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Obama’s Ideological Soul Mate

October 8, 2009



This past Monday, Glenn Beck introduced Americans to Deepak Bhargava, the former ACORN official who has spent the past 15 years with the Center for Community Change (CCC), where he now serves as Executive Director. CCC recruits and trains activists to spearhead leftist “political issue campaigns” – modeling its training techniques on those of the famed radical organizer Saul Alinsky, whose method of stealth revolution and infiltration deeply influenced a young community organizer in Chicago named Barack Obama. Thus it is no surprise that Bhargava’s enthusiasm for Obama’s presidency is quite profound.

Early in 2009 Bhargava, who serves as a board member for the far-left periodical The Nation and for George Soros’s Open Society Institute (which seeks to fundamentally transform American politics and culture in so many ways), was a guest speaker at an event titled “Advancing Change in the Age of Obama,” where he told an audience of supporters a great deal about what makes him tick.

Bhargava lamented, for instance, that “widely shared prosperity” historically had been difficult to achieve in America because the country “is still deeply structured by racism.” He cited the Reagan era as a low point in American history, where “we had a cultural kind of revolution in this country — the idea that greed is good, that suspicion of our neighbors at home and abroad is just and justified.”

Bhargava explained that his mindset during the pre-Obama years had been reflexively contrarian, a hallmark of the political left:

“I spent my entire career basically not having a lot of trouble figuring out what I was gonna say the next day in response to a reporter. I was opposed to it. You could pretty much name it; I was opposed to it.”

But this attitude had undergone “a pretty radical shift in orientation,” he said, with the ascension of an ally like Obama to the White House. Explaining that it “takes a dynamic relationship between political leadership and outside movements in order to produce these kinds of crucible changes, these big changes,” Bhargava described President Obama as a figure capable of bringing about the “structural changes” of “enormous” magnitude that would be “required” to set America on a proper path. Referring to Obama as “the country’s first Community-Organizer-in-Chief,” Bhargava said:

“I feel really lucky to be alive at a time when I think transformational progressive change is possible, because those moments in American history are very rare.”

He elaborated:

“We know from history that there are at least three ingredients [required] for that transformational change to happen. We do need visionary leadership that is capable of building durable coalitions. We need big crises, economic, foreign policy and otherwise that force the breakdown of old paradigms and old ways of seeing the world. And most importantly, we need independent social movements that create public will, that generate ideas that deliver votes.”

Very interesting.

He later said that “the economic crisis” of 2008 had provided a “great ideological opening” for the left – a statement reminiscent of Obama chief of staff Rahm Emanuel’s infamous assertion that “a crisis is a terrible thing to waste.”

Bhargava also called for the creation of an economic system that “values our collective quality of life more than the private accumulation of wealth.” In a similar spirit, he advocated “a more robust role for government” in the lives of the American people. And, anticipating the types of massive government programs (the stimulus package, cap-and-trade, health care reform, etc.) which President Obama would seek to implement with a great sense of urgency, Bhargava said: “we’re going to have to probably get better at moving fast” because “change happens in big leaps.”

Bhargava and Obama are ideological soul mates. Through his work with CCC, Bhargava is in a position to do a great deal to advance the President’s agendas with blazing speed.

  1. Julie Trevor permalink
    October 8, 2009 4:02 pm

    The Left is organized and has matriculated into every community; why can’t the Right mirror their “efforts”?

    • Kevroc permalink
      October 9, 2009 12:21 am

      I would submit that advancing the ideas of bigger government is much much easier to do nowadays. The American people are mostly lazy and care more about “reality tv” than what direction their country is headed. To “nudge” these couch potatoes towards “spread the wealth” and “don’t worry, the government will take care of it” ideas, is fairly simple. (in my opinion of course)

      • October 11, 2009 3:59 pm

        I agree with you Kevroc regarding the masses. And I read an interesting comment by Samuel Adams (am reading an excellent book on Samuel Adams by Mark Puls) … he was disturbed by what he saw as signs of moral decay …and that popular entertainments could erode morality and distract residents from the defense of their liberties. So even at the beginning of our republic, there was that concern… much more so now. I am afraid that our citizens are so ignorant of our history and people are content to let the government “take care” of them. Woe to us.

        • Colette permalink
          October 14, 2009 3:49 pm

          Here is an interesting article I saved from last year, for such a time as this….
          This man’s experience is important for anyone who did not live thru this, because fast-forward to today, it relates to what America is about to experience, and a warning to us all….
          about what he experienced in Cuba….!

          From Richmond Times-Dispatch, Monday, July 7, 2008 ~

          Dear Editor, Times-Dispatch:

          Each year I get to celebrate Independence Day twice.
          On June 30 I celebrate my independence day, and on July 4 I celebrate America ‘S. This year is special, because it marks the 40th anniversary of my independence.

          On June 30, 1968, I escaped Communist Cuba, and a few months later, I was in the United States to stay. That I happened to arrive in Richmond on Thanksgiving Day is just part of the story, but I digress.

          I’ve thought a lot about the anniversary this year. The election-year rhetoric has made me think a lot about Cuba and what transpired there. In the late 1950s, most Cubans thought Cuba needed a change, so when a young leader came along, every Cuban was at least receptive.

          When the young leader spoke eloquently and passionately and denounced the old system, the press fell in love with him. They never questioned who his friends were or what he really believed in. When he said he would help the farmers and the poor and bring free medical care and education to all, everyone followed. When he said he would bring justice and equality to all, everyone said, ‘Praise the Lord.’ And when the young leader said, ‘I will be for change and I’ll bring you change,’ everyone yelled, ‘Viva Fidel!’

          But nobody asked about the change, so by the time the executioner’s guns went silent, the people’s guns had been taken away. By the time everyone was equal, they were equally poor, hungry, and oppressed. By the time everyone received their free education, it was worth nothing. By the time the press noticed, it was too late, because they were now working for him. By the time the change was finally implemented, Cuba had been knocked down a couple of notches to Third-World status. By the time the change was over, more than a million people had taken to boats, rafts, and inner tubes. You can call those who made it ashore anywhere else in the world the most fortunate Cubans. And now I’m back to the beginning of my story.

          Luckily, we in America would n ever fall for a young leader who promised change without asking, what change?
          How will you carry it out? What will it cost America?

          Would we?

          • Julie Trevor permalink
            October 14, 2009 4:53 pm


  2. gatekeeper96740 permalink
    October 8, 2009 10:51 pm

    The check pants Republicans crowd….. do not like the people they consider uneducated rubes …like Sara Palin .

    I love Sara…………………. but I have heard the people I mentioned bad mouth everything about “her type of people” .

  3. Linda McNeil permalink
    October 8, 2009 11:24 pm


  4. Linda McNeil permalink
    October 8, 2009 11:25 pm

    AMEN to Julie Trevor!!!

  5. Bill Whitfield permalink
    October 9, 2009 4:50 am

    Just heard the news that Odumbo won the Nobel Peace Prize! For what? What the hell has this Narcisist done to deserve anything, even respect? Not a damn thing! Hussein and his whole herd of anti-American Idiots need to be kicked out of America! These people are our enemíes friend, not ours!


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