There was a time when the idea of any President of the United States colluding with Russia would be revolting. President John F. Kennedy was a staunch anti-Communist. JFK famously said in a June 26, 1963 speech in West Berlin:
Two thousand years ago the proudest boast was “civis Romanus sum“. Today, in the world of freedom, the proudest boast is “Ich bin ein Berliner“.
President Kennedy went on to state:
There are many people in the world who really don’t understand, or say they don’t, what is the great issue between the free world and the Communist world. Let them come to Berlin. There are some who say that communism is the wave of the future. Let them come to Berlin. And there are some who say in Europe and elsewhere we can work with the Communists. Let them come to Berlin. And there are even a few who say that it is true that communism is an evil system, but it permits us to make economic progress. Lass’ sie nach Berlin kommen. Let them come to Berlin. [Emphasis added]
Communism is defined as:
a political theory derived from Karl Marx, advocating class war and leading to a society in which all property is publicly owned and each person works and is paid according to their abilities and needs.
Socialism is defined as:
a political and economic theory of social organization that advocates that the means of production, distribution, and exchange should be owned or regulated by the community as a whole.
The only difference between socialism and Communism is the the means to their collectivist end – the installation of a Communist state.
The goal of the Communist Party USA is embodied in the word “socialism.” According to the CPUSA website:
Socialism is a common-sense path to a fairer, more prosperous and more democratic USA. Socialism is also a desperate necessity as capitalism and its unrelenting drive for profits threaten to make our planet uninhabitable. Working families in America – the 99% – between us create all the products and services that make our country the richest nation in the history of humankind. It doesn’t make sense that these collectively produced resources are owned and controlled by a tiny handful of billionaires. The fight for socialism is a dynamic process to fulfill the vision of a future of peace, justice and fairness for our nation and our world. [Emphasis added]
President Kennedy would also be shocked that we have a party in the United States that promotes Marxism and Leninism called the Workers World Party.
What is the Workers World Party (WWP)? According to the WWP website:
Workers World Party is a revolutionary Marxist-Leninist party dedicated to organizing and fighting for a socialist revolution in the United States and around the world. With branches around the U.S., WWP develops militant organizers in every struggle, from anti-racist and immigrant rights to labor, anti-war and anti-imperialist struggles.
We are active in the Black Lives Matter movement including advocating for disarming the police and other repressive state apparatus. Workers World Party supports the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer struggles, and the fight for the rights of people with disabilities and women. We are in solidarity with the struggle for a living income, including the massive fight for a $15 hourly wage, as well as free healthcare for all and reproductive justice. We oppose the ruling class agenda of austerity and their attacks on the living standards of all workers. We fight against home foreclosures and evictions, water and utility shutoffs, school closings and charter schools. We support unions in the fight against the bosses. We call for the end to the rule of Wall Street, the military and the corporations as a necessary step in the struggle to mitigate climate change and to stop further harm to the environment. [Emphasis added]
The connection between Democratic Party, Communist Party USA and Workers World Party
The Preamble to the platform of the Democratic Party, reading much like that of the CPUSA, states:
Democrats believe we are stronger when we have an economy that works for everyone—an economy that grows incomes for working people, creates good-paying jobs, and puts a middle-class life within reach for more Americans. Democrats believe we can spur more sustainable economic growth, which will create good-paying jobs and raise wages. And we can have more economic fairness, so the rewards are shared broadly, not just with those at the top. We need an economy that prioritizes long-term investment over short-term profit-seeking, rewards the common interest over self-interest, and promotes innovation and entrepreneurship.
We believe that today’s extreme level of income and wealth inequality—where the majority of the economic gains go to the top one percent and the richest 20 people in our country own more wealth than the bottom 150 million—makes our economy weaker, our communities poorer, and our politics poisonous. [Emphasis added]
The Platform of Democratic Party, like that of the Workers World Party, similarly reads:
Above all, Democrats are the party of inclusion. We know that diversity is not our problem—it is our promise. As Democrats, we respect differences of perspective and belief, and pledge to work together to move this country forward, even when we disagree. With this platform, we do not merely seek common ground—we strive to reach higher ground.
We are proud of our heritage as a nation of immigrants. We know that today’s immigrants are tomorrow’s teachers, doctors, lawyers, government leaders, soldiers, entrepreneurs, activists, PTA members, and pillars of our communities.
We believe in protecting civil liberties and guaranteeing civil rights and voting rights, women’s rights and workers’ rights, LGBT rights, and rights for people with disabilities. [Emphasis added]
If you are looking for those who are like minded Communists/Socialists just visit the local office of the Democratic Party. Talk to their staff about how similar their platform is with CPUSA and WWP. See what they say.
It seems Democrats have been looking for love in all the wrong places.
If any two groups had an impact on the 2016 Presidential election is was the CPUSA and WWP. Both Communist inspired, as is the Democratic Party.
Those Democrats who have forgetten history are doomed to repeat it. “Ich bin ein Berliner!“
Here’s Johnnie Lee singing his 1980 hit song “Looking for Love in All The Wrong Places”: