The Face of the Democratic Party

Matthew Vadum is an award-winning investigative reporter and the author of the book, "Subversion Inc.: How Obama’s ACORN Red Shirts Are Still Terrorizing and Ripping Off American Taxpayers."


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Al Gore whined predictably. “With democracy in crisis, a true grassroots movement pointing out the flaws in our system is the first step in the right direction,” said the world’s preeminent global warming charlatan. Of course Democrats only complain that democracy is in crisis when they’re down in the polls.

The media and the left end of the think tank world are also pushing the movement’s socialist propaganda.

The New York Times and media outlets across the country hang on every word from every absurd and anti-American pronouncement issued by Occupy Wall Street and its supporters. James Taranto of the Wall Street Journal points out that Jim Roberts, the New York Times’s assistant managing editor, seemed to signal approval of a radical revisionist interpretation of the Boston Tea Party by linking to it via Twitter. (Whether Roberts agreed with the post is almost beside the point, according to Taranto, because it was greatly out of character for Roberts to highlight an item from an aggressive left-wing policy shop.)

The ahistorical post Taranto and Roberts referenced is by Lee Fang, a researcher at the Center for American Progress Action Fund’s Think Progress blog with a penchant for getting basic facts wrong. Like much of the propaganda emanating from the George Soros-funded, John Podesta-run Center for American Progress, Fang’s item is a litany of falsehoods and half-truths.

In the article titled “Top 5 Reasons Why The Occupy Wall Street Protests Embody Values Of The Real Boston Tea Party,” Fang writes that the Occupy Wall Streeters share the same values as the Bostonians of the 1770s because they rail against corporate abuses and use civil disobedience techniques against private corporations.

Of course this is nonsense. In fact the company on the receiving end of American ire in pre-revolutionary days was the tea-importing East India Company, which in a sense is a forerunner of today’s taxpayer-supported “government-sponsored enterprises” or GSEs. Like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the rent-seeking East India Company enjoyed special privileges such as trade monopolies granted by the Crown.

It is true that both Occupy Wall Streeters and the Tea Party today oppose crony capitalism but the similarities end there. The leaders of Occupy Wall Street denounce markets themselves as unfair and demand a radical transformation of American society, while Tea Partiers revere markets and want the government to get out of the business of picking winners and losers.

Occupy Wall Street supporters want the government to control every aspect of Americans’ lives.

Come to think of it, that’s what today’s Democratic Party wants too.

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  • BS77

    These mobs of ingrates, hysterical wackos and chronic "demonstrators" are not the 99%…far from it. They are the 9%, at most. They attack the very prosperity that has given them their cars, I phones, I pads, Nike shoes, clothing, shelter and food….these people are nuts.

    • BS77

      approve my post yet???

  • AntiSharia

    What do you mean that the neo Communist left took control? You say it like it's news, the communists have been in charge of the Democratic party since the early 1970's.

  • http://econus.blogspot.com RBMiller5282

    This is IT…The Great Socialist Communist Revolution…EPIC FAIL

    The Occupy movement is about chaos, destruction, occupy and take over. This rabble's preference is not the vote, but the violent disruption and hopeful overthrow of Western Civilization and The United States of America.

    Communist Party USA is in:

    "This is an exciting time! Thousands of mainly young people have been occupying Wall Street for three weeks already, and the “Occupy Movement” has spread to more than 200 other cities. On Oct. 6 the actions spread to our nation’s capital."

    You can feel the love…workers unite:

    "This movement, also known as the “99% movement,” is being hailed across the country. Movements and organizations are reaching out in solidarity. The AFL-CIO is opening union halls and offering other material assistance. Ordinary people are donating food, money and materials."

    But the ideologically and economically defeated Communists are pretty much broken. The Fathers of Marxism wouldn't be proud of these co-opted statements:

    "Of primary importance is linking it with the burgeoning fight for jobs and especially passage of the American Jobs Act."

    What a joke. The communist ideal of violent world-wide overthrow has been reduced to Obama's DOA Job-Killer Jobs Bill ? LOL…Down but not out, they aspire to "more progressive ends".

    "We can also play a role in offering more advanced programmatic ideas like nationalizing the banks and socialism."

    …The tactics are still the same. Infiltrate leftists organizations and turn idealistic mush-for-brains bleeding hearts into committed Marxists.

