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Wayne Root: ‘The REAL Obama Agenda- Direct From His Columbia University Classmate’

By Wayne Allyn Root, 2008 Libertarian Vice Presidential Nominee and Best-Selling Author of “The Conscience of a Libertarian”

I was Barack Obama’s college classmate at Columbia University, Class of ’83. We were both Pre Law and Political Science majors (although strangely, I never met him, saw him, or even heard of him). That gives me a unique understanding of his mindset. You see virtually every classmate I ever got to know at Columbia was either obviously or openly a radical socialist or marxist.

My classmates- virtually to a man and woman- hated America and considered capitalism to be evil. They loved unions, and hated business owners. They hated conservatives and capitalists most of all- because anyone who defended the system was an enemy to this group of radicals. Even more disturbing was their open hatred towards white people and what they called “this racist nation”- even though most of my classmates were white. Psychiatrists would have a field day with my Ivy League classmates- all spoiled brat, lucky-sperm-club members guilty at being born to white, privileged wealthy parents, and having every advantage and every door opened their whole lives.

Isn’t it interesting that I was the only blue-collar S.O.B. (son of a butcher) at Columbia, yet I was the one who loved America, valued capitalism, and knew that I’d one day become a successful businessman in this great country. Understand now? The young conservative started with nothing, yet knew in America anything was possible. And the leftist radicals were born with everything, yet hated America, and felt guilt and rage for their privilege.

Most importantly, they all had the same goal: to bring down the capitalist system and redistribute the wealth. They all read from the same playbook- written by Karl Marx. So when I heard one of my classmates was running for President of the United States, I knew instantly that America was in deep trouble. I knew that well-meaning, patriotic Americans would give the benefit of the doubt to a radical like Obama. I knew they’d be fooled by Obama’s smile, handshake, kissing babies, and claims to be a “moderate uniter, not divider.” They’d be impressed by his Ivy League pedigree from Columbia, Harvard Law School and U. of Chicago. I knew they’d never guess at his real agenda- to overwhelm the system, bring down capitalism, enrich the poor by destroying the rich, and destroy everything that made America great. If you hadn’t known these people up close and personal, you’d never guess that an Ivy League lawyer wearing a fancy suit could possibly believe in such radical anti-American Marxist madness.

But there’s something else you need to know about my classmates at Columbia- the dysfunctional rage and hatred they harbor towards anyone that disagrees with them. People like Obama hide it well, but it’s always there, simmering just below the surface. That’s why they so despised Ronald Reagan- he represented all the things they wanted destroyed: patriotism, conservatism and capitalism. My ultra-liberal classmates despised Reagan so much, they openly rooted for his death.

I was a witness to that abnormal hatred on the day Reagan was shot by a mentally ill assassin. A student burst through the doors to our Political Science class to breathlessly announce that “Reagan is dead. He’s been assassinated.” The reaction of my class? CELEBRATION. They jumped from their seats to cheer, high five, fist pump, hug each other, and even scream “Yes! Reagan is dead.” I was the only conservative in the class and Reagan was my hero. I couldn’t believe what I’d just witnessed. My classmates- who I wanted to believe were good people- were cheering for the death of my hero. His only crime was being a fiscally conservative, limited government, anti-tax advocate. To socialist Ivy Leaguers these views merit the death penalty.

These classmates of mine seemed normal in every way- except for their obsession with killing capitalism, wanting big government to take over business, and redistributing (ie stealing) wealth in the name of “fairness.” Other than that you’d swear they were normal. They looked good, they were well spoken, they were brilliant intellectuals, and they possessed incredible resumes. To any normal person who met them they represented the American Dream. There was only one hidden defect- their goal is to destroy America.

Now here’s the problem. These are the people now running the country. My classmates with their unnatural hatred of fiscal conservatives, anyone who runs a business, or anyone who wants to keep more of their own money, have now gone on to great things. As I read of their exploits in Columbia’s alumni magazine, it is clear that my classmates now enjoy success in the most influential fields in this country- law, media and politics. One of them now runs the country and the economy.

There my friends is the crux of the economic disaster now facing America- virtually every problem in this country can be traced to the ignorance, arrogance, prejudice and dysfunction of lawyers, the biased liberal media, and politicians who understand nothing about entrepreneurship, capitalism, small business, or job creation. Worse than merely not understanding, they have an unnatural hatred of all the very things that make America great.

Now that you understand the REAL Obama agenda, is it any wonder our country is in crisis, our economy is in ruins, and our future survival as the world’s greatest superpower is threatened?

