Head of Communist Party USA announces plan to work with Democratic Party
John Bachtell, chairman of the National Committee of the Communist Party USA, has penned a 2,000-plus-word essay explaining to his True Believers why the party has chosen to use the Democrats as its vehicle. Eric Owens of the Daily Caller noticed and excerpted some of the gems from the cant-laden prose, but let me offer my own summary.
First of all, Bachtell faces a tricky “internal contradiction” (to borrow a bit of Marxist jargon). He has to justify the separate existence of his organization, while at the same time telling members that the Democrats are the (current) vehicle for achieving their aims. So the essay is misleadingly and emphatically titled “A radical third party? I agree!”
But that radical third party, like the workers’ utopia, is for the distant future. Right now:
… we are part of building the broadest anti-ultra right alliance possible, uniting the widest array of class (including a section of monopoly), social and democratic forces. This necessarily means working with the Democratic Party. This differentiates us from those left groups who underestimate the right danger and overestimate the readiness of key class and social forces to bolt the Democratic Party.
… our objective is not to build the Democratic Party. At this stage we are about building the broad people's movement led by labor that utilizes the vehicle of the Democratic Party to advance its agenda. We are about building the movements around the issues roiling wide sections of people that can help shape election contours and debates.
Got it? The commies are using the Democratic Party. It may be in thrall to Wall Street, but at least it is not Republican or (worst of all) Tea Party. The commies absolutely hate the Tea Party. Exactly why is never specified, but boy oh boy, they are like a crucifix to a vampire for the commies.
Meanwhile, the Democratic Party is where the action is:
Labor's [by which he means communists’] allies are also building independent formations inside and outside the Democratic Party.
Hmm, that sounds a lot like infiltration. Shades of Joe McCarthy, only from the pen of the head of the Communist Party USA.
Back in the 1940s, Communists were also infiltrating the Democrats, but back then, there was resistance. Hubert Humphrey rose to national prominence as mayor of Minneapolis when he crusaded to drive the commies out of the Democrats. He was joined by a large cohort of anti-communist Democrats, people like Henry Jackson.
Somehow, these days, there is no expectation of resistance to this infiltration.
Hat tip: Bryan Demko