    • Dave

      Its not an epic fail sad to say but more a sucess that you might what to admit.
      What has been perpitrated over the past 100 years but most especially over the past
      50 is the breakdown of our republic through Marxist idealogical subversion. Our country is becoming more and more of a mosaic that a melting pot. The mental disorder of a multicultural society as the left loves to portray this country has destroyed the fabric of society. This was planned.
      The demoralization and destabilization of America is overfufilled in that people now have taken the next step for at least 2 to 3 generations of teaching marxist ideology in our schools without being challenged. The face of western civilization has been changed and most people do not even know that it has happened. If you think that world wide communist overthrow is a joke you are simply not very well informed as to the extent of the damage that has all ready occured. You should read " The Black Book of Communism." The problem is not that Obama and his ilk it is the 51% of the mindless nit wits that elected him..
      Please watch this and you will begin to see what has happened by a former KGB agent Yuri Bezmenov. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3qkf3bajd4

  • tanstaafl

    In the background, Soros pulls the strings.

  • mrbean

    What did we expect when we gave them the Senate, the Congress, and the Whitehouse in 2009, something different. Democrats just don't call it communism, they call it progessive politics for social justice so they can feel good about their socialist thuggery and their betrayal of their oath to uphold and defend the Constution of The United States.

  • sedoanman

    “…Nancy Pelosi said she supports ‘the message to the establishment, whether it’s Wall Street or the political establishment and the rest, that change has to happen.’”

    But she IS the establishment. “Change” therefore means she gets booted out.

  • Keystone State Steve

    Millions of people have lost their homes due to the financial meltdown of 2008 and many millions more have lost employment as a result of the financial meltdown. From this article one would get the impression that there is very little substance to this issue and that only a bunch of leftist losers are participating in the Occupy Wall Street protests.

    Now it is true that the Democratic party had its role in the financial meltdown with its governance (or lack of governance) of Freddie Mac and Sallie Mae. However, one needs to ask, "Why did the Democratic leaders participate in the financial meltdown?" Otherwise, one is left with the impression that they only wanted to control government institutions for the sake of controlling them without regard as to whether the result would be beneficial to the country. The reason they let Freddie Mac and Sallie Mae bundle and sell off bogus mortgage is because the "free market" wanted them to. Wall Street and the Banking Industry, through their vast array of lobbyist and political action committees, wanted Freddie Mac and Sallie Mae to bundle worthless mortgages together and sell them to the international market. Why? So it would free up more money so that they could sell more worthless loans. And they made incredible profits as a result of this financial scheme. It was predicated on the prevailing wisdom that housing prices would continue to increase. When the housing bubble hit, that's when the financial meltdown occurred. The Occupy Wall St. protesters are protesting against this powerful and corrupt influence on our government.

    • Jim

      I could not agree more. You have hit the nail right on the head. Post more. Go to rightminds forum and post.

    • ObamaYoMoma

      The reason they let Freddie Mac and Sallie Mae bundle and sell off bogus mortgage is because the "free market" wanted them to.

      Nah, not really. Those Dhimmicrat politicians wanted to cover their respective asses, so when the inevitable inevitably happened and it became very apparent that those mortgages made to unqualified minorities weren't worth the paper they were printed on, instead of repealing those unhinged lending regulations they had instituted, they gave Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac the authority to bundle those worthless mortgages with good mortgages thereby setting the stage for America's entire financial system to become poisoned.

      Meanwhile, President Obama cut his teeth as a young civil-rights attorney working for ACORN shaking down lending institutions that didn't meet their obligatory quotas for issuing mortgages to unqualified minorities. Nevertheless, at every opportunity he blames the inevitable financial meltdown on the Republican Party today, when the obvious reality is just the opposite is the truth.

      • Keystone State Steve

        You are referring to the Community Reinvestment Act signed into law by President Jimmy Carter on October 12, 1977. As I see it, there are two problems with your argument.

        First, The CRA only affected low-income and minority home buyers. Low-income home buyers do not buy multimillion dollar homes. They buy the most inexpensive homes. As a result, the CRA affected at most 5% of the housing market. How is possible that a collapse of only 5% of the housing market resulted in the collapse of the entire housing market? Answer. It can't. The CRA was not the primary catalyst for the financial meltdown.

