Sunday, September 28, 2008

Obama's Marxist Connections Disturbing

From The American Thinker Blog...

Another Obama Marxist

By Lance Fairchok
Barack Obama has a thing for Marxists.
He befriends them, listens to their counsel, and he even hires them to work in his campaign.
And they seem to feel the warmth.
President Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua, who led a revolution there in 1979, says Barack Obama's presidential bid is a "revolutionary" phenomenon, and Americans are "laying the foundations for a revolutionary change."

A captured computer revealed that an unknown person chatted with Marxist FARC guerillas on Obama's behalf (they believed), stating he would be the next President and US policy towards Columbia would change.

Frank Marshall Davis, a dear Obama friend and mentor was as a member of the Communist Party USA.
Barack Obama just seems to attract Marxists.

If the people he surrounds himself with are any indication of his core beliefs, a higher capital gains tax to punish the rich, even if it diminishes actual tax revenue, may be only the beginning.

Obama's Official campaign blogger, Sam Graham-Felsen, a former writer for the leftist Nation magazine and a contributor to the Socialist Viewpoint, is certainly a believer in class warfare.
The capitalist ruling class of the United States exercises a virtual dictatorship not only over American society, but also over the entire world. This capitalist class rule is the basic cause of the poverty, wars and the degradation of the natural environment.

After being expelled from Socialist Action in 1999, we formed Socialist Workers Organization in an attempt to carry on the project of building a nucleus of a revolutionary party true to the historic teachings and program of Marx, Engels, Lenin and Trotsky.

-Socialist Viewpoint

The product of a Harvard education, Sam is an admirer of anti-American academic Noam Chomsky, a hypocrite and fraud masquerading as a political philosopher.
Mr. Chomsky, perhaps admired by Obama as by his official blogger, is fond of visiting dictators and terrorists and giving speeches blaming all the worlds' ills on America. All while accepting money from military conteacts at MIT. Chomsky was an ardent supporter of Pol Pot, and to this day denies a holocaust occurred in Cambodia (1.67 million died).
He is unrepentant about the horrors his vile ideology encouraged and supports Hamas and Hezbollah with the same willful blindness today.

In an article in the Harvard Crimson, Sam writes of his hero:

For me, hearing Chomsky speak for the first time was a life-changing experience. His ability to take preconceptions and destroy them-to completely remodel one's understanding of reality with cold, hard facts-blew me away. When I left what was then the ARCO Forum last fall, I felt as though I had been through the Matrix and back. Chomsky really has this effect because he bombards you with evidence and logic, not empty rhetoric. It is nearly impossible to hear him or read him-once you've actually checked his facts yourself (he even cites page numbers in public addresses)-and deny what he's saying.

For anyone who has actually endured one of Chomsky's muddled rants or tried to verify the claims in his books, young Sam's praise is comical; and a clear indication he has never actually read one. You find very quickly Chomsky is not overly concerned with "facts," as he fabricates them with abandon. He cites page numbers, to his own books, which recycle themselves with astonishing success. Hardly an example of a towering intellect, his tired canards are sufficient to impress the worshipful Sam Graham-Felsen, and endear himself to the same leftist academics that so easily embraced dictators such Ho Chi Min and Pol Pot, idolize Chavez and Castro and legitimized terrorists like Yasser Arafat. Chomsky is the master of post-modern moral relativism, quick to excuse atrocity with obfuscation.

On the day after 9-11, Chomsky wrote:

"The terrorist attacks were major atrocities. In scale they may not reach the level of many others, for example, Clinton's bombing of the Sudan with no credible pretext, destroying half its pharmaceutical supplies and killing unknown numbers of people."

It may be simple self-aggrandizing hypocrisy that inspires Mr. Chomsky's comments, though I suspect, more likely he mistakes the accolades of twenty year old activists as confirmation of his own genius. He plays what works with the crowd. Here are some other nihilistic gems gleaned from his pedantic and incomprehensible writing:

"If the Nuremberg laws were applied today, then every Post-War American president would have to be hanged."
"Propaganda is to a democracy what the bludgeon is to a totalitarian state."
"Any dictator would admire the uniformity and obedience of the U.S. media."

