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In this video, 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 New Party.  The New Party's objective was to push forth the socialist principles of the Democratic 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, Senator 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 group.

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 editorial:

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 bettering society.



Top Democratic Socialists of America members have been closely linked for years to Obama.

Read more here . . .

Obama's Our Guy

The Democratic Socialist Party of America was slightly more modest in claiming Senator Obama as an adherent:



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 support.

Obama actively
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 Wisconsin-Madison).
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 third party.
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 members.
New Party Member (Barack Obama) Heads For The Hill

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.

On November 1st, 2007, Obama made this startling comment, "We've got to make sure that people who have more money help the people who have less money."

His "solutions" will sound familiar to those who listened to Lyndon Johnson's poverty gurus and their fellow travelers under Jimmy Carter who promised massive government assistance:

"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 w

"New Party" Literature Suggests Obama Paid Dues To Join

John Sexton 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 demonstrates fairly conclusively that it did. On the other hand, Joel Rogers, founder of the New Party, 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 Party.

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:

bulletTransforming 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 questions 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 vote.


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 1997.

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 screenshot:

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 join.

Obama Tied To Architect Of U.S. Collapse
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 New Party.

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.

In that article, titled "Out with the Old Politics, in with the New Party," Rogers cites Frances Fox Piven as an early activist in the formation of the New Party, which he describes as a "social democratic" party.

Piven, together with her late husband, activist and fellow Columbia professor Richard Cloward, developed the Cloward-Piven Strategy, which called for overloading the U.S. public welfare system.

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 poverty."

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.

Some of 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.

• Marxist activist 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 national attention.

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."

The 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 institutions."

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.

Last 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.

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