The Critical Difference
© Jack Cashill
Instead of asking Scott Walker or Rudy Giuliani or even Lindsay Graham whether Barack Obama loves “this country,” the media might wish to consult with Obama himself.
They ought not content themselves, however, with the boilerplate, like Obama’s breakout speech at the Boston Convention Center in August 2004. “Now even as we speak, there are those who are preparing to divide us,” Obama told the enthralled throngs. “Well, I say to them tonight, there is not a liberal America and a conservative America—there is the United States of America.”
Although this sounds like innocent-enough campaign folderol, Obama knew there was a liberal America, indeed a leftist America, because he had spent his life wandering its byways.
For Obama and his handlers the speech represented a conscious strategy to deceive the American people and to sell Obama as something he was not, never was, and never intended to be—namely, a flag-waving centrist.
At almost every step of the way, the major media encouraged this deception. Dr. John Drew saw the unedited Obama up close. He had founded a Marxist-Socialist student group on the Occidental campus two years before Obama arrived.
He met the future president during Obama’s sophomore year. Everything Obama told Drew during a night-long bull session, Drew remembers, “was consistent with Marxist philosophy, including the ideas that class struggle was leading to an inevitable revolution and that an elite group of revolutionaries was needed to lead the effort.”
Said Drew, “I distinctly remember Obama surprising me by bringing up Frantz Fanon and colonialism. He impressed me with his knowledge of these two topics.” In “ Dreams from My Father ,” written before he entertained national ambitions, Obama confirmed Drew’s memory.
“I chose my friends carefully,” Obama wrote. “The more politically active black students. The foreign students. The Chicanos. The Marxist professors and structural feminists and punk-rock performance poets.”
With his new friends, Obama discussed “neocolonialism, Franz [sic] Fanon, Eurocentrism, and patriarchy” and flaunted his alienation.
The literary influences Obama cited include radical anti-imperialists like Fanon and Malcolm X and communists like Langston Hughes, Richard Wright, and W. E. B. DuBois.
Anger and alienation are not unusual sentiments among young black men growing up in America, especially those growing up fatherless with lots of unfocused anger to project.
Dr. Ben Carson is a case in point. His parents divorced when Carson was eight. In his Detroit high school, the fatherless and perpetually angry young man tried to stab someone with a camping knife and almost succeeded.
Shocked by this act, Carson locked himself up in his bathroom. "Lord, I can't deal with this temper," he prayed. Then he turned to the Bible and read from the Book of Proverbs. “That was the first day that I started doing it,” says Carson, “and I've been doing it every day since.”
With his anger purged, Carson was able to see the world as it existed and conquer it. “The American dream to me means that you have the ability to determine where you're going,” says Carson. “And I am so grateful that I was born in America.”
Obama had no such moment of atonement and forgiveness, no such moment of unforced gratitude. In “ Dreams ,” he never suggests his Marxist reading was something of a youthful indiscretion. He found no new heroes, adopted no new worldview.
In seeking redemption, Obama finds not the God of Proverbs, but the god of Jeremiah Wright. Wright fell fully into Obama’s comfort zone. Like his secular mentor Bill Ayers, he spelled “Amerikkka” with three Ks.
Obama attended Wright’s church with some regularity for twenty years. Wright officiated at Obama’s marriage to Michelle. He baptized Obama’s children.
During the 2008 campaign, Wright embarrassed Obama by saying much of the same hateful nonsense that made him in the eyes of Ayers, a “distinguished theologian and major intellectual.”
Obama claimed that he had never seen this side of Wright before. “The person I saw yesterday was not the person that I met twenty years ago,” he said indignantly and dishonestly.
Oh, no? In fact, just twenty years earlier an equally deranged sermon of Wright’s moved Obama to become Christian, or some vague approximation thereof.
That sermon, “The Audacity to Hope,” featured classic Wright gems like “white folks’ greed runs a world in need,” a line that Obama approvingly quoted in “Dreams.”
Ten years later, Obama would name his second book, “Audacity of Hope,” more or less after the sermon, but even as a presidential candidate, he still had not warmed up to America.
In “ Audacity ,” for instance, he acknowledged John Adams and Thomas Jefferson largely to disparage them. Twice he mentions Adams in reference to the Alien and Sedition Acts, which he linked with the internment of Japanese Americans and a “hundred years of lynching” as historic American evils.
"For the first time in my adult lifetime, I’m really proud of my country,” Michelle Obama said on the campaign trail in 2008, speaking likely for the both of them, “and not just because Barack has done well, but because I think people are hungry for change."
As they would soon discover, those who chose to “cling” rather than to “change” were in for some serious transformation as well.
And dissent, which had been “patriotic” for the previous eight years, was about to become merely racist.
|Home | Professional | Personal | International | National | Regional | Books & DVDs | Articles By Title | Email Jack|