The Republican Party’s historic gain of more than 60 seats in the House included wins against members of the far-left Congressional Progressive Caucus.
WND previously reported the Congressional Progressive Caucus, which boasts more than 70 members, was founded by the Democratic Socialists of America, or DSA.
Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kirkpatrick, D-Mich., was defeated in her primary. Last night, Reps. Alan Grayson of Florida’s 8th District, John Hall of New York’s 19th District and Phil Hare of Illinois’ 17th District all came up losers. Hall and Hare are two-term incumbents while Grayson is a freshman.
Caucus co-chairman Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., faced a strong challenge from a political novice after urging a boycott of his state in opposition to its tough immigration law. A day after the election, Grijalva leads Republican challenger Ruth McClung by about 3 percentage points, or 3,586 votes, with an unknown number of late-arriving absentee votes still to be counted. McClung has not conceded.
Hare drew national attention earlier this year when he was captured on video by a constituent admitting that when it comes to health care reform, he doesn’t “worry about the Constitution.”
Several other original members of the Progressive Caucus were replaced by Democrats.
Working within Democratic Party
Demonstrating the close relationship between the DSA and the Progressive Caucus, two weeks ago WND reported the Democratic chairman of the powerful House Judiciary Committee was caught on tape meeting with DSA leaders to discuss how the group can cooperate to strengthen President Obama and advance their “one-world” plans.
Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., who has a long history with the DSA, was recorded promoting a “one-world” government while asking the socialist group to organize against the war in Afghanistan and in support of Obama’s policies.
Conyers was a special guest at a two-day convention in Detroit in March 1982 that resulted in the formation of DSA.
Conyers has spoken at numerous DSA events, including at the socialist group’s national dinner in 2008, where he was the keynote.
Conyers was one of 13 founders of Congressional Black Caucus, which long has promoted far-left causes. He is the most prominent lawmaker lobbying to free Mumia Abu-Jamal, the convicted murderer of a Philadelphia police officer. He has advocated on behalf of the Marxist Nicaraguan Sandinista dictatorship and has called for the U.S. to end its sanctions against Fidel Castro’s communist regime.
As WND was first to report, the DSA has been linked closely to the Democratic Party’s Progressive Caucus.
Until November 2002, the website of the Progressive Caucus was hosted by the DSA. Following news reports that drew attention to the congressional website being hosted by the socialist organization, the list of CPC names was moved to the website of Sen. Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., an avowed socialist, and eventually to its own site.
The Democratic Socialists of America’s chief organizing goal is to work within the Democratic Party and remove the stigma attached to “socialism” in the eyes of most Americans.
“Stress our Democratic Party strategy and electoral work,” explains an organizing document of the DSA. “The Democratic Party is something the public understands, and association with it takes the edge off. Stressing our Democratic Party work will establish some distance from the radical subculture and help integrate you to the milieu of the young liberals.”
Nevertheless, as WND reported, the goal of the DSA never has been deeply hidden. Prior to the cleanup of its website in 1999, the DSA included a song list featuring “The Internationale,” the worldwide anthem of communism and socialism.
Another song on the site was “Red Revolution,” sung to the tune of “Red Robin.” The lyrics went: “When the Red Revolution brings its solution along, along, there’ll be no more lootin’ when we start shootin’ that Wall Street throng.”
Another song removed after WND’s expose was “Are You Sleeping, Bourgeoisie?” The lyrics went: “Are you sleeping? Are you sleeping? Bourgeoisie, Bourgeoisie. And when the revolution comes, we’ll kill you all with knives and guns, Bourgeoisie, Bourgeoisie.”
Obama connected to socialist group
Top Democratic Socialists of America members have been closely linked for years to Obama.
Obama himself spoke at a forum organized by the group at the University of Chicago in early 1996 called “Employment and Survival in Urban America.”
Quentin Young, considered the father of the U.S. single-payer health-care movement, is a longtime Democratic Socialists of America activist. Young has had a relationship with Obama, particularly in the 1990s, when he reportedly advised Obama on health care.
Young reportedly was present at a 1995 meeting at the home of former Weather Underground terrorist William Ayers, who was said to have launched Obama’s political career.
Young has been active in Chicago socialist circles and was previously accused of membership in a communist group. In 1992, Chicago’s branch of the Democratic Socialists of America awarded Young, a member, with their highest honor – the Debs Award.
In a 2008 article in the official Communist Party USA magazine, Young noted Obama previously expressed support for a single-payer universal health-care program, although he later waffled when asked about his position.
As an Illinois state senator representing a mostly black district on the South Side of Chicago, Obama publicly supported universal health care. He also co-sponsored the Bernardin Amendment, which did not pass but would have amended the Illinois State Constitution to add health care to the list of basic rights for residents.
