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 mind-set. 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 toward 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 of 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? 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, baby-kissing and claims to be a “moderate uniter, not divider.”
They’d be impressed by his Ivy League pedigree from Columbia, Harvard Law School and the University 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 toward anyone who 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 in 1981. 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 couldn’t believe what I’d just witnessed. To socialist Ivy Leaguers, Reagan’s limited-government, low-tax views merited 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 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.
But their goal is to destroy America.
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.
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. 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, the 2008 Libertarian vice presidential candidate, now serves on the Libertarian National Committee and as chairman of the Libertarian National Congressional Committee. He is a regular guest on FOX News. His new book is titled, “The Conscience of a Libertarian: Empowering the Citizen Revolution with God, Guns, Gambling & Tax Cuts.” He writes from Henderson.