Tuesday, September 23, 2008

What Obama didn't dispute in Corsi's book"Obama Nation"- his communist ties, associates, & much more!


The Obama campaign, in its 40-page "Unfit for Publication" commentary, alleged that Jerome Corsi, author of "The Obama Nation," contains lies, but Corsi has documented in a rebuttal published on WorldNet Daily on Sept. 7, there is no substance to the allegations.

Below is a digest of what Corsi wrote recently:

Because the Obama campaign did not even attempt to refute these substantive arguments, I now assume the Obama campaign is conceding their truth.

Chapter 1: "Myths from My Father"

I consider the following arguments from "Myths from My Father," are now conceded by "Unfit for Publication":

Obama's father was a polygamist (many wives) who failed as a bureaucrat in Kenya and killed himself in the last of a series of drunk-driving incidents in Nairobi. [pages 16-21]

  • Obama's story that the 1965 Selma march was responsible for his conception is also a complete fabrication. [pages 33-34]

Chapter 2, "Strangers in Strange Lands"

I consider the following arguments from "Strangers in Strange Lands," the second chapter of "The Obama Nation," are now conceded as true by "Unfit for Publication":

  • Obama's mother, Ann Dunham, was influenced by two radical teachers at Mercer High School – Val Foubert who taught English, but his texts were "cutting edge": "Atlas Shrugged," "The Organization Man," "The Hidden Persuaders," "1984;" and Jim Wichterman, who taught from "The Communist Manifesto." [pages 42-43]

  • Ann Dunham repeated the pattern of failure in her first marriage to Obama's Muslim Kenyan father, Obama Senior, in her second marriage to Obama's Indonesian Muslim stepfather Lolo Soetoro.

  • Obama received Islamic instruction for at least one year at the public school in Indonesia. [pages 50-62]
    These points were not disputed in "Unfit for Publication."

Chapter 3, "Black Rage, Drugs, and a Communist Mentor"

  • The Obama campaign has conceded for the first time that the identity of "Frank," Obama's mentor in his high school years, was Frank Marshall Davis, the communist poet and journalist from Chicago who retired in Hawaii.

  • The true identity of "Ray" is Keith Kakugawa, the high school friend who is a convicted drug felon, now living homeless on the streets of Los Angeles. [pages 74-77]

  • Obama was deeply influenced by Frantz Fanon, the African psychiatrist whose revolutionary writings were influential in shaping the revolutionary political left of the 1950s and 1960s. [pages 80-84]

  • In seeking his identity during high school, Obama was strongly influenced by reading Malcolm X's autobiography, identifying with many of the more anti-white passages Malcolm X wrote in that book. [pages 90-91]

  • Obama was a heavy user of marijuana and cocaine in his high school and early college years; he drank alcohol and smoked cigarettes with Frank Marshall Davis while yet in his high school years. [pages 87-89]

These points were not disputed in "Unfit for Publication."

Chapter 4, "Kenya, Odinga, Communism, and Islam"

  • Raila Odinga is a socialist who as presidential candidate for the Orange Democratic Movement, or ODM, signed a memorandum of understanding with Sheik Abdullah Abdi, the chairman of the National Muslim Leaders Forum, or NAMLEF, to win Muslim support in the Kenyan presidential election of December 2007. [pages 107-109]

  • Odinga supporters expressed their anger at losing the December 2007 election by engaging in a wave of tribal and religious violence in which machete-wielding Luo mobs killed 1,000 people and displaced approximately 350,000 more. [pages 103-107]

  • The post-election violence included massacres of Christians in which Luo mob supporters of Odinga damaged more than 300 churches, including burning to death 50 people who sought refuge in a Christian church in the town of Eldoret. [page 104]

Chapter 5, "The Ideology of 'Change'"

  • David Axelrod, Obama's campaign strategist, was lying when he maintained Sen. Obama and William Ayers knew one another because they live in the same neighborhood and their children attend the same school. Ayers' children are grown adults and Obama's children are young girls; Obama's children and Ayers' children never attended school together. [page 119]

