Cross posted from KeyWiki Blog
For a Party with only a few thousand members and supporters, centered in about a dozen major cities, the Communist Party USA has a significant amount of influence.
This is achieved by infiltrating and controlling much larger groups, including several major labor unions, sections of the Democratic Party, some Black and “mainstream” churches, the health care and “peace” movements and even Obama’s “private army” Organizing for America!
Links to elected officials, including several members of Congress such as John Conyers in Michigan, Hilda Solis and Barbara Lee in California and Dennis Kucinich in Ohio are also carefully cultivated.
Dan Margolis has been chair of the New York State Communist Party USA. In addition he writes for the People’s World, covering local New York City and state issues, as well as events at the United Nations.
Margolis has been active in New York City elections, including as the mid-Staten Island coordinator for the 2004 Democratic Party Congressional campaign.
Below are excerpts from a discussion paper Margolis wrote for the National Convention of the Communist Party USA which is due to begin in New York this weekend. The paper gives several examples of Party influence in New York, which can be safely assumed to be typical Chicago, Los Angeles, Detroit, Tuscon, St Louis, Boston, Seattle and other Party strongholds.
The main thing that the Communist Party can contribute, i.e. its main role, is in the field of strategy and tactics. It is entirely true, as the document noted, that anyone reading this would likely also be working on the fight for to support the health care plan that was put forward by Barack Obama, along with organizations like Organizing for America, HCAN, etc. But, because we have a background in the CPUSA and the YCL, we bring something different and special to this movement-a strategic concept of who the main players are, who the main enemies slowing down the process of change are, what is possible and so on.
Margolis notes that his local branch of Organizing for Obama, a claimed Party “friend” , was held together by Party comrades. He also calls on the party to fight for fully socialized health care;
When there were setbacks in the fight for health care, there was demoralization and frustration. Our Bronx club, which was instrumental in building an Organizing for America-based local organization, helped fight this feeling and, in the process, gained a good deal of experience. It can be said that, without the Communist Party, and solid leadership from one comrade in particular, the OFA group could have easily disbanded itself. Also, the Party was able and is able to play a leadership role in the question of what we’re fighting for, and in what context: why not some kind of National Health Service, as in the U.K., right now, or for Medicare for All? Why was even the watered-down Senate bill a victory? How do any of these victories contribute to the forward motion of the struggle overall?
Putting all those questions together is a key role of the Party and YCL, as it helps to build the unity and forward motion of the progressive forces.
Margolis goes onto talk about working with local unions and Black Churches to support the President’s jobs initiatives – which are mainly schemes to funnel taxpayers money into radical controlled organizations.;
Another example would be the upcoming jobs fight. We’ve said that this is the key struggle, and that puts us in agreement with all of the major players in the core forces. There is a national coalition in place for this battle, but how do we help build it? It is our job to help bring it to life, and to localize it, bring it to the grassroots. This is something different from place to place, and it takes a Communist Party to figure this out. In New York, we have a situation in which the Central Labor Council isn’t playing a leading role in the city’s labor movement. Most of the biggest unions in the city are outside the CLC. How do we bring them together in this fight? (And in so doing, how can we contribute to overall labor unity in this city?)
At the grassroots level, how do we pull organizations and people in our periphery into this coalition? In Brooklyn, we have to consider how we can bring the large Black churches into the fight. How can we utilize the organizational connections we have, the relationships with elected officials, to do so?
Not to forget the Communist Party’s primary tactical goal – defeating the “ultra right” (Republicans) through supporting their allies the Democrats, “as part of an overall strategy on the road towards socialism”.
On the electoral front, it would be good to have more of our own candidates running for office. But right now, this can’t be our main electoral contribution. We have to be part of the fight to defeat what’s left of the ultra right, and make sure they don’t make a comeback in the mid-term elections. Others on the left see these elections either as ends in themselves or deviations from the “real” struggle. But the Communist Party can exercise a leadership role by helping to show the importance of electing or defending Democrats as part of an overall strategy on the road towards socialism.
The Communists have a plan. they always have a plan. They see great opportunities under the leadership of new AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka ;
We do have a plan, so to speak, as to which industries are our main national priorities, as well as place to place. We in New York have a special emphasis on the teachers, transit workers, health care workers, the public workers: these are the most organized and decisive sections of the New York City working class.
Also, I would take issue with the discussion of who “the left” is. We can’t narrow it down simply to the 20 percent of the population that chose “socialism” on a single opinion poll that has, in my opinion, received way too much attention. We’ve seen the beginnings of a really new left: within the labor movement under Trumka, those who have come out for some form of health reform, the new jobs coalition, the movement of activists in Organizing for America, etc. These are the newly invigorated activists on the rising left with whom we want to be associated.
The Communists are masters of leverage, of covertly using their small numbers to achieve maximum impact in the political sphere.
The Communist Party USA is one of Obama’s most important allies. It’s impact should not be under-estimated.
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Anonymous – thanks for the recommendations! I, in fact am now reading "The Manchurian…"
I have just finished reading "Why Are Jews Liberals" by Norman Podhoretz, which I nearly could NOT put down. VERY educational and eye opening. I'm recommending it to all my Jewish friends and family.
I have been studying Communism in America for several years and would like to suggest several inexpensive books on the subject, particularly interesting to Nancy and Cobra:
http://www.amazon.com/DESTRUCTIVE-GENERATION-Second-Thoughts-About/dp/0684826410/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1279111349&sr=8-1 No kidding, a must read to understand what is wrong in America. These men try to destroy, then overcoming their programming, to save America.
jewish conspiracy theories are of course anti-semitic.
And the claim communism is the tool of Jews is idiotic.
