Forget Socialism - Say Hello to Communism

There has been much talk in the media – especially the new media, about Obama and his administration leading us down the road to socialism. I say forget socialism – we are already at communism. Reading an article on AmericanThinker.com last week, (here)
I was alerted to a pamphlet the Communist Party USA prepared for the 2008 election. If you actually have the guts to link to the CPUSA website, you can find this little gem on their 2008 Election page, (here) “Click here to download PDF”. This pamphlet basically lays out the Communist Party USA platform for the 2008 election (and beyond), which is eerily similar to the Obama administration radical left wing agenda as revealed over the past several months.

The introduction says, in part,

“…There is a crisis in every critical area of national life…Working people want bold new policies to end war, restore democratic traditions and create green living wage jobs, affordable housing, healthcare and quality education for everyone.”

(Did you notice the use of the word “crisis”? I wonder if Obama took his cue from the CPUSA?)

The brochure, neatly printed in both English and Spanish, goes through a few more pages of slamming the right, for example:

“Although the ultra-right is weakened and divided, they continue to push fear, division, racism and anti-immigrant bigotry in this year’s elections, aided and abetted by the corporate media. These multi-pronged poisonous tactics can only be overcome with unbreakable unity.”

I sometimes wonder if the left, including the CPUSA, doesn’t need a long, hard look in the mirror when they say things like that!! “Aided and abetted by the corporate media”? What were these folks drinking when they wrote that?

The CPUSA suggests four “bold policy changes necessary to meet the immediate needs of working people, eliminate poverty and move our country forward with a new President and Congress.” These policies include:

1. Immediate Relief
a. Moratorium on foreclosures, including resetting mortgages so payments are affordable.
b. Extend unemployment compensation, increase payments and eligibility, increase food stamps, WIC, children’s health insurance, and low income energy assistance.
c. assist deficit ridden state and local governments so they can preserve serviceds and jobs. Fund “ready-to-go” infrastructure projects.

2. Peacetime, Green Jobs Economy for all
a. Enact massive public works jobs creation to make existing buildings energy efficient, construct new schools, hospitals, affordable housing, mass transit, and bridges…
b. Major clean, affordable energy development project for solar, wind, and biomass electricity generation. Immediate program to cut greenhouse gas emissions and for environmental cleanup. Restore Federal energy regulation and encourage public ownership of utilities.
c. Enact the Employee Free Choice Act to enable workers to form unions without intimidation and win higher wages and benefits, dignity, and respect.
d. Enact the US National Health Insurance Act to provide universal health insurance with single payer financing. Fully fund public education from pre-school through higher education and technical training…

3. Restore Civil Rights, the Bill of Rights, and Separation of Powers
a. Restore Civil Rights Act enforcement, affirmative action in employment, education, and housing… Outlaw hate crimes. Preserve Roe v. Wade.
b. Pass immigration reform with legalization, a path to citizenship, due process…
c. Repeal Patriot Act. Restore Habeas Corpus rights. No more torture. Investigate and prosecute Bush administration violations of the Constitution
d. Expand voting rights. Enact publically financed elections, same day registration, voting rights for ex-felons… Restore Fairness Doctrine in media.

4. Strength through Peace
a. Withdraw US troops from Iraq… Full care for returning veterans…
b. Adopt a new foreign policy of diplomacy and respect for all nations, instead of preemptive war for corporate interests. Renew commitment to UN peace role
c. End trace policies that enrich corporations while destroying jobs. Ratify Kyoto Treaty and other climate change agreements.
d. Enforce nuclear non-proliferation, work to abolish nuclear weapons. Cut Pentagon spending in half, close down US bases around the world.

The final page of the brochure states: “Defeating the right wing is the first step in the struggle to end exploitation, poverty, racism and war inherent in capitalism…Our vision is a socialist USA, that opens the way for equality, world peace, real democracy, a society in which people control their own destinies in a sustainable world.”

I think it is time we stop calling President Obama’s agenda the road to socialism. It is communism, pure and simple, and it is here. My heart weeps for America.