Recently, a more liberal-minded friend asked me if I thought there were too many books about Obama as “socialist” (or worse).

I answered, “Not if they’re this good.”

I was holding Stanley Kurtz’s new title, “Radical-in-Chief: Barack Obama and the Untold Story of American Socialism.”

Indeed, not only do I not think there are too many of these books, I think it is virtually the duty of Americans to read them and absorb their lessons. Kurtz in particular has fashioned a stunning indictment of the man from Kenya. It is downright creepy to realize that for the first time in any of our lifetimes, the fellow who occupies the Oval Office is more Manchurian Candidate than log-cabin-born.

From the beginning of Radical-in-Chief, Kurtz courageously lays it on the line:

“The president himself won’t honestly tell you his ultimate intentions,” Kurtz writes. “Judging Obama strictly on his conduct in office assumes a degree of ideological transparency that simply does not exist.”

Tell us how you really feel, Kurtz!

Actually, the author does not merely dispense opinion in this riveting book, but instead unwraps Obama’s socialist ideals in such a way that, well, we should be alarmed and mobilized to make him a one-term president, part of what I like to call the traveling Jimmy Carter road show. Let Obama swing a hammer for the cameras as homes are built for folks in Haiti or somewhere. Just don’t let him have his keys back to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Kurtz, a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, is also a contributing editor for National Review Online. He has both the research and writing skills to lay bare his subject’s disturbing agenda for a great nation.

Right way, with humor, Kurtz asks what many Americans have wondered: Just what is a community organizer? Is this a resume for high office?

Kurtz helps us cut to the chase: “Community organizing is a largely socialist profession.”

He explains that Obama and his ideological friends operate on a stealth principle, offering themselves to the public as “problem-solvers,” all the while hiding their radical plans for taking down democracy.

For example, as he blathers on about restoring the American economy, Obama is rapidly turning us into Europe. The Continent is on the brink of collapse on so many levels, one wonder why he thinks this a good model.

Kurtz provides documented detail, such as the afternoon in 1983, when Obama attended a “Socialist Scholars Conference” in Manhattan. Anyone who thinks he sprang from humble, random beginnings better get a grip.

This was only the beginning.

In the 1980s, a plethora of books by former community organizers were appearing, and it was in this environment that Obama was groomed. Eileen Hershenov hired Obama for the New York branch of Ralph Nadar’s Public Interest Research Group, and, as she remembers: “I have a distinct memory of having several conversations with Barack during that short period about different models of organizing. A number of books were appearing by former organizers with groups like the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and we talked about the pros and cons of these organizing strategies.”

Kurtz provides so much background into Obama’s associations and radical views, it’s a wonder he became president in the first place (although many are catching on).

Further, it turns out that Kurtz was researching Obama’s ties to William Ayers during the 2008 campaign (his efforts actually drew attention, resulting in attempts to silence his research, both in print and on radio), and he makes a critical point: While Obama’s ties to the leader of the terror group Weather Underground are important, “The deeper significance of the Obama-Ayers alliance is what it tells us about Obama’s politics in the present.”

In fact, Obama was aided immeasurably during the campaign by the cover provided Ayers (and, by extension, Obama), claiming that Ayers committed reprehensible acts decades ago, and let’s let bygones be bygones.

Kurtz also notes that Obama’s associations within the Christian community are anything but a gathering of simple spiritual pilgrims. Certainly a vast majority of Americans have never shared, for example, Obama’s affinity for the liberation theology espoused by friends like Jeremiah Wright.

One of Obama’s friends has been Sokoni Karanja, a fellow congregant at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago. In 1982, Karanja contributed an essay in a publication called Perspectives. In it, Karanja’s essay “is pervaded by the same anti-capitalist anger that motivates Reverend Wright.”

Do you see why Obama is doing what he is doing to the American economy? This is the mindset and culture he grew up with, and embraces to this day.

All in all, I heartily recommend Radical-in-Chief. The title alone is a perfect description of the man who now leads Western civilization. If history smiles on us, and Obama sits and watches his successor during the inauguration in January 2013, I sincerely believe brave men like Stanley Kurtz will be largely responsible.

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