Wayne Allyn Root was the 2008 Libertarian Vice Presidential candidate. He now serves on the Libertarian National Committee (LNC) and as Chairman of the Libertarian National Congressional Committee (LNCC). He writes for the Las Vegas Review Journal and is a regular guest on FOX News. His new book is entitled, “The Conscience of a Libertarian: Empowering the Citizen Revolution with God, Guns, Gambling & Tax Cuts.” For more of Wayne’s views, commentaries, or to watch his many national media appearances, please visitwww.ROOTforAmerica.com.


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2008 Libertarian Vice Presidential Nominee

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  1. Steve Steve July 23, 2010

    Interestingly enough, I was listening to Gary Johnson on the radio today and the guest on before him was the Republican candidate for Attorney General in Iowa. She actually interacted with O-bomb’em when he was a professor at Chicago and she was a law student.

  2. Andy Andy July 23, 2010

    “WAR once claimed, while arguing with David Nolan, that the Jewish population made up 60% of Democratic donations and 40% of GOP donations, averaging to 50% of all political donations. He then used this ‘logic’ to say that David and others shouldn’t dare criticize Israel or its actions, and that pandering to the AIPAC crowd was more or less something the LP needn’t to do (or, at the very least, not upset).”

    So in other words, screw the libertarian principle of non-interventionism so we can encourage non-libertarians to donate to the Libertarian Party.

    This is yet another example of why Wayne Root should not be the Presidential candidate in 2012 or the Libertarian Party Chairman right now.

  3. Tom Blanton Tom Blanton July 22, 2010

    The absurd thing about the talk radio meme that Obama is a Marxist secretly trying to destroy capitalism is that he is a huge corporate shill. He is the beneficiary of America’s system of state capitalism/corporatism – Obama is a freaking fascist just like every President for the past 100 years.

    I think Root has a bad filling that is receiving constant right-wing radio signals. He hears Beck, Limbaugh, Savage, Hannity, et al 24/7 and then he absorbs and internalizes the propaganda.

    Root is a buffoon and his supporters are fools. Though I suppose if you prefer a center-right leviathan as opposed to a center-left leviathan, Root is as good as any Republican asshole to regurgitate the party line.

  4. Erik G. Erik G. July 22, 2010

    *needed

    it should say “something the LP needed to do” not “something the LP needn’t to do”

  5. Erik G. Erik G. July 22, 2010

    Here’s a good example of one of WAR’s ‘whopper-sized’ lies:

    WAR once claimed, while arguing with David Nolan, that the Jewish population made up 60% of Democratic donations and 40% of GOP donations, averaging to 50% of all political donations. He then used this ‘logic’ to say that David and others shouldn’t dare criticize Israel or its actions, and that pandering to the AIPAC crowd was more or less something the LP needn’t to do (or, at the very least, not upset).

    What WAR forgot to mention is that the American Jewish population is only between 1.2 to 2.2% of the population, and that not only makes his numbers suspect, but virtually impossible.

    WAR, like many politicos, falls into a repeated trap of thinking most people are one way or another based on a few of his own personal experiences, without taking a step back to look at reality. I’d suspect that WAR overstates the atmosphere of Columbia University at his time of attendance, much like he overstates the importance of the American Jewish population’s financial donations.

    Also, where I attended school (in South Carolina), most of my classmates were hardcore neo-cons. This doesn’t mean, however, that one day should I run against a former classmate politically, that if I don’t know them, I can accuse them of being of the neo-con persuasion.

    Unfortunately, Root has fallen back into the conservative trap game of believing (much as the GOP has believed since the FDR era), that there are hidden operatives throughout the administration with radical agendas.

    Hopefully someday WAR grows up and attacks Obama for his actual agenda and not imagined threats from ‘hidden conspirators’. However, I’m not holding my breath on that one.

  6. Thomas L. Knapp Thomas L. Knapp July 22, 2010

    George,

    You write:

    “Well, Thomas, I did not attend Columbia at that time. Did you?”

    No, I didn’t — but neither did I make any factual claims as to the sentiments of Columbia’s student body at that time.

    You did. Wayne did.

    I trust you, but that doesn’t mean I necessarily trust your evaluation since you admit you weren’t there.

    I don’t trust Wayne because I’ve caught him lying and because I’ve watched him double down on lies instead of admit/retract them when he gets caught.

    Furthermore, I don’t trust Wayne’s judgment. His public statement pattern as a businessman, as a Republican, and as a Libertarian reveals him as a classic “echo chamber” type. He picks up a meme, throws it around, and then filters out any response that in any way conflicts with, rather than reinforces, that meme.