  • In his 2001 book entitled "Fugitive Days," Ayers openly admits his involvement in the 1970s bombings and the role he played as a radical revolutionary leader at the head of the SDS Weather Underground. [page 119]

  • Obama was recruited by Jerry Kellman to head the Developing Communities Project in Chicago, to be a community organizer working within the system developed by Saul Alinsky. [pages 128-130]

  • "Change" was a credo developed by Alinsky in his 1971 book entitled "Reveille for Radicals." "Change," for Alinsky, invoked radical socialism and meant the redistribution of wealth. [page 130]

  • Alinsky's goal was to set in motion a peaceful revolution, using the ballot box, not bombs or bullets, to wrench power from the hands of capitalist elites and business leaders currently in charge. [page 131]

  • "Change" was Alinsky's code word for creating a socialist revolution, even if the methodology meant radicals would cut their hair, put on business suits, and run for political office. [page 131]

  • Alinsky modeled Rules for Radicals after Machiavelli, also citing Lucifer as "the first radical" in one of three epigraphs with which Alinsky opens the book. [pages 133-134]

  • After endorsing Obama to take her Illinois state senate seat, Alice Palmer arranged a function for a few influential liberals in the district at the Hyde Park home of Weather Underground activists Ayers and Dohrn to kick-off Obama's political campaign. [page 137]

  • In 1995, Bill Ayers co-founded the Chicago Annenberg Challenge with a $50 million grant program for the Chicago public schools. Ayers selected Obama to be the first chairman of the board of the Annenberg Challenge, a position Obama held for eight years, until 2003, a period during which Ayers remained active with the Challenge. [page 138]

  • Bill Ayers was photographed in 2001 standing on the American flag; the photos were taken for an August 2001 interview with Chicago Magazine. [page 146]

  • Sam Graham-Felsen, one of the official bloggers for Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign, was a self-proclaimed student of Karl Marx when he was an undergraduate at Harvard and proudly displayed a Russian communist flag in his dorm room. [page 148]

These points were not disputed in "Unfit for Publication."

Chapter 6, "Tony Rezko and 'The Chicago Way'"

  • Tony Rezko, a Chicago slumlord, helped bankroll Obama in five election runs – in Obama's successful 1996, 1998, and 2002 campaigns for the Illinois state senate, in 2000 for his unsuccessful run for the U.S. House, and in 2004 for his successful U.S. Senate campaign. [page 153]

  • Rezko gave Obama his first political contribution, $2,000, on July 31, 1995, when he learned Obama was going to run for Alice Palmer's seat in the Illinois state legislature. [page 154]

  • Obama has known Rezko for 17 years and he relied upon Rezko to help him raise contributions for his political campaigns. [page 154]

  • Eleven of the Rezmar buildings were in the Illinois state senate district Obama represented. [page 160]

  • Obama's reputation was tarnished in Chicago, not only by his friendship with Rezko and the political contributions he took from him, but also by his involvement with the legal firm representing Rezko. [page 161]

  • There is no record that Illinois state senator Obama ever so much as placed a speech in the record objecting to the public-housing practices perpetrated in his district by Tony Rezko, let alone calling for investigation of Rezko and his business practices. [page 164]

  • The Chicago Sun-Times reported after a March 14, 2008, interview with Obama that Rezko had raised as much as an estimated $250,000 for the first three offices Obama sought, up to and including his 2004 race for the U.S. Senate. [page 170]

These points were not disputed in "Unfit for Publication."

Chapter 7, "Meet Reverend Wright"

  • Obama joined up with Rev. Wright and Trinity United Church of Christ precisely because Wright's outspoken profession of black-liberation theology matched the radical political ideology Obama himself professed as a result of the lessons he had learned from his life experience. [page 177]

  • Obama may denounce Wright today because the reverend's radically outspoken statements and outlandish behavior are politically inconvenient to Obama's presidential run. Yet again, Obama joined Trinity United Church of Christ not by accident but rather because the black-liberation theology spoke to who Obama was and what he believed was true. [page 177-178]

  • A core belief of black-liberation theology is that the historical Jesus Christ was black and, as such, he was oppressed by the ancient Romans, the white imperialists of their day who were then colonizing Israel. [page 178]

