Socialists' Strategies Exposed
by Diane Schrader
Posted on December 22 2010
Author Stanley Kurtz has exposed the sordid underbelly of both
Obama's past and present, as I pointed out in my first post analyzing
the blockbuster Radical-in-Chief. Kurtz revealed the hidden players
who have shaped the president's worldview and it turns out, they're
all socialists! Not socialist as in a label tagged on so-called
liberals in general but real, collectivist, revolutionary,
America-hating socialists. Kurtz has done all the digging the
leftstream media should have been doing back in '08, and yes, he
proves far beyond a reasonable doubt that (spoiler alert) Obama is a
socialist. The ties between our president and each of the socialists
Kurtz profiles are convincingly solid. But the more disturbing
realization that will dawn on you as you read this book (and read it
you must) is that these socialists, who have been (more or less)
quietly among us for quite awhile, have made tremendous progress on
their road to dismantling America as we know it.
Or as we knew it.
Behind the scenes, using deceit at will, they have patiently and
stealthily progressed toward their goal of reshaping society in a
Marxist image while the rest of us have been napping. So here are
the top ten wake-up calls from Radical-in-Chief or as you might
consider them, the top ten facts we didn't get from the mainstream
media about Obama and his cadre.
Starting with: Why socialist revolutionaries abandoned terrorism. 10.
The socialists have given up on terror for now
Homegrown terrorism was once an attractive option for many socialists
still among us, including the bumbling Weather Underground, Students
for a Democratic Society (SDS), and their infamous member Bill Ayers,
whose association with Obama (almost) got the Anointed One in trouble
during the election. But let us take a moment to remember those
socialists who are no longer among us. Exhibit A might be Diana
Oughton, who was Bill Ayers' girlfriend when she blew herself
sky-high while attempting to create, reports Kurtz, "a nail-bomb
designed to tear through the flesh of 'pigs' soldiers and their
dates at a dance." That was his little sweetie, his main squeeze. Of
course he bravely rebounded and hooked up with his current wife,
another little sweetheart name of Bernardine Dohrn, and together they
advocated bombings of police and military installations to
demonstrate dramatic resistance to the "pigs."
"Violent conflicts with the pigs would serve as the catalyst of
revolution, bringing the true nature of American oppression home to
the public. In the Weatherman view, the highest form of community
organizing would use attacks on pigs to spark off a violent,
neighborhood-based conflagration… for Ayers and the Weathermen, then,
revolution and community organizing were two sides of the same coin.
Community organizing would galvanize white working-class youth to
follow America's own rebellious internal colony of inner-city blacks
into the revolutionary fray. The inspiration for it all would be the
continuing revolt of that de facto external colony, Vietnam, against
the American monster."
However, this strategy was not particularly effective at garnering
recruits, as they discovered in July 1969 when "a squadron of
Weathermen," Kurtz reports, marched onto Detroit's working-class
Metro Beach carrying a Viet Cong flag and passing out literature:
"SDS (Students for a Democratic Society) is recruiting an army right
now, man, a people's army, under black leadership, that's gonna fight
against the pigs and win!!!"
Unshockingly, this persuasive rhetoric failed to turn the working
class beachgoers, some of whom were Vietnam vets, into card-carrying
commies. Eventually, Ayers and his compadres wised up, and realized
that attacking the people they were trying to recruit was just a tad
counterproductive. So, they turned to other means…
Next: community organizing comes into its own… 9. The socialists are pragmatic
At about the same time the Weathermen were planning terrorist attacks
on the "pigs," another faction of the SDS (which bombers like Ayers
would eventually join) was producing a pamphlet called "Socialism and
the Coming Decade." Its authors, Paul and Heather Booth, Steve Max,
and Harry Boyte, would go on to play influential roles in the
political education of one ambitious president-to-be. So it is
instructive to take a close look at this pivotal publication. Kurtz
says the booklet is:
"All about long-term strategy, realistic short-term objectives, and
the deep-down social change that only patient community organizing
can bring. For all that, the program itself remains radical, with
clear support for the Vietnamese communists and a guaranteed annual
income for all Americans among its positions… even so, the SDSers
behind (the booklet) counsel patience… in these non-revolutionary
times, we're told, 'a conscious organization of socialists' needs to
found and guide community organizations among the working class.
