“Where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work” (James 3:16 NKJV).
The wheels are coming off in Washington, D.C. and across the homeland. Finger-pointing, blame-gaming, whiplash-producing baiting-and-switching, flip-flopping, stagnation, and pathological lying have replaced leadership, responsibility, humility, negotiation, integrity, governance, and honesty.
As if you didn’t know.
Where envying and strife are, you will find confusion—and every evil work. We are now witnessing the professionalization of confusion, and it is being implemented from the top down.
Those who are so ideologically committed as to ignore the indecencies issuing from the White House will take offense at this statement, and demand tedious documentation to support the premise. Feel free to read the newspaper, and belly up to what you have witnessed for four years—confusion and every evil work, from the pinnacle of American power.
Friday’s news featured the sickening tactics listed in this article’s opening. During the President’s “Sequester Presser,” he scolded that “the greatest nation on earth does not conduct its business in month-to-month increments or by careening from crisis to crisis.”
Indeed. But the President who disdains this nasty confusion is the author of it. Did he and Jack Lew not originate the sequester option? Is he not the president under whom we have navigated without a budget for four years? Did he not brush aside his 2013 budget deadline? Have these facts and his unbridled spending not driven us to one fiscal cliff after another?
And he bewails our “careening from crisis to crisis”?
Regardless what side of the aisle you favor; you must agree that the President has made this bed for all of us. If you have any sense of reality, you must agree: he is the leader, and leaders bear responsibility.
Except for this one.
So, the originator of this sequestration points fingers, blames others (some who deserve their share for agreeing to the mess), and forces us to endure his crisis-to-crisis tenure. He bears witness by his well-documented actions that he is without compunction where lying to the people is concerned.
Strife is necessary for the furtherance of his agenda. Therefore strife is the signature of his regime. And because he has proven himself untrustworthy and unscrupulous to this observer, I suspect that his agenda is more far-reaching than most Americans would dare imagine.
President Barack Obama is a master of confusion, the creator of confusion-as-environment. This is the reason nothing in his presidential record appears to make sense. Contradiction is layered upon contradiction; reversal annuls reversal; story is slathered upon story, until the narrative is so muddled, the uninformed question themselves and few can begin to unravel it.
Barack Obama is not confused. Grossly misguided, but not confused. The quintessential operator in confusing others is undaunted by the warning of James 3:16. He has a “bible” of his own,1 and confusion is one of its commandments. In the Realm of Alinsky, confusion is perfection—an easily deployed weapon to destroy your enemies and the system they defend.
Alinsky’s third rule for radicals explains most of the upheaval in Washington. Those who are willing will recognize its use by this White House. The rule says: “Whenever possible, go outside of the experience of the enemy. Here you want to cause confusion, fear, and retreat.”2
Create chaos. Upset the national modus operandi: Suspend the budgeting process. Change the rules of political discourse. Dispense with civility. Confuse the facts by saying one thing, doing another, denying all of it, and blaming your enemy. Seed a climate of complete uncertainty. Wear out your enemies. Overwhelm the community psyche with disorder and disruption.
Then deny you had any part in it.
How easily the community organizer pulverizes resistance (especially when the media worship at his feet). And Barack Obama, the Organizer in Chief, has secured the most prized perch from which to organize the community—the Oval Office.
From beyond the grave, Alinsky has found a seat at the Resolute Desk. His dream is closer to being fulfilled than ever, and the groundwork has already been laid:
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. [It] requires that the organizer work inside the system…3
How well has Barack Obama followed orders? Very well, indeed. He followed the template Alinsky described using the example of General William T. Sherman:
Until Sherman, military tactics and strategies were based on standard patterns.…fronts, rears, flanks, lines of communication, and lines of supply.… When Sherman cut loose on his famous March to the Sea, he had no front or rear lines of supplies or any other lines. He was on the loose and living on the land. The South, confronted with this new form of military invasion, reacted with confusion, panic, terror, and collapse.4
The Alinsky-ite in the White House learned his craft well, evil though it is. (Yes, evil. Did you not know that Alinsky regaled Lucifer as “the very first radical” in the epigraph of Rules for Radicals?) President Obama plays asymmetrical politics masterfully—not to remedy the nation’s ills or even to “help the middle class,” but to amass power and upend our system of governance. Sadly, those who recognize the threat are trying to respond as though Barack Obama is playing by their rules.
The revelation of the dangers of strife and confusion is counterproductive to the radical’s goal. Nevertheless, the radical President, nestled in his seat of world power, uses the truth to his advantage, and to the securing of his goal:
…there are rules for radicals who want to change their world; there are certain central concepts of action in human politics that operate regardless of the scene or the time. To know these is basic to a pragmatic attack on the system.5
So while Scripture speaks of adding “to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love” (2 Pet. 1:5-7), Alinsky touts far different “virtues”:
• “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.”6 This president has lowered the office to the level at which ridicule is accepted discourse.
• “A good tactic is one that your people enjoy.”7 This president has exploited the poor by training them to hate the rich. In Alinsky’s words, there is “the general enjoyment of seeing the discomfiture and confusion on the part of the establishment.”8
• “…Maintain a constant pressure against the opposition.”9 The campaigner-in-chief and his transfigured campaign team, the 501c4 Organizing for Action, is both an overreach and a top-down form of community organizing.
• “If you push a negative hard and deep enough it will break through into its counterside.”10 The president has proven willing to engage any deception or tactic that will force his enemy’s hand.
• “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.”11 If this “commandment” isn’t self-evident in the context of this presidency, you are either asleep or deluded.
Strife is potent stuff—the currency of the demonic realm. It is designed to produce confusion and create vulnerabilities that accomplish a dark desired end.
Eugene Peterson’s paraphrase of James 3:16 describes the current climate and the hallmark of Barack Obama’s presidency: “Whenever you’re trying to look better than others or get the better of others, things fall apart and everyone ends up at the others’ throats” (MSG).
1. Saul D. Alinsky, Rules for Radicals (New York: Vintage Books, 1971).
2. Ibid., 127.
3. Ibid., xix-xx.
4. Ibid., 127.
5. Ibid., xviii.
6. Ibid., 128.
8. Ibid., 163.
9. Ibid., 129.
11. Ibid., 130
Donna Scuderi is a political junkie, hockey-loving foodie, and impassioned worshiper of the Most High. A former flower child and rock musician, a current author, ghostwriter, songwriter, and budding screenwriter, this Brooklyn-born Denver dweller can be found tapping the keyboard and gazing at the monitor most anytime of the day or night. She loves music, Levis, and cowboy boots. And, did I mention cowboy boots? For other articles by Donna Scuderi click here.