“There were times I was sick to my stomach,” said bestselling author Paul Kengor regarding the process of writing his latest book. “What has happened here? Do the American people know what they elected in November 2008?”
Kengor, a respected Ph.D. academic and professor at Grove City College, is talking about “The Communist,” his hot-selling new book about Barack Obama’s main mentor during his formative teen years, Frank Marshall Davis. The book was released July 17 by Mercury Ink, the publishing imprint of Mercury Radio Arts, Inc., Glenn Beck’s multimedia production company.
In a recent interview with Kengor, Beck summed up “The Communist” by telling his GBTV viewers: “This is really important. This is really important.”
“You need to know who had the biggest effect on Barack Obama,” added Beck.
Davis, you see, was not just a “liberal” or “leftist” or “radical” – or even just a Marxist. The man who had the “biggest effect” on young Barack Obama was a rabidly pro-Soviet, pro-Red China, card-carrying member of the Communist Party who literally detested America.
To remove any confusion as to Davis’s loyalties, here is the American Communist Party’s Oath of Allegiance in 1935, to which Davis would have pledged as an enthusiastic member:
“I pledge myself to rally the masses to defend the Soviet Union, the land of victorious socialism. I pledge myself to remain at all times a vigilant and firm defender of the Leninist line of the party, the only line that insures the triumph of Soviet Power in the United States.”
No wonder the “mainstream press” never mentions Davis.
“He was so dangerous,” Beck said to Kengor, “that the government, if we had an invasion or [war] with the Soviet Union, he was to be picked up immediately, right?”
“He was listed on the security index,” affirmed Kengor, “and that’s all through his FBI files … If you were listed on the federal government’s security index, if a war broke out between the U.S. and the Soviet Union, you could be placed under immediate arrest.”
Davis wrote in 1947: “I admire Russia for wiping out an economic system which permitted a handful of rich to exploit and beat gold from the millions of plain people. … As one who believes in freedom and democracy for all, I honor the Red nation.”
The similarities between Frank Marshall Davis’s views and those of President Obama today are hard to avoid. As Kengor told Beck, referring to the many columns Davis wrote for the communist newspaper he founded, the Chicago Star: “I found him advocating all sorts of things that you hear from Obama: bashing Wall Street, bashing profits, corporate fat cats, millionaires and billionaires, attacking General Motors, attacking even Winston Churchill!”
To illustrate the “eerie” confluence of core values between Davis and Obama, Kengor documents in “The Communist” that Davis:
- Advocated wealth redistribution from (in his words) greedy “corporations” to “health insurance” and “public works projects”;
- Favored taxpayer funding of universal health care;
- Supported government stimulus and trumpeted the public sector over the private sector;
- Dismissed traditional notions of American exceptionalism and framed the U.S. not as selflessly serving the post-World War II planet but instead as selfishly flaunting its so-called “mountainous ego” and “racist-imperialist-colonialist” ambitions;
- Sought political support from the “social justice”-oriented Religious Left;
- Viewed the Catholic Church as an obstacle to his vision for the state;
- Vilified the “tentacles of big business,” bankers, big oil, “excess profits,” “corporate fat cats and their fat contracts,” “millionaires,” “rich men” and the wealthy;
- Attacked “GOP” tax cuts that “spare the rich” and benefit “millionaires” only;
- Singled out the “corporate executive” for not paying his “fair share”;
- Used slogans such as “change” and “forward.”
In an interview with WND, Kengor noted Obama never once gives Davis’s full name in “Dreams from My Father,” a “clear indication that he knows how radical Frank was.”
“That was also an indication to his sycophants on the left to also stay away from Frank Marshall Davis,” said Kengor, whose scholarship as a professor has focused on the Cold War and the communist movement in the U.S.
Davis’s communist activities in Chicago put him on the radar of the FBI and Congress in the 1940s and 1950s before he moved to Hawaii in the 1960s and began frequently receiving Obama in his Honolulu home in the 1970s.
Obama, who uses Frank’s name 22 times in “Dreams” and refers to him with pronouns in many other instances, describes him in his autobiography as a father figure, with a permanent influence on his life, whose counsel helped him navigate his teen years and guide him into his adulthood.
In his research for “The Communist,” Kengor combed through declassified FBI files, Soviet archives and Davis”s original newspaper columns to document the black Communist Party activist’s support of Mao’s China and Stalin’s U.S.S.R. He shows how Davis’s ideas have turned up in Obama’s policies, including wealth redistribution, government stimulus for “public works projects,” taxpayer-funding of universal health care and nationalizing General Motors.
Kengor thinks the relationship with Davis might be behind Obama’s decision to send the bust of Churchill given to the U.S. as a gift after the 9/11 attacks back to Britain.
In his lifetime of teaching about the Cold War, he said, he’s encountered only two people who didn’t like Churchill: Frank Marshall Davis and Barack Obama.
“What kind of a coincidence is that?” he asked.
“I mean, Churchill is America’s man of the century, let alone Britain’s man of the century,” Kengor said. “And then I found out Frank Marshall Davis despised Churchill.”
Kengor also found a remarkable lineage between the Chicago political family in which Davis arose in the 1940s and the Chicago political family in the White House at the moment.
Obama’s most-trusted aide, Valerie Jarrett – the president describes her as “like a sibling to me” – is the daughter-in-law of Vernon Jarrett, who worked as a communist activist with Davis in the 1940s.
Valerie Jarrett is also the granddaughter of Robert R. Taylor, who was head of the infamous Chicago Housing Authority and cited in a 1944 report by the Special Committee on Un-American Activities.
Obama’s top campaign adviser and the chief crafter of his image and life narrative, David Axelrod, was mentored in his journalism career by David Cantor, a lifelong communist and alleged “paid Soviet agent” who was educated in Stalin’s Soviet Union, and Don Rose, a member of suspected communist front organizations.
David Cantor’s father, Harry Jacob Carter, was secretary of the Boston Communist Party.
Axelrod’s mother worked for a magazine known for its communist leanings.
“Imagine me sitting in a room by myself flipping through old congressional reports from the 1940s and 1950s and going through microfiche of Soviet Comintern archives of Communist Party USA and seeing all these names on the same letterhead with Frank Marshall Davis in Chicago,” Kengor told WND.
“You just sit there and you shake your head, and you say, ‘Oh man, can this possibly be true?'”
Kengor said the only thing that kept him going in the research “without losing my mind and jumping off a cliff was knowing I was going to be reporting this and that others would see it.”