Barack Obama; The Unauthorized Biography of a Marxist – Part 2 – The Hawaii Years – Frank Marshall Davis

Part One Is Posted Here:

Barack Obama; The Unauthorized Biography Of A Marxist – Part 2 – The Hawaii Years – Frank Marshall Davis

In June 1960 when Stanley Ann Dunham arrived in Hawaii after highschool she was described by her friends as a liberal athiest and an avowed Marxist. Stanley Ann’s friends who were similiarly inclined refered to her as a “fellow traveler”. An “intellectual rebel” with a fledgling beatnik sensibility.,0,2623808.story?page=3 , ,

Former classmates noted her love of foreign films, art-house theaters, poetry and University District coffee shops like the Encore where discussion of jazz and politics would take place. Dunham hadn’t had a boyfriend in high school, according to Maxine Box, her best friend at the time. John W. Hunt, another of her close friends, recalled the coffee house discussions about world events, French cinema, the meaning of life and the existence of God. Others state that, “When Ann Dunham arrived in Hawaii, she was a full-fledged radical leftist and practitioner of critical theory.” ,,0,2623808.story                                                   ’smother/index.html

The Hawaii or Oahu of 1960 was much smaller than it is today. While Oahu still occupies about 550 square miles, the population was only 500,000. Compare that for example with the 1960 population of Chicago – which was 7 times larger – 3.5 Million (3,500,000).

When they arrived in Hawaii the Dunham family moved into a large house on Kamehameha Avenue.

Ann, she dropped the Stanley after arriving in Hawaii, would not begin classes at the University of Hawaii until September, three months away. Prior to starting those classes she would meet one of her Father’s acquaintances, Frank Marshall Davis.

Frank Marshall Davis

Frank Marshall Davis was born in 1905 in Arkanasas City, Kansas. In 1923 he began his college education at Friends Unversity in Whichta, Kansas. When Friends University was originally founded in 1898 it was associated with the Religous Society of Friends or Quakers. , ,

In 1924 Davis transferred to Kansas State Agricultrural College, now called Kansas State University. Davis studied there in 1924-1927 and again in 1929, but her did not finish his degree. ,

Davis spent his early years in Kansas as had Obama’s grandparents and mother. ,

In 1927, Davis moved to Chicago. where he worked at various African-American newspapers. He also wrote free-lance articles and short stories for African-American magazines. It was during this time that Davis began a serious effort to write poetry, including his first long poem, entitled Chicago’s Congo, Sonata for an Orchestra.  Norman Forge’s Black Cat Press published Davis’s first book, Black Man’s Verse, in the summer of 1935. The book was an alliance of free verse written in the rhythm of jazz that condemned racial prejudice. ,

In 1930, Davis moved to Atlanta to work as editor for a semiweekly black newspaper. Later, Davis became the editor of the Atlanta Daily World.

In 1935, Davis moved back to Chicago to take the position of managing editor of the Associated Negro Press, a news service for Black newspapers.

In 1937, his second book, I Am the American Negro, loudly critiqued racism and its social connotations. The following year, Davis published his third book, Through Sepia Eyes (1938), which contained four poems. The poems were published in later volumes of Davis’ books. In 1948, Davis published 47TH STREET which many believe to be his best work. In his title poem, Davis chronicled a “rainbow race” of south side Chicagoans and their commonalities of economic class rather than race. Yes, in his day, Davis was a  south side Chicago community oraganizer. 
A reader interested in Davis’ poetry should check out this site> where poetry from “47th Street” and “Awakening” can be viewed.  Also see:


In 1946, Davis married Helen Canfield, who is descibed as a white Chicago Socialite 19 years his junior. The couple divorced in 1970. Canfield was Davis’ second wife.

In 1948, after 47th Street was published, Davis moved to Hawaii. There has been much speculation about why Davis left Chicago for Hawaii, including comments that the actor Paul Roberson suggested Hawaii would be a place more tolerant of a bi-racial marriage. . 

Roberson, himself a Communist, would later be defended by Davis.

According to Davis’ biographer, Davis told the press he was there for an extended vacation to write, while his wife painted.                      

