Communist Frank Marshall Davis: Obama’s Mentor / Parts 1 -2 and 3

Communist Frank Marshall Davis: Obama’s Mentor / Parts 1 -2 and 3

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BQI Editor’s Note

Today we are publishing the three part series The Communist; a new book by Paul Kengor on the life of Frank Marshall Davis, perhaps the most influential person in the life of President Barack Obama.

In 2008 the liberal media refused to vet candidate Obama. Had they done so they would have recognized the enormous influence of Davis on the man who would be president.  Instead the media chose to be silent and now the country is reeling from the fundamental transformation which has taken place under Obama; a transformation created and presented to Obama by his communist mentor Frank Marshall Davis a man Obama mentioned 22 times in his book Dreams From My Father.

America is at a precipice largely the result of misinformed or uninformed Americans. Some Americans were uninformed because they decided to ignore facts and chose to hitch onto the Obama bandwagon of hope and change. These were Americans who out of choice decided that the most important issue of the day was the election of the nation’s first black president and nothing, facts nor truth would stand in the way.

Other Americans were misinformed because of their dependency on the liberal mainstream media; a media that was so singularly focus on the election of a black man as president they were willing to ignore the fact that their candidate had values, morals and beliefs that were antithetical to those of the American public.

Today America needs its true citizens; those who really love the country; who understand that together we can restore America’s greatness; those who reject Obama’s plans for fundamental transformation, the country needs you to accept the fact that a mistake was made, move beyond that decision and to open your eyes and not make the same mistake that was made in 2008.

As you read the three part serie below keep in mind that not only did Obama have a communist mentor in Frank Marshall Davis, his mother was a socialist his father a communist his grandparents were socialist and likely communist as well. While in college Obama sought out associations with Marxist, communist and socialist. He also attended numerous socialist functions sponsored by the Democrat Socialist Party of America. There is much more but one has to ask how a person can have so many influences in one particular ideology and not be affected in some significant way.

If you are unsure about Obama and whether he should receive your vote this November. If you have been puzzled over his lack of success in restoring our economic health; if you are wondering why Obama does some things that seem odd or out of character with what you think most Americans would do in a particular situation let alone the President of the United States, then maybe you do not really know who Obama is and perhaps if you understood more about his background you would understand the man and why he does what he does. Perhaps then what you see happening in and to America will begin to make sense.

America, please, please open your eyes. Your country needs you.


Imagine an American man so devout in his Communist beliefs, that during the Cold War the FBI placed him on its security index – meaning that if an armed conflict were to have erupted between the U.S. and the Soviet Union, Federal authorities would have looked to him as a prime suspect for treason.

Now imagine that man mentored the leader of the free world.

On July 17th, Mercury Ink and author Paul Kengor, PhD, will introduce the world to the real Frank Marshall Davis – the card-carrying member of the Communist Party U.S.A, and who all accounts indicate was Barack Obama’s closest role model and mentor. Devoid of outrageous conspiracy theories or sensational claims, Kengor painstakingly documents the historical facts of this dynamic, at times even sympathetic character, who walked the path from Republican roots clear through to the radical fringe of unfettered Marxism.

Presently, certain news and commentary outlets are focusing on the more outrageous aspects of Frank Marshall Davis’ life, such as his self-admitted penchant for perverse sexual escapades as well as for taking photos of naked women (including of Stanley Ann Dunham, Obama’s mother). In fact, the recently released documentary, “Dreams From My Real Father,” even posits that Davis is the president’s true biological father.  While much of Davis’ bizarre fetishes and sexual peccadilloes provide subject matter worthy of consideration, Kengor believes that his book, “The Communist,” focuses on the substantive ideological, rather than sensational aspects of Davis’ past.

At the end of the day, according to Kengor, mentors matter – and in no small amount.  The book opens by explaining how Ronald Reagan and Hillary Clinton’s role models were extremely influential in each of their lives, respectively. In fact, typically the first task of any biographer is to examine the mentors of the subject he or she is writing about.  Oddly, when it comes to our current president, left-wing biographers have somehow avoided this topic altogether.

Presidential mentors

During Barack Obama’s first presidential campaign, the media and members of the far left ignored discussing his influences and role models, leaving conservatives in shock over how lax the vetting process turned out to be for the man who would come to hold the highest office in the land. As The Communist reveals that the “transformative change” Obama promised to deliver (and did) eerily find their origin in the words and deeds of his closest mentor.

