Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Obama participated in socialist party

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Anti-Semitism chief was anti-war activist

http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=117501

Husband worked with founder of socialist party in which Obama participated

November 29, 2009
By Aaron Klein

President Obama's new anti-Semitism czar was a 1960s anti-war
activist and community organizer whose husband worked with the
founder of a socialist party, of which, according to documentary
evidence, Obama was a member.

Hannah Rosenthal, a former Health Department regional director under
the Clinton administration, started her position last week as the
State Department's new special envoy to monitor and combat
anti-Semitism. She previously headed the Jewish Council for Public
Affairs, an umbrella U.S. Jewish organization.

Rosenthal was a community organizer who became involved in the
anti-war and civil-rights movements in the 1960's.

Her husband, Richard Phelps, is a former three-term local Wisconsin
executive. In Madison, with 1.5 percent unemployment, Phelps worked
with University of Wisconsin professor and socialist activist Joel
Rogers to create a pilot program through the blue-ribbon Economic
Summit Council to train workers and match skills with jobs.

That same year, while running for a seat in the Illinois Senate as a
Democrat, Obama in 1996 actively sought and received the endorsement
of the socialist New Party, according to confirmed reports during
last year's presidential campaign. Rogers was founder of the New Party.

The New Party worked alongside the Association of Community
Organizations for Reform Now, or ACORN. The New Party's aim was to
help elect politicians who espoused its policies. Among New Party
members was linguist and radical activist Noam Chomsky.

Obama's campaign last year denied the then­presidential candidate was
ever an actual member of the New Party.

But the New Zeal blog dug up print copies of the New Party News, the
party's official newspaper, which show Obama posing with New Party
leaders, listing him as a New Party member and printing quotes from
him as a member.

The party's spring 1996 newspaper boasted: "New Party members won
three other primaries this Spring in Chicago: Barack Obama (State
Senate), Michael Chandler (Democratic Party Committee) and Patricia
Martin (Cook County Judiciary)."

The paper quoted Obama saying, "These victories prove that small-'d'
democracy can work."

The newspaper lists other politicians it endorsed who were not
members but specifies Obama as a New Party member.

New Ground, the newsletter of Chicago's Democratic Socialists of
America, reported in its July/August 1996 edition that Obama attended
a New Party membership meeting April 11, 1996, in which he expressed
his gratitude for the group's support and "encouraged (New Party
members) to join in his task forces on voter education and voter
registration."

A former top member of the New Party recounted in a WND e-mail
interview Obama's participation with his organization. [See below.]

"A subcommittee met with (Obama) to interview him to see if his stand
on the living wage and similar reforms was the same as ours,"
recalled Marxist activist Carl Davidson.

"We determined that our views on these overlapped, and we could
endorse his campaign in the Democratic Party," Davidson said.

Davidson was a Chicago member and activist within the New Party. He
told WND he handled some of the New Party member databases and
attended most of the party's meetings.

Davidson is also a notorious far-left activist and former radical
national leader in the anti-Vietnam movement. He served as national
secretary for the infamous Students for a Democratic Society anti-war
group, from which the Weatherman domestic terrorist organization
later splintered.

Davidson remembers Obama attending one New Party meeting to thank
attendees for voting for him.

Davidson said that to his knowledge Obama was not a member of the New
Party "in any practical way" ­ using qualifying language.

Becoming a New Party member required some effort on behalf of the
politician. Candidates must be approved by the party's political
committee and, once approved, must sign a contract mandating they
will have a "visible and active relationship" with the party.

Asked whether Obama signed the New Party contract, Davidson replied
there was "no need for him to do so."

"At the end of our session with him, we simply affirmed there was no
need to do so, because on all the key points, the stand of his
campaign and the New Party reform planks were practically the same,"
Davidson told WND.

The socialist-oriented goals of the New Party were enumerated on its
old website. Among the New Party's stated objectives were "full
employment, a shorter work week and a guaranteed minimum income for
all adults; a universal 'social wage' to include such basic benefits
as health care, child care, vacation time and lifelong access to
education and training; a systematic phase-in of comparable worth and
like programs to ensure gender equity."

The New Party stated it also sought "the democratization of our
banking and financial system ­ including popular election of those
charged with public stewardship of our banking system, worker-owner
control over their pension assets [and] community-controlled
alternative financial institutions."

Many of the New Party's founding members were Democratic Socialists
of America leaders and members of Committees of Correspondence, a
breakaway of the Communist Party USA.

The New Party, established in 1992, took advantage of what was known
as electoral "fusion," which enabled candidates to run on two tickets
simultaneously, attracting voters from both parties. But the New
Party went defunct in 1998, one year after fusion was halted by the
Supreme Court.

