Ron Radosh gives a solid overview of Obama’s latest appointment with a liberal background: Hannah Rosenthal started last week in the State Department as the special envoy to monitor and report on anti-Semitism.
Rosenthal got off to a great start monitoring anti-semitism… by launching into an attack of Israel’s ambassador to the United States:
This is an unprecedented act, since she made her views known on an official trip to Israel on behalf of the administration, and may be the first time an American official has attacked the personal views of an Ambassador to the US from an American ally. Rosenthal’s position is meant to stand up to anti-Semitism; yet, her first headlines have resulted instead from a defense of J-Street, the unrepresentative American Jewish left-wing group that purports to speak on behalf of the mainstream American Jewish community.
More interesting than this debacle (Asst. Secretary of State Jeff Feltman had to issue a repudiation of Rosenthal’s comments) is what it says about Obama’s connections to radicals. Rosenthal, like Van Jones, is another left-wing skeleton from Obama’s closet.
Rosenthal and Obama go way back to Obama’s days as a state senator in Chicago. Rosenthal’s husband was a member of The New Party. The New Party is a fusion of community organization (like ACORN) and labor (like SEIU). So naturally Obama’s campaign denied last year that he had ever been a member of the New Party. The trouble is, New Party publications list Obama as a member and count his victory in the race for a state senate seat as a New Party victory. It turns out that Obama wasn’t ever officially a member of the New Party because they decided his politics were so identical that the membership was just a formality:
“A subcommittee met with (Obama) to interview him to see if his stand on the living wage and similar reforms was the same as ours,” recalled Marxist activist Carl Davidson.
“We determined that our views on these overlapped, and we could endorse his campaign in the Democratic Party,” Davidson said.
But Obama was a shrewd politician. He was able to bypass New Party rules, which required any candidate seeking their endorsement to formally join the organization. Davidson recalls that they decided “there was no need for him to do so…since the stand of his campaign and the New Party reform planks were practically the same.” Their program included traditional redistributive socialist goals: “full employment, a shorter work week and a guaranteed minimum income for all adults; a universal ’social wage’ to include such basic benefits as health care, child care, vacation time and lifelong access to education and training; a systematic phase-in of comparable worth and like programs to ensure gender equity.”
Was Obama ever really a committed Marxist? Who knows? I have a hard time believing he has ever been truly committed to something other than himself. But the fact is that he got where he is by allying himself with the most radical left-wing elements of American politics. It doesn’t matter if he did this as an elitist fashion statement, for political convenience, or out of genuine ideological sympathy. In either case, it means we have a President we fundamentally can’t trust who insists on appointing leftist nut-jobs like Van Jones and Rosenthal to important government positions.