September 17, 2009
What Would a Communist Do?By Randall Hoven
The best person to answer that question would be a communist. Since I don't have a communist under my bed (I looked), I turned to the Communist Party USA as a source. Here then, is my report on what the CPUSA has been up to recently (or at least what it is willing to post on its public web site). http://www.cpusa.org/
(Some of you might be thinking it a bit retro to call someone a communist. I am very aware that we cannot read what is written in the heart of another man. But when a person is a member of the Communist Party, calls himself a communist, and justifies his arguments based on the teachings of Marx and Lenin, I think it safe to call him a communist.)
The CPUSA's home page consists of various articles posted in reverse chronological order. I list and summarize those below.
Resetting the Health Care Debate, by Sam Webb, National Chair, 9/10/2009. In this article, Sam praises President Obama's speech of the previous night for turning the debate back around after being attacked by
So what would a communist do about health care? Support Obama, tenaciously and with persistence, and especially insist on including a public option. And attack your opponents as right-wing extremists and racists.
Summer Health Care fight heats up!, by CPUSA National Board, 8/10/2009. This is more of the same about the health care debate. While Sam, above, listed who the bad guys are (right-wing extremists, racists, insurance companies and corporate America), the National Board lists who the good guys are.
We are warned again of "right wingers" who "are using strong-arm tactics to disrupt town hall meetings, oppose any public option..."
What would a communist do? Again, support Obama's health care plan, especially a public option, with help from "the labor movement, Health Care for America Now, Organizing for America and so many other organizations... the AFL-CIO."
Running behind the "Redwood Curtain", by Michael Robert Langdon, 8/4/2009. This article reports on all the local good works being performed by the author in and about McKinleyville, California.
What would a communist do? Provide first aid, referrals, and consultations, and "spend a great deal of time talking to the politicians."
Speech to Chautauqua: The Communist Party - A work in progress, by Sam Webb, 7/30/3009. This being a speech by Sam Webb, it is characteristically long winded. Some excerpts.
You get the idea. After a stem-winding history of the struggle, Sam gets to what good communists should do now.
In this context, I think what Sam means by "change" is change to Marxism.
Communist Party statement on the situation in Honduras, by CPUSA, 7/28/2009. The CPUSA of course supports ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya, dear friend of Hugo Chavez.
By way of background, as summarized by American Thinker contributor Humberto Fontova,
They did that because Zelaya was breaking Honduran law in an attempt to become president-for-life, and using his own private militia to do it.
But what should a good communist do about it?
I leave it as an exercise for the reader to determine how far down this checklist President Obama and progressive Congress people got. (I do know that some visas were revoked for Honduran officials H.R. 630 now has 44 cosponsors and has been referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.)
Call on Congress to Support Elected President of Honduras, by CPUSA International Department, 7/9/2009. More of the same as above. But specifically, support the initiative in Congress.
A few more names to add to the list of who CPUSA wants to work with: Bill DeLaHunt, James McGovern, and the Alliance for Global Justice.
Previously, the list consisted of "the labor movement, Health Care for America Now, Organizing for America" and "the AFL-CIO, US Steelworkers and Local 10 of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union." And Mother Jones. Coincidentally, the SEIU also supports Zelaya and HR 630.
Not all these people and organizations are communist, of course. They just happen to be people and organizations whose interests coincide with those of the Communist Party right now.
That about wraps it up for recent CPUSA events. I reported previously on the CPUSA's platform and Obama's progress through it.
To review: What Would a Communist Do?
Like Sam says,
Hey wait a minute. You mean not only were there active communists here in the 1930s, but they influenced New Deal policy? Are we supposed to know that?