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Barack Obama makes the statement, "...when you actually ask, well?
This is based on what, this notion that Obama is a socialist..."
Based on the fact that in 1995, Obama, as part of his first run for the
Illinois State Senate, began seeking the endorsement of the
The New Party's objective was to push forth the socialist principles of
Socialists of America (DSA), that
claimed Obama as a member, by focusing on winnable elections at a
local level and spreading the Socialist movement upwards.
Obama had been running in a four way primary against his former boss,
Alice Palmer, an executive board member of the
U.S. Peace Council, which the FBI identified as a communist front
group, and an affiliate of the World Peace Council, a Soviet front
The New Party required candidates who received the endorsement sign a
pledge of support for the party. Obama signed that pledge,
choosing to support a party that was, in effect, a front group for
communists. The July issue of the New Ground noted that 15% of the
New Party consisted of
DSA members and a good number of members of the
Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism, a democratic
socialist group in the United States which originated in 1991 as the
Committees of Correspondence, a moderate, dissenting wing of the
Communist Party USA.
When allegations surfaced early this summer of the New Party's
endorsement of Obama, the Obama campaign along with the remnants of the
New Party and Democratic Socialists of America claimed that Obama was
never a member of either organization. The DSA and New Party then
systematically attempted to cover up any ties between Obama and the
Socialist Organizations. However, it now appears that Barack Obama was
indeed a certified and acknowledged member of the DSA's New Party.
On Tuesday, John Hinderaker of the PowerLine blog
discovered a web page that had been scrubbed from the New Party's
website. The web page which was published in October 1996, was an
internet newsletter update on that years congressional races.
Although the web page was deleted from the New Party's website, the
non-profit Internet Archive Organization had archived the page.
So the New Party
claimed Obama as a member as of 1996. Progressive
Populist magazine agreed in this
New Party members and supported candidates won 16 of 23 races, including
an at-large race for the Little Rock, Ark., City Council, a seat on the
county board for Little Rock and the school board for Prince George's
County, Md. Chicago is sending the first New Party member to Congress,
as Danny Davis, who ran as a Democrat, won an overwhelming 85% victory.
New Party member Barack Obama was uncontested for a State Senate
seat from Chicago.
Barack Obama chose to affiliate himself with this band of
quasi-communists. It is clear that Obama chose to affiliate with assorted anti-American
radicals. Machiavelli once noted that we can know a leader by the
people he surrounds himself with. What does it say about Barack
Obama, that he chooses to surround himself with people committed to
overthrowing the United States and capitalism?
There's one thing worse than a socialist, Obama, and that's a serial
liar. Here's an entire page
documenting Obama's socialist past -- and here's another one.
Obama's socialism is more than a notion,
and remember what Lenin
said about socialism, "The goal of socialism is communism."
1996 Ad: Obama Event Sponsored By Socialist Group
Aaron Klein is reporting that A 1996 print
advertisement in a local Chicago newspaper shows Barack Obama was the
speaker at an event sponsored and presented by the Democratic Socialists
of America, the DSA.
The panelists at the 1996 DSA event included
Obama, then a candidate for the 13th Illinois Senate District; William
Julius Wilson, a longtime DSA activist from the Center for the Study of
Urban Inequality at the University of Chicago; Professor Michael Dawson
from the University of Chicago; and Professor Joseph Schwartz, a member
of DSA’s National Political Committee.
According to the archive
of the DSA’s March-April 1996 newsletter, New Ground, Obama reportedly
addressed a crowd of over 300 people, discussing a theme from his
campaign, “What does it take to create productive communities?” Obama
reportedly outlined how government can play “constructive” roles in
Top Democratic Socialists of America members have been closely linked
for years to Obama.
Still, it appears clear that as of 1996, the New Party and its parent
organization the Democratic Socialists of America considered Barack
Obama to be their guy -- one of a handful of avowed socialists running for
office at any level in the United States. It strikes me that Obama
has some explaining to do.
The Socialist New Party
During his run
for the Illinois state senate seat, Obama received the endorsement of
the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA). Obama was an associate of the Chicago branch of
the DSA, and a member of the "New Party," and signed documents seeking their
sought and received
the stamp of approval of a Marxist third party
that operated briefly in Chicago between 1992 and 1998. The group
was called the "New Party" and was started in 1992 by Daniel Cantor (a
former staffer for Jesse Jackson’s 1988 presidential campaign) and Joel
Rogers (a sociology and law professor at the University of
The New Party was a Marxist political coalition whose objective was to
endorse and elect leftist public officials -- most often Democrats.
The New Party’s short-term objective was to move the Democratic Party
leftward, thereby setting the stage for the eventual rise of new Marxist
Most New Party members hailed from the Democratic Socialists of America
(Obama was an associate of the Chicago branch), and the militant
organization ACORN. The party’s Chicago chapter also included a
large contingent from the Committees of Correspondence, a Marxist
coalition of former Maoists, Trotskyists, and Communist Party USA
New Party Member (Barack Obama) Heads For
Endorsed By The Democratic Socialists Of America
In 1996, Obama received the endorsement of the
Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) for the Illinois state senate
seat. Obama is an associate of the Chicago branch of the DSA.
