Manufacturing Dissent

Just hours after the announcement of Donald Trump’s presidential victory protests erupted in city centers across the US. The demonstrations were not a spontaneous uprising of Americans concerned about the election result, but a political response choreographed by progressives.

The protests continued daily thereafter for the next two weeks, generating a tide of news stories. Progressives waved signs declaring “Not my president” and bellowed “No Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA.”

The initial round of progressive demonstrations peaked on Trump’s inauguration. About 30 groups mounted protests in Washington, DC, including Answer Coalition, Reform America, DC Action Lab, National Action Network, and the American Constitutional Society.

The next day, progressives staged the Women’s March. Key sponsors, among others, were the NRDC, Planned Parenthood, ACLU, NARAL, Emily’s List, American Federation of Teachers, and MoveOn.org – all core organizations in the progressive infrastructure in America.

For progressives, putting a protest into motion is as simply as turning on a faucet. Progressives have vast resources throughout the US  dedicated to grassroots organizing. These progressive organizations recruit and train activists (political operatives), teaching them field organizing, how to generate media attention, digital campaigns, and putting together rallies, marches, and other events.

The progressive grassroots organizations are interconnected like a spider web. They’re linked within cities and to other cities to form statewide networks. And these networks are joined to create national coalitions. The end result is a nationwide, well-trained, political militia that can be mobilized at a moment’s notice.

Here’s how it works. Activists dispatch email/text messages to grassroots progressives and place information on social media announcing an upcoming event. Signs are quickly printed and chants formulated. Progressive media pitch in to advertise the event. On D-day, the progressive militia come together at the appointed time and place. Some progressive groups utilize disobedience to enhance media coverage. In the final act, progressive media generate positive news stories about the protest. From start to finish, everything is orchestrated for public consumption.

By manufacturing dissent, progressives believe they can critically wound President Trump. The protests energize the progressive base and can be expected to continue throughout his presidency.

 

Obama the Community Organizer

Barrack Obama began his political career as a progressive community organizer. His first position was Director of the Developing Communities Project (DCP), a newly formed, faith-based group set up to organize the black community in Chicago’s South Side.

DCP is an affiliate of the Gamaliel Foundation, which helps local community activists to “create, maintain, and expand independent, grassroots, and powerful faith-based community organizations.”

Obama, at the time, said change in America would not come from the top down but “from a mobilized grass roots.” To learn about community organizing, he was sent to Los Angeles to take a training course at the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF), an organization founded by Saul Alinksy, a far left political strategist.

As explained by Alinsky, community organizing involves the bringing together of people, identifying their grievances, and then confronting decision-makers to make changes. He said “change comes from power, and power comes from organizing.”

Obama served as director of DCP for three years.  During his final year at DCP, Obama was a consultant and trainer for Gamaliel.