According to DSA documents, the New Party worked with ACORN to
promote its candidates. ACORN, convicted in massive, nationwide
voter-fraud cases, has been a point of controversy for Obama over the
presidential candidate's ties to the group.

In 1995, the DSA's New Ground newsletter stated, "In Chicago, the New
Party's biggest asset and biggest liability is ACORN.

"Like most organizations, ACORN is a mixed bag," the newsletter said.
"On one hand, in Chicago, ACORN is a group that attempts to organize
some of the most depressed communities in the city. Chicago
organizers for ACORN and organizers for SEIU Local 880 have been
given modest monthly recruitment quotas for new New Party members. On
the other hand, like most groups that depend on canvassing for
fundraising, it's easy enough to find burned out and disgruntled
former employees. And ACORN has not had the reputation for being
interested in coalition politics ­ until recently and, happily, not
just within the New Party."

Aside from founding the New Party, Rogers also was co-founder of the
Apollo Alliance, a group of U.S. business, labor, environmental, and
community leaders which reportedly aided in the drafting of Obama's
stimulus and cap and trade bills.

Rosenthal on 'pro-Hamas' board

Rosenthal, meanwhile, serves on the board of J Street, a lobby group
that is mostly led by left-leaning Israelis and that receives funds
from Arab and Muslim Americans.

J Street brands itself as pro-Israel. It states on its website it
seeks to "promote meaningful American leadership to end the
Arab-Israeli and Israeli-Palestinian conflicts peacefully and diplomatically."

J Street, however, also supports talks with Hamas, a terrorist group
whose charter seeks the destruction of Israel. The group opposes
sanctions against Iran and is harshly critical of Israeli offensive
anti-terror military actions.

Even the Israeli government has been distancing itself from J Street,
with its ambassador to Washington, Michael Oren, refusing to attend
its annual dinner last month. Israeli Embassy spokesman Yoni Peled
told the Jerusalem Post his government has some "concern over certain
[J Street] policies that could impair Israel's interests."

The Powerline blog previously documented how far-leftist Israelis are
influential in the J Street leadership, including former Knesset
Speaker Avrum Burg, who generated controversy when he stated, "To
define the State of Israel as a Jewish state is the key to its end."

Another key J Street member, Mideast expert Henry Siegman, has
compared Israel to apartheid South Africa.

Rosenthal had also previously penned an opinion piece in The New York
Jewish Week in which she claimed a mainstream Israel-solidarity rally
in Washington, D.C., was being "dominated by narrow,
ultraconservative views of what it means to be pro-Israel."

In a letter criticizing Rosenthal's depiction of the event,
Anti-Defamation League chairman Abe Foxman noted that rally, which
took place at the height of the Palestinian intifada, or terrorist
war, included speakers Sen. Harry Reid, New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani
and Israeli minister Natan Sharansky. Foxman pointed out the speakers
lobbied for peace:

At the rally, Reid called on "all who share our vision and hopes to
continue to spread a message of peace: shalom, salaam, peace."

Sharansky declared, "Real peace, dear friends, depends on us."

Giuliani proclaimed, "All of us, all of you good people who have come
here today, all of us wish for peace. We pray for it."

The Weekly Standard, meanwhile, took note of quotes in which
Rosenthal seemed to imply Israeli policies were to blame for anti-Semitism.

"I'll tell you point-blank: I have two grown daughters, and I didn't
think that my kids were going to have to deal with some of the same
anti-Semitism that I did as the daughter of Holocaust survivors,"
Rosenthal said. "It's a scary time, with people losing the ability to
differentiate between a Jew, any Jew, and what's going on in Israel."

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Obama participated in socialist party

http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=107731

Activist recalls president's time with radical Chicago political group

August 23, 2009
By Aaron Klein

JERUSALEM ­ President Obama participated in a controversial 1990s
political party with a socialist agenda, recalls a major member of
the organization known as the New Party.

WND previously reported on newspaper evidence showing Obama was a
member of the New Party, which sought to elect members to public
office with the aim of moving the Democratic Party far leftward to
ultimately form a new political party with a socialist agenda.

Now a former top member of the New Party recounted in a WND e-mail
interview Obama's participation with his organization.

"A subcommittee met with (Obama) to interview him to see if his stand
on the living wage and similar reforms was the same as ours,"
recalled Marxist activist Carl Davidson.

"We determined that our views on these overlapped, and we could
endorse his campaign in the Democratic Party," Davidson said.

Davidson was a Chicago member and activist within the New Party. He
told WND he handled some of the New Party member databases and
attending most of the party's meetings.

