Chicago - the epicenter of corruption? Or just a cauldron of evil? Let's take a look. Why did Barack Obama pick Chicago as the place he'd move to after college? After all, he allegedly lived in Hawaii until he left for college, which he attended in LA and New York. So why Chicago? The answer is in a name - Frank Marshall Davis. It turns out that Davis was an active card-carrying (card number 47544) communist from his mid-twenties until at least into his mid-thirties - in Chicago. Davis taught courses at the party controlled Abraham Lincoln School in Chicago and attended meetings of the party's Cultural Club until he left for Hawaii in 1948. In Hawaii Davis became a columnist for a union financed, communist controlled newspaper, the Honolulu Record.
It further turns out that Obama's father introduced Davis to Barack in 1970 (Obama was allegedly born in 1961), and that Davis became his mentor at that time and until he left for college; nine long years of communist propaganda, ideological influence, and persuasion. Interesting.
Now, you may or may not know that the Weathermen - you know, Bill Ayers et al - also known as the Weather Underground, are also associated with Chicago. The "Days of Rage", their first public demonstration on October 8, 1969, was a riot in Chicago timed to coincide with the trial of the Chicago Seven. Bill Ayers is from the same Chicago neighborhood that Obama lived in once he moved to Chicago. Had their paths crossed much earlier? Here's what Wikipedia says.
"The Weathermen used various means by which to recruit new members. The members of Weatherman targeted high school and college students, assuming they would be willing to rebel against the authoritative figures who had oppressed them, including cops, principals, and bosses. Weather aimed to develop roots within the class struggle, targeting white working-class youths. The younger members of the working class became the focus of the organizing effort because they felt the oppression strongly in regards to the military draft, low-wage jobs, and schooling. Schools became a common place of recruitment for the movement. In direct actions, dubbed Jailbreaks, Weather members invaded educational institutions as a means by which to recruit high school and college students." In 1976 The Weather Underground held a conference in Chicago called Hard Times. The idea was to create an umbrella organization for all radical groups. It further states, "...the Weather Underground sought a more Marxist-Leninist ideological approach to the post-Vietnam reality. The leading members of the Weather Underground (Bill Ayers, Bernardine Dohrn, Jeff Jones, and Celia Sojourn) collaborated on ideas and published their manifesto: "Prairie Fire: The Politics of Revolutionary Anti-Imperialism." The name came from a quote by Mao Zedong, "a single spark can set a prairie fire." By the summer of 1974, five thousand copies had surfaced in coffee houses and bookstores across America. Leftist newspapers praised the manifesto. Abbie Hoffman publicly praised Prairie Fire and believed every American should be given a copy. The manifesto’s influence initiated the formation of the Prairie Fire Organizing Committee in several American cities. Hundreds of above-ground activists helped further the new political vision of the Weather Underground. As the following quote demonstrates the manifesto called for the violent overthrow of the US government and the establishment of a socialist dictatorship." (Hmmm, getting interesting?)
"The only path to the final defeat of imperialism and the building of socialism is revolutionary war."... "Socialism is the violent overthrow of the bourgeoisie, the establishment of the dictatorship of the proletariat, and the eradication of the social system based on profit."... Revolutionary war will be complicated and protracted.... It includes mass struggle and clandestine struggle, peaceful and violent, political and economic, cultural and military, where all forms are developed in harmony with the armed struggle. Without mass struggle there can be no revolution. Without armed struggle there can be no victory."
The article continued with, "Weather renounced most of the Left and decided to operate as an isolated underground group. Prairie Fire urged people to never "dissociate mass struggle from revolutionary violence." To do so, claimed Weather, was to do the state's work. Just as in 1969-70, Weather still refused to renounce revolutionary violence for "to leave people unprepared to fight the state is to seriously mislead them about the inevitable nature of what lies ahead." However, the decision to build only an underground group caused the Weather Underground to lose sight of its commitment to mass struggle and made future alliances with the mass movement difficult and tenuous. By 1974, Weather had recognized this shortcoming and in Prairie Fire detailed a different strategy for the 1970s which demanded both mass and clandestine organizations. The role of the clandestine organization would be to build the "consciousness of action" and prepare the way for the development of a people's militia." (Hmmm, a civil security force, as well funded and as strong as our military. Remember those words from our esteemed dictator?)
The Weather Underground, the Weathermen, fragmented and became simply the Prairie Fire Organizing Committee. Their official sights states "We oppose oppression in all its forms including racism, sexism, homophobia, classism and imperialism. We demand liberation and justice for all peoples. We recognize that we live in a capitalist system that favors a select few and oppresses the majority. This system cannot be reformed or voted out of office because reforms and elections do not challenge the fundamental causes of injustice." It further states "Prairie Fire Organizing Committee is a grassroots activist organization that has worked for social change since 1975. We want to live in a world which has a just distribution of resources and a political system based on empowerment, participation and responsibility. To achieve this goal requires building a strong movement. It is a long-term endeavor that demands organization, commitment and a collective process. For us, educational forums, street demonstrations and a range of creative actions are all part of developing a powerful and collective mass movement. We invite you to read this brochure and learn more about us. We oppose oppression in all its forms including racism, sexism, homophobia, classism and imperialism. We demand liberation and justice for all peoples. We recognize that we live in a capitalist system that favors a select few and oppresses the majority. This system cannot be reformed or voted out of office because reforms and elections do not challenge the fundamental causes of injustice." Hmmm, so it can't be reformed, or voted out of office. Can it be transformed? And guess where they headquarter! Yep, once again the road leads back to Chicago!