In actuallity, Davis immediately began work launching The Honolulu Record with Koji Ariyoshi. The “Record” was a paper published by the International Longshoreman and Warehouse Union headed by Harry Briggs. , ,                      Both Ariyoshi and Briggs were convicted of being Communists in 1958.

Davis confirmed this relationship and his contacts in his own biography. at page 15.                                                  Davis compared the Honolulu Record with the Chicago Star, a paper now acknowledged as a Communist publication of the 1940’s.

In 1975, Hawaii Governor John Burns, who in the 1950s was a Democratic Party organizer and delegate to Congress, would reflect that perhaps there were Communists in the union. “Every guy in the ILWU was at one time or another a member of the Communist Party of America. This is where they got their organizational information and how to organize, and how to bring groups together and how to create cells and how to make movements that are undetected by the bosses and everything else. … I know what they were about. I said this is the only way they are going to organize,” he said. Dan Inouye, the U.S. Senator from Hawaii. who during the 1950s was Burns’ political ally, noted in his autobiography that Communists were probably enrolled in the union. “No one with any sense of political reality denied that there were probably some Communists in the ILWU. … “

Davis authored a column called “Frankly-speaking” in the Honolulu Record. , authored a column called “Frankly-speaking” in the Honolulu Record. ,



For the reader interested in sampling Davis’ columns written for the “Record” check out this site: – The site has posted columns from 1949 – 1950. In his columns critize Davis critizes the Marshall Plan, Presidents Roosevelt and Truman, opposes support for Nationalist China and denounces our Democratic Allies from WWII while extolling the virtues of Marxist/Communist Russia and China.

Immediately after arriving in hawaii Davis also undertook organizational activities for the Communist party. These activites led to his ouster from the Hawaii NAACP. The International Longshoreman and Warehouse Union would eventually sever ties with its Communist connections and join the CIO. The CIO would later merge and become the AFL-CIO. In 1958 the Honolulu Record would close. 

A history of the Hawaii NAACP’s clash with the Communists can be read here: – page 16. Davis was specifially identified as a Communist oranizer in a letter from Edward Berman (NAACP Chair, Hawaii) to National NAACP leader Roy Wilkins. page 17. 

Berman’s letter stated, “”I (Berman) was at one of the election meetings at which one Frank Marshall Davis, formerly of Chicago (and formerly editor of the Chicago Communist paper, the Star) suddenly appeared on the scene to propagandize the membership about our ‘racial problems’ in Hawaii. He had jut sneaked in here on a boat, and presto, was an ‘expert’ on racial problems in Hawaii. Comrade Davis was supported by others who had recently ‘sneaked’ into the organization with the avowed intent and purpose of converting it into a front for the Stalinist line….
…Already, scores of Negro members were frightened away from these meetings because of the influx of this element. Only by a reorganization with a policy that will check this infiltration, can we hope to get former members back into a local NAACP branch. We are going to have to have that authority over here-otherwise you’ll have a branch exclusively composed of yelping Stalinists and their dupes-characters who are more concerned about the speedy assassination of Tito (Yugoslav communist dictator who had just broken with the USSR) than they are about the advancement of the colored people of these United States.”
Davis’ own writings on the mistakes of the Oahu NAACP, The CIO, the dangers of State Employees taking a “loyalty oath” or pledge to “protect and defend the Constitution” and the joys of a discrimination free Soviet Union can be read here: 

A partial history of Marxist/Communist activities in Haiwaii can be read here. , – at page 9.

When the Dunham’s arrived in 1960 Honolulu, Frank Marshall Davis, fellow Kansan, athiest, Marxist-Communist, writer, poet and jass musician was waiting to greet them. Frank Marshall Davis and Stanley Dunham were drinking buddies and in the local vernacular, “Choomers”, or pot heads as we would have called them in my 1960’s neighborhood.

It is hard to imagine that young, 17-year-old Stanley Ann Dunham would not have been impressed with the accomplished Davis. He was after all, the imbodiment of all that she had been taught to admire. Davis at this time was 55 years old and married to a 35 year old white sociallite from Chicago. A renowned Communist, athiest, author, journalist, poet, musician and political organizer. To the young Stanley Ann Dunham he must have been the equivalent of a modern era rock star.

