Steve Sailer has distorted the picture of Obama, presenting him as a professional black-activist. But the mystery is deeper, he is a neighborhood organizer a la Alinsky but without a political party or a political ideology. While Alinsky was organizing for a a political movement with a clear ideology, the Communist Party I presume, I still cannot get Obama's political background. He got into this trade through a thoroughly a-political channel, just by answering a newspaper advertisement. The ad was paid by Gerald Kellman, who hired and trained Obama, and inserted him in his organization. What organization?
Gerald Kellman ("Marty Kaufman" in Obama's semi-autobiographical "Dreams From my Father"), a practitioner of Saul Alinsky-style community organizing, was Obama's first mentor in Chicago. He worked for Developing Communities Project (DCP), the largest church-based community-organizing agency on Chicago's far south side, that began in 1984 as a branch of the Calumet Community Religious Conference (CCRC).
DCP functions as an organized entity through which social justice missions of the church and its members is integrated with the technical skills and methods required to promote change via the public arena. The operational methodology is focused upon leadership development, research and analysis of issues, and the creation of public forums or events for direct action on issues that are deemed important through a collective decision making process.
Who finances DCP? The Government (such as an Illinois Department of Human Services, whatever it is) and private fundations:
Catholic Campaign For Human Development
Chicago Capacity Building Initiative
Chicago Community Trust
Chicago Foundation for Women
Girl's Best Friend Foundation
Illinois Department of Human Services
Mayer & Morris Kaplan Family Foundation
Polk Bros. Foundation
Woods Fund of Chicago
US Bank? What is that? U.S. Bancorp (NYSE: USB), with $242 billion in assets, is the parent company of U.S. Bank, the 6th largest commercial bank in the United States. The company operates 2,522 banking offices and 4,844 ATMs, and provides a comprehensive line of banking, brokerage, insurance, investment, mortgage, trust and payment services products to consumers, businesses and institutions. Their website proudly announces:
We made more than $21 billion in loans and investments during 2006 to help support the creation of affordable housing, economic revitalization, and organizations providing critically needed services to low- and moderate-income individuals and areas.A large bank. DCP is certainly not a Communist front, but what is its ideological background? Maybe I am from another era and another world, when there were ideological movements aimed at taking the power to change society, which being necessarily clandestine, operated mostly through fronts and fellow-travellers. But this thing seems to have worked without a political agenda, its ideology being social improvement, like the World Bank. World Bank ideology is capitalism, frequently presented as some kind of vague socialism. The purpose of the World Bank social and community organizing activity is to pre-empt and occupy the space of real "biting" ideological (Communist) movements.
Within this context, which I dont know if it is true, Obama is the candidate of US capitalism, sent to provide the appearance of socialism, of equality, of caring, of change, of hope, while defending the stability of the capitalist system. I am not Marxist, but Obama seems to fit nicely into that framework. With Obama in the area, no Communist organizer had a chance. With Obama in power, no real social - economic - political change is possible in the United States.
I am too old to care, and I will not be alive when Obama's presidency will be historically judgable. But cannot avoid thinking, specially when I have so much work and I am desperately trying to avoid working. Now, work.