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Since Alinsky works for us now, and I’m about to deploy one of his rules, I think it’s time to review his entire repertoire:
Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals
Always remember the first rule of power tactics: Power is not only what you have but what the enemy thinks you have.
The second rule is: Never go outside the experience of your people.
…The third rule is: Wherever possible go outside the experience of the enemy. Here you want to cause confusion, fear, and retreat.
…the fourth rule is: Make the enemy live up to their own book of rules.
…the fourth rule carries within it the fifth rule: Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.
…the sixth rule is: A good tactic is one that your people enjoy.
…the seventh rule is: A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag.
…the eighth rule: Keep the pressure on.
…the ninth rule: The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.
The tenth rule: The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition.
…The eleventh rule is: If you push a negative hard and deep enough it will break through into its counterside.
…The twelfth rule: The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.
…The thirteenth rule: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.
The rule being deployed today is #4: “Make them live up to their own book of rules.”
So I’m afraid I must demand that David Gregory be prosecuted for breaking the law - as he did by brandishing a lethal “high capacity magazine” on Meet the Press. He must be treated just like any other criminal for this act which was clearly an act of dangerous disregard for human life.
As Professor William Jacobson points out, if the shoe had been on the other foot, it surely would’ve dropped:
Certainly, if LaPierre had shown up with that magazine, there would be howls of gotcha, and widespread media demands for prosecution. Why should NBC News and its star be above the law?
Butt if we are to employ the same standards to “won” of them, we need to arrest David immediately, in order to protect the population of Washington D.C. from this dancing maniac who clearly looks like he could go postal at any moment.
Let’s summarize the facts:
… the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department is on record that it told NBC News not to use the high capacity magazine in its segment with Wayne LaPierre, (snip)
The NY Times actually has a sensible and informative story on it:
In Washington, people who are caught in possession of the type of magazine that Mr. Gregory had can face up to a year in prison, said David Benowitz, a criminal defense lawyer.
“You would be arrested; you would most likely be charged with possession of an illegal magazine,” Mr. Benowitz said,(snip) Mr. Benowitz said the accusation from the police that NBC had asked for permission and then went ahead with showing the magazine “didn’t help Gregory’s case.”
Yeah, asking for permission is pretty damning when you ignore what you are told directly from the law enforcement authority and do it anyway.
David Gregory isn’t being investigated because he’s David Gregory; if he were anyone else, he’d already be in jail
I know that David Gregory is one of our intellectual betters, knowledgeable about everything in the aggregate and expert in the entirety, butt if he broke the law, I’m afraid that’s even more reason to lock him up. After all, he’s the one who’s been lobbying for more aggressive gun laws.
And the fact that he ridiculed NRA president, Wayne LaPierre, for suggesting that we post armed guards in schools requires us to demand – in the name of fairness - that the armed guards at the school David Gregory’s children attend (Sidwell’s) be disarmed as well. You know how our betters feel about hypocrisy.
As Professor Jacobson reminded us, it’s important that we watch the watchers:
We have to do more of this, investigating the investigators and inquiring of the inquisitors. It’s one of the legal insurrections for 2013.
Or as good old Saul (and the Instapundit) put it: “make them live up to their own book of rules.”
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