        Second, a study was performed by lending agencies in the 1990s to determine whether or not low-income buyers defaulted at a greater rate than the general population. They found that they were less likely to default than the general population because most low-income buyers had experienced losing a car or other item through repossession and these people did not want to lose a home in the same manner. In fact, it was more likely that a middle-income earner would default because a professional couple would buy a home based on both spouses' incomes paying the mortgage. When one spouse loses his or her job, they would end up losing the home.

        I would suggest reading some reviews of Michael Lewis's book, "The Big Short," to investigate the real reasons for the financial meltdown. A URL to a 60 Minutes interview is here.
        http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=6298082n

        Here is a blog from David Horowitz that refutes that the CRA was a major cause of the financial meltdown.
        http://archive.frontpagemag.com/readBlog.aspx?BLO

        When the financial meltdown occurred in 2008, I was misled by conservative pundits who blamed the financial meltdown on the CRA and too much government regulations. It wasn't until I started reading more balanced coverage that I attained a more accurate picture of what actually happened.

        • ObamaYoMoma

          With all due respect and no matter how much you try to sugarcoat it, but CRA was what initially opened the door and set the stage for everything that subsequently occurred especially after liberal Congressman gave Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac the authority to bundle bad mortgages with good mortgages, which inevitably poisoned the entire financial system leading to the financial collapse.

    • Questions

      The Bush administration was every bit as culpable as the Clinton administration in creating the mortgage meltdown. Read Steve Sailer's extensive articles on the subject in vdare.com.

  • Jim

    Yes it is these over actors calling them selves" what ever" that will destroy any hope the Americans had of political reform and restoring the economy.

    The public desperately wants political change back to democracy so that rational economic change can take place. That is the only issue that matters. Piggy backers are not needed.

    • LibertyLover

      Bullsh!t. The public does not want a "return" to modern mobocracy. They want a return to the limited government of a Constitutional Democratic Republic. Democrat whore who will sell-out any principle in order to buy a few more votes are the scum clogging-up the works. A little political WD40 is called for to flush the system.

  • —old school

    bust out the water cannons! where is mayor daley when you need him?

    • maturin20

      The first one died from overwork, the second learned his lesson and left the office while he still had time.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    The Democrat Party should be renamed the American Communist Party to more accurately reflect what it advocates today.

    • Isherwood

      Evidence? Ridiculous red-baiting does not an argument make. A bigger stimulus and single payer health insurance could be characterized as socialist, but today's Dems don't have the guts to advocate such. The biggest threat to our political freedom comes from at the corporate fascism that the majority of office holders in both parties endorse. That is why OWS is vitally important – it scares all of them!

      Keep'um occupied!

  • steven l

    As Cantor candidly agreed, leaders of both parties are guilty and I will add of treason against the American people. One for failing to do its job and the other for taking advantage of it.
    Scums on both sides.

  • maturin20

    I understand. You're mad that these haven't fizzled out yet.

  • Asher

    The Puppet Master George Soros is hard at work to finally collapse America…The Last Gasp!

  • BLJ

    If America is such a "bad" place why don't all of these stooges get the hell out. They will not be missed. They are lower than pond scum.

    The Democratic Party is making a stupid mistake aligning themselves with these losers. The average hard working American can only look at them with disgust. And to think the President of the U.S. is on their side.

  • mrbean

    ''When players use smokeless tobacco, they endanger not only their own health, but also the health of millions of children who follow their example,'' the senators wrote to union head Michael Weiner. The letter was signed by Dick Durbin of Illinois, the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate, and fellow Democrats Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Senate Health Committee Chairman Tom Harkin of Iowa.

