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8 Squirmy, Wormy, Outright Socialists Linked to Obama, Our Radical-in-Chief (and this is just the beginning)

Posted on December 10 2010 8:00 am
Diane Schrader, a former television news writer/producer, lives with her family in Los Angeles. She likes a nice cup of tea. Follow her on Twitter.

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3. & 4. Greg Galluzzo & Mary Gonzales

Obama counts this married couple among his mentors. They were also bankrolled by Ken Rolling’s Left-leaning foundations, and Galluzzo and his wife play a big role in organizations that have adopted the stealth strategy of taking over from the bottom up (at one conference the couple headlined a panel called “Organizing through Existing Institutions”).

Galluzzo and Gonzales are community organizers in the tradition of Saul Alinsky, according to Kurtz, who notes that they tend to keep their political beliefs to themselves in order to advance their cause:

“They make a point of presenting themselves as pragmatists in search of ‘commonsense solutions for working families.’ Organizers trained by Obama’s mentor Greg Galluzzo have perfected this stance—consciously suppressing radical jargon (which they freely use among themselves), clothing their leftist programs in the language of traditional American democracy, and making sure to present themselves in both dress and demeanor as average citizens, rather than as the sixties-style radicals many of them once were… Alinskyites work to steer popular dissatisfactions in the direction of their leftist goals.”

One of their nasty tactics is to “pick a target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it” as they’ve shown over and over again. Galluzzo was involved in several ugly situations including pressuring a Chicago school board member to support the building of a new school by besieging him at home, as Kurtz details in his book.

Galluzzo is now head of the Gamaliel Foundation, which Kurtz describes as an “influential network of neighborhood organizations to which Obama has long been tied.”

It’s a group that purports to mix “faith and democracy,” but their faith seems a bit misplaced:

And listen to what a former Gamaliel organizer has to say:

“Staff were pitted against each other by Galluzzo and Gonzalez… Galluzzo used to give a cultish advanced training seminar titled ‘Walking the Edge of Immorality’ where he repeatedly stated ‘the ends justifies the means’ and nonchalantly told us that to have an impact on society we had to be willing to ‘lie, cheat, and steal for the greater good’…  The final straw for me was when Galluzzo sent out a weekly report with a reflection that we organizers needed to promote a noble myth to our churches that our work was about justice, God, and peace even though we really knew it was about power… I left Gamaliel disillusioned and disgusted by what seemed to me to be pure evil… I should have exposed them then. I had a duty to do so. We can’t content ourselves with feelings of moral superiority while people with corrupt principles are out there building power. We ignore these bad apples to our own peril.”

According to his own people, Galluzzo is a bad apple – and he’s one of Obama’s prized mentors.

Next: the cream of the cockroaches…

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