Mychal Massie's Aug. 12 WorldNetDaily column is largely a greatest hits collection of his dishonest, seething hatred of President Obama. But he has somehow managed to embrace a few new dishonesties in the process.
John C. Drew, Ph.D., the award-winning political scientist, met Obama in 1980. In 2011 Drew wrote: “[Obama] believed that the economic stresses of the Carter years meant revolution was still imminent. The election of Reagan was simply a minor set-back in terms of the coming revolution. … Obama was blindly sticking to the simple Marxist theory … ‘there’s going to be a revolution.’ Obama said, ‘we need to be organized and grow the movement.’ In Obama’s view, our role must be to educate others so that we might usher in more quickly this inevitable revolution.”
But Drew didn’t stop there. Drew was at that time a Marxist himself and disagreed with Obama on how to bring about a revolution. Drew supported Barrington Moore’s theory that “a Russian or Chinese style revolution – leading to communism – was only possible in an agrarian society with a weak or non-existent middle-class or bourgeoisie.”
Drew ended his article by saying, “I know something about what Obama believed in 1980. At that time, the future president was a doctrinaire Marxist revolutionary.”
As we've documented, Drew met Obama only twice in his life, both during social occasions, making it highly unlikely that he could have made such sweeping conclusions of Obama's purported nature based on a pair of brief, casual encounters. Further, some of Drew's details about Obama have been discredited by actual college friends of Obama.
Massie goes on to write:
In 2011, Obama gave a speech that at Osawatomie High School in Osawatomie, Kan. The highlight of the speech, as I wrote at the time, was it was there that he uttered the now infamous words “limited government and rugged individualism [don't] work and [have] never worked.” But what goes unaddressed pursuant to that speech was that communists from every corner of America praised his speech. That Osawatomie was the name of the revolutionary newspaper published by the domestic terrorist group Weather Underground, which was headed by Obama’s good friends Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn, is of note and provides further proof of Obama’s propensity to engage in code-speak with his Neo-Leninist comrades.
But Massie is dishonestly taking Obama out of context and cobbled together to form a quote that doesn't exist in reality. Here's what Massie left out (with the brief out-of-context parts inb old):
Now, just as there was in Teddy Roosevelt’s time, there is a certain crowd in Washington who, for the last few decades, have said, let’s respond to this economic challenge with the same old tune. “The market will take care of everything,” they tell us. If we just cut more regulations and cut more taxes -- especially for the wealthy -- our economy will grow stronger. Sure, they say, there will be winners and losers. But if the winners do really well, then jobs and prosperity will eventually trickle down to everybody else. And, they argue, even if prosperity doesn’t trickle down, well, that’s the price of liberty.
Now, it’s a simple theory. And we have to admit, it’s one that speaks to our rugged individualism and our healthy skepticism of too much government. That’s in America’s DNA. And that theory fits well on a bumper sticker. (Laughter.) But here’s the problem: It doesn’t work. It has never worked. (Applause.) It didn’t work when it was tried in the decade before the Great Depression. It’s not what led to the incredible postwar booms of the ‘50s and ‘60s. And it didn’t work when we tried it during the last decade. (Applause.) I mean, understand, it’s not as if we haven’t tried this theory.
Remember in those years, in 2001 and 2003, Congress passed two of the most expensive tax cuts for the wealthy in history. And what did it get us? The slowest job growth in half a century. Massive deficits that have made it much harder to pay for the investments that built this country and provided the basic security that helped millions of Americans reach and stay in the middle class -- things like education and infrastructure, science and technology, Medicare and Social Security.
Obama never said "limited government" during the speech, making Massie's fabrication even more dishonest and depraved.