And therein lies the rub. Examining the mentor is perhaps one of the most significant aspects of the presidential vetting process. Those who came before Obama all acknowledged the profound impact their mentors had on them, both growing up, and into adulthood. Of course the reason is clear – exploring who a presidential nominee’s influences are provides key insight into that candidate’s world-view.

Kengor notes that although both Ronald Reagan and Hillary Clinton’s role models were indeed of great import to each of them, their names were rarely mentioned in each of their biographies. Ironically, however, Obama mentioned “Frank” by name no less than 22 times in his memoir, “Dreams From My Father.”

“We’ve had 44 presidents and they’ve all had mentors,” Kengor told me during an exclusive Blaze interview. “Yet never before in the entire 200-plus year [presidential] history of this country, have we had a president with a mentor who was a card carrying member of the Communist Party.

Kengor takes issue with the fact that no liberal biographer acknowledges that Frank Marshall Davis was Obama’s mentor, yet those same biographers have never denied that Don Jones mentored Ronald Reagan, just as Ben Cleaver guided an impressionable, young Hillary Clinton until her departure to university. Perhaps the reason no one cares, according to Kengor, is because both Cleaver and Jones “loved America” and were not “pro-soviet members of the Communist Party.” He believes journalists, biographers, and the media in general are guilty of “scandalous neglect” when discussing Barack Obama.

“The problem with Obama,” said Kengor, “is that he was never vetted, so you have skeletons in the closet.” He explained that while there has been no shortage of coverage from the right in exposing Obama’s ties to Reverend Jeremiah Wright or the Weather Underground’s Bill Ayers, “no one talks about Davis, and Davis was far more radical [than either Ayers or Wright].”

In fact, Kengor maintains that Ayer’s most radical university lecture, or Wright’s most flagrant sermon pales in comparison to any of the volumes Frank Marshall Davis espoused in his columns for various Communist newspapers across the country.

“When you read his columns it’s very clear you are dealing with a Communist Party U.S.A. member

from the ‘Daily Worker’ crowd — a loyal Soviet patriot.

“To think he had an influence on the president.”

“Imagine if there was a GOP nominee with a mentor this extreme to the right. They would never have escaped the media scrutiny.”

Historically, Kengor observed a pattern among the left in which its adherents are never vigilant when it comes to Communism. Even American Civil Liberties Union founder, Roger Nash Baldwin, wrote a book entitled, “Liberty Under the Soviets” demonstrating progressives’ sympathy for all things Communist.

As we near the July 17th release date of “The Communist” The Blaze will be releasing two more “sneak preview” articles detailing some of the shocking revelations Kengor discovered along the way.

For instance, you will learn that Frank Marshall Davis actually started out as a member of the GOP, reviled Democrats (in particular Harry Truman and Franklin Delano Roosevelt) and only turned to Communism after being fully duped by a Soviet propaganda campaign that convinced him the USSR had abolished racism of all kinds.

You will also see laid out in black and white, the stark parallels between Frank Marshall Davis’ words and deeds and those of the Obama administration — from universal health care to the catch phrases, “hope and change” and “forward!” (all of which find origin in Obama’s Communist mentor).

If it sounds too unbelievable to be true, just remember the adage: “Truth is stranger than fiction.” The book can be found online here and here.  (refresh page to see video)



Last Friday, The Blaze provided you with a first look into Paul Kengor’s soon-to-be released, provocative book published by Mercury Ink, entitled, “The Communist,” which closely examines the life of President Obama’s longtime mentor, Frank Marshall Davis.

After establishing why presidential mentors have, historically, been of great import and consequence, Kengor goes on to explain how this devout Marxist actually began his political path as a Republican, often stumping for GOP presidential contenders on their respective campaign trails. Of course, especially at the time, the GOP represented the party of Lincoln while Democrats comprised the Southern racists so reviled by black Americans.

Oddly, Davis took a turn for the hard-left after being duped into believing that the racism he experienced as a black youth growing up in Kansas, and, later on into adulthood, was the product of a diseased Capitalist system, and that only the Soviet Union had managed to crack the code of equality, thus creating a racism-free utopia for all.