    You Democreep control freaks keep your communist beaks out of sport and stick your bullsh&*t letter up your A$$. The children following althlete's example is a whole better than following your dismal one and that of the clandestine Muslim Marxist in the oval office to deliberately destroy the Constitution and the country. Eat sh*&t and die.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Systemic corruption is in play, behind every closed door in Washington is someone
    writing laws and selling them to Congress and the Administration for a price. As it
    is there is plenty of blame to go around but Bill Clinton threatened banks with
    his power if they did not give credit where it was not warranted. Greed by the
    banking and stock brockerage firms was greased by the actions of the President
    and it became a free for all scamathon. Regulatory bodies were shut down,
    oversight committees were out to lunch, the FBI was looking for parking
    violations and America was high on inflationary profits, prices and doomed to
    ride the coaster until it hits bottom. Still and all even after disaster the greedy
    crooks keep on keeping on as long as there is a penny or a trillion dollars to
    glom. Democrat Communists want destruction as much as the power of money,
    the Republicans if not leftist frauds were bought, hang them all………..William

  • http://frontpagemag.com/2011/10/17/the-face-of-the-democratic-party/ HemiHead66

    Who do you think you’re kidding with this left wing communist socialist BS? The Democrats I know are against crony capitalism, not capitalism itself. What I want to know is, how come the IRS won’t enter into a secret pact with me so I can have a tax-free-ride, like the big multi-nationals? Where’s my Double Irish & Dutch Sandwich tax free-ride? Why are they allowed to have such an advantage, and put U.S. based businesses out of business? You can spin this bull any way you want, but the truth is, the corporate fascist Govt. has been working for the corporation 100% of the time, the people, zero! Maybe you right-wing fanatics can practice what you preach for once. Show everyone how you’re willing to work for $2 bucks an hour, like brain-dead Bachmann wants. By the way, how come CRA didn’t cause mass foreclosure over the last 30 years? What does CRA have to do with people being suckered into Adjustable Rate Mortgages? And it was Bush who increased the commitment of Fannie / Freddy by half a trillion bucks. He even shot down Democrat and Republican attempts at reform because it would hurt Wall Street profits, and keep low-income people from buying homes. And this comes from Bush’s own 2005 policy statement. And it was Bush’s Renewing the Dream housing programs that started this mess. And it was 3 Republicans – Gramm / Leach / Bliley which pushed the legislation that repealed the Glass–Steagall Act. And you can’t force Banks to make bad loans. The truth is, those Banks were making a killing. They were dumping the loans onto the market, what did they care? Point the finger at your right-wing friends for once.

  • KatherineBailey

    I agree that we should abolish credit rating agencies and bureaus as they are making money off fear mongering and speculation. I even read recently that the bureaus are creating a new score and won't be readily available to consumers. Senator Schumer of New York seems to be really put off by it. Source: http://www.creditrepair.org/new-york-senator-voic

  • Anamah

    Democratic Party dug the pit to bury the strength and unique American quality to live and prosper in freedom. We need to clean our political system from gangsters and anti American values. We need patriots decent people and kick out all those commies in disguise. And also disinfect the corrupted media.

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  • alan g

    Sorry cues. Can’t agree with you. Usually you are on the mark but not this time.

  • SHmuelHaLevi

    Thank you. Still one may keep an eye on Mr. Cantor even if I believe he is just calibrating it a bit.

  • Keystone State Steve

    In a speech delivered by Governor Randall S. Kroszner of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System on December 3, 2008, he delivers convincing evidence that the CRA did not play a major contributing role in the financial meltdown of 2008.

    You make an argument that the CRA played a contributing role in the financial meltdown without providing the evidence that supports this claim.

    Here is the URL to Kroszner's speech.
    http://www.federalreserve.gov/newsevents/speech/k

    My purpose for presenting this information is to inform—not to win an argument. Peace.

  • http://matthewvadum.com Matthew Vadum

    Exactly right. CRA had a corrupting, pervasive influence. It is not the sole cause of the mortgage meltdown but it played its part in torpedoing markets.

  • http://frontpagemag.com/2011/10/17/the-face-of-the-democratic-party/ HemiHead66

    And you are totally brain-dead. People making $800 a month don’t go out and buy million dollar homes when they know the payments will soon be $1600 a month. Are you people really that dumb? Do you believe everything the GOP propaganda pushers tell you? The real cause of this mess was the criminals. The flippers and scammers. Under Bush is was like the wild wild west, everything was deregulated. Rob & steal all you can get your hands on. The Bernie Madoff’s were running wild. You people are going to learn the hard way. I say one more Republican administration will straighten you wing-nuts out. Go look at your boy Ryan’s country gutting budget, which leaves us with debt of 23+ trillion bucks in 2021 -10 years. Of coarse we won’t get that far before default. Then we’ll see how like losing your country, while the elite go out stuffing their pockets.