Here is a video
of Obama enthusiastically campaigning for openly socialist Senator
Bernie Sanders of Vermont. Sanders, who won his seat in 2006,
called Obama "one of the great leaders of the United States Senate,"
even though Obama had only been in the body for less than two years.
2007, Obama made this startling comment, "We've got to make
sure that people who have more money help the people who have less
will sound familiar to those who listened to Lyndon Johnson's poverty
gurus and their fellow travelers under Jimmy Carter who promised massive
"When I'm President, I will raise the minimum wage and make it a
living wage by making sure that it rises every time the cost of living
does. I'll start letting our unions do what they do best again --
organize our workers and lift up our middle-class. And I'll finally make
sure every American has affordable health care that stays with you no
matter what happens by passing my plan to provide universal coverage and
cut the cost of health care by up to $2500 per family."
"The philosophy behind the project is simple -- if poverty is a disease
that infects an entire community in the form of unemployment and
violence; failing schools and broken homes, then we can't just treat
those symptoms in isolation. We have to heal that entire community. And
we have to focus on what actually works."
"New Party" Literature Suggests Obama Paid Dues To
is reporting that in the ongoing discussion of Barack Obama's
involvement with Chicago's extremist "New Party," online literature from
the Party likely reveals that the young state senator not only was a
member but had to commit financially to membership.
This past week, National Review author Stanley Kurtz
revived the question of whether or not Obama was ever a member of the
Party. Arguing for the affirmative, Kurtz
conclusively that it did. On the other hand, Joel Rogers, founder of the
tells Ben Smith that it did
not. And documents available online suggest that Kurtz is correct and
that Rogers is not being completely truthful.
First, there's a bit more background which is relevant
here. Kurtz originally raised the question of Obama's involvement with
the New Party back in 2008. At the time, the campaign denied Obama was
ever involved and referred to the allegation as a "crackpot smear." Ben
Smith, then at Politico, wrote a piece in which he quoted New Party
founder Joel Rogers to the effect that Obama had never been a member of
the New Party because the New Party didn't have members.
On Thursday, Kurtz announced the discovery of
new documents that supported
his original claim. In particular, he found minutes of a 1996 New Party
meeting which read:
Barack Obama, candidate for State Senate in the
13th Legislative District, gave a statement to the membership and
answered questions. He signed the New Party “Candidate Contract” and
requested an endorsement from the New Party. He also joined the New
Friday, Ben Smith conceded that this proves the White
House was wrong when it claimed in 2008 that Obama had never sought an
endorsement. However, Joel Rogers is sticking to his claim that the New
Party never had members, telling Ben Smith, "'I have no idea what the
Chicago people were saying about him being a member,' he said. 'We
didn’t have membership, it wasn’t a membership organization.'"
The problem with this is that the New Party
website--earlier drafts of which still exist in the internet
archive--mention membership repeatedly and, as we'll see, even define
what membership meant. Here's the
1999 version of the New Party
website, specifically the "Join the New Party" page. Let me pull a few
quotes that seem pertinent:
Transforming the face of American politics
is a long, hard task. Your membership dollars can help us
make each step of this process a reality
[T]he New Party's work
depends on our members.
Most New Party members
join as a monthly sustainer.
Sustainer pledges are
automatically deducted from members' credit cards
All New Party members
receive a free subscription to our quarterly newsletter
If you have any
about the New Party that weren't answered on our site, or if you
want to know if your membership is current, please contact
our membership coordinator
There's also a"Chapters & Members"
page which gives a link if you
want to "Become an At-Large Member." Here's the
at-large member form which is
addressed to the New Party headquarters in Brooklyn "ATTN: Membership
Services." The form also notes that a one-time contribution of $36 is
considered "basic membership." The "Jobs
and Internships" page has a job listing for
Executive Director which reads, "With close to 20,000 members
and a growing staff (now 25), the organization is poised to elect
progressive majorities in cities across the country..."
What is evident looking at these old websites is that
membership in the New Party was contingent on making a donation. That is
spelled out even more clearly on this 1997 New Party web page titled "New
Party Profile." It reads in part:
The New Party is run by dues-paying members, who
are organized into chapters. The national organization provides
support for chapter growth and coordination. Every member gets one
From 1992 through early 1997, the New Party grew
to 10,000 members. Growth has been accelerating-membership doubled
each of the last two years-and we hope to be at 20,000 by the end of
Clearly the New Party did have members. Its membership
was based on dues. And dues-paying members were allowed to vote. This
completely contradicts every part of the statement Joel Rogers gave to
Ben Smith in 2008 and this week. As the founder of the group, there's no
way he could have been unaware of this, so we must conclude he was
intentionally not telling the truth.
