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The group claims it will accept funds from unions, but not from corporations. That does not imply that corporate CEOs — say, green energy CEOs — will not give large amounts personally.

The group pledges to eventually name all donors who have given over $250, and we can be certain that George Soros and others like him will be found among the list.

Let us take the group’s claim at face value — that it exists primarily to get people to knock on doors “to advocate for the passage of the president’s legislation,” such as universal background checks for potential gun owners. It is therefore using campaign tactics to gather support for legislation favored by the White House, meant to hopefully draw out votes in areas where either Republicans or blue-dog Democrats dominate, so they can be defeated in coming congressional races.

More telling is a statement from an unnamed Obama organizer, who said that it will be the equivalent of a left-wing National Rifle Association, a “group for the left that has the power to cajole lawmakers into toeing the progressive line.”

The NRA, however, is a single-issue group — much like pro-abortion groups on the political left.

OFA, which hopes to continue functioning after the Obama administration comes to an end and is not tied formally to the Democratic Party, is meant to fulfill what many on the Left have been calling for.

In making their case, the analogy they draw is from the early New Deal and the first years of FDR’s presidency. Roosevelt, they point out, started in office advocating a conservative program, having pledged deficit reduction and minor fixes for an economy that had crashed. But after major pressure from the newly formed CIO — which led radical sit-down strikes and organized unskilled workers through industrial America — and combined with the pressure exerted by radicals of various stripes including Communists and socialists, FDR was forced to commence with the Second New Deal. It was only then, they argued, that the president instituted the far-reaching, more extensive welfare state measures that the Left had been calling for.

The Left is therefore trying to create this strategy anew, in far different times than the 1930s. The major difference is that the union movement is almost dead. Most industry is not organized, and the only gains for the AFL-CIO come from government employee unions, quite a different thing than unions that worked on behalf of unskilled industrial workers whose jobs were in heavy industry. Moreover, some of the Left constituency is at odds with labor, the most obvious example being the conflict between the labor movement and the environmentalists on such issues as the Keystone pipeline, which labor favors and the green movements want killed.

Never in our recent past has the Left tried to organize for its program from the top-down via a group created out of the last presidential campaign and run by former White House staffers, and endorsed by those still in the administration — including the president.

The next president of the United States will not be a community organizer who comes from that particular background. It is rather unlikely that four years from now Organizing for Action will still be around. Of course, as a former chief executive of our country, Barack Obama might choose to become the new head of OFA, and then try to rally his old troops on behalf of what becomes the standard bearer for the Left in America. Indeed, that might be just what he has in mind.

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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.
1 year ago
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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.
1 year ago
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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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