Democrats, Media In Denial Over Obama's Socialist Beliefs
Investors Business Daily
June 7, 2012
Ideology: A lengthy feature by the Associated Press earlier this week asked the rather strange question, "Is Obama A Socialist?" A better question might be: Why doesn't the public know it?
It should come as no surprise that President Obama stands farther left on the political spectrum than any president in history.
After all, his $831 billion stimulus, TARP, auto industry takeover, crackdown on Wall Street and the banks, housing market manipulation, ObamaCare, wealth redistribution, and demonization of American business and profits are only a few examples of Obama's abiding belief in leftist principles.
What's strange is the mainstream media's continued efforts to debunk the idea that Obama is a socialist — recently going so far as to liken him to President Reagan, an absurd idea if ever there was one.
Fact is, Obama's socialist background runs deep — as IBD showed in a 21-part series that ran in 2008.
Ironically, the AP piece questioning Obama's socialism ran about a week after President Obama gave the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, to "civil rights" activist Dolores Huerta. She also happens to be honorary chairwoman of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), the U.S.' main socialist party and an affiliate of Socialist International.
Obama's ties to the DSA go way back. As Accuracy in Media writer Cliff Kincaid noted this week, in 1996 Obama won the endorsement of the Chicago DSA in his run for an Illinois state senate seat.
Around that time Obama eulogized Saul Mendelson, "a longtime socialist activist," as a DSA newsletter put it, and appeared on at least one DSA panel.
As has been documented, virtually all of Obama's early influences were communist or socialist. His mentor was Frank Marshall Davis, a Communist Party member. Obama's father, Barack Obama Sr., was a hard-core Marxist. Ditto his mother, Stanley Anne Dunham.
In Chicago, where Obama came of political age after attending law school, he likewise gravitated toward leftists, like unrepentant terrorist Bill Ayers and his wife Bernadine Dohrn, and the extreme left-wing and America-hating Rev. Jeremiah Wright.
And, of course, the future president was an acolyte of firebrand socialist/community organizer Saul Alinsky.
Not a socialist? Author Stanley Kurtz cites new evidence from Illinois Acorn records that, in his words, "definitively establishes that Obama was a member of the New Party" in the 1990s. For the record, the New Party was a social democratic party — that is, socialist.
Of course, this is an election year, and politicians in trouble often deny the basic facts of their existence.
Yet, as recently as February 2009, Newsweek gloated on its cover, "We're All Socialists Now," a not-so-subtle recognition the just-elected president was one.
As far as we know, there were no angry denials to Newsweek by the triumphant Obama White House.
Today, fearing Obama will lose the upcoming election because of his poor stewardship of the economy, Democrats and their media allies again pooh-pooh the idea that Obama's a socialist — as they did in 2008.
Sorry, but the evidence suggests otherwise.