Some people on the right will tell you that Obama is a socialist. Others say he’s a closeted Muslim. There are people on the left that claim he’s a conservative. Obama’s supporters think he’s a genius. His detractors believe he’s an idiot.
So what does Obama really believe?
Well first of all, he is NOT a Muslim. Yes, he went to a madrassa for a few years as a child and learned a few verses from the Qur’an, but that doesn’t make him a Muslim anymore than going to a Catholic school makes you a Christian.
Speaking of which, he’s not a Christian either. Obama only went to church in order to ingratiate himself into the black community in Chicago. He learned to talk the talk, but he never walked the walk.
There is no evidence that religion of any kind has ever had a significant influence on Barack Obama. He is his own higher power. There is no God but Barack and Obama is His Prophet.
As far as political ideology he is a mess, which is why it is so hard to pin him down.
Obama spent most of his life marinating in far-left ideology. His mother, grandfather and family friend Frank Marshall Davis began his indoctrination, and his friends in Chicago continued it. But he isn’t really a socialist.
Barack Obama isn’t an authentic African American. If you don’t believe me ask Bobby Rush. Obama is biracial, but his father was African, not African American, and Obama was raised in Hawaii and Indonesia by his white mother and white grandparents. He grew up about as far away from African American culture as it is possible for any American to get.
As a young man Obama liked to portray himself as an exotic semi-foreigner. He falsely claimed that his father was an African prince. He emphasized his years in Indonesia. He quit going by Barry and began calling himself Barack (which he pronounced “Ba-ruch”). He wore a sarong and listened to jazz instead of pop music. He dated white women almost exclusively. His friends were white or Pakistani.
Obama’s first real experience with the African American community came during his time as a “community organizer” in Chicago. He had always had political ambitions but no real political connections. Then Harold Washington surprised everyone by winning the election for Mayor of Chicago.
Barack Obama was hired to help organize the black community in Chicago’s South Side to reelect Washington. Obama had no real connection to Chicago other than Frank Marshall Davis who had lived there in the 1940’s and early 1950’s. Obama was working in NYC at some job writing a monthly news letter analyzing foreign investments. He says he saw an ad for a job as a community organizer and applied.
None of Obama’s memoirs or campaign materials mention getting Harold Washington reelected as Obama’s primary purpose. This is the official story:
Two years after graduating, Obama was hired in Chicago as director of the Developing Communities Project, a church-based community organization originally comprising eight Catholic parishes in Roseland, West Pullman, and Riverdale on Chicago’s South Side. He worked there as a community organizer from June 1985 to May 1988. He helped set up a job training program, a college preparatory tutoring program, and a tenants’ rights organization in Altgeld Gardens. Obama also worked as a consultant and instructor for the Gamaliel Foundation, a community organizing institute.
Obama entered Harvard Law School in the fall of 1988.
Washington was elected mayor in 1983 and spent most of his time in office battling power with the infamous Daley Machine. The guys who hired Obama were Washington supporters. GOTV efforts in the predominantly black South Side were essential to winning that struggle. Then in November 1987 Washington died unexpectedly. Obama quit his job as a community organizer in May 1988 and in the fall of that year he entered Harvard Law School. Do the math.
By the time he left for law school Obama had learned two important things: The Alinsky Method and the cultivation, use and value of connections. He had already made important and influential connections in Chicago, including the Reverend Jeremiah Wright.
While at Harvard Obama discovered Critical Race Theory and became the first President of the Harvard Law Review to never publish anything. He graduated, returned to Chicago, and began his political career in earnest. Every move he has made since his return to Chicago was connected to his political ambitions, including his marriage to Michelle Robinson.
Perhaps the single biggest influence in Barack Obama’s life were the years he spent at Punahou School in Hawaii. His attendance at the school and his grandmother’s upper-middle class income allowed young Barry to become a charter member of the elite One Percent Club.
Despite his claims to the contrary, Barack Obama has never been poor. Things may have been a little tight around the budget when he was very young, but that was because his mother was a student at the University of Hawaii. They were never homeless and Barack never missed a meal. Besides, how much could he really remember about those years anyway?
After his mother married Lolo Soetoro and they moved to Indonesia, Obama lived a solid middle-class lifestyle even by American standards. By Indonesian standards they were practically wealthy. This was the late Sixties when there wasn’t nearly as much stuff to buy as there is today.
By the time Obama moved back to Hawaii to live with his grandparents his grandmother (Madeline Dunham) had become a vice-president at the Bank of Hawaii and his grandfather was a supervisor at a major furniture store. That gave them the money and connections to pay for Barack to attend the fanciest prep school in the 50th State.
Barack Obama may have been the poorest kid at Punahou School, but that’s like being the poorest member of the Beverly Hills Country Club. You’re still a member.
Punahou School is where the children of Hawaii’s rich and shameless go to get an education. This gave Barry a peek at la dolce vita of the wealthy and privileged. This is where the real Obama emerges.
Barack Obama is a Bourgeoisie Socialist.
Conservative or Bourgeois Socialism was a term used by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels in various pieces (including in the Communist Manifesto).
The Marxian view is such that the bourgeois socialist is the sustainer of the current state of bourgeois class relations. Opinions vary as to whether this or that bourgeois socialist intentionally is excusing the current order but the common thread is that they are, in objective fact, preserving it.
In this class Marx explicitly referenced Proudhon’s The Philosophy of Misery, stating:
“ The Socialistic bourgeois want all the advantages of modern social conditions without the struggles and dangers necessarily resulting therefrom.
He talks the (watered-down) talk of socialism, but he walks the walk of the elite capitalist class. He bashes wealth while hobnobbing with the richest people in the country. He attacks privilege with his words, while enjoying all its benefits for himself.
This explains his popularity with the so-called “creative class” and Occupy Wall Street types. They are spoiled children of wealth and privilege using their shiny new iPhone 6’s to bemoan the evils of capitalism while sipping pumpkin spice lattes at Starbucks.
Barack and Michelle Obama are not unique. The modern left is infested with what Victor Davis Hanson calls “Egalitarian Grandees“:
From academia to the Sierra Club, elite progressives expect to live lives that are quite different from what they envision for the less sophisticated.
The rest of Obama’s ideology is a patchwork of conflicting ideas shrouded by political opportunism. He smoked pot and used cocaine but he opposes the legalization of marijuana. He was against gay marriage before he was for it. He takes money from oil companies but he opposes new oil drilling. He supports civil liberties while spying on Americans.
So what does Obama really believe about all the various social issues? He believes whatever is convenient for him to believe at any given moment. But it really doesn’t matter what he believes because he also does whatever is most convenient for him at that moment without a second thought.
There are some basic liberal ideas that he generally supports (like gay marriage) but not enough to take any political risks over. That’s because he believes that what is good for Obama is good for America.
Ambition, greed and narcissism are the controlling elements of Obama’s personality. Everything he thinks, says and does is run thru that filter. They even overrule his political judgment. That’s why he insists on going golfing despite the criticism it causes.
Obama’s narcissism outshines everything else. He drinks his own Koolaid. When he says he is smarter than his advisors he really believes it. He actually thinks he is a messianic figure who was destined to change the course of history.
“A confidence man knows he’s lying; that limits his scope. But a successful shaman ropes himself first; he believes what he says — and such belief is contagious; there is no limit to his scope.”
– Jubal Harshaw (Robert A. Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land)
Coming Soon: The Roots Of Obama’s Goofy Foreign Policy