These neighborhood groups can mobilize workers around concrete issues
like urban redevelopment and health care, thereby giving 'the
socialist movement relevance to the daily lives of the people.' Over
time, patient neighborhood organizing and struggle will prepare the
workers' consciousness for the socialist revolution to come."
So putting aside, for now, "the revolution to come," note that these
prominent socialist leaders, who years later would have a myriad of
ties to Obama, were primarily preaching that socialists should move
into working class neighborhoods (like when Obama moved to Hyde Park
in Chicago) and become community organizers over issues of local
interest (like the school reform project Obama took on), using
patience to slowly guide people into more socialist ways of thinking.
Kurtz shows, time and time again, how this strategy, unlike waving
around Viet Cong flags, has actually been successful in capturing the
loyalties of large sectors of the population. But it isn't enough to
just come into a community and claim you want to reform schools…
Next: you also have to lie… 8. The socialists are deceitful
Modern socialists are some of the best liars in the world. They lie
about their true motives:
"The interesting point here is the tension between what
socialist-leaning organizations really wanted (anti-corporate
campaigns) and what they sometimes had to agree to in response to
their membership's interests (fighting the mayor's plan to construct
an expressway). While the Weathermen were in hiding, hatching their
absurdly unrealistic terror plans, the Booths and their fellow
radicals were learning how to lead in the real world. In exchange for
patient willingness to pursue popular projects of less-than-ultimate
interest to themselves, socialist organizers could occasionally
harness the power of the 'masses' to actions with genuinely radical
potential like an attack on the banking system."
They also lie about specifics when it suits their purposes. For
instance, Obama lied about his affiliation with ACORN (the granddaddy
of community organizing groups). There is substantial evidence for
this claim by Kurtz, including a video of Obama when he was
attempting to obtain ACORN's endorsement. In the video, the future
president is heard saying, "I've been always a partner with ACORN…
I've been fighting with ACORN, alongside ACORN, on the issues you are
about my entire career." Kurtz goes on to note:
"The contrast between Obama's proud but private affirmation of his
longtime relationship with ACORN and his denial of that relationship
during the campaign is striking… a combination of lawyerly evasion
and outright falsehood."
Obama had to deny his deep involvement in ACORN because if we'd known
the truth it would have killed his campaign (more about ACORN in #5).
After proving that Obama lied about this issue, his involvement with
Ayers, his history with Jeremiah Wright, and a number of other
topics, Kurtz concludes: "At this point, President Obama's
credibility on the matter of his radical political past is virtually
nil." In other words he's a liar.
Next: socialists master specific methods of obscuring truth… 7. The
socialists love code words and phrases
See if you recognize any of your favorites, in this excerpt in which
Kurtz discusses the "stealth organizing" tactics of socialist Saul
Alinsky, who he says was smart enough to avoid Marxist language in public:
"Instead of calling for the overthrow of the bourgeoisie, Alinsky
and his followers talk about 'confronting power.' Instead of
advocating socialist revolution, they demand 'radical social change.'
Instead of demanding attacks on capitalists, they go after 'targets'
or 'enemies.' …In Dreams from My Father… Obama suggests that the only
real solution for black is 'changing the rules of power.' That phrase
is classic Alinskyite code for the sort of broad-scale social changes
that lead to socialism."
They've come a long way in their rhetoric from "let's kill the pigs"
to "changing the rules of power," no? Another code phrase we still
hear a lot in relation to our president is "pragmatic
problem-solver." This is the phrase the socialists want us to use as
an Obama label, rather than the clearer and truer "socialist." But
Kurtz points out this is really part of the Alinskyite "good cop/bad
cop" strategy. About ten years ago, a group called United Power,
funded by Obama-led foundations, pushed through a major expansion of
health insurance in Illinois in the midst of the worst state budget
crisis in two generations. Kurtz finishes the story:
"United Power's policy experts consciously worked to remain on
friendly terms with legislators on all points of the political
spectrum, yet worked behind the scenes to encourage the hardball
Alinskyite confrontation tactics of their grassroots allies. (This)
account teaches us an important lesson about Obama. The president is
not a moderate. He is instead a classic Alinskyite 'good cop.'
