'Rules for Radicals' meets the Tea Party

ALBANY, Ga. -- A book widely known and used by political and social organizers, "Rules for Radicals," will serve as a text for a grassroots training session in Albany today.

"I just thought that Obama used the rules in the book and came out of nowhere to be successful," said Donna Driskell, an organizer of the session. "We are just using the rules from the book that William F. Buckley called 'A brilliant plan for organizing for a cause.'"

The groups Freedom Works and the Albany Area Tea Party Patriots will offer the training session from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 230 Broad Ave.

"In today's world, the radicals are the ones who protest the takeover of a huge swath of the economy by government bureaucrats who have proved they can't even run a program that gives free money away to car buyers properly," Driskell said. "It is radicals who want to preserve the pillars of a system that more than 80 percent of Americans still believe works, though certainly not perfectly."

"Rules for Radicals," is a book that is described by the website Amazon.com as "a primer (that) tells the have-nots how they can organize to achieve real political power for the practice of true democracy."

Turning out the vote and raising citizens out of the apathy Driskell says they exhibit is another goal of the session, she said.

"The importance of 'get out the vote' efforts increases as the total percentage of the population voting decreases," Driskell said. "Mid-term elections generally have a low turnout. We hope to encourage voters to vote and help someone else get to the polls."