Skip to comments.BARACK OBAMA HID HIS FATHER'S SOCIALIST AND ANTI-WESTERN CONVICTIONS FROM HIS READERS
Posted on 04/07/2008 2:14:40 PM PDT by Mount Athos
There's a big mystery at the heart of Barack Obama's Dreams For My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance. What was Barack Obama doing seeking out Marxist professors in college? Why did Obama choose a Communist Party USA member as his socio- political counselor in high school? Why was he spending his time studying neocolonialism and the writings of Frantz Fanon, the pro-violence author of "the Communist Manifesto of neocolonialsm", in college? Why did he take time out from his studies at Columbia to attend socialist conferences at Cooper Union?
And there is more mystery in the book. Why does Obama consider working in a consulting house for international business like being "a spy behind enemy lines?" Why does he repeatedly find it so hard to explain his political views to others? Why was he driven to become a left-aligned political organizer? It's a question Obama again and again can't seem to answer to the satisfaction of the interlocutors in his own memoir.
If there is a mystery at the heart of Barack Obama's Dreams For My Father, one thing is not left a mystery, the fact that Barack Obama organized his life on the ideals given to him by his Kenyan father. Obama tells us, "All of my life, I carried a single image of my father, one that I .. tried to take as my own." (p. 220) And what was that image? It was "the father of my dreams, the man in my mother's stories, full of high-blown ideals .." (p. 278) What is more, Obama tells us that, "It was into my father's image .. that I'd packed all the attributes I sought in myself." And also that, "I did feel that there was something to prove .. to my father" in his efforts at political organizing. (p. 230)
So we know that his father's ideals were a driving force in his life, but the one thing that Obama does not give us are the contents of those ideals. The closest he comes is when he tells us that his father lost his position in the government when he came into conflict with Jomo Kenyatte, the President of Kenya sometime in the mid 1960s; when he tells us that his father was imprisoned for his political views by the government just prior to the end of colonial rule; and when he tells us that the attributes of W. E. B. DuBois, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, and Nelson Mandela were the ones he associated with his father and also the ones that he sought to instill in himself. (p. 220) This last group is a hodge podge, perhaps concealing as much as it reveals, in that it contains a socialist black nationalist, a Muslim black nationalist, a civil rights leader, and (at the time indicated in the memoir) an imprisoned armed revolutionary.
A bit of research at the library reveals the answers about Barack Obama's father and his father's convictions which Obama withholds from his readers. A first hint comes from authors E. S. Atieno Odhiambo and David William Cohen in their book The Risks of Knowledge (Ohio U. Press, 2004). On page 182 of their book they describe how Barack Obama's father, a Harvard trained economist, attacked the economic proposals of pro-Western 'third way" leader Tom Mboya from the socialist left, siding with communist-allied leader Oginga Odinga, in a paper Barack Obama's father worte for the East Africa Journal. As Odhiambo and Cohen write, "The debates [over economic policy] pitted .. Mboya against .. Oginga Odinga and radical economists Dharam Ghai and Barrack Obama, who critiqued the document for being neither African nor socialist enough."
I have a copy of Barack Obama's paper here in my hand, obtained from the stacks at UCLA (see the picture above). The paper is as describe by Odhiambo and Cohen, a cutting attack from the left on Tom Mboya's historically important policy paper "African Socialism and Its Applicability to Planning in Kenya." The author is given as "Barak H. Obama" and his paper is titled "Problems Facing Our Socialism", published July, 1965 in the East African Journal, pp. 26-33.