Yes, you read that correctly. Frank Marshall Davis became a card-carrying member of the Communist Party U.S.A. after being successfully indoctrinated by a clever Soviet-led propaganda campaign that targeted members of the American black community. The former USSR achieved this seemingly impossible feat by manufacturing what were known as Potemkin villages (or Potyomkin villages). These stage props were created to showcase an “ideal” agrarian society flourishing under the banner of Marxist-Leninism.

In the Potemkin, workers appeared thrilled with their positions in life, homogeny fostered “tolerance,” agricultural output was bountiful, and majestic birds soared on high through perpetual skies of blue. Indeed, on the surface, it seemed Mother Russia had successfully birthed a picture-perfect existence.

To ensure such a golden propaganda opportunity was not missed, Soviet officials courted progressive Americans, ultimately taking them on highly orchestrated tours of the Potemkin. On cue, rubes such as Paul Robeson, a close friend of Frank Marshall Davis and renowned singer, returned from the excursion with praise on their tongues and a reaffirmed commitment to Communism in their hearts.

One of the most interesting points Kengor notes in the book is how American Communists were absolutely consistent in their inconsistency. For example, when Franklin Delano Roosevelt finally signed onto World War II, Davis, along with his Marxist counterparts cursed the president’s very existence, dubbing him a “fascist warmonger and xenophobe. The vitriol was spawned by the fact that at that time, Joseph Stalin had already signed a pact with Adolf Hitler, thus a war with the Rhineland meant a war with the Motherland.

It wasn’t until Hitler betrayed Stalin and invaded Russia that Frank Marshall Davis and his minions wholeheartedly signed onto the American war effort to defeat Nazism and lauded Roosevelt the toast of the Daily Worker.

Mind you, when Hitler banded together with Stalin, American Communists, many of whom were Jewish, abandoned the party in droves (and for obvious reason). Thus, the idea that members of the black community could ever have supported, for any reason, Hitler and his Third Reich, speaks volumes about their blind, even self-destructive devotion to the Communist agenda.

“I want liberals to realize that the Communist weren’t their friends”, Kengor told me during an interview. “They need to realize that they [Soviets] used liberals” and saw them as “dupes.”

For some reason or other, despite being preyed upon as merely pawns in a Soviet public relations campaign, despite being expendable even to the point of imprisonment and death, the Frank Marshall Davis’ of the U.S. remained steadfast in their commitment. What was in it for them still remains to be seen, but through Davis’ writings for American Communist newspapers in Chicago and later in Honolulu, the Soviets perhaps saw him as one of the most useful idiots of all.

In the next installment of our behind the scenes look into “The Communist,” which will be released on July 17, author Paul Kengor and The Blaze will share some of the stark parallels between the Obama administration’s policies, positions and slogans, and the writings and beliefs of Frank Marshall Davis. From the terms “forward!” and “change” to the use of “social justice pastors,” the revelations will shock even the staunchest Obama critic.



This is the third and final installment of The Blaze’s look into “The Communist,” Paul Kengor’s dynamic new book exposing the fervent Communist beliefs of President Obama’s longtime mentor, Frank Marshall Davis.

Tuesday, July 17th, marks the release of Paul Kengor’s hard-hitting biography, “The Communist.” Published for Glenn Beck’s Mercury Ink, The Communist maps out in incredible detail and with irrefutable facts, the truth behind the man who served as President Obama’s longtime mentor and inspiration, Frank Marshall Davis.

During his research phase, Kengor read no less than 500 pages of the Chicago Star, the Communist Party newspaper for which Davis was editor-in-chief. He posits that the pages are “unflaggingly pro-Soviet” and toe the Communist party line unwaveringly. In addition to scouring Davis’ various professional publications in which he unabashedly parroted party talking points, Kengor also examined Davis‘ personal relationships and narratives to paint a complete picture of the president’s ideological role model.

Invoking the Founders

In The Communist, Kengor brings up a few fascinating points about the modus operandi of American Marxists like Davis. For instance, did you know that hard-line American progressives often invoked the Founding Fathers in their attempts to sell Communism to the masses? According to Kengor, quoting the Founding Fathers was a staple tactic among the U.S. intelligentsia, namely, its hardline Communist contingent.  In fact, The Communist reveals that there are several instances in which Davis himself invoked the Founders in the Honolulu Record, another newspaper he spearheaded.

