(bumped by SusanUnPC at 11:11 p.m. ET)

Edited and updated at 8:50 p.m. ET.

Did you know that Barack Obama was affiliated with a leading national socialist party? Barack Obama didn’t include in his 2008 resume that he entered politics in the mid-1990s endorsed by Chicago’s leading socialists. This just keeps getting better and better. Barack Obama was an active participant in the 1990s, and a direct political beneficiary, of the Chicago New Party and, importantly, the Chicago DSA, a group of socialists affiliated with the Democratic Socialists of America.

  1. Barack Obama attended and participated in meetings of the Chicago New Party and the Chicago DSA, the local affiliate of the Democratic Socialists of America.
  2. Barack Obama sought the endorsement of the Chicago DSA which required rigorous scrutiny by the party’s Political Committee as well as Mr. Obama’s signature on a contract promising “a visible and active relationship with the NP.”
  3. Barack Obama actively used the endorsement from the Chicago DSA.
  4. Barack Obama won his DSA-endorsed and -backed campaign to secure his seat in the Illinois State Senate.
  5. Barack Obama continued his involvement with the Chicago DSA — including directly asking the group to join “his task forces on Voter Education and Voter Registration” — and received their endorsements in subsequent campaigns.

Obama’s participation in and endorsement from the Chicago New Party and Chicago DSA, the local affiliate of the Democratic Socialists of America (which is the U.S. affiliate of the Socialist International) is quite clear:

  1. According to the write-up on the July 1995 meeting of Chicago DSA and New Party membership, Barack Obama was one of about 50 people attending out of their then-300 member local group. Other documents below will demonstrate Barack Obama attended and participated in subsequent meetings.
  2. The New Party rigorously evaluated its candidate endorsements and claimed “a winning ratio of 77 of 110 elections.” This was no passive endorsement.
  3. Candidates must be approved via a NP political committee. Once approved, candidates must sign a contract with the NP. The contract mandates that they must have a visible and active relationship with the NP.—New Ground

  4. Candidate Barack Obama participated as a panelist at the DSA-sponsored Town Meeting on February 25, 1996, entitled “Employment and Survival in Urban America”. As reported in New Ground,

    Barack Obama observed that Martin Luther King’s March on Washington in the 1960s wasn’t simply about civil rights but demanded jobs as well. Now the issue is again coming to the front, but he wished the issue was on the Democratic agenda not just on Buchanan’s.

    One of the themes that has emerged in Barack Obama’s campaign is “what does it take to create productive communities”, not just consumptive communities. It is an issue that joins some of the best instincts of the conservatives with the better instincts of the left. He felt the state government has three constructive roles to play.

    The first is “human capital development”. By this he meant public education, welfare reform, and a “workforce preparation strategy”. Public education requires equality in funding. It’s not that money is the only solution to public education’s problems but it’s a start toward a solution. The current proposals for welfare reform are intended to eliminate welfare but it’s also true that the status quo is not tenable. A true welfare system would provide for medical care, child care and job training. While Barack Obama did not use this term, it sounded very much like the “social wage” approach used by many social democratic labor parties. By “workforce preparation strategy”, Barack Obama simply meant a coordinated, purposeful program of job training instead of the ad hoc, fragmented approach used by the State of Illinois today.

    The state government can also play a role in redistribution, the allocation of wages and jobs. As Barack Obama noted, when someone gets paid $10 million to eliminate 4,000 jobs, the voters in his district know this is an issue of power not economics. The government can use as tools labor law reform, public works and contracts.

  5. Obama subsequently secured his endorsement from the Chicago DSA
    The local Democratic Socialists of America affiliate issued their Chicago DSA Endorsements in the March 19th Primary Election:
  6. Barack Obama is running to gain the Democratic ballot line for Illinois Senate 13th District. The 13th District is Alice Palmer’s old district, encompassing parts of Hyde Park and South Shore.

    Mr. Obama graduated from Columbia University and promptly went into community organizing for the Developing Communities Project in Roseland and Altgeld Gardens on the far south side of Chicago. He went on to Harvard University, where he was editor of the Harvard Law Review. He graduated with a law degree. In 1992, he was Director of Illinois Project Vote, a voter registration campaign that made Carol Moseley Braun’s election to the U.S. Senate much easier than it would have been. At present, he practices law in Judson Miner’s law firm and is President of the board of the Annenberg Challenge Grant which is distributing some $50 million in grants to public school reform efforts.