Commentators speculate whether Davis might be the reason Stanley Ann Dunham may have told her son, if she told her son, of a desire to attend the University of Chicago. There is no documentation that she ever applied the University of Chicago. Of course the “allegation” that Stanley Ann Dunham had been accepted at the University of Chicago may simply be another example of the “literary license” or just another lie presented by Obama in “Dreams”.

Other writers speculate that Frank Marshall Davis may, in fact, be Barack Obama’s biological father.  

This speculation seems to be based on three facts.

Fact 1:

That in 1968 Davis published a hard core autobiograpical, pornograpic novel titled Sex Rebel: Black. The novel was published in San Diego in 1968 by Greenleaf Classics under the pseudonym Bob Greene.

Before his death Mr Davis confirmed that he was the author of “Sex Rebel: Black” after a reader had noticed the “similarities in style and phraseology” between the pornographic work and his poetry. 

Davis stated, “I could not then truthfully deny that this book, which came out in 1968 as a Greenleaf Classic, was mine.” In the introduction to “Sex Rebel”, Mr Davis (writing as Greene) explains that although he has “changed names and identities…all incidents I have described have been taken from actual experiences”.

In this book Davis notes a sexual liason with “Anne” an underage girl of 13. (Note that Stanley Ann Dunham was 17 when she met Davis).  

The book, which closely tracks Mr Davis’s life in Chicago and Hawaii and the fact that his first wife was black and his second white, describes in lurid detail a series of shockingly sordid sexual encounters, often involving group sex.

One chapter concerns the seduction by Mr Davis and his wife of a 13-year-old girl called Anne. Mr Davis wrote that it was the girl who had suggested he have sex with her. “I’m not one to go in for Lolitas. Usually I’d rather not bed a babe under 20. But there are exceptions. I didn’t want to disappoint the trusting child. At her still-impressionistic age, a rejection might be traumatic, could even cripple her sexually for life.” He then described how he and his wife would have sex with the girl, “Anne came up many times the next several weeks … She obtained a course in practical sex from experienced and considerate practitioners rather than from ignorant insensitive neophytes….I think we did her a favour, although the pleasure was mutual.” 

Stanley Ann Dunham arrived in Hawaii in June 1960. Her best friends on Mercer Island state she had no boyfriends while in Highschool. By November 1960 she had conceived Barack Hussein Obama.

Fact 2:

In the Obama family lore, Barrack Hussein Obama Sr., abandoned his family to study at Havard. Having been accepted at both the New School in New York and Harvard, he choose Harvard and abandoned his family rather than study at the New School where schoalrship money would have helped support the family. The facts do not support these allegations. Ann Dunham took her new born infant and abandoned Barack Obama, Sr. just weeks after the infants birth.

Fact 3:

“Dreams” portrays Obama as an exceptionally gifted student in Indonesia. This is not particular accurate. The facts show Obama struggled with the language and was a marginal student, as many students studying in a foreign language would be. At about age 10, Obama was sent back to live with his Grandparents in Hawaii. Just prior to Obama’s arrival, Frank Marshall Davis divorced his 2nd wife. (1970). 

NEXT: Barack Obama; The Unauthorized Biography of a Marxist – Part 3 –

Barack Obama – The Unauthorized Biography of a Marxist – Part 3 – The Hawaii Years, Barack Obama Sr

Barack Obama; The Unauthorized Biography Of A Marxist – Obama’s Factual Family Story

OBAMA: The Unauthorized Biography – Part 1


Barack Obama’s first book, “Dreams of My Father” has been discussed at length in the popular press and by the Candidate himself. Unfortunately, the book and the discussions associated with book on broadcast media are short on fact and long on the fiction that the candidate has carefully manufactured about his past.

Obama, himself, gives the readers a “buyers beware” warning in the introduction to the reissued edition of “Dreams”. Obama notes the dangers of writing an autobiography include “the temptation to color events in ways favorable to the writer … [and] selective lapses of memory.” Obama states, “I can’t say that I’ve avoided all, or any, of these hazards successfully.” 

