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Obama’s Cloward-Piven Strategy

Obama: The Cloward-Piven Strategy & Alinsky Power Tactics

August 25, 2009


Obama’s whole campaign was built on platitudes. He’s still speaking in platitudes, as though his very presence will make magic happen. With broad platitudes, congressional power and a flurry of legislative initiatives, Barry is seeking to place his socialist footprint in practically every move he makes. And, you need to understand the tactics.

All politicians are temporary stewards of this nation. It is not their task however to remake the founding of this country. It is not their task to tear it apart and rebuild it in their image. Barry thinks otherwise. Almost daily, Barry is playing politics with policy.

He has all these dreams and visions of a utopia. And, even with soft GOP opposition, it won’t happen. But the president has too steep a learning curve facing him, and his performance so far makes it clear that he doesn’t take direction, suggestion or education well.

You can thank the Barry tactics to Saul Alinsky and Cloward-Piven. While Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals are instructions for attaining power in America, The Cloward-Piven Strategy is a strategy that forces political change through orchestrated crisis.

The “Cloward-Piven Strategy” seeks to hasten the fall of capitalism by overloading the government bureaucracy with a flood of impossible demands, thus pushing society into crisis and economic collapse. The Cloward-Piven strategy depends on surprise. Once society recovers from the initial shock, the backlash begins.

Most Americans to this day have never heard of Cloward and Piven. Present-day partisans of the Cloward-Piven strategy founded a new “voting rights movement,” which purported to take up the unfinished work of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Three organizations: ACORN, Project Vote and Human SERVE spear-headed this new “voting rights” movement and set to work lobbying energetically for the so-called Motor-Voter law, which Bill Clinton ultimately signed in 1993.

The Motor-Voter bill is largely responsible today for swamping the voter rolls with “dead wood” – invalid registrations signed in the name of deceased, ineligible or non-existent people thus opening the door to the unprecedented levels of voter fraud and “voter disenfranchisement” claims that followed in subsequent elections.

The new “voting rights” coalition combines mass voter registration drives – typically featuring high levels of fraud with systematic intimidation of election officials in the form of frivolous lawsuits, unfounded charges of “racism” and “disenfranchisement,” and “direct action.” In short, Cloward-Piven devotees seek to overwhelm the nation’s understaffed and poorly policed electoral system. Their tactics set the stage for the Florida Bush-Gore recount crisis of 2000, and since, have introduced a level of fear, tension and foreboding to U.S. elections heretofore encountered mainly in Third World countries.

The Voting Rights movements has depended heavily on financial support from George Soros‘s Open Society Institute and his “Shadow Party,” through whose support the Cloward-Piven strategy continues to provide a blueprint for some of the liberals most ambitious campaigns. And Obama also has followed Alinsky’s instructions to the hard left for attaining power in America.

The Man

Obama’s is a narcissist and his disorder is that he must be the center of attention. So he will be mysterious and unknown so as to attract that focus, whether good or bad. His “Lady MacBeth” will continue to dominate his actions on the world stage. And then, using subtle hypnosis techniques combined with his audacity, Obama will contradict himself straight to your face, but lull you into thinking ‘its for your own good’ or that ‘he will take care of it’. Remember that “tyranny for your own good” is the worst kind of tyranny. So why give him any more attention?

Obama’s language, posture, and demeanor demonstrate a man who projects a grandiose and false image of himself yet betrays an essential hollowness within. It is never wise to underestimate the manipulative genius of pathological narcissists, especially when they are ‘captured’ or used by an ideology and people with other agendas.

Looking even more broadly, Obama is a front man for all the efforts that have been on-going for the last 30 years, and his placement in office was opportunistic—conditions had to be right. Those conditions must necessarily become at least part of our awareness and focus.

