DSA Members in Congress

In Jackasses on June 7, 2010 at 1:42 am

One political party has published a list of goals which it feels need to be urgently addressed. Please read the list below and see if you can guess which party is responsible for this list.

– Universal prescription drug coverage administered by Medicare.
– Universal health care system.
– Restore social safety net. Welfare reform that includes job training, supports and living wages.
– Full funding for equal, quality, bi-lingual public education. No vouchers.
– Repeal tax cuts to the rich and corporations.
– Strong regulation of financial industry.
– Labor law reform to remove barriers to workers who want to join a union.
– No privatization of Social Security. Increase benefits.
– End military interventions.
– Cut military budget and fund human needs.
– End racial profiling.
– Repeal the death penalty.
– Enforce civil rights laws and affirmative action.
– Repeal USA Patriot Act.
– Legalization and protection of immigrant rights.

I recently read this list to a friend and asked her which party’s point of view they best represented. She immediately responded with, “The Democrats!” If you have come to the same conclusion, you are both wrong, at least technically. This list actually comes from the website of the Communist Party USA.

The idea that Democrats are socialists is not merely a smear campaign orchestrated by far right conservatives, it is a matter of fact. As a former Democrat and socialist, it pleases me immensely that many Americans are now coming to that realization. It is long past time that Americans confront this issue and decide which ideological road America should take. For far too long Democrats have subversively implemented their socialist agenda while denying their socialist ideology. It is now becoming very difficult for them to do so, especially as Americans become aware of the Democrats close associations to socialist groups and organizations. Of the Democrats in Congress, 73 of them are members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC), of these members, at least 33 are also members of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA). I use the words ‘at least’ because the DSA website no longer publishes a list of DSA members serving in Congress. The most recent DSA list of its congresstional members is from 2002.

These are the 2002 CPC members who were also listed as members of the DSA;

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (CA-8)
Senator Bernie Sanders (VT)
Lynn Woolsey (CA-6)
Neil Abercrombie (HI-1)
Xavier Becerra (CA-31)
Corrine Brown (FL-3)
John Conyers (MI-14
Danny Davis (IL-7)
Peter DeFazio (OR-4)
Chaka Fattah (PA-2)
Bob Filner (CA-51)
Barney Frank (MA-4)
Luis Gutierrez (IL-4)
Maurice Hinchey (NY-22)
Jesse Jackson, Jr. (IL-2)
Marcy Kaptur (OH-9)
Dennis Kucinich (OH-10)
John Lewis (GA-5)
Jim McDermott (WA-7)
James McGovern (MA-3)
George Miller (CA-7)
Jerrold Nadler (NY-8)
John Olver (MA-1)
Ed Pastor (AZ-4)
Donald Payne (NJ-10)
Charles Rangel (NY-15)
Pete Stark (CA-13)
Bennie Thompson (MS-2)
John Tierney (MA-6)
Nydia Velazquez (NY-12)
Maxine Waters (CA-35)
Mel Watt (NC-12)
Henry Waxman (CA-30)

It is high time that we gave the socialist in Congress the boot.


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