Shocker! David Axelrod May Be A Left Winger
It may be accurate to blame Barack Hussein Obama for the woes that this country is facing, but the man behind the curtain, the leftist version of a Karl Rove is solely more responsible for getting him elected than any person on the planet. Since the “historic” ascendancy and 2008 election of Obama, it has come out that Axelrod is more than just a paid political hack, more than just an “adviser.” As Paul Kengor writes in the American Spectator:
“He is imager of the image and narrator of the narrative. No single person is more responsible for making Barack Obama president. Come November 2008, it was nothing short of a stunning change for America, a genuinely historical feat the man known as Ax hopes to repeat in November 2012″
Born in New York in 1955, Axelrod says of his parents that they were, “your classic New York leftist Democrats.” But that doesn’t really do justice to the activities of his mother, Myril Bennett Axelrod. She worked for an extremely political newspaper, the liberal New York daily, the PM.
Existing only from 1940 to 1948, the problem at the PM was infiltration by communists pushing the “Stalinist line.” One such person was a confirmed soviet spy, I.F. Stone, among many others.
Axelrod followed in his mother’s footsteps and began writing a leftist political column for a local Chicago newspaper, the Hyde Park Herald. Following his father’s suicide, young Axelrod caught the attention of two men who would be instrumental in guiding his political leanings and by extension, Barack Hussein Obama’s as well.
Don Rose and David Canter began to mentor Axelrod and this brought him to the attention of the Chicago Communist Party USA. While Rose’s involvement with CP-USA has not been established, Canter’s communist activities are well documented. His father served time in jail for radical communist activities and eventually became the secretary of the Boston Communist Party. He ran for Governor of Massachusetts on the Communist Party ticket in 1930.
CDOB’s Don Rose on *Are you now or have you ever been*?
Without going into fine detail about inaccuracies or partial truths in the Spectator, let me state this: I am now and have been for all of my active political life an independent, left-progressive reformer. If there were such a party here I would be considered a Social Democrat in the European mold. Since 1948 when, at age 17, I passed out leaflets for Henry Wallace, I have worked in numerous electoral and social action campaigns including the civil rights movement, local political reform, antinuclear weaponry and peace movements, most notably opposing the Vietnam and Iraq wars.
In the course of this work I have associated closely–depending on the project–with ordinary Democrats, liberal reformers, socialists, communists, anarchists and even many Republicans (some of whom I managed to get elected against Machine Democrats). My history has been well documented through the years and my views on a host of issues published widely, notably for the past several years in my column on this website. That’s life–Don Rose