    To put it a different way, Root’s characterization of Columbia circa 1983 may or may not be accurate, but if it’s accurate it’s not accurate because he noticed/evaluated it, it’s accurate because whatever third party source he picked it up from at the time before repeating it to himself and everyone else over and over happened to be accurate.

    “I still am happy our my Libertarian Party is growing”

    There, fixed that for ya.

  7. Thomas M. Sipos Thomas M. Sipos July 22, 2010

    Yes, NYU is mixed into the city. Not really that close to Wall Street. It’s more a part of Greenwich Village. Lots of hipsters.

    Yes, NYU’s culture is affected by not having a campus. It doesn’t feel much like a university. Many of its students commute, rather than live in dorms.

    I lived in Queens and commuted into Manhattan on the subway. Going to NYU is like going to work, than leaving work the moment you step out of the building.

    Washington Square Park serves as a sort of campus. Many students hang out there, alongside mothers, bums, drug dealers, cops, street performers, etc.

    I used to walk through the park, and I’d pass dealers saying “smoke, smoke, smoke.” It meant they were selling pot. They thought that since all they said was “smoke,” they couldn’t be arrested for selling, since they made no offer to sell. You had to initiate the process.

    I never did. Like Root, I never was into drugs or alcohol.

  8. Thomas M. Sipos Thomas M. Sipos July 22, 2010

    Robert: “This theme of Root’s is a dead-end.”

    Perhaps Root thinks it plays well with the hard-conservative, Fox News crowd? He may be right.

    Much of conservative rhetoric is stuck in the 1970s. Many complaints about affirmative action and “reverse racism”, and calls to get-tough-on-crime — evoking 1970s films like Dirty Harry and Death Wish, with their scary junkies and pimps. Lots of scary talk about 1960s radicals.

    Those were big, hot button issues in the 1970s. They aren’t today.

    Liberal California passed “three strikes,” a stiff mandatory sentencing law with over-whelming voter approval. Wouldn’t have happened without much Democratic and liberal voters.

  9. Robert Capozzi Robert Capozzi July 22, 2010

    ts: NYU in the early 1980s were a mostly apathetic place, politically. I suppose Columbia may have been more radical left, but I don’t see why they’d be that different, culturally. Both schools are located in Manhattan. Both have a large and diverse student body.

    me: Again, things may have changed a lot, but my impression Columbia is Ivy League and positioned in a more rarefied place, and more of a cloistered campus. It’s basically in surrounded by Harlem and the Upper West side, as I recall. NYU is downtown, near Wall St., and my impression is it’s more likely to draw future Wall Streeters. Could be wrong, but NYU’s buildings are mixed in with the city, yes? I would think the culture and climate would be different.

  10. Thomas M. Sipos Thomas M. Sipos July 22, 2010

    To borrow from Root’s logic …. the fact that I never saw Root at the time (because he was at Columbia and I was at NYU) gives me a unique understanding of his thinking.

    Although …. isn’t it odd that we were both in Manhattan in the early 1980s, yet I never met Root? Nor had anyone I knew in Manhattan at that time ever meet Root.

    Strange ….

    “our Libertarian Party is growing “

    I’ve been hearing that for at least 15 years. Probably longer.

    For as long as I can remember, there’s always been some people in the LP who’ve said: “The LP is finally growing — and that upsets those who want to keep it a tiny social club!”

    Call them “The LP Is Finally Growing and That Upsets You” faction. They’ve probably been around since the founding of the LP.

    Likewise, there’s always been a “No, We’re Not Growing” faction.

    So things haven’t changed. I’ve yet to see all that talk about “the LP is finally growing” be proven correct.

    There have been too many false alarms, too many Libertarians crying wolf, for me to lend credence to their “LP is finally growing” claims, until I actually see some significant growth (rather than the usual huckster talk, motivational speeches, book and tape sales, and media appearances).

    Nor am I impressed with how many times some radio show host uses the word “libertarian” on the air.

  11. Robert Capozzi Robert Capozzi July 22, 2010

    My alma mater, SUNY at Buffalo, wasn’t as highly ranked academically as Columbia, and it seems I’m about 5 years ahead of Root and Sipos, but Sipos description of NYU is similar to SUNY in my day. State schools draw more from the middle-income families, and while not as selective academically as an Ivy League school, Buffalo was top 50, maybe even top 30, nationally. Most of my classmates were from NYC and environs, with some from upstate and a few out of staters.

    It could be that Columbia in the 80s was a hotbed of rich-kids-acting-out or somesuch. Maybe things changed a lot from the late 70s to the mid 80s, but in the late 70s-early 80s, my classmates were mostly apathetic. Yes, there was some longing for the heady days of Vietnam protests, but mostly people wanted to get good jobs after college. And, yes, to the extent people were political, there was a lean toward progressivism-to-socialism.

