John Bachtell, chairman of the National Committee of the Communist Party USA, addressed the Communist Party USA’s national convention this past weekend, celebrating its 100th anniversary. Looking at key Democrat Party constituencies as potential fellow travelers, he talked about using this “pivotal moment” in history to help bring about a “democratic and transformative upsurge” for the purpose of radically shifting politics in the United States. He talked about forging a “socialist path,” working as needed “within and alongside the Democratic Party” to defeat “the extreme right and the GOP” including ousting the “fossil fuel, military-industrial complex, and the industrial elite that constitutes its core.” He added that “many of the forces operating within the Democratic Party today”—along with Communist Party members themselves — “will form the working-class party of tomorrow.”
Mr. Bachtell had written back in 2015 how the Communists could use the constituencies of “labor, African Americans, Latinos, other communities of color, women, most union members, young people, and a wide range of social and democratic movements” already within the Democrat Party as “the vehicle” to advance the Communist Party USA’s own agenda.
The Democrat Party today, which has become a grievance machine against the imaginary ills of toxic maleness and white privilege, is helping Mr. Bachtell’s vision become a reality. The communists are shrewdly exploiting the identity politics that have taken over the leftward-leaning Democrat Party of today to serve their own more radical ends. As a result, the communist-progressive Democrat agendas are melding.
According to a Gallup poll published last October, less than half of Democrats view capitalism positively. In the two previous presidential election years of 2012 and 2016, more than half of Democrats who were polled viewed capitalism positively. 57% of Democrats now view socialism positively, virtually the same as in 2016 but up 4 percentage points from 2012. Americans aged 18 to 29 are six percent more positive about socialism than they are about capitalism, according to the Gallup poll. In the last two presidential election years, this age group was more positive about capitalism than socialism, although in 2016 the spread was quite narrow.
The terms “capitalism” and “socialism” were not defined in the poll question’s wording. However, leftist political leaders, including presidential contenders such as Democrat-Socialist Bernie Sanders and ultra-leftist Elizabeth Warren, together with opinion makers on social media and in the liberal press, are succeeding in making “capitalism” a bad word synonymous with exploitation by the greedy rich. Simultaneously, they are succeeding in turning “socialism” into a romantic fantasy, synonymous with Robin Hood-style taking from the greedy rich in the interest of “social justice.” This is the impetus behind Democrat wealth redistributionist proposals such as Medicare for All, free college tuition and college debt cancellation, and all manner of new taxes on wealth.
In short, the Democrat electorate is ripe for the picking by the communist-socialist wolves in sheep’s clothing. The real legacy of communism, and its close cousin socialism, includes the failed Soviet Union totalitarian state, the repressive Cuban and Venezuelan dictatorial regimes, and the murders of millions of people who would not tow the party line. Nevertheless, Democrat voters are increasingly falling prey to class and racial demagoguery, which delights the communist and socialist wolves.
In a speech to the youth of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela and the youth of the Communist Party of Venezuela, who were hosting the General Council Meeting of the World Federation of Democratic Youth last April, an American Communist Party USA representative said that “excitement over socialism has been put forth by Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s #GreenNewDeal proposal and Trump’s announcement in early February that, ‘America will never be a socialist country.’”
In words that could have been uttered by Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris and other leading Democrat leftists, the communist speaker told his audience in Venezuela, “Our youth is active in the demonstrations and online campaigns which demand #MedicareForAll, free college tuition and an end to families being separated at the border.”
Bernie Sanders has just proposed cancelling all student college debt, which he said would be paid for by taxing stock and other investment transactions. This is on top of his proposal for free tuition at public colleges and universities. Elizabeth Warren has proposed similar wealth redistribution plans. Corey Booker wants to move towards a system of debt-free college and free community college.
