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Unread post by FHB » October 17th, 2019, 11:38 am

Another gem from The American Thinker:

October 17, 2019

The Democrats -- Who They Are, What they Want and How to Confront Them
By Alexander G. Markovsky

Every time the Democratic presidential contenders take the stage, we witness a stunning display of the Democratic Party's ideological conversion to a Marxist-sponsored socialist cartel. In pursuit of utopian/egalitarian virtue, the party has adopted the language of the ideology and is growing perpetually out of sync with American liberties.

In a frightening sense of déjà vu, the downsized American replicas of Leon Trotsky, Nikolai Bukharin, Clara Zetkin, and Rosa Luxemburg are seeking to impose the moralities of a flawed society through seductive promises of fairness and equality with an intensity and passion that rivals that of their precursors a century earlier. However, unlike the originals, the candidates are hardly thinkers or mavericks; they sound like pedestrian opportunists having no intellectual basis and as such are unable to define independent philosophical identities.

But it doesn’t make them less dangerous. The contenders enjoy widespread support among the ideologically driven legislators who with medieval fanaticism demand the implementation of socialist agendas. Some bombastically prophesy environmental calamities and the end of the world unless we implement insane ideas they put forward as the key to salvation. Those loonies cannot be persuaded by facts, historical records, or common sense. For them, acceptance of reality equates to a denial of faith.

“It is more important to be morally right than factually correct,” so asserted socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. “Morally right” is a method of persuasion that epitomizes radicalism in its most extreme form. A maxim, not bounded by the concepts of reasoning or moral restrains, that justified the Red Terror in Russia, the Cultural Revolution in China, the Holocaust in Germany and many other atrocities that cost tens of millions of lives by those who proclaimed themselves “morally right.”

This madness can be stopped if people realize in time where the Democratic Party’s newly adopted ideology may lead.

Since the dawn of time, the purpose of every human organization has been to create wealth. Socialism, however, is the exception -- its purpose is economic equality. To find the historical precedent for economic equality, we have to travel ten thousand years back in time to the era of primitive communism. There were no property and no wealth, resulting in total economic equality -- in poverty. Ironically, this is the only way economic equality can be achieved -- there is no equality in wealth.

By taking control of the production of wealth, whether via expropriation or imposition of taxation and regulations or manufacturing hyperinflation, socialists destroy wealth to impose economic equality. It is significant that during the current election cycle none of the Democrats has offered a single proposal that would lead to wealth creation. In the contrary, every proposal is aimed at government control of the economy and human life itself.

As with any utopia, this one cannot be implemented on a voluntary basis. The acceptance of socialism would require a massive cultural transformation and major adjustment in the American DNA -- the moral lapse from self-reliance to government dependence. Hence, just like their Russian predecessors, American socialists proceed to dismantle the established concept of domestic order. The entire institutional spectrum, the Constitution, the legacy of the American history, education, art, literature, holidays, legal basis, vocabulary, street names, and monuments came under ideological assault.

To confront this monster, the entire debate over the definition and objectives of socialism needs to be reconceived. The argument -- “socialism doesn’t work” -- has been used by the opponents of socialism for a hundred years and has not diminished socialism’s magnetic appeal to millions of disoriented and disillusioned souls who are easy prey to hefty promises of “free stuff.”

The folly of this argument is that it is based primarily on economic reasoning. The socialists never promised high productivity and economic efficiency. As stated earlier, they promised economic equality and they have consistently delivered it for 99% of a country's population. In this sense, socialism works. It works as intended and that is Bernie Sanders's suicidal "Future to Believe In" is all about.

Although socialist conceptions have already penetrated deeply into society, astonishingly, thus far there has been little resistance to the ideological onslaught, primarily due to lack of an ideological counterweight. A sustained effort by all supporters of free enterprise and individual liberty is required before the tumor metastases and consumes the country. An anti-socialist ideology defining and confronting a contemporary version of socialism needs to be developed and translated into an operating policy.

It is critically important to accept the historical fact that socialism cannot be defeated -- it self-destructs. This irreconcilable ideological rival can and needs to be contained by the vigilant application of the ideology and adroit strategy.

“We need to gather together at once in our hands all the cards we hold to play them for the full value,” suggested George Kennan, the author of the Cold War containment policy for dealing with the Soviet Union.

