A MUST READ: The Cloward-Piven Strategy and Obama’s Role


With the bailout bill going down in flames today, I am sure many Americans are not really sure what to think or what to support.   I certainly don’t know if the this bailout bill would have helped anything, especially in the long term, but my initial reaction is to be glad that it did not pass.

I don’t think that an erratically pulled-together bill is what we need to solve a problem that apparently is larger than any financial problem we have faced in this country, second only to the Great Depression.

On the other hand, is it possible that we have been unnecessarily led to believe that a crisis is imminent?

This is part of what this post is about.  There is a great piece at American Thinker that I believe should be read by as many citizens as possible.

As you read my post and, hopefully, the full text of the article at the American Thinker, keep our current economic crisis, Obama’s policies, and his “change” mantra in the back of your mind.

The Thinker piece outlines a long held strategy by Socialists and Leftists in this country called the Cloward-Piven Strategy.   This piece also shows clear ties between Obama, the Cloward-Piven Strategy, and Obama’s associations with Bill Ayers and ACORN.

 From the American Thinker piece, here is the definition of the strategy:

The strategy of forcing political change through orchestrated crisis. The “Cloward-Piven Strategy” seeks to hasten the fall of capitalism by overloading the government bureaucracy with a flood of impossible demands, thus pushing society into crisis and economic collapse.

Any of that sound familiar? The last several days I have been grasping at trying to understand the full impact of this economic problem while also worrying daily that we may well see a President Obama for the next 4 years at least.  It is definitely something to be very concerned about.   It appears we may very well elect as the next President a person who seeks to destroy the America we know.  With the economic issues at hand, and the Socialist bailouts proposed, an Obama presidency would have a great start at that “change” he so seeks.

The American Thinker

On the topic of the American Thinker piece, the persons of Cloward and Piven were followers of the radical organizer, Saul Alinsky.  Obama is a follower of Alinsky’s principles and Hillary Clinton called Alinsky her “mentor”. 

Further thoughts on the motives of Cloward and Piven:

Their strategy to create political, financial, and social chaos that would result in revolution blended Alinsky concepts with their more aggressive efforts at bringing about a change in U.S. government. To achieve their revolutionary change, Cloward and Piven sought to use a cadre of aggressive organizers assisted by friendly news media to force a re-distribution of the nation’s wealth.

And the further goals of Cloward and Piven:

By crisis, we mean a publicly visible disruption in some institutional sphere. Crisis can occur spontaneously (e.g., riots) or as the intended result of tactics of demonstration and protest which either generate institutional disruption or bring unrecognized disruption to public attention.

Does that “bringing about change” part ring any bells?  Isn’t that mantra of Barack Obama?  Well there is good reason to see the connection.  You see, Barack Obama has long associated himself with many radicals.
From American Thinker, an excerpt summary of Obama’s efforts to help ACORN, which has a very long history with Cloward-Piven believers:

As a community activist for ACORN; as a leadership trainer for ACORN; as a lead organizer for ACORN’s Project Vote; as an attorney representing ACORN’s successful efforts to impose Motor Voter regulations in Illinois; as ACORN’s representative in lobbying for the expansion of high risk housing loans through Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that led to the current crisis; as a recipient of their assistance in his political campaigns — both with money and campaign workers; it is doubtful that he (Obama) was unaware of ACORN’s true goals. It is doubtful he was unaware of the Cloward-Piven Strategy.

And finally, fast forward to the current financial problems….what most people don’t know and won’t here from the MSM is that Obama’s fingerprints are ALL over this problem:

In his few years as a U.S. senator, Obama has received campaign contributions of $126,349, from Fannie and Freddie, second only to the $165,400 received by Senator Chris Dodd, who has been getting donations from them since 1988. What makes Obama so special?

His closest advisers are a dirty laundry list of individuals at the heart of the financial crisis: former Fannie Mae CEO Jim Johnson; Former Fannie Mae CEO and former Clinton Budget Director Frank Raines and billionaire failed Superior Bank of Chicago Board Chair Penny Pritzker
Johnson had to step down as adviser on Obama’s V.P. search after this gem came out:

An Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight (OFHEO) reportfrom September 2004 found that, during Johnson’s tenure as CEO, Fannie Mae had improperly deferred $200 million in expenses. This enabled top executives, including Johnson and his successor, Franklin Raines, to receive substantial bonuses in 1998.A 2006 OFHEO report found that Fannie Mae had substantially under-reported Johnson’s compensation. Originally reported as $6-7 million, Johnson actually received approximately $21 million.

