When Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed S.B.1070, giving police in her state the authority to arrest people who could not prove they were in the country legally, her state became a target of Barack Obama before the ink was dry. It wasn't the first time Obama called on his mastery of Saul Alinsky to deal with a government that did something he vehemently opposed. On June 28, 2009, the government of Honduras forcibly removed its president, Manuel Zelaya, who was attempting to discard that country's constitution by ensuring a lifetime appointment as president through referendum. The ensuing interim government became an Obama target as well.I hope you Read it All.
One of Alinsky's rules Obama learned well was to "pick the target, freeze it, personalize it and polarize it." It is a tactic of intimidation designed to break an opponent's will. The target's reaction is critical. If the target is not intimidated, the tactic fails. To this point, Brewer is not backing down; she has shown no signs of blinking despite Obama's public statement that he would direct Eric Holder's Justice Department to look into possible legal action against Arizona. Then came the protests and boycotts, designed to demonize one of America's 50 states as racist.
Alinsky would be proud – but the target, Brewer, still wasn't backing down. It was time to ratchet up the pressure by going outside the United States for allies. Assistant Secretary of State Michael Posner, while meeting with Chinese officials to discuss human rights, admitted to bringing up the newly signed Arizona law as an example of such a violation in his own country. Arizona was soon being alienated and polarized by the Obama administration on an international stage.