    There were some socialist profs, no doubt. They often camouflaged their socialism, but not always.

    If Root was a committed conservative at the time, and Columbia was more like Sipos’s NYU or my SUNY@B, I can imagine that Root’s perception was that he was a kind of victim, a stranger in a strange land. For ex., if a person viewed Reagan as a great man and some around you applauded the news he’d be shot, that could easily be a traumatic event. A few cheering might sound like thunderous applause, for ex.

    This theme of Root’s is a dead-end. Say it’s true that Obama’s ideology in college as like Michael Moore’s today. So what? People hone, refine, and change their philosophies over time. In my youth, for ex., I believed everything Murray Rothbard said, except I thought there was a right to private nukes. Thankfully, I’ve woken up from that nightmare. Obama may have from his, at least to some extent.

    Memo to Root: Lose the Obama at Columbia theme in a NY minute.

  12. George Whitfield George Whitfield July 22, 2010

    Well, Thomas, I did not attend Columbia at that time. Did you? I still am happy our Libertarian Party is growing and you and I arguing about whether Wayne Root is correct about the political atmosphere then is probably a waste of time for both of us.

  13. Thomas M. Sipos Thomas M. Sipos July 21, 2010

    I attended New York University in the early 1980s. I’d characterize its student body as mostly apolitical and apathetic, with squishy-liberal streaks.

    I recall a small Spartacist League chapter (a Trotskyite group). They were vocal and active, but insignificant and mostly ignored.

    There were some vocal Jewish student activists, who spent most of their time defending Israel. Again, they were mostly ignored.

    The Students for a Libertarian Society (SLS) were active, and occasionally distributed their material in the halls. Laissez-Faire Books was a couple of blocks from NYU, and provided a base from which the SLS got material. Lots of Anarchist A buttons, and anarch-capitalist, Objectivist, and LP literature.

    SLS was mostly ignored too.

    There were two conservative student groups who shared an office: Young Americans for Freedom and the Young Republicans. I visited a few times, but they were always closed. I once slipped a note under their door, asking for info, but no one ever responded.

    Their office was there all the years I attended NYU, with GOP stickers on the door, but always locked and deserted. As if the office had been abandoned by the conservatives, and NYU had forgotten about the office and never reclaimed it.

    NYU in the early 1980s were a mostly apathetic place, politically. I suppose Columbia may have been more radical left, but I don’t see why they’d be that different, culturally. Both schools are located in Manhattan. Both have a large and diverse student body.

  14. Erik G. Erik G. July 21, 2010

    As usual, Mr. Knapp is on the money.

  15. Thomas L. Knapp Thomas L. Knapp July 21, 2010

    George W,

    You write:

    “Although we can criticize Root’s writing style and wording, the main point he is making is true. The students at the university he and Obama attended were overwhelmingly anti business and pro big government control of the economy.”

    And you know this how?

    Were you attending Columbia at the time?

    Wayne has proven himself unreliable over and over on documented questions of fact even relating to his own actions of the recent past (his endorsement of McCain-Lieberman, his Better Business Bureau record, etc.), so why should we trust his characterizations of the general atmosphere of an entire university 27 years ago?

  16. George Whitfield George Whitfield July 21, 2010

    Although we can criticize Root’s writing style and wording, the main point he is making is true. The students at the university he and Obama attended were overwhelmingly anti business and pro big government control of the economy. I am glad that Wayne Root is helping the Libertarian Party. He has made over 20 media appearances during the last few days. Here is the list: http://www.lp.org/blogs/wayne-allyn-root/root-keeps-up-busy-media-appearance-schedule I am eager to see the result of his efforts on the Libertarian National Congressional Committee and am willing to donate to help, too.

  17. paulie paulie July 21, 2010

    Yes that is correct. Nice catch this time.

    I try to be fair.

  18. Erik G. Erik G. July 21, 2010

    WAR just keeps becoming more and more embarrassing to have the “L-” name next to.

  19. Robert Capozzi Robert Capozzi July 21, 2010

    As for Root’s “unique insight,” I’d agree, inartfully put.

    Root might have said something more defensible here. He could have said many of my and BHO’s classmates were avowed socialists who cheered when Reagan was shot. But Root — to maintain credibility — would have to acknowledge that he doesn’t know whether BHO is one or not.

    As it stands, there seems to be a lot of guilt by association going on here.

