Defining Barack Obama: Part Three - International Socialist Connections
By Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune
Washington, D.C. 24 September (Asiantribune.com): The research by this Online Newspaper was undertaken with only one agenda: to help the readership to define Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama in placing hitherto unknown facts before them.
In Part One – Liberalism and Conservatism in U.S. Politics – we endeavored to present an academic understanding of the two political shades to help the readers to enter in to the conversation of ‘Defining’ the Democratic Party presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama.
Part Two – Communist Mentor in His Teen Years – Asian Tribune endeavored to give a glimpse to his ideological bent and the possible influence he would have had due to the association of that ideological bent despite one has no evidence that he was totally influenced by the Marxist-Leninist Doctrine.
This part will go a step further about his association with the international socialist movement.
Appeared suddenly in the national and international scene within three years and went on to clinch the Democratic Party nomination for the November 4 election defeating an already known Hillary Clinton at the closely contested nominating process known as the ‘primaries’ Mr. Obama is still an unknown and undefined politician who has the potential of becoming the Commander-in-Chief of the United States despite in a statistical tie in all opinion polls with his main opponent Republican Party nominee John McCain.
The Asian Tribune investigation, observation and research have found Senator Obama neither a socialist nor a communist.
But one thing we found: The junior senator from Illinois in his formative days, and after, has had lot of association and working relationship with those who held ‘not-so main stream views’, somewhat radical, progressive in nature and pacifist.
These rapports with them neither make Barack Obama a radical nor an ‘out-of-mainstream’ person.
But what is endeavored here is to facilitate the readers, Asian and others, U.S. and in the Asian Region, to have a glimpse in to Obama’s world of politics and policies and what impact they will have in the Asian Region should he become the Commander-in-Chief of the United States on January 20 next year..
Later in this series when we discuss his stated policies, the background Asian Tribune presents here may be useful to discern his overall policy platform and how they fit in to a ‘turbulent’ Asian Region where many countries face internal upheavals unconnected to the national security interests of the United States.
What Cliff Kincaid, a columnist for Accuracy In Media (AIM), wrote in February this year is most interesting to ascertain Mr. Obama’s rapport and connections with ‘not-so-mainstream’ activists.
Campaign workers for Senator and presidential candidate Barack Obama were under fire for displaying a flag featuring communist hero Che Guevara. But Obama has his own controversial socialist connections. He is, in fact, an associate of a Chicago-based Marxist group with access to millions of labor union dollars and connections to expert political consultants.
Obama's socialist backing goes back at least to 1996, when he received the endorsement of the Chicago branch of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) for an Illinois state senate seat. Later, the Chicago DSA newsletter reported that Obama, as a state senator, showed up to eulogize Saul Mendelson, one of the "champions" of "Chicago's democratic left" and a long-time socialist activist. Obama's stint as a "community organizer" in Chicago has gotten some attention, but his relationship with the DSA socialists, who groomed and backed him, has been generally ignored.
DSA describes itself as the largest socialist organization in the United States and the principal U.S. affiliate of the Socialist International. The Socialist International (SI) has what is called "consultative status" with the United Nations.
The international connection is important and significant because an Obama bill, "The Global Poverty Act," was rushed through the Senate Foreign Relations Committee late last year, with the assistance of Democratic Senator Joe Biden, the chairman, and Republican Senator Richard Lugar. The legislation (S.2433) commits the U.S. to spending hundreds of billions of dollars more in foreign aid on the rest of the world, in order to comply with the "Millennium Goals" established by the United Nations.
Another group associated with the SI is the Party of European Socialists (PES).
Following up, in April 2007, PES President Poul Nyrup Rasmussen reported that European socialists held a meeting "in the Democrats HQ in Washington," met with officials of the party and Democratic members of Congress, and agreed that "PES activist groups" in various U.S. cities would start working together.
The Asian Tribune investigation now turns to the composition of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama’s inner circle and potential office holders in an Obama Administration, their background and where they stood and stand on social issues, their political philosophy and ‘world view’. The composition of this team, Asian Tribune found, is most interesting and revealing when connected to the Senator’s own background and connections. This is the team that will run President Obama’s Executive Office and they are the people with whom the Asian Region nations will have to deal.
Part Four: Barack Obama’s Inner Circle and Their Credentials & Policy Pronouncements)