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David Horowitz’s Advice to the Tea Party Movement

November 24, 2009

I received an email yesterday from Carol from California who had just seen David Horowitz’s TV appearance on Glenn Beck:

Mr. Horowitz was on Fox today, I believe with Glenn Beck. He and Glenn were talking about WHAT we can do to preserve the Freedoms that this Administration and Congress are working so hard to destroy….and he mentioned the possibility of a ‘die in’ similar to what was done in San Francisco about 20 years ago to draw attention to the AIDS epidemic…

I have thought about this more and more and think it’s a FANTASTIC idea! But maybe instead of just doing this in front of mammography clinics, to have them in front of the offices of U.S. Senators and Congressmen – to show people exactly what this whole “health care reform” is going to do TO us….because most folks with a brain understand quite clearly that this has NOTHING to do with Health Care and EVERYTHING to do with total control over our lives!

I had hoped he’d had at least brief mention of this on Front Page Magazine site, but am unable to do so….any way he can write something like this? I can share with Tea Party Patriots – which would go NATIONAL overnight….I don’t think the Left realizes how far we have already networked…this IS a national movement…..and it is not uncommon for us to receive emails from people in European nations begging us to keep fighting….that America is the “world’s last hope” for freedom….

We need a national leader – tell Mr. Horowitz to be careful – we’re apt to be after him to do that!

I sent a brief, friendly email back and then forwarded Carol’s letter on to Horowitz, who responded to her right away:

Dear Carol,

Thank you for your concern. The future of our country is going to rest on the shoulders of millions of Americans like you. I have written a booklet called Barack Obama’s Rules for Revolution. There’s a digital version on our website but I will send you copies if you send me your mailing address.

Here’s the tactical advice I sent to Glenn before the show:

1. Do the Unexpected. Raise Their Discomfort Level. Put them Off-Balance. Invert the Myth.

All four of these objectives are accomplished by inverting the Myth. The left feeds off the Myth that they are on the side of the Underdog, they are serving the underserved, defending society’s victims, championing the oppressed. And that you are the oppressor. By picking an issue and framing it so that it inverts the myth you accomplish all of the above. E.g., by having a Die-In outside mammogram facilities you dramatize that Obamacare will take a vulnerable group, women, and reduce them to budgetary statistics, and sentence individuals to unnecessary deaths. (Obamacare will do this to everyone, but since women have been portrayed and are perceived as a victim group, this dramatizes the way in which the socialist state is an oppressor.)

2. Make your point in a sound-bite or an image.

3. Provoke the left. Since the left controls the media, the key to  getting media attention is to tick off the left. When the left squeals, the media listen. Inverting their Myth is the best way to do this.

4. Pick an issue that exposes the fact that they are the oppressor and you are defending the “oppressed.”

Conservatives are best organized around an issue. The left is a religious movement. They are saving the squirrels, the trans-gendered oppressed, the snail-darters, the planet. What unites them is their belief that America — capitalist America — is the Great Satan. Conservatives are generally already committed to religions in which the savior is not government but a divinity. They are pragmatic and attached to real world things and values. But conservatives can be galvanized into a movement if they perceive a threat to their way of life. Hence during the cold war, the threat of communism organized them around the issue of national security. The threat of Obama is doing the same thing (and Obama is really the same threat that we experienced from communism during the Cold War). Barack Obama and the socialist juggernaut he heads have persuaded conservatives that they are prepared to destroy everything Americans hold dear. So there’s no real problem in organizing conservatives now. Just focus on an issue that crystallizes Americans’ fear and frame it in a way that inverts the Myth and focuses attention on the source of the threat.

  1. November 24, 2009 6:03 pm

    I sat there nodding as I listened to Horowitz talk about this because we are already doing it.

    We in NH also get emails to our tea party, begging us to keep up the good work and from EU pleading with us to save America..

  2. GARY permalink
    November 24, 2009 9:27 pm

    we need a die-in schedule like we had the tea party schedules. let us know where the die-ins are taking place. Although I am a white male, “part of the great satan” group the left are banking their drums against. My wife is part of the femal gender. She needs to get a mammogram because the OB found a mass. It has been so difficult to get one scheduled, because we are not a minority.

  3. November 24, 2009 10:07 pm

    Right on, David! A man who truly gets it. Every point on his list is golden. In the political arena, rhetoric is worthless if it can’t be remembered, repeated, and used to refute and expose the opposition. Lengthy treatises of visionary insight will not get the job done on the front lines. And brief incisive statements do not necessarily cheapen the message.

    General Sherman needed only three words to sum up the historical struggle of his time: “War is hell.” It’s an example to live by.

  4. Truthteller permalink
    November 25, 2009 5:44 am

    And why would Beck do all of these things? Isn’t he supposed to deliver the news objectively? Why does Horowitz want a news program to be used EXPLICITLY for pushing a political position? It makes one wonder about his commitment to objectivity and fairness.

    • In the Know permalink
      November 25, 2009 7:10 am

      ” Isn’t he supposed to deliver the news objectively? ”

      Wow, Beck’s show is called the Fox nightly news? I wasn’t aware of that. I thought his show aired at 5 P.M. EST, not 630 like most “News” reports. Although Beck’s show is very informative, it is not the news. However, since the “news” ceased being objective long ago, I can undersatnd your confusion. The difference is, Beck does not openly lie and say he is an objective reporter like the “news” does.