Obama’s actions betray his backers and enablers in Congress, his behavior does the same thing. Claim one is here to ‘recover’, and to ‘stabilize’ and do just the opposite. Looks like the manufactured crises have come through the economic door to start with. Look for similar manufactured events in the defense and foreign policy arena from the White House, not necessarily from Defense or State. We must continue to educate ourselves and the public to viewing these events as generated with some purpose in mind, and to keep asking questions about it.

Remember the words ‘manufactured crisis’ came from Joe Biden himself in his famous “Mark my words…” speech.


The Well-Greased Machine

To start, the Chicago machine and Clintonites who are running the White House (WH) ship behind the scenes are practicing many of the same tactics they played while in the Clinton WH. But, Obama brings with him a whole new bag of tricks and it reflects more about the relevancy of tactic in achieving his government-controlled policy initiatives.

The late Alinsky, a trench-warfare socialist who despised American capitalism, advised community organizers like Obama to “laugh at the enemy” to provoke “irrational anger.” Obama doesn’t look or talks like an angry radical. He speaks in measured tones and is rarely seen out of business attire. That, too, is borrowed from Alinsky’s playbook.

While Alinsky may help him behind the scenes, however, he becomes a liability when brought out of the shadows. And the PUBS have yet to do this. Sarah Palin successfully proved this in St. Paul when she ridiculed his community organizing. Within hours, Barry surrogates whined about how just bringing up the phrase was racist code for “black.”

No, it’s code for socialism. And McCain and his campaign staff fell into that trap and missed that point time and time again instead legitimizing such radicalism, as he did on numerous occasions when he said, “I respect community organizers; and Sen. Obama’s record there is outstanding” or “he is a decent person, and a person that you do not have to be scared of” – which directly contradicted his running mate, Palin, who seemed to understand the Alinsky frontal attacks.

Though most average voters wouldn’t know it, Barry’s applying Alinsky’s radical rules to achieve his socialist goals daily. Let me repeat that – daily. And, once aware of the techniques, one will see several little ‘Rules for Radicals’ in everything Barry and his surrogates do. It’s all part of his plan. And you must understand it. To not understand it means that you will pulled into the misdirection of the real public debate.

According to Alinsky, the main job of the organizer is to bait an opponent into reacting. “The enemy properly goaded and guided in his reaction will be your major strength.” To achieve this, you must create chaos, confusion, insecurity and retreat. I forget, or I am confused, but we never did get to see Obama’s medical records, did we? And so, Obama’s rhetorical window-dressing is easily recognizable as Alinsky-esque camouflage.

Everyday, Barry translates several of Alinsky’s rules into battle tactics, including:

Rule: “Multiple issues mean constant action and life” for the cause.

Rule: “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.”

Rule: “Rub raw the resentments of the people; search out controversy and issues.”

Rule: “A mass impression can be lasting and intimidating.”

Rule: “Keep the pressure on. Never let up. Keep the opposition off-balance.”

Rule: “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.” There is no defense. It’s irrational.

Rule: “Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have.”

Rule: “Look for ways to increase insecurity, anxiety and uncertainty.”

The Indicating Signs

Obama employed Alinsky methods to exploit the conditions of working people and inflame emotions. Using race, class, and gender he could manipulate the energy inherent in discontent. As a lawyer, Obama used the cry of racism and discrimination in the early 1990’s to pressure banks to give home mortgages to individuals who could not afford them, helping to set up the current mortgage difficulties and financial meltdown.

In 2008, he used these same techniques to overwhelm the caucuses essentially through voter fraud and intimidation, thus illuminating the need to change the caucus system. Howard Dean unwittingly allowed the Chicago machine to replicate and expand upon internet access and blog control, marketing Obama and overwhelming everything else.

An analysis of Obama’s speeches and language gives rise to the notion that he imitates hypnosis techniques as a fundamental tool to achieve his agenda. We ridicule the uhmmmm and ahhhh…but each pause, each phrase, is a practice of technique. Do not underestimate the extent to which this man will try to put everyone to sleep or in a trance so the real work behind the scenes remains hidden and unnoticed.