Davidson is also a notorious far-left activist and former radical
national leader in the anti-Vietnam movement. He served as national
secretary for the infamous Students of a Democratic Society antiwar
group, from which the Weatherman domestic terrorist organization
later splintered.

Davidson remembers Obama attending one New Party meeting to thank
attendees for voting for him.

Davidson said that to his knowledge Obama was not a member of the New
Party "in any practical way" - using qualifying language.

Becoming a New Party member requires some effort on behalf of the
politician. Candidates must be approved by the party's political
committee and, once approved, must sign a contract mandating they
will have a "visible and active relationship" with the party.

Asked whether Obama signed the New Party contract, Davidson replied
there was "no need for him to do so."

"At the end of our session with him, we simply affirmed there was no
need to do so, because on all the key points, the stand of his
campaign and the New Party reform planks were practically the same,"
Davidson told WND.

Davidson denied the New Party was specifically a socialist party,
claiming, "The vast majority of active members were low- and
middle-income blacks in the inner city fighting for their immediate demands."

But the socialist-oriented goals of the New Party were enumerated on
its old website.

Among the New Party's stated objectives were "full employment, a
shorter work week, and a guaranteed minimum income for all adults; a
universal 'social wage' to include such basic benefits as health
care, child care, vacation time and lifelong access to education and
training; a systematic phase-in of comparable worth and like programs
to ensure gender equity."

The New Party stated it also sought "the democratization of our
banking and financial system ­ including popular election of those
charged with public stewardship of our banking system, worker-owner
control over their pension assets [and] community-controlled
alternative financial institutions."

Many of the New Party's founding members were Democratic Socialists
of America leaders and members of Committees of Correspondence, a
breakaway of the Communist Party USA.

Obama attended several DSA events and meetings, including a
DSA-sponsored town hall meeting Feb. 25, 1996, entitled "Employment
and Survival in Urban America." He sought and received an endorsement
from the DSA.

Asked by WND whether he thinks Obama has socialist leanings, Davidson
stated, "The truth is that Obama was and is a liberal Democrat and an
Alinskyist community organizer ­ which if you know much about
Alinsky, is just militant liberalism."

"Obama was never a man of the left, either in his views or in being a
member of an actual socialist organization," added Davidson.

While running for the Illinois state Senate in 1996 as a Democrat,
Obama actively sought and received the endorsement of the New Party,
according to confirmed reports during last year's presidential campaign.

The New Party worked alongside the Association of Community
Organizations for Reform Now, or ACORN. The New Party's aim was to
help elect politicians who espoused its policies.

Among New Party members was linguist and radical activist Noam Chomsky.

Obama's campaign last year denied the then­presidential candidate was
ever an actual member of the New Party.

But the New Zeal blog dug up print copies of the New Party News, the
party's official newspaper, which show Obama posing with New Party
leaders, listing him as a New Party member and printing quotes from
him as a member.

The party's spring 1996 newspaper boasted: "New Party members won
three other primaries this Spring in Chicago: Barack Obama (State
Senate), Michael Chandler (Democratic Party Committee) and Patricia
Martin (Cook County Judiciary).

The paper quoted Obama saying, "These victories prove that small 'd'
democracy can work."

The newspaper lists other politicians it endorsed who were not
members but specifies Obama as a New Party member.

New Ground, the newsletter of Chicago's Democratic Socialists of
America, reported in its July/August 1996 edition that Obama attended
a New Party membership meeting April 11, 1996, in which he expressed
his gratitude for the group's support and "encouraged NPers (New
Party members) to join in his task forces on voter education and
voter registration."

The New Party, established in 1992, took advantage of what was known
as electoral "fusion," which enabled candidates to run on two tickets
simultaneously, attracting voters from both parties. But the New
Party went defunct in 1998, one year after fusion was halted by the
Supreme Court.

According to DSA documents, the New Party worked with ACORN to
promote its candidates. ACORN, convicted in massive, nationwide voter
fraud cases, has been a point of controversy for Obama over the
presidential candidate's ties to the group.

In 1995, the DSA's New Ground newsletter stated, "In Chicago, the New
Party's biggest asset and biggest liability is ACORN.

"Like most organizations, ACORN is a mixed bag," the newsletter said.
"On one hand, in Chicago, ACORN is a group that attempts to organize
some of the most depressed communities in the city. Chicago
organizers for ACORN and organizers for SEIU Local 880 have been
given modest monthly recruitment quotas for new New Party members. On
the other hand, like most groups that depend on canvassing for
fundraising, it's easy enough to find burned out and disgruntled
former employees. And ACORN has not had the reputation for being
interested in coalition politics ­ until recently and, happily, not
just within the New Party."

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