Barack H. Obama: Inside Every Liberal is a Totalitarian Screaming to Get Out

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Of all the closet-totalitarians on the left, there is none greater than President Barack Hussein Obama.

A couple of centuries ago, Goethe said: “Tell me with whom thou art found, and I will tell thee who thou art.”  Over 100 years later, John Ruskin made a virtually identical point: “Tell me what you like, and I’ll tell you what you are.”

When we want to know more about what motivates terrorists and criminals, we cling to this pearl of wisdom by looking at their relationships and the ideas that they’ve imbibed.  Yet when we want to know what motivates our President, many of us, those in the media particularly, ignore this time-honored wisdom.

That Obama is perhaps the greatest of contemporary closet-totalitarians is borne out by the following considerations:

First, Obama spent a considerable portion of his childhood in the Islamic society of Indonesia.  There, he was educated as a Muslim at a madrasa, an Islamic school.  That his paternal family in Kenya, a land to which Obama is no stranger, is Muslim, only strengthens his connection with Islam.

All of this is important.  Obama is no Muslim. But his ideology, centering as it does on the “fundamental transformation” of America, reflects the same sort of comprehensiveness and rigor found in Islam.  It is not at all unreasonable to suspect that his exposure to Islam played at least some role in informing it.

Second, as its subtitle makes clear, Obama’s first memoir, Dreams From My Father, is “a story of race and inheritance.”  Dreams relays Obama’s odyssey, his quest for racial authenticity—i.e. authentic blackness.  We must realize that Obama is no different from any other leftist, black or white, in viewing blackness not so much biologically or even culturally, but ideologically.

Academic and one-time Obama confidante and backer, Cornell West, summarizes this approach as succinctly and clearly as anyone.  “‘Black enough,’” he writes, “always means ‘bold enough.’”  For instance, Clarence Thomas is “phenotypically [biologically], beautifully black.”  But as “a right-wing conservative who sides with the strong against the weak,” Thomas is “not bold enough.”  Conversely, Adam Clayton Powell and Thurgood Marshall, though light-complexioned, were “bold enough” and, thus, “black enough.”  Both “sided with the weak.”

Read: black leftists are authentically black while blacks who aren’t leftists are not.

Third, Obama’s desire to be “black enough” led him to seek out Reverend Jeremiah Wright, pastor of Chicago’s Trinity United Church of Christ.  The relevance of this decision on Obama’s part couldn’t be more germane to unlocking his true identity, for Obama spent over 20 years at Wright’s church, and didn’t distance himself from it until it became politically necessary to do so.  Throughout most of his adult life, that is, Obama was under the tutelage of Wright, a man of whom he thought enough to describe as his “spiritual mentor,” the one “who brought me to Christ.”

But Wright’s church was saturated in “Black Liberation Theology,” a racialized version of Marxism founded by James Hal Cone. The latter equates God with “blackness.”  Cone thinks that black theologians “must reject any conception of God which stifles black self-determination by picturing God as a God of all peoples.”  God must be “identified with the oppressed to the point that their experience becomes God’s experience….”  If not, we are left with a deity who “is a God of racism [.]”

Reinforcing the ideologically-centered conception of blackness discussed above, Cone writes: “Being black in America has little to do with skin color.  Being black means that your heart, your soul, your mind, and your body are where the dispossessed are.”

Only a suspension of disbelief of Herculean proportions could lead one to think that Obama’s exposure to these ideas for decades didn’t shape his worldview.

Fourth, Obama became a “community organizer” while in Chicago.  That he looked for inspiration in the Godfather of all self-styled progressive activists, Saul Alinsky, is itself telling.  More disturbing, however, is that Obama’s craft of choice supplies the paradigm—the community in need of organizing—by which he governs as President of the country.

The members of a community are linked together by a shared vision of the good life, a purpose to which they are devoted.  But in America, a country with over 300 million people with varying interests and ends, there is no such shared purpose.  America is a civil association; it is not a community. To treat it as a community is to impose upon citizens those ends that the government arbitrarily privileges.

