We do know that Richard Cloward taught at Columbia University from
1954 until his death in 2001 and we know that Obama attended
Columbia University from 1981 through 1983.
But we may never know the
answer to the question posed above because that period in Obama’s
shrouded in mystery and Obama has done just about everything in his
power to keep it a secret.
Is a possible Obama connection to the mother and father of the
radical left one of the reasons why Obama keeps this period of his
life shrouded in secrecy?
According to the New York Sun: "The Obama campaign has
refused to release his college transcript, despite an academic
career that led him to Harvard Law School and, later, to a lecturing
position at the University of Chicago. The shroud surrounding his
experience at Columbia contrasts with that of other major party
nominees since 2000, all whom have eventually released information
about their college performance or seen it leaked to the public."
The New York Times writes that Obama "suggests in his book that his
years in New York were a pivotal period: He ran three miles a day,
buckled down to work and 'stopped getting high,' which he says he
had started doing in high school. Yet he declined repeated requests
to talk about his New York years, release his Columbia transcript or
identify even a single fellow student, co-worker, roommate or friend
from those years."
A pivotal period… and yet, the media has found only a handful of
people who even remember knowing Barack Obama at Columbia… he was a
man of mystery even then.
Did Cloward and Obama’s paths cross? Was Obama one of the many young
radicals he mentored? Is it not, at least, within the realm of
possibility that Obama was exposed to Cloward and Piven while at Columbia
and that they may have exerted an influence
over the young Barack Obama?
Again, we can only speculate… but we do know that Obama’s ties to
the known spawn of Cloward and Piven, are surprisingly deep-rooted and far
And, moreover, when you examine Obama’s policies, vis-a-vis, the
strategy, the parallels are frightening.
It’s painfully apparent that Obama and those who employ the strategy are fellow travelers and Obama’s ties to this radical
left-wing movement are clear. At the very least, he is truly “one of
We do know that Obama received training from the Industrial Areas
Foundation, started by Saul Alinsky, and that that Obama himself
taught workshops on the Alinsky method. It is well within the realm
of possibility (in fact, it would seem to be almost certain) that
Obama taught others the strategy.
And we know that Obama’s history with ACORN and SEIU (both founded
by Wade Rathke, the protégé of George
Wiley) is a veritable indictment in and of itself.
The American Thinker: “[Obama’s work ] as a community
activist for ACORN; as a leadership trainer for ACORN; as a lead
organizer for ACORN's Project Vote; as an attorney representing
ACORN's successful efforts to impose Motor Voter regulations in
Illinois; as ACORN's representative in lobbying for the expansion of
high risk housing loans through Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that led
to the current crisis; as a recipient of their assistance in his
political campaigns -- both with money and campaign workers; it is
doubtful that he was unaware of ACORN's true goals. It is doubtful
he was unaware of the Cloward-Piven Strategy.”
Here's another connection. We also know that
Barack Obama essentially started his political career in the living
room of Weatherman terrorist Bill Ayers. Ayers and Rathke, of
course, go way back. Both Rathke and Ayers were movers-and-shakers
in Students for a Democratic Society (SDS).
Coincidence? Unfortunately, there are simply too many dots to
connect. This much is clear. With explicit training in goals of the
socialist left, the election in his pocket, and a financial calamity
playing out on day one, Obama was presented with the perfect
opportunity to put the strategy into motion.”
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