WASHINGTON – The Communist Party USA may not control many actual votes, but what they lack in support is made up for in enthusiasm.
That passion was in full display with a seven-person team of "reporters" covering their national political convention last month. And their convention was the Democratic National Convention that nominated Hillary Rodham Clinton as their undisputed candidate for president of the United States.
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Exaggeration? Judge for yourself.
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"Donald Trump steals wages. He'd pick your pocket in a New York minute. He lies and spreads hate. He's a racist and a bully."
"Do not underestimate Trump and the Republicans. While the establishment GOP was surprised by the successful insurgency of so-called outsider Trump, they are united in purpose: delivering more inequality, more misery, more instability and violence against working-class people of all races, genders, religions and sexual orientations. They are united with giant corporations and the billionaire class in their drive to lower wages and living conditions and increase their profits and power."
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"With Senator Bernie Sanders endorsing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton the message was loud and clear, "We're stronger together." That is what it will take to win in November."
"The union movement, communities of color, students, women, progressives and the newborn "political revolution" can help generate voter enthusiasm by talking and tweeting about Clinton and the issues. Challenging sexism is a must as well as racism, which has been a coded (and overt) staple of presidential elections for decades."
"Winning in a landslide" is needed now more than ever, and that landslide for Clinton could swing control of the Senate to Democrats, and other potential positive effects could be felt on the 'down ballot' congressional and state races."
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The Communists, who for decades ran their own candidates for president and vice president but supported Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012, don't just like Hillary and Bernie. The party also gave a big thumbs-up to Clinton's running mate, Tim Kaine.
"He's a great choice," wrote staffer Larry Rubin on the first day of the convention. "Kaine pushed the political envelope of Virginia, an erstwhile red southern state, in a progressive direction – and won! He was elected mayor of Richmond, then governor of the state and then senator. Everyone agrees: he's a sincere, nice guy."
Joseph Farah, the founder of WND.com and a former revolutionary communist himself in his youth, said the CPUSA's coverage was so effusive in its enthusiasm it put MSNBC to shame.
"Back in the day when Stalinists Gus Hall and Angela Davis were regularly nominated by the party as presidential and vice presidential candidates every four years, the U.S. Communists actually had beefs with the Democrats," he said. "But, in recent years, the party ceased those efforts in favor of a united front with the Democrats, with whom they have very few differences, if any."
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You can read for yourself the rest of the Communist Party's coverage of the Democratic convention at People's World, but suffice it to say the U.S. Communists have been leaning Democratic for a while now.
The party was jubilant in 2008, when Obama won his first race for the presidency.
Hailing Barack Obama's win as a victory for the "working class," the Communist Party USA called on the president-elect to carry out his promises, including his noted commitment to "spread the wealth." An editorial by the People's Weekly World, the official newspaper of the party, said the victory was for "workers of all job titles, professions, shapes, colors, sizes, hairstyles and languages."
In 2009, President Obama's leadership was "one of the best opportunities that Americans have had in decades," declared a civil-rights activist addressing an overflow crowd at a gathering sponsored by the official newspaper of the Community Party USA.
The party was never disappointed by Obama. Here's how it critiqued Obama's final State of the Union Address earlier this year:
"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."
David Kupelian, managing editor of WND.com, had this to say earlier this year in a commentary on the shrinking divide between the two parties:"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," he added. "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 interest has been largely fueled by Clinton's suppressed and later released 92-page senior thesis for Wellesley College offering an extensive, largely positive critique of Alinsky and his work.
Hillary Clinton's association with radical thought dates back to at least 1969, when Obama was just 8 years old, himself a protégé early on of Frank Marshall Davis, a loyal Communist Party activist.
Clinton's 1969 Wellesley College senior thesis was titled "There Is Only the Fight ... : An Analysis of the Alinsky Model." The thesis received attention when it was released after the Bill Clinton presidency. According to reports, in early 1993, the White House requested that Wellesley keep the thesis on "Rules for Radicals" author Saul Alinsky confidential and not release any copies.
Clinton was said to have met with Alinsky several times in 1968, when she was writing her thesis. In her most recent memoir, Clinton wrote that she rejected a job offer from Alinsky to instead attend law school.
