Question: Which political party featured the following headlines on its official website recently?
1. “Tell your Senator to say NO to ALL Planned Parenthood cuts”
2. “Is America’s love of guns stopping common sense gun regulation?”
3. “Republicans poisoned Flint’s children: Someone should go to jail”
If you guessed “the Democratic Party,” you’d be wrong.
Let’s keep going. The same political party’s website critiqued Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech this way:
In his final SOTU address, President Obama projected a bold vision for a more socially and economically just nation while appealing to the hopes of the American people. … President Obama pointedly rejected rightwing Republican policy solutions including repeal of Obamacare, aggressive military buildup and action, tax cuts to the wealthy, blocking common sense gun control … He also rejected efforts to exploit the fears of the American people using hate, anti-Muslim bigotry, racism and division.
The challenges facing the nation and planet are immense: climate crisis, massive concentration and inequality of wealth, growing poverty and declining wages, joblessness, including skyrocketing unemployment in the African American community, over $1 trillion in student debt, a crumbling infrastructure, underfunded schools and social services, lack of affordable housing, a frayed retirement security system, etc.
Here’s one more clue that should give it away:
“A radical restructuring of the economy as advocated by Sen. Bernie Sanders is needed. This includes curbing the power of Wall Street financial institutions, redistribution of wealth through taxing the rich and ending corporate welfare, transitioning to a green economy with a mass public works jobs program, raising the minimum wage to $15/ hour … affirmative action, criminal justice reform, decriminalization of marijuana, a radical reduction of the prison population and a path to citizenship for millions of immigrants.”
OK, if you finally guessed the Socialist Party … well, you’re still wrong.
You’ve been reading, word for word, from the website of the Communist Party USA.
Surprised? Did you perhaps expect the Communist Party’s website to feature old black-and-white photos of weird-looking bearded people like Marx, Lenin and Trotsky? Or calls for “workers of the world” to “unite” – and to rise up together to smash the evil bourgeois factory owners while singing “The Internationale”? No, my friends, 21st-century communism has a very different face from that of the 19th century, especially within the U.S.A.
Amazing as it may seem, Barack Obama has dragged the entire Democratic Party so far leftward over the past seven-plus years that today’s Democratic Party has become almost indistinguishable from the Communist Party.
If that sounds hyperbolic to you, just stop reading right now and pull up the CPUSA’s website. Spend some time reading and digesting it. Try to discern any major differences between the Communist Party’s concerns, sensibilities and solutions – on issues from gay rights, to unfettered immigration, to renewable energy, to wealth redistribution, to condemning cops as racist, to universal health care – and those of today’s Democratic Party.
“The Communist Party USA is of and for the U.S. working class,” begins the “Constitution of the Communist Party of the United States of America” posted on its website. Citing its broad appeal to “young and old, gay and straight, native-born and immigrant” and so on, CPUSA declares: “We are a party of the African-American, Mexican-American, Caribbean, Central and South American, Native American, Middle Eastern, Central, South and East Asian and Pacific Islanders, and all racially and nationally oppressed peoples, as well as women, youth, and all other working people.”
Sounds a little like the oft-cited core constituencies of today’s Democratic Party.
In case you wondered how two incredibly glib and chameleon-like politicians like Hillary Clinton and Debbie Wasserman Schultz could be so excruciatingly unable to answer the simple, media-posed question, “What is the difference between a Democrat and a socialist?” – now you know why. There is no difference.
The Democratic Party was not always this deranged – far from it. As I explain in “The Snapping of the American Mind”:
Today’s Democratic Party is light-years to the left of the party of President John F. Kennedy, who went eyeball-to-eyeball with maniacal Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev and brought the civilization-threatening Cuban missile crisis to an end. In stark contrast to Obama, Kennedy pledged to give Americans “an across-the-board reduction in personal and corporate income tax rates” to “reduce the burden on private income and the deterrents to private initiative.” After Kennedy was assassinated, the massive tax cuts he promised were enacted, resulting in a boom in both the private economy and federal tax revenues for the rest of the decade.
Today, the various euphemistic labels for Marxism constitute a giant shell game intended to conceal the radical agenda its purveyors actually represent.
Consider: Bernie Sanders, asked if he was a socialist, responded: “Yeah. I wouldn’t deny it. Not for one second. I’m a democratic socialist.”
Yet when asked by CNN’s Anderson Cooper, “In your heart, are you a Democrat?” Sanders replied, “Sure,” adding during the New Hampshire town hall, “Of course I am a Democrat and running for the Democratic nomination.”
Meanwhile, the Communist Party USA claims it champions “socialism” (not communism). Emblazoned at the top of its website is this bold creed: “A better and peaceful world is possible – a world where people and nature come before profits. That’s socialism. That’s our vision. We are the Communist Party USA.”
And under the CPUSA’s heading, “Know more about our history,” we read the following:
The Communist Party has an unparalleled history in the progressive movement of the United States, from the struggle against Jim Crow segregation, the organizing of the industrial unions, from the canneries of California, to the sweatshops.
So let’s sum this up: Sanders, a self-described “democratic socialist,” claims he is indeed a “socialist,” but also claims he’s a “Democrat.” The Communist Party USA advocates “socialism,” saying “socialism [is] our vision,” and likewise boasts of its “unparalleled history in the progressive movement of the United States.” Hillary Clinton, heavily influenced by Chicago Marxist Saul Alinsky, proudly and repeatedly proclaims she’s a “modern progressive.”
Distilling all these murky equivalencies into one master equation, we can reasonably conclude that in the Age of Obama, “communist,” “socialist,” “Marxist,” “progressive” and “Democrat” all now seem to mean roughly the same thing.
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