My question, did candidate Obama even make an attempt to avoid the temptation?,0,546290.story

In “Dreams” Obama distorts many of the truths concerning his youth to serve his own self interest. The Chicago Tribune noted, “Still, the story of his early years highlights how politics and autobiography are similar creatures: Each is shaped to serve a purpose.”,0,546290.story   I wonder what the Tribune writer meant, in plain words? That Obama shaped his autobiography to serve Obama’s political purpose? Yes, I would agree, if that is what the writer intended to say.  

A Washington Post author noted, “Dreams From My Father” is as imprecise as it is insightful about Obama’s early life”. This writer believes the “imprecision” speaks volumes about Obama, the man and the candidate.  The Post author goes on to state, “… he readily acknowledged, he rearranged the chronology for his literary purposes and presented a cast of characters made up of composites and pseudonyms”                                                                      

In “Dreams” Obama puts words spoken by adult, radical leftists, into the mouths of his classmates who deny ever having had the discussions attributed to them in his book.,0,546290.story

In “Dreams” Obama paints a portrait of a  “youth living in a distant land searches[ing] and finds new friends, a new language and a heartbreaking lesson about his identity in the pages of an American magazine.” Researchers later determine that this claim is, at a minimum, factually incorrect. Why let a bald face lie get in the way of telling a good story?,0,546290.story?page=2  Some have suggested that this “lie” is actually a reference to the musician MICHAEL JACKSON.

Obama goes to great length in “Dream’s” to describe himself as “A young black man who struggles for acceptance at an institution of privilege, where he finds himself growing so angry and disillusioned at the world around him that he turned to alcohol and drugs.”,0,546290.story

Obama’s minority and mixed race friends at the Punahou School, an ultra-elite private school in Hawaii, failed to notice Obama’s anger over “race”, “social injustice” or “acceptance”. The direct quote from the Chicago Tribune writer is, “The handful of black students who attended Punahou School in Hawaii, for instance, say they struggled mightily with issues of race and racism there. But absent from those discussions, they say, was another student then known as Barry Obama.”,0,546290.story?page=4

In “Dream’s” Obama neglects to mention the Bohemian/Marxist lifestyle practiced in his Grandparent’s home. Alcohol and marijuana use were a regular part of the Marxist social gatherings at the Dunham residence. Obama’s first expsoure to “chooming”, Hawaian slang for smoking pot, was not at school but at home.                                              ,0,546290.story?page=5

Frank Marshall Davis, a renowned Activist, Poet, Jass Musician, Labor Organizer and member of the Communist Party, United States of America (CPUSA), was a family friend and regular guest of the Dunham/Obama Family.

Maya Soetoro-Ng, Obama’s half-sister, told the Associated Press recently that her grandfather had seen Mr Davis was “a point of connection, a bridge if you will, to the larger African-American experience for my brother”, Barack Obama.

The record shows that the young Obama was in Hawaii from 1971-1979, where, at the age of 10 in 1971, he developed a close relationship, almost like a son, with Davis, listening to his “poetry” and getting advice on his career path. In “Dreams” , Obama refers to Davis  as “Frank.”

There is some speculation that Frank Marshall Davis may, in fact, be Barack Obama’s true biological father.

At a minimum, Obama obtained a good deal of his ideology from Frank Marshall Davis. In a 2007 speech at the dedication of a Communist Party (CP) archive, “fellow traveler” and historian Gerald Horne, a professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, clarified the relationship between Obama and Davis, “……

In “Dreams” Obama continues his family myth that Barack Obama, Sr, abandoned his family to attend Harvard University. The facts bring into question whether Barack Obama, Sr. and Stanley Ann Dunham were ever officially married. The facts also established that Stanley Ann took her infant son and abandoned Obama within weeks of the child’s birth.

In “Dreams” Obama claims his maternal grandparents were “conservative” “Methodists” or “Baptists” from Kansas. While this may have been true of his maternal great-grandparents, it is an absolutely false description of the grandparents who raised Obama. The Dunham’s abandoned the faiths of their parents and attended a Marxist Unitarian Church during his mother’s formative years.,0,2623808.story?page=3

Obama’s mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, was an avowed Athiest not a Christian as Obama claims.,0,2623808.story

Obama’s mother, Stanley Ann was a Marist.

Obama’s grandparents moved their family to Mercer Island in Washington State to join a small but liberal community of Marxists.

