This post continues the series of chapter by chapter summations of the book Radical-In-Chief by Stanley Kurtz.
The Obama Administration
The modern socialist movement in America has abandoned its open and militant ways of that were so evident in the sixties. That approach might work to bring the sought after revolution and change in an impoverished nation but not in a democratic, free and prosperous country like the United States. Socialist scholars like Saul Alinsky and Michael Harrington convinced other movement leaders a long time ago that the only workable strategy for transforming the United States into a Marxist socialist government is a combination of stealth and incremental advance. That’s the course followed by Obama and his administration today.
Stealth was evident in the way the health care plan was handled. The stakes were high because single payer health care would bring 16 % of the national economy under government control. That was Obama’s real objective. Every measure was taken to avoid scrutiny which is why there was such a rush to get the bill passed as rapidly as possible. The “public option” originally proposed was designed to lead to single payer, government only, healthcare over time… Obama denied the single payer objective claiming the public would always have a choice; the government would simply be offering an additional option in fair competition with private insurance companies. It should be obvious to anyone that private industry must remain profitable to survive and cannot compete with government that, supported by taxpayers, can operate indefinitely at a loss.
Barack Obama ran his presidential election campaign on promises of a post-partisanship and an open style administration. Once in office, it turned out to be quite the opposite. He stirred controversy, for instance, by attacking the Fox News network, calling them illegitimate and attempting to bar them from press conferences to which the other networks were invited. He attacked the Supreme Court while speaking as President of the United States before the entire Congress and to the entire nation by television. These are not steps toward healing; they are overt acts of division.
Naive voters may think the increased partisan hostility is a failing. But, to a trained community organizer it is an objective. The generation of animosity and division is the ground work laid for the conditions that prepare people to accept, even demand change.
To a community organizer, polarization is a strategy. Creating division is the first step in the path to transfer of power.