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Déjà Vu: Message of New Left is the same as the Old Left

Posted in Corruption, Liberalism, Obama, Politics by Karmi on July 5, 2008

Obama’s so-called message of “Change” brings back memories of circa 1965, in a Déjà Vu way. He uses the word “Change” to cloak his past and present positions, and when pressed on what those positions were or are, he merely wraps himself in his magical ‘Cloak of Change’ again.

Since winning the Democratic Party’s nomination as their Presidential candidate, his has tried to shift to the right, moves that upset his far left anti-American base, and that causes him to do even more ‘flip-flopping’ on what his positions are. This far left anti-American base is what got him selected as the Democratic Party’s Presidential candidate, and he cannot now move very far away from them, since they now basically control the Democratic Party.

Let’s take a look at the positions held by the Old Left, and compare them to the positions of this so-called New Left…

America’s far leftists have a history of past failures, and since their positions are usually an attempt to destroy America, Capitalism, and the rights of the Individual, their basic dogma gets cloaked in the word “New” when it is discovered to have failed.

Circa 1965, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) became part of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Leftists need the force and power of the Federal Government in order to force their anti-America agenda down the throats of all Americans. Gaining such control over the lives of Americans, requires them to divide Americans into groups, e.g. “Poor” verses “Evil-Rich” groups, “Poor” verses “Evil-Corporations” groups, “Black” verses “Evil-Whites” groups, “White” verses “Evil-White” groups, etc. Having control over the housing that Americans have is a powerful tool…a tool for the use of force, for gaining more power, for getting more money, and for propaganda. Under HUD, is a major program known as – Community Planning and Development. Many more federal programs fall under that program, e.g. the Community Development Block Grant. HUD is basically a huge ‘Black Hole’ for taxpayer’s dollars to fall into, and become hard to track. Are such funds used to pay “Community Organizers”? I don’t know. Anyway, the far leftists have their hands into that ‘Federal Purse’, and they are not about to let go. I’m going to bring Obama in at this point…

    Obama the “Community Organizer” and a record of his housing policy:

Grim proving ground for Obama’s housing policy

The candidate endorsed subsidies for private entrepreneurs to build low-income units. But, while he garnered support from developers, many projects in his former district have fallen into disrepair.

.. The campaign did not respond to questions about whether Obama was aware of the problems with buildings in his district during his time as a state senator, nor did it comment on the roles played by people connected to the senator.

Among those tied to Obama politically, personally, or professionally are:

Valerie Jarrett, a senior adviser to Obama’s presidential campaign and a member of his finance committee. Jarrett is the chief executive of Habitat Co., which managed Grove Parc Plaza from 2001 until this winter and co-managed an even larger subsidized complex in Chicago that was seized by the federal government in 2006, after city inspectors found widespread problems.

Allison Davis, a major fund-raiser for Obama’s US Senate campaign and a former lead partner at Obama’s former law firm. Davis, a developer, was involved in the creation of Grove Parc and has used government subsidies to rehabilitate more than 1,500 units in Chicago, including a North Side building cited by city inspectors last year after chronic plumbing failures resulted in raw sewage spilling into several apartments.

Antoin “Tony” Rezko, perhaps the most important fund-raiser for Obama’s early political campaigns and a friend who helped the Obamas buy a home in 2005. Rezko’s company used subsidies to rehabilitate more than 1,000 apartments, mostly in and around Obama’s district, then refused to manage the units, leaving the buildings to decay to the point where many no longer were habitable.

Campaign finance records show that six prominent developers – including Jarrett, Davis, and Rezko – collectively contributed more than $175,000 to Obama’s campaigns over the last decade and raised hundreds of thousands more from other donors. Rezko alone raised at least $200,000, by Obama’s own accounting.

One of those contributors, Cecil Butler, controlled Lawndale Restoration, the largest subsidized complex in Chicago, which was seized by the government in 2006 after city inspectors found more than 1,800 code violations.

Butler and Davis did not respond to messages. Rezko is in prison; his lawyer did not respond to inquiries.

Remember now, that HUD was created circa 1965, as a cabinet level agency. Twenty years later, industry and housing were still in a mess, billions of dollars have been wasted and lost in the ‘Black Hole’, and Obama becomes a “Community Organizer” in Chicago’s South Side, circa 1985. South Side Chicago was hurting from the loss of large “Evil-Corporations”, caused in part by the far leftist union demands, and housing needed help. Obama didn’t get much done, other than throwing more taxpayers dollars into the ‘Black Hole’, but he did find new connections that helped him establish a political career. Twenty-three years later, Obama is running for the office of President, and mice scamper about, in the low-income housing that he had helped to oversee…low-income housing with mice, collapsed roofs, sewage backups, etc. that now face demolition. Demolish them, and start over again, i.e. ‘In with the NEW, out with the OLD.’ No matter that he helped Antoin “Tony” Rezko get money to “rehabilitate more than 1,000 apartments” that now face demolition. No matter that Valerie Jarrett is one of his campaign’s senior advisers, and that she is the “chief executive of Habitat Co., which managed Grove Parc Plaza from 2001 until this winter and co-managed an even larger subsidized complex in Chicago that was seized by the federal government in 2006, after city inspectors found widespread problems.” Obama offers no “Change”; he offers more of the same Old Corruption.

