The Communist Party USA’s newspaper is defending Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama against potential defectors on the left, saying his candidacy represents a “broad multi-class, multicultural movement.”
In a July editorial, “Eye on the Prize,” the People’s Weekly World, the official newspaper of the Communist Party USA, admonished anyone on the left who might consider abandoning Obama.
“Barack Obama is not a left candidate,” the editorial said. “This fact has seemingly surprised a number of progressive people who are bemoaning Obama’s ‘shift to the center.’ It’s sad that some who seek progressive change are missing the forest for the trees.
Not a left candidate?!? That’s Hi-larious. Every single plank in his campaign platform has a socialist connotation, but he’s not a ‘left’ candidate. Oh. Boy. Talk about the forest and trees.
“But they will not dampen the wide and deep enthusiasm for blocking a third Bush term represented by John McCain, or for bringing Obama by a landslide into the White House with a large Democratic congressional majority,” it added.
Translation: He’s not Mao, but he’s the best we can expect.
The editorial, though never using the word “endorse,” expressed excitement about his candidacy. It also used numerous slogans from the Obama campaign such as “hope,” “change” and “third Bush term.”
“The struggle to defeat the ultra-right and turn our country on a positive path will not end with Obama’s election,” the editorial said. “But that step will shift the ground for successful struggles going forward.
Yeah, the new Bolshevik revolution they have in mind.
“One thing is clear. None of the people’s struggles — from peace to universal health care to an economy that puts Main Street before Wall Street — will advance if McCain wins in November. Let’s keep our eyes on the prize,” it added.
Which means your vision of a communist utopia will be delayed….again.
Gawd knows Bubba, algore, and the Hildabeast tried, didn’t they?
The Communist Party USA Web site says that the party does not endorse any particular candidate but does “endorse and join in the anti-Bush/anti-right wing sentiments that are driving so many people to activism.”
“The Communist Party USA views the 2008 elections as a tremendous opportunity to defeat the policies of the right-wing Republicans and to move our country in a new progressive direction,” the party’s Web site says. “We will work with others to defeat the Republican nominee and to end right-wing control of the new Congress.”
They ‘don’t endorse any particular candidate’, but they’ve endorsed Democratic candidates since the 1930s. Obama comes the closest to the basic tenets of the Communist/Socialist political ideology, so I’d be surprised if they didn’t endorse ‘Mr. Hopey Changeytude’.
And, what ‘right wing control’ of the new Congress???? Last I checked the leftwing Democrats still have control of both the Senate and the House.
Well, since Gus Hall is dead and Angela Davis is pre-occupied with her teaching position at the People’s Republic of Berkeley, it looks like they’ll have to settle for Obama’s representation.