Saturday, July 28, 2012

Origins of Fundamentally Transforming the US

I guess that one can say that this reads like a fairy tale. Unlike most, though, this one does not have a happy ending.

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"

This man viewed the US not as a nation born of noble intentions, nor was it, according to his view, one that upheld many of the highest ideals of good governance, freedom, and liberty. 

The following is a brief list of some of his positions:
  • "Rejected and blasted Winston Churchill;
  • Vilified and targeted General Motors;
  • Advocated wealth redistribution from (in his words) greedy "corporations" to "health insurance" and "public works projects";
  • Favored taxpayer funding of universal health care;
  • 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," bankers, 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.

The quoted positions and the following quote are taken from the article linked above.

"Does this near-perfect overlay between the political views of our president and those of his mentor -- a card-carrying Communist whom, decades later, a rising Chicago politician would oh-so-carefully identify in Dreams from My Father only as "Frank" -- strike you as merely a coincidence? No? I didn't think so. To borrow an old Kremlin adage that Frank himself would have heard, and probably used himself, a thousand times: Comrades, there are no coincidences.

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."

The article is about Paul Kengor's book, The Communist. I have not read the book, but if the information in the article on Kengor's book is correct, the dysfunctional and anger-filled mindset of Obama can be understood to have a paper trail of sorts. So many utterances of the man are lock step in line with those attributed to Davis that one cannot but believe that motivations that drive Obama's agendas have their origins in the mind of a 1950's member of the American Communist Party.

-From the American Thinker article:

"Frank Marshall Davis was a pro-Soviet, pro-Red China, card-carrying member of Communist Party USA (CPUSA). His Communist Party card number was 47544. He did endless Soviet propaganda work in his newspaper columns, at every juncture agitating and opposing U.S. attempts to slow down Stalin and Mao in the late 1940s and early 1950s. He favored Red Army takeovers of Poland, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, and Central and Eastern Europe as a whole. In China, he urged America to dump the "fascist" Chiang in support of Mao's Red forces. He wanted communist takeovers in Korea and Vietnam. He was adamantly, angrily anti-NATO, anti-Marshall Plan, anti-Truman Doctrine. He argued that U.S. officials under President Harry Truman -- whom he portrayed as a fascist, racist, and imperialist -- and under secretaries of state George Marshall and Dean Acheson were handing West Germany back to the Nazis, while Stalin was pursuing "democracy" in East Germany and throughout the Communist Bloc. He portrayed America's leaders as "aching for an excuse to launch a nuclear nightmare of mass murder and extermination" against the Chinese and the Soviets -- and eager to end all civilization."

The mentor of the current President of the US had more problems with Truman than with mega-mass murderers such as Stalin and Mao. Everything about the US was bad, and everything about the Communist world was either good, or unfortunately necessary to start the world over again.

We were told that the man was a moderate. The media has ignored and consequently kept under lock and key everything about his past. The Chief Executive of the United States desires to implement his own version of Year Zero, the beginning of a new era in which everything that got us here is removed not only in practice, but from all discussion. 

-From the above linked article:

"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.
So, my question is:
Has Obama thought up any of his ideas/positions himself or could he possibly be that devoid of imagination?

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