Obama, a College Marxist?

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Until now, precious little information has come to light about President Obama’s youthful political views. That may change as disclosures by former political science professor Dr. John C. Drew eventually surface in the mainstream press.

During an evening he spent with Obama in late 1980, Drew, a former Marxist-turned-conservative-Republican, recalled during an interview on Breitbart TV’s “The B-cast” that the young Obama was not only a passionate Marxist, but a Marxist-Leninist, devoted to the revolutionary overthrow of the capitalist system in America.

The meeting occurred in late December, 1980 when Drew, a 1979 Occidental College graduate in his second year of Cornell University grad school, visited his girlfriend, still an Occidental student, who shared a political theory class with Obama.

Drew recalled that Obama, then a college sophomore, showed up in a BMW with his closest friend Mohammed Hasan Chandoo, and “we all went out to dinner, partied and drank, smoked cigarettes—and we did what young Marxists do—we basically argued politics.”

Before the get-together, his then-girlfriend described Obama as “one of us.” What she meant by that was that “he was on our team . . . a blood brother . . .a fellow revolutionary,” said Drew.

As a serious Marxist revolutionary himself in those days, Drew said that as soon as he met young Barack, he realized that this radical college sophomore wasn’t just “dabbling in Marxism . . . he was a Marxist-Leninist dedicated to the overthrow of the capitalist system.”

Drew says on his website (www.anonymouspoliticalscientist.blogspot.com) that his “most vivid memory of Obama was the way he strongly argued a rather simple-minded version of Marxist theory,” while he (Drew) had moved on to a more pessimistic graduate school view that true revolution would never happen in this country.

Drew’s meeting with the young Obama occurred shortly after he experienced his first taste of campus notoriety when publicly speaking out on the anti-apartheid issue and co-founding the anti-apartheid group that is mentioned in Dreams of My Father.

During their meeting, Drew recalls that Obama believed that “America was definitely the enemy, and American elites were the enemy, and whatever America was doing was definitely wrong and bad. He thought that perhaps the Soviet Union was misunderstood, and it was doing a better job for its people than most people realized,” Drew noted in a Newsmax interview.

Although Drew did his senior honors thesis at Occidental on Marxist Economics, his doctoral research at Cornell in 1984 triggered a move to the political right when he realized the fallacy of the Marxist class struggle argument.

However, when Drew crossed the ideological divide from Marxist to conservative Republican, it may have made his academic career a bit more challenging.

As an assistant political science professor at Williams College from 1986 – 1989, Drew was one of three registered Republicans on the faculty. Armed with his newly adopted belief system, Drew says he complained to the powers-that-be about the school’s affirmative action policies that favored less qualified African-American faculty candidates over white candidates, saying that these policies “took away the honor of being a Williams College professor.”

Now a grant-writing consultant in Laguna Niguel, California, Drew says that his meeting with Obama some 30 years ago provided useful evidence of why he was able to win the trust and support of people like Bill Ayers, Bernardine Dohrn, and Alice Palmer. He believes that Obama “never surrendered that tough, Marxist socialist ideology I saw in him as a sophomore at Occidental College.”

When Drew is asked why he took so long to go public with this story, he is quick to explain that although he tried to get the story out during the presidential campaign in 2008, no one in the media would touch it.

In fact, Drew says he was frustrated when he couldn’t get this information out during campaign season, since candidate Obama “was making it sound like people thought he was a socialist because he didn’t share his toys in kindergarten, but I thought he was a socialist because I’d seen him argue from a hard Marxist point of view.”

Obama’s career path was entirely predictable, according to Drew, who says the first logical career move for a revolutionary right out of college is to become a labor organizer or a community organizer. The second step is to become a college professor.

During his stint as a University of Chicago adjunct professor, Obama “was basically promoting the socialist revolution, saying that our Constitution promotes negative liberties but not the positive liberties of a society that advocates wealth distribution.”

Drew’s encounter with the future president nearly 30 years ago sheds some light on the young Obama’s political ideology, one of the many aspects of his life that has not undergone any serious scrutiny by the mainstream press. Drew regards his “15 minutes of fame” that began with a Newsmax interview in February, 2010 as an “opportunity to share what I know about the ‘red diaper’ ideology of the young Barack Obama.”

Saying that he would still be teaching in Massachusetts were it not for the liberal Democrats that control Williams College, Drew says he was pleased that Scott Brown was recently elected as the state’s newest senator, adding that his election “marks the end of the Obama revolution.”

Deborah Lambert writes the Squeaky Chalk column for Accuracy in Academia.


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  1. Mike m

    March 1, 2016 1:04 am

    He did talk about spreading the wealth around with Joe the plumber back in 2008. For Joe’s effort in getting some answers from candidate Obama all he got from Obama supporters were death threats. Of course the media wouldn’t report any of this in 2008 because they are mostly Marxists themselves, plus they saw Barry as a colored boy.

  2. Man-of-Reason

    March 12, 2016 4:07 pm

    The fellow you quote, Dr. John C. Drew, has a very interesting background. One of his closest confidants is Orly Taitz, the nut job Birther whose many law suits to disqualify the president have been summarily tossed out by every court. They both live in Orange County’s Laguna Niguel, and if you can be judged by the friends you keep, Drew scores very low.

