There once was a man who wanted to fundamentally* transform the United States.
*"Of or relating to the foundation or base; elementary
Of great significance or entailing major change"
- "Rejected and blasted Winston Churchill;
- Vilified and targeted ;
- Advocated wealth redistribution from (in his words) greedy "corporations" to "" and "public works projects";
- Favored taxpayer funding of universal ;
- Supported government stimulus and trumpeted the public sector over the private sector;
- Constantly bashed Wall Street;
- Dismissed traditional notions of American exceptionalism and framed American not as selflessly serving the post-World War II world but instead as selfishly flaunting its so-called "mountainous ego" and "racist-imperialist-colonialist" ambitions;
- Warned God-and-gun-clinging Americans about huckster preachers and instead sought the political support of the "social justice" Religious Left for various causes and campaigns;
- Perceived the Catholic Church as an obstacle to his vision for the state;
- Confidently declared certain government actions "constitutional" or "unconstitutional";
- Excoriated the "tentacles of big business," , big oil, the "Big Boys," "excess profits," corporate fat cats and their "fat contracts," "millionaires" and "rich men," and the wealthy;
- Attacked "GOP" tax cuts that "spare the rich" and that only "benefit millionaires";
- Singled out the "corporation executive" for not paying his "fair" share;
- Used slogans such as "change" and "forward.' "
If these sound familiar, you are in all probability, in the words of Homer Simpson, "Close but you're way off".
-These were the positions of Frank Marshal Davis, the mentor of Barack Hussein Obama.
Paul Kengor is an historian -- indeed, a brilliant one -- and in The Communist, his objective is to illuminate the life of a man who powerfully influenced a future president. This is a book about Frank, not about Barack, and Kengor's recounting of Frank's professional journey from Kansas to Atlanta to Chicago -- yes, to Chicago -- and then to Hawaii, where Frank spent the rest of his long life, is riveting. It's also sympathetic, for instance as Kengor recounts the prejudice, the indignities, and sometimes the physical dangers faced by a rising black poet in our country back in the 1920s and 1930s.
Of course, it was in Hawaii that Frank and the young Obama met, probably in 1970, when Obama would have been nine years old. No one, including Kengor, can explain how Frank and Stanley Dunham, Obama's grandfather, came to know each other. But they did, and young Barack tagged along on those evenings when the two men would meet at Frank's dilapidated cottage to talk, play poker, and drink. Later, when Obama was old enough to drive but before heading off to college, he made his own visits to Frank."
"Each and every change is a step toward non-being. For this reason, change is to be approached cautiously, prudently -- changes that are slight are preferable to those that are vast, changes that are necessary to those that are not, and changes that are gradual to those that are radical. Changes that are "fundamentally transformative" siphon the life out of a society by severing its present from its past.
......Thus far, though, things are not looking that promising for America on this score, for it is the pursuit of universal abstractions at the cost of neglecting concrete contingencies -- an enterprise that consumes the entire Western world generally and the USA specifically -- that imperiled South Africa in the '90s and America today.
Universal ideals like "democracy," say, sound wonderful, but when attempts are made to implement them without any regard for the cultural complexities of those to whom they are applied -- when timeless abstractions are spoken of as if they were written in human or rational nature rather than the hard-won fruits of a civilization that has been centuries and millennia in the making -- all manner of chaos is going to ensue."
Added 7/29/12 - I had a thought today. I can barely come up with a position of Obama's that is not directly from the list of those attributed to his mentor Davis.
Has Obama thought up any of his ideas/positions himself or could he possibly be that devoid of imagination?