Only one day after the DNC coronation in Denver, Sarah Palin emerged on the scene as a very serious threat to Soetoro-Obama. Obama’s hatred of women was exploited and became, and still is, his Achilles heel. Remember the momentum she brought to the campaign? Obama, The One, did not like this.

About September 15th, those advances by Palin were erased by the start unveiling of the “financial crisis”, an event that benefited Obama alone because it exploited the fear of Americans about the economy and stoked the blame on Republicans and George Bush.

Thus we had already had a manufactured event in the form of a financial attack on our country before Biden opened his mouth and said:

“Mark my words. Mark my words. It will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama…you watch, we’re going to have a crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this young man…we’re gonna need you to use your influence, your influence within the community, to stand with him. Because it’s not gonna be apparent initially, it’s not gonna be apparent that we’re right.” Joe Biden, October 2008

So Biden stepped right in to provide another diversion to focus attention away from the September 15 attack. Surely Obama– in touch with Paulson and Bernake every day during the ‘crisis’– was already in the know, perhaps planning for further actions to destabilize the economy?

Cloward-Piven is a strategy for forcing political change through orchestrated crisis. The strategy was first proposed in 1966 by Columbia University political scientists Richard Andrew Cloward and Frances Fox Piven as a plan to bankrupt the welfare system and produce radical change. Sometimes known as the “crisis strategy” or the “flood-the-rolls, bankrupt-the-cities strategy,” the Cloward-Piven approach called for swamping the welfare rolls with new applicants – more than the system could bear. It was hoped that the resulting economic collapse would lead to political turmoil and ultimately socialism.

Fast-forward to February—BOOM—another crash, the urgency for a bailout, another bailout, and the threats of martial law if not passed. Look at the details of the Generational Theft Act—expansion of welfare rolls and gutting welfare laws, benefits to illegal immigrants, porky pig pet projects…

The Cloward-Piven strategy seeks to hasten the fall of capitalism by overloading the government bureaucracy with a flood of impossible demands, thus pushing society into crisis and economic collapse. Application of this strategy contributed greatly to the turmoil of the late Sixties. Cloward-Piven failed to usher in socialism, but it succeeded in generating an economic crisis and in escalating the level of political violence in America – two cherished goals of hard-Left strategists.

Unless the States see what is happening, stay calm, and smartly use selected amounts of federal money, the stimulus package will be the gateway for the final economic and social destabilization of America, a phase that usually leads to total chaos


The Battle of Ideas: Socialism, Communism, Far Left Ideology Disguised as being “Progressive”

We know from his friends who Obama is and what kind of political philosophy he comes from. It is still an evolving form of communism, socialism, black revolutionary and liberation theology, no doubt sprinkled with his narcissist sense of himself as savior of the world.

These ideologies denigrate the very idea of America, patriotism, and our Founding Fathers. America is seen as a racist, militaristic, colonizing nation according to these views, and she should be punished for it all and taken down. Capitalism is the real culprit, but the attacks are on all things American. Guilt is one of the tools, liberal white guilt is the mechanism, Obama and the Obamacrats are the result. The radical “left” morphs into “Progressives”, the revolutionary in democrat’s clothing.

Norman Mattoon Thomas (November 20, 1884 – December 19, 1968) was a leading American socialist, pacifist, and six-time presidential candidate for the Socialist Party of America. He was ordained as a Presbyterian minister in 1911. As a candidate for President of the U. S. Norman Thomas said, in a 1944 epoch speech:

“The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism. But, under the name of “liberalism”, they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program, until one day America will be a socialist nation, without knowing how it happened.”

He went on to say: “I no longer need to run as a Presidential Candidate for the Socialist Party. The Democratic Party has adopted our platform.”

