June 07, 2012
NRO: Evidence Shows Obama Was a Member of Socialist "New Party"
To be honest, I never took the accusations that Obama had been a member of and a candidate for the ultra-left leaning "New Party" while running for State Senate back in 1996 that seriously. It just seemed too good to be true. Too on the nose.
Besides, we tend not to believe evidence that we don't want to believe. And I'm sorry: I don't want to believe that my President is a closet socialist.
And the evidence? The evidence, I thought, was pretty scarce.
But Stanley Kurtz over at National Review Online presents new evidence that bolsters the claim. He recently found the minutes of a New Party organizational meeting at the Wisconsin Historical Society 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.At the very least Obama actively sought support of the socialist left and it would seem that the New Party believed Obama was a member. Something Obama didn't seem to discourage them from believing.
Consistent with this, a roster of the Chicago chapter of the New Party from early 1997 lists Obama as a member, with January 11, 1996, indicated as the date he joined.
So, best case scenario: Obama lied to the New Party members in order to get their vote, and then lied to the American people about the lies he told the New Party.
That's the sympathetic reading: Obama is the most crass, dirty, lying, kniving politician we've had in the White House since Richard Nixon. A Chicago politician's politician. A guy with more in common with Rod Blagojevich than with Dennis Kucinish, and someone who could make Bill Clinton blush for shame.
Again, that's best case scenario.
But even under a sympathetic reading it means that Obama lied about his ties to The New Party which he claimed was part of a smear campaign to paint him as outside the mainstream.
If Kurtz's facts are right, though, the sympathetic reading is probably not the correct one. Obama's ties to the radical left are much deeper than he would have you believe, he has actively lied about them, and he has tried to suppress any and all discussion of these ties by attacking those that report them -- equivocating such reports with other more bizarre claims, such as birtherism.
I'm going to have to rethink my utter rejection of much of what Glenn Beck has been saying for the past four years. Suddenly the notion that Obama is intentionally subverting the economy as a means to remake America after the model of European socialism doesn't seem so far fetched.
Not so parenthetical to the above comments, at the very same New Party meeting in which Obama spoke and was endorsed the group announced the name of their next speaker: Frances Fox Piven.