Obama stakes out the following positions in his attacks on the white paper produced by Mboya's Ministry of Economic Planning and Development:
1. Obama advocated the communal ownership of land and the forced confiscation of privately controlled land, as part of a forced "development plan", an important element of his attack on the government's advocacy of private ownership, land titles, and property registration. (p. 29)
2. Obama advocated the nationalization of "European" and "Asian" owned enterprises, including hotels, with the control of these operations handed over to the "indigenous" black population. (pp. 32 -33)
3. Obama advocated dramatically increasing taxation on "the rich" even up to the 100% level, arguing that, "there is no limit to taxation if the benefits derived from public services by society measure up to the cost in taxation which they have to pay" (p. 30) and that, "Theoretically, there is nothing that can stop the government from taxing 100% of income so long as the people get benefits from the government commensurate with their income which is taxed." (p. 31)
4. Obama contrasts the ill-defined and weak-tea notion of "African Socialism" negatively with the well-defined ideology of "scientific socialism", i.e. communism. Obama views "African Socialism" pioneers like Nkrumah, Nyerere, and Toure as having diverted only "a little" from the capitalist system. (p. 26)
5. Obama advocates an "active" rather than a "passive" program to achieve a classless society through the removal of economic disparities between black Africans and Asian and Europeans. (p. 28) "While we welcome the idea of a prevention [of class problems], we should try to cure what has slipped in .. we .. need to eliminate power structures that have been built through excessive accumulation so that not only a few individuals shall control a vast magnitude of resources as is the case now .. so long as we maintain free enterprise one cannot deny that some will accumulate more than others .. " (pp. 29-30)
6. Obama advocates price controls on hotels and the tourist industry, so that the middle class and not only the rich can afford to come to Kenya as tourists. (p. 33)
7. Obama advocates government owned and operated "model farms" as a means of teaching modern farming techniques to farmers. (p. 33)
8. Obama strongly supports the governments assertion of a "non-aligned" status in the contest between Western nations and communist nations aligned with the Soviet Union and China. (p. 26)
So what does all this tell us about Barack Obama, the father, and how does it help us fill in the gaps and decipher Barack Obama's Dreams For My Father? We know from Obama's memoir that his father is an "uncompromising" man whose ideals and principles gets him in trouble with the "big man" who ran Kenya, Jomo Kenyatta, leading to a dramatic scene in which Kenyatta personally confronts Obama the father and in one fell swoop destroys not only his government career but ultimately his life. Working with Obama's book alone it is hard to know what is going on. We get only an inkling when Obama quotes his "Granny" (one of Obama the elder's wives) as saying the following, "I would tell him he was too stubborn in his dealings with the government. He would talk to me of his principle .. " (p. 424)
Now if we fill in the missing information we have now learned about Barack Obama the elder -- that he held uncompromising socialist and anti-Western views in line with Kenyatta's principle political rival Oginga Odinga -- we can understand why he had conflicts of "principle" with Kenyatta and government. And the timeline begins to make sense. TIME magazine reports the open conflict between the anti-communist, pro-Western Kenyatta and the communist-allied, anti-Western Odinga in a story from June, 1965, a story in which Odinga declares "communism is like food to me." By 1966 Odinga was out of the government. In Obama's Dream For My Father these political events and their consequences for Barack Obama the elder are described in the voice of his sister Auma: [...]
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If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck, it’s usually a duck.
Mini Summary from LGF:
PrestoPundit has found a 1965 paper written by Obamas father, in which he advocates:
communal farms / the elimination of private farming
the nationalization of businesses owned by Europeans and Asians.
active measures to bring about a classless society
I can anticipate what Obama and his media sycophants are going to say about all this if it gets brought up in the General Election.
They’ll say, “he was young. He’s changed.”
Yeah? Really? And the proof of that is that he didn’t call for the violent overthrow of the US government from the floor of the US Senate?
Because, in fact, he is the farthest left Senator in America.
So where’s the change? The fact that he’s not wearing a suicide bomb belt?
Everything about Obama tells us he is an extreme liberal with an extreme socialist background and political record. I don't know why we're supposed to accept him as president and pretend he is a main stream individual. There is very little about him that is not leftist.
True that. And I'll add another cliché: the acorn never falls far from the tree.
What if it’s “goose-stepping”?.....;]
You know, in calling the “Rev.” Wright his “Uncle” (actually I thought the term was demeaning to blacks), then he’s essentially saying that the Rev is his father’s brother. Which this article seems to back that up. All the pieces are fitting rather neatly together. I think one tipoff was always his career as a “community organizer”. That’s just another way of saying “paid communist provacateur”.
Prudent and Patriotic Americans will never accept Obuma for we know what he really represents Communism, Marxism and Anti-White America.
Obuma is a little smooth talking race hustler, who feels he can hoodwink most Americans, then turn America into a Mugabe style (Zimbawe)
The fruit never falls far from the posionous tree.
Just The Facts,
Exactly. Every bit of information that comes out points in exactly the same direction: Marxist, America hater.
What strikes me is that many of the Africans and some American blacks want Western prosperity while maintaing their native and ghetto cultures of low ambition. That will never work, so the solution is to force the ambitious to pay for the slothful. If Obama hated the U.S. so much, why did he go to Harvard?
Obama’a mama wern’t no yankeedoodle dandy neither.
If Obama were running on a Socialist or Communist ticket, people would stay away in droves. But hide Marxist ideology under the Democrat banner and the lemmings amass. I know a couple of lifelong Republicans who are now registered as Democrats. When I tried to help them see he is a Marxist, they said he is not, he is a Democrat. These are college educated, mature people.
Because the man is communist, perhaps a Communist. They have not all disappeared and they are not all formally gone to Green.
If republicans don’t go on full attack against Obama and every one of his anti-American connections, they will lose and they will deserve to lose.
“I can anticipate what Obama and his media sycophants are going to say about all this if it gets brought up in the General Election. Theyll say, he was young. Hes changed.”
Probably not. More like a variation on what Obama said about Wright. Something like, ‘well, you don’t always agree with everything your Pastor says’.
Informative info. Thanks for posting.