But there is a deliberate strategy here—to confuse names and concepts. “Capitalism” equated with “democracy, the constitution, and freedom” and “communism” equated with “lack of freedom and democracy; a constitutional republic mistaken for a democracy. Or, how often have you heard the statement “the “democrats” more concerned about social issues than the republicans who are more concerned about corporate wealth”? This confusion of terms is a tactic to confuse us completely while the work of the money men goes on behind the scenes. Obama is destroying infrastructures.

Buried within the bowels of this Administration is the desired taking of citizens firearms, the marking of all ammunition, and bans on certain firearms. Note that this is NOT a call to arms. He has taken over the Auto industry, Financial Industry, and is gunning for Health Care, Utilities and Talk Radio. In the name of stabilizing the banking system, Obama is nationalizing it. Under the guise of “Progressive,” Obama wants government-control of your life, your bank account and your medical records. Obama has already begun the process of limiting executive compensation.

Obama wants to pierce the vein of capitalism. You cannot spend your way to wealth by adding debt. It is a mathematical impossibility to end a Credit Recession with more Debt. And just last Friday, we learned that Obama low-balled the national debt figure By $2 TRILLION. It is now $9 Trillion, instead of $7 Trillion. And, that does not include what the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) will estimate it to be. Economic policy is intrinsically linked to social policy and the more the Obama Administration strips away wealth, adds debt and chips away at the infrastructures that prop-up that wealth – he will have succeeded.

Everyone was convinced the Titanic would never sink in 1912. We are repeating Roman history at a much quicker pace. There’s an inherent mechanism at work to privatize profits by socializing cost. And only recently have we heard of a trial balloon that Obama may renew vows of a possible middle-class tax increase. To put into perspective, a trillion dollars is about the total amount collected in income taxes by the US federal government in fiscal year 2006– $1.04 trillion. Yet its is estimated that Health Care reform alone will cost $1 Trillion.

On top of all of this, the US government is paying China $1.2 Billion per month on the interest alone on its debt service. That is today. One-year from now it will be much higher. We are borrowing $5 Billion dollars a day. The interest on the debt is so out of control that I’m surprised that the dollar hasn’t collapsed. Stay tuned.

The stimulus package alone could overwhelm state and federal institutions with demands they cannot meet. And the US is already currently crippled by the economic effects of great society programs. There is no greater mechanism for providing wealth and fostering economic opportunities for the disadvantaged than capitalism. Yet, Obama pursues a policy of liberal paternalism. Every crisis, every policy, every spending bill is a Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland musical. Obama is systematically authoring an economic collapse which would lead to political turmoil and ultimately socialism.

When things collapse. Everyone starts at the bottom together. Obama will accomplish his idea of “reform” under the rubric of “recovery. In the process, he is attempting to create a permanent electoral majority that does not pay taxes, but counts on ever-expanding welfare checks and dependency from the government.

Obama is moving to change permanently the partisan balance in America too. He will weaken border controls in an attempt to hike the Latino vote as high as he can in order to make red states like Texas into blue states like California. By the time he is finished, Latinos and African-Americans will cast a combined 30 percent of the vote. Not to mention he is moving to enact the check-off card system for determining labor union representation. The result will be to raise the proportion of the labor force in unions.

See the picture? But none of these changes will cure the recession. It will end when the private sector works through the high debt levels that triggered the collapse in the first place. And, then, the large stimulus package deficits will likely lead to rapid inflation, probably necessitating a second recession to cure it.

But it will be too late to reverse the socialism of much of the economy, the demographic change in the electorate, the rationing of healthcare by the government, the surge of unionization and the crippling of talk radio. As infrastructures and resources become strained to the breaking point, a socialist democracy will have emerged.

And Now To The Present

Barry is following almost to the letter the blueprint for socialist revolution drafted by the father of community organizing, Saul Ainsky. He may be in over-his-head, yes, but the tactic is to overwhelm with confusion, fear and retreat. This ‘tactic’ of conflict manifests in high-profile public debate and then, with swiftness and velocity, often-panicked decision-making. The favored target point is quick passage of more government-control legislative initiatives.

