The People Who Surround Barack Obama – Part 2

It was Alice Palmer who hand-picked Barack Obama to run for her position in the Illinois State Senate.  Who is Alice Palmer?

You’re gonna love this one.  If you’re a patriotic liberal, you’re gonna cringe.

Consequently, Ms. Palmer served on the executive board of the US Peace Council during the 1980s.  What does the US Peace Council stand for?

The Peace Council has initiated and participated in the many struggles for freedom and self-determination:

The Peace Council initiated the campaign to free Nelson Mandela from Robbins Island and end the barbaric Apartheid system in South Africa. The Peace Council was instrumental in organizing the Free South Africa coalition, which united labor, peace, religious and community groups.

  • During Apartheid, we demanded that the U.S. and South Africa end aid to counterrevolutionaries who tried to overthrow legitimate governments in Angola and Mozambique.
  • We have organized opposition to U.S. interventions in El Salvador, Nicaragua and Colombia; and invasions of Grenada and Panama.
  • We stand for a just, two-state solution in the Israel-Palestine conflict.
  • We have opposed both Gulf Wars and the war on Afghanistan. We call for an end to the occupation of Iraq, the establishment of the authority of the United Nations in Iraq, and the immediate convening of an International Conference on Iraq with the participation of all democratic Iraqi forces, within the country and in exile, to determine the will of the Iraqi people.
  • We call for normalization of US relations with Cuba and an end to the US interventions in the internal affairs of that country.
  • We insist that the U.S. government stop its attempts to overthrow the legitimate government of Hugo Chavez in Venezuela.

Universal Disarmament

The Peace Council opposes the doctrine of preemptive strikes by the United States, as these policies express the US drive for imperialist domination of nations and resources. This doctrine vitally threatens world peace, foreshadows the end of international laws and undermines the Charter of the United Nations.

We call on the U.S. government to end research on and development of space-based weapons of mass destruction intended to dominate the peoples of the earth.

We call for the closure of all U.S. foreign military bases located in over 40 countries, a drastic reduction in the military budget and transferring those funds to civilian production providing jobs and fulfilling social needs.

For those of you who don’t know, the US Peace Council is a subsidiary of the World Peace Council, which was a Soviet-backed institution.  In fact, the WPC admitted in 1989 that something like 90% of their funding came from the Soviet Union.  Time Magazine, in 1951, exposed the World Peace Council to be the communist tool that it was.  In fact, the US Peace Council makes no bones that it associates itself with the communist-backed World Peace Council, as this document shows:

The terrorist attack on the Twin Towers in New York and on the Pentagon on September 11, 2001 was used as a pretext for an overall offensive to be launched on the peoples and countries of the world in all sectors. The announcement of the so-called counter-terrorist campaign by the USA, with the support of its allies, serves many purposes and has been used in order to unleash two new wars, against Afghanistan and Iraq and to target many countries that resist US domination or do not align themselves with it.The WPC condemns terrorist acts, including the ones, which are acts of state terrorism. Those to blame for these acts should be brought to justice. The hypocritical and militaristic approach of the USA and the EU on this issue cannot eliminate the causes of such phenomena. Causes like the poverty and underdevelopment of the majority of the world’s population, the exploitation and plunder of the natural resources of the third world by multinational corporations, the accumulated injustice and oppression of peoples for decades, are factors which are being used, often by criminal elements which the USA itself has recruited, trained and financed, for actions which do not have the slightest relation to the fight of the peoples for their freedom andnational sovereignty, which we firmly defend.


This is an old socialist tactic: using “peace” as a front to forward Marxist ideals.  If you watch communist propaganda from the 1920s on (especially in America), you’ll see the peace movement is supported by a strong Marxist infrastructure.

In fact, the Investor’s Business Daily has an indepth expose of Alice Palmer’s ties to Marxist organizations, all the way up until she chose Obama as her successor:

Who Alice Palmer is and what she believed is the real story here.

Ten years earlier she was an executive board member of the U.S. Peace Council, which the FBI identified as a communist front group, an affiliate of the World Peace Council, a Soviet front group.

Palmer participated in the World Peace Council’s 1983 Prague Assembly, part of the Soviet launch of the nuclear-freeze movement. The only thing it would have frozen was the Soviet Union’s military superiority.