In other words, to treat America as a community is to undermine the liberty and individuality that its Constitution has always guaranteed.

Finally, consider how Obama has in fact governed over the last five years.  In light of the forgoing points, isn’t this precisely what we would expect?

Whether taking over General Motors or one-sixth of the nation’s economy via the ominous “Obamacare;” whether refusing to enforce immigration laws or exploiting national tragedies to further erode the Second Amendment—Obama has spared no occasion to fulfill his pledge to “fundamentally transform” the country.

Inside every leftist there is a totalitarian screaming to get out.

Obama is and has always been a man of the hard left.  Given that he is the only leftist in the world to have the power of the American presidency at his disposal, and considering that he will never again have to face reelection, there is no closet totalitarian from whom we have more to fear.

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  • Indioviejo

    Jack, you are absolutely right in calling Obama out as the most dangerous man in the world for Americans. Not only should we fear his grsp for totalitarian power in his last years in office, but his intended "fundamental transformation" of America entails its military and economic debasement of a country he truly hates. He hates us so much that he has managed to make America an ally of Islam and Al-Qaeda in his first years in office. Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Egypt, and now Syria. Benghazi was no miscalculation. His Ambassador was there to arm the Jihadist for further action in the Middle East with Gaddafi's weapons. My astonishment is that he manages to have the CIA, FBI, DOD, and all of our national security establishment blind to all that he has accomplished right under their noses, without a peep. We are truly in hot water, my friend.

    • @ishadowx

      You couldn't have said it better, my friend.

  • Cassandra

    Thank you jack for this very true and excellent article. Indioviejo said it all for me.

  • Cat K

    Why is it that the author feels it necessary to claim that Obama is no Muslim? I hypothesize that the president's hidden birth certificate lists Muslim or Islam and that is the reason for the subterfuge on that document. Obama has written that he stands with Islam and has said the Islamic call to prayer is the most, beautiful sound. He reportedly wears a ring with a muslim engraving, etc. etc. Why can't we say he has Muslim roots and longings and so is either non-practicing Islamic or practices Islam his own way. This would explain the infiltration into our government of muslim brotherhood personnel and the USA's current foreign policies. If we shy away from being called "Birthers" or from accusations of being a so-called Islam-phobic our free speech has been quashed. We cannot let the left decide what is "uncool" to mention. Islam is one aspect of this president's background that is problematic. His sympathies and identification with those Black Americans who feel they must be Leftists to be "bold" or "authentic" is another problem. Obama has never been the president of all of the American people. He only represents those who walk in lock step with his ideology. But I would venture to say that he has done nothing to help Black Americans economically, educationally or in any other substantive manner. Therefore, his Islamic sympathies seem much more sincere and fundamental to who he is than his African-American ties.

  • Asher

    There is too much proof and pictures to the contrary that Obama operates on Muslim theology. Islam combined with communism is very dangerous. Both hate Freedom, prosperity, and a balanced government.

  • skip

    Part of the problem with the Cone/Alinsky/Wright/Obama notion of justice and social change is the fact that they believe that for one group to be entitled another has to be dispossessed. It is a zero-sum game for them. Following their logic that blackness is not about skin tone but about whether you identify as dispossessed, should their agenda succeed, it would be appropriate to say that "white is the new black."

    • Mark Ward

      And the "dispossessed" must be taught to Covet so they can elect their demi-Gods to legalize the theft, uh, transfer-mation.

  • clarespark

    Blacks during the 1960s could have stayed with the integrationist strategies of MLK Jr. but followed James Cone instead, a disastrous move for the civil rights movement. I wrote about it here:…. "The Offing of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Ralph Bunche. Antisemitism and the control of women were probably at the heart of the move toward autocracy and Islamism.

    • richard

      I believe your comment is right on.
      As I commented to a friend, a while back, many movements have been started for good reasons, but are co-opted by later generations for purposes that the founders, would often, be offended at.

      P.S. Your article is very good. I'm not a scholar/historian, so I don't have the background to confirm all my personal observations, but I have often gotten the impression that the civil rights movement has been changed to a rights for some and take away rights for others movement.