Obama denies ties to Raines but the Washington Post calls him a member of “Obama’s political circle.

Most significantly, Penny Pritzker, the current Finance Chairperson of Obama’s presidential campaign helped develop the complicated investment bundling of subprime securities at the heart of the meltdown. She did so in her position as shareholder and board chair of Superior Bank. The Bank failed in 2001, one of the largest in recent history, wiping out $50 million in uninsured life savings of approximately 1,400 customers. She was named in a RICO class action law suit but doesn’t seem to have come out of it too badly.

As a young attorney in the 1990s, Barack Obama represented ACORN in Washington in their successful efforts to expand Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) authority. In addition to making it easier for ACORN groups to force banks into making risky loans, this also paved the way for banks like Superior to package mortgages as investments, and for the Government Sponsored Enterprises Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to underwrite them. These changes created the conditions that ultimately lead to the current financial crisis.

Obama’s Vision:

Barack Obama, the Cloward-Piven candidate, no matter how he describes himself, has been a radical activist for most of his political career. That activism has been in support of organizations and initiatives that at their heart seek to tear the pillars of this nation asunder in order to replace them with their demented socialist vision. Their influence has spread so far and so wide that despite their blatant culpability in the current financial crisis, they are able to manipulate Capital Hill politicians to cut them into $140 billion of the bailout pie!
God grant those few responsible yet remaining in Washington, DC the strength to prevent this massive fraud from occurring. God grant them the courage to stand up in the face of this Marxist tidal wave.

You see I think that is what might possibly happened in the House of Representatives today — a bit of courage standing up to the dangerous Marxist tidal wave and thwarting a bill that would have set a huge Socialist precedent for our country.

We really need God’s blessing now like never before!

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19 Responses

  1. SRT,
    Like you I have been trying to make sense of this mess. However, saying the Obama’s fingerprints are all over this problem is probably a stretch…how can someone who has done next to nothing as a member of the Senate be tied to this mess :-)

    Given the financial mess we are in now, it scares the hell our of me to think about Obama’s agenda along with the dems controlling congress……

  2. GJB,
    Good point….

    But don’t forget that he did take campaign cash from Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae…. and, of course, campaigning IS his executive experience, so, technically we can count these contributions as part of his resume! :)

  3. Seems to me the 700 Billion is just a patch to get us through to 5 November.

    After that the President-elect and the Legislature will be in vassalage to the holders of our debt.

    The next four years will be all heavy lifting, there is no fun to be had….who do you want making the choices?

    National Security or Social Programs?
    Tax Increase or Tax Cuts?
    Big Government or Bigger Government?
    Deficit Spending or Even More Deficit Spending?
    Health care for Illegal Aliens?

    We can’t have it all.

  4. BOMF!

  5. I call it Mobius Politics. At first glance in looks like it has two sides, but upon closer examination it has only one. Both political camps have their fingerprints on the current crises. The natural flow of wealth is from the less wealthy to the more wealthy, and the only ways to reverse that flow is through taxation, philanthropy and revolution. the first and last methods are highly undesirable and the one in the middle is purely voluntary.

    If too few people have a share of the national wealth it is then that revolution is imminent. This country had walked a narrow path between creating the middle class and having revolution tear everything apart because people are in want and have no way to get what they need.

    Capitalism in and of itself is a great economic philosophy that had built this country into the beautiful place that it is. But Rampant Capitalism is as bad as zealous Socialism. Each represents the extremes of the pendulum swing. We must stay nearer the center.

    When Capitalism runs amuck the great ideals that are the foundations of this society are marginalized making everything into Tuna. (see http://www.itsallltuna-blog.com for what Tuna is.) Buying and selling every conceivable thing diminishes its true value.