Chapter 1 – Obama’s Maternal Grandparents:

Madelyn Payne, Obama’s maternal grandmother, was born in the oil boomtown of Augusta, Kansas, to stern Methodist parents who did not believe in drinking, playing cards or dancing. She was one of the best students in the graduating class of 1940. Her family were members of the well to do, white collar community. Madelyn, however, in ways that would foretell the flouting of conventions by her daughter Stanley Ann, was different.
“A bunch of us would go to Wichita, to the Blue Moon Dance Hall,” said Nina Parry, a classmate who still lives in Augusta. “We’d hear Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey and Glem Miller . . . . All the big bands came. It was wonderful.” Then Madelyn met Stanley. Stanley Armour Dunham is Barack Obama’s maternal grandfather.,0,2623808.story?page=2 
Four years older, Stanley Armour Dunham lived 17 miles east, in El Dorado. In 1920, El Dorado, with a population of 12,000, seemed to exist solely for the purpose of drilling holes in the ground. And for good reason. In 1918, the El Dorado field produced 9 percent of the world’s oil production. The Dunhams were Baptists. Unlike the Paynes, Stanley Dunham did not come from the white-collar crowd. Gregarious, friendly, challenging and loud, “he was such a loose wheel at times,” said Clarence Kerns, from the El Dorado class of 1935. Others who knew Dunham described him as a salesman “who could charm the legs off a couch.”,0,2623808.story?page=2  His marriage to Madelyn was one of those that acquaintances said spanned both sides of the railroad tracks, and Stanley was always placed on the wrong side. They secretly married on the spring weekend of the annual junior-senior banquet in 1940, Madelyn’s senior year, several weeks before graduation, according to friends. Continuing to live with her parents, Madelyn didn’t tell them about her marriage until she got her diploma in June. The news was not a big hit at the Payne family home, but parental objections didn’t matter.

Obama writes the following about his Grandfather, “When he was 8 years old, Stanley Armour Dunham found his mother’s body. It was 1926, and Ruth Armour Dunham had committed suicide at the age of 26.” Barack Obama has written that that tragic discovery might have contributed to making his grandfather “a bit wild” as a teenager in Wichita, Kansas. Obama alleges that after his grandfather was kicked out of high school “for punching the principal in the nose.” Obama also claims that the man Obama would later know as “Gramps” hopped freight trains and dabbled in “moonshine, cards and women.”

When World War II came in December 1941, Stanley enlisted in the Army. Madelyn became a Rosie-the-Riveter at Boeing Co.’s B-29 production plant in Wichita, Kansas. The Dunham’s only child, Stanley Ann Dunham, Barack Obama’s mother, arrived in late November 1942.,0,2623808.story?page=2

The Dunhams were full-time working parents, renters and strugglers in pursuit of the next opportunity. After the war, Madelyn worked in restaurants while Stanley managed a furniture store on Main Street in El Dorado, Kansas.,0,2623808.story?page=2
In 1955 Stanley Dunham began work at  a “large store in downtown Seattle called Standard-Grunbaum Furniture at the corner of 2nd Avenue and Pine Street. “First in Furniture, Second at Pine,” read the Yellow Pages ad in the Seattle telephone directory.”,0,2623808.story?page=2 

Madelyn went to work at a bank as an escrow officer.  

The Dunham’s settled on Mercer Island and enrolled their daughter, Stanley Ann, in the new highschool.
The Chicago Tribune author goes on to quote one of Stanley Ann’s childhood friends when he writes, “The island was quiet, politically conservative and all white.”,0,2623808.story?page=2
While Mercer Island was quiet and nearly all white, it was anything but conservative.

The furniture store where Stanley Dunham worked, “Standard-Grunbaum Furniture at the corner of 2nd Avenue and Pine Street” was located down the street from the Regional Headquarters of the Communist Party USA. That headquarters was located at 1016 1/2 Second. In 1948, during testimony before the Un-American Activities in Washington State Investigation, the Communist Party’s Seattle headquarters was identified as being located at 1916 Second Ave, between Stewart Street and Pine Streets. The CPUSA party headquarters had been located in that area for at least 7 years. This second site, “The Communism in Washington State History and Memory Project” is dedicated to preserving the history of the Communist movement in Washington State. It is not an anti-communist site. 