Who cares what Obamas Father was? He left him when he was 2 years old!!! Jesus Christs Father was a Jew, but Christ formed a different Church, and a different religion. Karl Marx did not come from a communistic family, he came up with those ideas on his own. Hillary Clintons Father was a Republican. Ronald Reagan was formerly a Democrat, and he turned into a Republican President. Mitt Rommney’s Father was a Liberal Democrat in the FDR mold, and Mitt Rommney, an arch conservative, regularly and rightly honors his Father, even though he does not agree with his politics.
This idea of trying to attack someone through their birth, their race, their family, or their Pastor (or, in the case of Ronald Reagan, judging by his past political affiliation) is idiotic at best, and disingenuous at worst. Listen to what the candidates are saying. Listen to the speeches they made before the Iraq War. Look at their voting records. If you have something good or bad to say about any of the candidates concerning THEIR OWN voting records or something they advocate in their speeches or the political positions on their websites, then say it. Otherwise, quit slicing the baloney!
Even if my father had been a Ku Klux Klansman (he wasnt) I would still owe much to my fatherour parents bring us into existence and provide us with the raw materials and DNA to build a unique persona person who develops their own ideas, their own life, and their own politics.
Your arguments are specious and completely disingeuous. No rational intelligent person would buy the baloney youre trying to sell. But this reminds me of the old (true) political story from Adlai Stevensons campaign for President many years before you were born (or of age). An admiring supporter gushed to Stevenson: Why Sir, you have the vote of every thinking person in America! To which Stevenson wryly replied Madam, thats not enough I need a majority. Not everyone in the majority is a “thinking person”
The point is that it doesnt matter whether your Father (or Mother) was a thief or a murderer, a communist or a coward, a rogue or a notorious sinner. The tradition of both Christianity and of America is that children do not inherit the sins of their parents. The meaning of Gods gift of free will and our constitutions guarantee of individual liberty and freedom of thought and political expression is that we arent judged by the sins or errors of our parents. Everyone gets a chance to rise and fall on their own merits. The twisted argument you are making is the same one they tried to make about the blind man in the New Testament. Was it because of his parents sin that he was born blind they asked? Christ set them straightwe are NOT punished for the sins of our parents, and we are not to judge others by what their parents may have done in the past. Every human person is a free and unique individual that should be judged on their own individual merits. If what I am saying was not true, then we would all be hopelessly dragged down by the weight of the many sins and mistakes of our ancestorsnobody could progress forward. And just because Obama honors his Father does NOT mean that he agrees with him on his political views or anything else for that matter. Theres a really great set of rules that I would recommend to you called The Ten Commandments. Its found in both the Christian Bible and the Jewish Torah, and it is the primary basis for our judeo-christian ethics and laws. One of those commandments is Honor Thy Father and Mother. Note carefully that the Commandment does NOT say to honor your Father and Mother because they are good, or honor them when you agree with their politicsit simply says to honor them. As Children, we honor our parents for being our parents (just as we honor God for being our God). And if Obama chooses to honor his Father, whether in a book or otherwise, then he is simply following that particular Commandment as he understands it. Your parents views=childrens views argument flys in the face of that reality.
‘....they will deserve to lose.’
The problem is AMERICA will lose and many of us who love America with every fiber of our being will lose. not to sound dramatic, but, imho, perhaps as it was during the formation of our great country, it’s up to “we the people” to educate, with facts, those who easily swallow the drivel Obama tries to feed them.
You’re missing the point. Its not what Obama’s father was. Its that Obama junior, according to his own words in his own book (as quoted above), wished to model himself after him. Not only that, but he was well enough aware of how extreme and unacceptable his father’s views were that he glossed over them completely. This is not someone who “honors” his father, as every child should. Its someone who wants to pick up where he left off.
Actually, George Romney was a moderate Republican. Mitt's politics were not all that different that George's either while governor of Massachusetts.
That aside, Obama's politics are so extreme going back to his days with the Joyce Foundation, that there is no need to bring his dad into this. He makes Michael Dukakis look almost moderate.
Since Apr 7, 2008
God is Jewish?
You win the full-of-himself and self-righteous awards today.
“recovering Republican” = “lifelong Democrat”
communal farms / the elimination of private farming
the nationalization of businesses owned by Europeans and Asians.
active measures to bring about a classless society
Sounds like Obama found a church that adhered to his father's ideals.
Nobody could say it wasn't African or Socialist in its outlook.
I don't see it.
I wouldn't expect a condemnation of their father from the politician, if they never really brought up their father as being a pillar of their own belief systems, but when someone says they advocate a position, it is perfectly reasonable in a Republic to LOOK at the position they are advocating.
Marxist. Like father, like son.
I have a very strong scent of KITTY around here just now!
Hark, what zot through yon window breaks?
Is it the east, and JulieZot the sun?
Moth, come to the flame!
Another 0bama background check BTTT.