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    Breitbart gone but not forgotten

    The Vetting, Part I: Barack's Love Song To Alinsky

    The Vetting, Part I: Barack's Love Song To Alinsky




    by Andrew Breitbart 6 hours ago 95 post a comment
    Prior to his passing, Andrew Breitbart said that the mission of the Breitbart empire was to exemplify the free and fearless press that our Constitution protects--but which, increasingly, the mainstream media denies us.

    “Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?” – “Who guards the guardians?” Andrew saw himself in that role—as a guardian protecting Americans from the left’s “objective” loyal scribes.

    Andrew wanted to do what the mainstream media would not. First and foremost: Andrew pledged to vet President Barack H. Obama.

    Andrew did not want to re-litigate the 2008 election. Nor did he want to let Republicans off the hook. Instead, he wanted to show that the media had failed in its most basic duty: to uncover the truth, and hold those in power accountable, regardless of party.

    From today through Election Day, November 6, 2012, we will vet this president--and his rivals.

    We begin with a column Andrew wrote last week in preparation for today’s Big relaunch--a story that should swing the first hammer against the glass wall the mainstream media has built around Barack Obama.

    ***

    In The Audacity of Hope, Barack Obama claims that he worried after 9/11 that his name, so similar to that of Osama bin Laden, might harm his political career.

    But Obama was not always so worried about misspellings and radical resemblances. He may even have cultivated them as he cast himself as Chicago’s radical champion.

    In 1998, a small Chicago theater company staged a play titled The Love Song of Saul Alinsky, dedicated to the life and politics of the radical community organizer whose methods Obama had practiced and taught on Chicago’s South Side.

    Obama was not only in the audience, but also took the stage after one performance, participating in a panel discussion that was advertised in the poster for the play.

    Recently, veteran Chicago journalist Michael Miner mocked emerging conservative curiosity about the play, along with enduring suspicions about the links between Alinsky and Obama. Writing in the Chicago Reader, Miner described the poster:
    Let's take a look at this poster.
    It's red—and that right there, like the darkening water that swirls down Janet Leigh's drain [in Psycho’s famous shower scene], is plenty suggestive. It touts a play called The Love Song of Saul Alinsky, Alinsky being the notorious community organizer from Chicago who wrote books with titles like Reveille for Radicals and Rules for Radicals. On it, fists are raised—meaning insurrection is in the air.
    And down at the very bottom, crawling across the poster in small print, it mentions the panel discussions that will follow the Sunday performances. The panelists are that era's usual "progressive" suspects: Leon Despres, Monsignor Jack Egan, Studs Terkel . . .
    And state senator Barack Obama.
    Miner obscured the truth. His article only reveals only a small portion of the poster. Here’s the whole poster:


    And here’s the press release:

    So, what’s in the play? It truly is a love song to Alinsky. In the first few minutes of the play, Alinsky plays Moses – yes, the Biblical Moses – talking to God. The play glorifies Alinsky stealing food from restaurants and organizing others to do the same, explaining, “I saw it as a practical use of social ecology: you had members of the intellectual community, the hope of the future, eating regularly for six months, staying alive till they could make their contributions to society.”

    In an introspective moment, Alinsky rips America: “My country … ‘tis of whatthehell / And justice up a tree … How much can you sell / What’s in it for me.” He grins about manipulating the Christian community to back his programs. He talks in glowing terms about engaging in Chicago politics with former Mayor Kelly. He rips the McCarthy committee, mocking, “Everyone was there, when you think back – Cotton Mather, Hester Prynn, Anne Hutchinson, Tom Paine, Tom Jefferson … Brandeis, Holmes … Gene Debs and the socialists … Huey Long … Imperial Wizards of all stripes … Father Coughlin and his money machine … Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd … and a kicking chorus of sterilized reactionaries singing O Come, All Ye Faithful …”

    And Alinsky talks about being the first occupier – shutting down the O’Hare Airport by occupying all the toilet stalls, using chewing gum to “tie up the city, stop all traffic, and the shopping, in the Loop, and let everyone at City Hall know attention must be paid, and maybe we should talk about it.” As Alinsky says, “Students of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose but your juicy fruit.”