"The United States is unusual among the industrial democracies in the rigidity of the system of ideological control - "indoctrination," we might say - exercised through the mass media. "

"Everybody's worried about stopping terrorism. Well, there's a really easy way: stop participating in it."

"I have often thought that if a rational Fascist dictatorship were to exist, then it would choose the American system."

Sam Graham-Felsen, hired to run Obama's blog, writes about Noam Chomsky in a Marxist publications that openly calls for revolution against the American government. This is a Presidential candidate's choice to run the on-line portion of his campaign. That speaks volumes of his character and worldview. Contradicting what he says in public,
Obama is surrounding himself with poeple who never seem to learn that their absurd ideologies end in misery and ruin.

Sam is young and has much to learn, so we can forgive his silly hagiographies, the ones about Chomsky and the ones about Obama. His hero worship is eager and emotional and completely without substance, much as Obama's campaign promises are without substance. Obama is a community organizer in the Saul Alinsky mold, and knows where to get people like Sam who have energy and drive. His staff is nothing if not energetic. He even cut his activist teeth in Chicago, the stomping grounds of Alinsky and so many others in the "progressive" community.
One wonders why the windy city still has a murder rate higher than Baghdad, after so many years of enlightened activism.

The adults in the Obama campaign expect us to believe that a campaign staff filled with Marxists and radicals does not reflect the candidate.
We are supposed to believe that ideologues who distain America and Americans can improve the system that has brought humanity more prosperity and well-being than any nation before it. Speaking out of both sides of their mouths, they tell us we are great, and then insist we must change because we are responsible for all the bad things that happen in the world. That alone should anger the electorate enough to defeat them. The change Obama will bring will not be the change America needs or expects. It will be the change of naive adolescents, which think Noam Chomsky wise.

We continue to have an optimistic outlook about the revolutionary potential of the world working class to rule society in its own name-socialism. We are optimistic that the working class, united across borders, and acting in its own class interests can solve the devastating crises of war, poverty, oppression, and environmental destruction that capitalism is responsible for.
- The Socialist Viewpoint

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Anonymous Kaleokualona said...

Just as the YMCA attracts people who are not young Christian Men, so too does the CPUSA attract people who are not Marxists. Membership has its privileges.

Edgar Tidwell, whom AIM's Cliff Kincaid cites as "an expert on the life and writings of Davis," demolishes right-wing misrepresentation of Davis's radical influence in one simple paragraph:

"Although my research indicates that Davis joined the CPUSA as a "closet member" during World War II, there is no evidence that he was a Stalinist, or even a Party member before WWII. Further, to those attempting to make the specious stand for the concrete, there is no evidence that he instructed Barack Obama in communist ideology. Frank Marshall Davis did NOT believe in overthrowing the USA. He was committed to what the nation professed to be. For him, communism was primarily an intellectual vehicle to achieve a political end-a possible tool for gaining the constitutional freedoms of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for ALL Americans."

Frank Marshall Davis considered membership in the CPUSA as a vehicle and tool because, according to "The New Red Negro" (cited by AIM's Cliff Kincaid as a source):

ONLY the Communist left had any significant institutional impact on African-American writing during the 1930s and 1940s. This support was crucial as the institutions that had maintained the New Negro Renaissance faded. And for better or for worse, the leading CPUSA functionaries involved in "Negro work" took a direct interest in African-American cultural production in a manner that was unusual, if not unique. Vilifying a writer for continuing to publish in CPUSA-supported publications, when they provided his only available institutional support, is completely unfair. Langston Hughes, Richard Wright, and Frank Marshall Davis all took advantage of this institutional support.

