I list at length the stunning commonalities in Davis's thinking and communist propaganda work and President Obama's thinking and work. That said, I didn't imagine how relevant it would be in light of the Supreme Court's decision on ObamaCare. Let me explain.
Frank Marshall Davis, who lived from 1905 to 1987, mentored Barack Obama in Hawaii in the 1970s. Davis was a devoted communist -- pro-Soviet, pro-Stalin, and pro-Mao. His Communist Party number was 47544. Davis did terrible, blatant propaganda work for the international communist movement. In The Communist, I publish rare declassified FBI and Soviet archival documents on Davis and his work. I also present columns written by Davis for Communist Party newspapers in the 1940s and 1950s. (Click here for video.)
Among those columns, Frank Marshall Davis wrote a piece on July 21, 1955 calling for taxpayer funding of universal health care. That column was published in the Honolulu Record, which was the Communist Party publication for Hawaii. As Davis put it, he wanted to "see my tax dollars go to insure health care for everybody."
I first read that column over a year ago. Given Davis's linking of "tax" dollars to universal health care, and Chief Justice John Roberts and the Supreme Court doing the same in their historic decision, that column suddenly has new meaning (and irony) for me.
In fact, Davis's belief in government-controlled health care went even farther. Prior to his work writing communist propaganda for the Honolulu Record, Frank Marshall Davis had been a columnist and founding editor-in-chief for the Chicago Star (1946-48). The Star was the Communist Party publication for Chicago -- known among locals as the "Red Star." There, Davis's fellow columnists included Senator Claude "Red" Pepper of Florida, who championed a 1947 bill to socialize medicine in the United States. That bill, which failed, was written by Pepper's chief of staff, Charles Kramer.
Who was Charles Kramer? Kramer was born Charles Krivitsky. He had been a self-proclaimed "progressive" who previously worked for FDR's Agricultural Adjustment Administration. In fact, we now know that Kramer was working for the KGB.
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