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A few years ago, when I stopped by to visit the Washington office of my congressman, Henry Waxman of Hollywood, I received the shock of my life. It was like stepping into an office in socialist or Communist country. It was drab. Everything was cold and impersonal. Members of his staff, were dressed down, way down. One staffer made a point to tell me that everyone who worked for Mr. Waxman — from the chief of staff right down to the secretaries — all received the same pay.
Waxman works on socialist issues. He votes like a socialist, but is he a socialist? Well, he is one of 58 members of Congress — 57 Democrats and one independent — who have signed onto the agenda of the Democratic Socialists of America.
This group in the House of Representatives calls itself the Progressive Caucus. Waxman, by the way, is the ranking member of the Government Oversight and Reform Committee. But that’s just the beginning. There are seven ranking committee members in this group.
The Democrats have put socialists in charge of their members on the Ways and Means Committee, the Banking and Small Business Committees, The Science Committee, the Veterans Committee, the Resources Committee and the Judiciary Committee. In fact, there are five members of the Progressive Caucus on the committee currently holding hearings on the Inquiry of Impeachment for Bill Clinton.
There is nothing progressive about the Progressive Caucus. The Democratic Socialists of America is an affiliate of Socialist International, whose roots go all the way back to 1864. Don’t be fooled by the use of the word “democratic.” The group explains, “At the root of our socialism is a profound commitment to democracy, as means and end.” The end this group has in mind is economic redistribution in order to achieve social and environmental justice.
Democracy and socialism cannot be combined. It’s like trying to mix oil and water. Socialists or Communists believe that man can be perfected. God is unnecessary. In the socialist or Communist ideology, economic exploitation and the free enterprise system is the root of all evil. Therefore, an all powerful government, which represents the people, must be established until man no longer is capable of evil and utopia is reached.
A democracy is based on the idea that we are created equal, but imperfect. Perfection is the business of God. Therefore, this country has laws and checks and balances to protect us from each other and the government.
When you look at the sheer numbers of powerful members of the Democratic party who are committed to this socialist ideology, you can begin to understand why there is so much partisanship in Congress and so little regard for our Constitution.