strategist David Axelrod is Barack Obama’s key political advisor and
speech writer. Axelrod has previously worked on the campaigns of
numerous liberals, including Deval Patrick, current governor of
Massachusetts; John Edwards, Senator Chris Dodd, Rep. Rahm Emanuel and
In fact, according to a lengthy feature on Axelrod
in The New York Times (April 1, 2007), Axelrod was instrumental
in helping Emanuel in the 2006 campaign to take over the House of
Representatives from Republicans.
Axelrod worked as lead political reporter for the
Chicago Tribune and later became a political consultant for far left
His strategy was to market a personality, rather than
market policies or issues. According to liberal political
consultant Saul Shorr: "What David is basically doing -- and this is
somewhat new for Democrats -- isn’t trying to figure out how to sell
policies. It’s a matter of personality. How do we sell
Axelrod’s success in helping Deval Patrick become
governor of Massachusetts has been replicated in Obama’s campaign for
the presidency. Patrick was a leftist political operative who
served as head of the Civil Rights Division in the Clinton Justice
Department under AG Janet Reno.
Patrick’s first year as governor of Massachusetts has
been seen as a train wreck by most political observers – even
Boston Globe editorialists.
Axelrod’s strategy has been to promote a personality,
not issues. Perhaps this is why Obama’s campaign speeches have
been more like Saturday Night Live Matt Foley motivational speeches than
serious attempts to lay out what an Obama presidency would mean to our
nation. Massachusetts voters are learning the folly of voting for
a personality rather than sound policies and a plan. (This isn’t
to discount the importance of character or personality in a political
candidate, but the candidate should state what he’s going to do when
elected -- not simply give motivational speeches.)
David Axelrod’s political heroes are John F. Kennedy
and Robert Kennedy and he has consistently worked on the campaigns of
liberal and far leftist candidates. Axelrod’s
parents were both liberals. His father, Joseph Axelrod, was a
psychologist in New York City and his mother Myril was a writer. She
later became an advertising executive.
David’s Mother And
Radical Leftist Journalism
Myril Axelrod was formerly a writer for PM,
a leftist tabloid newspaper published from 1940 to 1948 in New York
City. A feature on the leftist nature of PM was
published by City
Journal in the Summer of 1993.
The paper was founded by
Ralph McAllister Ingersoll, a liberal who thought he could use
Communists on his staff to help with the circulation of the paper. The
Communists, however, used the paper for their own purposes and he lost
influence over the magazine after entering the Army.
In fact, in 1946 five of the staff members of PM’s
Washington, DC bureau resigned in protest over the high level of
Communist influence within the newspaper. The five resigned after three
other members of the staff were fired. According to the five who
Although not himself a Communist, he [Ralph
Ingersoll] has continuously yielded to Communist pressure and has
denounced as factionalists those staff members who have tried to keep
the party line out of the paper. He has destroyed the confidence of
those who believe that PM should be as realistic and critical
of Russian foreign policy as in its evaluation of the foreign policy of
our own government. (New York Times, June 15, 1946)
staff was comprised of both Communists and non-Communist liberals. The
paper was overtly political and the writers didn’t hide their political
biases in their writings. Ingersoll refused to carry advertising because
he didn’t want the paper to be influenced by advertisers. City
Journal writer Roger Starr noted: "Although every member of
PM’s staff was profoundly anti-Hitler, the staff was divided into
two cliques: the liberals who regarded the Soviet Union as a slave
state, devoid of individual rights, and the liberals who regarded the
Soviet Union as a living demonstration of a truly humane society."
For example, Leo Huberman, a Communist sympathizer,
was the labor news editor. I.F. Stone was the Washington, DC
correspondent for PM. In the 1980s, a KGB agent fingered Stone
as a willing participant
in Soviet intelligence operations in the U.S.
The paper, however, was never a financial success
without advertising. It received funding from Marshall Field III, a
leftist millionaire who kept the paper running for eight years. Field
also funded the
Industrial Areas Foundation, a training school for radical leftist
organizers, which was headed by Saul Alinsky. (Both Hillary Clinton
and Barack Obama were trained by Alinsky radicals in Chicago).