Case in point: Congress didn’t even read the 1073 page stimulus package but was pressured to vote on it within 48 hours. Once passed, it took Barry 4 days to sign it. It was widely publicized that Health Care reform had to be passed by August recess. And, notably, the stimulus package was designed to overwhelm state and federal institutions with demands they cannot meet – coupled with paybacks to fund future submissive tactics.

Ridicule, is often the last used Alinsky Rule in his bag of tricks because it signifies that his message (policy initiative) is slipping in public debate and he has limited argument left. So, when you see Barry start to ridicule; understand that it works as a key pressure point to force the enemy into concessions; understand that it infuriates the opposition, who then react to your advantage; understand that it is almost impossible to counterattack ridicule, unless you know the tactic beforehand and respond accordingly.

A “logical torpedo” response into the hull of their ridicule argument will normally sink their ship. Only Rush, Beck, Levin, Hannity, Sarah Palin and not the GOP leaders and members of Congress, have figured out that the loudest dog has the weakest bite. This is Obama. But one of the Alinsky Rules is “Make opponents live up to their own book of rules.” With a lack of leadership at the GOP level, and a loss of its conservative principles, what book of rules is the GOP standing up for?

Barry may look overwhelmed, tired, fatigued and over his head. And, he is over his head. And his staff will talk of Barry burning the midnight oil – all for the common good of the people. Each day, the message coming out of the WH will seem urgent and different. The behind-the-scene-message of the MSM will mirror that of hatchet jobs Rahm Emanuel, Axelrod, Carville and Stephanopoulos. It will pull you in a side-show direction that is irrelevant to the real public debate. It will all seem flurried and disjointed to the public but well coordinated by the culprits.

It’s all part of his plan.

The Obama-Soros Socialist Game Plan

The design is now visible to the people. Obama is not only evil in his ideology but is also a tool for others, some of whom we know and others we don’t. Obama’s rapid rise was planned for many years, but it would be opportunity that would guide when he was told to make the move to run for the Presidency. It was seven-years in the planning. A perfect storm of opportunities provided the window for Obama—the long-term denigration and violation of the constitution, the financial attack on and manipulation of our economy by the world’s ‘central bankers’, the grabbing of executive powers by George Bush, and our collective exhaustion over a $1 trillion dollar war.

The Cloward-Piven Strategy is the overall strategic design and Saul Alinsky’s ‘Rules for Radicals’ techniques are the tactics.

No matter where the strategy is implemented, it shares the following features:

  1. The offensive organizes previously unorganized groups eligible for government benefits but not currently receiving all they can.
  2. The offensive seeks to identify new beneficiaries and/or create new benefits.
  3. The overarching aim is always to impose new stresses on target systems, with the ultimate goal of forcing their collapse

Emanuel: “The objective is what’s important. It’s not the means.” (White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, answering a question in June.)


I think we all would agree that we were hit with an avalanche of misinformation and hype: a virtual blizzard of emotion, deception, intimidation, derisiveness, and extremely confusing messages. This was designed to confuse, to stop us in place, to hurt, to hide the true agenda, and to exploit our need to know. A lot of fires were lit in the first half of 2009, with seemingly no pattern and yet so much smoke—you could feel something going on.

It seems a bit too coincidental that Obama won just about ALL of the states that ACORN was under investigation for voter fraud and it is even more strange that all of this simply went away after he was presumed the winner.

