I was surfing through the Huffington Post for silly blogs to skewer, an admittedly guilty pleasure of mine, and found a real gem. Christian Parenti of the hard left Nation magazine called for “storm socialism” save us from big storms caused by manmade climate change. We have angered Mother Nature and the only cure is more government.
A primary theme of my book Never Allow A Crisis To Go To Waste is how Saul Alinsky was the leading American practitioner of socialist agitprop, which aimed at “rubbing raw the sores of discontent” to scare the middle class into accepting “radical change.” Barack Obama and other proponents of “storm socialism” like Mr. Parenti apply this Alinsky principle and add a heavy dose of old fashioned weather superstition to scare us into accepting government direction of the economy to save us from the angry weather gods.
This combination of agitprop and superstition reminds me of a scene from Mel Gibson’s movie Apocalypso where the “big government” of the ancient Maya are sacrificing there people to convince the angry sun god to stop inflicting a drought on the nation:
Because of the larger than expected interest in the book raffle, I have decided to give away two books rather than one. The winners are Josh Conway of Orlando, Florida and Sarah Williams of Houston, Texas. (Josh entered through the Freedom Connector).
Josh and Sarah, you may choose between a paperback or an eBook (Kindle or Nook) version of the book. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your choice of book type and your mailing address and email so I can send you your book.
Congratulations to the winners and thank you to everyone else for participating.
Edward Lee is a top Amazon reviewer with well over 300 reviews to his credit. I am grateful for his insightful review of Never Allow A Crisis To Go To Waste:
Obama and his supporters have created crisis after crisis. Then, they go on the offensive to claim that only the intervention of government into the private lives of its citizens can provide a proper legislative answer, only Uncle Sam can decide not only what’s best but also what’s fair for all. What they’ve been unable to enact into law, they’ve simply incorporated into already enforceable statutes of the Executive Branch and other enforcement venues; and DePalma highlights the treacherous legal (and illegal) practices as they’ve occurred over the first three years of Obama’s presidency. He reveals how the politicos – employing these scare tactics – continue to savage personal freedoms, but, at all times, he ties these activities directly to related events or ideology so that the reader better understands the arguments and outcomes…
He equally attacks George W. Bush’s “big government Conservatism” for starting some of these crises, as clearly spending has been out-of-control for, arguably, that last two decades and/or three-to-four administrations. He underscores problems resulting from the application of political ideologies on both sides of the aisle – hence the need to begin with the famous Rahm Emanuel quote of the book’s title. Government isn’t necessarily the problem here, but the flawed application of “big government” thinking is, and NEVER ALLOW A CRISIS deserves to read by folks of any political stripe. It’s grounded with history, reality, and good old-fashioned common sense. It’s an indictment of socialism – in whatever form it’s called – and not an indictment of any political party…
Edward Lee has raises an important point that I try to make in the book and on progressive blogs – Republicans also occasionally employ socialist command policies when it suits their purposes. It is important that all Americans study closely what their elected representatives do rather than just accepting what they say.
This weekend, my wife and I went to see Iron Lady, the film biography of British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Meryl Streep gave her usual magnificent Best Actress caliber performance as Thatcher, but the movie wasted nearly an hour with fictional scenes of a long retired Maggie wandering around the house imagining conversations with her dead husband, Dennis.
In memory of the real Iron Lady, here are some video clips of Maggie Thatcher in her prime as the finest British PM since Churchill.
First, here is Thatcher on socialism:
And on the fiction of “public money:”
And challenging the socialist complaint of disparity of income:
If Meryl Streep had acted out these exchanges, I might have experienced a Chris Matthews-style chill up my leg because Maggie Thatcher was one of the genuinely great leaders of my lifetime.
Terresa Monroe-Hamilton publishes the always entertaining Noisy Room blog and penned a very generous review of Never Allow A Crisis To Go To Waste:
I have a few very cherished sources for my research: KeyWiki, New Zeal, Discover the Networks, Aaron Klein’s work, Sultan Knish and there are others as well. Mr. DePalma’s work now joins those ranks of researchers that I trust and use in my work. If you really want to learn about the radical left and their history, this is the book for you…
DePalma goes to the source on his work from Saul Alinsky to Peter Dreier and a whole list of other radicals. He paints the history of Socialism from birth to present, highlighting its ups and downs and how the current administration is utilizing the methods and tactics of Socialism in its current handling of economics and politics…
If you want to know how we got where we are, this book is for you. Tremendous writing, thorough research and a gifted story teller, Bart DePalma hit a home run with “Never Allow a Crisis to Go to Waste.” I love this book.