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BLOCKBUSTER!

Posted by PrestoPundit on 10/31/2008

Steve Sailer’s new book on Barack Obama — available free for dowload (pdf).

View it now here.  (pdf)

UPDATE:  Stanley Kurtz’s long article on the hard left organizations that gave Barack Obama his start in politics is now on line.  Quotable:

Although Gamaliel and ACORN have significantly different tactics and
styles, Swarts notes that their political goals and ideologies are
broadly similar. Both groups press the state for economic
redistribution. The tactics of Gamaliel and ACORN have been shaped in a
“post-Alinsky” era of welfare reform and conservative resurgence,
posing a severe challenge to those who wish to expand the welfare
state. The answer these activists have hit upon, says Swarts, is to
work incrementally in urban areas, while deliberately downplaying the
far-Left ideology that stands behind their carefully targeted
campaigns ..

Swarts supplies a chart listing “common working-class perceptions of
liberal social movements” on one side, while displaying on the other
side Gamaliel organizers’ tricky tactics for getting around them. To
avoid seeming like radicals or “hippies left over from the sixties,”
Gamaliel organizers are careful to wear conventional clothing and
conduct themselves with dignity, even formality. Since liberal social
movements tend to come off as naïve and idealistic, Gamaliel organizers
make a point of presenting their ideas as practical, pragmatic, and
down-to-earth. When no one else is listening, Gamaliel organizers may
rail at “racism,” “sexism,” and “oppressive corporate systems,” but
when speaking to their blue-collar followers, they describe their plans
as “common sense solutions for working families.” ..

Since community organizers often use confrontation, intimidation, and
“civil disobedience” in the service of their political goals, even
liberal foundations sometimes find it difficult to fund them without
risking public criticism. As the report puts it: “Some funders . . .
are averse to confrontational tactics, and are loathe [sic] to
support organizing for that reason. They essentially equate organizing
with the embarrassment of their business and government associates.”
The Woods Fund is both highly respected and one of the few foundations
to consistently support community organizing, so its money acts as a
kind of Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval, providing political cover
for other foundations interested in funding the hard Left ..

MARK STEYN:

In his Wednesday-night infomercial, Obama declared that his
“fundamental belief” was that “I am my brother’s keeper.” Back in
Kenya, his brother lives in a shack on 12 bucks a year. If Barack is
his brother’s keeper, why couldn’t he send him a ten-dollar bill and
near double the guy’s income? The reality is that Barack Obama assumes
the government should be his brother’s keeper, and his aunt’s keeper.
Why be surprised by that? For 20 years in Illinois, Obama has marinated
in the swamps of the Chicago political machine and the campus
radicalism of William Ayers and Rashid Khalidi. In such a world, the
redistributive urge is more or less a minimum entry qualification.

The government as wealth-spreader-in-chief was not a slip of the tongue
but consistent with Obama’s life, friends and votes. The Obamacons —
that’s to say, conservatives hot for Barack- – justify their decision
to support a big-spending big-government Democrat with the most liberal
voting record in the Senate by “hoping” that he doesn’t mean it, by
“hoping” that he’ll “change” in office. “I sure hope Obama is more
open, centrist, sensible,” declared reformed conservative Ken Adelman,
“than his liberal record indicates.”

He’s “hoping” that Obama
will buck not just Nancy Pelosi, Barney Frank, and the rest of the gang
but also his voting record, his personal address book, and his entire
adult life. Good luck betting the future on that.

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