Obama’s Mainstreaming of Marxism
Exclusive: Barry Farber recalls when any link to Communism was death knell for a pol
Barry Farber is a pioneer in talk radio, first beginning his broadcast in 1960. “The Barry Farber Show” is heard weeknights 8 to 9 p.m. Eastern time. An accomplished author, Farber’s latest book is “Cocktails with Molotov: An Odyssey of Unlikely Detours.”
An email came though with the subject line, “Yikes! Look who just endorsed Obama for 4 more years!” I scrambled to get past the tease and into the revelation. I expected the villain would be a prominent Republican governor or mayor or some major conservative having one of those fits that swept Arianna Huffington away from us a few years ago.
I was disappointed almost to the point of anger. At the end of the “Yikes”-suspense came the staggering news that Obama had been endorsed by the Communist Party of the United States. I shot back a mildly reproachful message to the sender telling him, “Obama’s endorsement by the Communist Party is about as surprising as a toll booth on a turnpike.” The attitude of my message to him was essentially, “Grow up politically and don’t bother me any more until you do!”
Later in the day, through part-history, part-nostalgia and a huge part-self-congratulations at how long I’ve lived – not the years, but the eras I’ve survived – I thought hard upon it. “We have a president running for re-election who not only has the endorsement of the Communist Party, but it’s a masterfully neat fit!” And nobody knows, cares, reacts, titters or trembles.
This is not one of those pre-election screeds urging, “Don’t vote for Obama. He’s a Commie!” That’s a Frisbee toss; this, by comparison, is a space launch. I was alive and well in early 1950 when Wisconsin Sen. Joe McCarthy opened the “McCarthy Era” in Wheeling, W.Va., by leveling the accusation that there were 205 known Communists working in the U. S. State Department. I was alive and angry when our valiant World War II ally, the Soviet Union, started the Cold War with the Berlin Blockade in 1947. I shivered through the pinnacle of Communist power, the fall of South Vietnam in 1975. Then as little freedom-fights began to break out inside the Soviet empire I realized that the anti-Communist concussion of the Hungarian Revolution in 1956 had slapped a time limit on Communism’s future. If you see a Hungarian on the street, hug him.
Once upon a time, if there’d been any link – even spider-web slim – connecting any American candidate, at any level, to Communism, that would have been the end of his candidacy, his ambitions and his respect within the community.
That’s gone. Completely, utterly gone. You and I live in a country where nobody cares how tightly or lightly a candidate for the highest office in the land is tied to the Communist Party.
I’m not going to throw myself on the floor and give up on America. I’m just marveling at how successful our enemies have been at reducing, trivializing and finally eradicating any feeling of antipathy that might remain against Communism. Can you imagine, “He’s a Nazi. So what?” Can you imagine, “He’s al-Qaida. So what?” But, “He’s a Communist. So what?” is real and here and now. As the late Democratic Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan warned, “They’re deliberately dumbing us down.” Ignorance is the sperm of apathy. If you don’t know, you can’t care.
Communism had to be dry-cleaned and repackaged before it could even be talked about in America. As long as there were the post-midnight knocks on the door, the labor camps, the “gulag”, the brutal “re-education” camps, Stalin’s executions, Che Guevara’s firing squads and many atrocious et cetera, Americans said, “No thanks!”
Now we’re down to Communism’s economic failure. I count 39 Communist-Socialist failures; no successes. It doesn’t work. Too bad. It looks so good on paper. If you had a cat that had destroyed 39 sofas, would you buy him sofa No. 40 to work on?
It’s hard to give up any kind of addiction, even to peanuts and pro football. But if the addiction is to government checks, the cumulative effect can bring down a free system of government. We are at that stage this instant. Can we resist the allure of “free money”? We don’t know. Those of us who have seen full-blown Communism in action care. If we can restore the importance of work in relation to money, Hooray and Hallelujah! What a major victory that would be!
If Mitt Romney wins the election, he will have a terrible time trying to roll back the lust for entitlements to its proper boundaries. Obama didn’t start America’s love for free stuff. But, Brother, what a follow-up artist! Obama has made us comfortable with Marxism. At least the real Communist countries never seemed to worry about any national debt.
It was Communism that made Richard Nixon president, first as vice president because of the good job he did exposing Alger Hiss as a traitor. I remember when the Communist scare was so acute, if you got called down to the “security office” of a government bureau over a lost glove, your co-workers wouldn’t sit with you at lunch any more.
And now we’ve got a Communist Party in America and their preferred candidate: Barack Obama!
Is Obama really a Marxist? Yes. He’s 100 percent Marx – 50 percent Karl and 50 percent Groucho.
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Obama’s campaign in 2008 denied the
then–presidential candidate was ever an actual member of the New Party.
But print copies of the New Party News, the
party’s official newspaper, show Obama posing with New Party leaders, listing
him as a New Party member and printing quotes from him as a member.
The party’s spring 1996 newspaper boasted:
“New Party members won three other primaries this Spring in Chicago: Barack Obama
(State Senate), Michael Chandler (Democratic Party Committee) and Patricia
Martin (Cook County Judiciary).
The newspaper lists other politicians it
endorsed who were not members but specifies Obama as a New Party member.
New Ground, the newsletter of Chicago’s
Democratic Socialists of America, reported in its July/August 1996 edition that
Obama attended a New Party membership meeting April 11, 1996, in which he
expressed his gratitude for the group’s support and “encouraged NPers (New
Party members) to join in his task forces on voter education and voter
The New Party, established in 1992, took
advantage of what was known as electoral “fusion,” which enabled
candidates to run on two tickets simultaneously, attracting voters from both
parties. But the New Party went defunct in 1998, one year after fusion was
halted by the Supreme Court.
According to documents from the Democratic
Socialists of America, the New Party worked with ACORN to promote its candidates.
ACORN, convicted in massive, nationwide voter fraud cases, was a point of
controversy for Obama during his campaign for president.
In August 2009, a former top member of the
New Party recounted Obama’s participation with his organization.
“A subcommittee met with (Obama) to
interview him to see if his stand on the living wage and similar reforms was
the same as ours,” recalled Marxist activist Carl Davidson. “We determined that our views on these
overlapped, and we could endorse his campaign in the Democratic Party,”
Davidson was a Chicago member and activist within the New
Party. He told WND he handled some of the New Party member databases and
attending most of the party’s meetings.
Davidson remembers Obama attending a New
Party meeting to thank attendees for voting for him.
Many of the New Party’s founding members were
Democratic Socialists of America leaders and members of Committees of
Correspondence, a breakaway of the Communist Party USA.
Obama attended several DSA events and
meetings, including a DSA-sponsored town hall meeting Feb. 25, 1996, entitled
“Employment and Survival in Urban America.” He sought and received an
endorsement from the DSA.
I commend you Barry. You’re one of the few with the courage to speak the truth. The most ardent and passionate marxist / communists ideologues in the world today head America’s universities and colleges. They along with the propaganda media have the power to destroy anyone who uses the word communist or marxists. You use progressive or socialist only. The occupier of the White House is an avowed marxist and as he boast he prefers radical marxism. The communist party has been alive and well in America since the early 30’s. It is now bold, aggressive, and in vouge.
As you mentioned by your count 39 communist/socialist failures. Is America going to allow itself to be number 40?????????????
I can only hope the answer is no, but it is going to take men of courage, like you have done here, to speak the startling “truth”. The enemy of this country is within!