Monday, October 18, 2010

The story behind the story of President Obama and his socialist agenda

The Story Behind Obama And His Socialist Agenda

I was driving tonight and listening to The John Batchelor Show with his guest, Stanley Kurtz. Kurtz was discussing President Obama and the beginnings of his community organizing and socialist agenda back in 1983, when the man who is now President was merely a senior at Columbia University. Kurtz is the author of the book, "Radical-in-Chief: Barack Obama and the Untold Story of American Socialism" a contributor to National Review and a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.

My interest was piqued, and when I got home I Googled the story and found myself both fascinated by it, and amazed that it was not a major topic during the 2008 Presidential election. But not really that surprised as the mainstream media had its own agenda. Here are the first few paragraphs and a link to the article at TribLive. It is a must read:

On the afternoon of April 1, 1983, Barack Obama, then a senior at Columbia University, made his way into the Great Hall of Manhattan's Cooper Union to attend a "Socialist Scholars Conference." There Obama discovered his vocation as a community organizer, as well as a political program to guide him throughout his life.

The conference itself was not a secret but it held a secret. For it was there that a demoralized and frustrated socialist movement largely set aside strategies of nationalization and turned increasingly to local organizing as a way around the Reagan presidency -- and its own spotty reputation. In the early 1980s America's socialists discovered what Saul Alinsky had always known: "community organizing" is a euphemism behind which advocates of a radical vision of America could advance their cause without the bothersome label "socialist" drawing adverse attention to their efforts.

A loose accusation of his being a socialist has trailed Obama for years -- but without real evidence that he saw himself as part of this radical tradition. The evidence exists, however, if not in plain sight, in the archives -- for example, the archived files of the Democratic Socialists of America, which include Obama's name on a conference registration list.

That, along with some misleading admissions in the president's memoir, "Dreams from My Father," makes it clear that Obama attended the 1983 and 1984 Socialist Scholars Conferences and, quite possibly, the 1985 conclave as well. A detailed account of these Socialist Scholars Conferences (along with many other events from Obama's radical past) and the evidence for Obama's attendance at them can be found in my new book, "Radical-in-Chief: Barack Obama and the Untold Story of American Socialism" (to be published Tuesday)...

For the remainder of the story click here.

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