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Obama's Going to Make You an Offer You Can't Refuse

Posted on August 24 2009 12:06 pm
David Swindle is the Managing Editor of NewsReal Blog and the Associate Editor of FrontPage Magazine. Follow him on Twitter here
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Today at progressive “watchdog” group Media Matters’s blog the Left was throwing a fit over Fox News’ comparison of Obama to The Godfather:


Media Matters claimed that this was something of a meme in the conservative community and supported it with a link to their “research” from May.

The first commenter, someone with the clever moniker Rasta Farian wanted answers:

Can someone please tell me why this okay?

Yes, I’ll tell you why this is OK.

Another commenter, “Historically Correct” (a less amusing and rather pretentious handle) also wanted answers:

Why on earth is this okay? FoxNews should be forced to have News taken from their name as punishment for this nonsense

So let’s break it down for “Rasta” and “Historically Correct” and all of those at Media Matter who seem unable to dig a little deeper.

Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and a good number of their various political operatives have all been schooled in the Saul Alinsky methods of “community organizing.”  And who played a key role in developing Alinsky’s philosophy and approach? As David Horowitz pointed out in Part 5 of his Alinksy series, one of Al Capone’s gangsters:

Saul Alinsky came of age in the 1930s as a Communist fellow-traveler (as his biographer Sanford Horwitt tells us in Let Them Call Me Rebel), but his real social milieu was the world of the Chicago mobsters to whom he was drawn professionally as a sociologist.  In particular he sought out and became a social intimate of the Capone gang and of Capone enforcer Frank Nitti who headed the gang when Capone was sent to prison in 1931.  Later Alinsky said, “[Nitti] took me under his wing. I called him the Professor and I became his student.” (p. 20) While Alinsky was not oblivious to the fact that criminals were dangerous, like a good leftist he held “society” — and capitalist society in particular — responsible for creating them.

Here’s a question for the Left: how far would you go to get universal healthcare in this country? After all, it’s supposedly a plan which will save the lives of millions and help liberate the lower class from the economic totalitarianism inflicted on them by their malevolent Fat Cat CEO taskmasters.  How far would you go to save the world? If an influential conservative Senator stood in the way of “reform” and one could do something to embarrass or discredit him then wouldn’t it be worth it? After all, we’re talking about saving people’s lives here. What’s one man’s reputation compared to millions of lives and the perfect world?

Think about that for a moment and perhaps the gangster comparison isn’t quite as outlandish as one might suspect.

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