A look at Barack Obama's "Founding Fathers."
Think you know about who influenced Barack Obama in the years before his Presidency? Think again.
We've all heard about his 20 years with Reverend Jeremiah Wright and his controversial relationship with the former Weatherman activist Bill Ayers but in the 90 minute documentary which opened this weeked at the Revere Showcase Cinema, three other key mentors are studied.
WND.com reports on Barack Obama Sr.: “All of my life, I carried a single image of my father, one that I tried to take as my own,” Obama wrote in “Dreams From My Father.” What was that image? It was “the father of my dreams, the man in my mother’s stories, full of high-blown ideals.” "Obama adds, 'It was into my father’s image … that I’d packed all the attributes I sought in myself.'
"Though Obama said little about what those “ideals” were, they crystallized in the form of a 1965 paper, written by the senior Obama and published in the East African Journal. In that paper, titled, “Problems Facing Our Socialism,” the elder Obama advocated the communal ownership of land and even the forced confiscation of privately controlled land. He also called for the nationalization of “European” and “Asian” owned enterprises, and advocated handing over control of these operations to the “indigenous” black population. Further, Obama’s father wanted to increase taxes on the rich, even up to the 100 percent level, arguing that “there is no limit on taxation if the benefits derived from public services by society measures up to the cost in taxation which they have to pay.” Incidentally, this concept is not totally foreign to the younger Obama, whose plan to “spread the wealth around” by raising taxes conceptually mimics his fathers plan." Read the entire story here.
The next mentor in 2016: Obama's America is Roberto Unger.
About him, Summit.org says, "It is because Barack Obama is himself a radical Fabian Socialist with a revolutionary bias! It is no accident that one of the President’s major professors at Harvard Law School was Roberto Unger, a radical Marxist. Unger is quoted as stating, 'I am a leftist and by conviction as well as temperament a revolutionary. Any association of mine with Barack Obama in the course of the campaign could do only harm.' (See Dinesh D’Souza, The Roots of Obama’s Rage, 98)
The newest twist to the Roberto Unger story is from HuffingtonPost.com entitled, Roberto Unger, Obama's Former Harvard Law School Professor, Says The President 'Must Be Defeated'
And certainly the most troubling mentor is Frank Marshall Davis who is the subject of a new book entitled, "The Communist - Frank Marshall Davis: The Untold Story of Barack Obama's Mentor by Paul Kengor, Ph.D."
The Book Description on Amazon.com reads:
Publication Date: July 17, 2012
“I admire Russia for wiping out an economic system which permitted a handful of rich to exploit and beat gold from the millions of plain people. . . . As one who believes in freedom and democracy for all, I honor the Red nation.” —FRANK MARSHALL DAVIS, 1947
"In his memoir, Barack Obama omits the full name of his mentor, simply calling him 'Frank.' Now, the truth is out: Never has a figure as deeply troubling and controversial as Frank Marshall Davis had such an impact on the development of an American president." "Although other radical influences on Obama, from Jeremiah Wright to Bill Ayers, have been scrutinized, the public knows little about Davis, a card-carrying member of the Communist Party USA, cited by the Associated Press as an 'important influence' on Obama, one whom he 'looked to' not merely for 'advice on living' but as a 'father' figure."
"While the Left has willingly dismissed Davis (with good reason), here are the indisputable, eye-opening facts: Frank Marshall Davis was a pro-Soviet, pro–Red China communist. His Communist Party USA card number, revealed in FBI files, was CP #47544. He was a prototype of the loyal Soviet patriot, so radical that the FBI placed him on the federal government’s Security Index."
"In the early 1950s, Davis opposed U.S. attempts to slow Stalin and Mao. He favored Red Army takeovers of Central and Eastern Europe, and communist control in Korea and Vietnam. Dutifully serving the cause, he edited and wrote for communist newspapers in both Chicago and Honolulu, courting contributors who were Soviet agents. In the 1970s, amid this dangerous political theater, Frank Marshall Davis came into Barack Obama’s life."
WND.com says about Frank Marshall Davis: "As a teen, Obama’s mother abandoned him in Hawaii so she could go to Indonesia to seek a Ph.D. At the age of 16, left on his own, Barack Obama developed a relationship with a non-family member – reputed Marxist Frank Marshall Davis. Davis, a former Chicago resident, was a member of the Communist Party USA and an apologist for the Soviet Union. The 1951 report of the Commission on Subversive Activities to the Legislature of the Territory of Hawaii identified him as a CPUSA member. What’s more, anti-communist congressional committees, including the House Un-American Activities Committee, accused Davis of involvement in several communist-front organizations. Obama describes “Frank and his old Black Power dashiki self” as advising him before he left for Occidental College in 1979 at the age of 18. Passages from “Dreams From My Father” suggest that Frank Marshall Davis was something akin to a surrogate dad to Obama in those days. Obama’s only contact when he moved to Chicago was Davis."
According to Deadline Hollywood the documentary is currently the 4th highest grossing movie this weekend. It's worth a look.
The official website with trailer is here.
By Jim Morse of JimmyMorse.com