In 1955 the Chairman of the Mercer Island School Board was John Stenhouse, an admitted member of the Communist Party, USA (CPUSA).,9171,891423-1,00.html. Mr Stenhouse was a British immigrant who was born (DOB:1908) and raised in China. 

Stenhouse’s testimony/confession to being a Communist was featured in the April 15, 1955 issue of Time Magazine.  Two months later the Dunham’s enrolled their daughter, Stanley Ann, in the Mercer Island highschool which was under the direction of Stenhouse. Two of Stanley Ann’s teachers at this school were avowed Marxists.

John Stenhouse was also the President of Eastshore Unitarian Church, frequently referred to as the “Little Red Church on the Hill”. The church’s nickname was related to the congregations  Marxist/Leninist beliefs. Peter Luton, the church’s current senior minister discussed the church’s Marxist history with the Chicago Tribune.,0,2623808.story?page=3

On the campaign trail Obama refers to his maternal grandparents as “conservative Methodists or Baptists from Kansas”, most writers are forced to disagree with that assertion. It simply is not supported by the facts. Even the Chicago Tribune notes the Duham’s had shed their Baptist and Methodist beliefs prior to reaching Mercer Island.,0,2623808.story?page=3

On the campaign trail, Obama describes his mother this way, “My mother was a Christian from Kansas…”, “the only daughter of parents who grew up in the “dab-smack, landlocked center of the country,” in towns “too small to warrant boldface on a roadmap.” …….. Clearly, both of these statements are lies. Even the Chicago Tribune noted, “Implicit in that portrayal is this message: If you have any lingering questions or doubts about the Hawaiian-born presidential candidate with a funny name, just remember that Mom hails from America’s good earth.” The Tribune goes on to note, “That presentation, though, glosses over Stanley Ann Dunham’s formative years, spent not on the Great Plains but more than 1,800 miles away on a small island in the Pacific Northwest.”,0,2623808.story

In “Dreams” Obama contradicts his campaign speeches when he states, “I was not raised in a religious household… My mother’s own experiences… only reinforced this inherited skepticism. Her memories of the Christians who populated her youth were not fond ones ….”,9171,1546298,00.html

The truth of the story is something else ……….

Chapter 2: Stanley Ann Dunham – Obama’s mother

Very little has been written about Stanley Ann Dunham prior to her arrival on Mercer Island and the beginnning of her highschool years in 1955.

Articles state that Stanley Ann was born in November 1942, 11 months after the start of WWII, while her father was away serving in the US Army.,0,2623808.story?page=2

After leaving Kansas when she was a youngster, she and her parents lived in Berkeley, Calif., for two years, Ponca City, Okla., for two years, and Wichita Falls, Tex., for three years before they ventured to the Seattle area.                                                                   
Stanley Ann finished the 8th grade at Bellevue Washington’s Eckstein Middle School in June 1955. She began highschool the next September. Stanley Ann’s friends from Mercer Island remember her well. “She touted herself as an atheist, and it was something she’d read about and could argue,” said Maxine Box, who was Dunham’s best friend in high school. “She was always challenging and arguing and comparing. She was already thinking about things that the rest of us hadn’t.”,0,2623808.story

Dunham has been described by her friends as “a fellow traveler…” a slang term of the 1950’s used to refer to a communist or communist sympathizer who had not publicly acknowledged their Party membership. The term “fellow traveler” was not a derogatory term nor was it used by anti-communists.’smother/index.html


One of Stanley Ann’s Mercer Island friends, Susan Botkin. recalled her directness, “in those days she dealt head-on with her uncommon first name. No sense trying to hide it, even though she hated it. “My name is Stanley,” she would say. “My father wanted a boy, and that’s that.” Her mother softened it, calling her Stanny or Stanny Ann, but at school she was Stanley, straight up. “She owned the name,” recalled Susan Botkin, one of her first pals on Mercer Island. “Only once or twice was she teased. She had a sharp tongue, a deep wit, and she could kill. We all called her Stanley.””  In a high school culture of brawn and beauty, Stanley was one of the brains. Often struggling with her weight, and wearing braces her junior year, she had the normal teenage anxieties. John W. Hunt said those traits allowed Stanley to become accepted by the predominantly male intellectual crowd, even though she had a soft voice.                                                 