    The play finishes with Alinsky announcing he’d rather go to Hell than Heaven. Why? “More comfortable there. You see, all my life I’ve been with the Have-Nots: here you’re a Have-Not if you’re short of money, there you’re a Have-Not if you’re short of virtue. I’d be asking more questions, organizing them. They’re my kind of people – Hell would be Heaven for me.”

    That’s The Love Song of Saul Alinsky. It’s radical leftist stuff, and it revels in its radical leftism.

    And that’s Barack Obama, our president, on the poster.

    This is who Barack Obama was. This was before Barack Obama ran for Congress in 2000—challenging former Black Panther Bobby L. Rush from the left in a daring but unsuccessful bid.

    This was also the period just before Barack Obama served with Bill Ayers, from 1999 through 2002 on the board of the Woods Foundation. They gave capital to support the Midwest Academy, a leftist training institute steeped in the doctrines of – you guessed it! -- Saul Alinsky, and whose alumni now dominate the Obama administration and its top political allies inside and out of Congress.

    Stanley Kurtz, author of Radical-in-Chief, described the Midwest Academy as a "crypto-socialist organization.” Yet almost no one has heard of Midwest Academy, because the media does want you to know that the president is a radical's radical whose presidency itself is a love song to a socialist "community organizer."

    The reason Newt Gingrich surged in the Republican primary contest in January is that he was attempting to do the press's job by finding out who the current occupant of the White House actually is. Millions also want to know, but the mainstream media is clearly not planning to vet the President anytime soon. Quite the opposite.

    For example, Miner tries to turn Obama’s appearance on the Alinsky panel into a plus for the president:
    Obama was on the panel that talked about Alinsky the last Sunday of the play's run at the Blue Rider Theatre in Pilsen. Neither Pam Dickler, who directed the Terrapin Theatre production, nor Gary Houston, who played Alinsky, can remember a word Obama said. But he impressed them. "You never would have known he was a politician," says Dickler. "He never said anything at all about himself. He came alone, watched the play, and during the panel discussion was entirely on point and brilliant. That evening I called my father, who's a political junkie, and told him to watch out for this man, he's going places." Houston was just as taken by Obama—though he remembers him arriving in a group.
    But is it a good thing to impress the sort of people who show up to laud The Love Song of Saul Alinsky? Here are the other members of the Obama panel:

    Leon Despres: Despres knew Saul Alinsky for nearly 50 years, and together they established the modern concept of “community organizing.” Despres worked with secret Communist and Soviet spy Lee Pressman to support strikers at Republic Steel in Chicago in 1937; the strike ended in tragedy when 14 rioting strikers were killed and many wounded in a hail of police bullets. Despres worked with another Communist Party front, the Chicago Civil Liberties Committee, but eventually left because of the “Stalinism” of its leaders.

    Also in 1937, Despres and his wife delivered a suitcase of “clothing” to Leon Trotsky, then hiding out from Stalin’s assassins in Mexico City. Despres and his wife not only met with the exiled Russian Communist, but Despres’s wife sat for a portrait with Trotsky pal and Marxist muralist Diego Rivera while Leon took Rivera’s wife Frida Kahlo to the movies.

    Quentin Young: From 1970 until at least 1992, Quentin Young was active in the Communist Party front organization, the Chicago Committee to Defend the Bill of Rights – a group dedicated to outlawing government surveillance of radical organizations. He was also a member of the Young Communist League. Young, a confidante and physician to Barack Obama, is credited with having heavily influenced the President’s views on healthcare policy.
    Timuel Black: An icon of the Chicago left, Black was originally denied officer training because military intelligence claimed he had secretly joined the Communist Party. Black also worked closely with the Socialist Party in the 1950s, becoming president of the local chapter of the Negro American Labor Council, a organization founded by Socialist Party leader A. Phillip Randolph.