In June 1986, while editor of the Black Press Review, she wrote an article for the Communist Party USA’s newspaper, the People’s Daily World, now the People’s Weekly World. It detailed her experience attending the 27th Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union and how impressed she was by the Soviet system.

Palmer gushed at the “Soviet plan to provide people with higher wages and better education” and spoke of the efficiency of the Soviets’ most recent five-year plan, attributing its success to “central planning.” She praised their “comprehensive affirmative action program, which they have stuck to religiously — if I can use the word — since 1917.”

Palmer also marveled that all Russian citizens were guaranteed a job matching their training and skills, free education, affordable housing and free medical care. Because Soviet school curricula were established at the national level, she said, “there is no second-class ‘track’ system in the minority-nationality schools as there is in the inferior inner city schools in my hometown, Chicago, and elsewhere in the United States.”

Obama andPalmer both oppose school choice and vouchers and successful programs like the D.C. Opportunity Scholarships. They prefer the central planning of education as dictated by the teachers unions and the commissars at the National Education Association.


Mind you…she “hand-picked” Obama.

But it gets worse.  Recent revelations show that Obama was also associated with the Chicago Democrat Socialists of America (DSA, which Palmer was affiliatedwith), which defined themselves as the “New Party” organization.  From the Chicago DSA Website:

Secondly, the NP’s’96 Political Program has been enormously successful with 3 of 4 endorsed candidates winning electoral primaries. All four candidates attended the NP membership meeting on April 11th to express their gratitude. Danny Davis, winner in the 7th Congressional District, invited NPers to join his Campaign Steering Committee. Patricia Martin, who won the race for Judge in 7th Subcircuit Court, explained that due to the NP she was able to network and get experienced advice from progressives like Davis. Barack Obama, victor in the 13th State Senate District, encouraged NPers to join in his task forces on Voter Education and Voter Registration. The lone loser was Willie Delgado, in the 3rd Illinois House District. Although Delgado received 45% of the vote, he lost by only 800 votes. Delgado commented that it was due to the NP volunteers that he carried the 32nd Ward. Delgado emphasized that he will remain a visible community activist in Humbolt Park. He will conduct four Immigration workshops and encouraged NP activists to get involved.

Want proof that Palmer and Obama were closely tied to the Chicago Democrat Socialists of America?  Here’s another link from their website:

About 50 activists attended the Chicago New Party membership meeting in July. The purpose of the meeting was to update members on local activities and to hear appeals for NP support from four potential political candidates. The NP is being very active in organization building and politics. There are 300 members in Chicago. In order to build an organizational andfinancial base the NP is sponsoring house parties. Locally it has been successful both fiscally and in building a grassroots base. Nationwide it has resulted in 1000 people committed to monthly contributions. The NP’spolitical strategy is to support progressive candidates in elections only if they have a concrete chance to “win”. This has resulted in a winning ratio of 77 of 110 elections. Candidates must be approved via a NP political committee. Once approved, candidates must sign a contract with the NP. The contract mandates that they must have a visible andactive relationship with the NP.

The political entourage included Alderman Michael Chandler, William Delgado, chief of staff for State Rep Miguel del Valle, and spokespersons for State Sen. Alice Palmer, Sonya Sanchez, chief of staff for State Sen. Jesse Garcia, who is running for State Rep in Garcia’s District; and Barack Obama, chief of staff for State Sen. Alice Palmer. Obama is running for Palmer’s vacant seat.

You can find a more detailed explanation of Obama’sassociation with Alice Palmer and the New Party front of the Chicago DSA at

According to the Chicago DSA website, the mission of the organization is thus:

Our missionis to establish democratic socialism as a political force in the United States and around the world by training and mobilizing socialist activists to participate in a vibrant anddiverse socialist organization at both the local and the national level. DSA both educates the public about democratic socialist values and policies and builds progressive coalitions to win victories that move the U.S. and the world toward social democracy. In the near term, democratic socialists struggle for reforms that shift power and resources away from corporate elites and put them in the hands of ordinary citizens. In the long term, democratic socialists fight for a world in which all people share equally in the governing of the economic, political and cultural institutions and relationships that shape their lives.