    C-

  20. Robert Capozzi Robert Capozzi July 21, 2010

    andy: Why would any Libertarian not d[e]spise Ronald Reagan?

    me: Hmmm, why would a L “despise” anyone? What purpose does it serve? Hatred has only one victim, and that’s the hater, IMO.

  21. @paulie #5 @paulie #5 July 21, 2010

    Yes that is correct. Nice catch this time.

  22. Root's Ego Root's Ego July 21, 2010

    Root: “That gives me a unique understanding of his mindset.”

    Unique means one of a kind.

    Yet every Columbia student, class of ’83, was an “Obama classmate.”

    If that experience provides any understanding of Obama, then they have that same understanding. It wouldn’t be unique to Root.

    Of course, Root’s too self-important to suggest that anyone else has his “valuable insight.” He wouldn’t want any other Columbia classmates muscling their way into his limelight.

    Of all the hundreds of people at Columbia in the early 1980s, only Root gained any insight into a classmate he never met.

  23. paulie paulie July 21, 2010

    Paulie, have you ever encountered anyone with an ideology similar to Catholic Trotskyism?

    Yes.

    Have you ever been able to convert such a person to libertarianism?

    No.

  24. Catholic Trotskyist Catholic Trotskyist July 21, 2010

    Paulie, have you ever encountered anyone with an ideology similar to Catholic Trotskyism? Have you ever been able to convert such a person to libertarianism?

  25. paulie paulie July 21, 2010

    The greatest mission of the libertarian movement is to ensure that the professors and students at America’s universities in twenty years time appreciate and support the blessings of individual liberty.

    I agree. It’s eminently doable, too:

    I’ve done hundreds of OPH booths at colleges, and the biggest cluster of responses was left/center/libertarian.

    IF we take the time to A) go there and B) present our ideas in a manner which appeals to people coming from the left (IE: emphasize issues where we agree with the left and explain economic issues in terms that are more left-friendly), we can move significant chunks of this bloc in our direction.

    It makes every sense in the world to do this. 90% of Americans don’t change their party after age 30. Conservatives are more predominant in every demographic group that is least prone to party change. The “low hanging fruit” on the conservative side has been picked; on the left-libertarian frontier, not so much.

    Please support Students for Liberty with the maximum contribution you can muster.

    While SFL is a fine group and I would be happy to work with them, I’d also be interested in starting a new group which is ideologically oriented more along the lines of ISIL/Advocates than Cato/Reason/Kochs, and which exists specifically for the purpose of putting full time professional field organizers on the road doing college and community organizing.

    I understand that SFL is now doing this, but I think their model is more along the lines of hiring college students to work part time on their own and commuting-distance campuses.

    Both models should be implemented. If we go the new organization route, the first thing I would need would be a treasurer.

    If it can be done through SFL, I’d like to talk to their staff/board.

    I did talk to Jim Lark about this yesterday, and we are looking at some possible implementation specifics.

  26. AroundtheblockAFT AroundtheblockAFT July 21, 2010

    Did these students arrive at Columbia with that mindset or adopt it there? The greatest mission of the libertarian movement is to ensure that the professors and students at America’s universities in twenty years time appreciate and support the blessings of individual liberty.
    Please support Students for Liberty with the maximum contribution you can muster.

  27. Andy Andy July 21, 2010

    “That’s why they so despised Ronald Reagan- he represented all the things they wanted destroyed: patriotism, conservatism and capitalism. My ultra-liberal classmates despised Reagan so much, they openly rooted for his death.”

    As a hardcore Libertarian, I also dispise Ronald Reagan.

    Why would any Libertarian not dispise Ronald Reagan?

  28. paulie paulie July 21, 2010

    Well if you never took a class with him, then by definition, you were not his classmate.

    By classmate, Wayne means the same graduating year at the same college.

  29. Jill Pyeatt Jill Pyeatt July 21, 2010

    I agree, Michael. Either he went to classes at Columbia with Obama, or he didn’t. Wayne can’t have it both ways.

  30. Michael H. Wilson Michael H. Wilson July 21, 2010

    “I was Barack Obama’s college classmate at Columbia University, Class of ’83. We were both Pre Law and Political Science majors (although strangely, I never met him, saw him, or even heard of him). That gives me a unique understanding of his mindset.”

    This is an illogical statement.

  31. That makes no sense. That makes no sense. July 21, 2010

    Well if you never took a class with him, then by definition, you were not his classmate.

  32. Doug Mataconis Doug Mataconis July 21, 2010

    I never met Obama at Columbia, but I know all about him.

    Huh ? How’s that again ?

    I honestly don’t know what the purpose of this is. Since Root never met Obama, what is the point of talking about students who supposedly cheered when Reagan was shot ?

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