The site further states "We oppose U.S. imperialism and the role the United States plays in the world. The U.S. systematically uses its military, political and economic might to dominate and control the government, people and resources of other nations for its own benefit. The history of the United States is one of imperialist expropriation. Because of this, the United States is not a single nation but an empire, containing multiple nations. The early colonists stole Native American land and killed indigenous people. White settlers enslaved millions of Africans and used their labor to build the U.S. The U.S. government used military force to seize the northern half of Mexico in 1848 and to colonize Puerto Rico, the Philippines, and Hawai'i in 1898.
Today, the U.S. is the dominant ideological, economic and political superpower in the world. From Cuba to Iraq to Indonesia, U.S. attempts to control the world know no borders. The U.S. has plundered the resources and weakened the national identities and cultures of nations around the world. For millions of people, the result of U.S. domination is poverty, the violation of human rights and devastated environments. Prairie Fire believes that as long as the U.S. remains an imperial power there can be no justice and there will be no peace."
Hmmmm, is Obama and his agenda starting to make a little more sense? Let's connect some dots - Frank Marshall Davis, The Weather Underground, Prairie Fire, neighbor Bill Ayers, Barack Obama. And where does Van Jones, Eric Holder, Cass Sustein et al fit into this picture? Where did they all go to college, and were they visited by the Weather Underground? Who were their mentors?
Prairie Fire espouses, "White supremacy remains a dominant ideology in the United States. This country was founded on the belief that white people are superior to people of color." Really? I thought the country was founded on the principle that all men are created equal! They go on to say "We also respect the right of people to take up armed struggle against colonialism for the liberation of oppressed peoples. This is in accordance with resolutions of the United Nations General Assembly and the Geneva Convention, which recognize that the crime is colonialism, not the struggle for liberation." Colonialism in this case is defined as exploitive, it "involved fewer colonists, typically interested in extracting resources to export to the metropole. This category includes trading posts but it also includes much larger colonies where the colonists would provide much of the administration and own much of the land and other capital but rely on indigenous people for labour." - Wikipedia. Ah, gotta love that United Nations!
Lastly from the Prairie Fire - "In the new millennium, we are inspired by the struggles of the Zapatistas in Mexico, worldwide opposition to the IMF and World Bank, the growing anti-sweatshop movement and the movements against the U.S. military in Vieques, Puerto Rico and the Philippines. Here in Chicago, we work closely with the Puerto Rican community to oppose gentrification and to support self-determination for the Puerto Rican nation. These struggles encourage us to continue our work until U.S. imperialism is defeated." Think they have a friend in Obama? Think this will all end peacefully? Think your life won't change dramatically in the coming years based upon what has already transpired through the Obama administration agenda? Still think transformation is a lofty goal and a good thing?
And here are some pertinent quotes from Obama:
After the 1960s, liberalism and conservatism were defined in the popular imagination less by class than by attitude--the position you took toward the traditional culture and counterculture. What mattered was how you felt about sex, drugs, rock and roll, the Latin Mass or the Western canon. For white ethnic voters in the North and whites in the South, this new liberalism made little sense. The violence in the streets and the excuses for such violence in intellectual circles, blacks moving next door and white kids bused across town, the burning of flags and spitting on vets, all of it seemed to insult and diminish family, faith, flag, neighborhood, and for some at least, white privilege. And when, in the wake of assassinations and Vietnam, economic expansion gave way to gas lines, inflation and plant closings, and the best Jimmy Carter could suggest was turning down the thermostat, the New Deal coalition began looking for another political home. - Audacity of Hope
I was not raised in a religious household. For my mother, organized religion too often dressed up closed-mindedness in the garb of piety, cruelty and oppression in the cloak of righteousness. However, in her mind, a working knowledge of the world's great religions was a necessary part of any well-rounded education. In our household the Bible, the Koran, and the Bhagavad Gita sat on the shelf alongside books of Greek and Norse and African mythology. On Easter or Christmas Day my mother might drag me to church, just as she dragged me to the Buddhist temple, the Chinese New Year celebration, the Shinto shrine, and ancient Hawaiian burial sites. In sum, my mother viewed religion through the eyes of the anthropologist; it was a phenomenon to be treated with a suitable respect, but with a suitable detachment as well. - Audacity of Hope
The discomfort of some progressives with any hint of religiosity has often inhibited us from effectively addressing issues in moral terms. - Audacity of Hope
In the months leading up to graduation, I wrote to every civil rights organization I could think of, to any black elected official in the country with a progressive agenda... - Dreams from My Father
Black politicians discovered what white politicians had known for a very long time: that race-baiting could make up for a host of limitations. Younger leaders, eager to make a name for themselves, upped the ante, peddling conspiracy theories all over tow -the Koreans were funding the Klan, Jewish doctors were injecting black babies with AIDS. It was a shortcut to fame, if not always fortune; like sex or violence on TV, black rage always found a ready market. - Dreams from My Father
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