Government-run healthcare is the communist/socialist prescription for the health industry that eliminates the profit motive. The profit drive “underlies or exacerbates all major social ills of our times,” according to the Communist Party USA Party Program. Democrats are mainstreaming government-run healthcare in their own domestic program for social justice and calling it Medicare for All, which in turn the Communist Party USA representative embraced in his speech in Venezuela. While many Americans are happy with their private health insurance coverage, profits for businesses that insure against risk cannot be tolerated by communists, or by today's progressive Democrat elite. So, Medicare for All would abolish private health insurance and have the government take over instead.
Bernie Sanders led the way with promoting government-paid universal health care during his 2016 presidential campaign. His competitors for the 2020 Democrat presidential nomination are following suit on this and other hot-button issues.
“I’m fighting for #Medicare4All," proclaimed Elizabeth Warren. "Health care is an American right, and the current system is definitely wrong,” said Corey Booker. “I believe the best way to get there is by having medicare for all." Kamala Harris said that “we need to have Medicare for all. That’s just the bottom line."
One of the resolutions considered at last weekend’s Communist Party USA national convention demanded “an end to the persecution of immigrants, refugees, and the foreign born; the breakup of families; the mistreatment of children at the border; the deadly violence against immigrants by the Border Patrol and other immigration enforcement agents; and the efforts to use state and local police for immigration enforcement.” The resolution also demanded the cancellation of President Trump’s “racist” border wall.
Democrats are making the same demands in equally inflammatory terms. Remove the names next to the four quotes below and one could easily have attributed the quotes to the Communist Party USA.
“This president has separated children from their parents and called it border security. No, it’s a human rights abuse,” Kamala Harris tweeted. Bernie Sanders proclaimed, “No more snatching babies from the arms of their mothers.” Joe Biden said, “The America I see values basic human decency. Not snatching children from their parents or turning our back on refugees at our border.” Elizabeth Warren condemned President Trump’s proposed wall as “a monument to hate and division.”
Another Communist Party USA resolution that was discussed last weekend proposed “an end to the multibillion-dollar, profit-based immigrant incarceration industry and the building of immigrant detention centers.” Last Friday, Senator Warren proposed essentially the same thing. “Washington hands billions over to corporations profiting off of inhumane detention and incarceration policies while ignoring the families that are destroyed in the process,” Warren wrote. “Incarcerating and detaining millions for profit doesn’t keep us safe. It’s time to do better.”
Socialist-Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York is one of the most prominent voices of progressivism today, leading the Democrat Party sharply to the left. She is the force behind the economy-wrecking New Green Deal proposal, which most of the current crop of Democrat candidates for president have supported. She introduced a resolution in the House making climate change a racial and class issue. Her resolution states that “climate change, pollution, and environmental destruction have exacerbated systemic racial, regional, social, environmental, and economic injustices…by disproportionately affecting indigenous peoples, communities of color, migrant communities, deindustrialized communities, depopulated rural communities, the poor, low-income workers, women, the elderly, the unhoused, people with disabilities, and youth.” The New Green Deal resolution seeks to “promote justice and equity by stopping current, preventing future, and repairing historic oppression" of these “vulnerable communities.”
The Communist Party USA is all in. The first resolution submitted to its national convention last weekend quoted from Rep. Ocasio-Cortez’s proposed legislation, including its references to “vulnerable communities.” The Communist Party resolution said that the party would commit “to working within these communities to advance the goals of the Green New Deal” and develop “a plan within our districts and clubs to connect the Green New Deal organizing with ongoing struggles in their neighborhoods and workplaces.”
Yuri Bezmenov, a Soviet journalist and former PGU KGB informant who defected to Canada, once used the term “useful idiots” to describe leftists who “serve a purpose only at the stage of destabilization of a nation.” He added, “For example, your leftists in the United States: all these professors and all these beautiful civil rights defenders. They are instrumental in the process of the subversion only to destabilize a nation. When their job is completed, they are not needed any more.”
The Communist Party USA is intent on using the Democrat Party of today, built around its aggrieved constituencies, as its “vehicle” (i.e., “stupid idiots”) to achieve the communists’ vision of a more radical "working-class party of tomorrow.” They are making major inroads.