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DISCOVER THE NETWORK

Posted by PrestoPundit on 06/07/2008

has come out with an detailed profile revealing the life on the far left of Barack Obama, along with a page titled “Barack’s World” linking to profiles of Barack Obama’s extensive network of far left individuals and organizations.   Let me encourage everyone reading this to link and bookmark these URLs on your own blogs and browsers.

From the DISCOVER THE NETWORK entry for “Barack Husein Obama”:

In the 1970s the Obama family became friendly with Frank Marshall Davis (1905-1987), a black writer and fellow Hawaiian resident. Davis wrote for the Honolulu Record
(a Communist newspaper) and was a known member of the Soviet-controlled
Communist Party USA (CPUSA). He soon became the young Barack Obama’s
mentor and advisor.

In Dreams From My Father, Obama writes
about Davis but does not reveal the latter’s full name, identifying him
only as “a poet named Frank” — a man with much “hard-earned knowledge”
who had known “some modest notoriety once” but was now “pushing
eighty.” (Several sources — including Professor Gerald Horne, Dr.
Kathryn Takara, and libertarian writer Trevor Loudon — have confirmed that Obama’s “Frank” was indeed Frank Marshall Davis.)

Obama in his book recounts how, just prior to heading off to Occidental College
(in California) in 1979, he spent some time with “Frank and his old
Black Power dashiki self.” Obama writes that “Frank” told him
that college was merely “an advanced degree in compromise,” and
cautioned the young man not to “start believing what they tell you
about equal opportunity and the American way and all that sh–.”

More:

Obama was trained by the Saul Alinsky-founded Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF) in Chicago. (The Developing Communities Project itself was an affiliate of the Gamaliel Foundation,
whose modus operandi for the creation of “a more just and democratic
society” is rooted firmly in the Alinsky method.) Alinsky was known for
helping to establish the aggressive political tactics that
characterized the 1960s and have remained central to all subsequent
revolutionary movements in the United States.

In the Alinsky
model, “organizing” is a euphemism for “revolution” — a wholesale
revolution whose ultimate objective is the systematic acquisition of
power by a purportedly oppressed segment of the population, and the
radical transformation of America’s social and economic structure. The
goal is to foment enough public discontent, moral confusion, and
outright chaos to spark the social upheaval that Marx, Engels, and
Lenin predicted — a revolution whose foot soldiers view the status quo
as fatally flawed and wholly unworthy of salvation. Thus, the theory
goes, the people will settle for nothing less than that status quo’s
complete collapse — to be followed by the erection of an entirely new
system upon its ruins. Toward that end, they will be apt to follow the
lead of charismatic radical organizers who project an aura of
confidence and vision, and who profess to clearly understand what types
of societal “changes” are needed.

But Alinsky’s brand of
revolution was not characterized by dramatic, sweeping, overnight
transformations of social institutions. As Richard Poe puts it,
“Alinsky viewed revolution as a slow, patient process. The trick was to
penetrate existing institutions such as churches, unions and political
parties.” Alinsky advised organizers and their disciples to quietly,
subtly gain influence within the decision-making ranks of these
institutions, and to introduce changes from that platform.

One of Obama’s early mentors in the Alinsky method, Mike Kruglik, would later say the following about Obama:

“He was a natural, the undisputed master of agitation, who could
engage a room full of recruiting targets in a rapid-fire Socratic
dialogue, nudging them to admit that they were not living up to their
own standards. As with the panhandler, he could be aggressive and
confrontational. With probing, sometimes personal questions, he would
pinpoint the source of pain in their lives, tearing down their egos
just enough before dangling a carrot of hope that they could make
things better.”

For several years, Obama himself taught workshops on the Alinsky method.

[Hat tip to Nice Deb]

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