This is the most famous line from Sir Walter Scott’s Marmion, A Tale of Flodden Field, but it causes one to wonder… is it possible that Sir Walter knew Barack Obama?
On November 4, 2008, the American people went to the polls and elected a leader about whom they knew very little. They knew he was black; they could see that much. They knew he was skilled at reading the words of others from a teleprompter, and they knew that he offered “hope” and “change”… although he never really got around to describing exactly what change we should be hoping for or how he expected to change what he hoped we were hoping for.
In fact, he will likely be most remembered for having said, “My friends, we live in the greatest nation in the history of the world. I hope you'll join with me as we try to change it.”
So exactly who and what is this man? Where did he come from, what does he believe, and where does he expect to take us? A recent interview with Trevor Loudon of New Zealand Research Associates, a world-renowned researcher of international Marxism, gives us some clues into Obama’s true identity. In an interview with John Charlton of The Post & Email, Loudon takes us on a circuitous trip through Obama’s communists and Marxist associations. Allow me to simplify the record just a bit.
First, it is important to understand that, after Obama was deserted by his Kenyan father in 1963, when he was two years old, the only father-figures in his life were his white grandfather, Stanley A. Dunham, and his grandfather’s black communist friend, Frank Marshall Davis. After Obama decided to enter Occidental College in Los Angeles, one of his last stops before leaving Hawaii was with Davis, his boyhood mentor.
In his memoir, Dreams from My Father, Obama tells us how Davis spoke of the “real price of admission.”
When Obama didn’t understand, Davis explained that the real price of admission for a young black man was “leaving your race at the door, leaving your people behind.” He said, “Understand something, boy.
You’re not going to college to get educated. You’re going there to get trained… They’ll train you so good you’ll start believing what they tell you about equal opportunity and the American way and all that (expletive deleted). They’ll give you a corner office and invite you to fancy dinners, and tell you you’re a credit to your race. Until you want to actually start running things, and then they’ll yank on your chain and let you know that you may be a well-trained, well-paid n_ _ _ _ _, but you’re a n_ _ _ _ _ just the same.”
Obama left Hawaii and moved to Los Angeles. He was obsessed with race and the color of his own skin. In Dreams from My Father, he writes about his time at Occidental College, saying, “To avoid being mistaken for a sellout, I chose my friends carefully. The more politically active black students. The foreign students. The Chicanos. The Marxist professors and structural feminists and punk-rock performance poets.” These were his friends… not too different from the makeup of his cabinet or the current stable of White House “czars.”
He spent two years at Occidental before taking advantage of a cooperative transfer program between Occidental and Columbia University in New York. At that stage of his life Obama appeared to be a very angry young man. He writes that his political discussions, “the kind that at Occidental had once seemed so intense and purposeful, came to take on the flavor of the socialist conferences (he) sometimes attended at Cooper Union…”
Cooper Union, it should be noted, was the venue for the annual Socialist Scholars Conference which was organized by Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) – the country’s largest socialist/Marxist organization.
One wonders how much of that is true. In writing about his first summer in New York, the summer of 1981, he tells of working at a construction site on the Upper West Side; he tells of a lengthy visit by his mother and his half sister, Maya, and their daily adventures in the city; he tells of exploring the city with his Pakistani roommate, an illegal alien named Sadik, and how the large and unfriendly city made him feel like a “lab rat” in a maze.
So if any of that is true, how does he explain his inadvertent admission in a San Francisco speech in April 2008 that he spent a good portion of the summer of 1981 visiting his mother and his half sister in Indonesia, before spending three weeks in Pakistan? What he has admitted, without intending to do so, is that his memoir is a lie. And why is it that literally no one who was at Columbia during those years, and who shared the same course of study, remembers ever seeing him or meeting him? It’s almost as if Obama never attended Columbia. And if he didn’t, where was he and what was he doing during that crucial two-year period from 1981-83?
Obama tells us that, as he approached the end of his studies at Columbia, he decided to become a “community organizer,” in the mode of radical leftist Saul Alinsky. He admits to not knowing anyone who made their living that way, but that was apparently of little consequence. The one thing he knew about community organizers was that they “didn’t make any money…” But that was okay with Obama because, as he explained, “… their poverty was proof of their integrity.”
But this is where Obama’s personal history becomes even more mysterious. As a “mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy,” as Joe Biden has described him, Obama could have found a good-paying job in New York. But, armed with a degree from an Ivy League school, he was absolutely “golden.” So why would a young man with all those assets, a young man who grew up in warm and sunny Hawaii, decide to become a “community organizer” in Chicago… the sort of job that would be open to almost anyone?
Ultimately, Obama agreed to become a trainee in a community organizing effort in Chicago at a salary of $10,000 per year, plus car allowance. According to Loudon, Obama claims to have been inspired to relocate to Chicago in 1983 after the election of Mayor Harold Washington, a leftist radical who had been involved in communist front organizations until well into the 1980s. He may also have been influenced, directly or indirectly, by his grandfather and his grandfather’s close friend, Frank Marshall Davis, who had been a prominent Chicago communist before relocating to Hawaii in 1948, some 13 years before Obama was born.
Loudon, who has devoted much of his life to the study of world communism, tells us that the Communist Party USA was founded in Chicago in 1919. So if Obama was looking for a place where he would find a great many like-minded people, Chicago was the place to go.
Upon arriving there, Obama didn’t have to look far to find such people. Prominent among Chicago socialists, communists, and other radical leftists were names such as Vernon Jarrett (father-in-law of senior Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett); Mayor Harold Washington; former Senator Carol Moseley Braun; Weather Underground terrorists William Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn; radical Black Liberation pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright; Nation of Islam anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan; the radical Catholic priest, Rev. Michael Pfleger; political influence peddler, fixer, and Democratic Party insider Tony Rezko; and others. Clearly, Obama was in his element.
Then, upon returning to Chicago after leaving Harvard Law School he became a member of the New Party, a coalition of radical left organizations which included members of ACORN, the Democratic Socialists of America, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), and the Committees of Correspondence… a Marxist-led coalition comprised of Trotskyites, former Maoists, and an element of the Communist Party USA. When Obama ran for a seat in the Illinois State Senate in 1995 he ran with the support of both the Chicago Democratic Party (the Daley machine) and the New Party coalition.
Loudon quotes a prominent Committees of Correspondence leader, Manning Marable, who described Obama in Britain’s Socialist Review of November 2008:
“What makes Obama different is that he has also been a community organizer. He has read left literature, including my works, and he understands what socialism is. A lot of the people working with him are, indeed, socialists with backgrounds in the Communist Party or as independent Marxists. There are a lot of people like that in Chicago who have worked with him for years…”
Loudon reports that both the Chicago Communist Party and members of the Young Communist League campaigned for Obama in his 2004 Senate race, and that both organizations openly campaigned for him in 2008.
A very old proverb tells us that we can tell a man by the company he keeps…. or doesn’t keep. To associate with those whose values and tastes are different from our own does not give us the pleasure and the affirmation that we expect from our friendships. Most of us can tolerate one or two unpleasant and/or obtuse people in our lives, but for the most part we try to limit our friendships and our associations to those who are compatible and who share our values.
To date, we have seen no evidence that Obama has ever associated with anyone who could be classified as a patriotic, mainstream American. Instead, Obama’s life is a tangled web of race-based hostility and leftist political extremism. What more does anyone need to know? It’s time we began the process of picking his life apart, bit by bit, so that every American can know what a complete charlatan he is.