    In the early ‘60s Black was a leader of the Hyde Park Community Peace Center, where he worked alongside former radical Trotskyist Sydney Lens and the aforementioned Communist Dr. Quentin Young. Black served as a contributing editor to the Hyde Park/Kenwood Voices, a newspaper run by Communist Party member David S. Canter. By 1970, Timuel Black was serving on the advisory council of the Communist Party controlled Chicago Committee to Defend the Bill of Rights.

    Timuel Black says he has been friends with domestic terrorists William Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, “going back to 1968, since long before I knew Barack.” In April 2002, Black, Dohrn and Democratic Socialists of America member Richard Rorty spoke together on a panel entitled “Intellectuals: Who Needs Them?” The panel was the first of two in a public gathering jointly sponsored by The Center for Public Intellectuals and the University of Illinois, Chicago. Bill Ayers and Barack Obama spoke together on in the second panel at that gathering. Communist academic Harold Rogers chaired Timuel Black’s unsuccessful campaign for Illinois State Representative.

    Studs Terkel: A sponsor of the Scientific and Cultural Conference for World Peace in 1949, which was arranged by a Communist Party USA front organization known as the National Council of the Arts, Sciences, and Professions.

    Roberta Lynch: A leading member of Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) and a leader of the radical Marxist New American Movement (NAM).

    Are we expected to believe that “Baraka Obama” was a countervailing voice of reason on a panel of radicals?

    The reason that Obama's Alinskyite past, and his many appearances in political photography and video from the 1990s, are conspicuously missing from the national dialogue is that State Senator Barack Obama's reinvention as a reasonable and moderate Democratic politician could not withstand scrutiny of his political life.

    Because the mainstream media did not explore his roots, the American public remains largely ignorant of the degree to which Obama’s work with ACORN and his love of Alinsky were symbolic of his true political will.

    If any of the candidates can resist the media, and parlay Newt’s strategy into a nomination, we’ll have the choice between an imperfect but well-known Republican and the real “Baraka” Obama, not the manufactured one the media prefers.

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    On Hannity tonight...... set your DVR Brutus


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    WOW, amazing. Breitbart said he had a video of Obama's college days and side it would change the election. It will be fascinating to see what is there. I look forward to further installments. JR

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    I've got a feeling Hannity will get good ratings tonight. At long last let the vetting begins. What a shame they don't get FOX News up in Canada.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dizzyfish View Post
    I've got a feeling Hannity will get good ratings tonight. At long last let the vetting begins. What a shame they don't get FOX News up in Canada.
    What a pity
    Problem is that I a typical Canadian only wach Charly Rose interviews and
    Archy Bunker re runs.
    Our official position on Fox News;
    Canada's Radio Act requires that "a licenser may not broadcast ... any false or misleading news." The provision has kept Fox News and right-wing talk radio out of Canada and helped make Canada a model for liberal democracy and freedom. As a result of that law, Canadians enjoy high quality news coverage, including the kind of foreign affairs and investigative journalism that flourished in this country before Ronald Reagan abolished the "Fairness Doctrine" in 1987. Political dialogue in Canada is marked by civility, modesty, honesty, collegiality, and idealism that have pretty much disappeared on the US airwaves. When Stephen Harper moved to abolish the anti-lying provision of the Radio Act, Canadians rose up to oppose him fearing that their tradition of honest non-partisan news would be replaced by the toxic, overtly partisan, biased and dishonest news coverage familiar to American citizens who listen to Fox News and talk radio. Harper's proposal was timed to facilitate the launch of a new right-wing network, "Sun TV News" which Canadians call "Fox News North."
    Fox news North is just as disgusting
    Regards
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    Go ahead and stick your head in the sand Eugene, but don't come crying to me me when something with big teeth bites you in the ass.

