When Barack Obama burst into the national firmament in 2008, he was virtually unknown, a political phenomenon who had seemingly come out of nowhere. Most of his family background and personal history were shrouded in mystery. There were (and still are) major gaps and discrepancies in the facts regarding his birth, childhood, adolescence, formal education, foreign travel and political associations. And although Obama was running for the most powerful political office on the planet, the press corps of the mainstream media (MSM) was more obsessed with a trumped-up “scandal” concerning GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s wardrobe than, for instance, Obama’s close ties to Weather Underground terrorists Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn. The Ayers/Dohrn connection was one of the earliest bombshells signaling that the Chicago “community organizer” seeking to occupy the White House might have some serious baggage.
But the star-struck gumshoes of the MSM were not only completely AWOL during the 2008 campaign regarding Obama’s many troubling connections to radical and subversive groups and individuals, they have continued to ignore the steadily mounting, massive evidence of Barack Obama’s lifelong love affair with collectivism and his extensive ties to some of the most notorious activists of the Communist Party USA (CPUSA), the Committees of Correspondence (COC, a breakoff group of the CPUSA) the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), Students for a Democratic Society (the radical SDS campus revolutionaries of the 1960s and 70s), the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), and the Weather Underground (WU). Worse yet, the corporate MSM commentariat have actively fronted for Obama, viciously attacking any investigators who dare to expose the facts concerning the ultra-left-wing background, agenda, and connections of President Obama and his mentors, appointees, advisers, and associates.
Much of the credit for breaking the media blackout on Barack Obama’s real political identity goes to Trevor Loudon of New Zealand, whose websites KeyWiki.org and Trevorloudon.com have published reams of important information on Barack Obama, key activists in his administration, and the national network of labor unions, think tanks, academics, “community organizations,” and political operations that are crucial to moving his Marxist agenda. Loudon has laboriously unearthed hundreds of documents and thousands of published stories from establishment, communist, and leftist publications to “connect the dots” demonstrating the extensive subversive web of “Progressive” activists that propelled Obama to power. He has done what legions of MSM reporters should have done, but failed to do. However, unlike many of the other “conservatives” who regularly discredit themselves and “the Right” by attacking Obama on talk radio and the blogosphere with insults, invective and profanity-laced bombast, and unsubstantiated charges, Loudon restricts his commentary to facts, solid analysis, logical inference and hard-hitting, but civil, discourse.
Much of this hard-hitting investigative research of the past four years has been compiled into Loudon’s book, Barack Obama and the Enemies Within, a massive 664-page tome that is jam-packed with information every voter needs to know. Obviously, within the confines of this short review, we can barely skim a tiny portion of the evidence Loudon has assembled. The book is well footnoted, indexed, and copiously illustrated with photographs and reproductions of documents, many of which are reproduced in greater detail at KeyWiki.org and Trevorloudon.com. We should note that this is not everyday leisure reading for the typical couch potato. It is a compilation of research pieces Loudon has written over the past several years and is super-dense with names and groups most Americans are not (but should be) familiar with. Which means it will require a bit more mental exertion than reading a novella or watching Dancing With The Stars.
Where to begin in such a target-rich environment? Frank Marshall Davis is a likely starting point. Davis, a Communist Party USA (CPUSA) activist and propagandist in Chicago and Hawaii, was a mentor to the young Barack Obama. Obama mentions Davis’s influence in his book, Dreams of My Father, although he merely refers to Davis as “Frank.”
The pro-Obama mainstream media have either ignored the Davis-Obama connection altogether or barely mentioned it in passing, and seldom is Davis’ CPUSA activism brought up. Wikipedia says Davis merely “became interested” in communism, and even gives the impression Davis was an anti-communist! Wikipedia says “Davis became interested in the Communist party in 1931 during the famous Scottsboro boys and Angelo Herndon cases,” but that “he warned against blacks accepting the Depression-era remedies being pushed by communists.” Wikipedia does not give a source for Davis’ alleged warning to fellow blacks. Trevor Loudon’s Keywiki entry on Davis, by way of contrast, is loaded with detailed information from Davis’ FBI files, as well as from Communist Party publications. (Side note: Professor Paul Kengor has written an entire book on Davis entitled, The Communist: Frank Marshall Davis — The Untold Story of Barack Obama’s Mentor.)
Davis did not simply become “interested” in the CPUSA, but became a full fledged, dues-paying member (membership card number 47544) and swore an oath of loyalty to the Soviet Union that included the line, “I pledge myself to remain at all times a vigilant and firm defender of the Leninist line of the Party, the only line that insures the triumph of Soviet Power in the United States.”
If Frank Marshall Davis had been a single, aberrant influence in Barack Obama’s life, the ho-hum, “so what?” attitude of the political chattering classes regarding this fact might be more understandable, though still not acceptable. However, Comrade Davis represents only the tip of a very large iceberg. One of Davis’ Communist Party comrades and close personal friends was black journalist Vernon Jarrett. Davis and Jarrett were both elected officers of the Communist Party in Chicago and both worked together in many communist front groups. Jarrett is the father-in-law of Valerie Jarrett, who is described on the official Obama WhiteHouse.gov website as “a Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama. She is also the Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls.”
Here’s some of the things the official White House bio don’t tell you, but which you can find in Loudon’s book:
In 1991, while Chief of Staff for Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley, Valerie Jarrett hired Michelle Robinson. At that time she (Robinson) was engaged to Barack Obama.
