“Neither born or raised in a black home, Obama urgently wanted to be part of the African-American community. Local organizing seemed to Obama a contemporary successor to the great civil rights struggle of the sixtes – a movement that generated a deep sense of community among American blacks. So through the shared sacrifice of organizing – the poverty wages, political struggles, and act of community building – Obama hoped to earn himself a place in an African-American world to which he had previously been a stranger.”
from Radical-in-Chief by Stanley Kurtz
In Dreams From My Father, Obama says that while in college he gravitated to black power members, chicanos, feminists, Marxist professors and other fringe groups.
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s top adviser suggested to The Huffington Post late Wednesday that the administration is ready to accept an across-the-board, temporary continuation of steep Bush-era tax cuts, including those for the wealthiest taxpayers.
That appears to be the only way, said David Axelrod, that middle-class taxpayers can keep their tax cuts, given the legislative and political realities facing Obama in the aftermath of last week’s electoral defeat.
“We have to deal with the world as we find it,” Axelrod said during an unusually candid and reflective 90-minute interview in his office, steps away from the Oval Office. “The world of what it takes to get this done.”
I knew I’d read this same comment before in Saul Alinsky’s book Rules for Radicals and went on a search to find this quote. Sure enough here it is:
“As an organizer I start from where the world is, as it is, not as I would like it to be. That we accept the world as it is does not in any sense weaken our desire to change it into what we believe it should be – it is necessary to begin where the world is if we are going to change it to what we think it should be. That means working in the system.”
I doubt that anyone else is going to catch this Axelrod slip but it’s in verbal gaffes like this that the true socialism of this regime, makes itself known.