Radical-in-Chief: Barack Obama and the Untold Story of American Socialism Hardcover – Oct 19 2010
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About the Author
Stanley Kurtz is a Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, as well as a contributing editor for National Review Online. He has also written for National Review, The Weekly Standard, The Wall Street Journal, Policy Review, and Commentary.
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The information presented in the book is direct, specific, and (generally) non-punishing and represents a body of information that any voter should consider and decide. A better narrative, leading with the strongest bodies of evidence and using the weaker in support, would make this more accessible to more readers. As an aside, it is one of the more extensively footnoted books I've read outside of a few physics texts.
There's a whopping 73 (Yup, 7 3) pages of resources used to write this book. Get this book before the 2012 elections so you'll understand why it's critical defeat Obama's agenda. It's important to know that it's Obama's socialist philosophies are THE ENEMY!! It's a tough book to read.
Knowing the enemy is tougher than ignoring it, that's why I'm recommending this book!!
My advice is to approach Kurtz's book for what it is: the summary of an investigation into the personal history of a man who convinced a majority of voters to vote for him - once on a national scale.
While there are millions of voters who would have voted for anyone the Dem party put up, there are many millions who, if they had the information Kurtz developed, would have thought twice about casting their vote for this man.
I am not going to recite the contents of the book here. Much of it is already well known to readers of The Wall St. Journal, National Review and other conservative media, including blogs. Suffice it to say that every reference is sourced - any skeptic is free to consult the source materials, though it should be kept in mind how vigorously the attempts were to keep Kurtz away from this material.
Kurtz draws surprisingly few conclusions about Obama himself, but does of necessity, reach conclusions about some of the organizations Obama was involved with, such as the New Party, a shadowy organization that Obama has claimed at various times never existed. Likewise, the relationship between Obama and Rev. Jeremiah Wright is laid out here in chilling detail.
Overall, this is a fascinating book for friends and foes of Obama. Friends might want to find ways to rebut, using whatever verifiable facts they can muster, the points made by Kurtz. Foes will revel in the abundance of material here supporting their belief that Obama is not part of the American mainstream and never has been.
By combing through various archives and showing that Obama springs from an essentially hidden socialist network that he has been a part of from his days at Columbia University onward, and right into his presidency, Kurtz proves his case beyond a reasonable doubt.
The "community organizing" theory that drives Obama is, intentionally and by design, a stealthy and deceptive program for implementing socialism from below. Community organizers are practiced at avoiding the use of overt socialist and Marxist concepts, though in their private discussions they revert to those terms. Obama's working relationship with the radical Marxist and one-time bomber of the Pentagon, Bill Ayers, was even deeper and more ideological than what Obama critics thought, and Obama clearly concealed it and lied about it.
Obama's intimate connection with the far left community organizing empire known as ACORN, and the ideological and funding network it belongs to, not only places Obama at the roots of the subprime mortgage crisis that crashed the U.S. economy, it shows him as a central figure in the long-term plan to cause such crises and then take advantage of them to advance more socialism.
These are explosive claims, but Kurtz makes them stick and does so by steadily drawing the reality of Obama's background out of the mist that has obscured it. To say that Kurtz has done the job that American journalists refused to do is an understatement. This is a combination of detective work, investigative reporting, and scholarship that maps the reality that Obama has gone to great pains to deny and conceal.
This is not fast reading, because Kurtz so carefully constructs the book's inferential staircase, but the writing is nonetheless very clear, precise, and straightforward. I took my time with Radical-in-Chief and frequently paused to think about the implications of having a dedicated socialist and Marxist, who is trying to hide that fact, as President of the United States.
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