Hilarious Rodham Clinton – Saul Alinsky’s lovechild?
Consistently a liar
Previously unpublished letters between Saul Alinsky and Hilarious Rodham (she wasn’t a Clinton then) are now available. Apparently, they were part of the archives for the Industrial Areas Foundation, a training center for community organizers founded by Saul Alinsky the leftist Chicago activist. The foundation is now housed at the University of Texas at Austin, strangely enough. Alinsky died back in 1972 after he wrote the book “Rules for Radicals”, which is the handbook for all leftist, socialists and liberals. I know, I studied it intently when I was part of SDS at Arizona State University.
It turns out that Hilarious Rodham published at Wellesley College a thesis on the subject of Alinsky and activism, and in the 1990s the Clinton White House requested Wellesley College seal the 1968 thesis from public view, which they did. Hilarious Rodham asked the thesis to be sealed because it showed “The extent to which she internalized and assimilated the beliefs and methods of Saul Alinsky”. Clinton opponent turned Clinton defender David Brock referred to Hilarious as Alinsky’s daughter in his 1996 book, “The Seduction of Hillary Rodham.” That is an interesting comment to make. I believe maybe 1/3 to ½ of that book, the rest is typical yellow journalism to me. But still why would he draw such a relationship between Hilarious and Alinsky.
The answer may lie in two letters that were also released with the thesis. She is 23, just finished Yale Law school, living in Berkeley, California in December 1971 and she was an intern at the left-wing law firm of Treuhaft, Walker & Bernstein in Berkeley, California. (Treuhaft’s practice was mainly for labor unions and radical left causes much of his life. He was a long-time member of the Communist Party USA). They were the center of radical politics and had a client roster that included the Black Panthers, Weathermen, and other militant groups of the San Francisco Bay Area at the time.
In July of 1971, reached out to a Alinsky, then 62. In an eight page letter sent through the mail (remember no internet widely available back the) paid for with stamps bearing the likeness of Franklin Roosevelt and marked in her handwriting ‘Personal’. Now you must remember that by this time Alinsky is the icon of the left, of the really far left. He is the guy that was basically saying that we need to bring about a revolution. The musical group Jefferson Airplane sang about in the song ‘Volunteers’ and many, many other musical groups sang anti-war, anti-America songs during this time. The United States, the Constitution, and capitalism were the root of all evil. All of that personal liberty stuff should be thrown out and it doesn’t matter if you lie, in the pursuit of your agenda, that is okay.
You can search the internet and find copies of the letter and read them for yourself. The letter she writes “Dear Saul, When is that new book coming out, or has it come and I somehow missed the fulfillment of revelation. I have just had my 1000th conversation about ‘Reveille’ (his 1946 book ‘Reveille for Radicals’) and I need some new material to throw at people. You are being rediscovered again as the new left type politicos are finally beginning to think seriously about the hard-working mechanics of organizing. I seem to survive law school slightly bruised, but my belief in and zest for organizing intact. If I never thank you for the encouraging words of last spring in the midst of the Yale Cambodia madness, I do so now. The more I see of places like Yale Law School and the people who haunt them, the more convinced I am that we have a serious business and joy of much work ahead. If the commitment to a free and open society is ever going to be more than eloquence and frustration.”
She continues, ‘I miss our biennial conversation. If you ever make it out to California, I’m living in Berkeley, working in Oakland for the summer, I would love to see you. Let me know if there’s any chance of our getting together. She provides her address and phone number.
She gets a letter back the second one revealed. This is from my Georgia Harper secretary to Mr. Alinsky “Dear Ms. Rodham, Your July 8th letter to Mr. Alinsky arrived while he was away. He is not expected back in this office for about 10 days and when he returns he will be coming from a six-week Asian trip. Since I know his feelings about you, I took the liberty of opening your letter because I didn’t want something urgent to wait for two weeks and I’m glad I did. ‘Rules for Radicals’ (that was the book she was asking about in her letter) is out published officially May 14, 1971 by Random House. I’m enclosing several copies of reviews of ‘Rules’ in which you may be interested. Mr. Alinsky will be on the Dick Cavett show on July 22nd and you will hear from him on his return. “
Then there is a P.S. “Late item Mr. Alinsky will be in San Francisco, staying at the Hilton Inn at the airport on Monday and Tuesday, July 26 and 27. I know he would like to have you call him so if there is a chance in his schedule maybe you can get together.” (And the ‘you can get together’ is underlined). I would suggest your calling around 9 AM on either that Monday or Tuesday.”
The ties between Hillary Rodham and the Mr. Alinsky apparently go deeper than she has admitted in a one paragraph description of their relationship in her latest book, in which he said she turned down an internship with Mr. Alinsky and went instead to law school“. Turns out she went to law school and was still in contact. The Washington Free Beacon got wind of this from Austin, Texas but they did and apparently, there are others to be made available soon.
Back to Alinsky if the name doesn’t ring a bell, he was the one, the philosopher behind the whole 60s and 70s radicalism in this country (followed by Tom Hayden, Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, Eldridge Cleaver, Angela Davis) which took the anti-Vietnam war feeling among the general public and galvanized it into a real leftist advocacy and revolution that led to of Francis George McGovern getting the Democratic Party nomination in 1972. Both Bill Clinton and Hilarious Rodham Clinton (now married) worked. Alinsky advocated guerrilla tactics and civil disobedience to correct what he saw as an institutionalized power gap in poor communities (Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn followed his advice obediently).
Does this echo today’s rhetoric by politicians. His philosophy divided the world into the haves (middle-class and wealthy people) and have not’s (the poor). He took an ends justify the means approach to power and wealth distribution. He developed a theoretical basis of community organizing. He wrote in 1971 “The Prince was written by Machiavelli for the haves on how to hold power. Rules for Radicals is written for the have-nots on how to take it away.’
Whether you agree or not with that, it is interesting that from that day to this, Hilarious Rodham Clinton and Bill Clinton have attempted to hide their philosophical and practical connections to Sal Alinsky personally, and to his work throughout their career. If you know that about their background, then, much of what they have done, and said since starts to make sense.
Not to mention of course, Barrack Hussein Obama.