    Drew claims he was an ardent Marxist while in college in the early 80’s but turned Republican a few years later. I find that extremely hard to believe. Such ideologies do not change quickly but rather, take many years to develop. Nor did Drew come from what can ever be considered a “liberal” background. Here’s a quote from 2010 about his reflection on his father, who he greatly admired.

    “Politically, he was an ardent anti-communist, a Goldwater supporter, and early Reagan supporter. My father took to Scouting – especially its religious values and code of character – and was remembered for it for many years. He raised money and took us to National Jamboree where we saw Bob Hope perform. He was active at the district level and had the number one Boy Scout Camporee Troop in 1976. ,,, he represented a proud tradition of American values and patriotism, a tradition extending all the way back to the Civil War and the American Revolution.”

    No Boy Scout from such a family suddenly becomes a Marxist and a few years later reverses course. That’s simply bullshit. When recently running for Orange County Republican Committee, he said, “I’m honored to be included in this group of Tea Party Patriots,…”

    Saying he was a Marxist and spent an evening talking to a 19 year old Barack Obama who also expressed the same views makes a great story and damages a man that Drew despises, but, like those of his Tea Party friend, Orly Taitz, is straight from Bullshit Mountain. Were Obama ever a proclaimed Marxist, many who knew him at Occidental College would publicly say so. They haven’t.

    You, however, can’t figure that out because you can only see what you want to, not what is reasonable or real. Hucksters like Drew (and Trump) know that and count on your stupidity to hook you like a fish.

  3. Man-of-Reason

    March 12, 2016 10:16 pm

    Obama had shown his legal “Certificate of Live Birth”, substantiated by disinterested third party fact checkers and verified by Hawaiian officials, even before he was elected in 2008. But you nut-jobs refused to believe it. So, after more utter bullshit from the likes of Trump, he got Hawaii to release his confidential long form birth certificate and also had the Hawaiian Records Office attest that it’s for real. But that didn’t satisfy you ding-dongs either. Nothing will. Of course not, your minds are made up, so don’t confuse you with facts.

    Oh, and if Taitz is such “an intelligent lawyer” then why hasn’t she won any of the 31 cases? Four million dollars is chump change to Republicans who have been trying to oust Obama for the last seven years, and should pose no obstacle to whatever “truth” they are trying to tell. So, don’t tell me that his spending of $4 million (which you have no evidence of) prevented his birth from going to trial. But, of course, if you WANT to believe something, why let truth get in the way?

  4. Augustine25

    March 14, 2016 12:36 am

    I could not help but notice that you are calling me a liar. I think it is important to set the record straight. First, I should point out that I despised my father and that he and I had a worse relationship than Nancy Reagan and her daughter Patti Davis. Second, your suggestion that my conversion from college era Marxism was too quick leads me to believe you have not properly researched me or my story. For my explanation of my conversion to conservative beliefs, please see this article that I wrote back in 2011.


    Third, your suggestion that I was never a Marxist in the first place strikes me as odd because I completed my Occidental College honors thesis on the topic of Marxist economics and because I paid such an extremely high price for becoming a conservative Republican over the course of my short-lived academic career.


    Finally, you suggest that Obama’s friends at Occidental College didn’t know that he was a Marxist. This is entirely false. One of the things that made my story so credible is that my take on Obama was inadvertently confirmed by Obama’s liberal biographer, David Remnick.

    According to Stanley Kurtz, the author of Radical-in-Chief, my take on young Obama helps illustrate the extent to which Remnick distorted the truth about him. Kurtz reports:

    “And during the campaign, in fact, Obama not only did not release his public records, but he told all sorts of friends that he had, don’t talk to the press. And two of them, his Pakistani friends who knew him at Occidental, even tell the story about reporters–most reporters ignored it, but some were banging on their door. Maybe that was the Fox News guy, I don’t know. But they had to hide from even opening their door.

    But the interesting thing is that a lot of the people who didn’t speak in 2008 spoke to Obama’s sympathetic biographer, David Remnick, after the campaign and Remnick explained a lot of amazing things that Obama–effectively, Remnick says Obama was a Socialist at Occidental College and he did go to meetings of the Democratic Socialist Alliance. It’s just that every time Remnick dribbles out some seemingly damning bit of information, he does something to try to cancel out its significance. So he says, yeah, he was Socialist, but he wasn’t that doctrinaire, and this and that.

    Well, it turns out that John Drew, a fellow who is here right now, had a remarkable debate with Obama back when he was at Occidental, and through his account, which I find extremely credible, says, oh, he was very doctrinaire and very knowledgeable. So one of the things I do in the book is go through the belated revelations in the Remnick book and show how they are very damning and that the ways in which Remnick tries to neutralize them are not convincing.”

    See, http://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/81680/radical-chief-stanley-kurtz

    If we had appropriate libel laws, I would sue you for suggesting that I am a huckster. My wife and I were willing to die to get out the word about young Obama’s commitment to facilitating a Communist revolution in the U.S. I don’t appreciate being called a liar and I think everyone posting here will now have the evidence they need to see that you are a smear merchant who does not deserve their time or attention.

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