Here, you are urged and encouraged to run your mouths about something important.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010


There's nothing like getting the support of the Communist Party while decrying accusations that you're a socialist. Sam Webb, the current leader of the Communist Party USA (CPUSA) is calling on his followers to turnout to vote this November 2nd. Why? To vote against the GOP and for the Obama agenda. Remember all of those people who dismissed Obama's childhood mentor, Frank Marshall Davis as having any real influence on him? Davis was a registered member of the CPUSA too.

Seriously, how do you dismiss this one, Democrats? Via the CPUSA website, here are Webb's own words:
Some voters on our side of the struggle are taking a powder on the elections. They claim that President Obama raised their hopes as a candidate and let them down as a president.

They expected bold action on the economic crisis, but it didn't happen. The stimulus didn't go far enough. Ditto for health care legislation. The scale and pace of change has been too slow - too many people are out of work, out of affordable health care, and out of their homes.

Meanwhile, their riff goes, bloodletting continues in Afghanistan, corporations are sitting on nearly $2 trillion of idle money, profits are up, inequality is growing, and tax cuts for the wealthy are draining our treasury and driving up the national deficit.

There is truth here, but the question is: is it enough to stay home? I say no for three reasons.

To begin with the most obvious, the elections' impact on people's lives. Even though the size of the stimulus was inadequate and a public option was missing in the new health care law, both bills bring a measure of relief to millions of people. And as a friend of mine keeps reminding me, it may make only an inch of difference, but a lot of people live on that inch.

Which brings me to next month's congressional elections. If the Republicans regain control of the House of Representatives, that inch of difference (things like unemployment insurance extensions, food stamps, relief for local and state governments, modest jobs and infrastructure programs, readjustment of tax policy in favor of working people, funding for education, a real fight over military appropriations for Afghanistan) will probably vanish - along with hope for more far-reaching measures.
So when the Democrats protest the notion that they're communists and socialists, ask them why they have the support of the head of the CPUSA. Be prepared for a response that involves changing the subject.

Commies and Democrats sittin in a tree...

h/t Free Republic

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