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August 14, 2010
Socialist Party of America reveals 70 Democrats as belonging to their caucus
Two things of note in this revelation. The first is the astonishing number of Democratic House members who not only belong to the Socialist Party of America, but even more incredible, don't mind if people find out about it.
The Socialist Party of America announced in their October 2009 newsletter that 70 Congressional democrats currently belong to their caucus.
That's 70 out of 255 Democrats in the House who are avowed socialists. You also wonder how many are still in the closet.
Again, we see the cowardice of these people. If they really had courage, they would run as both Democrats and socialists and be proud of it.
If the RNC were smart - and they're not - they would make an effort to get the facts about these anti-free market congressmen known far and wide. And what these Democrats have signed on to by being members of the Socialist Party of America is quite plain.
From the Preamble of the SPA:
We are socialists because we reject an international economic order sustained by private profit, alienated labor, race and gender discrimination, environmental destruction, and brutality and violence in defense of the status quo.
Note that some of what they stand for is boilerplate from both Democrats and Republicans. It is their "vision" of a "humane social order" that is based on the "equitable distribution of resources" among other nonsense that sets the socialists apart from rational people.
An examination of that list would tell you that the overwhelming majority of those Democrats are from extremely safe districts so its not like a revelation like this would mean their political careers are over. But it is still shocking to know that 20 years after the fall of Communism, so many lawmakers would still be enamored of such a spectacularly failed economic and social system.
Update: Steve Gilbert writes:
Not to nitpick, but this "announcement" is at most a change of terminology (maybe due to Beck's demonization of 'Progressive').
For this Socialist Party Caucus is just the Congressional Progressive Caucus, which has been a part of the Socialist Party since Bernie Saunders started it in 1991:
So there might have been a name change. Or this might have just been a slip of the pen.
From the Discover The Networks link above: "Until 1999, the Progressive Caucus website was hosted by the Democratic Socialists of America. After the press reported on this link, the connections suddenly vanished from both organizations' websites."
As DTN also points out, the Progressive Caucus works hand in glove with George Soros funded 'Progressive Challenge,' which is a project of the hard left Institute for Policy Studies.