Obama’s Radical Past

Daniel Pipes observes that Obama’s connections to known radicals would prevent him from getting a security clearance.  Gateway Pundit has been digging out videos and photographs from Obama’s past, showing his close association with the socialist New Party. Stanley Kurtz tells us what that means.

More than this, we now have substantial evidence that Obama himself was in fact a New Party member. We even have a photograph of Obama appearing with other successful New Party candidates. Clearly, then, it is more than fair to identify Obama with the hard-left stance of the New Party and its ACORN backers. In her recent study of ACORN and the Gamaliel Foundation, the two groups of community organizers to which Obama was closest, Heidi Swarts describes their core ideology as “redistributionist.” Joe the Plumber take note. Whether formally socialist or not, Obama ties with ACORN and its New Party political arm show that spreading your wealth around has long been his ultimate goal.

All this means that Barack Obama is far from the post-partisan, post-ideological pragmatist he pretends to be. On the contrary, Obama’s ideological home is substantially to the left of the Democratic-party mainstream, so far to the left that he has one foot planted outside the party itself. And since the New Party Chicago was essentially an electoral arm of ACORN, Obama’s New Party tie, is yet another example of his deep links to the far-left militant organizers of that group. Obama’s account of his limited ties to ACORN in the third debate was clearly not truthful. Likewise, his earlier denials of ties to ACORN have fallen apart.

At what point will the press force Obama to own up to the full extent of his ties to ACORN? At what point will the press demand a full accounting of Obama’s ties to the New Party? At what point will the depth of Obama’s redistributionist economic stance be acknowledged? Barack Obama is hiding the truth about his political past, and the press is playing along.

Meanwhile, Zombie looks at Prairie Fire, William Ayers’s book laying out the ideology of the Weather Underground. Among the quotations:

Socialism is the total opposite of capitalism/imperialism. It is the rejection of empire and white supremacy. Socialism is the violent overthrow of the bourgeoisie, the establishment of the dictatorship of the proletariat, and the eradication of the social system based on profit. Socialism means control of the productive forces for the good of the whole community instead of the few who live on hilltops and in mansions. Socialism means priorities based on human need instead of corporate greed. Socialism creates the conditions for a decent and creative quality of life for all.

An undercover agent describes his experience with Ayers and the Weather Underground:

I bought up the subject of what’s going to happen after we take over the government. We, we become responsible, then, for administrating, you know, 250 million people.

And there was no answers. No one had given any thought to economics; how are you going to clothe and feed these people.

The only thing that I could get, was that they expected that the Cubans and the North Vietnamese and Chinese and the Russians would all want to occupy different portions of the United States.

They also believed that their immediate responsibility would be to protect against what they called the counter-revolution. And they felt that this counter-revolution could best be guarded against by creating and establishing re-education centers in the southwest, where we would take all the people who needed to be re-educated into the new way of thinking and teach them… how things were going to be.

I asked, well, what’s going to happen to those people that we can’t re-educate; that are die-hard capitalists. And the reply was that they’d have to be eliminated. And when I pursued this further, they estimated that they would have to eliminate 25 million people in these re-education centers. And when I say eliminate, I mean kill. 25 million people.

I want you to imagine sitting in a room with 25 people, most of which have graduate degrees from Columbia and other well known educational centers, and hear them figuring out the logistics for the elimination of 25 million people.

And they were dead serious.”

2 thoughts on “Obama’s Radical Past

  1. re: the “racist video,” an obvious hatchet edit job– weak attempt to start a controversy. so ignorant, doesn’t even understand the arguments that are included in the edited version that actually counters claims that this is racist against white people.

    he argues for common ground between whites and black in the full clip; specifically, how the fate of the white person living in the suburbs is tied to the fate of the black kid in an underperforming urban school district.

    and he says essentially that turmoil on africa CANNOT be blamed on white people, i.e., colonialism, and is instead a result of ethnic conflict, i.e., black on black repression, like that in bosnia and in gang-torn los angeles, i.e, black on black and brown on brown violence.

    but, if the editing style is any indication, intellectual honesty is clearly not a priority for the manufacturers of this desperate, faux controversy.

  2. I’m sure you’ve seen this, but in case you haven’t: http://barackbook.com/
    I also saw a very well done history of both candidates on PBS a week or so ago. It really dove into Obama’s history and the PR strategy that he and his team started around 2004. It apparently involved him not voting on any critical issues that could hurt him in the election like abortion. You can watch it here: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/choice2008/view/

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