All of Obama’s radical revolutionary friends seem to be coming
out into the light. Just weeks ago, former Weather Underground leader Bill Ayers
endorsed Jon Stewart’s "Rally to
Restore Sanity." Then his wife,
Bernardine Dohrn, told cameras,
"The American government is the real terrorist."
Marilyn Katz -- a lifelong
"revolutionary" and longtime, intimate friend of Barack Obama, Michelle Obama,
Barack’s alter ego
Valerie Jarrett, and
David Axelrod -- has
written an article in the socialist
magazine In These Times
calling for the creation of a new "progressive" organization to motivate his
hard-Left base. Katz has spent decades
attempting to create socialist-oriented groups dominated by Marxists that
included enough deluded liberals to give the appearance of a mainstream
political venture. Her article, and the re-emergence of Obama’s Marxist
supporters, may signal the beginning of just such a renewed effort.
Unlike Ayers, Dohrn, or Jeremiah Wright, the name Marilyn Katz
is not well known, even among conservative observers of the radical Left. This
author wrote the most detailed account of Katz’s involvement with the Obamas
last year. In an article posted on WorldNetDaily today, Aaron Klein
a DiscoverTheNetworks profile, which is largely cannibalized from
an article I wrote last September. As
anyone who reads my article will see, her close ties to the White House should
send up (no pun intended) red flags.
To briefly summarize, Katz provided
"security" for the Students for a
Democratic Society (SDS) during the "Days of Rage" protest at the 1968
Democratic National Convention in Chicago, where she invented "guerrilla nails"
-- several sharp nails fasted in the center, which SDS members could throw at
police. In 1971-2, Katz would lead a remnant of the imploding SDS to form the
New American Movement (NAM), a combined Old Left-New Left organization that
included Communist Party USA members
from the Stalinist era. A few years later, Katz founded the Reproductive Rights
National Network, which intended to
enroll pro-abortion activists in a larger crusade
for "child care, national health-care, high-quality education, and guaranteed
income." In 1983, NAM merged with Michael Harrington’s Democratic Socialist
Organizing Committee to form the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA).
As the website of the Freedom Socialist Party
notes, "Social democrats, such as the
Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee (DSOC) and the New American Movement
(NAM), long ago disappeared into the Democratic Party."
Katz started a public relations firm and led the charge for
the election of Chicago Mayor Harold Washington, a major triumph of the
socialist Left. That is where she met Michelle Robinson and her fiancee, Barack
Katz and Chicago limousine liberal Bettylu Saltzman organized
the 2002 antiwar demonstration featuring a speech from State Senator Barack
Hussein Obama, which he used to burnish his antiwar credentials
en route to
capturing the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination.
Katz continued to encourage socialists to radicalize the
Democratic Party. In a 2004 article entitled "From
Protest to Politics," she and co-author Carl Davidson
encouraged revolutionaries to vote for John Kerry. Although they insisted the
"will still be an imperialist power"
under Kerry, at least under a Democrat the United States would be "not quite as
dangerous to peace abroad."
Continuing her efforts to radicalize the mainstream, Katz
at least $50,000 for Obama’s 2008
presidential campaign, as did
Code Pink activist (and
Jerry Brown advisor)
After Obama’s election, she reportedly offered a barely
concealed bribe to Governor Rod Blagojevich in exchange for naming Valerie
Jarrett to Obama’s vacant senate seat. Blago
wrote in his book that, after Katz
schedule lunch with his wife Patti,
Katz contacted him and "indicated that if I appointed Valerie Jarrett to the
U.S. Senate, the Obama people would help me raise money from their network of
contributors across the country."
Despite her pose as a simple Democrat, her goals and ideology
have remained unchanged. On the 40th anniversary of the Days of Rage, an
interviewer from In These Times
asked "In this age of terrorism" if she
regretted her role in the riots. She replied, "I regret nothing." However, she
would probably reject violence as a useful form of revolution."
She told ITT,
"What is really interesting to me" is that Ayers and Dohrn had figured "out a
way to not only join the system but make changes" to it. One of the ways they
effected "change" was by supporting Barack Obama.
In the same interview, Katz exposed to her socialist audience
the Left’s collusion with Barack Obama. She said she and her fellow fringers had
to elect Obama and continually push him in the direction of Fabian socialism --
but without going so far as to tip off ignorant patriotic Americans:
We have to get him into office so then we can be the Left
opposition. I think it is a delicate balance between those of us who are
progressive, how much you push, how much you don’t want to put him in very
difficult positions that would embarrass him or give John McCain some
In her new article
"What We Lost After We Won in 2008,"
Katz purrs the reason Obama’s party lost a blowout midterm election is because
he failed to motivate the far-Left. To remedy this, she proposes:
We must build the national grassroots vehicle that Obama
for America and Organizing for America could have been. This organization
must be broad enough in scope to develop and promote a progressive agenda,
and it should allow all types of involvement--whether online or in person,
occasional or constant.
The article’s centerpiece is this: "Crucially, the
organization’s members would not
only articulate a progressive agenda and interact
with congressional leaders on the ground but also be
creative enough in their thinking to
involve the ordinary, everyday people
who found both meaning and community in 2008." (Emphases added.)
Anyone familiar with Katz and the history of the Left of which
she is a creature, knows she is calling for a new Popular Front. In the 1930s,
the Communist Party USA made common cause with as many liberal organizations
(especially unions) as possible to push America further into a command economy
and draw the nation into World War II as an ally of Josef Stalin. The CPUSA
hoped not only to drive the public Left but to use "useful idiots" as cover to
make themselves appear mainstream.
Katz’s article seems the modern complement. Barack Obama’s
heart is with the far-Left, and he desperately seeks popular cover to implement
an agenda it knows the American people reject. That is why he finances covert
propaganda, such as blogger Tracy Russo
anonymously attacking conservative websites
that disagree with his positions. That is why he hosts
"cultural policy summits" with conspiracy theorists
from the Universal Zulu Nation. Left-wing activist Sally Kohn
exposed the weekly "Common Purpose meetings"
Obama called to convince like-minded extremists to support his administration.
That is why
Education Secretary Arne Duncan "invited" 4,000 federal employees
to attend Al Sharpton’s "Reclaim the Dream" rally,
scheduled to compete with
Restoring Honor rally on 8/28. And that
is why he submitted a report to the UN Human Rights Commission that proclaimed
socialism a "human right," while
criticizing Arizona’s immigration law
(and earning a
UN condemnation of Jan Brewer’s law).
Katz now is opening another front on Obama’s behalf, while
strategically nudging him to the Left.
Glenn Beck has speculated that once these efforts gain enough
ground, the socialists will begin exposing themselves. The rapid-fire emergence
of Ayers, Dohrn, and Katz lend support to his conclusion. Some of us have
known Obama’s ideological extremism since before the 2008
election. Unlike the mainstream media -- and some
"conservatives" -- he made little secret of it.
The question remains: After all the damage he has inflicted,
will Americans fall for the PR smokescreen or insist that the
newly elected Republicans pry Obama and
his radical minions’ hands off the levers of power? Or do we even have the
character to reject socialism, anymore?