Summer’s here and it’s time to figure out what to do with the kids.
The school has taken care of them all year (food, shelter, socialization and even a little learning) but now what are we to do to keep them busy until they can get another decent meal in September?
Jobs are few and far between, of course, but our president doesn’t want an employment crisis to go to waste. So, while he’s looking for government jobs for the parents (like the census) there is always COMMUNITY ORGANIZING for the kids!
You too, can become an agitator for change!
There might be a lot written in the coming weeks about the new internship program being promoted through our State Schools. You’d think that summer programs for kids would be ALL OVER the news; especially since these jobs are supposed to translate into so many good things for our communities. But for some reason, some hateful people are comparing this and the AmeriCorps programs to the Nazi Brownshirts.
I say they might be writing articles, because since Congress gave AmeriCorps 5.7 Billion back in March of 2019, there hasn’t seemed to be much of a full court press from the media, promoting this goodness and light. Organizing for America (OFA) seems to be gearing up for a summer internship program, but you wouldn’t know it unless you went looking for it. I don’t know… getting almost 6 Billion dollars to do such good work… wouldn’t you be, you know… promoting the hell out of all the good work you’re doing?
Regarding the “agitation” curricula government programs will be using, I keep seeing Saul Alinsky’s words of wisdom creep into the vernacular. There are some wonderful things that are going to be taught to our up-and-coming agitators and organizers. Have a look at some of the principles and values our children will be learning this summer and probably next school year; so you (parents) won’t be surprised when they come home from school with their AmeriCorms home inspection teams:
“Tactics are those conscious deliberate acts by which human beings live with each other and deal with the world around them. … Here our concern is with the tactic of taking; how the Have-Nots can take power away from the Haves.” p.126
Always remember the first rule of power tactics (pps.127-134):
1. “Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have.”
2. “Never go outside the expertise of your people. When an action or tactic is outside the experience of the people, the result is confusion, fear and retreat…. [and] the collapse of communication.
3. “Whenever possible, go outside the expertise of the enemy. Look for ways to increase insecurity, anxiety and uncertainty. (This happens all the time. Watch how many organizations under attack are blind-sided by seemingly irrelevant arguments that they are then forced to address.)
4. “Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules. You can kill them with this, for they can no more obey their own rules than the Christian church can live up to Christianity.”
5. “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. It is almost impossible to counteract ridicule. Also it infuriates the opposition, which then reacts to your advantage.”
6. “A good tactic is one your people enjoy.”
7. “A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag. Man can sustain militant interest in any issue for only a limited time….”
8. “Keep the pressure on, with different tactics and actions, and utilize all events of the period for your purpose.”
9. “The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.”
10. “The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition. It is this unceasing pressure that results in the reactions from the opposition that are essential for the success of the campaign.”
11. “If you push a negative hard and deep enough, it will break through into its counterside… every positive has its negative.”
12. “The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.”
13. Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it. In conflict tactics there are certain rules that [should be regarded] as universalities. One is that the opposition must be singled out as the target and ‘frozen.’…
“…any target can always say, ‘Why do you center on me when there are others to blame as well?’ When your ‘freeze the target,’ you disregard these [rational but distracting] arguments…. Then, as you zero in and freeze your target and carry out your attack, all the ‘others’ come out of the woodwork very soon. They become visible by their support of the target…’