Ever heard of “rebranding”?
Seriously, why is it laughable? There’s a socialist who caucuses with the Democrats (and is a member of the Progressive Congressional Caucus). I pointed out in a related thread that the political goals the Communist Party is willing to list looks like boilerplate Democratic Party platform material.
Yes, laughable. And where did you get the idea that a socialist platform is in any way related to the true ideals of the communist Party?
American communist and international socialist websites post the same set of issues that the leftmost Democratic Party. Apparently I’m supposed to assume the socialists and communists are liars but the progressives are telling the truth.
And what do you mean by “willing to list”? Are they hiding their agenda?
I assume that the goals posted on the socialist and communist websites are posted intentionally (“willing”). I leave open the possibility (as an act of charity to those who will defend Democratic Party progressives) that the socialists and communists filtering their message to obtain wider appeal.
And since when is a progressive lobby “the” Democratic Party any more than the NRA is “the” Republican Party?
Red herring. Nobody’s saying that. Otherwise West could claim the number of “communists” equal to the total number of Democrats in Congress.
Most of what I found on the Communist web site you listed speaks to throwing out the Constitution and withdrawing from Afganistan.
Your survey was very limited. The site is extremely antiwar. It sounds like Dennis Kucinich. One article talked about replacing the Constitution but without any description of the method. Democrats today understand that there is no need to replace the Constitution when the Court can simply make it mean whatever is needed. Though as I pointed out, some Democrats are willing to make a law to restrict the freedom of speech.
None of these extreme positions fit any congressional member.
Could you be ignoring a large number of positions on the site that fit many congressional members, especially Democrats?
1) Outlaw any and all U.S. involvement in wars of aggression and the use of force in settling conflicts between nations and peoples;
2) All U.S. Troops Home Now;
3) Cancel the Debts of all the countries of Asia, Africa and Latin America;
4) Pay Reparations Now for all the crimes of slavery and all crimes of the U.S. government, present and past; and
5) End all support for Israel and act to end the occupation of Palestine now, beginning with withdrawal to the 1967 borders.
6) Stop the Raids and Deportations. Legalization for all now.
7) Stop Funding War, Stop Paying the Rich, Increase Funding for Social Programs
Communism aims to violently destroy the existing system;
Does it? Why does the Marxist/Leninist bunch refer to “democratric” change, then? Give us a quotation. Unless you’ll instead explain that they’re liars hiding their true agenda (while the progressives are, of course, utterly honest with theirs).
definitely not a plank in the democratic party platform. Also, the reference to McCarthyism is in the way he vilified those members of Congress and those the entertainment industry. McCarthy knew that there were no Communists but he was caught up in his own lie. He used it mainly as a red herring to destroy his political opponents. This, I believe is what Bill Moyer menat by his comment on West. Seriously.
Dude, McCarthy was right that there were communists in the U.S. government. He just went overboard.
What West is saying is not what McCarthy was saying, and the comparisons are extraordinarily unfair.
The legend surrounding McCarthy has apparently done great work in helping make people ignorant of the degree of sympathy progressives held for the Soviet Union.