In Part II of today’s “Macedonia Journal,” I speak of George Soros, who is a big deal here in America — but who is a far bigger deal in that little Balkan country. One local conservative told me, “Soros came into Macedonia like a Trojan horse, and now he is an octopus.” The Hungarian-born billionaire pushes a sharply Left agenda through a host of NGOs and activists. The activists are called “Sorosoids” — by conservatives, that is. It is not a flattering term.
When the weather’s nice, I see Sorosoids all over the streets of New York. They have clipboards and stop people to enlist them in various Left causes. The pickings should be fairly easy for them in this city. Worse luck in Provo?
We the American taxpayer contribute to Soros in Macedonia, in that we give to his principal foundation through USAID. Why does Soros need our bucks, in light of his own? A good question, to which I don’t have a ready answer. I believe our officials think we are contributing to the democratic process, not to a particular side (namely, the “post-Communist” one).
The Soros foundation’s activities in Macedonia are multifarious, but one of them has been to translate Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals. Just what a country struggling to emerge from Communism needs, right?
And this got me to thinking about Saul and Rules right here at home. Our current president has an Alinskyite past; and so does our next potential president, HRC. If she gets in, maybe she’ll include Rules for Radicals in a national Common Core? Maybe we should give it to the chillen in the cradle, in lieu of The Cat in the Hat and whatnot?
What people in Macedonia, the United States, and elsewhere should be exposed to is the U.S. Constitution. President Obama used to speak highly of it, or at least respectfully. (Wasn’t he supposed to have taught it?) He said, for example, that the Constitution forbade him to amnesty illegal aliens, all by himself. He was not an emperor, you know.
To paraphrase his secretary of state, Obama was for the Constitution before he was against it . . .
P.S. Andy Warhol said, “Art is what you can get away with.” To many people, the Constitution is what you can get away with.