Obama's role is to provide a veneer of moderation to what is in fact
a radical enterprise, all the while encouraging his tactically
ruthless Alinskyite supporters."
Next: what exactly those tactically ruthless Alinskyite supporters
are doing… 6. The socialists play hardball
Socialist Heather Booth (referred to in #9 above) wrote a very
revealing little pamphlet called "Socialist Feminism" (is there any
other kind?). Kurtz maintains that this work illustrates why
Alinskyite socialists embrace hardball organizing tactics, as Booth
discussed community organizing related to the abortion issue. Let me
quote at some length, as it is most instructive:
"Instead of simply working to expand legal protections for abortion,
Booth tells feminists to figure out which corporate executives serve
on the boards of churches that oppose abortion. That way, organizers
can launch 'direct action' campaigns against these executives,
presumably, laying siege to their homes and boycotting their
businesses. When your ultimate goal is the overthrow of the
capitalist ruling class, initimidating businessmen is not a problem.
On the contrary, it moves the battle beyond conventional legal reform
and toward radical consciousness which is Booth's explicit goal.
Most Americans are put off by Alinskyite tactics, implicitly feeling
them to be violations of the underlying rules of fairness and
civility on which society depends. Yet if in your heart you stand
outside of society and hope to see the current system swept away,
breaking the rules actually helps to get you where you're going. In
other words, Alinksy's tactics are more than a means to an end. His
tactical radicalism points to an underlying socialist ideology."
In other words why would anyone have to resort to stealthy,
deceitful, code-word laced activity, if one wasn't trying to hide
something? Community organizers across the country have been
increasingly employing these and similar tactics in an effort to
begin to reshape society. What's more, these community organizers
care not one whit about demanding expensive programs that government
can ill afford to provide. They don't care if the state or country
goes bankrupt it's a quicker road to the revolution if the current
structure is shredded, after all. Another key Alinskyite strategy is
making outrageous demands like, for instance, demanding that banks
undertake subprime lending practices in the name of racial fairness.
Now, we all know that ACORN eventually was successful in obtaining
that demand (more about that in #5), but at the time it was pretty
outrageous. And to ACORN, it was a win-win proposition. If the banks
cave, they won. If the banks resisted, community organizers in a
group like ACORN stoke the anger among their members, and the
supposed injustice from the banks was a useful recruiting tool.
Next: all about ACORN… 5. The socialists instigated the country's
As already pointed out, ACORN, a bunch of community organizers
extraordinaire who love nothing more than Obama, is the group that
really began pushing en masse for subprime lending, cloaking it all
as fairness to minority mortgage applicants. Along the way they
embraced some unique tactics. Good old-fashioned squatting made a
comeback under ACORN, when the subprime lending push was just
beginning. Kurtz says ACORN protesters:
"…would break into abandoned homes, seize them for designated ACORN
members, and begin to make repairs. A picture in the April 8, 1989
Chicago Tribune, for example, shows a group of ACORN protesters with
bullhorn and crowbar prominently displayed."
Kurtz goes on to detail how, sometimes, banks under pressure would
actually agree to hand properties over to ACORN. This tactic
undoubtedly lured in many new ACORN recruits with hopes of being
selected as a new "owner." This tactic was a beautiful mini-picture
of what ACORN wants to see on a massive scale goods appropriated
from businesses or the state, and doled out to "the poor." In any
event, some say that ACORN's involvement in the subprime mortgage
crisis that precipitated America's financial meltdown was minor. They
say ACORN directly influenced only about a quarter of this type of
bad loan. But as Kurtz points out, ACORN served as a "critical
catalyst," lobbying to spread subprime lending across the country.
And the organization was shameless and ruthless long before it was
exposed by student filmmakers last year:
" 'You've got only a couple thousand bucks in the bank. Your job
pays you dog-food wages. Your credit history has been bent, stapled,
and mutilated. You declared bankruptcy in 1989. Don't despair: You
can still buy a house.' So began an April 1995 article in the Chicago
Sun-Times that went on to direct prospective home buyers fitting this
profile to ACORN's loan counseling program. Considered in the wake of
the subprime mortgage crisis of 2008, encouraging customers like this
to buy homes seems little short of madness. At the time, however,
those who supported ACORN's lending programs saw it as both an
embodiment of economic justice and a force for civil rights."