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    Eugene I'm sorry I didn't take the time to offer a more thoughtful response to your post last night, but I was tired when I read it and I have to type on a laptop here at home, and prefer a regular keyboard. To be honest it sort of aggravates me when people who have never even seen FOX News say stuff like FOX lies without even being able to give one such example. My sister's three boys are like that, but they grew up near Santa Clara, CA which is pretty close to San Francisco..........so they are dutiful little lefty soldiers which is pretty much what you would expect if you choose to live out there and raise a family. And one of the boys is gay, but that's another story.


    Actually what FOX does.... is cover stories that the left wing media such as you have up there in Canada do not want people to hear about. Stories like Obama and Rev. Jeremiah Wright which was exposed on Hannity. It wasn't lies.... it was clips of Wright "preaching to the choir" of black separatists. (You know stuff like 9/11 was America's chickens coming home to roost......And not God Bless America, God Damn America......and the government created AIDS to infect black people) And Obama sat and listened to it for 20 years without hearing any of it.
    Another example is Operation Fast and Furious in which 1000s of automatic weapons were allowed/ordered to be walked into Mexico, but not traced. The result was .......the guns were used to kill hundreds of Mexicans and one US Border patrol agent named Brian Terry. That story may yet cause Attorney General Eric Holder to have to resign, but don't expect to hear about it in the MSM. Then there was the story of the New Black Panthers that showed up will billy clubs at a voting station in Philly, clearly to intimidate white voters in the 2008 presidential election. Holder later dropped the charges since it was black on white intimidation and not the other way around. Move along no news here was the MSM response once again.

    So Eugene since you made the charge..........please provide some examples where FOX has lied to the public. I'm sure you will be doing the other networks a great service since they would love to be able to use your examples to defame FOX. Thanks for addressing this Eugene.
    Mitch

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    Personally I think I can add to this debate in that I am 'middle of the road' on this subject. And personally, I can't stand Hannity as a personality and find he can't separate his politics from his vew of the world. But even more obnoxious are the folks on CNBC like Maddow and fat Ed. Now that is ridiculous.
    What I do get from Fox is an alternative to network TV which is completely into the big city liberal culture. I actually am 'christian' enough to believe they believe they are being 'objective' in their point of view of the world. They aren't of course, but they think they are main stream.
    Fox on the other hand defines the two points of view of the world. They may, 80% of the time come down on the conservative point of view, but they are honest about it. Network is NEVER honest about it-- or objective about it, might be a better way of saying it.
    I have gotten a LOT more information from FOX than from CBS, NBC and ABC combined. In the sense that network avoids stories, FOX presents all stories with admittedly an 80% predictable opinion.

    Eugene said something remarkable about the Canadian government and government programming-- politicians representing the 'people' have determined what is appropriate for the citizens to be 'exposed to' in the way of thought and information. That to me is remarkable and another reason for all of us to be grateful we do not live in a country where consenus ( referendums) or representatives "of the people" ( winning with 50% of the vote means that 50% didn't agree with your point of view as their representative) tell the rest what is good for their minds to hear. I think that is what the Chinese and the Russians did for years and what cuba and China still try to do. Filtered information-- 'correct and appropriate information' only. JR

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    In fairness to Hannity..............

    he doesn't bill his program as a "news" show. He is a very biased conservative an unashamedly so. What he tries to do is make for interesting viewing, which is a break from some of the straight news programs earlier in the day. O'Reilly is sort of in that same vein but tries to be more middle of the road. I mean how many times a day in 24 hour news can you watch the same stories over and over and over again. Now Beck was pretty far out there.... but both he and Bush are yesterday's news.

    Actually when the Rev Wright, Bill Ayers, Tony Rezko, Father Pfleger, etc, etc, stories broke the show was called Hannity and Colmes, and could arguably have been called one of the most fair and balanced shows on television since Colmes had the progressive talking points down to pat, and was very good at forcefully presenting that side of the issues. I always found myself agreeing with Hannity over Colmes but there is no doubt the Hannity show suffers from the loss of Alan. The guy we love to hate. I actually watch FOX business as much as I do FOX News and both channels have some excellent shows with great hosts. Anyone who doesn't watch this stuff is only cheating themselves IMO.
    Mitch

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