A new project of the local Unitarians, branded as “Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement“, had their first meeting recently to make demands that local government spend more money on public services. “VOICE” is an affiliate the “Industrial Areas Foundation” founded by radical leftist Saul Alinsky, the author of “Rules for Radicals” and “Reville for Radicals” who argued that liberalism was ineffective, and that the progressive goal must ultimately be mass revolution, with democracy a necessary but inconvenient pit-stop on the road towards ultimate communist revolution.
There’s another reason for working inside the system. Dostoevsky said that taking a new step is what people fear most. Any revolutionary change must be preceded by a passive, affirmative, non-challenging attitude toward change among the mass of our people. They must feel so frustrated, so defeated, so lost, so futureless in the prevailing system that they are willing to let go of the past and chance the future. This acceptance is the reformation essential to any revolution. To bring on this reformation requires that the organizer work inside the system, among not only the middle class but the 40 per cent of American families - more than seventy million people - whose income range from $5,000 to $10,000 a year [in 1971]. They cannot be dismissed by labeling them blue collar or hard hat. They will not continue to be relatively passive and slightly challenging. If we fail to communicate with them, if we don’t encourage them to form alliances with us, they will move to the right. Maybe they will anyway, but let’s not let it happen by default.. (source)
Bolstered by communists from Arlington and Alexandria, the large crowd asked Prince William County Chairman Corey Stewart to provide more “affordable housing”, more ESOL classes, and taxpayer-subsidized dental care. Stewart agreed to get these folks together with the school ESOL program leadership to see what could be done, but flat-out refused to consider adding more housing inventory in the county while we’ve got a glut of what are pretty darned affordable homes anyways, and said that taxpayers taking on the additional expense of subsidizing dental care is something these folks should talk about in Richmond. Bully to Corey Stewart for standing up for the residents and taxpayers of Prince William County while Senator Dick Sanslaw, Fairfax County Vice Chair Sharon Bulova and Arlington County Jefe Walter Tejada all fell over themselves trying to be the first to pander to the Communist clique.
The reason we had a housing bubble in the first place was a result of the dumb “affordable housing” initiatives that then later blew up and caused the current housing glut. Perhaps re-instating sub-prime mortgage offerings to people who had no ability to repay these mortgages and ultimately sending them into financial ruin would satisfy these “social justice” advocates. But with thousands of vacant houses on the market, the last thing we need to do is have government at any level sticking their nose into the residential real estate market and screwing things up worse than they already are.
As for the taxpayer-subsidized dental care (for illegal aliens, one supposes?), one has to wonder how many county firefighters or police officers will be laid off in order to make budget room for this non-priority? If they take this initiative to Richmond, it should really go over real well with everyone other than Dick Saslaw while the Commonwealth of Virginia is looking at a THREE BILLION DOLLAR biennial shortfall. (thanks, Jody Wagner Goobenor Kaine for that one!) It’s terribly unlikely that any legislator is give up their pet project in Richmond for this, even Dick Saslaw.
Maybe the Money Fairy will come wafting down and leave a pile of Iraqi Dinars (a currency with a future) under Craig Gerhart’s pillow, and whatever doesn’t end up financing Eric Byler’s next film project propagandizing the plight of Philipino midget sex workers after the demise of “The Man Show” can help make sure illegal aliens from Lower Garbageastan have nice and shiny, and cheap, pearly whites. VOICE should keep up the drumbeat on this one, cause I just feel the Money Fairy a comin’ any minute now.
These folks are just plain insane.
If the young were now writing our Declaration of Independence they would begin, “When in the course of inhuman events…” and their bill of particulars would range from Vietnam to our black, Chicano, and Puerto Rican ghettos, to the migrant workers, to Appalachia, to the hate, ignorance, disease and starvation in the world. Such a bill of particulars would emphasize the absurdity of human affairs and the forlornness and emptiness, the fearful loneliness that comes from not knowing if there is any meaning to our lives. — Saul Alinsky
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