Barack Obama and the Untold Story of American Socialism

Book - 2010 | 1st Threshold Editions hardcover ed.
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An in-depth examination of President Barack Obama and his policies by veteran journalist and political commentator Stanley Kurtz.

How well do we really understand Barack Obama's vision for our country?

In this controversial New York Times bestseller, veteran journalist and commentator Stanley Kurtz presents an exhaustively researched exposé of President Obama's biggest secret--the socialist convictions and tactical ruthlessness he has long swept under the rug. Culling together two years of investigations from archives and never-before-tapped sources, Kurtz makes an in-depth exploration of the president's connections to radical groups, explains how modern "stealth" socialism continues to influence the Democratic Party, and proves that Obama's youthful infatuation with socialism was not just a phase. Those ideas have shaped his political views and set the groundwork for the long-term strategy of his administration. Eventually, in Obama's hands, capitalist America could come to resemble a socialist-inspired Scandinavian welfare state.

The fears of Obama's harshest critics are justified: our Commander-in-Chief is a Radical-in-Chief. Now that we know the truth, what does it mean for our future?
Publisher: New York : Threshold Editions, 2010.
Edition: 1st Threshold Editions hardcover ed.
ISBN: 9781439155097
Branch Call Number: 973.932092
Characteristics: viii, 485 p. ; 25 cm.


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voisjoe1 May 20, 2012

The chapter on ACORN – “ACORN’S Socialism” is meant to scare the reader. Socialism means the “social ownership of the means of production and cooperative management of the economy. When you consider the fact that ACORN’s annual budget is $25 million a year for the entire country and the GDP of the USA is $15 trillion a year, it is difficult to believe that ACORN was a threat to make the USA a socialist country.

In the very first sentence of the ACORN chapter, the author says that ACORN was “largest and most influential community organization.” ACORN, an organization devoted to investigating predatory lending practices and promoting affordable housing, along with promoting living wage legislation, organizing relief for Katrina victims, and registering primarily poor and minority citizens is hardly a threat to the 0.01% and the 0.1% of the most wealthy individuals in the USA each have annual average incomes of $25.7 million and $5.7 million each year. The 0.1% and the 0.01% have their own lobbyists and do not need an organization like ACORN to help them survive. For me, it is ludicrous to suggest this organization is more powerful than the 0.1% or even the 0.01%.

The author says that ACORN was notorious for fraudulent voter registrations. He fails to explain that the notoriety was basically caused by false smears by various right-wing bloggers. He also fails to mention that the average fraudulent voter registrations of ACORN was 7% while that for other organizations were 5%. Seeing that ACORN was working in the most destitute communities, it seems quite believable that there would be 2% higher fraudulent signatures.

Only Obama haters and the low information voters will think that book has anything seriously substantial in it. In 3.5 years, America is no closer to socialism than we were when George Bush was President.

You can go to any chapter in the book and find more silliness. For example, Jeramiah Wright's parish of thousands of members had a Illinois State Senator prior to when Obama was a state senator. One of the other senator's great crimes was that he tried to get more African-Americans on the Chicago School board. And Jeramiah Wright supported Harold Washington, an African-American for mayor. I guess these facts are meant to scare a lot of white Obama haters that believe African-Americans should have no voice in government.

Where is the beef? There is none.


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