Barack H. Obama took office as President in 2009. Ever since, conservative radio and TV hosts and columnists have long suspected that he is deliberately trying to strain America’s “social safety net” and use that to excuse turning America socialist. Richard A. Cloward and Frances Fox Piven published their blueprint for revolution in 1966. Everyone has known about this “Cloward-Piven strategy” ever since. Now, fresh evidence shows that Obama had a more direct link to Ms. Piven than he has ever let on.
The Cloward-Piven Obama link
Stanley Kurtz wrote on June 7 that Barack Obama once belonged to a radical leftist third party. Bill Clinton, the first Democratic President since Jimmy Carter, had thrown over his extreme liberal base. After the Republicans re-took Congress in 1994, Clinton had little choice. The leftists did not care. They formed the “New Party” in 1996, with this slogan:
Out with the Old Politics, in with the New Party.
The key: on January 11, 1996, Barack Obama joined this “New Party.” Kurtz wrote about this in 2008, during that campaign. Obama’s people denied it flatly and called Kurtz a “crackpot.” Kurtz stuck to his story. And no one paid attention.
People are paying attention now. Kurtz has new evidence. Among other things, he can show that Obama signed a “contract” with old “New Party” leaders to support their agenda while in office.
What has this to do with Richard Cloward or Frances Piven? Just this: Frances Fox Piven was a key New Party charter leader. Aaron Klein mentioned that today.
(Obama isn’t the only Democratic officeholder mixed up with the New Party. Mark Ritchie, Secretary of State in Michigan, is another one. Ritchie counted the votes for Al Franken’s tight Senate race with Norm Coleman. Did he, perhaps, finagle the count? Coleman thought he might have. Ritchie’s New Party tie gives him a stronger motive.)
The Cloward-Piven strategy
Cloward and Piven explained their Cloward-Piven strategy in this paper in The Nation. (It came out on May 2, 1966, the day after May Day.) They titled their paper “The Weight of the Poor.” And they proposed to crush the American system literally under the weight of the poor.
The strategy is simple. The benefits that the law says that the poor can have, are far more than the poor actually get. So Cloward and Piven said: sign up as many poor people as possible onto the government dole. The dole could never keep up with the demand. So with millions of poor people demanding their benefits, the government would have to do something drastic. How drastic? How about a guarantee of a national income for everyone, whatever they do or whether they work or not. That was how Cloward and Piven wanted to end poverty in America.
Richard Cloward died on August 20, 2001. But his wife, Frances Fox Piven, lives on. And during the Occupy Wall Street summer, one could hear Ms. Piven crying out in frustration, “Where are the mass demonstrations?”
Obama uses Cloward-Piven
Ms. Piven might not have long to wait. Wayne Allyn Root, who ran for Vice-President on the Libertarian ticket, wrote about Obama’s economic policies two years ago. He said that Obama knew what he was doing, and sought to collapse the economy. Root cited Cloward-Piven as Obama’s blueprint, and listed these six programs that Obama had set up, or was trying to set up:
- Universal health care
- Cap and trade
- Making Puerto Rico a State
- Legalizing illegal aliens
- Stimulus and bailout programs
- Raising taxes on small businesses
Obama lost on 2 and 3 above, but made progress on the other four. The latest was his Executive Order that 800,000 illegal aliens get work permits.
On August 1, 2011, during the “debt ceiling” debate, Jeannie DeAngelis at American Thinker accused Obama straight-out of fomenting a crisis.
As the debt crisis continues to worsen, President Obama stands idly by an inferno with his arms crossed, shaking his head, and doing nothing other than kinking the fire hose and closing the spigot.
Any non-conservative could dismiss Root, DeAngelis, Mark Levin (see video below), and, of course, Glenn Beck as kooks. But we now see that Obama and Piven were thick as thieves. So maybe the idea of Obama following the Cloward-Piven plan isn’t so kooky after all.
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Terry A. Hurlbut has been a student of politics, philosophy, and science for more than 35 years. He is a graduate of Yale College and has served as a physician-level laboratory administrator in a 250-bed community hospital. He also is a serious student of the Bible, is conversant in its two primary original languages, and has followed the creation-science movement closely since 1993.
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