  6. Nice post tuna. I especially like how you used logic instead of manufacturing ways to blame Obama for this mess. But let me warn you. Any comments not slamming Obama or the Dems on this blog will be met with fierce mudslinging! Oh, and you made a swipe at capitalism! Socialist and commie remarks will be en route.

    As I remember, Bush was the one who spoke to the nation last week and said we’re in a crisis and that we might lose our retirement accounts among other things if we don’t act. Kind of reminded me of an infomercial – “Act now! Don’t delay! If you call in the next 20 minutes, you might keep your job!
    And as a bonus, we’ll let you keep your life savings!”

  7. The argument and concern are plausible and justifiable. What we have seen transpire in this country since the debacle associated with Johnson’s Great Society is racial socialist politics at its worst. Whenever the government steps in to create an artificial environment for success … and by that, I mean the promise of success without achievement … among ethnic or racial minorities, the inescapable product is an entitlement mentality. People who feel as though they are entitled to benefit from government largess become de facto slaves to the government’s good graces.

    It is not unlike the situation in which the federal government by-passed the Tenth Amendment by threatening to withhold highway funds from states who refused to enforce highway speed limitations. In this case, however, we have government provided or subsidized housing that have become nests of filth, crime, poverty, and sloth, and people who refuse to take any steps toward their own success because government sends them a check each month. And it is this cancerous thought that is the antithesis of American traditions.

    There is no question that the financial markets crisis was caused by the two whores who are pretending to be virgins. Both political parties planned, participated, or abetted the conditions that have led to failed banks and lending institutions. Forcing banks to extend credit to individuals with low incomes, including the disbursement of credit cards even to unemployed people, led our country to becoming a debtor nation. And when banks could not recover the “promised” payments from loan defaults and mortgage foreclosures, it is suddenly a crisis for America. Amazingly, only the government can fix this problem. And this will lead us to the next step in a treacherous progression: when government assumes capital risk, it is no longer a free market society, but one styled on the Soviet command economy.

    American Thinker did a yeoman’s job outlining the chronology and the “real and present danger” to American institutions. This is not where I want to see my country headed, and our collective fate rests within the hands of grossly uninformed and systematically brainwashed voters. Perhaps it is time for Americans to learn difficult but irrefutable lessons: there is no free lunch. If you are so slothful to allow personal debt exceeding what you can possibly repay within 12 months, then maybe you should suffer. If you are one of the morons who voted numerous times for Marxist politicians, then maybe you don’t deserve to live in “the land of the free.”

  8. Mustang…..
    Oh my goodness…I could not have said that better…..you said everything I think.

    Thanks so much for contributing…please keep doing so!

    God Bless this country and may we keep from happening this unprecedented step into Socialism.

  9. FWP…
    Somehow facts are always “manufactured” in your mind…..unless of course they lean against anything Bush or Republican…then they must be facts.

    You kind of like to hear yourself talk in circles.

    If you don’t like the heat stay out of the kitchen, there trollboy!

  10. Tuna,
    Capitalism does not include offering loans to those who can not afford them. Good financial practice is to offer loans to those who have proven credit, those who can make a down payment, those who can afford the mortgage, and those proven as good risks.

    Capitalism does not include taking campaign contributions, looking the other way, and saying for years there is no problem.

    Capitalism does not include our Representatives and Senators inserting Social Engineering into the credit market while turning a blind eye to the financial problem they have created.

    The fix we are in today is not due to “Rampant Capitalism”, but rather rampant corruption and liberal, social policy being inserted into the Capitalist market.

  11. Mustang,
    You’re right on.

    I am a very low-income person right now (college student with a per hour job) and I could easily take advantage or use government aid to help my financial situation.
    However, I feel that if I can live comfortably on what my husband and I make, then anyone can.
    The thing is, where we work, I see people taking advantage of so many different programs or running themselves in debt with maxed credit cards and I get SO pissed off! They get on food stamps just so they can get a new car instead that they can make payments on. They don’t save money, they don’t work.

    These kinds of people (even though they are already pretty good low lifes) I feel deserve to suffer for what they don’t do for this country.

    I’m an honest citizen that abides by the law, pays taxes, and does as they should. Why should I pay for what these idiots have done?

