There has been a tendency on VDARE.com to paint Barack Obama as a leftist. I would suggest that Obama is no more a sincere leftist than George W. Bush was a sincere conservative. First and foremost, Obama is a Chicago politician. Chicago has a substantial leftist tradition. During its heyday, the IWW
was founded in Chicago-which also hosted the national headquarters of the SDS
. At its peak, the "Red Squad"
in the Chicago police had 600 acknowledged operatives
. The Daley tradition in Chicago politics represents the most pro-business and conservative type of politics that is electorally possible in Chicago—and black districts are more left oriented. Bipartisanship in Chicago means something a bit different than other parts of the country.
I would specifically take Obama`s New Party
affiliations with a grain of salt.The Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee
, ACORN and the New Party were never explicitly Marxist. Noam Chomsky
is perhaps the most celebrated member of the New Party-and he calls himself and "anarchist" or "libertarian socialist".
Who is the "real" Obama? My assessment is that Obama will do whatever he thinks necessary to either get re-election or die trying. He would literally rather die than go down as the Black, one-term, Jimmy Carter. I fully expect tensions to rise among Obama`s base when his 2012 campaign ramps up—and the Obama administration needs to make some really hard decisions. I truly doubt he could, for example, carry Iowa again after a major amnesty.