But the fact that New Party members were "dues-paying"
suggests something else. Let's examine the statement Stanley Kurtz
discovered once again:
Barack Obama... signed the New Party “Candidate
Contract”... He also joined the New Party.
Here is the New Party of Illinois "Candidate
Contract" listed on a website in 1999. We
can't be completely sure, but this is likely the same or similar to the
document Obama signed in 1996. Note that the contract has two parts. The
first part stipulates what the New Party will do for the candidate. The
second part lays out what the candidate is expected to do for the New
Party. And right there, consistent with everything else we've seen, item
#2 says "Join the New Party as a dues-paying member." Here's a
Based on the various statements on the Party's website
and the "Candidate Contract" Obama signed, it's clear that joining the
New Party is synonymous with making a monetary contribution (of at least
$36). The meeting minutes say Obama "joined the New Party," so we can
say with near certainty that, like all the other members, he paid to
Obama Tied To Architect Of U.S.
Aaron Klein says that last week,
researcher and author Stanley Kurtz, writing at
National Review Online, reported on documentation from the updated
records of Illinois ACORN at the Wisconsin Historical Society that
"definitively establishes" that Obama was a member of the
Kurtz reported Obama also signed a "contract" promising to publicly
support and associate himself with the New Party while in office.
A July 20, 1992, article in The Nation magazine by New Party founder
Joel Rogers, meanwhile, lays out the case for the establishment of the
party and lists several of the group’s early founders and activists.
Piven, together with
her late husband, activist and fellow Columbia professor Richard Cloward,
Cloward-Piven Strategy, which called for overloading the U.S. public
The duo’s stated goal was to agitate a financial
crisis that would collapse the U.S economy and replace it with a
national system with "a guaranteed annual income and thus an end to
Other early New Party activists listed by Rogers have
ties to Obama. Those activists and others were also listed as New Party
"builders" in the party’ newsletter, the New Party News.
the key New Party activists with Obama ties include:
Madeline Talbott, listed as national field director of ACORN.
Talbott is a former colleague of Obama’s from his 1990s Project Vote!
Chicago Coalition, which worked directly with ACORN when Talbott was
ACORN’s lead Illinois organizer. She has also written about working with
Obama as a fellow Chicago community organizer in the 1990s. Obama
himself has linked his work on Project Vote to Talbott’s Illinois ACORN.
When he sought the endorsement of ACORN for his 2008 presidential bid,
Obama said, "When I ran Project Vote, the voter registration drive in
Illinois, ACORN was smack dab in the middle of it."
Manning Marable, a socialist Columbia University professor. Marable
in 1998 helped found the Black Radical Congress, where he worked with
controversial race scholar Cornel West, an Obama friend and 2008
campaign adviser who introduced the politician at his first campaign
stop in Harlem.WND disclosedthat during that 2007 introduction, West
first railed on stage against the "racist" U.S. criminal justice system
of the "American empire."In 2007, Marable was elected chairman of
Movement for a Democratic Society, or MDS, an arm of the radical
Students for a Democratic Society from which the Weather Underground
terrorist organization later splintered. Some Weathermen terrorists,
including Bill Ayers, participated in Marable’s MDS.
Carl Davidson. Davidson later co-founded Chicagoans Against the War
in Iraq, the group that invited Obama to speak at its Oct. 2, 2002,
anti-war rally in Chicago – an address that was said to propel Obama to
Quentin Young, key organizer of the Physicians for a National Health
Program. Young reportedly was present at a 1995 meeting at the home of
Bill Ayers that was said to have launched Obama’s political career. He
was an adviser to Obama in the late 1990s. Young himself took credit in
March 2009 in an interview with the Democracy Now network for "turning
Barack Obama into a ‘single payer’ advocate when the president was an
Illinois state senator."
The New Party, established in 1992, took
advantage of what was known as electoral "fusion," which enabled
candidates to run on two tickets simultaneously, attracting voters from
both parties. But the New Party disbanded in 1998, one year after fusion
was halted by the Supreme Court.
The socialist-oriented goals of
the New Party were enumerated on its old website.
Among the New
Party’s stated objectives were "full employment, a shorter work week and
a guaranteed minimum income for all adults; a universal ‘social wage’ to
include such basic benefits as health care, child care, vacation time
and lifelong access to education and training; a systematic phase-in of
comparable worth; and like programs to ensure gender equity."
New Party stated it also sought "the democratization of our banking and
financial system – including popular election of those charged with
public stewardship of our banking system, worker-owner control over
their pension assets [and] community-controlled alternative financial
Many of the New Party’s founding members were
Democratic Socialists of America leaders and members of Committees of
Correspondence, a breakaway of the Communist Party USA.
month, WND reported on a 1996 print advertisement in a local Chicago
newspaper that shows Obama was the speaker at an event sponsored and
presented by the Democratic Socialists of America, the DSA.