A seniorÂ Democratic operative who defrauded banks in order to keep his Marxist community organization afloat is behind an influential book called Stand Up Straight: How Progressives Can Win which left-wingers say has inspired them inÂ their fight to turn America into socialist Europe.
The felon’s name is Robert Creamer and he’s a disciple of the Marxist founder of community organizing,Â Saul Alinsky. He’s also the husband of Rep.Â Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), one of Capitol Hill’s most visible cheerleaders for DMV-style Big Government healthcare.Â Schakowsky acknowledged in a speech that the Democrats’Â ”public option will put the private insurance industry out of business and lead to single-payer.” Creamer founded the radicalÂ group Illinois Public Action and this makes him a hero to the left, whose members don’t care that he wrote a series of bad checks toÂ pay his salary and meet other financial demands.Â
As Glenn Beck noted on his TV show, the left is willing to overlook Creamer’s sins because “The ends justify the means.” Creamer, Beck said,Â apologized for his crimes, but said he had merely beenÂ overzealousÂ in the pursuit of a worthwhile good cause. At his sentencing, Creamer said, “For the rest of my life I will continue to do whatever I can to work for social and economic justice.”
His wife seemed miffed that charges had been laid at all. Sounding inconvenienced, the congresswoman said she was “obviously disappointed that Bob’s sentence included incarceration, but we accept the judge’s decision and look forward to the day that we can finally put this nearly decade-long chapter behind us.” Schakowsky said she was gratified thatÂ her husband “has for his entire adult life devoted himself to fighting for a better future for others –Â he has been a constant crusader for social and economic justice in this country and beyond.”
Creamer must have been protected by the Angel of Social Justice. Prosecutors wanted to send him up the river for 37 months but he received a mere five-month sentence and 11 months of home confinement from a Democratic judge who had ties to him.
“Social and Economic justice”: Those are the magic “get out of jail free or early” cards in the progressive world. You could kill cops and murder convenient store clerks â€” but if you talk economic justice or write kids books while in prison, you’ll have a gaggle of progressives (like Van Jones) lining up to support you.
Beck observed that Creamer, who recently attended the official White House dinner for the IndianÂ prime minister,Â used $2.3 million in fraudulently obtained funds to coverÂ his $100,000 annual salary and remain in his five-bedroom home.
The Chicago Tribune reported (April 6, 2006) that more than 200 people provided letters ofÂ support to the court on Creamer’s behalf, including U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.),Â formerÂ EPA administrator Carol Browner, White House political advisorÂ David Axelrod, and Rev. Jesse Jackson.
Creamer’s ties to the Democratic community were so deep that the trial judge thought about recusing himself from the case because he used to be aÂ Democratic state representativeÂ and “because his son-in-law, political consultant Peter Giangreco, had worked with Creamer and Schakowsky and had sat on the board of one of Creamer’s organizations.”
Creamer’s book is filled with folksy advice on how not to frighten the middle class while pushing for the radical transformation of society. Tongue-in-cheekÂ he urges activists, for example, to listen to their mothers and stand up straight. ThisÂ is straight out of Saul Alinsky‘s playbook. Alinsky told 1960s radicals to stop scaring middle-class Americans with their appearance and behavior.Â He told themÂ to cut their hair, wear jackets and ties, and not to call the police fascist pigs.
David Axelrod described Creamer’s book as a “blueprint” for future progressive victories.Â In orderÂ to impose socialist healthcare on an unwilling nation, it is necessary, according to the book to
â€¢ Create a national consensus that health care is a right
â€¢ Create a national consensus that the health care system is in crisis
â€¢ Convince political leaders that they owe their elections to the groundswell of support for universal health care face peril if they fail to deliver on health care in 2009
â€¢ Need not agree in advance on the components of the plan, but foster a process that can ultimately yield consensus
â€¢ Focus especially on the mobilization of the labor movement and the faith community
â€¢ Generate emotion: fear, revulsion, anger, disgust
Is the Obama administration following the plan?