This same meme can be seen manifest in the president – a constitutional law professor – being portrayed as a “modern day descendant of Thomas Jefferson,” who posits he was inspired by the U.S. Constitution to create Obamacare. Meanwhile, few are aware that Frank Marshall Davis staunchly advocated for Universal Health Care, as is documented in his various arguments published in both the Honolulu Record (1955) and Chicago Star newspapers. Also of consequence, Senator Claude Pepper (nicknamed “Red Pepper”), a columnist at Davis’ Communist publication, The Star, actually wrote the legislation for socialized medicine during his time in office.

While Kengor cedes that Frank Marshall Davis may not have directly instructed a young impressionable Obama to one day lead the charge for nationalized health care, it is highly plausible Davis’ outspoken views on the matter shaped his worldview.

Fundamental change

To illustrate another modern-day parallel, Davis and his publication routinely vilified the wealthy, invoked class warfare, consistently accused high-income earners of “not paying their fair share,” blasted “big oil,” and loathed beyond words (wait for it) General Motors.

“If Frank Marshall Davis could have nationalized GM in the 1940s,” Kengor began, “he would have.”

“Obama was his pupil.”

While Marxists of all walks have perpetuated many of these same hackneyed clichés about the bourgeois since time immemorial, calling for the nationalization of GM is, of course, a more specific bombshell. When taken in its proper context, the words of deeds of Frank Marshall Davis perhaps speak to the president’s belief system at its most base level.

Likewise, the Obama campaign’s use of the slogans, “forward!” and “change,” are not as innocent as they may seem. Both are in fact hard-and-fast Communist catch phrases that were used in essentially all Soviet propaganda campaigns. These specific words, as Kengor establishes, were also cited routinely by Frank Marshall Davis when talking about the fundamental, “transformative change” he believed America was in such desperate need of.

Kengor notes that The Chicago Star routinely used the slogan “forward!” and that Davis himself talked about “change” in an “ideological,” rather than passive way.

At its core, Kengor maintains that Frank Marshall Davis instilled a belief in Obama that “fundamental change” is in fact possible. This, according to the author, is perhaps Davis’ most important contribution to who would one day go on to become the 44rd President of the United States.

Social justice pastors

Jim Wallis

Another crucial similarity Kengor points to in his book is the Left’s exploitation and leveraging of “social justice pastors.”

To this end, Davis reached out to Christians, lecturing them on what side of the aisle they should stand on when it came to the Cold War and routinely argued that Communism was consistent with the Gospel of Jesus. Odd, considering the entire sociopolitical system hinges on a rejection of God and embrace of Atheism. To go one better, Davis even likened anti-Communists to Pontius Pilate.

“If Lenin was listening, he‘d have to leave the room because he’d be snickering so hard,” Kengor said. But, he qualified, Lenin would have approved of Davis’ tactics so long as they furthered the Communist interest.

By quoting the social justice elements of Christian scripture and repeating phrases like, “blessed are the peacemakers,” the nefarious tactics of Marxists worked in winning a contingent of social justice progressives and liberals to their side. “Bill Ayers does this to this day.”

“They are not your friends!” Kengor exclaimed as if talking to present-day social justice preacher Jim Wallis. “They see you as fools!”

In The Communist, Kengor juxtaposes Marxists’ history of enlisting social justice pastors into their ranks with Wallis and other present-day left-leaning Christians who have been an integral part of Barack Obama’s circle.

And speaking of Obama’s circle…

David Axelrod and Valerie Jarrett

Did you know that David Axelrod and Valerie Jarrett – both of whom are considered to be the president’s closest advisers – all have their own familial connections to Frank Marshall Davis and other notable Communists of the day?

Among Kengor’s myriad revelations is the fact that Obama’s chief campaign strategist, David Axelrod, (the one who specializes in engineering slogans) was mentored by David Canter, a key member of Chicago’s “Communist orbit.” Of note, Canter’s father, Harry, was among the group that purchased the Chicago Star from Frank Marshall Davis in September 1948.

“Both Harry and David Canter, like Davis, worked in the communist publishing world,” Kengor noted. Likewise, Vernon Jarrett, Valerie Jarrett’s father-in-law, was a writer for the Communist-controlled Packinghouse Workers Union.

More than meets the eye

At the end of the day, the content of Kengor’s book is substantive, factually documented, and fair in both its criticism and even at times sympathy for this complex, perhaps even troubled man. The book is not an indictment of President Obama, who cannot be held responsible for the deeds of his friends and family members. Rather, it is a pragmatic account of who the president’s mentor truly was, and a document that serves to show the parallels between the two men.

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