Last year, WND found that long after Alinsky's death in June 1972, a group Clinton co-chaired maintained a working relationship with Alinsky's main community organizing outfit, the Industrial Areas Foundation, or IAF. The partnership extended into the 1990s and yielded influence over the education policy of the Bill Clinton presidency, it can now be disclosed. Founded by Alinsky in 1940 and run by him until his death, the IAF is a national community-organizing network established to implement Alinsky's expansive organizing agenda. After Alinsky's death, the IAF was taken over by his longtime associate and designated successor, Ed Chambers, who became the group's executive director.
Dick Morris, a former top political adviser to Bill Clinton both as governor of Arkansas and as president, noted to WND that education reform "is the key issue Hillary Clinton used to propel herself independently to the forefront of Arkansas politics during Bill's governorship."
"The revelation of how closely linked her efforts were back in the 80s – and have been since – to an Alinsky radical front group is deeply disturbing and expands our understanding of Hillary's fundamental radicalism and commitment to the new left of Saul Alinsky," Morris said.
David Horowitz, whose parents were members of the Communist Party and who himself became a leader in the new left movement of the 1960s and 1970s before rejecting it, said the revelation is significant though not surprising.
"When radicals set out to fundamentally transform a society, the first institution they attack is the educational system which under their influence becomes a system of indoctrination in radical ideas," he told WND.
Interestingly, the Communist Party USA has not changed its stripes in any significant way. It hasn't walked back its 100 percent commitment to Communism. What has changed is the Democratic Party.
The drift leftward hit warp speed beginning in the 1990s, according to Farah. That's the year Bernie Sanders was first elected to Congress and founded the Congressional Progressive Caucus.
"One of his first actions in Congress was to found the Congressional Progressive Caucus, which was partnered with the Democratic Socialists of America," recounts Farah. "No surprise there, because most Americans have no idea of what the Congressional Progressive Caucus and the Democratic Socialists of America are really all about."
Farah reported on the antics of the caucus in 1998.
"Back then the Congressional Progressive Caucus shared a website with the DSA," he wrote. "In other words, these two organizations, one government-funded and the other a tax-exempt nonprofit, were of like mind and on the same page politically. What I found back then was astonishing – even for me. On this shared website, that was quickly scrubbed after I exposed it, was a collection of songs I can almost hear Bernie, Nancy Pelosi, Barney Frank and other members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus singing in harmony. One of my favorites back then – – was "Red Revolution" sung to the tune of "Red, Red Robbin."
Here are the lyrics as they still appear on the Congressional Progressive Caucus website as captured by the Wayback Machine: (The original site was scrubbed within hours after it was exposed by WND:
When the Red Revolution
brings its solution
There'll be no more lootin'
when we start shootin'
that Wall Street throng
Wake up you proletarians
Don't act like seminarians
Build a workers' republic
Exploitation and degradation
you won't find here
Surplus value and capital will disappear
I'm just a Red again,
saying what I've said again,
When the Red Revolution … da, da, da, da
brings its solution … da, da, da, da, da
"How do these people get away with denying they are redder than a robin's breast while singing songs like this – and printing them on the Internet?" asked Farah incredulously.
The song list also included lyrics to "Are You Sleeping, Bourgeoisie," sung to the tune of "Frere Jacques."
Are you sleeping, are you sleeping,
And when the revolution comes,
We'll kill you all with knives and guns,
"For those not trained in the lingo of communism, the dictionary definition of 'bourgeoisie,' is, and I quote: '(in Marxist theory) the class that, in contrast to the proletariat or wage-earning class, is primarily concerned with property values,'" wrote Farah. "If you've got property, if you're part of the middle class, these people not only want to raise your taxes, they want to kill you with knives and guns!"
Meanwhile, an email sent out by the Communist Party USA over the weekend had this to say: "The 2016 elections are in full swing. Many of our districts and clubs and members are actively participating in the campaign to strike a blow to the extreme right and defeat Donald Trump and other down ballot GOP extremists. If you're not yet involved, there are many ways to get connected with labor and our allies, especially in the key battleground states and in targeted congressional and state legislative races. But no matter where you live you can be part of this exciting election. We can defeat Trump, oust right-wing majorities in Congress and statehouses while also building powerful labor-led people's movements, advancing a progressive agenda and political independence at the grassroots. We have some great tools, beginning with People's World daily (sic) Marxist analysis."
If you'd like to join a teleconference on the CPUSA's overall election strategy, you can do so Thursday, Aug. 18 at 8 p.m. Eastern at this number, according to the email: 605-475-4850; Access code: 1053538#