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The New Communism

Is Progressivism the New Communism?

Susan Bown

In politics, truth-telling can get you into trouble, even if you stumbleupon it by accident. Just ask Rep. Allen West (R-FL).

West is feeling the heat for a pregnant pause he took during a town hallmeeting after he was asked "What percentage of the American legislature doyou think are card-carrying Marxists or International Socialists?"

"It's a good question," West responded, "I believe there's[sic] about 78 to 81 members of the Democrat Party who are members of theCommunist Party. (Long pause) "They don't actually hide. It's called theCongressional Progressive Caucus." The left became unhinged.

Obviously West touched a nerve; before long, members of the CongressionalProgressive Caucus (CPC) drafted their response: "Calling fellow Membersof Congress 'Communists' is reminiscent of the days when Joe McCarthy dividedAmericans with name-calling and modern-day witch hunts that don't advance policiesto benefit people's lives..."

The CPC's response is just another sign of the political times we live in.But something about their argument doesn't pass the "smell test."

While there may not be large numbers of card-carrying communists lining thehalls of Congress, there is a clear tie between the Democratic Party'sCongressional Progressive Caucus (CPC), Communist Party USA (CPUSA), and theDemocratic Socialists of America (DSA).

It really boils down to marketing. In marketing, many times the same productis given a different name or label in order to increase its appeal to certaingroups. Names are sometimes changed due to the product's connection to otherproducts, or the public's association to a prior name.

Although Progressive share much in common with CPUSA and DSA, they areshrewd enough to understand the terms "communist" or"socialist" are unpalatable for most Americans. Hence, the word"Progressive" was injected into American political verbiage. Whilethe words are not interchangeable, one thing is for sure: The CPC is doing itspart to further the goals of modern Communists and Socialists who have found avoice in the Democratic Party.

In 2002, Communist Party USA PAC leader Joelle Fishman reported CPUSA usesthe Congressional Progressive Caucus as "an important lever" to"move the debate to the left." A February 2, 2010 Communist Party USAarticle "Convention Discussion: A Time to Grow" explained they planto meet their goals by running for office "within the auspices of theDemocratic Party" because "conditions rarely if ever allow us to runopen Communists for office."

The same article praised Obama's election asserting, "We have theopportunity to build something big, a large, influential and effectiveCommunist Party USA. After the incredible movement to elect Barack Obama, morefar-reaching solutions and socialism in particular are back at the dinner tablefor discussion."

It seems they are moving toward attaining their goals. Obama's election, inconjunction with Progressives cannibalizing the Democratic Party by oustingcommon sense Blue Dogs, aided in a severe shift to the left. Americans havewitnessed the deterioration of this nation by way of the same type ofrace-baiting and class warfare Communism cannot exist without.

Unbecoming to an American president, Obama has led the charge in attacksagainst job-creators, extended the olive branch to "99 Percent"anarchists, and publicly castigated the third (and his equal) branch ofgovernment. Americans have had zero control over the appointments of unsavoryanti-capitalist cabinet members like former "Green Czar" and avowedCommunist Van Jones.

All things considered, "Washington's newest breath of fresh air,"West, is dead-on in his assessment of Democratic Party Progressives. West oncesaid Progressive's should take their message "and get the hell out ofAmerica." I think most of us would be happy if they would just "getthe hell out of" the Democratic Party and run on their own ticket.