John C. Drew, Ph.D. is an award-winning political scientist who is featured in Trevor Loudon's new movie, The Enemies Within.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Dr. Drew’s Take on Young Obama’s Marxism Now Included in Michael Savage’s New Book, Trickle Up Poverty
A year ago, I was a lonely voice in the wilderness. I knew the young Barack Obama when he was a sophomore at Occidental College in 1980-1981, and – as far as I could tell – I was the only one who knew him who was willing to verify that young Obama was definitely a Marxist socialist ideologue.
To my frustration, it looked like the McCain campaign did not want to investigate Obama’s past. McCain, in fact, piously asserted that paying attention to something as outrageous as Rev. Wright’s anti-white hostility was a non-issue for the Presidential campaign. Personally, I was heart-broken. I was frustrated that Obama’s extremist ideology was hiding in plain sight and the voters had no idea what was really going on. I didn’t give up. I also sent e-mails to Fox News and the Orange County Register. I tried to get in touch with Ann Coulter. It was all fruitless.
This week, for the first time in a long time, however, I feel relieved and at peace. I learned last week that the story of my face-to-face political conversations with the young Obama have been included as part of Michael Savages's new book "Trickle Up Poverty: Stopping Obama's Attack on Our Borders, Economy and Security.” It hit the bookstores last week. I have not read it yet, but I’m already fascinated to see how Savage has weaved my observations on young Obama’s ideological views with Savage’s own interpretation of how Obama’s ideology developed and how it is impacting our country.
Savage told World Net Daily (WND) that he wrote the new book "hoping to alter the course of human events" and added that the Obama administration is the "greatest fraud perpetrated on the American people in history." See, http://www.wnd.com/?pageId=211585 Understanding the pain caused by Marxist philosophy in the past, Savage labels Obama as "the most divisive and dangerous man that's ever occupied the Oval Office." In "Trickle Up Poverty," Savage examines Obama's "Marxist-Leninist roots" in some detail, noting, for example, my assessment - as a contemporary of Obama's at Occidental College in Los Angeles – that Obama was a serious "Marxist revolutionary."
Acknowledging my own embarrassing past as a Marxist revolutionary, Savage reports – truthfully – that I came to see Obama as a "blood brother" and as a "member of this revolutionary elite that was going to turn around our country when the revolution hit." One of the things that Savage left out, however, is that Obama and his friends went out of their way to persuade me that Obama was not just playing with Marxist revolution. They were anxious to assure me that young Obama had been active in the work of the school’s Democrat Socialist Alliance – a group I had founded in 1976.
Savage goes on to explain that Obama is not the stereotypical Marxist of "the red beret, the marching, the Russian revolution and killing the rich." Instead, Savage places Obama in the historic Frankfurt school of socialism, a school that espoused a gradual transformation from capitalism to socialism to communism. My conversations with young Obama, in fact, were mainly focused on helping him shift from a silly revolutionary Marxist perspective to the more realistic insight of the Frankfurt school.
Savage also documents radical-left influences in Obama's past and concludes this is why Obama spoke of "spreading the wealth around."
After reading a number of biographies on President Obama’s life, I can report that Savage is the first person to really get the story right. He appears to be the first to directly connect Obama’s ideology to his current dysfunctional choices. As far as I can tell, Savage understands the long-standing, highly ideological motives which guide President Obama. This insight leads to chilling warnings about our future. Savage admits, for example, that in the face of the Tea Party Movement and low Presidential approval ratings, Obama has not gone after the control of the airwaves - as was previously threatened by members of his administration. Nevertheless, Savage is anxious that Obama may move forward with a revival of the "Fairness Doctrine," a law that would most likely shut down conservative talk radio. Right now, I cannot think of anything that would be more frightening for our safety and our freedom.
"Don't think this man has stopped just because he's unpopular," Savage warns WND. "Don't underestimate him."
In a piece of good luck, Obama’s presidential seal fell off his podium the same day that Savage’s book came out. Obama covered this mishap by saying: “All of you know who I am.” Thanks to Michael Savage’s new book, Obama’s statement is certainly truer now than it was a week ago. See, http://www.breitbart.tv/obama-loses-his-seal/ For me, the wilderness is starting to look like the more green lawns of the comfortable suburbs.
John C. Drew, Ph.D. is an award-winning political scientist.
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John Drew is an award-winning political scientist who has taught American government and public policy at a few of our nation's formerly prestigious institutions including Williams College. He posts under the pseudonym Augustine 25. Dr. Drew is an occasional contributor at American Thinker, Breitbart, Campus Reform, PJMedia, The College Fix, FrontPage Magazine and WND.
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