November 1, 2007
Who could forget the 1995 Beijing Women’s Conference spear-headed by First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton and then Secretary of Health and Human Services Donna Shalala? It was a remarkable idea, gathering women from all over the world to discuss issues that mattered to them: abuse, abortion, education, gender equality, you know … “women’s issues.” And who could forget famously red-hatted former U.S. Congresswoman Bella Abzug raising her hands to the sky in worship to the Goddess Gaia? What better place to declare homage to a female god than at a conference on “women’s issues?” All women, on earth and in heaven. How divine.
One of the profound truths that came from this conference was the declaration that there were not just two genders, but five: male, female, mostly male and some female, mostly female and some male and … I can’t remember the fifth, but whoever you are, please step forward.
The tent featuring lesbian lovemaking techniques was a special favorite of the Western feminists: Canadian, American and …did I mention the First Lady and her cohort Donna Shalala were in charge?
This was the first term of the co-presidents, Bill and Hillary Clinton, and they were off to a rollicking start. The Mrs. President had already organized a compendium to begin the process of moving America’s healthcare to one, big, happy government plan. It was an odd thing, watching an unelected wife assume powers she had not been granted. A blatant attempt to move to socialism was unnerving enough, but it was her raw ambition that was most frightening.
She was the dutiful disciple of a ’60s revolutionary named Saul Alinsky. She had studied him, met with him, written her college thesis on him. And actually, as people became aware of this connection, that college paper was locked away from public viewing. A simple reading of his “Rules for Radicals” might tell you why.
Alinsky was known as the “father of modern American radicalism.” He was seeking a “bloodless revolution,” an overturning of all that was American—in a non-violent, ruthless sort of way.
Here’s Alinsky’s Rule #5: “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. There is no defense. It’s irrational. It’s infuriating.” Paula Jones, victim of one of Clinton’s sexual assaults came to be known as “trailer park trash.” It was her fault Clinton exposed himself to her in a hotel room. She was a tramp and deserved it. Plus she was ugly and had bad hair. Linda Tripp was fat and old, desperate and a backstabbing female, not an American citizen shocked and alarmed to know her President was having oral sex in the oval office with a 24-year-old intern who was her friend. It was a very effective use of those “Alinsky Rules” by Hillary Clinton, who was in charge of discrediting the so-called “bimbos” erupting around her husband.
Rule #12: “Pick a target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it. Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions.” Makes me think of Ken Starr, the mild-mannered special prosecutor turned villain. Even as the cameras followed him retrieving his newspaper from the driveway every morning, we were convinced he was an evil man, driven by revenge; not remotely a man of integrity trying to faithfully execute his assigned role in one of the nation’s shameless Clinton scandals. Billy Dale, the White House travel agent fired by Mrs. Clinton to make room for Clinton friends, was not just no longer wanted, but charged with crimes he did not commit to excuse the firing, costing him hundreds of thousands of his personal savings to defend—his reputation destroyed, his business in shambles.
Rule # 4: “Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules. You can kill them with this because no one can possibly obey all of their own rules.” While Bill Clinton brags of conquests, Barney Frank lives with a male lover who ran a prostitution ring from their apartment and Ted Kennedy reigns in the Senate despite a cowardly act which took the life of his married man’s tryst, there is no backlash because, you see, they have no rules. Henry Hyde and Newt Gingrich and other opponents ostensibly stood for decency and morality, so the attacks were merciless and effective. The Clintons are famous for their squads of investigators searching the trash, scanning the phones, photographing the private lives of their enemies. They are also powerfully effective at intimidating and destroying their victims. Alinsky would be very proud.
But now things are different. The Alinsky pupil has matured. She looks softer, prettier than her radical days. She smiles more easily, speaks with measured, more pleasant tones … much more suited for a leader. Dressed to perfection, her laughter and multiple accents are managed well. So now she wants to be our president, painlessly guiding us into a world governed by new “rules,” godless, ruthless methods to obtain and keep power over all who oppose her—fellow Americans who, as her teacher Alinsky would remind her, are her “enemies” to be overcome in a bloodless revolution.
Sandy Rios is the host of the “The Sandy Rios Show,” heard daily on WYLL in Chicago. Contact her at [email protected]