Later Valerie Jarrett ran the finances for Obama’s 2004 Senate bid and served as treasurer of Obama’s HOPEFUND.
Jarrett became one of Obama’s closest friends and advisers and sometimes even described as the “other side of Barack’s brain."
It is not Mr. Loudon who came up with the description of Jarrett as the “other side of Barack’s brain.” He is simply reporting how pro-Obama writers for the New York Times, the Huffington Post and other MSM sources have described the Jarrett-Obama relationship, based on comments from those in Obama’s inner circle.
It would seem that Jarrett is something of an Obama equivalent to Woodrow Wilson's advisor Col. Edward Mandell House, whose influence on the president was so significant that Wilson referred to him as his “alter ego.” So, it might be worthwhile to delve into Valerie Jarrett’s background. Loudon has done this. In addition to the Vernon Jarrett communist connection, Valerie’s mother, Barbara Taylor Bowman, has a long history of South Side Chicago ultra-left activism, including running the Erikson institute, where she worked alongside Weather Underground terrorist leader Bernardine Dohrn and Tom Ayers, father of terrorist Bill Ayers.
Alice Palmer: Obama Mentor & Soviet Agent
“In the mid-1990s,” writes Loudon, “Alice Palmer, an Illinois State Senator, employed Obama as her Chief of Staff when she attempted an ill-fated run for the US Congress.”
Obama was part of Friends of Alice Palmer, alongside controversial property developer Tony Rezko and Democratic Socialists of America members US Representative Danny K. Davis, Betty Wilhoitte and Timuel Black (also a member of Committees of Correspondence).
Later Palmer introduced Obama as a designated successor to her Illinois State Senate seat in the living room of former Weather Underground terrorists Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, while Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) member, former communist and longtime Obama friend Quentin Young looked on.
So, who was Alice Palmer, besides being an Illinois state senator? She and her husband, Edward “Buzz” Palmer, were longtime agents for the Soviet Union, serving as a key transmission belt for Soviet propaganda aimed especially at black Americans and Third World “people of color.” The Palmers were allowed privileged access to the Soviet Union, Cuba, and other communist countries in order to issue glowing reports on the glories of socialism for their Black Press Review, which Alice Palmer edited. Her reports, columns, and interviews were then spread worldwide via the Soviet propaganda network. She became an executive board member of the Communist Party USA front group, the U.S. Peace Council, which is the U.S. branch of one of the most important Soviet KGB-run operations, the World Peace Council. Alice Palmer was also a vice president of the International Organization of Journalists (IOJ), a Soviet-financed and Soviet-directed communist propaganda fount. The Palmers have also been involved with the Communist Party splinter group Committees of Correspondence, and the New Party, which is a radical Marxist political party launched by veterans of SDS, ACORN, IPS, SEIU, and CPUSA.
The Socialist International
The Socialist International (SI) is the premier and largest organization of socialist and communist parties. The Obama administration has multiple connections to this global socialist group, with two of the most prominent ties being through his former “Climate Czar” Carol Browner and his Secretary of Labor, Hilda Solis. Browner, who had served as EPA Administrator in the Clinton administration, went on to be a member of the Socialist International’s International Commission for a Sustainable World Society. Hilda Solis’ SI connections are less direct. She was officially represented at the SI’s Socialist International Migration Committee forum on immigration reform by her staff person, Elena Henry. Solis was a keynote speaker at the Democratic Socialists of America’s (DSA) “21st Century Socialism” conference in Los Angeles in 2005. The DSA is an affiliate of the SI, and leading DSA members have been prominent supporters in all aspects of Obama’s presidential campaigns, as well as promoting his political, social, and economic agendas.
The List Goes On and On
However, Valerie Jarrett, Hilda Solis, Alice Palmer, Carol Browner, and Frank Marshall Davis are but a few of literally hundreds of people close to Obama, or prominent supporters of Obama, who should cause concern in any reasonable American. The most obvious individuals who should elicit alarm are those like Ayers and Dohrn, who were not mere “liberals” but self-described communists, who actually adopted the terrorist path. Now they are professors, unrepentant tenured radicals. Although they are the best-known hardcore radicals in Obama camp, they are far from unique. Other prominent Obamaites from the Weather Underground and the SDS include Jeff Jones, Todd Gitlin, Paul and Heather Booth, Mark Rudd, Tom Hayden, Mike Klonsky, Wade Rathke, Carl Davidson, Marilyn Katz, Thorne Dreyer, Angela Davis, and David Hamilton.
But those entries don’t even scratch the surface. What about top Obama advisers David Axelrod, David Bonior, Cass Sunstein, John Holdren, Ron Bloom, Carol Browner, and Rosa Brooks? And what about Timuel Black, Sam Webb, Evalina Alarcon, Quentin Young, Jose Laluz, Pepe and Rudy Lozano, Andy Stern, Libero Della Piana, Manning Marabel, Cornell West, Frank and Beatrice Lumpkin, Eliseo Medina, Barbara Ehrenreich? And let’s not forget Rev. Jeremiah Wright and Van Jones. What about the huge influence of the Democratic Socialists of America, Progressives for Obama, Peoples Weekly World (the CPUSA newspaper), Movement for a Democratic Society (a revival of the SDS for aging radicals), and radical left unions such as SEIU and AFSCME?
For vital, detailed information on these groups and individuals, you must get and read Barack Obama and the Enemies Within. Even better, get and read the book and then be sure to meet the author and have him sign it, by attending one of Trevor Loudon’s national book tour appearances (currently ongoing through October; see tour details by clicking here.)