The Communist and the Catholics

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He blasted big business, Wall Street, big oil, General Motors, “excess profits,” “millionaires” and the “wealthy.”

He called out the “corporation executive” for not paying his “fair” share.

He attacked “GOP” tax cuts that “spare the rich” and “benefit millionaires.”

He advocated wealth redistribution from greedy “corporations” to “health insurance” and “public works projects.”

He described himself as “progressive,” while his detractors accused him of being a communist.

He adopted slogans like “Forward” and “Change.” He wanted to transform America through “fundamental change.”

He was skeptical of preachers and their effect on God-and-gun clinging Americans, and saw the Catholic Church as an obstacle to his vision for the state. He argued that Christians should support his ideas and enthusiastically sought the support of the “social justice” Religious Left. Moreover, many people were unclear about his personal religious beliefs, including whether he was a Christian.

Frank Marshall Davis

Who is this man?

If you answered “Barack Obama,” you’re only half right. The answer is Frank Marshall Davis, Hawaii mentor to a young Barack Obama, and Communist Party member 47544. Long ignored, Davis is the subject of my new book—and Catholics should pay attention, given that Davis had some choice words for them and their church. Not unlike the young man he mentored, Barack Obama, Davis saw the Catholic Church as an obstacle to his vision for the state.

Frank Marshall Davis’s vision was a communist one. He pushed the federal government to adopt socialist policies, with more and more power concentrated in Washington. He wanted the United States to go the way of the Soviet Union. And Davis understood that the one institution standing in the way most strongly was the Roman Catholic Church. “The Catholic hierarchy,” he sneered, had launched a “holy war against communism.”

Indeed it had—and deservedly so. But Frank Marshall Davis, President Obama’s mentor, fully disagreed, and he would target the Church as an obstacle to his plans to fundamentally change America.

In my next commentary, I’ll tell you about some of those targets.

For Catholic Exchange dot com and Ave Maria Radio, I’m Paul Kengor.


Editor’s Note: this has been Part 1 of an exclusive series based on Paul Kengor’s new book, The Communist: Frank Marshall Davis: The Untold Story of Barack Obama’s MentorTo read Part 2, go here.

Dr. Paul Kengor is professor of political science at Grove City College and executive director of The Center for Vision & Values. His books include “The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism” and “Dupes: How America’s Adversaries Have Manipulated Progressives for a Century.”

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Dr. Paul Kengor is professor of political science at Grove City College and executive director of The Center for Vision & Values. His books include “The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism” and “Dupes: How America’s Adversaries Have Manipulated Progressives for a Century.”

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  • Cathy G

    Can’t wait to hear more. It’s time we discuss courageously and honestly the foundation of the “hope and change” this media darling, Mr. Obama, who became president…truly has in mind for America…before the damage he does is irreparable.

  • edmund burk

    My biggest concern is that most americans don’t seem to care about the serious left wing lurch in politics and the implacable hatred of organized religon. As one commentator said “the American people want to think the best of their presidents”.
    The evidence is clear, there is no reason to give Obama the benefit of the doubt, his postions are clear, through actions and statements to anyone who pays attention.
    The american public will probley ignore this at their own peril.

  • Joannie

        There is a book and video to be released tomorrow called “Dreams of My Real Father” who has proven to be none other than the above mentioned Frank Marshall Davis. Look and see how he resembles Davis rather than Barak Obama Sr. Moreover his name is not even Barak Obama but Barry Soetero.  Like Father like Son indeed. This is a FACT not some looney conspiracy as most people have said. I hear this during the 2008 campaign.

  • Dave

    I agree with Edmund.  This is serious stuff but not taken seriously by the neutered media.  How do we get this information out to the sheep? 
    Paul, I read your articles all the time and recommend them to my friends.  Continue fighting the good fight. 

  • MaryK

    Dr Kengor:
    I could tell before you named him who you were writing about, but though I think I understand what you are trying to convey, I believe you are making assumptions and comparatives that do not make sense.  For instance, just bc a [socialist] says a “corporation executive…not paying fair share of taxes”, does not mean we wink at him continuing to not pay fair share; “tax cuts that…benefit millionaires” does not mean that is ethical; redistribution of wealth to pay for health care does not mean that healthcare for all is not important for the wealthiest nation in the world – after all, every American who has health insurance already coughs up big $$ (through increased rates) to pay for the health services of the neediest among us – those who have no money to pay, and where is the equity in that?

    I’ll read part II of your column, but at this point – though i’ll try to keep an open mind, I’m not sure your conclusions will be any better than your introduction. While the real persons named in yours may have found conclusions that most of us find wrong and misleading, that does not mean that the premises are wrong. For your own inspiration – read another column on the CE webpage for today – “The Art of Being Moral” – “…a step in one morally neutral direction does not imply a further step in the same direction.”  There are certain acts that are morally evil, and become worse with repetition, but others are neutral and can only be judged by an individual’s conclusions.

  • Lynn Schmidt

    Why don’t these people simply move to a Communist country rather than trying to change ours into one?  Oh, right, b/c they’re all shi#%!

  • Lynn Schmidt

    Woops, I meant the countries, not any people!