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Barack Obama Signature Stances: 7 Issues That Shaped His Early Political Positions

By    |   Monday, 24 Nov 2014 07:52 PM

Barack Obama signature stances follow his experiences in his youth and early political career. The lessons he learned while growing up have stuck with him as president.

The seven issues that shaped and continue to shape his positions include:

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1. Obama was taught from his teens that solutions come from the government. His mentor was Frank Marshall Davis, a communist, who believed strongly in the redistribution of wealth for health insurance, education, and low-cost housing.

Incredibly, Davis even used the term “shovel-ready” public works projects in his writings, author Paul Kengor discovered during his research on Davis for “The Communist.” It was a phrase and failed idea Obama used during his first term.

2. Obama’s contempt for the rich may also stem from Davis, who argued that “individual businessmen and corporations” don’t stimulate the economy; taxes from the federal government do, Kengor notes. In Obama’s notorious claim, “You didn’t build that,” during the 2012 campaign, he charged individuals weren’t responsible for economic growth. Thus, his tax increases for “the rich,” which included struggling small business owners.

3. Although going to the finest schools in Hawaii while living with his grandparents, Obama sensed the differences faced by African-Americans, a small minority at his school. He also had experiences living in Indonesia with Catholic and Muslim students. He later said he was brought up as “an Indonesian child and a Hawaiian child and as a black child and as a white child.” Despite his privileged upbringing, Obama would bring multiracial and multicultural issues to the forefront of policies.

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4. Community organizing put the Barack Obama signature on his connection to the African-American community. He helped poor residents in the South Side of Chicago demand improved conditions for low-income housing. This would later affect state programs he helped develop for minorities as a state senator and also link him to minorities who would vote for him during his presidential campaigns.

5. Affirmative action was good to Obama, who was put in charge of the Harvard Law Review. In response to a critic of affirmative action policies, Obama wrote that editors at the Review might have been selected on the basis of grades, writing ability, or affirmative action. He also said that he benefited from affirmative action during his academic career.

6. Obama’s policies toward Israel have led to accusations that U.S.-Israeli relations are at the worst they’ve been in nearly 40 years. Obama was a member of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago for nearly 20 years. He has referred to Wright as his mentor. Wright often openly criticized Israel, comparing Zionism with “white racism.” Wright was only forced to leave Obama’s 2008 campaign after videos of his hate-filled speeches surfaced.

7. The Barack Obama signature in foreign policy included his stand against the Iraq war while he was still a state senator, but eyeing a run for the U.S. Senate in 2004. It would set him apart from Hillary Clinton, who supported the war in the beginning, when he ran against her in the Democratic primaries for the 2008 presidential campaign.

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