There’s an endlessly amusing game being played on the loony right the last few years: Six degrees of Saul Alinsky (or George Soros or William Ayres). The Worldnutdaily plays yet another round of that game by pointing to a perfectly mundane and standard turn of phrase used by Obama:
In his address in Jerusalem today, President Obama channeled Saul Alinsky, citing the radical community organizer’s defining mantra as he urged young Israelis to “create change” to nudge their leadership to act.
Obama told a crowd of college students at Jerusalem’s main convention center that Israel “has the wisdom to see the world as it is, but also the courage to see the world as it should be.”
One of Alinsky’s major themes was working with the world as it “is” to turn it into the world as “it should be.”
In his defining work, “Rules for Radicals,” which he dedicated to “the first rebel,” Lucifer, Alinsky used those words to lay out his main agenda. He asserted radical change must be brought about by working within a system instead of attacking it from the outside.
“It is necessary to begin where the world is if we are going to change it to what we think it should be. That means working in the system,” wrote Alinsky.
Ooh, bonus points for not only linking Obama to Alinsky but Alinsky to Lucifer (and thus Obama to Lucifer). Of course, it would be trivially easy to find conservatives using this same common turn of phrase, which would prove…well, nothing. It would prove the same thing this proves, which is only that they have stumbled upon a common rhetorical framing device. But even with those bonus points, I’d only give this about a 3 on a 10 scale. If they really want to get a high score, they would have found a quote from Hitler saying something vaguely similar.