John Ward has a piece at the Daily Caller on President Obama’s Commencement Speech at the University of Michigan in which he displays his now-famous sense of irony to decry the demonization of both sides of the American political spectrum.
The choice bit:
He [Obama] specifically called out those who use the word “socialist” to describe his administration, saying that the critics who use that term and one or two others are essentially comparing the government to “murderous regimes.”
“Throwing around phrases like ’socialist’ and ‘Soviet-style takeover;’ ‘fascist’ and ‘right-wing nut’ may grab headlines, but it also has the effect of comparing our government, or our political opponents, to authoritarian, and even murderous regimes,” Obama said.Heaven forbid we actually call something by its name. The sudden infusion of clarity into the dialogue might have dire consequences, like reversals of electoral fortune and the like. I can see where he might be concerned about that.
More on that new book by Aaron Klein and Brenda J. Elliott at No Sheeples Here: The Manchurian President: Barack Obama’s Ties To Communists, Socialists And Other Anti-America Extremists
The Real Barack Obama website has an interview with Elliott. Here is an excerpt:
For decades Obama has surrounded himself with a large number of radicals of many stripes. It does truly boggle the mind.Elliott: We discovered a lot of socialists of many stripes, including Marxists and Maoists. Although never claiming to be one of them, Obama is certainly a fellow traveler in that he was, and still is, constantly surrounded by them, and has been more than willing to share political space and ideology with them.Pundita: Was there a specific alliance, or set of alliances, in Obama’s personal or political life that caused you to revise your initial view of him? If I recall your initial view was that he was a fairly typical corrupt Chicago Machine politician.
As Marxist professor Manning Marable wrote in the December 2008 ‘Socialist Review,’ a lot of people working with Obama have a background in Marxism and socialism and communism. Obama, Marable says, is a “progressive liberal.” However, he writes, Obama “understands what socialism is.”