    Obama’s connections and ‘Cloak of Change’NEW dogma remains the same OLD leftist dogma:

Obama’s Boys of Summer

.. Klonsky, whose disgust for mainstream politics led him to launch a new, Maoist Communist Party in the 1970s, today supports Barack Obama so enthusiastically that until recently he was blogging on the Illinois senator’s campaign website.

.. Michael Klonsky is hardly the only ’68 radical supporting Obama this year. In 1968, when Mark Rudd organized the student strike that shut down Columbia University, the SDS chapter that he chaired ridiculed…SNIP…and suggested “sabotage” as an alternative to voting. Rudd succeeded Klonsky as national SDS leader, presiding over the organization’s metamorphosis into Weatherman and performing “a liaison function” for the plot to bomb a Fort Dix soldiers’ dance that instead killed three Weathermen, including two of Rudd’s Columbia SDS colleagues.

.. Then there’s Carl Davidson, who was one of SDS’s three elected national officers in 1968, when the organization first urged young people to refrain from voting. His disillusionment with traditional politics became so pronounced that, in the post-sixties hangover that followed, Davidson joined Klonsky in rejecting traditional politics for fringe Marxist movements. More recently, he helped organize the 2002 rally in which Obama first spoke out against the Iraq War and now serves as the webmaster of Progressives for Obama.

.. Former SDS president Tom Hayden is also in the Obama camp. Hayden organized the made-for-TV protest outside the 1968 Chicago convention…SNIP…Hayden’s orchestrated anarchy proved more damaging to Humphrey’s presidential aspirations than any dirty trick Nixon’s henchmen could have dreamed up. Klonsky remembers Hayden plotting to spread nails on a highway; another SDS leader recalls Hayden encouraging activists to firebomb police cars.

.. Now Hayden is one of the organizers of Progressives for Obama.

.. Progressives for Obama resembles a Who’s Who of SDS luminaries. In addition to Hayden, Rudd, and Davidson, the group includes Bob Pardun, SDS’s education secretary during the 1966–67 school year; Paul Buhle, a radical professor who has recently attempted to revive SDS; Mickey and Dick Flacks, red-diaper babies who helped craft 1962’s Port Huron Statement, a seminal New Left document; and SDS’s third president, Todd Gitlin. Age and experience have mellowed some of the SDSers in Obama’s camp. Gitlin, for instance, has evolved into a respected Ivy League professor and milquetoast liberal. But others still glory in a past that can only damage Obama’s future. The aging New Left still practices a therapeutic politics that places a higher value on feelings of personal liberation than on restrained pursuit of political aims.
.. Obama has already taken political hits for his connection to Weathermen Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn…SNIP…Obama praised Ayers’s book in the Chicago Tribune, sat with him on a foundation’s board, and benefited from a fundraiser held at the couple’s home. Ayers spoke at events organized by Michelle Obama; Barack Obama spoke at events organized by Ayers.

The Obama We Don’t Know

.. A 2004 Chicago Sun-Times interview with Mr. Obama mentioned three men as his religious guides. One was Rev. Wright. Another was Father Michael Pfleger, the Louis Farrakhan ally whose recent remarks caused Mr. Obama to resign from Trinity, but for whose Chicago church Mr. Obama channeled at least $225,000 in grants as a state senator. Until recently, the priest was connected to the campaign, which flew him to Iowa to host an interfaith forum. Father Pfleger’s testimony for the candidate has since been scrubbed from Mr. Obama’s campaign Web site. A third mentor was Illinois state Senator James Meeks, another Chicago pastor who has generated controversy for mixing pulpit and politics.

The Reverend Jeremiah Wright connection opened the door into what Obama is really about. When the Bill Ayers connection showed up, it didn’t gain much attention at first…then entered Wright, and people started taking notice. I still don’t think that the Antoin “Tony” Rezko connection and/or story is over with. Those three men alone point to racism, anti-American terrorists, and corrupt officials. Obama has a list of friends, advisors, and associates that would’ve ended most politicians’ careers by now.

Rezko, Obama, and Chicago Corruption

Rezko, Obama, the Chicago Combine: Corruption We Can Believe In

.. Corruption, at least corruption old-fashioned Chicago style, is par for the city’s political culture. Unlike corruption in other cities, Chicago corruption usually trickled down to the little guy. The myth is that everyone benefited. Of course, some people benefited a lot more than others.

.. Michelle was subsequently hired by the University of Chicago, ultimately ending up as the University of Chicago Hospital’s Vice President for External Affairs. Barack was chair of the Illinois Senate’s powerful Health and Human Services Committee, the position tied by some to the Rezko scandal.

If you don’t get the picture, you are definitely not from Chicago.

.. Barack and Michelle were a power couple hooked into the Democratic machine. Tony Rezko cultivated them, the Chicago Way. When the Obamas bought their mansion in trendy Hyde Park-Kenwood, Mrs. Rezko bought the lot next door for asking price in a coordinated deal from the same seller. The Obamas got their house at a discount. Mrs. Rezko paid full price. Later, Mrs. Rezko sold part of the lot to the Obamas to expand their back yard.

What Rezko wanted from Obama became apparent later.

The Old Left’s positions are the same as the New Left’s positions – gain control of the American government, and then destroy it and Capitalism.

Swåmp Hermî†


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