Obama Pathos Part 3: Another Marx Brother
“Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclination, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.” –John Adams
Obama's mesmerizing effect on the proletariat resulted in a majority of American voters being unable to discern a charlatan from a statesman.
Barack Obama is the most radical Leftist to ever make it this far in a presidential primary. In Part 2 of this series, “Disciple of Hate,” I summarized the influence of his religious mentor for the last two decades, black supremacist Jeremiah Wright.
This essay provides insight into Obama's political mentors, all protagonists of Marxist-inspired anti-American movements. If a man can be judged by the company he keeps, Obama should be judged harshly. He may be a “closet smoker,” but as more of his mentors are smoked out of his closet, it becomes increasingly clear that Obama is just another traitorous Leftist posing as an all-American.
When he announced his aspirations to become a U.S. senator in 2004, Obama began to cover his tracks. He stopped associating publicly with Leftist colleagues and mentors such as Jeremiah Wright, Michael Pfleger, William Ayers, Bernardine Dohrn, Khalid al-Mansour, Rashid Khalidi, Bob Creamer, Edward Said, Roberto Unger and others. But detailed records of these associations remain intact.
Clearly however, Obama's political action model is based on that of radical Leftists, Saul Alinsky, the patron saint of “community organizers.” Alinsky's book, Rules for Radicals, oft-quoted by Obama, proclaims, “Lest we forget at least an over-the-shoulder acknowledgment to the very first radical: from all our legends, mythology, and history (and who is to know where mythology leaves off and history begins – or which is which), the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom – Lucifer.”
His Alinsky handlers now are Valerie Jarrett and David Axelrod.
To understand the extent of Obama's radical agenda, consider his association with his neighbors, William Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn.
Ayers and Dohrn were leaders of the Weatherman/Weather Underground, a violent group of radical “useful idiots.” from the Revolutionary Youth Movement, a wing of Students for a Democratic Society. Ayers and Dohrn split from the Maoist RYM, insisting that a revolution against the United States and capitalists everywhere should commence immediately.
In 1969, Ayers and Dohrn were founding signatories of the Weathermen's declaration of unification with the “Black Liberation Movement” and other “anti-colonial” vanguards, to ensure “the destruction of U.S. imperialism and the achievement of a classless world: world Communism.”
In 1970 the Weather Underground issued a “Declaration of a State of War” against the United States and commenced a campaign of terror including bombings, jailbreaks, and the instigation of riots. Between 1969 and 1975, they bombed the U.S. Capitol twice, the Pentagon, the Department of State and several federal courthouses. They also attacked state and local government buildings and “capitalist targets” such as banks. The terrorist organization began to disband after the U.S. withdrawal from Vietnam and the fall of Saigon, though one of their last acts of violence was a Brinks robbery in 1981, in which two police officers and a security guard were murdered during that robbery.
Ayers and Dohrn scurried underground in 1970, after a bomb being constructed in New York to kill Army officers at Fort Dix detonated prematurely, killing three fellow Weathermen. (In the jargon of bomb technicians and investigators, this is known as “self solving.”)
They surrendered to authorities a decade later but were never prosecuted because of “improper” FBI surveillance methods. Ayers told now-reformed Lefty, David Horowitz, “Guilty as hell. Free as a bird. America is a great country.”
Ayers is now a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Dohrn is an associate professor of law at Northwestern University. Isn't that special.
Asked about his association with Ayers, Obama said, “This is a guy who lives in my neighborhood … who I know. … He's not somebody who I exchange ideas from on a regular basis.” So, he only exchanges ideas with him on an irregular basis?
Obama added the disclaimer that he was only eight years old when Ayers was bombing buildings. However, Obama was 40 when an unrepentant Ayers told The New York Times, “I don't regret setting bombs; I feel we didn't do enough.” (No small irony that interview was published on 11 September 2001.)
For her part, Dohrn once offered the following assessment of the Manson family murders: “Dig it. First they killed those pigs, then they ate dinner in the same room with them. They even shoved a fork into [pregnant actress Sharon Tate's] stomach! Wild!”
