The Cloward-Piven Strategy was first proposed in 1966. It essentially seeks to hasten the fall of capitalism through an overloading of the government bureaucracy by floods of impossible demands, resulting in society being pushed into crisis and economic collapse. Hmmm … sounds an awful lot like what's currently happening in America, thanks to Obama and his Far Left radical cohorts.
Richard Andrew Cloward and Frances Fox Piven were sociologists at Columbia University. They were inspired by the 1965 race riots in the black district Watts, Los Angeles, California. They published an article, "The Weight of the Poor: A Strategy to End Poverty." They advocated that activists sabotage the welfare system. Collapse would ignite a political and financial crisis to rock the nation. Early Cloward-Piven's promoters claimed radical organizer Saul Alinsky as their inspiration.
Saul Alinsky was a community organizer and writer. He is often cited as the founder of modern day community organization. It has been said of him that, "American democracy is being altered by Alinsky's ideas." Alinsky's "Rules for Radicals" are the playbook that the Far Left keeps resorting to trying to get their radical agenda implemented throughout the nation. It covers many points, but main among them are: creating fear, anger, retreat, and confusion; attack, attack, attack; and direct, personalized criticism or ridicule. Sound familiar?
Some of you might be asking why I bring all of this up. Well, it's because I've been connecting some dots recently and don't like the picture that is emerging. I have to give a lot of credit to Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity for providing me with much of the information that has coalesced in my brain into this idea. They have also done lots of "connecting the dots", as well as following stories that really hit the mark in my own mind and showed another possible set of dots that we might all need to be following.
We can trace the "roots", so to speak, of a lot of Obama's cohorts back to Alinsky, Cloward, and Piven. Obama's ties to the Far Left socialist/communist community are irrefutable. It goes all the way back to his parents and other family members, through his college days, on to his first forays into politics, and beyond. He has surrounded himself with Far Left radicals, many of whom are of the socialist/communist ilk. Just what is his idea of "fundamentally changing America?"
We have watched Obama bring in czar after czar with questionable backgrounds and beliefs. We have seen numerous socialistic programs being implemented and many more being proposed. Consider the nationalization of companies. Ponder government takeovers and intrusions at all levels of business and society. All aimed at the gradual slipping away of citizens' rights and freedoms.
We have seen links discovered between the government, the community organizers, the Far Left radicals, the environmental groups, the unions, and the list just goes on and on. The sprawl of this socialist/communist architecture is seemingly limitless.
It has not just happened within Obama's campaign, election, or time in office. Much of this is a network that has been evolving and spreading for a very long time … like since the 1960s and before. It is the current phase of the Progressive Movement that began all the way back at the beginning of the 20th century. A faction of our society and government idealizes socialism. They crave control of individuals, as well as a one- world government. From my point of view, this group is pretty much the ultimate in anti-American when it comes right down to it.
But, I digress. I need to come to the meat of the matter that currently concerns me most, which is the systematic destruction of our ability to feed ourselves. Yes, I believe they have been slowly, but surely encroaching in all the ways they possibly can to make our food less available and more expensive.
Look at how much farmland is being lost every year to "endangered species." Look at how many regulations and restrictions are placed on farmers because of pesticides, erosion prevention, protecting the environment, saving an obscure critter, and innumerable other issues.
Think about all of the FDA hassles. Just the cost of doing business as a food producer or even a food shipper is prohibitive. Nightmares are created by the various meat industries from animal rights activists, more government regulations, and their own set of innumerable other issues. PETA is always doing their anti-meat industry campaigning.
Right now we have an entire region of California dying of thirst, rich California farmland that feeds millions throughout America, and the world is being denied water because of a little 2" Delta Smelt. The environmentalists say it is because the fish are being trapped in the water pumps system, but no one is even trying to actually prove this or alter the pump system to avoid this. They just turned off the water and are letting the communities, farms, and economy die.
Other environmentalists are claiming that the loss of the smelt is what is killing off the salmon fishing. But, again, the proof seems a bit sketchy. And, they are apparently not doing anything about the millions of gallons of ammonia being dumped into the water that might even be more likely to affect the fishing.
This little 2" fish just seems like an awfully convenient excuse for more destruction of our American economy and way of life. It's another way to press us further into desperation, thus allowing the Progressives to create another crisis, implement more emergency measures, and grab additional power.
This is not the first time I've seen an itty bitty fish take precedence over people. My previous encounter with fish "protectionism" also happened in California. Because of an "endangered species" stickleback, a roadway was shut down, turning a straight-shot trip of less than 10 miles into a roundabout trek of nearly 20 miles. It wasn't just an inconvenience, but a hardship for residents and businesses in the little community that became somewhat isolated by this action. I lived nearby and was directly affected.
I don't know why such people seem to think fish, or owls, or plants, or whatever the heck they are raving about today, is more important than people. But, I suspect it is merely because the fish, or owls, or plants are means to their end, which is the subjugation of the American population.
As much as I love animals and nature, I say it's time to forget about saving the whales and work on saving the America so many of us have grown up in. I say we forget about conserving the environment and start preserving the American way of life for our children or grandchildren.
Not that we must be reckless with our resources, but, let's use some common sense. People count, too. Food, families, and freedom simply must come before fish! And, above all, we need to be certain whether the government is truly being merely big-hearted foolish about saving a little fish … or is there a more nefarious agenda being driven by the Progressives in striving for "fundamental change?"
© Suzann C. Darnall, SEPTEMBER 2009