    • Boogie's Daddy

      King had to be removed. Blacks would have been useless to the left if they were only equal to and as free as everyone else.
      Like Lyndon B.Johnson (the great equal rights champion) said : "I'll have these 'n*****s' voting Democrat for the next 200 years!"

      Je$$e Jack$on and others were right behind him to take the wheel and give a good left spin.

  • Attila The Hun

    Throughout my adolescence my mother always wanted to know who my friends were. When I asked her why, She told me over and over again, If you want to know a person make sure to know his friends. This was true 60 years ago and still true today.
    No one has to assume anything just know who Hussein O friends are.

  • fanlad

    The truth shall set you free.
    Keep digging for the truth. Sometimes it's hard to find.

    Thanks for the article.

  • Who's Who

    The harsh fact is that, dupes included, all those who voted for Obama are totalitarians at heart.

    By the same token, almost all of those who didn't vote for Obama, are not totalitarians at heart.

    As for the vast number of people who didn't, and wouldn't vote, it's hard to say where they are.

  • Joe

    If Obama started life as a Muslim, why was he not beheaded when he became a Christian ?
    The Qur'an requires the death of an apostate i.e. anyone who leaves the Islamic faith.
    Either he was never a Muslim or he is too useful to Islam to bump off. I suspect the latter.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "If Obama started life as a Muslim, why was he not beheaded when he became a Christian ? "

      Every other Muslim knows he's under cover. Just like Huma Abedin who married a Jew without attracting any controversy.

      "Either he was never a Muslim or he is too useful to Islam to bump off. I suspect the latter."

      His actions speak to them very clearly. He is a faithful Muslim and not apostate. He is posing as a "Christian" to further Islamic jihad.

  • VLParker

    If Obama is a closet totalitarian I see no reason why he isn't also a closet muslim.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "If Obama is a closet totalitarian I see no reason why he isn't also a closet muslim."

      He's been a red-green Muslim his whole life.

  • Americano

    Wow! What an excellent article, and so accurate of this administration and its leader.

  • bshade

    You lost me at "Obama is no muslim." How do you know? By what evidence? Open your eyes!

  • Brujo Blanco

    With the advent of the new laws Obama has assumed the authority to have people imprisoned as terrorists without due process based on information. Also, Obama has the authority to have "terrorists" killed inside our country. It is said that he has this authority but he will not do it. However, he tells so many lies he should be considered unpredictable. He is truly the un-American president.

  • Alan

    Can I make some money, too, fundraising off this nonsense?

  • Herb Benty

    As long as the left control the voting machines, America is doomed.

    • Heloise

      America is not doomed unless we allow it to happen. There are many more of us, including many liberals who are worried about the 'rule' of the Left.

      Educate yourself; join the Tea Party; donate to the Thomas Moore Law Center, the Heritage Foundation, David Horowitz Freedom Center and the other organizations devoted to maintaining our Constitutional freedoms; write comments on blogs; talk to everyone you know about the scandals and over-reaching of the Feds; work for local political candidates and at the polls during elections. We must become activists. And last but not least, pray for courage for us all and success for our labors.

  • Andrew Sanders

    Wrong Title and Focus: “Inside Every **STATIST** is a Totalitarian …”
    It doesn’t really matter if the Rulers are “left” or “right” – using private-ownership or state-ownership to disenfranchize the majority of a right to exist on Earth without serving them for ‘paycheck-permission’ to live.
    What matters is that They Rule and You Must Obey Them – ‘Or Else’.

  • Marvin Fox

    Obama is the wrong man, at the wrong place, the wrong time, in the wrong job. He enjoys the puff of Air Force 1, the Presidents helicopter, the Oval Office, White House, and an adoring cadre of pressmen.
    He has the looks others manufactured to display an active president. There is no President inside the puff. He is clueless about administering the government affairs of a Constitutional Republic. Nothing in his life has prepared him for the job; nothing in these times can explain the job to him.
    I can not force myself to believe he would be willing to do the job of President of the United States if he understood it.
    Marvin Fox