Extending Alinsky Rule 6

One of Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals must support tactical lying, or lying on principle. Perhaps it is a variant of Alinsky Rule 6: “A good tactic is one your people enjoy.” I infer that the left loves it. Lying is one of their greatest hits.

I will formulate Alinsky Rule 6(a): “Lie when you have to, the worse the better. Your supporters will enjoy it, while others will be fooled by it and be reluctant to conclude that they were hoodwinked. Still others will remain sufficiently inattentive to suit your purposes.”

Think of Obamacare, peddled to the American people by the president of the United States without the utterance of a true word over a period of years. Alinksy would be proud.

Or think of the Iran agreement in process. Charles Krauthammer measures it against its professed objective and judges it to be founded entirely on the things which are not (to borrow the Houyhnhnms’ expression in Gulliver’s Travels). Krauthammer calls it “The worst agreement in diplomatic history.”

I may disagree slightly. I’d say it’s the worst agreement in the history of the world. It’s enough to make you doubt that Obama’s avowed objective is the one intended (a subject for another day, but consistent with the lying in support of the agreement).

Then we have Madam Hillary and the outrageous lies about her email as Secretary of State. Kim Strassel unpacks the lies in the Wall Street Journal column “Hillary’s email story unravels” (accessible here via Google).

Back to the Obama administration, let us not overlook the revelation of the destroyed IRS backup email tapes that were under subpoena at the time of their destruction. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration Russell George professes to have no evidence that the improper destruction was done out of a desire to conceal information, but good grief, man, can you use your common sense?