    I would have no problem with the country getting back to what is “needed” instead of what everyone feels that they “want” is a need. We don’t have to have all this crap that people feel that they do…..because it just ends up being debt to them in the end. What do they have to show for it? A new plasma 60″ and the newest iphone?

    Come on people. Wake up.

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  13. It’s all about responsibility, or in current times, the lack of responsibility. Maybe ‘we’ have proven that ‘we’ aren’t responsible. So should we create an even bigger government to think for us?

    Socialism has already taken root here. The bailout will only provide additional manure.

    Perhaps I’ve given up… but I think it’s too late.

  14. Corwin,
    Don’t give up….there is a tremendous amount at stake in this election.

    Even with a few of his policy flaws, John McCain is the best candidate. Even though I may not always agree with him, in the words of Mark Levin, “McCain is not destructive.”

    Obama will be destructive to everything we hold dear in this country.
    Our country is not a Socialist country, but with the help of Soros, the MSM, and Obama’s radical friends, we could be well down that path in a couple of years with Obama at the helm.

    Tell all of your neighbors and family to get out and vote McCain/Palin on November 4……..ESPECIALLY if you live in one of the swing states like Pennsylvania, Ohio, Virginia, Colorado, North Carolina, New Hampshire….
    If you can vote early, do it!

    DON”T GIVE UP!

  15. Obama is using the Declaration of Independance, playing the part of the King of England! I was reading The Declaration of Independence tonight, trying to study the verses and with this, the Constitution. And I realized the parody of Bush and Cheney’s and now Obama’s continuence of their corse, is almost to a T what the King of England’s abuses of the cononists were! Its too similar to not say that this is on purpose! And more than ever in reguard to Bush and Cheney, America needs to impeach Obama and investigate the administration, and all involved in this plan and deeds to over throw our government! Really! I see that is what he is doing! He is really using the Declaration of Independance and why! That is what an investigation and some new true judical judges could uncover!

  16. Lack of true honesty and lack of proper management.
    Pride, arrogance and false portrayal of reality.
    Evil influence of any man or woman onto others is a tragedy, whether it is,

    by:
    GOVERNMENT
    INSTITUTIONS
    or
    FAMILIES

    THEREIN LIES THE REAL PROBLEMS.
    The loss of the guarantee of the Constitution of FIRST,
    Life in these United States, which does mean _ no Abortion- SECOND, Liberty which means we are able to govern ourselves and choose local and national representation, and THIRD, the Pursuit of Happiness, which means we should not be encumbered with the guilt that so many groups try to impose upon others.
    For one thing, there is a law against murder, period, and that should be tantamount among all of the citizens of this country. No life should be taken to deny anyone the three aforementioned guarantees whether in the womb or already out. The respect for all should be normalized and not considered an additional crime if it is a ‘hate’ crime. Anyone who has had their life taken or cut short it is because of hate or neglect. Live and let live. Be grateful. Be happy.

  17. It is a very odd thing that the most prominent name in the Democrat party over the last fifty years has not been mentioned in this most recent mess.
    Has he and his family been forgiven of all the wrongs they have committed on the American People ?
    Are we to forget the Leftist, Socialist attitude that he used to promote so-called “good” legislation that has driven our country to back-against-the-wall.?
    Have we forgotten that both his brothers were killed
    because they were close to performing in office FOR
    the Constitutional Government rather than for the growing Socialist state.
    What About the influence that the murderer TED KENNEDY has had on the formation of this NEW WORLD GOVERNMENT that obama is forming……
    TOO LATE DUMB DEMS the die is cast, the election is done nobama has the controls IT IS UP TO THE CONGRESS those that have not had a Lobotomy to save this nation ….PRAY IFYOU REMEMBER HOW…

  18. [...] maybe he’s not such a fool.  Because maybe this is what he wanted all along.  Read this article on “the Cloward and Piven Strategy” created by liberals/progressives t… (you could also read my own article written in 2009).  And then see what top SEIU official Steven [...]

  19. [...] all the unrest you’re seeing around you is simply the Cloward and Piven strategy for bringing about the downfall of the United States of Am…, and exactly like people like me were talking about for the last two [...]

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