I’d also like to point out that I too did a little bit of research at the Chicago DSA website, and found out that Obamawas rather friendly with the organization.  Consider this Town Meeting held in 1996 where Obama was an attendee:

Over three hundred people attended the first of two Town Meetings on Economic Insecurity on February 25 in Ida Noyes Hall at the University of Chicago. Entitled “Employment and Survival in Urban America”, the meeting was sponsored by the UofC DSA Youth Section, Chicago DSA and University Democrats. The panelists were Toni Preckwinkle, Alderman of Chicago’s 4th Ward; Barack Obama, candidate for the 13th Illinois Senate District; Professor William Julius Wilson, Center for the Study of Urban Inequality at the University of Chicago; Professor Michael Dawson, University of Chicago; and Professor Joseph Schwartz, Temple University and a member of DSA’s National Political Committee.

Or how about their recommendations during Obama’s run for the Illinois State Senate:

For Congressman of the 1st Congressional District, the Executive Committee was faced withtwo very good candidates. As we are not making endorsements but merely recommendations, we felt no conflict in recommending both Bobby Rush and Barak Obama.

Barak Obamais serving only his secondterm in the Illinois State Senate so he might be fairly charged with ambition, but the same might have be said of Bobby Rush when he ran against Congressman Charles Hayes. Obama also has put in time at the grass roots, working for five years as a community organizer in Harlem and in Chicago. When Obama participated in a 1996 UofC YDS Townhall Meeting on Economic Insecurity, much of what he had to say was well within the mainstream of European social democracy.

Or his attendance at the  2005 Debs – Thomas – Harrington Dinner:

The 2005 Debs – Thomas – Harrington Dinner was held on Friday, May 6 at the Holiday Inn Mart Plaza. For those obsessed with odometers, this was the 47th annual dinner held since the first in 1958. Named for three of the great leaders of American democratic socialism (Eugene V. Debs, Norman Thomas, and Michael Harrington), the 2005 Dinner was a demonstration that their faith, passion, commitment, and pragmatism are still very much alive. The theme of this year’s Dinner was “A Perfect Storm Rising: The Crisis in Health Care, Defending Social Security”.

The Dinner also heard from DSA’s National Director, Frank Llewellyn. He spoke on the need for holding Democratic politicians accountable for their votes, using the recent Republican bankruptcy reform as an illustration. It was a particularly apt choice as Illinois’ junior Senator, Barack Obama, was one of the defecting Democrats on that vote. He also spoke about DSA’s campaign against the “low wage economy” and about how DSA was one of several dozen organizations (including the NAACP) singled out for political harassment by the Internal Revenue Service.

As well as Obama’s speaking engagement for Saul Mendelson:

Saul Mendelson was a co-founder of the Debs Dinner in 1958. He was its treasurer for the first ten years and worked diligently to make it a success for 39 years. Saul received the Thomas – Debs Award in 1988.

At the memorial service held at the 1st Unitarian Church on South Woodlawn, speaker after speaker recounted Saul’s contributions. The service was ably MC’d by a retired colleague, Bob Clark. I spoke first andwas followed by Saul’s friend Deborah Meier, a MacArthur Genius Grant recipient who is now starting a new school in Boston. Amy Isaacs, National Director of the ADA, spoke of what Saul had meant on foreign affairs to the ADA. Other speakers included Senator Carol Moseley Braun, Alderman Toni Preckwinkle, State Senator Barak Obama, Illinois House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie anda good friendfrom New York, Myra Russell. The concluding remarks were made by an old friend, Harriet Lefley, who is now Professor of Psychology at the University of Miami Medical School.

Who was Saul Mendelson?

You joined the Socialist movement at the age of 18. You chaired the Socialist Club at the University of Chicago. You taught and inspired students at DuSable High School. You fought in the civil rights struggles with the NAACP, with CORE, and with the Negro American Labor Council. You have held fast to your belief in democratic socialism.

You fought for collective bargaining for public employees and were the vice-president of the Chicago Teachers Union High School Division when the first collective bargaining contract was achieved. You became a professor at Loop College (now Harold Washington College) and were its union chair from 1969 to 1986 in the Cook County College Local. Five of the times your union was forced on strike, you were your chapter’s strike committee chair.

It should also be noted that it was in the home of Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn – two admitted and unrepentant 1960s terrorists – that Alice Palmer announced that Barack Obama would be running for her vacant seat.

Are any of you scared yet?

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