    What best characterizes Barack Obama is a quote from an article in Illinois Issues, a retrospective look at his experience as a community organizer while he was completing his degree at Harvard:

    “… community organizations and organizers are hampered by their own dogmas about the style and substance of organizing. Most practice … a ‘consumer advocacy’ approach, with a focus on wrestling services and resources from outside powers that be. Few are thinking of harnessing the internal productive capacities, both in terms of money and people, that already exist in communities.” (Illinois issues, September, 1988)

    Luckily, Mr. Obama does not have any opposition in the primary. His opponents have all dropped out or were ruled off the ballot.

  7. Barack Obama Continued Attending Membership Meetings of the Chicago DSA New Party
    Obama attended membership meeting on April 11, 1996 where he expressed his gratitude for their support. The report shared that “Barack Obama, victor in the 13th State Senate District, encouraged NPers to join in his task forces on Voter Education and Voter Registration.”
  8. Obama won his election with the help of the Chicago DSA’s New Party.
  9. Chicago DSA notes in 1998 that Barack Obama eulogized Saul Mendelson, co-founder of the Debs Dinner.
  10. In the fall of 1998, Chicago DSA’s New Ground‘s editor offered nomination of Barack Obama for reelection.
  11. When Barack Obama challenged Bobby Rush for the 1st Congressional District in 2000, the Chicago DSA opted to recommend both:

For Congressman of the 1st Congressional District, the Executive Committee was faced with two very good candidates. As we are not making endorsements but merely recommendations, we felt no conflict in recommending both Bobby Rush and Barack Obama.

Bobby Rush was the incumbent Congressman. He was also a candidate for Mayor of Chicago in the last municipal elections, endorsed by Chicago DSA. While he hasn’t always been the ideal Congressman from a left perspective (being a cosponsor of the “NAFTA for Africa” bill, for example), he’s generally been quite good. To volunteer, call 773 264 7874. Contributions may be made to Citizens for Rush, 514 E. 95th St., Chicago, IL 60619.

Barak Obama is serving only his second term in the Illinois State Senate so he might be fairly charged with ambition, but the same might have be said of Bobby Rush when he ran against Congressman Charles Hayes. Obama also has put in time at the grass roots, working for five years as a community organizer in Harlem and in Chicago. When Obama participated in a 1996 UofC YDS Townhall Meeting on Economic Insecurity, much of what he had to say was well within the mainstream of European social democracy.

Barack Obama has a long-term and sustained relationship with the Chicago DSA, an affiliate of the Democratic Socialists of America, and with the Chicago New Party. He participated in multiple membership meetings and in DSA-sponsored events, repeatedly sought their endorsement. This does not answer all questions about Barack Obama’s past relationships with multiple socialist groups. What the media need to find out is this: Has Barack Obama broken his ties with them> If so, when and why?

Cross-posted on my blog, The Independent View.

  • atti

    Did you get your response from Mao’s, oooops, I meant Obamma’s Little Red Book?  As a “Hot Woman” how many children have you borne and are you collecting welfare for your efforts?  Jus’ askin’.

  • Not suprising, AND he has the glowing approval of the
    Communist Party USA…..

    Sam Webb, National Chair, CPUSA, writes on the web site:
    “Just look at the new lay of the land: a friend of labor and its allies sits in the White House. Larger Democratic majorities control Congress. A feeling of renewal and hope is in the air. Public opinion polls show a high favorability rating for our new President. And the labor and people’s movement that was so instrumental to the election’s outcome, after a short holiday pause, is off and running. “

    Know Thine Enemy http://wethepeople.org/wpblog/index.php/2009/02/10/know-thine-enemy/

  • Benjamin

    Instead of attacking the guy for trying to make a difference, why don’t you try and make some positive changes in your community. Obama is now the president of our country. There is nothing you can do to change that. Deal with it and try to make a differance where you can!

  • werenotgonnatakeit

    It’s funny to hear the wingtards hysterically ranting about “radicalism”.

    Look around. The Freaks are CLEARLY on the right these days.

  • werenotgonnatakeit

    You people have lost your minds.

    Oh and BTW, no one is listening. You had complete control of the country and it’s nothing short of a total disaster. Your credibility is zero.

    It’s time to go away and STFU.

  • It’s no surprise that someone like Obama would gravitate toward Chicago – seeing it is the birth place for liberalism and communism in the U.S.

    Red Chicago: American Communism at Its Grassroots, 1928–35. By Randi Storch. (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2007. xiv, 297 pp. $35.00, ISBN 978-0-252-03206-6.)



