Guest Post: Is Barack Obama a “Borderline Communist?”

by Mary Ann Kreitzer

Virginia State Delegate, Todd Gilbert, has taken lot of heat in the past week for a statement calling Barack Obama a “borderline communist.” If it is untrue and libelous, Gilbert should apologize, but is it?

Let’s look at some facts from Obama’s troubling past. After college, he was trained as a community organizer by a group affiliated with Saul Alinsky’s Industrial Areas Foundation in Chicago. He gave workshops to inner city blacks using the Alinsky method of class antagonism. What does that mean? Alinsky wrote Rules for Radicals, outlining his strategy for gaining political control by pitting groups against each other. Alinsky’s rules include seducing your allies with a moral face while doing whatever is necessary to win no matter how unprincipled your actions.

Obama was ripe for seduction by Alinskyites. In his book, Dreams from My Father, he described his college experience. “To avoid being mistaken for a sellout,” he wrote, “I chose my friends carefully. The more politically active black students. The foreign students. The Chicanos. The Marxist professors and structural feminists and punk-rock performance poets….At night, in the dorms, we discussed neocolonialism, Franz Fanon, Eurocentrism, and patriarchy. When we ground out our cigarettes in the hallway carpet or set our stereos so loud that the walls began to shake, we were resisting bourgeois society’s stifling constraints. We weren’t indifferent or careless or insecure. We were alienated.” Note that Obama sought out those who promoted “Marxist” (i.e., communist) ideals and his reference to shedding “bourgeois society’s stifling constraints.” This is, indeed, the language of communism.

According to Ryan Lizza of New Republic Magazine, Mike Kruglik, a man who trained Obama in Alinsky’s method, considered him “a natural, the undisputed master of agitation who could engage a room full of recruiting targets in a rapid-fire Socratic dialogue, nudging them to admit that they were not living up to their own standards….[H]e could be aggressive and confrontational…[to] pinpoint the source of pain in their lives.” This tactic is what Saul Alinsky called “rubbing raw the wounds of discontent” in order to goad the “recruiting targets” into engaging in revolution against the establishment. It is a page right out of Marx’s Communist Manifesto.

But these things happened a long time ago. What about today? Obama’s relationship with Rev. Jeremiah Wright, whose “religious” philosophy is based on class struggle and black liberation theology (another Marxist movement), continued over a twenty-year period up to the present time. In fact, Wright was scheduled to be on the podium with Obama when he announced his candidacy. What happened? Wright’s racist verbal assaults against whites and America herself [“God damn America!], were publicized. They threatened the Obama express. So Obama lifted another page out of Alinsky’s book: pragamatism. When Rev. Wright became a liability, he had to be sacrificed for the cause. The man described by Obama as his “spiritual mentor,” the inspiration of his book, The Audacity of Hope, had to be dumped as collateral damage. In the course of the dumping, Obama claimed he was never in church when Wright made any of his radical, racist, anti-American statements. This is simply beyond belief which casts doubt on Obama’s honesty and integrity.

What Todd Gilbert said was definitely politically incorrect, but he had it just about right.