Who was this evil, anti-God, anti-American, radical that Newt Gingrich dismisses with so much arrogance and distaste?
Alinsky was a community organizer in Chicago who, among other efforts, challenged the political machine of Mayor Richard J. Daley (a Democrat by the way) and helped register tens of thousands of previously disenfranchised black voters. He was an intelligent, compassionate social reformer who brought together community groups to work with socially aware churches.
What kind of “radicalism” did he practice? In his own words:
“Believing in people, the radical has the job of organizing them so that they will have the power and opportunity to best meet each unforeseeable future crisis as they move ahead in their eternal search for those values of equality, justice, freedom, peace, a deep concern for the preciousness of human life, and all those rights and values propounded by Judaeo-Christianity and the democratic political tradition. Democracy is not an end but the best means toward achieving these values. This is my credo for which I live and, if need be, die.” [Page 12, Rules for Radicals, by Saul Alinsky]
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