KURTZ: WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT OBAMA
Posted by PrestoPundit on 11/03/2008
Reflecting on all that I’ve written about Barack Obama over these past six months, four inter-related points stand out: Obama’s radicalism, his stealthy incrementalism, his interest in funding and organization-building, and his willingness to use — or quietly support — Alinskyite intimidation tactics.
Obama’s troubling associations are more than isolated friendships or
instances of bad judgment. His ties to Jeremiah Wright, Bill Ayers,
Bernardine Dohrn, Rashid Khalidi, Michael Pfleger, James Meeks, ACORN,
the New Party, and the Gamaliel Foundation all reflect Obama’s sympathy
with radical-left ideas and causes — wealth redistribution prominent
among them. At both the Woods Fund and the Chicago Annenberg Challenge,
for example, Obama and Ayers channeled money into ACORN’s coffers.
ACORN, a militant group pursuing economic redistribution, succeeded in
undermining credit standards throughout the banking system, thereby
modeling the New Party’s plans to tame capitalism itself. So the
association with Ayers is not an outlier issue, but part and parcel of
a network of radical ties through which Obama’s supported “major
redistributive change.” Via ACORN, that project has already nearly
wrecked our economy. What will happen when it’s generalized?
And this is what most concerns me:
In his now infamous 2001 radio remarks, Obama’s preferred strategy for
promoting “major redistributive change” was through society-wide
organizing from below. As president, Obama would connect his massive
[government mandated] youth-‘volunteer’ program to his favorite community-organizer groups,
thereby creating a political force for long-term restructuring of the
American economy. This was the program of the New Party, and I believe
it is still Obama’s long-term goal.