At this writing, a generation has grown up ignorant about socialism. Henceforth to make the policy effective, thousands of trained volunteers and scholars, despite violent intimidation, should be mobilized to work at the university campuses confronting the aberrations of socialism and the indoctrination of our youth in anti-Americanism. This is a huge and never-ending task the necessity of which has been ignored for too long.

Alexander G. Markovsky is a scholar of Marxism and a senior fellow at the London Center for Policy Research, a conservative think tank that examines national security, energy, risk-analysis, and other public policy issues. He is the author of Anatomy of a Bolshevik and Liberal Bolshevism: America Did Not Defeat Communism, She Adopted It. Mr. Markovsky is the owner and CEO of Litwin Management Services, LLC. He can be reached at
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Unread post by alton hitsman » October 17th, 2019, 2:02 pm

If this is what happens to A old fisherman when he sells his boat I hope when I sell mine someone holds an intervention.

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Unread post by capt.dan » October 17th, 2019, 3:49 pm

If the socialists Dems win in 2020 and you sell your boat Alton, remember we ALL GET a share of what you thought were your profits. :thinking: :gun:
Not everyone will agree with, understand you, like you, appreciate your character, personality or politics. Not even a few benefiting from your knowledge and/or generosity. But stay true to your beliefs and convictions.

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Unread post by FHB » October 22nd, 2019, 12:01 pm

I am posting this as a follow-up to my original post.

This comes from a website called, BeliefNet. It's apparently linked to an obscure religious denomination. I have not researched the source, but have no reason to doubt the veracity of the content of the article. I'm sure that this membership info is part of the Congressional Record, and along with the mission statements of the organizations mentioned, is independently verifiable. Alton Hitsman, if you or anyone else happen to disagree with anything on this thread, a cogent and concise point-to-point rebuttal might serve you better than just an oblique reference to boat sales and intervention, which have nothing to do with the discussion. For those of you who get off on the idea of "progressivism", here is a link:

Socialists in Congress with Ties to Communist Party USA
75 Socialists in Congress

By Discover The Networks, A Guide to the Political Left

The 75-member Congressional Progressive Caucus, co-chaired by Reps. Raul Grijalva and Keith Ellison, is closely allied with the Democratic Socialists of America. The Communist Party USA identifies Progressive Caucus members as its “allies in Congress.”

Rep. Raul Grijalva (co-chair)
1511 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515Rep.

Keith Ellison (co-chair)
1027 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515

Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC)'s Visual Map

Socialist wing of the Democratic Party

Consists of 76 Members of Congress

Has close ties to the Institute for Policy Studies and the Democratic Socialists of America

Has ties to the Communist Party USA

Current Members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus

The Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) was founded in 1991 by Bernie Sanders, a self-identified socialist who had recently been elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. Sanders’ CPC co-founders included House members Ron Dellums,Lane Evans, Thomas Andrews, Peter DeFazio, and Maxine Waters. The Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) was also involved in CPC’s founding and in Caucus activities thereafter; IPS continues to advise CPC on various matters to this day.

Another key player in establishing CPC was the Democratic Socialists of America(DSA), which has maintained a close alliance with the Caucus ever since. In 1997, DSA’s political director, Chris Riddiough, organized a meeting with CPC leaders to discuss how the two groups might be able to “unite our forces on a common agenda.” Among those who participated in the meeting were Bernie Sanders, labor leaderRichard Trumka, professor Noam Chomsky, feminist Patricia Ireland, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Senator Paul Wellstone, journalist William Greider, and the socialist author, Barbara Ehrenreich.

Beginning in 1997, CPC worked closely with the newly launched “Progressive Challenge, a coalition of more than 100 leftist organizations that sought to unite their activities and objectives under a “multi-issue progressive agenda.” To view a list of many of the major groups that co-sponsored the Progressive Challenge, click here.

On November 11, 1999, CPC drafted a vital Position Paper on economic inequality, which called for “legislative initiatives” to combat the “income and wealth disparities” that “distor[t] our democracy, destabiliz[e] the economy, and erod[e] our social and cultural fabric.” Lamenting that “two and a half decades of government policies and rules governing the economy” had been “tilted in favor of large asset owners at the expense of wage earners,” the document derided the “pro-investor bias” of America’s existing “tax policy, trade policy, monetary policy, [and] government regulations.”

