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Subject: Obama and the Marxist Socialist radical members of Congress
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Obama and the Marxist Socialist radical members of Congress (Updated 2x)
*October 22, 2008 by Procrustes
<> *
*^See James Simpson's Barack Obama and the Strategy of Manufactured
at American Thinker, 09/28/08. **
heard of the House Progressive Caucus? You won't find it on James
Simpson's chart but a lot of the connections you will read about in this
article are.*
*The House Progressive Caucus (HPC) is just another name for the
**Progressive Caucus (Democratic)
which, according to Discover the Networks, is a "radical caucus of
nearly six-dozen members of the House of Representatives. Until 1999,
the HPC "worked in open partnership" with **Democratic Socialists of
<>**, the
"largest Socialist organization in the U.S."***
*Update: According to the January/February 1999 issue
<> of DSA's
New Ground, DSA "helped to organize" the Caucus. *
*The March 29, 1999, issue of The New American describes
the House Progressive Caucus (HPC) as*
*… a consortium of radical congressional collectivists whose
stunning success in November remains one of the most under-reported
stories of the election. Fifty-five of the 58 members on last year's
HPC roster ran for re-election; every one of them was re-elected.*
*This success occurred in spite of the fact that there is a
symbiotic relationship between the HPC and the Democratic Socialists
of America (DSA) — a relationship that has been ignored by the major
media. The DSA is the principal U.S. affiliate of the Socialist
International, the world's oldest and largest hodgepodge of
socialist, social democratic, and labour parties. The Socialist
International proudly boasts that it is the successor to the
so-called "First International" of Karl Marx, founded in London in
*HPC/DSA "goals"***
*The New American informs
* <>*
*According to one DSA position paper, its collectivist agenda
includes "massive redistribution of income from corporations and the
wealthy to wage earners and the poor and the public sector"; "a
massive shift of public resources from the military … to civilian
uses"; and "expanding [Medicare] eligibility to people of all ages
and income regardless of health or employment status" so that "the
federal government can serve as the single payer" for the nation's
health care. After all, the DSA contends, "Free markets or private
charity cannot provide adequate public goods and services. [...]*
*The HPC's list of legislative goals includes "a more progressive tax
system" (Karl Marx would be pleased), deep cuts in the military budget,
and a "cradle-to-grave" single-payer health care plan. In the following
pages we survey a rogues' gallery of HPC congressmen and others with a
similar ideological bent.*
*The Wikipedia article
<> on the
Congressional Progressive Caucus says:*
*According to their website, the CPC advocates "universal access to
affordable, high quality healthcare," fair trade agreements, living
wage laws, the right of all workers to organize into labor unions
and engage in strike actions and collective bargaining, the
abolition of significant portions of the USA PATRIOT Act, the
legalization of gay marriage, strict campaign finance reform laws, a
complete pullout from the war in Iraq, a crackdown on free trade and
corporate welfare, an increase in income tax on the wealthy, tax
cuts for the poor, and an increase in social welfare spending by the
federal government.*
*Anything sounding familiar? It should. We've certainly been hearing a
lot of sound bytes on the evening news and in political TV and radio ads
that sound just .. like .. this:*
* *redistribution of wealth? –* ***–** *
* *increase income tax on wealthy? – **–** *
* *tax cuts for the poor? – **– */*Note: 40% of Americans pay zero
taxes now.*/* *
* *more progressive tax system? – **–** *
* *crackdown on corporate welfare? – **–** *
* *increased social welfare spending? – **–** *
* *"cradle-to-grave" health care? – **– ***
* *complete pullout from Iraq? –** –** *
* *cuts in military budget? – **–** *
*Must read**: John Batchelor's October 22, 2008, article Keynes Again,
which will put all of these goals in a chilling perspective.*
*CPC founding***
*The New American continues
*The House Progressive Caucus was founded in 1992 by Representatives
Bernard Sanders (Independent-VT), Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Lane Evans
(D-IL), Maxine Waters (D-CA), and then-Congressman Ron Dellums (D-CA).*
*Although Congressman Sanders, who currently chairs the HPC's
executive committee, is a self-avowed socialist, he is one of the
group's more "moderate" members. During the previous Congress, 51 of
his HPC colleagues scored lower than he did on this magazine's
"Conservative Index" voting guide!*
*Sanders, DeFazio, and Waters are members of what is now called the
Congressional Progressive Congress.*
*DSA hosted CPC***
it surprise you to know that the Democratic Socialists of America hosted
the CPC on its website?*
*For this latter piece of information we turn to a May 24, 2008, post
at Theodore's World blog:*
*Until 1999, DSA hosted the website of the Progressive Caucus.
Following a subsequent expose of the link between the two entities,
the Progressive Caucus established its own website
under the auspices of Congress. But DSA and the Progressive Caucus
remain intimately linked. All 58 Progressive Caucus members also
belong to DSA.*
*The CPC's "own website" for the current 71-member CPC is an extension
of that maintained for its co-chairwoman, Rep. Barbara Lee (Calif.) — <>. The other CPC co-chairwoman
is fellow Californian, Rep. Lynn Woolsey.*
*The CPC-DSA relationship was confirmed by Trevor Loudon in his November
12, 2006, article The Socialists Behind the "Progressive Caucus"
*As the Congressional Progressive Caucus is the most powerful and
radical group in the new US Congress, it might be useful to find out
who is behind the organisation.*
*The most obvious backers of the CPC are the Democratic Socialists
of America (DSA).*
*Loudon cited the Wikipedia article on the DSA
*During the 1990s, DSA began looking to the Religious Right's
activism within the Republican Party as a model for how the Left
could gain a greater foothold within the Democratic Party…*
*The result was the "Congressional Progressive Caucus, a group of 65
Democratic legislators in the U.S. House of Representatives anchored
by US Rep. Bernie Sanders, a DSA sympathizer….DSA's website included
commentary supportive of the legislative caucus throughout much of
the late 1990s.*
*CPC supporters***
*The Wikipedia article
<> on the
CPC also provides the names of a number of organizations which support
the CPC.*
*Included in the "array of national progressive organizations" that
"work to support the efforts of the caucus" we find a few that top the
* *Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) *
* *The Nation magazine *
* *Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) *
/*See next page for Institute for Policy Studies*/**
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14 Responses
*1. **on October 22, 2008 at 11:39 am
mcnorman <>*
*Great piece. The visual will help people understand the complexity of
Obama's web.*

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