OBAMA DESIGNATED DRIVER FOR ´ROAD TO SOCIALISM´ / Communist Party calls allies to unite behind Oval Office (WND-WORLD NET DAILY) by DREW ZAHN 04/29/12)
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The Communist Party USA isn’t always happy with the Democrats, but in
the 2012 election, its chairman says, the best bet for advancing the
Party’s goals is to back Barack Obama.
In a report called “Defeating the Rightwing on the Road to Socialism”
delivered to the CPUSA annual conference, Party Chairman Sam Webb
moved to squash sentiments that disgruntled communists should jump
off the Democrat ship and back a third-party candidate for president.
“Some think the Democrats are as bad as the Republicans. Others go
further and say that the Democrats are worse because they create
popular illusions that change is possible within the two-party
system,” Webb said. “And finally there are advocates of running a
third-party presidential candidate in this election.
“I can understand these sentiments, but only up to a point,” he
said. “Like it or not, millions go to the polls in spite of their
misgivings … and the Democratic Party is the vehicle of reform for
tens of millions, the majority of whom are working and oppressed
Therefore, Webb said, communists need to join other left-leaning
allies in ensuring Republicans are defeated in November.
“A third-party presidential candidate would only help the extreme
right, as well as isolate the left from the broader movement,” Webb
strategized. “Only a closer alliance of a surging labor movement and
its strategic allies – the African American people, Latino people,
and other peoples of color, women and youth – have the wherewithal to
turn back this corporate counterattack, while at the same time enact
Other speakers at the conference threw their support behind Obama
even more succinctly, including Executive Vice Chair of CPUSA Jarvis
“These right-wing nut jobs need to understand, we are not going
back,” Tyner said. “If Obama is elected, of course there will be a
struggle; a struggle that the democratic forces could win, I would
say. If he is defeated, the movement will suffer a big setback and
the country will be pushed backwards.”
According to a report in CPUSA’s news source People’s World, Vice
Chair Juan Lopez warned conference attendees that Republicans would
use racism as a “powerful ideological weapon” to defeat Obama.
“There is no room for cynicism,” Lopez stressed, “if we expect to win
against Republicans who are exhibiting fascist tendencies. The defeat
of Obama would be a dangerous setback on every front of struggle,
especially against racism and for equality for women. It would show
that white people were not ready for an African American president,
Joelle Fishman, chair of the CPUSA Political Action Commission,
further contrasted Obama and his “values … upholding the contribution
of work and those who do it,” and Mitt Romney, who allegedly
values “individualism and corporate greed.”
“The poll shows there is a lot of work to be done,” Fishman
trumpeted, “but with a strong platform for jobs and fair taxes, Obama
and Democrats can win voters in swing districts, including white
voters who supported the tea party in 2010.”
Fishman and Webb each remarked on labor-union plans to put huge
ground forces in play for the 2012 election and encouraged fellow
communists to join, rather than fight, the efforts.
“Labor will throw itself into the campaign to elect Democrats,
moderate as well as progressive,” Webb told the conference.
“The AFL-CIO grass roots crusade will engage 400,000 members to
canvass their co-workers and neighbors with a unity message for
Obama. SEIU will mobilize another 200,000 members with the same
goal,” Fishman claimed. “Strengthening and enlarging union, civil
rights, community and youth organizations during this election will
lay the groundwork for year-round organizing and for future elections
in which candidates who come out of the movements, including the
Communist Party, run for office.” (© 2012 WorldNetDaily.com, Inc.
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