Minority mortgage applicants, in particular, were manipulated by
ACORN into pursuing these bad loans. But that's not the only way
socialist community organizers manipulate minorities.
Next: polarizing the races as an organizing tactic…
4. The socialists have mastered race-baiting
For all their talk of unity, socialist community organizing groups
like ACORN often end up polarizing groups instead. But nowhere is the
polarization more profoundly evident these days than in the racial
arena. So-called Black Liberation Theology, with its radical
socialist agenda, is a natural outgrowth of the kind of thinking
mentioned in #10, above. "Hating Whitey" played a role in the Black
Panthers of the sixties, and plays a role in the Jeremiah Wrights of
today. As Kurtz notes, Bill Ayers has been saying the same sort of
thing as Jeremiah Wright, "but with a good deal more rhetorical subtlety."
"Wright's famous 'God damn America' remark followed an oration
blaming black poverty and imprisonment on the government and
implicitly on America's entire political and economic system."
No new ground being covered there, if you're a socialist Wright is
just covering it more "colorfully" (excuse the pun). The irony is
that Wright and Obama both insisted that Wright was being quoted out
of context, but when one digs into the teachings of James Cone, who
created the Black Liberation Theology that Wright espouses, "it's
evident that the only thing worse than quoting Jeremiah Wright out of
context is quoting him in context" as Kurtz puts it. Cone refers to
whites as "the oppressor." What's more, there's a reason all that
anger is being directed toward whites it's to aid in the
revolution. Indeed, Cone says the goal of black intellectuals should
be to "aid in the destruction of America as he knows it." Whites must
pay for their guilt the story of American oppression must be told
so powerfully that white men will "tremble, curse, and go mad,
because they will be drenched with the filth of their evil." Indeed,
white society is the "racist Antichrist" and the white man "the
devil." Some of the adherents to Black Liberation Theology, like Iva
Carruthers, one of Wright's theological colleagues, even claim that
the lack of the chemical melanin in white skin accounts for the
superiority of black culture. Well there you go! Fifty Cent is
superior to Beethoven, due to Beethoven's melanic deficiency. That
Anyway. Far from being unaware of Wright-style black church
politicization, as Obama claimed during the election, Kurtz did a
little digging and found clear evidence that not only was Obama fully
aware of Wright's views, but he likely shared them. Consider this
discussion of an article written in the Chicago Reader when Obama
first ran for office:
"Obama, we're told, is sharply critical of churches that try to help
their communities merely through food pantries and community service
programs. Obama rejects the strictly community-service approach of
apolitical churches as part of America's unfortunate 'bias' toward
'individual action.' Obama believes that what he derogates as 'John
Wayne' thinking and the old 'right wing… individualistic bootstrap
myth' needs to be replaced: 'We must unite in collective action,
build collective institutions and organizations.'"
You get all that? The "bootstrap myth"? The collective this, that and
the other thing? If it walks like a collectivist and talks like a
collectivist… can we finally all admit that our Prez is indeed a collectivist?
But back to the racial issue despite his protests to the contrary,
Obama didn't just stumble into Wright's church looking for Jesus.
Obama was a big fan of exactly the type of political movement that
Wright was preaching indeed he was looking for fiery black
preachers who would push their congregations away from that old pesky
"bootstrap" stuff and toward agitating for wholesale government
change. There's a reason Obama copped a book title from one of
Wright's sermons. Duh.
Next: how could the media have missed all this?
3. The (mainstream) media loves the socialists… or the (mainstream)
media is stupid
Or maybe a little of both. On all these issues Obama's connections
to Wright, his ties to Ayers, even a true picture of his political
viewpoint it's almost as if the media had covered their collective
ears and yelled "LA LA LA we can't hear you" to the chorus of
conservative questions that desperately needed answers. A few choice
Kurtz comments related to this media malfeasance:
"To this day, few Americans know anything about the controversy over
Obama's ties to the (socialist) New Party. Along with other critics,
I wrote about Obama's New Party connection during the 2008 campaign,
yet the mainstream press avoided the issue. This is another reason
why popular perceptions of the Obama's politics continue to differ so
greatly. American conservatives who read online sources tend to know
things about Obama's radical political past that the broader public
has never heard."
