Organizing for Socialism

I profiled Organizing for America, the community organizing branch of the DNC, for Townhall magazine.

A copy of the article is posted here in PDF form, with the kind permission of the magazine.

Here is the top of the article:

Liberals responded with howls of indignation when Rudy Giuliani mocked community organizers at last year’s Republican National Convention.

The former mayor of New York City said that Barack Obama “worked as a community organizer.” “What?” Giuliani said as he burst out laughing. Speaking over a boisterous crowd, he continued. “He worked—I said—I said—OK, OK. Maybe this is thefirst problem on the resume. He worked as a community organizer.”

GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, former mayor of tiny Wasilla, Alaska, also got laughs when she belittled Obama’s work with ACORN and other radical groups. “I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a ‘community organizer,’ except that you have actual responsibilities,” Palin quipped.

Conservatives roared approval, but now the Left is aiming to have the last laugh. Conservatives are justifiably suspicious of Obama-style community organizing, so it’s no surprise that Organizing for America (OFA) is the kind of organization that makes those on the Right uneasy.

Prior to last year, most Americans had never heard of community organizing. But what exactly is community organizing?

In the specific sense the Community Organizer-in-Chief uses the term, it’s not about church bake sales, picking up litter, little leagues or parent-teacher associations. Obama-style community organizing is pure leftist, anti-capitalist agitation. It’s about that nebulous Marxist concept of “social justice.” It’s about making people angry so they push for change. It artificially creates pressure for government spending on whatever project is fashionable in leftist circles that day.

OFA attempts to make progressive agitation hip and mainstream. […]

OFA is “more than a spinoff of Mr. Obama’s presidential campaign—it’s housed at the Democratic National Committee (DNC) but is free to let the Party do the political dirty work, and it keeps his enthusiastic supporters engaged, active and primed for his re-election bid,” according to a recent Washington Times article.

The White House may not legally use the 13 million e-mail addresses compiled during last year’s campaign, so Obama created OFA so he could continue to proselytize between elections.

Obama’s 2008 campaign was “the most technology-savvy political operation in American history,” writes Jose Antonio Vargas, the Huffington Post’s technology editor. […]

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