by Melissa Clouthier | August 13, 2008 12:40 am
Today, Barack Obama received the enthusiastic endorsement of the Communist Party USA. Here is their hope:
If Obama’s candidacy represented nothing more than the spark for this profound initiative to unite the working class and defeat the pernicious influence of racism, it would be a transformative candidacy that would advance progressive politics for the long term.
Meanwhile, what of Obama’s connection to communism? If there were one, would the mainstream media report it? Cliff Kincaid has a must-read piece over at Accuracy in Media where he discusses the implications of the non-reporting of Edwards affair and it’s implications for the non-reporting of anything negative about Obama:
The implication of the Edwards scandal is that, if ABC News’s top investigative reporter could take Edwards’ side, without any serious checking of the facts, then other candidates may be concealing scandals and hoping and planning to get away with it. That is certainly the case with Obama, who is far more of a media favorite than Edwards ever was and has, with the help of the influential Associated Press (AP), carefully concealed his relationship with an identified CPUSA member.
Obama’s communist connection, which he failed to disclose in his 1995 book, Dreams From My Father, by referring to Davis only as “Frank” and ignoring his communist affiliation, is a far more serious scandal than an Edwards “love child.”
If you’re reading this blog, it’s likely that you use other forms of news-gathering than the traditional media. But the vast majority of Americans only recently heard about John Edward’s affair. Would they ever hear about Obama’s communist connections? In February of this year, Cliff Kincaid noted Obama’s communist mentor:
However, through Frank Marshall Davis, Obama had an admitted relationship with someone who was publicly identified as a member of the Communist Party USA (CPUSA). The record shows that Obama was in Hawaii from 1971-1979, where, at some point in time, he developed a close relationship, almost like a son, with Davis, listening to his “poetry” and getting advice on his career path. But Obama, in his book, Dreams From My Father, refers to him repeatedly as just “Frank.”
The reason is apparent: Davis was a known communist who belonged to a party subservient to the Soviet Union. In fact, the 1951 report of the Commission on Subversive Activities to the Legislature of the Territory of Hawaii identified him as a CPUSA member. What’s more, anti-communist congressional committees, including the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), accused Davis of involvement in several communist-front organizations.
Trevor Loudon, a New Zealand-based libertarian activist, researcher and blogger, noted evidence that “Frank” was Frank Marshall Davis in a posting in March of 2007.
Obama’s communist connection adds to mounting public concern about a candidate who has come out of virtually nowhere, with a brief U.S. Senate legislative record, to become the Democratic Party frontrunner for the U.S. presidency. In the latest Real Clear Politics poll average, Obama beats Republican John McCain by almost four percentage points.
You have not heard about these connections in the MSM. Don’t expect to. But it is important to recognize two things:
1. Given the media climate, it is possible for a candidate to receive no scrutiny until it’s too late.
2. Obama, because he is adored by the media, will receive less scrutiny than even an average Democrat.
It is possible that in today’s biased climate, that an unexamined and inexperienced candidate could achieve the highest elected office in America and most influential leadership position in the free world. That is disturbing to contemplate.
Cross-posted at MelissaClouthier.com
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