Newt Gingrich keeps comparing Obama to Saul Alinsky but who is Saul Alinsky? So I looked for some information gathered from Wikipedia.
|Job||Community organizer in Chicago||Community organizer in Chicago|
|Book||Dreams from My Father||Rules for Radicals|
|Political party||Democrat||"Non-Socialist Left" (New Socialist Movement)|
Saul Alinsky and Barack Obama were both community organizers in Chicago. They both believed in mobilizing the youth, the poor, the blacks up against the rest… i.e. class warfare.
Alinsky was pretty much devoid from being religious. Though he grew up Jewish, he admits that he shyed away from it. He said he’d identify himself as being Jewish but rarely lived such a life. This draws comparisons to Obama in some ways. Obama is accused of not saying "Merry Christmas" or at the end of speeches not saying "God Bless America" as other Christians might.
Here is another quote by Obama demonstrating his non-religiousity.
One of the great strengths of the United States is… we have a very large Christian population – we do not consider ourselves a Christian nation or a Jewish nation or a Muslim nation. We consider ourselves a nation of citizens who are bound by ideals and a set of values.
Similar Leftist Leanings
Saul Alinsky did not not go as far as to call himself socialist but he called himself part of the non-socialist leftt. Obama has been accused of being socialist for saying things like: "I think when you spread the wealth around it’s good for everybody.". Obama’s father and some of his family members back in Kenya are socialist.