Stanley was decidedly liberal. She was encouraged in her Liberal beliefs, not just by her parents but by Mr Stenhouse the Chairman of the school board and by two of her teachers at Mercer Island High, Jim Wichterman and Val Foubert. These teachers taught advanced humanities courses open to the top 25 students. The assigned reading included not only Plato and Aristotle, Kierkegaard and Sartre, but also late-1950s critiques of societal conventions, such as “The Organization Man” by William H. Whyte, “The Lonely Crowd” by David Riesman and “The Hidden Persuaders” by Vance Packard, as well as the political theories of Hegel and Mill and Marx.  
A wing of Mercer Island High was nicknamed “anarchy alley” because of the teachings of Jim Wichterman and Val Foubert.  
In speaking with the Seattle Times Wichterman said, “Dunham thrived in the environment”. “As much as a high-school student can, she’d question anything: What’s so good about democracy? What’s so good about capitalism? What’s wrong with communism? What’s good about communism?”
Obama visited the Seattle area last October, and in a speech to a Democratic Party rally at Bellevue Community College, he mentioned that his mother attended Mercer Island High School before moving on to Hawaii. In “Dreams,” Obama wrote that the family moved to Seattle “long enough for my mother to finish high school.” The Chicago Tribune noted that, “her stop was more than some educational cup of coffee; Obama’s mother spent 8th grade through high school here. Four of those five years were spent on Mercer Island.,0,2623808.story Those years served to reinforce the Marxist unbringing Stanley Ann received at home. 
The Chicago Tribune noted that Wichterman also touched the societal third rail of the 1950s: He questioned the existence of God. He didn’t stop there, “”I had them read ‘The Communist Manifesto,’ and the parents went nuts,” said Wichterman, adding that parents also didn’t want any discussions about “anything to do with sex,” religion and theology. The parental protests were known as “mothers’ marches.”  The Dunhams did not join the uproar. Madelyn and Stanley had shed their Methodist and Baptist upbringing prior to arriving on Mercer Island or joining the East Shore Unitarian Church where Stenhouse was President.

Stanley Ann’s friends remember her fondness for poetry, jass music and the coffee house scene. “Dunham gravitated toward an intellectual clique. According to former classmate Chip Wall, she caught foreign films at Seattle’s only art-house theater, the Ridgemont, and trekked to University District coffee shops like the Encore to talk about jazz, the value of learning from other cultures and the “very dull Eisenhower-ness of our parents.”

“If you were concerned about something going wrong in the world, Stanley would know about it first,” said Chip Wall, who described her as “a fellow traveler“. . . . We were liberals before we knew what liberals were.”,0,2623808.story?page=3


Sometime prior to Stanley Ann’s graduation in June 1960, her father Stanley travelled to Hawaii and secured employment at a new funiture store and arranged for living quarters for his family. As graduation neared for the class of 1960, Dunham had hoped to join many of her classmates at the University of Washington, however, Stanley Ann did not know of her father’s plan to move the family.

In “Dreams” Obama claims his mother was accepted at the University of Chicago, however, there is no documentation to prove this claim. It is an interesting coincidence given the role that the city of Chicago plays both in Obama’s later life and its connection to those who will influence Obama’s life as a young man.

Stanley Ann’s friend’s don’t recall her mentioning the University of Chicago. They recall a desire to stay and attend the University of Washington or U-Dub as they referred to it. Maxine Box told the Chicago tribune, “I remember she didn’t want to go to Hawaii.” None the less, shortly after her graduation in June 1960, Stanley Ann Dunham moved with her parents to Hawaii. Fourteen short months later Barack Hussein Obama would be born.,0,2623808.story?page=3  

Part 2 – The Hawaii Years – HERE: 

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  • OCTOBER 22, 2008
  • Obama and the Tax Tipping Point

    How long before taxpayers are pushed too far?

    What happens when the voter in the exact middle of the earnings spectrum receives more in benefits from Washington than he pays in taxes? Economists Allan Meltzer and Scott Richard posed this question 27 years ago. We may soon enough know the answer.

