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Time For Obama’s ‘Fiercely Patriotic’ Marxist Mentor Derrick Bell
PJ Media ^ | 3-10-2012 | David Swindle - Commentary

Posted on 03/10/2012 8:03:48 PM PST by smoothsailing

Time For Obama’s ‘Fiercely Patriotic’ Marxist Mentor Derrick Bell

David Swindle

March 10, 2012

At Time yesterday, Sally Kohn defended the antisemitic activist Derrick Bell using two textbook Alinskyite tactics:

Derrick Bell was one of the first legal scholars to talk about race in America. The median net worth of white households in the United States is 20 times that of black households. Black students in our nation’s public schools are three and a half times more likely to be suspended or expelled than their white peers. Black rates of unemployment have been consistently double the rates of white unemployment since 1972 when the government first started tracking such data. Professor Bell argued that such statistics were not the result of inherent inferiority of African Americans but the persistence of “structural racism” — that the legacy of slavery and racial discrimination on which our nation was built has, intentionally or unintentionally, left indelible marks so that the rhetorical “level playing field” has never truly existed. His beliefs were not anti-American, as conservative critics have alleged, but rather fiercely patriotic, wanting to extend the promise of America to all.

First, note how Kohn polarizes the debate into two sides. Through the creation of fake conflicts, community organizers can galvanize moderates and gullible “liberals” to support things they otherwise would not. That’s why the issue of race is exploited like this — just to rally people to fuel their Marxist economic goals. Hence why Obamacare took such high priority in the first term.

Kohn and other Alinskyites know how to set the rules of engagement in their favor. Only two possibilities: these shocking statistics come from blacks’ genetic inferiority or continued white racism. Never mind the third option, that these statistics mean nothing and that there are books filled with cultural studies and economic statistics refuting this pseudo-intellectual sophistry and demonstrating black people as more than capable of succeeding without condescending whites alleviating their guilt through increased government handouts.

Second, observe the attempt to wrap Marxism in a patriotic cloak, and the use of a generality like “the promise of America to all.” Alinskyites do this regularly whenever questions of their political ideology arise. Recall when Media Matters blogger Oliver Willis asked Obama if he considered himself a progressive and the former Alinskyite teacher managed to claim Abraham Lincoln as a progressive:

Questioner: Mr. President, you’re often pressured from both the left and right on one issue or another, and then even within the Democratic Party you get pressured from the more conservative, more progressive side of the party. So I’m curious, you sort of govern as a — sort of as a pragmatist, and I’m wondering if you view yourself as a progressive.

THE PRESIDENT: Well, I mean, the problem with labels is everybody thinks they mean different things. So I would define myself as a strong progressive in the sense that I believe in that essential American Dream that everybody gets a chance to make it if they’re willing to work hard, that government has a role to play in ensuring opportunity by making sure kids get a decent education and can afford to go to college; that workers are able to train and retrain for the jobs of the future; that we’re building strong infrastructure; that we are using our diplomacy alongside our military to protect our national security; that we believe in the Bill of Rights and we actually act on it, even when it’s inconvenient; that we are promoting the equal treatment of citizens under the law.

Those core beliefs that America prospers not just when a few people do well but when everybody has the chance to do well, when we’ve got a growing middle class, where we — people are able to live out their dreams without the barriers of race or gender or sexual orientation, those are things I deeply believe in. In that sense, though, I think Abraham Lincoln was a progressive.

He was a Republican. He was the first Republican President. And that just gives you a sense of how these categories change so much.

It used to be that the values I just described had a home in the Republican Party as well as the Democratic Party. I think it’s only been in recent years that you can’t find that articulation of some of these values in the Republican Party, and that in fact if you champion them that you’re considered some wild-eyed radical. That’s a shift, and not a good shift, in terms of our public debate.

Read Matthew Vadum’s Subversion, Inc.: How Obama’s ACORN Red Shirts are Still Terrorizing and Ripping Off American Taxpayers for more on Alinskyite tactics in action.

Kohn’s reliance on these rhetorical weapons comes as no surprise. Visit her personal site and see how she describes herself in her page’s banner:

“Pragmatic radical” sounds familiar, doesn’t it?

TOPICS: Editorial; News/Current Events; Philosophy; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bell; derrickbell; obama
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To: smoothsailing
If I never hear the words “community organizer” again, I'd be a very happy woman. I met a “community organizer” once and was curious about what she did. I asked and was told she “is a beacon of information for the community”. I asked further and what it boiled down to was she taught people how to qualify for medicaid, disability, welfare, food stamps, etc....for a FEE!
21 posted on 03/11/2012 5:35:04 AM PDT by liberalh8ter (Barack has a memory like a steel trap; it's a gift ~ Michelle Obama)
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To: smoothsailing

Hey you prejudiced Freepers! Give the President a break! Just look at all he’s accomplished in less than four years in office. Can you blockheads not imagine the greatness that will surround our nation like a halo in Obama’s next term? Having the first family, Moochell, Malaria and little Shasha around won’t hurt the White Hut’s image a bit.

