Revealed: Hillary Clinton’s letters to Saul Alinsky
Hillary Clinton has made a concerted effort to cover her tracks when it comes to her relationship with the late Saul Alinsky. For those not in the know, Alinsky was an influential leftist revolutionary who wrote Rules for Radicals which both Clinton and Barack Obama took to heart early in their political careers.
Now, after much digging, the Washington Free Beacon has revealed for the first time Hillary Clinton’s letters to Saul Alinsky himself.
The letters obtained by the Free Beacon are part of the archives for the Industrial Areas Foundation, a training center for community organizers founded by Alinsky, which are housed at the University of Texas at Austin.
The letters also suggest that Alinsky, who died in 1972, had a deeper influence on Clinton’s early political views than previously known.
A 23-year-old Hillary Clinton was living in Berkeley, California, in the summer of 1971. She was interning at the left-wing law firm Treuhaft, Walker and Burnstein, known for its radical politics and a client roster that included Black Panthers and other militants.
On July 8, 1971, Clinton reached out to Alinsky, then 62, in a letter sent via airmail, paid for with stamps featuring Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and marked “Personal.”
“Dear Saul,” she began. “When is that new book [Rules for Radicals] coming out—or has it come and I somehow missed the fulfillment of Revelation?”
“I have just had my one-thousandth conversation about Reveille [for Radicals] and need some new material to throw at people,” she added, a reference to Alinsky’s 1946 book on his theories of community organizing.
Clinton devoted just one paragraph in her memoir Living History to Alinsky, writing that she rejected a job offer from him in 1969 in favor of going to law school. She wrote that she wanted to follow a more conventional path.
However, in the 1971 letter, Clinton assured Alinsky that she had “survived law school, slightly bruised, with my belief in and zest for organizing intact.”
“The more I’ve seen of places like Yale Law School and the people who haunt them, the more convinced I am that we have the serious business and joy of much work ahead—if the commitment to a free and open society is ever going to mean more than eloquence and frustration,” wrote Clinton.
According to the letter, Clinton and Alinsky had kept in touch since she entered Yale. The 62-year-old radical had reached out to give her advice on campus activism.
“If I never thanked you for the encouraging words of last spring in the midst of the Yale-Cambodia madness, I do so now,” wrote Clinton, who had moderated a campus election to join an anti-war student strike.
If you’re at all familiar with Alinsky’s work, you’ll know that it remains the playbook for Democrats.
Take for example rule #5:
Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. It’s hard to counterattack ridicule, and it infuriates the opposition, which then reacts to your advantage.
Sounds like a lot of Democrats I know.
Lois Lener: “I’m not sorry for anything I did”
No, she’s not sorry for using the power of the IRS to target people whose political ideologies were different than hers. She’s just sorry she got caught.
Lois Lerner is toxic — and she knows it. But she refuses to recede into anonymity or beg for forgiveness for her role in the IRS tea party-targeting scandal.
“I didn’t do anything wrong,” Lerner said in her first press interview since the scandal broke 16 months ago. “I’m proud of my career and the job I did for this country.”
Lerner, who sat down with POLITICO in an exclusive two-hour session, has been painted in one dimension: as a powerful bureaucrat scheming with the Obama administration to cripple right-leaning nonprofits. Interviews with about 20 of her colleagues, friends and critics and a survey of emails and other IRS documents, however, reveal a much more complicated figure than the caricature she’s become in the public eye.
The portrait that emerges shows Lerner is, indeed, fierce, unapologetic and perhaps even tone-deaf when she says things that show her Democratic leanings. She had a quick temper and may have intimidated co-workers who could have helped her out of this mess. It’s easy to see how Republicans have seized on the image of a devilish figure cracking down on conservative nonprofits.
“We followed the trail where it leads, and we saw it lead to Lois Lerner,” House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said at a hearing Thursday. “She refers with disdain to conservatives; she’s an active liberal; and it’s clear her actions were set out to be detrimental to conservatives.”
The record of Lois Lerner’s wrongdoing at the IRS is now irrefutable. Not only did she target conservatives, but she broke the Federal Records Act in the coverup of her actions.
There has to be a strategic reason why she’s speaking up now, but I couldn’t begin to guess what that might be.
The NRA is planning on spending tens of millions this fall to help the GOP capture the senate and help embattled GOP governors retain their seats, you know, just like you’d expect from a “non-partisan sportsman’s association”
As compared to hundreds of millions by people like Bloomberg. Go fuck with your own pet billionaires before fucking with others.
Haha, OP is just mad there are people trying to counter the shovel-tons of money donated to Democrats. Awwww, is the opposition party getting to you, bud?