In 2005 CPC spelled out its political agendas in what would become its signature document, the “Progressive Promise.” Therein, the Caucus emphasizes its commitment to four major priorities: Economic Justice and Security; Civil Rights and Civil Liberties; Global Peace and Security; and Environmental Protection & Energy Independence. Under the rubric of these items fall a number of additional key CPC objectives, such as these:

● “To uphold the right to universal access to affordable, high-quality healthcare for all.”

● “To … create new jobs in the U.S. by building more affordable housing, re-building America’s schools and physical infrastructure, cleaning up our environment, and improving homeland security.”

● “To ensure [that] working families can live above the poverty line and with dignity by raising and indexing the minimum wage.”

● “To sunset expiring provisions of the Patriot Act and bring remaining provisions into line with the U.S. Constitution.”

● “To fight corporate consolidation of the media and ensure opportunity for all voices to be heard”—essentially a plan for purging conservative voices from the airwaves by means of the “Fairness Doctrine” or adherence to the principles of “localism.”

● “To bring U. S. troops home from Iraq as soon as possible.”

● “To encourage debt relief for poor countries” as outlined in the United NationsMillennium Project, a massive redistributive scheme calling for the governments of wealthy countries to commit 0.7% of their GNP to promoting “the economic development and welfare of developing countries.”

● “To free ourselves and our economy from dependence upon imported oil and shift to growing reliance upon renewable energy supplies and technologies.”

● To “eliminate [the] environmental threat posed by global warming,” an objective that may be accomplished by increased emphasis on “solar, biomass, and wind power.”

● “To promote environmental justice,” a term founded on the premise that hazardous-waste landfills and pollution-emitting industries tend to be situated disproportionately near minority neighborhoods.

A 2002 report by Joelle Fishman, chair of the Communist Party USA‘s Political Action Committee, stated that the Progressive Caucus “provides an important lever that can be used to advance workers’ issues and move the debate to the left in every Congressional District in the country.” In a 2010 CPUSA report, Party member David Bell identified Progressive Caucus members as his organization’s “allies in Congress.”

As of April 2011, CPC consisted of 74 members of the House of Representatives—all of them leftist Democrats—and one U.S. Senator (Bernie Sanders, an Independent who caucuses with the Democrats). For a comprehensive list of all 75 CPC members,click here. For a list of noteworthy former members who left the Caucus prior to April 2011, click here.

For additional information on CPC, click here.

This is an alphabetical list of all members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus(CPC) as of April 2011:Tammy Baldwin, Karen Bass, Xavier Becerra, Earl Blumenauer, Robert Brady,Corrine Brown, Michael Capuano, Andre Carson, Donna Christensen, Judy Chu, David Cicilline, Yvette Clarke, William “Lacy” Clay, Emanuel Cleaver, Steve Cohen, John Conyers, Elijah Cummings, Danny Davis, Peter DeFazio, Rosa DeLauro, Donna Edwards, Keith Ellison (co-chair), Sam Farr, Chaka Fattah, Bob Filner, Barney Frank, Marcia Fudge, Raúl Grijalva (co-chair), Luis Gutierrez,Maurice Hinchey, Mazie Hirono, Michael Honda, Jesse Jackson Jr., Sheila Jackson-Lee, Eddie Bernice Johnson, Hank Johnson (whip), Marcy Kaptur,Dennis Kucinich, Barbara Lee, John Lewis, David Loebsack, Ben Ray Lujan, Carolyn Maloney, Ed Markey, Jim McDermott, James McGovern, George Miller, Gwen Moore, Jim Moran, Jerrold Nadler, Eleanor Holmes Norton, John Olver, Frank Pallone, Ed Pastor, Donald Payne, Chellie Pingree, Jared Polis, Charles Rangel, Laura Richardson, Lucille Roybal-Allard, Bobby Rush, Linda Sanchez,Bernie Sanders (CPC’s lone Senator), Jan Schakowsky, Jose Serrano, Louise Slaughter, Pete Stark, Bennie Thompson, John Tierney, Nydia Velazquez, Maxine Waters, Mel Watt, Henry Waxman, Peter Welch, Frederica Wilson, and Lynn Woolsey.

For a list of noteworthy former members who left the CPC prior to April 2011,click here.

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