BHO's Views At Occidental College
(With a hat tip to Teresamerica)
Check out this article from Newsmax.
Excerpt below the fold:
Obama Espoused Radical Views in CollegeRead the rest of the article HERE.
Monday, February 8, 2010 09:42 PM
By: Ronald Kessler
As a college student, Barack Obama expressed Marxist views, including the need for a new socialist U.S. government, according to a student who says he shared the future president’s opinion at the time.
Such views by a college student may not be surprising. And like most students who hold radical views, Obama’s positions, at least publicly, have evolved substantially.
However, this new window on Obama’s youth and early political thinking demonstrates how little is known about the background of America’s 44th president.
Dr. John C. Drew, a grant writing consultant in Laguna Niguel, Calif., tells Newsmax he met Obama in 1980 when Obama was a sophomore at Occidental College in Los Angeles. Drew had just graduated from Occidental and was attending graduate school at Cornell University.
“He was arguing a straightforward Marxist-Leninist class-struggle point of view, which anticipated that there would be a revolution of the working class, led by revolutionaries, who would overthrow the capitalist system and institute a new socialist government that would redistribute the wealth,” says Drew, who says he himself was then a Marxist.
“The idea was basically that wealthy people were exploiting others,” Drew says. “That this was the secret of their wealth, that they weren’t paying others enough for their work, and they were using and taking advantage of other people. He was convinced that a revolution would take place, and it would be a good thing.”
Drew concluded that Obama thought of himself as “part of an intelligent, radical vanguard that was leading the way towards this revolution and towards this new society.”
As president, Obama has espoused the view that the rich are not sharing their wealth with the less fortunate. In a Sept. 6, 2001, radio interview, Obama expressed regret that the Supreme Court hadn’t engaged in wealth redistribution.
So, how much has BHO changed since advocating those views in college?
Reliapundit of THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS points out something else in the above-cited Newsmax article. From "WHAT IS OBAMA HIDING ABOUT HIS FRIENDSHIP WITH MOHAMMED CHANDOO?":
DREW INTERESTS ME BECAUSE OF THE LIGHT HE SHEDS ON OBAMA'S MUSLIM FRIEND, MOHAMMED CHANDOO.Read all of the observation from Reliapundit HERE
...CHANDOO WAS [BHO's] BEST FRIEND IN COLLEGE; HE SPENT 3 WEEKS WITH HIM IN PAKISTAN.