  • booboo

    Majority of these comments on here is so innacurate it is actually funny. We need to check Obama out, because he wasn’t born in this country ARE YOU KIDDING ME, HOW IGNORANT CAN YOU BE. Now I know what kind of people are supporting McCain. Do you know that Palin (who you are actually voting for) said that her job description and I quote “Would Be To Run The Senate”. You are so scared and annoyed that there is a possibility that a BLACK man will be president that you are voting for someone who does not even know the job description of a Vice President….and at the same time you have the nerve to say that you love this country….you are trying to organize a war against the media….WHY, the media is not telling these idiots what to say they are saying it all by themselves….

    Why don’t you just be adults and stop hiding behind the media and just say you don’t want to vote for him because he is BLACK…..all that other stuff is you just blowing smoke……

  • Howard

    A far left Media …
    A far left President …
    A far left Congress …
    A far left Senate …
    A far left Supreme Court …
    This would eliminate all the checks and
    balances that our democracy is based upon.
    Barack Obama formed his political and economic
    ideology, and his radical associations, during the
    TWENTY YEARS … yes, that’s TWENTY YEARS … when
    he followed Marxist Black Liberation Theology, in
    Jeremiah Wright’s anti-American, racist church.
    And, now, with our country on the brink of depression,
    Obama wants to impose new laws which would change
    America into a third world country.
    You may be upset with George Bush, but in spite
    of Obama’s slogans, John McCain is NOT George Bush …
    so don’t over react to Obama’s 600 million dollar
    Propaganda campaign designed to highjack America !!!
    A vote for Obama is a vote for changing America beyond
    recognition … and, it would be a vote for voter fraud,
    a corrupt media, socialism, and the end to America as we know it.
    Keep America free, strong, safe, and American …
    Elect McCain/Palin on November 4th.

  • When I say that we need a SURGE, I mean a media, word of mouth, visible signage surge –any visible, hearable, noticeable, out there surge that is legal and acceptable –and follow it with a voting surge!

  • Mark Jones

    Thank you to every one of the honourable people posting this powerfully important information. Are the MSM catching on that a Marxist America may not be in their own best interest? I think so, but let’s speed the process.

    Surely some less radical persons with access to television time, who understand the implications of Obama’s hidden AGENDA will offer opportunities to McCain’s team to speak on T.V. and present their concerns. The truth is, that they have been raising these serious questions all along. However, the MSM brushed it off as nonsense.

    What do you think of Obama’s panels of experts? Doesn’t it have a sort of communist China flavour to it? It tells me that he is getting desperate.

    We need to create a surge right at home for McCain to stop this threat!

  • Susiz

    It’s not Barack Obama! It’s the people for which he sold his soul. Read this: This is a MUST!


    Obama sold his soul. He was a crack user from early years and I would suspect to today. He flunked out of high school, college, etc. His degree and attendence to Harvard were paid by radicals. He no longer has his law degree. I suspect he never passed the bar exame the first time. He now owes the redicals everything at our expense. A puppet on a string. Either he produces or he is GONE….

    October 19, 2008: Louis Farrakhan deemed a “new beginning” for the group. (Islam)


    And for all you people who beleive in abortion: Islam denounces it 100%.

    Freedom for and foremost. That’s what my forefather’s fought for and I will also……….

    • silverwolf064

      wow, do you know a thing about obama or are you just listening to false rumors? Obama didn’t flunk out of school, he is a very well educated man and taught constitutional law for ten years. He and his wife are lawyers, and radicals were never in the equation.In the four years he lived in Indonesia he attended two years at a Catholic school and then two years at a public school. The public school he attended was very westernized (the teachers and kids wore western clothing) and they were encouraged to celebrate Christmas. and it doesn’t matter that Islam denounces abortion, Obama isn’t muslum. He’s a full Christian. So next time you try to talk politics, try to do some fact checking.

  • I finally got to read this article. Did you? It seems it was supposed to say something negative about Barack, but what I read is that he was a participant in a local organization where he could try to make changes happen, where he could influence some people to understand the need for country/ state/ cities to reform. He voted for welfare reform saying that we need to help people who are struggling to receive childcare and medical benefits while they get school, and/or on-the-job training so they can learn to help themselves. Any one who doesn’t believe that people need help getting their lives straightened must be….republican??? And that the system doesn’t need reform??
    How many people have you met that twist federal aid to suit their needs, rather than trying to help themselves? He went to Harvard which doesn’t make him better or worse than anyone, but it does simply highlight the fact that he has a high degree of intelligence. And he is eloquent in his speech, because he is a thoughtful, considerate man who thinks about what he wants to say and understands the best way to get it across. I admire this man who is resourceful, respectful, and intelligent. Radical past, are you kidding me? He was involved in his community, in a program to help his community. That is admirable

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  • Scott

    Is Barack Obama circumventing the Constitution?

    Check out the articles. Scary stuff.