I highly recommend this post at Neocon Latina — it’s the best collection of the known Marxist influences in Barack Obama’s life that I’ve seen. From the post:
3. Then there is the issue of Obama’s childhood mentor, Frank Marshall Davis, who was an open member of the Communist Party USA. In his autobiography “Dreams From My Father,” Obama describes Mr. Davis as “a poet” who was full of “hard-earned knowledge.”
4. Next there is Obama’s time as a “community organizer” — a “profession” invented by the Marxist, Saul Alinsky. The Wikipedia entry on Alinsky notes that in his seminal work, “Rules For Radicals,” Alinsky explained that “community organizing” was actually the first step towards Marxist revolution:
Any revolutionary change must be preceded by a passive, affirmative, non-challenging attitude toward change among the mass of our people. They must feel so frustrated, so defeated, so lost, so futureless in the prevailing system that they are willing to let go of the past and change the future. This acceptance is the reformation essential to any revolution. To bring on this reformation requires that the organizer work inside the system . . . .
And make no mistake, Obama was a devotee of the Alinsky method, as was recently confirmed by Alinsky’s son. Obama also contributed a chapter to a book entitled, “After Alinsky: Community Organizing in Illinois.” You can view it here. And Obama also taught workshops on the Alinsky method.
Entrusting the future of the US economy to someone with those roots would be disastrous at this time.
In a fully politically motivated move in July Barack Obama used his trip to Iraq to try extending the negotiations and troop draw downs in Iraq according to Amer Taheri. Full Story at New York Post:
According to Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, Obama made his demand for delay a key theme of his discussions with Iraqi leaders in Baghdad in July.
“He asked why we were not prepared to delay an agreement until after the US elections and the formation of a new administration in Washington,” Zebari said in an interview.
Obama insisted that Congress should be involved in negotiations on the status of US troops – and that it was in the interests of both sides not to have an agreement negotiated by the Bush administration in its “state of weakness and political confusion.”
This demonstrate’s Obama’s willingness to say one thing in public and campaign for something entirely different behind closed doors. In other words he’s a coldly calculating machine politician more interested in Party Power than any other cause. It also shows his clear lack of appreciation for separation of powers. The executive branch becomes Commander in Chief exactly so our troops and wars do not become political footballs. It’s neither in Congress’ purview nor powers to manage theater tactics but that’s exactly what Senator Barack Obama was trying to do here.
Another damning conclusion from the story:
Thus, the 2010 deadline fixed by Obama is a meaningless concept, thrown in as a sop to his anti-war base.
Moonbat Murtha used Kerry’s tactics to try to convict our Marines before they had been tried. He went before the press and made many outrageous statements without basis in fact, and essentially disproven in the seven cases so far since all cases so far clear our fine Marines of the charges. The state of Pennsylvania needs to see Murtha mouthing off again before the election.