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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Communist Party USA's (CPUSA) Endorsement of Obama for President

But then, you ask "So what; the Republican Party is backing Romney, so what's all the tiff about?" 

Gratefully, to no one's surprise, neither backed Ron Paul or Virgil Goode.

September 10, 2012

Obama's Communist Party Endorsement

By Daren Jonescu

Painful as it may be, please take two minutes out of your life to peruse the following list of "accomplishments" touted by an Obama campaign website making its case for his re-election.

The huge voter surge in 2008 elected Barack Obama, the first African American(half) president.  In the face of non-stop opposition, he pushed through:

  • Affordable Health Care Act extends coverage to 35 million uninsured people, outlaws denial of coverage for pre-existing conditions and extends until age 26 coverage of children under their parents [sic] plans.

  • Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act for equal pay for women.

  • Stabilized the economy with $789 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that saved or created 3 million jobs. Invested billions in clean energy jobs, saved the auto industry.

  • Unemployment benefits for millions of workers despite Republican threats to shut down the government.  Obama was forced to yield on Bush-era tax cuts for the rich that he wanted to terminate.

  • Appointed two women to the U.S. Supreme Court, including the first Latina woman, who support the rights of working people.

  • Established the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and used a recess-appointment to name the director over Republican opposition.

  • Created a new food safety agency to protect people from food-borne illness.

  • Ended profit-grab by private banks on students [sic] loans, reestablishing Federal control on these loans and used the savings to extend loans to more students.

  • Doubled the funding for Pell Grants to $32 billion, increasing size of the grant $819 to a maximum of $5,500.

  • Ended the war in Iraq and moved toward ending the war in Afghanistan.

Dull, isn't it?  It's dull because you have heard it all before.  The Democratic National Convention resounded with these talking points all week long.  Obama and his surrogates have recited them all for months, years. 

And from which "Obama 2012" website did I copy and paste this dreadful resume of progressive policy and executive overreach? 

Actually, I copied it from the website of the Communist Party USA.  Their homepage features a headline article, "Why Vote?"  

This article offers the above list of Obama's achievements, prefaced by a warning:

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and many others, died for a most precious human right, the right to vote.  Now, the same racists who denied Black voters ballot rights in the 1960s are trying to keep voters from the polls in 2012.

In the old days, they called it a "poll tax."  They rode at night and wore white sheets.  Today, they wear expensive suits.  But they still steal elections by cutting off early voting, by imposing photo ID requirements that poor voters can't afford.  It's called "voter suppression."

It will take a fight to defeat these dirty tricks.  Voter suppression tactics violate the letter and spirit of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.  Everything from sit-ins to mass rallies on state capitol steps are called for. 

This is not the first time the CPUSA has officially supported Obama, of course.  Alternative media voices have been trying to break through the MSM soundproofing on this matter for some time.  (Examples here and here.)  The wording of this year's endorsement is particularly full-throated, however, which in itself ought to be disturbing to anyone still on the fence about the nature of the man, his party, and his policies.  And while the extreme race-baiting language used in the endorsement is more in keeping with the rhetorical tone of the Weather Underground or MSNBC than with that of "respectable" Democrat sources, is its point any different in principle from many things we hear from elected Democrats every day?

Nevertheless, we must not allow the extreme rhetoric in which the endorsement is couched to distract us from a more fundamental issue, which is this: the CPUSA endorses Barack Obama on the very same grounds -- even in the same words -- that Obama uses in defense of himself.

If a communist were operating under the official umbrella of the Democratic Party, and were thus forced to use Democrat talking points rather than speak his own radical mind, we would interpret this as typical leftist cynicism and subterfuge.  But this time the words appear on the CPUSA's own website.  These are the words the official voice of international communism in America is choosing to use to explain its reasoning to its own target audience.  No one visiting the CPUSA site is confused about the nature of the organization.  The website's slogan is "Radical Ideas. Real Politics."  The Party's prominently displayed self-description appears just under the Obama endorsement:

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.

The homepage includes links to their sister site, "People's World," featuring articles with titles such as "Romney-Ryan white skin strategy" and a policy statement from Party leader Sam Webb: "Defeating the Rightwing on the Road to Socialism."

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