On Thursday, Barack Obama gave perhaps the most revealing speech of his campaign, even though the content of the speech was unexceptional and the delivery could only be described as professional and competent. A comparison of the speech with recordings of his impromptu remarks during the earlier part of his trip highlights the gap between his reading ability and his thinking ability. It is obvious that Obama was not picked for the role of President because of his intellect, his judgment, or his knowledge of history. He was picked because of his ideology.
He wasted no time setting the theme of the speech early on when he introduced himself to the crowd with, “Tonight, I speak to you not as a candidate for President, but as a citizen — a proud citizen of the United States, and a fellow citizen of the world.” The balance of the speech was mostly an elaboration on that theme. The phrase “citizen of the world” got a lot of play on conservative radio, but very little in the mainstream press. For most journalists and probably for most of his American audience the phrase was nothing more than “politically correct” pandering to his audience.
Taken in the context of Obama’s ideology and personal background, however, the phrase has a much deeper meaning and portends the type of presidency we can expect from Obama if he is elected.
Political observers continue to be impressed and sometimes puzzled by three aspects of the Obama campaign; the crowds he attracts, the large amounts of money he is able to raise, and his popular support in spite of his lack of government experience and the vacuousness of his message. It should not be that much of a mystery.
Obama is a dedicated international socialist and polling data indicates that at least 40% of the American public is in agreement with socialist’s principles. On specific elements of the socialist agenda, the percentage of agreement by Americans goes into the seventies.
For the past hundred years, the socialist movement in America has been working toward dominance of the government. Obama represents their first real opportunity to realize their long sought after goal. The number of hard-core socialists and their enthusiastic “dupes” probably amount to somewhere around 30% of the population. Add to that the number of Americans sympathetic to various elements of their agenda such as environmentalism, feminism, abortion, health care, and the gay agenda and you have the answer to the Obama phenomena.
If this sounds like the ravings of a “conspiracy theorist” consider this: The Hyde Park area of Chicago, home of the University of Chicago and the area represented by Obama in the Illinois Senate, is the Midwest hub of socialist activity. His introduction into state politics was backed by Hyde Park socialists and endorsed by the Democratic Socialist of America, the largest socialist organization in America and a close affiliate of Socialist International.
In addition to the DSA, Chicago also has active chapters of the Communist Party of America and the Socialist Party USA. The DSA website is a wealth of information on the socialist agenda. The Platform of the SPUSA for 2008 reflects almost all of the various agendas of Obama and the Democratic Party. Here are some quotes from the two websites.
“The Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) is the largest socialist organization in the United States, and the principal U.S. affiliate of the Socialist International. DSA’s members are building progressive movements for social change while establishing an openly socialist presence in American communities and politics.”
“In the United States, we must fight for a humane public policies that will provide quality health care, education, and job training and that redirect public investment from the military to much-neglected urban housing and infrastructure. Such policies require the support of a majoritarian coalition of trade unionists, people of color, feminists, gays and lesbians and all other peoples committed to democratic change. Our greatest contribution as American socialists to global social justice is to build that coalition, which is key to transforming the power relations of global capitalism.”
“…Many socialists have seen the Democratic Party, since at least the New Deal, as the key political arena in which to consolidate this coalition, because the Democratic Party held the allegiance of our natural allies. Through control of the government by the Democratic Party coalition, led by anti-corporate forces, a progressive program regulating the corporations, redistributing income, fostering economic growth and expanding social programs could be realized.”
“…we are not a separate party. Like our friends and allies in the feminist, labor, civil rights, religious, and community organizing movements, many of us have been active in the Democratic Party. We work with those movements to strengthen the party’s left wing, represented by the Congressional Progressive Caucus.”
Socialist Party USA, from Party Platform
“We call for the United States to immediately and unconditionally withdraw its forces from Iraq and Afghanistan.”
“We call for an end to the U.S. occupation of the province of Guantanamo, Cuba.”
“We call for an end to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank-East Jerusalem and Gaza, and an end to all U.S. aid to Israel, as a precondition for peace.”
“We demand the immediate withdrawal of the United States from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA), and oppose the creation of a widened Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA).”
“We call for a steeply graduated income tax and a steeply graduated estate tax, and a maximum income of no more than ten times the minimum. We oppose regressive taxes such as payroll tax, sales tax, and property taxes.”
“We call for the restoration of the capital gains tax and luxury tax on a progressive, graduated scale.”
“We call for the end of all anti-gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBTQ) restrictions in law and the work place, the repeal of all sodomy laws, and the legalization of same-sex marriage.”
“We oppose all efforts to declare English an official language, and call for an end to all language discrimination. We demand that all public and private institutions provide services and materials in the languages of their communities.”
“We demand full support for every woman’s right to choose when, if, and how to have children, including the right to free abortion on demand at any stage of pregnancy, without interference or coercion.”
“We support public child care starting from infancy, and public education starting at age three, with caregivers and teachers of young children receiving training, wages, and benefits comparable to that of teachers at every other level of the educational system.”
Barack Obama has been closely associated with the socialist movement all his life. He was born in Hawaii to two University of Hawaii students and spent his formative years in the radical university climate of the sixties. After his mother’s divorce from his father when Barack was two, he moved to Indonesia with his mother and her new husband in 1967. He returned to Hawaii in 1971 where he lived with his maternal grandparents until he graduated from high school.
His first real contact with mainland America was when he moved to Los Angeles and later to New York to attend college. During his childhood in Hawaii, he became close with a family friend, the communist poet, Frank Davis. Davis is referred to in Obama’s book “Dreams from My Father” only as “Frank” who he describes as a close friend and mentor.
After graduating from Columbia University in New York in 1983, he sought employment as a Community Organizer, the backbone of the socialist movement in America. He was eventually employed by a church group in Chicago where he worked as a community organizer for three years until he enrolled in Harvard Law School in 1988. While working as a community organizer he also served as a consultant and instructor for the Gamaliel Foundation, a community organizing institute.
In his run for the Illinois Senate in 1994, he sought and received the endorsement of William Ayers, a former domestic terrorist and leader of the Weather Underground, an offshoot of SDS, a communist student front group of the sixties. He also received the endorsement and financial support from the Democratic Socialist of America. In his bid for the U.S. Senate in 2004, he ran practically unopposed, supported by the Chicago Democratic machine and the Chicago socialists.
In 2003 when he was considering running for President, he made the obligatory pilgrimage to the office of George Soros just as he had to William Ayers before running for the Illinois Senate. Soros, an international financier and founder of the Open Society Institute, withdrew his support for Hillary Clinton and focused his multiple political organizations on supporting Obama for President.
With this background in mind when reading Obama’s Berlin speech it is easy to see that he takes his “citizen of the world” statement much more seriously than a mere platitude to his European audience.