Further, as The New Red Negro makes clear, there was no monolithic Stalinist doctrine within the CPUSA: "This is not to say that the impact of the Communist Left on African-American writers in the 1930's and 1940's flowed from absolute unity of ideology and practical application of that ideology. As mentioned before, the CPUSA itself, despite the claims of both the party leadership and its most ardent detractors, contained various, often conflicting tendencies. This conflicts appeared within top leadership, where Earl Browder and William Z. Foster and their supporters were frequently at odds. They also surfaced in the regional leadership of important districts that were occasionally, and in the case of southern California frequently, in opposition to the national leadership. Finally, at the rank-and-file level, when leadership debates broke out into the open (as they did in 1929, 1956-1946, and 1956), the were replayed in almost every CPUSA unit, often serving as the vehicle for the expression of a wide range of "unorthodox" political beliefs (ranging from social democratic to anarcho-syndicalist."

A huge proportion of African-American poets (and writers and intellectuals generally) remained engaged with the Communist Left and cultural institutions from at least the early 1930's until at least the early 1950's. With the partial exception of the period from the German invasion of the Soviet Union to the end of the Second World War, the CPUSA placed the issue of race and the fight against Jim Crow near the center of all its work.

The bottom line is that communist ties were the NORM for African American poets and civil right activists during that period. Such ties did not mean that they internalized Marxist values, much less Stalinist values, even if they were aware of the distinction. To them, the CPUSA provided safe harbor from the ravages of Jim Crow America.

5:37 AM  
Blogger Red S Tater said...

So what's everyone else in the democrat party leadership's excuse for being a communist?

8:55 AM  
Blogger Otter said...

Oh no! Obama befriends Marxists! What a terrible thing to do. Making friends with people. How dare he!

And you want to talk about hypocrisy? It is very hypocritical of the United States to condemn terrorist actions around the globe when we ourselves our committing the same acts. If you remember your history correctly, Red, you will remember that it was us, not Iran, not Iraq, not Russia, us, the United States, that to date is the only country to have ever used a nuclear weapon against another country.

Revolutionary change is needed in the United States. Not necessarily violent revolutionary change, but change nonetheless. Again, remember history, one of our founding fathers himself, told us that if the government is not working, to overthrow it. It isn't working.

Again Red, you are obviously using the word communist in a derogatory manner and I think it is getting a little old. I am going to start using the word capitalist as a derogatory manner because really these days capitalist = imperialist = totalitarian.

10:57 AM  
Blogger Red S Tater said...

lol.. okay otter be my guest... it fits with the communist agenda to think of capitalism in a derogatory manner so that comes as no surprise.

The US military does NOT commit acts of terrorism against civilians.
Accidents happen in war, but to insult our military with that kind of blanket statement is horrible and just plain wrong and you should know it.

To use the WWII excuse is very lame indeed. All historians agree that in the long run lives were saved by our selective use of nuclear weapons against Japan. Look at Japan today, nobody is forcing them to be such a strong ally of the US.

No.. otter if the government isn't working (for you) then get a bunch of like minded folks and vote in a new government... because as you seem to forget with all this communism BS, WE ARE THE GOVERNMENT.

I'm very sorry that you are so partisan as to only see bad in our country when a conservative is in charge and only good in the do-nothing democrat led congress.

Bottom line?
Bush was right and the left was wrong. Iraq is indeed rapidly becoming a free and democratic friend to the US in the middle of the middle east.
If you are looking for friends, Marxists shouldn't be your focus... look to the true friends of the US who aren't trying to "overthrow the government" as you suggest.

Countries like say... oh just for starters... Iraq and Georgia?

1:09 PM  
Blogger Red S Tater said...

"We can't expect the American People to jump from Capitalism to Communism, but we can assist their elected leaders in giving them small doses of Socialism, until they awaken one day to find that they have Communism." ~

C'mon otter... who said that?

1:21 PM  
Blogger Otter said... you think that out of the millions of people that died at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, none of them were civilians?
And THAT was no accident.

Sure, in the long run, we saved American lives, at the expense of Japanese lives. Apparently, we are so much better human beings than the Japanese. That is a load of crap. I hope you sleep okay at night with that thought on your mind.

The government isn't not working for just me. Again, I ask, have you ever stepped outside of your own house and seen how many people die of hunger in our own country?

