Just in time for the Obama campaign.
A rare bird in the political world, the US Communist Party is feeling rather smug in these days of capitalist turmoil.
At the party’s New York headquarters on 23rd Street in Manhattan, regional party chairman Libero Della Piana, 36, laid out why he thinks Marxist-Leninism’s time has finally come.
“We are very excited, we feel that we are at a turning point,” Della Piana, an imposing half-Italian, half-African American with a pony tail, told AFP.
“We can afford to be less on the defensive for the first time since Ronald Reagan, and we can say our word in rebuilding America on a new basis, rebuilding a better world, instead of one based on the greed of the few.”
……American communists think that the collapse of Wall Street and huge disillusionment among the public with the economy has put them on a roll.
Communist youth coordinator Erica Smiley, 28, said “the major issues for the young are: peace, jobs, health care, education, and we provide them with answers.”
Whether the communists will be able to deliver remains open to question.
……There is no communist running for the White House and the Communist Party does not endorse Democrat Barack Obama.
That’s bullshit on stilts. Yes they do.
……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.
……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.”
Somewhere, Vladimir Lenin is smiling.