of thousands of professional activists – or more. That pays for a lot of agitation, lawsuits, demonstrations, and “resistance.” That’s why the country is in turmoil.
America is in trouble. We never understood that a community organizer is not a feel-good social worker looking to help people. (I was a social worker, so I know.) A community organizer is a paid agitator, out to make poor people so mad they will storm the barricades and destroy the system. They don’t respect political norms. They are out to smash norms and politicize everything.
Conservatives are appalled that progressives have politicized every area of life, from fast food chicken and football to wedding cakes and shaving. These are classic leftist campaigns. Professional agitators are trained shake-down artists who go where the money and power is easiest to grab – American business.
Corporate shakedowns were perfected by race hustlers after federal dollars corrupted the Civil Rights Movement. Agitators learned they could fund themselves by threatening banks and others with bad publicity and lawsuits for alleged racism. Now they target corporations as pure power moves in the culture wars.
Just because it’s on Twitter, doesn’t mean corporate shaming is spontaneous. Twitter does make leftist campaigns more effective, but it is the same old agitprop.
Seven years ago, way before Trump, the Color of Change, a “social justice” nonprofit headed by self-proclaimed Marxist/Maoist communist and former Obama “green jobs czar” Van Jones, launched a “name-and-shame campaign,” against corporations which support public-private partnerships. The tactic is hard-core American Marxism.
Trump could shave his head and stop tweeting tomorrow, stop counterpunching, start acting like the milquetoast Romney and it would make not an ounce of difference.
Out here in Realville, we better get real about our opponents. They are not well-meaning liberals. They are dangerous. The target is not Trump. They are out to get all of us.
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Karin McQuillan served in the Peace Corps in West Africa, was a social worker, and is now a writer and regular contributor to American Thinker.
Photo “Trump Protesters” by theodoritsis. CC BY 2.0.