Author Paul Kengor wants you to know just how radical Frank Marshal Davis — a man many consider to have been a mentor to President Barack Obama during his teenage years — was.
“Obama’s mentor was considered so radical, and such a potential pro-Soviet threat, that the federal government placed him on the Security Index,” Kengor told The Daily Caller in an interview about his new book on Davis, simply titled “The Communist.”
“That meant that if a war broke out between the United States and the Soviet Union, Frank Marshall Davis could be placed under immediate arrest. Think about that. Obama had that sort of influence. And The Washington Post will focus on whether Mitt Romney was bullying in high school? With the kind of influence that Obama had, Obama would have trouble getting a security clearance for an entry-level government job.”
Obama refers to Davis in his memoir, “Dreams From My Father,” simply as “Frank” and never elaborates on his radical history. Kengor believes this is because Obama wanted to avoid the political liability of being associated with Davis’ politics. But if Obama was concerned about protecting his future political prospects while writing his memoir, why would he include details of his drug use?
“On matters like cocaine, he grew up in an era when that was going on,” Kengor, who is a professor at Grove City College, argued.
“To do cocaine was certainly not the norm, but it wasn’t unheard of. In short, he rightly saw his adolescent association with Davis — a literal card-carrying communist — as a greater political liability than cocaine use.”
Kengor doesn’t argue that Obama is a Marxist today, but even if he cannot definitely prove, he does believe that Davis’ influence on Obama was significant.
“Do I think that Obama, if he was a Marxist at Occidental, remains one today? No, I don’t,” Kengor said.
“I believe — and this is really the central argument of my book — that Frank Marshall Davis was another of those far-left influences that helped Obama develop into the leftist, generally speaking, that he is today.”
Read TheDC’s full interview with Kengor about Obama, Davis and his book below:
Who was Frank Marshall Davis in a nutshell?
First off, he was a black man born in Kansas in 1905, and would suffer very real racial persecution. When he was five years old, little Frank was nearly lynched. I have a five-year-old son. To think of that makes me sick. So, I would encourage conservatives that no matter how much they hate the man’s politics, they should never hate the man. I always retained sympathy for Davis. As I followed his life, I always rooted for him. I found that he worked his tail off. Early in life, this was a very hard-working, innovative, African-American entrepreneur, who should have never, ever become a communist.
Nonetheless, he did just that. It’s a long story as to how that happened, but, during World War II, Frank Marshall Davis joined the Communist Party [(CPUSA)]. His party number, which I publish on the cover of the book and in the FBI documents in the appendix, was 47544. He was unwaveringly loyal to the Soviet Union, as were all CPUSA members. To go that far — to actually join the party — was to become a loyal Soviet patriot, dedicated to what the CPUSA leadership called a “Soviet America.”
Davis was involved in all sorts of communist front-groups and wrote pro-Soviet propaganda for the Chicago Star (1946-48) and the Honolulu Record (1949-57). This stuff is shocking to read. Davis was especially brutal to the Democrats, because they were the party in power opposing Stalin after the war. He absolutely eviscerated Harry Truman, not to mention great American initiatives like the Marshall Plan.
Democrats and liberals need to realize that Davis and his communist friends were not their friends.