Paul Kengor
July 2, 2012

As readers of this site are aware, thanks especially to Jack Cashill’s recent posts, I’ve been researching and writing a book on Barack Obama’s mentor, Frank Marshall Davis. That book, titled The Communist: Frank Marshall Davis, The Untold Story of Barack Obama’s Mentor, just came off the press this week, with an official release date of July 17.  I knew that the book would be very relevant, and we’ve been preparing for media reaction.  In the book, 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.”

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