Who Was Saul Alinsky?

In response to Newt Gingrich’s regular raging against Saul Alinsky in the last few weeks of campaigning, Bill Maher hilariously raised the question, “Who the fuck is Saul Alinsky?”

Bill Moyers educates:

Bill Moyers Essay: Newt’s Obesession with Saul Alinsky from BillMoyers.com on Vimeo.

Money quote:

Maybe that’s why Newt Gingrich has been slandering Alinsky’s name. Maybe he’s afraid. Afraid the very white folks he’s been rousing to a frenzy will discover who Saul Alinsky really was. A patriot, in a long line of patriots, who scorned the malignant narcissism of duplicitous politicians and taught every day Americans to think for themselves and to fight together for a better life. That’s the American way, and any good historian would know it.

Phil Klein also educates by explaining the various ways that Newt Gingrich campaigns precisely employing Alinsky’s recommended tactics. Dan Savage also educates the ways that since the ’80s the entire social conservative movement has thrived using Alinsky’s tactics.

And a few years ago Bill Dedman educated us about Hillary Clinton’s history with Alinsky and what she wrote in her senior thesis about him. And in those same days, Governor George Romney also recommended his associates listen to Alinsky.

Thanks for most of these links goes to The Dish.

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