"So in channeling foundation money to the projects of Ayers and his
radical allies, Obama was offering crucial support to Chicago's
thriving contingent of socialist organizers and educators. That would
be a story even if Ayers had never planted a single bomb forty years
ago. This isn't a question of guilt by association, in other words,
but of guilt by participation."
"…it should nonetheless have been obvious in 2008 that Obama was far
from the post-racial, post-ideological, post-partisan politician
presented to the country by the mainstream press and the Obama
campaign alike. Obama's public record in the Illinois state
legislature reveals him to be a profoundly race-conscious,
exceedingly liberal, free-spending even in the face of looming state
budget deficits, and partisan. Seen in the light of his state
legislative career, moreover, the president's associations with
radical figures like Bill Ayers, Bernardine Dohrn, Jeremiah Wright,
Father Michael Pfleger, and Reverend James Meeks clearly emerge as
intentional political partnerships, rather than peculiar instances of
personal misjudgment. The socialism question aside, the press averted
its eyes in 2008 from even the most obvious contradictions in Obama's
carefully tended personal myth."
Next: why this lack of media oversight has put us on dangerous ground indeed…
2. The socialists' agenda is, ultimately, still absolutely chilling
As Kurtz points out repeatedly, the socialists may have gone
undercover they may be patiently biding their time, slowly
infiltrating education, entertainment, and (of course) the media
but there's plenty of evidence that they haven't forgotten their
original mission to radically transform America into a collectivist,
socialist state. Kurtz sums this up neatly himself:
"These sixties veterans may have postponed their short-term
revolutionary plans, but they never abandoned their core socialist beliefs."
Indeed. In 1974, socialist John Judis (ties to Obama=yes) wrote that
"openly socialist electoral victories" (and we're still not there
yet) "would be but a prelude to a broader social revolution and
probable 'armed struggle.'" Hmmm. A year later, socialist Heather
Booth (ties to Obama=yes) wrote that socialist women need:
"collective actions… where they see the enemy cringe in front of
their eyes… truly reaching socialism or feminism will likely take a
revolution that is in fact violent, a rupture with the old ways in
which the current ruling class and elites are wiped out."
As Kurtz says, Booth's easy contemplation of the wiping out of the
ruling class is just a tad disturbing, is it not?
Bill Ayers also wistfully spoke of annihilating the ruling class,
ironically during "a glittering party thrown by a Chicago foundation
in honor of his book on juvenile crime. With so many wealthy and
powerful civic leaders in attendance, Ayers joked about the event
privately with friends, calling it the "Ruling Class Party" and
explaining to a young follower how someday the revolution would sweep
away all those folks. Nor have Ayers and wife Dorhn ruled out
terrorism in the future last year in her work Race Course Against
White Supremacy (you'll want to ask Santa for that one!), she opined
that violence is not so much the fault of criminals as of our racist society.
"Welfare reform laws and low-wage work themselves forms of 'state
violence' are the real crimes, says Dorhn. The implications of
Dorhn's writings are clear. Since Americans suffer from pervasive and
structural 'state violence,' mass violence against the state would be
entirely justified. While Ayers and Dohrn had abandoned their terror
tactics, you can see why they've refused to either apologize or rule
out future terrorism. They still believe revolution is justified."
And finally, consider this choice Ayers morsel and bear in mind it
was published in 2001, while Obama and Ayers were serving together on
a Leftist foundation board:
"Everything was absolutely ideal on the day I bombed the Pentagon.
The sky was blue. Birds were singing. And the bastards were finally
going to get what was coming to them… I can't quite imagine putting a
bomb in a building today all of that seems so distinctly a part of
then. But I can't imagine entirely dismissing the possibility, either."
Next: why you have to read the book…
1. Our president is a (stealth) socialist
I can't reproduce all the evidence here, although I've alluded to it
plenty. All of these sickening, shocking, disturbing, outrageous
quotes they were made by people whose ties and connections to our
current president run deep and strong. There really is no evidence to
support Obama's oft-stated contention that he's just a
"problem-solver" his solutions always come from the same mindset,
and that mindset is socialist. Read the book.
Diane Schrader read the book.