The famous GOP strategist Karl Rove, who lost $300 million betting on a Mitt Romney victory in 2012, says it appears that President Obama is on an “ideological crusade” against the Republican Party. Congratulations to Rove for recognizing the obvious. But where does Obama’s ideology come from? This is where Karl Rove, most Republicans, and even many in the conservative media fear to tread.
Professor Paul Kengor has the question: Has Obama ever been influenced by Marxist ideology? The answer in the affirmative helps explain why Obama is so determined to crush the political opposition and take complete control over the budget process in Washington, D.C.
Obama claims that the Republicans, who have the power of the purse in the House of Representatives, are the ones pursuing an “ideological crusade.” But Rove, who has a basic understanding of the ideological struggle, comments that Obama “wants to dramatically increase the size of the federal government,” and that his party’s control over matters such as raising the debt ceiling without spending cuts is crucial to that effort. Blaming the government “shutdown” on the Republicans and getting the GOP to back down is what this is all about.
But what explains this determination on Obama’s part and his refusal to compromise? Paul Kengor wrote a recent column on the far-left campaign for New York City mayor being waged by “progressive” Bill de Blasio, whose support for communism in Central America was recently exposed by the liberal New York Times. Kengor noted that the Times ran a follow-up story which said that de Blasio was asked whether he had ever agreed with Marxist ideology and that he replied, “It’s 2013. I’d like to note, I’m not going to stoop to Joe Lhota’s [the Republican mayoral nominee] level here.”
Kengor commented, “All of which leads to a more intriguing question that should be directed not at de Blasio, but at Obama, namely: Has Barack Obama ever agreed with Marxist ideology?”
The professor noted that “conservatives like myself have been pushing this question for a long time, but never with access to Barack Obama. We can’t get this question asked, and thus it has never been answered.”
Kengor wrote a 400-page book on Obama and his mentor, Frank Marshall Davis, a literal card-carrying member of the Communist Party USA. He also interviewed Dr. John Drew, who knew Obama at Occidental College in the early 1980s. Drew was a Marxist at the time, and he says that Obama was as well.
Kengor wonders why journalists never posed to Obama the question that was asked to Bill de Blasio. He adds, “We’re waiting less on Barack Obama than we’re waiting on just one honest mainstream journalist with access to the President. If the inquiry is okay for the potential mayor of New York, then why not for the leader of the free world?”
Of course, de Blasio tried to deflect the question by insisting that things have changed and that it’s somehow dirty campaign tactics today to ask about such matters. Because registered Democrats outnumber Republicans by six to one in New York City, de Blasio seems poised to win that election with the support of what Sol Stern calls the “old Popular Front” of liberals, Marxists, and others.
The city thus faces not only higher taxes and spending, but major new restrictions on a police force on the front lines of safeguarding citizens from criminals and jihadists.
However, former pro-communist activist Tom Hayden expressed concern in a Huffington Post column titled “Defend de Blasio Now” that de Blasio’s past could come back to haunt him, saying that there is a fear that Marxism could taint their “progressive” candidate and that his election is not a sure thing.
But Hayden, who achieved notoriety as Jane Fonda’s husband and eventually became a politician, also has a lot to answer for. Like Communist terrorist Bill Ayers, Hayden was a key member of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), the violence-prone group that laid siege to college campuses in the 1960s. One of their main goals was making sure that the communists conquered South Vietnam.
On June 4, 1968, Hayden wrote a “Dear Col. Lao” letter to a North Vietnamese official that ended, “Good fortune! Victory!” So Hayden was someone who was cheering for the communist enemy killing Americans. The communists won.
De Blasio also worked on behalf of the communists, namely the Sandinistas in Central America, who took power in Nicaragua in 1979.
At that time, top Sandinista Tomas Borge said, “This revolution goes beyond our borders.” Another top Sandinista, Comandante Bayardo Arce, said, “We cannot cease being internationalists unless we cease being revolutionaries.” By 1986, the Sandinistas were closing down independent newspapers such as La Prensa, leaving only pro-Sandinista papers in circulation such as Barricada, the Sandinista party paper, and the regime-subsidized el Nuevo Diario.
According to The New York Times, de Blasio subscribed to Barricada, even after the Sandinistas lost power in a free election. As Paul Berman notes at the New Republic, this “was the most hardline of the Sandinista publications.” Today, de Blasio still describes aspects of the Sandinista Marxist program as “inspirational.”
Although Obama hasn’t been asked about his communist mentor Frank Marhall Davis and how Davis’s Marxist ideology influenced the future President, we can anticipate that he would adopt the de Blasio technique of blaming his political opponents for bringing the subject up.
The current budget impasse provides an opportunity to educate the American people about the “Revolution Beyond Borders” that has come to America. The evidence cannot be denied, despite the media’s failure to ask the President about his background in Marxism. We are faced with a Marxist in the White House who is determined to crush the opposition. Can the Republican Party hold up under the pressure?
This commentary originally appeared at AIM.org and is reprinted here with permission.
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