While the Left has willingly dismissed Frank Marshall Davis, he was indisputably a pro-Soviet, pro-Red China communist. A card-carrying member of the Communist Party USA, he is cited by the Associated Press as an “important influence” on Barack Obama, one whom he “looked to” not merely for “advice on living” but also as a “father” figure. Aided by access to declassified FBI files, Soviet archives, and Davis’s original newspaper columns, Paul Kengor charts the progression of Davis’s communist ideas from Chicago to Hawaii, where he edited and wrote for communist newspapers, and where, in the 1970s, he came into Obama’s life.
Kengor explores how certain elements of the Obama Administration’s agenda reflect Davis’s columns advocating wealth redistribution, government stimulus for “public works projects,” taxpayer-funding of universal health care, and nationalizing General Motors. Davis’s writings excoriated the “tentacles of big business,” blasted Wall Street and “greedy” millionaires, lambasted GOP tax cuts that “spare the rich,” attacked “excess profits” and oil companies, and perceived the Catholic Church as an obstacle to his vision for the state – all the while echoing Davis’s often repeated mantra for transformational and fundamental “change.”
Paul Kengor, Ph.D., a professor at Grove City College, is a frequent television and radio commentator as well as bestselling author. His previous works include Dupes: How America’s Adversaries Have Manipulated Progressives for a Century; God and Ronald Reagan; God and George W. Bush; God and Hillary Clinton; and The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism.
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Paul Kengor, Ph.D.
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