I can usually count on being entertained every Sunday when I open The News & Sentinel editorial page and read the letters from the far-right wing-nuts. I was not disappointed on Oct 27.
One letter, titled "Obama's Saul Alinsky strategy," included a large dose of the usual hate-Obama noise. But, that's nothing new. That writer told us Obama was a lover of Marxism and Islam and he was a blackmailer and a socialist. More of the same garbage that Fox Network has been belching for years.
And he fed the readers a large dose of the usual idiocy about Obama destroying America. He accused Obama of "demonizing" the Republican Party, which is absolutely absurd. The Republicans demonized themselves. Just look at any political poll taken since the tea party triggered the government shutdown.
I was reading this silliness trying to understand where the writer was taking this story when he finally revealed the true purpose of his letter. He was going to tell us all about the evil mentor who inspired Obama to destroy America. I learned Obama's mentor is Saul Alinsky. Great! So finally, we know the name of one of the bad guys. Right? Should be easy to get an arrest warrant and lock this dude away for years. Right?
But Alinsky was so obscure I had to look him up on Wikipedia. Then I learned why Alinsky is so obscure. This guy's been dead 41 years. The wing-nuts are accusing him of helping Obama destroy America, but he's been dead four decades. God, please deliver us from these conservative zeros. Obama was in grade school when Saul Alinsky died and Alinsky gets labeled as Obama's personal mentor. Please.
Alinsky was a community organizer who spent much of his adult life trying to improve the living conditions of African-Americans in the ghetto. Obama did something similar in his early adult years. It's easy to understand why Obama would be drawn to Alinsky's philosophy. The fact that Alinsky was a smart, creative, radical, liberal with a large following makes him interesting, but it doesn't make him sinister. And reading Alinsky's books didn't make Obama sinister either.
Of course, if you're incapable of separating truth from fiction, and easily frightened by conspiracy theories and imaginary boogeymen, then I can understand why a smart, radical, liberal might appear sinister to you.