Former Communist Eugene Lyons, writing in The Red
Decade: The Stalinist Penetration of America, noted that PM’s
staff included a former editor of the Daily Worker;
another was former editor of The Communist; and a third was a
leader of the Communist Youth League; a fourth was a Soviet government
official; and a fifth was the former staff cartoonist for the Daily
Worker, the official newspaper of the Communist Party, USA.
We have been unable to determine if Axelrod’s
mother was a liberal who considered the Soviet Union a slave state or a
Marxist-leaning liberal who viewed the Soviet Union as a humane society. The fact remains, however, that her liberalism was obviously infused
into the mind of David Axelrod and is what still apparently motivates
him to support leftist candidates.
Radical Staff Writers – Linked To Marxist ‘Black Power’ In 1940s
One of PM’s writers was Earl Conrad, a leftist who also wrote
for the Negro Story, a leftist newspaper founded by two black
women, Alice C. Browning and Fern Gayden. The ideological nature of this
paper was described by Bill Mullen in a historical critique of
African-American literature during World War II. Writing in African
American Review, Vol. 30; Issue: 1; 1996), Mullen notes:
… [the] Negro Story’s editorial stance,
rather than "non-political," was in many ways close to that of
black and white Communists, socialists, and internationalists,
whose wartime positions combined pro-labor, pro-black,
anti-fascist sentiment in equal measure…
… the editors of Negro Story consciously
continued to represent and re-form their critiques of
capitalism, American race relations, and imperialism to suit the
newly evolving political crises of the mid-1940s, while adding
to them a black feminist awareness the magazine’s female editors
could hardly avoid.
Among those writing for Negro Story was
Marshall Davis, the Communist Party member who became Barack Obama’s
mentor when Obama was living in Hawaii in the 1970s.
Another writer for Negro Story was Jack
Conroy, a Marxist who taught at the openly-Communist Abraham Lincoln
School in Chicago. Four of his students at this school also wrote for
the Negro Story, so the Marxist influence was significant in
According to Mullen, the articles and ideas
articulated in Negro Story influenced the political educations
of Malcolm X "and a generation of Civil Rights activists."
Connecting The Dots
Chicago has been a hotbed of leftist political activities for decades.
Saul Alinsky successfully trained hundreds of radicals who are now in
positions of power -- including both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.
Chicago was also a hotbed of Marxist Black Power
activities during World War II, and the anti-capitalist writings of the
Negro Story helped fuel future black power advocates.
Chicago is also an area heavily influenced by Nation
of Islam leader Minister Louis Farrakhan, who has recently endorsed the
candidacy of Barack Obama to become our next president. During a
Presidential debate on Feb. 26, Obama rejected the endorsement when
pressured by the debate host, but the fact is that he has
of Islam members on his own staff. If Obama rejects the hateful
anti-Jewish and anti-White rhetoric of Farrakhan, why does he have
Farrakhan followers on his Senate office staff?
The radicalism of Frank Marshall Davis that was
planted in a young Barack Obama appears to have taken root -- and the son
of a writer for a Communist-dominated newspaper -- is running Obama’s
political campaign to help him become President and Commander-in-Chief
of our Armed Forces.
"Change" is the Axelrod and Obama slogan. Many
Americans rightfully fear what kind of change this might be if
Obama ascends to the highest elected office in the land.
Communists Boast "Mentoring" David Axelrod
Newly uncovered correspondence quotes a
purported communist activist claiming he served as political mentor to
Obama's Senior Adviser David Axelrod.
The correspondence is
highlighted in a brand-new book that exposes evidence of Axelrod working
closely with a pair of communist activists who boasted of aiding
Axelrod's political career. "The Manchurian President: Barack
Obama's Ties to Communists, Socialists and other Anti-American
Extremists" also ties Obama to the same activists.
documents how Don Rose, founder of the pro-communist
Hyde Park Voices
and member in the 1960s of a purported Communist Party front, the
Alliance to End Repression, boasted of his relationship with Axelrod:
"Your dad and I 'mentored' and helped educate [Axelrod] politically,"
Rose writes, "which is perhaps why you may recall seeing him hanging
around the house."
