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The Revolution Will Be Monetized: How Hillary Clinton Betrayed a Liberal Icon

Saul Alinsky would be appalled at what his good friend Hillary Clinton has become

Hillary Clinton flashes a gang sign commonly associated with the super wealthy. (AP)
• September 22, 2014 4:31 pm

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The Free Beacon’s Alana Goodman has another Hillary Clinton scoop revealing the elderly homeowner’s closer-than-previously-acknowledged ties to the late left-wing radical Saul Alinsky, who is best known for his organizing efforts on behalf of society’s "have-nots" in opposition to the greedy decadence of the "haves."

If Alinsky could see the kind of politician his close friend Hillary Clinton has become, he would be outraged and heartbroken.

For example, here’s what Hillary did on her summer vacation in the Hamptons, where she had been renting out a sprawling $18 million mansion and walking on the beach in muumuus:

Since quitting her job at the State Department, Hillary has embarked on a voracious quest to maximize her personal wealth, raking in millions in speaking fees from hedge funds, Wall Street firms, corporations, and public universities. Her idea of a financial "struggle" is the time she had trouble financing the purchase of two mansions following her husband’s impeachment scandal, which involved Bill using his position of power to sexually prey on a vulnerable intern.

Through the Clinton Foundation, the political power couple has raised more than $1 billion from financial firms and corporations in an effort to expand their influence. They routinely cavort with shady oligarchs and accept funds from organizations that many liberals blame for the 2008-09 financial crisis, such as Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan, and Citigroup.

Shortly after Alinsky’s death in 1972, Hillary made a name for herself as a young Arkansas attorney by successfully defending a child rapist she believed to be guilty.  It’s been decades since she interacted with a commoner in the absence of a secret service detail. Alinsky would probably be dismayed by Clinton’s zeal for war in the Middle East.

Hillary’s connection to the left-wing icon is telling, but also underscores how far she has come over the course of her political evolution from student radical to corporate plutocrat. In other words, it reveals how irrelevant the professional left has become since its heyday in the 1960s. Hillary’s current positions are dramatically out of step not only with Alinsky’s views, but also with those of the contemporary left (Occupy Wall Street, et al.). And there’s not a damn thing they can do about it.