As Howard Dean continues to muscle his way to the front of the Democrat pack, the line between the Democratic Socialists of America, and the socialist Democratic Party, continues to blur. Read the Socialists’ statements on Iraq and pay attention to the campaign speeches of all the Democratic candidates. Each of them, to one degree or another, recites the official Socialist Party line.

Now examine the members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. Note that the co-chair, Dennis Kucinich, is one of the Democratic candidates. John Conyers, a caucus member, spoke at the Socialists’ convention in Detroit in November, as did former House Majority Leader David Bonior. Now, study the issues the caucus is promoting, and compare its positions with the Socialists’ positions and with the Democrat Party Platform.

If there is a difference between the Socialist Party and the Democrat leadership, it is a difference without distinction. In fact, the Socialists’ web site says: “We are not a separate party … Many of us have been active in the Democratic Party … to strengthen the party’s left wing, represented by the Congressional Progressive Caucus.”

The 2004 elections are not simply to decide whether the nation will be led by Democrats or Republicans. They will decide whether the nation will continue to pursue the values of capitalism in a free society, or whether we will return to the pursuit of socialist values in a managed society.

Socialists believe that land, resources and the wealth they generate should be owned, or at least controlled, by the “public,” i.e., the government. Capitalists believe that private property, and the right to use it to generate personal wealth, is the foundation of individual freedom.

Socialists believe that the marketplace should be controlled by government, to ensure the equal distribution of the earth’s riches. Capitalists believe that individuals should be free to accumulate their own wealth without government confiscation and redistribution.

Socialists believe that people are empowered by government. Capitalists believe that government is empowered by the people.

Socialists believe that the entire world should be governed by the United Nations, through a system of selected “stakeholder councils” at the local, regional, national and international levels.

Virtually every Democratic presidential candidate says the U.S. should have gotten approval from the U.N. before removing Saddam Hussein. Virtually every presidential candidate, and the Democratic leadership in Congress, says the U.S. should submit to the Kyoto Protocol. Virtually every Democratic presidential candidate, as well as the Democratic leadership in Congress, denounce the Republicans’ efforts to protect national sovereignty as inappropriate unilateral “cowboy swagger.”

Socialist values are not confined to the Democrat Party. There are several Republicans in Congress who share the socialist view about government control of land and resources, and about the United Nations. Many conservatives believe the Republican Party has sold out to become “socialist-lite.” The biggest threat to President Bush’s second term likely comes from disgruntled conservatives who have decided to sit out next-year’s elections.

People who champion conservative, capitalist values might take a lesson from the Socialists, who have infiltrated the Democratic Party, and have now taken control. Rather than drop out of the Republican Party, and try to form another unsuccessful third-party movement, conservatives might come closer to achieving their goals by being more assertive at the local and state levels in the Republican Party.

The election in 2000 was certainly a pivotal event in the direction of the United States. Had Al Gore become president, the U.S. would almost certainly now be under the regulatory power of the U.N.’s Kyoto Protocol. Following the example of Bill Clinton, Gore would have launched a few missiles toward Afghanistan in response to the World Trade Center attack. Even more private property and natural resources would be held or controlled by the government, and the United States would be even further under the control of the United Nations.

Socialists suffered a setback when George Bush was elected. They are doing everything in their power to return to the pre-Bush course they set during the Clinton-Gore years. Howard Dean is their champion, endorsed by Al Gore and Bruce Babbitt, both of whom advanced the socialist agenda during the Clinton years.

The choice between socialism and the American alternative has never been clearer, nor as important. The battle for America’s soul will be fought in the coming year.

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