Lately, many on the left seem to have gotten their panties in a wad over Glenn Beck. Specifically, their most recent gripe seems to be over Beck’s identification that Anita Dunn’s favorite philosopher is Mao Zedong (Tse-tung).

After viewing the video, clearly Beck is simply attempting to show Americans that Anita Dunn, interim White House Communications Director, has chosen Mao Zedong as one of her favorite philosophers. Beck uses her choice as an example to help make his greater point about how Obama has surrounded himself with Mao followers, advocates of revolution, students of Castro, conspiracy theorists, those who believe in socialism and judges who legislate from the bench.

I’m not a journalist. The job of a journalist is … to report the news. It’s not my job to report the news, I explain the news and try to ask questions like “Why is this happening?” – Glenn Beck

To many Americans, this is important information and serves to help Americans better understand how the underlying philosophies to which these people cling has the potential to influence the decisions of the President (who has also shown a tendency to lean in the same direction, by the way).

In addition, attempts have been made to show some hypocrisy to Becks’ defenders by making a weak comparison of Dunn’s statement of claiming Mao as one of her two favorite philosophers to McCain’s use of a Mao quote made to inject a little humor.

There’s a big difference between merely quoting someone and declaring them as your “favorite political philosopher” and one you “turn to most” for inspiration.

Instead of attempting to get on an intellectual level, those arguing from the left have a tendency to take the low road and opt instead for the emotional side of the argument to discredit the information by describing their distaste for a T.V. personality, in this case, Beck.

If you know what to look for, you can also see this trait almost everywhere on the left and seems to be a favorite tool for many topics on which they disagree. Not only is it emotional and intellectually lazy, it’s a diversion; a feign; a canard designed to turn the debate away from the central body of thought to direct it toward another aspect in an attempt to nullify and invalidate the central point.

Tricks from Alinsky’s playbook

To further illustrate the tactics the left have chosen I point to Nancy Pelosi when she advanced the idea the right’s collective show of disgust toward their representatives at the town hall meetings this past August is nothing more than “astrosurf” which is designed to belittle, chide, besmirch and berate the grassroot’s effort to organize and protest the national healthcare reform bill moving through congress.

The left is actually taking a page from Saul D. Alinsky, another well-known community organizer and writer who is known as the ‘father of modern American radicalism’. He wrote “Rules for Radicals” a list of rules designed to tear down an opponent i.e. an established element of the main stream of society. In this case, it’s Glenn Beck.

RULE 5: “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.” There is no defense. It’s irrational. It’s infuriating. It also works as a key pressure point to force the enemy into concessions

When Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid conjure up images of swastikas and Nazis at health care town halls, they are engaging in one of the oldest tricks in anyone’s book, but it’s an especially favorite one of their mentor, Saul Alinsky.

Alinsky himself employed this method, quite deviously. Alinsky biographer, Sanford D. Horwitt provides an anecdote using precisely this same diabolical tactic to deceive the people. From Horwitt’s Let Them Call Me Rebel:

“…in the spring of 1972, at Tulane University…students asked Alinsky to help plan a protest of a scheduled speech by George H. W. Bush, then U.S. representative to the United Nations – a speech likely to include a defense of the Nixon administration’s Vietnam War policies. The students told Alinsky they were thinking about picketing or disrupting Bush’s address. That’s the wrong approach, he rejoined, not very creative – and besides causing a disruption might get them thrown out of school. He told them, instead, to go to hear the speech dressed as members of the Ku Klux Klan, and whenever Bush said something in defense of the Vietnam War, they should cheer and wave placards reading, ‘The KKK supports Bush.’ And that is what they did, with very successful, attention-getting results.”

Even Rohm Emanuel shows he reads the Alinsky playbook when he takes a swipe at Fox News by declaring they really aren’t a legitimate news organization.

Not to be outdone and to my dismay, Dunn actually uses my characterization of CBS, ABC, NBC and the rest of the left leaning media as being the public relations arm of the DNC against Fox, seen here on a segment of Bill O’Reilly’s show:

Brit Hume had this to say about Anita Dunn’s remarks and the brewing “War on Fox” where Brit classifies the White House efforts to “quarantine” Fox and helps make Beck’s point that Dunn’s comments make her an admirer of Mao and a follower of his philosophies.

Back to Beck, perhaps he’s actually right about Dunn… and the rest.

“My friends, we live in the greatest nation in the history of the world. I hope you’ll join me as we try to change it.” – Barack Obama

What influences do you think will come to bear to advance Obama’s desire for change? From where will they come? Let’s look at yet another source from the gaggle of czars Obama has surrounded himself with.

Ron Bloom has a long history of being the negotiating face of unions in a suit. He is a Harvard Business School graduate who has worked for the unions beginning with SEIU for decades. The most recent union he represented was the United Steel Workers (USW) before becoming a part of the automotive team that Obama put together. He worked on restructuring General Motors and Chrysler LLC. In GM’s case it resulted in the Obama administration to ask for Rick Wagoner, the chairman and CEO of General Motors, to step down. You can read more about that event here.

The previous car-czar was Steven Rattner who resigned over some questions about his personal finances mixed in with a little fraudulent money gifts and was replaced by Ron Bloom. Some say the United Auto Workers (UAW) got a sweetheart deal backed up by the power of the federal government to try and stave off bankruptcy. While heads of GM have been forced by the Obama administration to resign, the heads of the unions are still in their original seats.

Bloom reports to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and National Economic Council head Larry Summers.

In this clip, Mr. Bloom says he also agrees with Mao, saying “that political power comes largely from the barrel of a gun”.

As they say. “Birds of a feather, flock together.”