And when you say WE are the government you are obviously meaning the capitalist, war-profiteering, no social conscious ultra-conservatives.

And for your information, I am not partisan. I am a registered INDEPENDENT! I am not a Democrat. I am not a Republican. Hell, I'm not even a Libertarian anymore. I am an Independent. I call it like I see it. I don't see red or blue or Democrat or Republican (as you often seem to do by reading your blog). I call crap crap no matter what they call themselves.

And for your information regarding Iraq...if you really knew your history...Iraq WAS a free and democratic state before we support Sadaam Hussein's party against the democratically-elected government that came before him. The United States help start that. Remember that.

The only people that "overthrow" government do so almost exclusively with our support and military aid.

12:13 AM  
Blogger Otter said...

In regards to the quote. I don't know who said it and if you want real honesty, I really don't care who said it.

There will never be communism in American because there are too many people out there that equate it with the totalitarian regimes of Lenin and Stalin (even though they were no more totalitarian than our government has been post-WW2).

And as it has already been said before. We in American already have small doses of socialism. Is the postal service privately funded? No.

12:16 AM  
Blogger Red S Tater said...

right... i forgot you don't want to be confused by facts and history just a cleverly woven tale of how America is responsible for everything thugs and nazi's and communists have done througout time.

If not for America, the world would simply be candies and flowers huh otter?

11:26 AM  
Blogger Otter said...

I like facts. Facts are great. As long as they aren't made up. Which, of course, would not make them facts.

The world would not be candies and flowers at all. I am just saying that the United States certainly is not helping the situation. And you are right Red. YOU are about to make a breakthrough here! American is indirectly, if not directly, responsible for a great deal of the current global political climate.

12:00 AM  
Blogger Red S Tater said...

okay then... so if (as you claim) the US is actually responsible for the brutality and corrupt governments in North Korea, Iran, Venezuela, Cuba and anyone else you wanna throw in there... then it is the US that should lead the way in cleaning up those rats nests... that we created of course.

Now, do you change those governments by sending them candy and flowers and asking them to pretty please step down and change their entire power structure...

or simply ignore the countries that are actively planning your death and destruction of everything you hold dear...

or my good friend otter, do we take them on and defeat them, liberate their people as we have done throughout our history and let them prosper on a path where they govern themselves?

If you choose to not defend our country until AFTER we are attacked (again) then in reality it would be just like NOT choosing to take the life of a murderer in your own home when you had the power to do so but didn't and let your wife and/or children die while you stood there and waited till after such to then just call the police.

Is that what you would do otter? A murderer is going to kill your loved ones and by some strange miracle you are standing in a position to take out the killer before he kills your family... What do you do hotshot?
Pick up the phone knowing it will be too late or do you pull the trigger?

Is that the breakthrough you were looking for?

9:50 AM  
Blogger Otter said...

No Red. You are under the false assumption that the countries of North Korea, Iran, Venezuela and Cuba are out to get us just for the sheer joy of it.

No, we have lost their respect and they are not our allies because in some way we have wronged them or their allies. It is that simple.

Maybe the United States government should one, apologize for whatever actions it has taken against said governments and somehow or another repair the damage to our reputation; and two, take responsibility for our actions and not blame everybody but ourselves for the state of international affairs.

No country (that is, a nation) is "actively planning" our death and destruction.

You are under another false assumption that many of the people we have "liberated" (your words not mine) wanted to to "liberated." Review your history. There are many governments that were democratically-elected, that is, they were voted in by the people that we "liberated," that we decided did not need to be in power and overthrew them through military aid or direct intervention.

None of this has to do with defending our own country.

9:20 PM  
Blogger Red S Tater said...

so do you pull the trigger or not otter... c'mon man your families life is at stake here and you are debating about what to do... shoot to kill or call the funeral home for your loved ones... make a decision.

11:06 PM  
Blogger Otter said...

I think there is a third option. I think if I have the power to take a life than I would also have the power to disarm the assailant. In which I would do so.

But in the first place, I don't really see how this question is relavant to the topic. These analogies of yours are not working. They are at all the same thing.

12:52 AM  

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