June 1, 2009
By Dennis L. Cuddy, Ph.D.
[NOTE: I’ve mentioned before that President Obama’s mentor was Saul Alinsky, who authored Rules For Radicals in 1971 and emphasized “change” as does Obama. Alinsky also urged his followers to emphasize such concepts as liberty, equality and fraternity. These were the watch words of the French Revolution, which was the seedbed for Socialism.
Less known is Alinsky’s Reveille For Radicals (1946) in which he promoted the “battle against narrow nationalism.” Relevant to today, President Obama appointed Clinton Assistant Secretary of State and Dean of International Law at Yale Law School, Harold Hongju Koh, as legal advisor to the Department of State. In 2006, Koh presented an essay, “Why Transnational Law Matters” (Penn State Law Review, Spring 2006) in which he addressed “why transnational law is important.” He first referred to Rhodes Scholar selection Philip Jessup’s definition of transnational law in 1956, but he didn’t mention Jessup’s The International Problem of Governing Mankind (1947), in which Jessup proclaimed: “I agree that national sovereignty is the root of the evil.”
Koh indicated “transnational law matters… particularly when international law and policies become domesticated into U.S. law and policies.” He also referred to “the U.S. court’s future orientation toward the phenomenon of globalization” and “such topics in transnational public law as the law of global democracy, the law of global governance,…” Regarding the U.S. Supreme Court, Koh explained that “the transnationalist faction – which includes Justices Breyer, Souter, Stevens, Ginsburg, and at times, Justice Kennedy – tends to follow an approach suggested by Justice Blackmun (in 1987): “that U.S. courts must look beyond national interest to the ‘mutual interests of all nations in a smoothly functioning international legal regime’ and must ‘consider if there is a course that furthers, rather than impedes, the development of an ordered international system’.” Thus it seems clear that the principle of maintaining American national sovereignty will be further eroded under President Obama.]
Adolph Hitler in the second part of his final “Political Testament” given in Berlin on April 29, 1945 at 4 AM requested that Nazi Party head Martin Bormann and others continue the work of the Nazis after Hitler’s death. He remarked, “Let them be conscious of the fact that our task, that of continuing the building of a National Socialist State, represents the work of the coming centuries, which places every single person under an obligation always to serve the common interest and to subordinate his own advantage to this end.” In the first part of his final “Political Testament,” Hitler had forecast, “From the sacrifice of our soldiers and from my own unity with them unto death, will in any case spring up in the history of Germany, the seed of a radiant renaissance of the National-Socialist [Nazi] movement and thus of the realization of a true community of nations.”
While Reichfuehrer SS Heinrich Himmler and Hitler both pursued the cause of National Socialism, Himmler did not pursue a military victory as persistently as did Hitler. In fact, in the second part of Hitler’s “Political Testament,” he expelled Himmler from the Nazi Party because the latter conducted “secret negotiations with the enemy” and for “illegally attempting to seize power in the State.”