Rose was writing to Marc Canter, the son of
the late David S. Canter, who was co-founder of the Voices newspaper and
was named as a communist in the late 1960's by the House Committee on
"I later wrote a reference letter for
him (Axelrod) that helped him win an internship at the Tribune, which
was the next step in his journalism career," admitted Rose, referring to
an internship Axelrod landed at the Chicago Tribune in 1977.
newspaper later hired Axelrod full-time. At the age of 27, Axelrod
became the youngest Tribune writer when he served as the City Hall
Bureau Chief and a political columnist for the publication.
Rose's correspondence with Marc Canter, highlighted in "The Manchurian
President," came in response to blog reports claiming Axelrod worked for
Rose's Hyde Park Voices, when it was a similar sounding newspaper, the
Hyde Park Herald, that employed Axelrod for a short period of time.
Axelrod, meanwhile, worked again with Rose
and Canter when Obama's future top adviser was hired in 1987 to aid in
the successful reelection campaign of Harold Washington, Chicago's first
black mayor. Washington himself was supported by a coalition of
communist and socialist groups.
Canter, a key Chicago political
fixer, was reportedly instrumental in convincing Washington to first run
as Chicago's mayor in 1981.
By the late 1960s David Canter was working as an insurance agent and publishing a small politically oriented Chicago neighborhood newspaper, the Hyde Park-Kenwood Voices. Canter’s partner and the paper’s editor was Don Rose, a journalist prominent in the Communist Party front Chicago Committee to Defend the Bill of Rights– which was established to help abolish the House Committee on Un-American Activities.
In the mid 1970s David Canter, and his business partner became mentors to a young journalist named David Axelrod.
In his early years as a political consultant, Axelrod, following in the footsteps of his mentor, the political strategist Don Rose, carved out a reputation for himself as a skillful specialist working for local progressive candidates…says Rose. “I think he’s a principled, generally progressive guy… .“
Axelrod first met Rose and Canter in the early 1970s while studying political science at the University of Chicago and working as a reporter on the Hyde Park Herald.
Canter and Rose took the young David Axelrod under their wing. They took it upon themselves to “mentor” and “educate…politically”, a the young journalist. Don Rose later wrote a reference letter for Axelrod that helped win him the internship at the Chicago Tribune which launched his career.
Don Rose writing to David Canter’s son Marc Canter, said;
David Axelrod did not work for the Voices at any point. He was a reporter for the HP Herald while attending U of C, appearing on the scene first in 1975, just after the Voices folded–but he was familiar with our paper as a student before he got the Herald job. Your dad and I “mentored” and helped educate him politically in that capacity, which is perhaps why you may recall seeing him hanging around the house. I later wrote a reference letter for him that helped him win an internship at the Tribune, which was the next step in his journalism career.
David Canter had become active in the organization in the 1940s and remained involved up to his death in 2004, serving on its board in the early 1980s.
IVI was set up to campaign for endorsed candidates-especially “progressive” candidates, which caused the FBI to investigate the organization.
The government took an interest in IVI as far back as 1944, over quite justified allegations of communist infiltration.
In 1944 the FBI prepared a more extensive intelligence report on an active political group, the Independent Voters of Illinois, apparently because it was the target of Communist “infiltration.” The Independent Voters group was reported to have been formed;
“…for the purpose of developing neighborhood political units to help in the re-election of President Roosevelt and the election of progressive congressmen. Apparently, IVI endorsed or aided democrats for the most part, although it was stated to be “independent.”
Both Barack and Michelle Obama were members of IVI-IPO, and the organization endorsed Obama during his 2004 U.S. Senate race.
On the 30th of September 2008, when Barack Obama was looking increasingly likely to win the US presidency, under the able guidance of David Axelrod, Marc Canter wrote in his blog;
My father was an old-time politico in Chicago and one of his old buddies – Don Rose writes a column for a Chicago web site called the ‘Chicago Daily Observer’.
In today’s column he writes that Obama has taken a 50-42 lead in the polls.
I’m saying this in honor of my father who fought for civil rights, against the Vietnam War and would be tickled pink to see what Barack is up to.
I know he’s looking down from wherever he is – and laughing right now.
Excerpt ends . . .
On The Fundraising Committee
For The Racist Fr. Pfleger
And just look
at who is on a fundraising committee for the
Fr. Pleger's church.
MoveOn.org founder David Axelrod helped Obama win his U.S.
Senate seat in 2004 and currently serves as strategist and media adviser
to Obama’s presidential campaign. He is Obama's Karl Rove