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From Hendrix to Kidron

Friday, April 28, 2006  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt
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So Adam Kidron (web site Urban Box Office) puts out a Spanish language version of the Star Spangled Banner, and changes the words. The President gets a question, and answers that he thinks the National Anthem should be sung in English. Pundits swoon. Nutter radio hosts have material for today’s show. A British record producer mau maus Monday’s Million Illegals March.

The organizers of Monday’s big march in Los Angeles must be pleased. The entrepeneur who thought up the Spanish-version of the Star Spangled Banner, Adam Kidron, must be very pleased. Saul Alinsky is beaming down…wait, Alinsky was an aethiest, right?

I can’t get very excited about this, largely because I know the lefties want me too. The screamers who want to deport everyone also love this story. And Kidron wants to cell CDs.

I can’t find the text of all of Alinsky’s “Rules for radicals,” but here are a few, as mofdified by recent technology. Compare the rules with the actions of the march organizers and the anthem snatchers.

Power is not only what you have, but what the target thinks you have.

Never go outside the expertise of your people. Feeling secure stiffens the backbone.

Whenever possible, go outside the expertise of the target. Look for ways to increase insecurity, anxiety, and uncertainty.

Make the target live up to its own book of rules. If the rule is that every letter or E-mail gets a reply, send thousands.

Ridicule, especially against organizational leaders, is a potent weapon. There’s no defense. It’s irrational. It’s infuriating. It also works as a key pressure point to force concessions.

A good tactic is one your people enjoy. They’ll keep doing it without urging and come back to do more. They’ll even suggest better ones.

Keep the pressure on. Never let up. Keep trying new tactics to keep the opposition off balance. As the target masters one approach, hit them with something new.

Pick the target. Target an individual, personalize the attack, polarize and demoralize his/her supporters. Go after people, not institutions. Hurting, harassing, and humiliating individuals, especially leaders, causes more rapid organizational change.

The bad news is that these tactics entertain the MSM. The good news is that Alinsky came up with this stuff decades ago, and the left has been using the rules for decades, and the GOP controls all the branches of government.

The really bad news is that we are debating Anthem propriety as Iran is moving as fast as it can towards nukes.

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UPDATE: The lyrics:

Lyrics to ‘Nuestro Himno’ (‘Our Anthem’)Amanece, lo veis?, a la luz de la aurora?

lo que tanto aclamamos la noche caer?

sus estrellas sus franjas

flotaban ayer

en el fiero combate

en segal de victoria,

fulgor de lucha, al paso de la libertada.

Por la noche dec

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