Nonetheless, Obama has maintained his association with Ayers and Dohrn, and the connection goes quite a bit deeper than just neighborhood proximity.
Ayers and Dohrn actually hosted the party to launch Obama's successful 1996 Illinois State Senate campaign at their fashionable Hyde Park home, a campaign endorsed by the Democratic Socialists of America. Incidentally, the DSA would later note in a newsletter that State Senator Obama gave the eulogy for socialist Saul Mendelson, a “champion” of the “democratic left.”
Obama and Ayers also served together on the Woods Fund board, which, incidentally, awarded $6,000 to Obama's “pastor,” Jeremiah Wright, noting the grant was “in recognition of Barack Obama's contributions to Woods Fund as a director.” This is the same board that supports such anti-Semitic organizations as the Arab-American Action Network.
A more in-depth look at Obama reveals he may indeed be a “hard-core academic Marxist” as accused by his 2004 Senate campaign opponent, and sacrificial lamb, Alan Keyes.
Obama admits to having attended “socialist conferences” as a “community organizer” in Chicago in the late 1980s, where he broke bread with Democratic Socialists of America lefties – also with full-circle connections to William Ayers.
But that is hardly the extent of Obama's fascination with Marxist ideology.
According to my colleague, Cliff Kincaid, who edits Accuracy in Media, Obama was mentored for most of his formative years by black radical Frank Marshall Davis, a Communist Party USA member (card number 47544). Obama had “a close relationship, almost like a son, with Davis,” writes Kincaid. Davis was on a CPUSA FBI watch list for the years he was mentoring Obama.
In his book, Dreams from My Father, Obama refers to “Frank” repeatedly, and said that Davis “and his old Black Power dashiki self” was still mentoring him as late as 1979, when he was a student in California. Davis warned Obama that college would give him “an advanced degree in compromise” and not to “start believing what they tell you about equal opportunity and the American way and all that s**t.”
Kincaid notes that a CPUSA devotee recently said of Obama's political fortunes, “Marx once compared revolutionary struggle with the work of the mole, who sometimes burrows so far beneath the ground that he leaves no trace of his movement on the surface. This is the old revolutionary 'mole,' not only showing his traces on the surface but also breaking through.”
Obama's record speaks for itself. In 2006, Senator Obama campaigned for the re-election of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, who openly lists his party affiliation as “Socialist.” Sanders applauded freshman Sen. Obama as “one of the great leaders of the United States Senate,” and understandably so. Last year, National Journal, which rates members of Congress strictly by their voting records, ranked Obama as the single most liberal member of the Senate – a remarkable “achievement,” given the Socialist bona fides of the aforementioned Sanders.
When questioned why he refuses to wear an American flag on his lapel, Obama said, “I won't wear it on my chest. It's a substitute for … true patriotism. You show your patriotism by being true to our values and ideals.”
No doubt, the true colors of Obama's “values and ideals” are bright red.
Since his election, Obama has undertaken measures in the name of “economic recovery” that will ultimately, by design, break the back of free enterprise. His “stimulus plan” is modeled on the Cloward-Piven strategy for economic transition, which he studied in depth as a student at Columbia University. This socialist stratagem calls for overloading the government welfare system to the point of crisis, requiring the replacement of that system with a national system of “guaranteed annual income and thus an end to poverty.” This collapse is written into the genes of our nation's projected debt load, a burden that will crush free enterprise in the coming decade, without dramatic intervention.
Quote of the week
“Obama is part of a long tradition on the left of being for the working class in the abstract, or as people potentially useful for the purposes of the left, but having disdain or contempt for them as human beings. Karl Marx said, 'The working class is revolutionary or it is nothing.' In other words, they mattered only in so far as they were willing to carry out the Marxist agenda. Fabian socialist George Bernard Shaw included the working class among the 'detestable' people who 'have no right to live.' He added: 'I should despair if I did not know that they will all die presently, and that there is no need on earth why they should be replaced by people like themselves'.” –Thomas Sowell