Obama’s Final Goal

His final goal? Well we can all speculate, but whatever it is, it is not good for America. Using his techniques, money, community organizations and the control he now has over Congress, the media, and government agencies, it’s easy to view the goals involved in the following manner:

  • Destruction of the middle class and economy of America through ‘bailouts’ and ‘stimulus’ packages sponsored as ‘revitalizing the American economy’
  • Expansion of federal powers over states and individuals, especially on our constitutional rights as specified by the first ten amendments to the constitution
  • Discrediting our founding fathers and the constitution as something old and out-dated and used to forward ‘American imperialism’.
  • Complete control over the media/message
  • Domination of fund-raising for political campaigns
  • Expansion of the powers of the Executive.
  • Evisceration of the military in a slow, methodical manner
  • Strategically planned ‘crises’ involving foreign policy, the economy, and military affairs.
  • Increasing our vulnerability to attack.
  • Promoting social unrest and violence

All of these actions will be ‘buried’ in Executive Orders, unrelated budget appropriations bills, ‘new bank regulations’, and legislation with a nice title but designed to do the opposite. The ‘crises’ that hit us will be handled by a small group of people and plans will be unknown to the public. But, it should now be possible to ‘map’ his strategy so we can anticipate what will come next, as well as to see these ‘events’ that befall America in a broader perspective.

Closing Comments

American conservatives have been exceptional in two ways: in the ideas that they espouse and the movement they have created. And yet, it seems too many Republicans need to be dragged back to their party’s basic values. The Republican Party appears to me to be pretty spineless. We are way past ‘bipartisanship.’ There are too many hapless deadbeats in the House and Senate. All the while, Obama seems intent on repeating the mistakes of FDR which prolonged the Great Depression by as much as 8 years.

To date, Republicans have largely split into two camps in these early days of the Obama administration: those looking for any opening to assert their diminished authority, and those aspiring to help broker deals with a popular new president who has falsely pledged a fabricated ‘bipartisan’ approach to governing. Rasmussen polls are now showing Obama’s approval ratings dropping. Once his plastic veneer is totally cracked and destroyed his ego will never recover. This is a harsh assessment, yet cathartic.

There are a host of personal and strategic actions to win our country back. Remember what they tell you on an airplane—put your oxygen mask on first before you help others. We must learn and apply this quickly. And so must the GOP Leadership.

Because his strategy and tactics are so overwhelming, a good focus is to start exposing his promises as empty, along with continuing to use the ‘manufactured crises’ against them. It is important to recognize the Obama War Room hate and smear campaigns, racist claims, the emptiness and complete rhetoric of ‘change’, government control initiatives while continuing to place Obama as out of touch with America. GOP Leaders need to learn this.

Even if the states only catch on to the ‘ticking time bomb’ in the ‘stimulus bill’—in terms of out-year payments that will require them to raise state taxes—and refuse a portion of the Federal money, a total economic and social unrest catastrophe may be avoided. In that sense, a log will have been rolled under Obama’s wagon, forcing a stall. They must have assumed that we were all so desperate for money that we’d do anything, including giving up yet more income to the federal government –bank cartel system. I don’t think the Obama team counted on an increasingly alert and alarmed public.

Already roughly 30 states have considered and/or passed resolutions asserting state sovereignty from the federal government under the 10th Amendment, the ‘last wall’ against complete tyranny from the federal government. This does not mean the states are seceding.

The voters, specifically a certain demographic voter, helped. If you analyze the demographic voter who put Obama “over the top”, you’ll begin to realize that this country is run by certain voters who do not fund the government. With over 40% of Americans not paying incomes taxes, thus not funding this government, but receiving many of its services, the paying taxpayer has less of a voice in who will run the government.

Hopefully, this write-up is useful beyond measure, and gives those of us who get lost in the search a chance to connect the dots a little easier. Look for Diversions; military, political and domestic diversions. And once you have found it, look for the diversion. Until Americans wise up, I’m afraid that the RATS with their penchant for generous entitlement programs, clever voting right schemes and camouflaged campaign tactics will rule this country until its demise. The Cloward-Piven Strategy and its design is now visible to the people.

This is Obama’s blueprint for America. It all seems like a bad dream.

3 Comments leave one →
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    January 30, 2011 7:53 am

    love the article


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