      • Carterthewriter permalink
        November 25, 2009 10:50 am

        Truthteller ought to change his moniker, he doesn’t have a clue.

    • November 25, 2009 7:56 am

      Someone doesn’t understand the difference between the news page and the editorial page… What next is he going to lecture NewsReal about advocating opinions?

    • Steve R permalink
      November 25, 2009 12:01 pm

      Hey TT — better check with your fellow fascists — ooops, sorry, progressives — that’s not what they think. Is your head stuck where the sun of reality doesn’t shine?

    • Walt permalink
      November 25, 2009 6:55 pm

      Glenn Beck has an opinion program on FNC, as does Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow on MSNBC. It has not, nor ever has been, a straight news program. Do you really not understand the difference? If you wish to be taken seriously, you might try to think before posting.

  5. Janet permalink
    November 25, 2009 6:39 am

    Glenn Beck’s 5:00 PM (EST)is NOT a news program and does not promote itself as such. If you’re only interested in the news, please tune in at 6:00.

  6. November 25, 2009 7:18 am

    Breast cancer would be a great start, with the health care bill and recent change in mammogram schedule. It’s already a big “cause” and would seem a good one to work with.
    We must be careful to keep focused on what we are fighting for, and not get absorbed in the fight itself, as Horowitz described in “Destructive Generation”. They seemed disappointed when Vietnam ended and the cause was gone. If they had been sincere, there should have been great joy.

  7. MMM permalink
    November 25, 2009 9:16 am

    The ‘destructive generation’ is an apt term. My husband was talking with an Indian colleague the other day, who observed that the boomer generation has always talked about unifying, but he has found them to be divisive, argumentative, and with a shocking inability to compromise, work for the best solution, or abandon their anachronistic, but closely held values. We see this in our President, Congress, and the entire shadow government.

  8. Steve Hanon permalink
    November 25, 2009 9:41 am

    Canada, as most Americans know, has government enforced medicare. My son, 22 years old and attending university, seriously injured his knee. His physician recommended an MRI, and suggested that surgery would likely be required. He will not be able to get an MRI for nine months because of the lineup ahead of him. Isn’t Medicare wonderful? Fight, fight with all of your strength against socialized medicine. Physicians are not slaves. You are not responsible for your neighbor’s health. Obesity, for example, is mostly self-induced, but leads to massive health problems. How do you feel about paying for medical treatment for someone else’s self-induced illness? Government medicare is wrong because it requires the use of force: it forces physicians to accept pay dictated by burocrats and politicians, it forces taxpayers to pay for the medical treatment of complete strangers, it forces the rationing of services, and it forces future taxpayers to pay for the illnesses of the previousl generation.

  9. November 25, 2009 12:15 pm

    Thank you for your comments to the Tea Party Movement. You are correct, the Left has no idea of just how large this movement really has become!

    How much should we be worried about voter fraud? Are the electronic machines secure and do they produce Accurate results? There have been several issues regardig their security. Or can they be “fixed” to rig an election? If so, what can we do to correct this?

    • jan Shaw permalink
      November 25, 2009 6:03 pm

      I think voter fraud is a major issue, especially in close election.

      My son had registered at home when he turned 18.
      Later registered at his college address (and voted there not home)
      Graduated and moved back home – discovered he was still registered here.
      He thought that they automatically removed one when you registered elsewhere.

      If an honest person can accidentally register to vote in multiple locations, how easy would it be for a group do register multiple places and vote in them all? The ease of early voting and absentee voting makes things even worse.

      I did write my congressman with a suggestion to have a federal clean-up of the voter registration lists. Have not heard anything. Nor do I understand how it is done now. Perhaps we should make this an issue – it is closely related to the ACORN scandals.

  10. peachey permalink
    November 25, 2009 2:22 pm

    Like I said in a previous comment, it is time to take the gloves off and put up our dukes. Politness and want of communication does not work with the Progressive movement. Therefore it is time to turn up the volume and get in their face with the exact tactics that they used for decades. We must adopt a “collective” survival mentality and plan our actions accordingly. Progressives are effective because they view the importance of the collective success to be paramount over the individual. We must become a collective of Americans formed to correct a direction of this country that is contrary to our foundations. If we do not unite, we will never succeed against a foe that will destroy anyone and anything to enact their goals of a communist government ruled by elites. Donate money, give of your time and show up at meetings and demonstrations. Join organizations such as 9/12 project and others and become involved as a voice to be reckened with. Turn up the heat and make them very uncomfortable and miserable. THEY DO count on complacency and lassitude. Look at the hell they have created in only 10 months and make a decision to get involved. If you wait, you lose.

  11. Janet permalink
    November 26, 2009 5:41 am

    Jan Shaw’s comments regarding voter fraud need to be taken very seriously. We have one senator already in Washington because of such fraud. And Acorn has contributed to the election of others about which we’ll probably never know for sure. Let’s put our heads together and see what we can collectively do besides making sure that Acorn and all of its allied chapters are gone for good.

    AND TO ALL I WISH A VERY HAPPY THANKSGIVING DAY, and to my God, thank you for all you’ve given to me.


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