Meanwhile, Obama spoke at the March 29, 1998, memorial service for Chicago Democratic Socialists of America member Saul Mendelson.
Timuel Black, a member activist, mediated political disputes on behalf of Obama in the 1990s and was reportedly involved in Obama’s campaign committee during his successful 2004 Senate race.
Longtime member and activist Arnold Wolf was a member of “Rabbis for Obama” and has held fundraisers in his home for Obama, including a function in 1995 that was aimed at introducing Obama to the Hyde Park activist community.
Eliseo Medina, international executive vice president of the Service Employees International Union, has been honored by Democratic Socialists of America. During the most recent presidential campaign, Medina served on Obama’s National Latino Advisory Council.
WND reported Medina, speaking at a 2009 Washington, D.C., conference, declared granting citizenship to millions of illegal aliens would expand the progressive electorate and help ensure a progressive governing coalition for the long term.
Here is a list of the members:
- Raúl M. Grijalva (AZ-07); won re-election
- Lynn Woolsey (CA-06); won re-election
- Diane Watson (CA-33); Replaced by Democrat Karen Bass
- Sheila Jackson-Lee (TX-18); won re-election
- Mazie Hirono (HI-02); won re-election
- Dennis Kucinich (OH-10); won re-election
- Neil Abercrombie (HI-01); chose not to run; replaced by Democrat Colleen Hanabusi
- Tammy Baldwin (WI-02); won re-election
- Xavier Becerra (CA-31); won re-election
- Madeleine Bordallo (GU-AL); won re-election
- Robert Brady (PA-01); won re-election
- Corrine Brown (FL-03); won re-election
- Michael Capuano (MA-08); won re-election
- André Carson (IN-07); won re-election
- Yvette Clarke (NY-11); won re-election
- William “Lacy” Clay (MO-01); won re-election
- Emanuel Cleaver (MO-05); won re-election
- Steve Cohen (TN-09); won re-election
- John Conyers (MI-14); won re-election
- Elijah Cummings (MD-07); won re-election
- Danny Davis (IL-07); replaced by Democrat Andre Carson
- Peter DeFazio (OR-04); won re-election
- Rosa DeLauro (CT-03); won re-election
- Donna F. Edwards (MD-04); won re-election
- Keith Ellison (MN-05); won re-election
- Sam Farr (CA-17); won re-election
- Chaka Fattah (PA-02); won re-election
- Bob Filner (CA-51); won re-election
- Barney Frank (MA-04); won re-election
- Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11); won re-election
- Alan Grayson (FL-08), lost to Republican Daniel Webster
- Luis Gutierrez (IL-04); won re-election
- John Hall (NY-19), lost to Republican Nan Hayward
- Phil Hare (IL-17); lost to Republican Roger Schilling
- Maurice Hinchey (NY-22); won re-election
- Michael Honda (CA-15); won re-election
- Jesse Jackson, Jr. (IL-02); won re-election
- Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30); won re-election
- Hank Johnson (GA-04); won re-election
- Marcy Kaptur (OH-09); won re-election
- Carolyn Kilpatrick (MI-13); replaced by Democrat Hansen Carter
- Barbara Lee (CA-09); won re-election
- John Lewis (GA-05); won re-election
- David Loebsack (IA-02); won re-election
- Ben R. Lujan (NM-3); won re-election
- Carolyn Maloney (NY-14); won re-election
- Ed Markey (MA-07); won re-election
- Jim McDermott (WA-07); won re-election
- James McGovern (MA-03); won re-election
- George Miller (CA-07); won re-election
- Gwen Moore (WI-04); won re-election
- Jerrold Nadler (NY-08); won re-election
- John Olver (MA-01); won re-election
- Ed Pastor (AZ-04); won re-election
- Donald Payne (NJ-10); won re-election
- Chellie Pingree (ME-01); won re-election
- Charles Rangel (NY-15); won re-election
- Laura Richardson (CA-37); won re-election
- Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-34); won re-election
- Bobby Rush (IL-01); won re-election
- Linda Sánchez (CA-47); won re-election
- Jan Schakowsky (IL-09); won re-election
- José Serrano (NY-16); won re-election
- Louise Slaughter (NY-28); won re-election
- Pete Stark (CA-13); won re-election
- Bennie Thompson (MS-02); won re-election
- John Tierney (MA-06); won re-election
- Nydia Velazquez (NY-12); won re-election
- Maxine Waters (CA-35); won re-election
- Mel Watt (NC-12); won re-election
- Henry Waxman (CA-30); won re-election
- Peter Welch (VT-AL); won re-election
- Robert Wexler (FL-19); replaced by Democrat Tee Deutsch
With research by Brenda J. Elliott