    Barack Obama is offering voters strong incentives to support higher taxes and bigger government. This could be the magic income-redistribution formula Democrats have long sought.

    Sen. Obama is promising $500 and $1,000 gift-wrapped packets of money in the form of refundable tax credits. These will shift the tax demographics to the tipping point where half of all voters will receive a cash windfall from Washington and an overwhelming majority will gain from tax hikes and more government spending.

    In 2006, the latest year for which we have Census data, 220 million Americans were eligible to vote and 89 million — 40% — paid no income taxes. According to the Tax Policy Center (a joint venture of the Brookings Institution and the Urban Institute), this will jump to 49% when Mr. Obama’s cash credits remove 18 million more voters from the tax rolls. What’s more, there are an additional 24 million taxpayers (11% of the electorate) who will pay a minimal amount of income taxes — less than 5% of their income and less than $1,000 annually.

    In all, three out of every five voters will pay little or nothing in income taxes under Mr. Obama’s plans and gain when taxes rise on the 40% that already pays 95% of income tax revenues.

    The plunder that the Democrats plan to extract from the “very rich” — the 5% that earn more than $250,000 and who already pay 60% of the federal income tax bill — will never stretch to cover the expansive programs Mr. Obama promises.

    What next? A core group of Obama enthusiasts — those educated professionals who applaud the “fairness” of their candidate’s tax plans — will soon see their $100,000-$150,000 incomes targeted. As entitlements expand and a self-interested majority votes, the higher tax brackets will kick in at lower levels down the ladder, all the way to households with a $75,000 income.

    Other nations have tried the ideology of fairness in the place of incentives and found that reward without work is a recipe for decline. In the late 1970s and throughout the 1980s, Margaret Thatcher took on the unions and slashed taxes to restore growth and jobs in Great Britain. In Germany a few years ago, Social Democrat Gerhard Schroeder defied his party’s dogma and loosened labor’s grip on the economy to end stagnation. And more recently in France, Nicolas Sarkozy was swept to power on a platform of restoring flexibility to the economy.

    The sequence is always the same. High-tax, big-spending policies force the economy to lose momentum. Then growth in government spending outstrips revenues. Fiscal and trade deficits soar. Public debt, excessive taxation and unemployment follow. The central bank tries to solve the problem by printing money. International competitiveness is lost and the currency depreciates. The system stagnates. And then a frightened electorate returns conservatives to power.

    MCAULEYSWORLDWEBLOG NOTE: Look to the State of Michigan as an example – Governor Granholm  implemented an Obama style Tax policy 6 years ago – minus any middle class tax cut -the promises of middle class tax cuts evaporated as revenues flew out of the state and State spending escalated. For more on the Michigan example:   

    The economic tides will not stand still while Washington experiments with European-type social democracy, even though the dollar’s role as the global reserve currency will buy some time. Our trademark competitive advantage will be lost, and once lost, it will be hard to regain. There are too many emerging economies focused on prosperity and not redistribution for the U.S. to easily recapture its role of global economic leader.

    Tomorrow’s children may come to question why their parents sold their birthright for a mess of “fairness” — whatever that will signify when jobs are scarce and American opportunity is no longer the envy of the world.


    Obama’s Plan For Your Family Income – The Real Story Behind Joe The Plumber

    By now, “Joe the Plumber” is a household name and has become a symbol of Barack Obama‘s plan to “spread the wealth around.” During a recent campaign event in Toledo , Ohio , “Joe the Plumber” asked a simple question and got a surprising answer from the Democratic nominee. When he asked why Barack Obama‘s tax plan was going to punish him for working hard and living the American Dream, Barack Obama responded, “When you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.”

    In that brief exchange, the American people got to see what this campaign is all about … a choice between honoring the hard work of everyday Americans like “Joe the Plumber” and increasing taxes to “spread the wealth.”

    That is exactly what the Democrats were trying to do when they caused the current financial crisis – spread “home ownership around” . Trust us … it would be good for everyone …….. LIAR and NINJA Loans, Mortagages without jobs, income verification or even documentation of citizenship. I don’t want anymore of my income “spread around” and I know that is what is good for my family.

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