AMAZING !!! He really HAS done something...

An impressive list of a pathetic, sociopath, Muslim Communist’s accomplishments!

First President to apply for college aid as a foreign student, receive it, and then deny he was a foreigner later in his life.

First President to have a social security number from a state he has never lived in. (How is that even possible??)

First President to preside over a cut to the credit-rating of the United States

First President to violate the War Powers Act. (Libya,the Sudan, the Congo and Central African Republic.)

First President to be held in contempt of court for illegally obstructing oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.

First President to defy a Federal Judge’s court order to cease implementing the Health Care Reform Law.

First President to require all Americans to purchase a product, many of them don’t need or want, from a third party.

First President to spend over a trillion dollars on ‘shovel-ready’ jobs when there was no such thing as ‘shovel-ready’ jobs.

First President to abrogate bankruptcy law to turn over control of companies to his donors and supporters.

First President to by-pass Congress and implement the Dream Act through executive fiat, instead of getting the illegal immigration problem adressed by all of the government.

First President to order a secret amnesty program that stopped the deportation of illegal immigrants across the U.S. , including those with criminal convictions.

First President to demand a company hand-over $20 billion to one of his political appointees. (BP)

First President to end America’s ability to put a man in space.

First President to have a law signed by an auto-pen without being present, so he could stay on vacation.

First President to arbitrarily declare an existing law he doesn’t agree with, unconstitutional and refuse to enforce it.

First President to threaten insurance companies if they publicly spoke-out on the reasons for their rate increases.

First President to tell a major manufacturing company in which state it is allowed to locate a factory. (Boeing)

First President to file lawsuits against the states he swore an oath to protect (AZ, WI, OH, IN...., immigration lawsuits).

First President to withdraw an existing coal permit that had been properly issued years ago.

First President to fire an inspector general of Ameri-corps for catching one of his friends in a corruption case.

First President to appoint 45 czars to replace elected officials in his office.

First President to golf 73 separate times in his first two and a half years in office, 90+ to date.

First President to hide his past medical, educational and travel records.

First President to win a Nobel Peace Prize for doing NOTHING to earn it.

First President to go on multiple global ‘apology tours’.

First President to go on 17 lavish vacations, including date nights and Wednesday evening White House parties for his friends, paid for by the taxpayer.

First President to have 22 personal servants (taxpayer funded) for his wife.

First President to keep a dog trainer on retainer for $102,000 a year at taxpayer expense, and to have that pet flown on government jet to be with the family on vacation.

First President to repeat “the Holy Qur’an tells us”, and that, “the early morning call of the Azan (Islamic call to worship) is the most beautiful sound on earth”.

First President to take a 17 day vacation.

So, how is this hope and change working out for you?

22 posted on 03/11/2012 6:04:08 AM PDT by IbJensen (We now have a government requiring citizens prove they are insured but not that they are citizens.)
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To: himno hero

“Show me one success.”

During the UN’s sustainability conference in South Africa in 2003, economists polled people in the shantytowns. They asked the residents what they wanted most. Their answers:

1. The rule of law

2. Private property.

Maybe we can trade these Africans for our America-hating “African-Americans.” One-for-one.

I suggest that these South Africans could move into places like Detroit and turn it around real quick, and they wouldn’t take any crap from the leeches. We need a new population in America that will take it to the commies in their inner city strongholds.

23 posted on 03/11/2012 7:21:35 AM PDT by sergeantdave
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To: smoothsailing
“the promise of America to all.”

Well, America is about means, not just ends. What America really promises is equality before the law, not equality of outcomes. Lefties always conflate the two, knowing full well that they're conflating them. That's what disgusts me about the left -- the 24/7 intellectual dishonestly.

24 posted on 03/11/2012 7:45:29 AM PDT by Yardstick
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To: LibsRJerks

Well said: succinct and to the point!

25 posted on 03/11/2012 9:00:05 AM PDT by doberville
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To: sergeantdave

... but the same people deny the whites private property.

26 posted on 03/11/2012 9:10:29 AM PDT by himno hero (Obamas theme...Death to America...The crusaders will pay!)
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To: IbJensen

That’s quite a record of accomplishment.

JFK’s goal was to put an American on the moon by the end of the decade. It happened.
BHO’s goal is to make America a third world hellhole by the end of the decade. He’s on pace.

27 posted on 03/11/2012 10:52:56 AM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: liberalh8ter
I asked further and what it boiled down to was she taught people how to qualify for medicaid, disability, welfare, food stamps, etc....for a FEE!

An outside opportunist who seeks gain at the expense of the locals. Kinda sounds like the carpetbaggers, a generally scummy bunch.

28 posted on 03/11/2012 11:18:45 AM PDT by smoothsailing
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