From The Blaze:
LIBERAL WIS. GROUP SENDS VOTERS NAMES AND ADDRESSES OF THEIR NEIGHBORS TO SHAME THEM INTO VOTING IN RECALL
June 2, 2012
A liberal Wisconsin group is apparently circulating mailers to registered voters with the names and voting histories of their neighbors to get them to turn out in Tuesday’s recall election against Republican Gov. Scott Walker.
“Scott Walker won in 2010 because too many people stayed home!” reads the letter from the Greater Wisconsin Political Fund, which was obtained by The Blaze. The group is the political spending arm of the Greater Wisconsin Committee and is not affiliated with any candidate. The Greater Wisconsin Committee describes itself as engaging in “grassroots lobbying on critical Wisconsin issues to promote a progressive public policy agenda.”[Emphasis added]
“The chart shows the names of some of your neighbors, showing which have voted in the past,” the mailer states. “Look at the list below; are there neighbors on this list you know? Call them or knock on their door before Election Day, and ask them to go vote on Tuesday, June 5th.”
It adds in a somewhat ominous tone, “After the June 5th election, public records will tell everyone who voted and who didn’t.”
The letter states all voter data came from the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, which oversees the state’s elections. A form on the agency’s website may be used to request such data for purchase.
According to the Associated Press, the Greater Wisconsin Political Fund has spent $4.8 million on the recall effort.
Ann Althouse, a law professor at the University of Wisconsin, wrote on her blog Friday that she’d received the same mailing from the group at her Madison home.
“This is an effort to shame and pressure people about voting, and it is truly despicable,” Althouse wrote. “Your vote is private, you have a right not to vote, and anyone who tries to shame and an harass you about it is violating your privacy, and the assumption that I will become active in shaming and pressuring my neighbors is repugnant.”
The Liberal Progressives have learned their Saul Alinsky tactics well:
Saul Alinsky Tactics:
From Rules for Radicals
Of Means and Ends [Forget moral or ethical considerations]
“The end is what you want, the means is how you get it. Whenever we think about social change, the question of means and ends arises. The man of action views the issue of means and ends in pragmatic and strategic terms. He has no other problem; he thinks only of his actual resources and the possibilities of various choices of action. He asks of ends only whether they are achievable and worth the cost; of means, only whether they will work. … The real arena is corrupt and bloody.” p.24
“The means-and-ends moralists, constantly obsessed with the ethics of the means used by the Have-Nots against the Haves, should search themselves as to their real political position. In fact, they are passive — but real — allies of the Haves…. The most unethical of all means is the non-use of any means… The standards of judgment must be rooted in the whys and wherefores of life as it is lived, the world as it is, not our wished-for fantasy of the world as it should be….” pp.25-26
“The third rule of ethics of means and ends is that in war the end justifies almost any means….” p.29
“The seventh rule… is that generally success or failure is a mighty determinant of ethics….” p.34
“The tenth rule… is you do what you can with what you have and clothe it with moral garments.… It involves sifting the multiple factors which combine in creating the circumstances at any given time… Who, and how many will support the action?… If weapons are needed, then are appropriate d weapons available? Availability of means determines whether you will be underground or above ground; whether you will move quickly or slowly…” p.36
“Tactics are those conscious deliberate acts by which human beings live with each other and deal with the world around them. … Here our concern is with the tactic of taking; how the Have-Nots can take power away from the Haves.” p.126
Always remember the first rule of power tactics (pps.127-134):
1. “Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have.”
2. “Never go outside the expertise of your people. When an action or tactic is outside the experience of the people, the result is confusion, fear and retreat…. [and] the collapse of communication.
3. “Whenever possible, go outside the expertise of the enemy. Look for ways to increase insecurity, anxiety and uncertainty. (This happens all the time. Watch how many organizations under attack are blind-sided by seemingly irrelevant arguments that they are then forced to address.)
4. “Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules. You can kill them with this, for they can no more obey their own rules than the Christian church can live up to Christianity.”
5. “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. It is almost impossible to counteract ridicule. Also it infuriates the opposition, which then reacts to your advantage.”
6. “A good tactic is one your people enjoy.”
7. “A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag. Man can sustain militant interest in any issue for only a limited time….”
8. “Keep the pressure on, with different tactics and actions, and utilize all events of the period for your purpose.”
9. “The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.”
10. “The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition. It is this unceasing pressure that results in the reactions from the opposition that are essential for the success of the campaign.”
11. “If you push a negative hard and deep enough, it will break through into its counterside… every positive has its negative.”
12. “The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.”
13. Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it. In conflict tactics there are certain rules that [should be regarded] as universalities. One is that the opposition must be singled out as the target and ‘frozen.’…
“…any target can always say, ‘Why do you center on me when there are others to blame as well?’ When your ‘freeze the target,’ you disregard these [rational but distracting] arguments…. Then, as you zero in and freeze your target and carry out your attack, all the ‘others’ come out of the woodwork very soon. They become visible by their support of the target…’
“One acts decisively only in the conviction that all the angels are on one side and all the devils on the other.” (pps.127-134)