Meet the hard-core Communist who mentored the future 44th President of the United States.
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Well, there are some truly remarkable similarities between the political actions of Obama and the ideas in Frank Marshall Davis’ columns: rejecting Winston Churchill; vilifying and targeting General Motors, a company Davis would have been thrilled to nationalize; advocating wealth redistribution from greedy corporations to health insurance and public works projects; favoring taxpayer funding of universal health care; supporting government stimulus; bashing Wall Street; trumpeting the public sector over the private sector; lambasting “excess profits”; warning God-and-gun clinging Americans about huckster preachers; seeking the political support of the “social justice” religious left for various causes and campaigns; excoriating the “tentacles of big business,” bankers, big oil, the “Big Boys,” corporate profits, fat cats and their “fat contracts”; lambasting tax cuts that “spare the rich” and that only benefit millionaires; singling out the “corporation executive” for not paying his “fair” share; and on and on. These thoughts and words of Frank Marshall Davis bear an uncanny resemblance to Obama’s thoughts and words and actions.
My general conclusion is that Frank Marshall Davis’ far-left extremism may help explain how and why America’s current president is further to the left than any president of our generation. I think Davis is factor in understanding Obama’s political, ideological, and intellectual development. More than that, Davis likely helps explain how and why our president, as a young man at Occidental College circa 1980, was probably once on the Marxist left.
In my book, I include a series of lengthy, exclusive interviews with Dr. John Drew, who knew Obama at Occidental, and knew him (at the time) as a fellow Marxist. Drew was a leading campus Marxist, and, remarkably, knew Barack Obama as a fellow believer. Obama was introduced to him as “one of us.” “Obama was already an ardent Marxist when I met him in the fall of 1980,” Drew told me.
“I know it’s incendiary to say this,” he cautioned, before explaining that Obama “was definitely a Marxist,” and that “it was very unusual for a sophomore at Occidental to be as radical or as ideologically attuned as young Barack Obama was.” Drew said Obama was preparing for “imminent revolution,” which Drew described as a “Frank Marshall Davis fantasy of revolution.”
If this account is accurate, and there is no reason to not believe Drew, then what—or, better still, who— explains Obama’s Marxist political thinking at the time, fresh out of Hawaii?
The obvious answer is Frank Marshall Davis. “I see myself as a missing link between Barack Obama’s exposure to communism with Frank Marshall Davis and his later exposure to Bill Ayers and Alice Palmer [another leftist] in Chicago,” Drew told me.
IN SUM, FRANK MARSHALL DAVIS surely helps shed light on how America’s current president developed into a man of the left, ultimately ranked by National Journal as the most left-leaning member of the U.S. Senate— to the left of Ted Kennedy, Barbara Boxer, Hillary Clinton, and everyone else—in the final year before he ran for president. The man now in charge of the mightiest economic engine in the history of humanity was influenced, to some notable degree, by a pro-Soviet CPUSA member who plainly stood on the wrong side of history—stumping for an ideology that took the lives of over 100 million people in the last century. This man planted his flag on the dark side of the Iron Curtain.
This man, and his relationship with the most powerful man in the world—our current president— at least merits our attention.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online