  • Black-liberation theologians see the biblical teachings of Jesus Christ as radical and revolutionary, delivering a social and political message that black people need to overthrow white imperialism in order to achieve liberation. [page 178]

  • Black-liberation theology teaches that African-Americans of today must worship a black Jesus and emulate his liberation teachings, this time to overthrow the oppression of the imperialist United States of America, a nation with a history of enslaving black people and colonizing them in modern ghettos of urban poverty. [page 178]

  • When Rev. Wright gives his sermons while dressed in African garb, he is consistent with the Afro-centric nature of black-liberation theology, just as he is when he rails against the United States as an imperialist nation that engages in unjust foreign wars while oppressing its own black citizens. [page 178]

  • Obama said in his autobiography that Malcolm X and Frantz Fanon both had an impact on his intellectual development, aiding him in a search for identity that Obama resolved by embracing his African-American roots. It's clear that as a product of the radical racial politics of the 1960s and as the son of a Kenyan seeking to advance independence in Africa, Obama was intellectually and emotionally prepared to encounter and accept black-liberation theology. [page 183]

  • There is no definitive evidence in his life that Obama is Christian until he was nearly 30 years old and was baptized at Trinity United of Christ in Chicago. [page 187]

  • Rev. Wright accompanied Louis Farrakhan to Libya in 1984, where they met with Muammar Qaddafi. [page 192]

  • Rev. Wright continues to remain close to Farrakhan as witnessed by the Empowerment Award given Farrakhan in 2007 by Trumpet Newsmagazine, published by Trinity United Church of Chirst in Chicago. [page 194]

Chapter 8, "The Cult of Personality"

I consider the following arguments from "The Cult of Personality," the eighth chapter of "The Obama Nation," are now conceded as true by "Unfit for Publication":

  • Obama's campaign strategist David Alexrod selects clients around whom he believes he can promote a cult of personality, with an emphasis long on lofty themes pointing to the future and short on content. [page 215]

  • Axelrod has developed his political consulting career with a specialty in "packaging" African-American candidates to be acceptable to white voters.

  • Among the borrowed themes in Obama's presidential campaign is the use of the phrase "He is the One," which traces back to the Warner Brothers 1999 movie "The Matrix" and the character of Neo as played by Keanu Reeves. [page 229]

  • "Si, se puede" more recently became a slogan widely used by the pro-illegal immigration forces in the May Day rallies launched in major cities across the United States over the past few years. [page 230]

  • Obama borrows "change" from the political slogan socialist Saul Alinsky used as code words to signify his desire to cause a radical redistribution of income from the haves to the have-nots in America. [page 230]

Chapter 9, "A Far-Left Domestic Policy"

  • The National Abortion Rights Action League, which prefers to represent itself more euphemistically under its acronym, NARAL, gives Obama a 100 percent score on his pro-choice voting record in the U.S. Senate for 2005, 2006, and 2007. [page 239]

  • Obama intends to increase capital gains taxes, arguing that current capital gains taxes are not "fair," even though lowering capital gains taxes have proven to stimulate investment and raise tax revenues. [pages 244-246]

Chapter 10, "Obama's Antiwar, Anti-Israel Foreign Policy"

  • Obama promised during the CNN/YouTube primary debate in Charleston, S.C., on July 23, 2007, that he was willing to meet separately, without precondition, with enemies of the United States, including the leaders of Iran, Syria, Venezuela, Cuba and North Korea. [pages 272-274]

Given the substantive issues in "The Obama Nation" that have not been refuted by the Obama campaign, the attacks against the book have been ideologically motivated.

As I pointed out in my 60-page rejoinder, even though "The Obama Nation" has been called "discredited," the book is only discredited when the Obama campaign and its political supporters in the media appoint themselves both judge and jury.

As we have acknowledged, "The Obama Nation" contained minor mistakes typical to first editions. The Obama campaign has yet to prove a single lie in the book in that the statements and claims in the book remain factual and fully documented, as this statement and my rejoinder make clear.

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