How many Jews were in the Chinese Communist Party? Vietnamese? And so on…
I have to add the fact that I probably know about communism much more than anyone on this blog, since I LIVED in the communist Eastern Europe.
Some of my relatives "enjoyed" the gulag and my family sacrificed many of us fighting this cancer.
So, to those who throw the antisemitic accusation I only have to say: take a hike…
The accusation of "anti-" is to shut down the truth.
If you have arguments against, spit them out. If not…
The reason I did not pursue the discussion on this blog, is precisely because I did not want it attacked, as it does an outstanding job in exposing the crimes of communism.
But the truth shall prevail, despite ignorants or biases on display…
Anon. Nancy is Jewish and (I thought) made her position very clear. I also thought anyone reading my blog would understand my position, but I will clarify it for you.
I am personally pro Jewish and pro Israel and have been my entire political life.
I work closely with Jews in my anti communist projects, not particularly because they are Jews, but because they are strong anti communists.
A person's religious affiliation is of secondary consequence to me. It is their philosophical outlook that is important.
As a persecuted minority, Jews have been often attracted to parties of the left, particularly in the Nazi period and the East European pogrom era, just as US blacks were attracted to the communists and socialists when Jim Crow ruled the South and the KKK worked thru the Democratic Party.
That is an historical fact, that has unfortunately colored the thinking of some older East European anti communists.
Hopefully that view is dying out.
I personally stand with Jews and Israel against the rising anti Judaism of radical Islam and segments of the Western left.
Shame on me though, for even feeling the need to explain all this. I would have thought my record would speak for itself.
But do you agree with this or not Trevor:
'communism is a movement mostly steeped in judaism, and created by jews (mostly), is a historical, inconvenient fact'
Nancy did not say whether she did or not.
Anon- I think Nancy said every thing that needed to be said.
Trevor are you going to let these anti-semitic comments go without rebuke?
Cobra -thanks. Yes. Not the right place. I also admire Mark Levin, Jonah Goldberg, etc.
I salute you and those like you.
As a matter of fact, Mark Levine is someone who I adore (from an intellectual standpoint)…
If the western civilization is to survive, Christians and Jews alike, it will only be by working together.
But the fact that communism is a movement mostly steeped in judaism, and created by jews (mostly), is a historical, inconvenient fact.
I could give you pages and pages of examples, of which you may be aware of, but i do not want to pursue this discussion, on this blog at least.
From a Wisconsin blog called Dad29 this week:
Dems: Thievery Unmasked
How low can they go?
…the Democratic platform isn't as original as they would came. In fact, it may have even been borrowed from a group of their socialist fellow travelers. In particular the Communist Party USA who is reportedly suing them
…"They stole our entire platform, rebranded it ‘progressive’, and claimed it as their own,” declared a CPUSA spokesperson at a press conference in San Francisco.
Can't trust ANYBODY any more.
Even the Communist Party USA (CPUSA) has now objected to the Democrat Party, suing the Democrats and its leadership for “stealing” their party platform and relabeling it as “progressive”.
Copy the whole thing anon, or if you email me, I'll email you the html code.
Trevor how do I provide a direct link to your articles without having the reader have to scroll for it? Or is it OK to copy the whole thing with attribution?
Cobra – be very careful of what you say.
Jews in America have been just as brainwashed as everyone else by the Democrats and the media. There are Jews fighting the Progressive agenda and the Obama administration too.
And I am one of them.
Anonymous -"The democrats have now shown their true anti-American colors. Why would any patriotic, freedom loving American who values his liberty ever vote for a democrat again?"
Because with the exception of Fox News, the media in America is largely liberal, left-wing, Democratic supporting, or out right Socialist and are NOT reporting ANY of this.
They (those in the media) have been educated in a system largely infiltrated by people who are ideologues, teaching this anti-American culture. And so too many Americans just don't know any of these things yet. They are in the dark and too naive, or ignorant to seriously question anything. Fox News has been demonized all over the mainstream media so that even the mention of anything which comes from anyone at Fox, or anywhere on the internet is considered blasphemy. It's the Third Reich all over again.
The left wing media has even said that Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh are guilty of sedition!
Thanks Nancy and Tim.
Good point about the DFL anon. From John Bernard to Paul Wellstone that party has been red, red ,red.
Isn't interesting how New york is the hotbed of communism, along Chicago?
Both cities were/are major hubs of the jewish immigration and life…
Right on point. Search into the Soviet archives has shown that the DFL was created by the Communist party USA in 1924 begginning with the labor union movement (which is what communism is – "dictatorship of the proletariat, workers of the world – unite, etc.).
It began with the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), remodeled into the American Federation of Labor – Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), which evolved in to the Farm Labor Party (DFL).
All one needs to do is compare the DFL party platform to the USSR Constitution (ch. 10), and the program of the Communist Party USA and you wil see that they are identical, much of it word for word. That is what the DFL stands for. It is an appendage and front organization of the CPUSA.
The democrats have now shown their true anti-American colors. Why would any patriotic, freedom loving American who values his liberty ever vote for a democrat again?
Trevor, you've peeled the onion back a little more. The Communist Party's influence here in the US in particular the Democrat Party is something I've recognized for decades. Sadly, when you talk to some rank and file Democrats who voted for Obama and explain just who Obama is and he is of the communist/marxist/socialist/statist stripe, they don't want to hear it. I tell them I'm willing to bet that I can prove it to them…no takers. I guess it's easier to believe in phony "Hope and Change" than the truth. Folks here just don't believe communists exist here in the US, in their minds that's somewhere else, slip the rose coloured glasses on and all is right within their reality.
Trevor, you are a real hero for putting this website together. Millions of people should be thankful there are people like yourself who care enough to expose the facts about what is happening in America now.