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Ron Radosh

Today in Washington, D.C., major donors to the Obama campaign are meeting with the president at a $50,000 per person fundraiser on behalf of the ongoing campaign’s new so-called “grassroots” organization, Organizing for Action. It is officially explained as follows:

A nonprofit organization established to support President Obama in achieving enactment of the national agenda Americans voted for on Election Day 2012. OFA will advocate for these policies throughout the country and will mobilize citizens of all parties and diverse points to speak out for speedy passage and effective implementation of this program, including gun control, sensible environmental policies to address climate change and immigration reform. In addition, OFA will encourage the formation of chapters that will be dedicated at the grassroots level to this program, but also committed to identifying and working progressive change on a range of issues at the state and local level.

The official statement is as non-threatening as possible, hiding what is particularly unique and different about this group. Those visiting its website will not be made aware that no American president has ever put together a group such as this.

In essence, it is the campaign organization continuing on after the last election, now focused on promoting outside pressure towards a left turn by the nation.

The liberal Huffington Post terms it “a pro-Obama group positioned as progressive answer to Karl Rove,” but that is not entirely accurate. Rove’s operation is a top-down, donor-driven group that, for example, has recently taken out ads against actress Ashley Judd to harm her chances to get the Democratic nomination should she decide to run against Mitch McConnell in the next Kentucky Senate race.

The OFA, on the other hand, is much more than a group hoping to influence the choice of a candidate in a race and to be a source of funding for ads and a campaign. It is a group more akin to the Alinskyite community organizing force with which young Obama cut his teeth, an organization meant to mobilize the Left to pressure for things like “taxing the rich” via organizing and actions such as those the now-defunct ACORN used to engage in.

That is why it purports to be non-partisan. It wants outside pressure to push the Democratic Party — whose candidates it inevitably will support — to back the most left-wing programs put forth. As the article by Samuel Jacobs at Huffington Post makes clear, that means “attacking the influence of special interest money in politics.” Of course, this excludes special interests like big pharma, with whom Obama has cut a deal in exchange for getting their support of Obamacare.

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"As the article by Samuel Jacobs at Huffington Post makes clear, that means “attacking the influence of special interest money in politics.” "

Of course that does not mean attacking the special interest money from Soros, the Tides Foundation, or the group described in this article. Money in politics is only bad if it goes to somebody other than leftists dems, then it is good.
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It's a Third Party, the Obama Party. After all, massive donations are being actively sought for this new 'party' which is not affiliated with the Democratic Party - and this means that funds are not going to the Democratic Party Coffers but to the Obama Party.

After all, if Obama wanted to fund 'what the American people voted for' (and since half didn't vote for this, then this is an invalid conclusion)..then, the money and control of the debate ought to go to the Democratic Party. Instead, it's bypassing the party and going directly to: Obama and his small unelected political clique.

Second, Obama is building up an equally massive propaganda network. This is an electronic network of people who are dependent on His government. 'Smart phones' are distributed, 'free', to any person on any form of government subsidy - and these are all connected to the Obama communications center. This sends out, direct, without debate or discussion, the assertions and claims of the Obama gang. This is pure top-down authoritarian propaganda. The recipient simply accepts it as true and is immune to the facts which might, just might, be aired in the regular media systems.

That is, Obama is bypassing BOTH the Democratic Party AND the national media systems in his interactions with the people. He's amassing enormous funds, he's developing a locked-in, information-immune set of dependents; and, he's bypassing Congress and those who did not vote for Him.

Is he doing it for the wellbeing of America?! Heh - what a joke. There is only one focus in the 'mind' of Obama - and that his own Power. Power. Nothing else.
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OK, here goes my useless screed. Th article records accurately that, as per usual, "A nonprofit organization established to support.......[fill in the blank]"

The organization engages in political activism. What a pile that they should be tax exempt. In addition, nor should any donation to them be tax exempt. The group is an entity that lobbies and tries to make certain things happen - like any lobbyist.

That is their right - the issue isn't that. The issue is that they are tax exempt. If I like a candidate and I donate to their campaign I do not get to deduct my donation from by taxable income.

This organization is not a charity, not a religious order, not a school that matriculates or grants recognized degrees - it is that it to say a business. What is called donations is their income and none of their activities are recognized operating expenses so they don't get to take them.
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Of course the OFA also stands for organizing for obstruction: the first among equal goals of the Left. But how can we win when Republicans such as Sen. John McCain and Karl Rove reserve their harshest criticisms for conservatives or "wackos" as I believe we're now called. Here in Detroit the city council and other civil rights activists are obstructing the desperately needed emergency manager in order to "restore democracy." The infinitely malleable, elastic, and exploitable English language continues to work for the status quo and the status quo is leftist.
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McCain is a plant...He was embedded there to pave the way for wacko, violent liberals who can squeeze him when they like.
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The worst part of it is that the US government is not only protecting this kind of meglaomaniac..It also empowers them...Just like it did Saddam Hussein...Just like it did Ghaddafi...Just like it did..etc...And look what it takes to get rid of them...To remove them from a system of power....You have to go through an entire country's infrastructure and culture to wipe them out because you let them become so entrenched with your denials...You think American power brokers would have a clue....or at least show a little more sound discretion.
1 year ago
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What do you folks want to bet that the Organizer in Chief will be moving to head OfA when he leaves the presidency?
1 year ago
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The likelihood that that he's going to leave the Presidency? Peacefully?

Debatable.
1 year ago
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Your closing is the most telling point of your essay. I think Obama is trying to create a party within a party. He sees OfA as the vehicle for stitching together the (permanent?) Left coalition he envisions (and has always envisioned) as necessary to create and establish social democracy in the United States.

He wants that coalition to select the nominees of the Democrat party for national offices and perhaps statewide offices. He wants it to provide the muscle and the funding for the campaigns. He wants to render the Democrat party dependent on the coalition for GOTV. He wants that coalition to drive the Dem agenda and the country leftward.

He intends to build it on a foundation of Leftist ideological/ interest groups (unions, environmentalists, feminists) and minority identity groups (blacks, Hispanics, youth).

This is the dream of the stealth socialists. I don't know if he can do it, but he's sure gonna try. Forward!
1 year ago
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And lest we not forget that for a mere $500,000 any Democrat can 'acquire'
access to the White House and the president on a regular basis.
Now, isn't that special?! "Organizing for Action"? We think not.
More like selling off the power and influence of the presidency to the
highest bidders. Disgusting.
1 year ago
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"the agenda Americans voted for on Election Day 2012"
America as defined:
...the cases where single Democrat voters, voted five or more times...
...the agenda that the illegal aliens voted for...
...the 59 most contested counties that didn't tally a single Romney vote...
Voter Fraud = Voter Suppression people
Your Republic has been stolen from you; and you will deserve all the repression and abuse you are willing to tolerate.
1 year ago
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An amalgamation of the Wobblies, the Anarchists, the Socialists, and every other Marxist spawned movement; all of them Water-melons and Luddites.
Wait until they form their own "security group".
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Most interesting is that the Organizing for Action website is INSIDE of BarackObama.com. Everything, it's ALL about barack! He tries to sound like he cares about America, but watch his actions, all he cares about is Barack, and maybe the wife and kids.
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