The only way to beat the left is to make them live up to their own rules, James O’Keefe, the noted conservative undercover sting activist told an audience at the Pennsylvania Leadership Conference Saturday afternoon.
O’Keefe says that he has found this motto to be particularly effective in the sting videos he has used to expose corruption by government officials and by groups like Acorn.
“The left doesn’t care about the laws or the rules,” O’Keefe said. “They are hypocrites, and the only way to win is to make them live up to their book of rules. I have found that the only thing they care about is racism, sexism and exploitation.
“It’s all about tactics and turning it against them, a bit like Saul Alinsky.”
These tactics have made him a one-man wrecking crew since he first appeared on the political scene in the fall of 2009 when he exposed Acorn.
O’Keefe believes the way to win is by thinking outside of the box using “nonlinear thinking,” which he said that he used when he collaborated with Hannah Giles and Andrew Breitbart to pose as a pimp and a prostitute at Acorn offices in Baltimore, Washington, D.C. and New York.
“I went to a lot of organizations that were spending millions of dollars trying to bring down Acorn,” O’Keefe said. “All it took for me was $2,000, my grandmother’s chinchilla coat and a hat.”
His Acorn video led to the defunding of the organization and to its ultimate demise, and subsequent videos have had similar results, whether it was liberal arrogance at NPR, voter fraud in New Hampshire, or exposing overt racism at Planned Parenthood.
And every time he has picked a target, it has resulted in his being noticed by governors, legislators or by Barack Obama himself and the resignations or firings of key officials targeted by his work.
Since becoming a national known political figure, O’Keefe has launched a non-profit organization called Project Veritas with a “classified” number of citizen journalists that he says will continue to shake things up.
O’Keefe says voter fraud likely will be of strong interest going into November. A sting he conducted in the New Hampshire primary where his group uncovered how easy it was to pose as a dead person and vote resulted in the passage of a Voter ID law in the state.
“I don’t do any second guessing,” O’Keefe said. “There is so little journalism going on out there, so real journalism gets a lot of reactions from powerful people.”