Thursday, March 09, 2006

Socialist Dems call for wartime defense cuts

Over at GOPUSA, Bobby Eberle reports:

Despite some tough talk coming from a select few Democrats on Capitol Hill regarding defense and the war on terror, it appears that liberals are still liberals, and no amount of spin will change that fact. The latest evidence is a program sponsored by the Congressional Progressive Caucus which calls for $60 billion in cuts to the defense budget. And this is the party that wants to be seen as strong on defense?

According to a report in The Hill, the proposal would take money away from defense and shift it to “humanitarian assistance, social programs, energy conservation, homeland security and deficit reduction.”

“I think it’s time for Congress and the House to talk about the huge amount of tax dollars going for weapons systems designed to fight a Cold War that doesn’t exist,” said Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), co-chairwoman of the 62-member Democratic group. “I don’t think people realize the billions of dollars that are being wasted.”

We don't think people realize that the lunatics are now running the asylum. The Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC), a direct spin-off of the Democratic Socialists of America, has achieved critical mass. At this writing 62 members of Congress -- fully one-third of Democratic members -- have joined the CPC. Among the members are David Bonior and Jim McDermott who, at the height of pre-war tensions with Baghdad, flew to Iraq and declared Saddam Hussein more trustworthy than George W. Bush.

Here's a little inside information on the CPC from our forthcoming book, Donkey Cons: Sex, Crime, and Corruption in the Democratic Party:

Leftist Democrats are still clinging to the Marxist dream…[B]ecause of that dream, Democrats tend to nurture subversion. Today, subversive Democrats even have an official club: the Congressional Progressive Caucus. The Progressive Caucus was founded in 1992 by Reps. Bernie Sanders of Vermont (an avowed socialist who has the good sense to advertise himself as an independent), Peter DeFazio of Oregon, Lane Evans of Illinois, Maxine Waters of California, and the arguably treasonous [California Congressman] Ron Dellums.

Here's some intriguing background on Dellums: He, along with the noted patriot Barbara Lee in 1983 were found to have been collaborating with Maurice Bishop, the Marxist dictator of Grenada, in order to conceal from the Reagan Administration Bishop's military alliance with the Soviet Union . At the time, Lee was Dellum's assistant. Now she is co-chair of the CPC. (Politically, Lee is slightly to the left of V.I. Lenin.)

When he helped launch the [CPC], Dellums was an official with the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) and, during his three decades in the House, worked closely with the committed Marxists and Soviet KGB agents at the Institute for Policy Studies, a sort of boot camp for American communists. The DSA is “the largest socialist organization in the United States and the principal U.S. affiliate of the Socialist International."

Until 1999, the DSA hosted the Progressive Caucus Web site, and the caucus’s Web site linked back to the DSA.22 Today, the ties are less visible, but can be found in dual memberships. For example, New York Congressman Major Owens is a member of both the DSA and the Progressive Caucus.With such close ties, it is instructive to learn what the DSA believes. Here’s the group in its own words:23

• “We are socialists because we reject an international economic order sustained by private profit.”

• “The current assault on the welfare state led by corporate and conservative elites is also an attack on political democracy.”

• “A democratic commitment to a vibrant pluralist life assumes the need for a . . . representative government to regulate the market. . . . In the 21st century this will increasingly occur through international, multilateral action.”

• “Free markets or private charity cannot provide adequate public goods and services.”

• “No country, even a superpower like the United States, can guarantee peace and stability, never mind justice. Only a multinational armed force can intervene in conflicts to enforce
generally accepted standards of human rights and democratic practices.”

• The DSA supports a “massive redistribution of income from corporations and the wealthy to wage earners and the poor and the public sector to provide the main source of new funds for social programs, income maintenance, and infrastructure rehabilitation.”

• The DSA supports a “massive shift of public resources from the military . . . to civilian uses.”

Hmmm...sounds similar to the CPC's new proposal. Coincidental? Do leftist Democrats in Congress really have anything to do with the DSA at all? We'll let the DSA answer:

In one document, the DSA urges its “youth section” to “stress our Democratic Party strategy and electoral work. . . . The Democratic Party is something the public understands, and association with it takes the edge off. Stressing our Democratic Party work will establish some distance from the radical subculture and help integrate you to the milieu of the young liberals.”

But deep in a document called “Where We Stand: The Political Perspective of the Democratic Socialists of America,” the group states its goals more baldly: “Many socialists have seen the Democratic Party, since at least the New Deal, as the key political arena in which to consolidate this coalition, because the Democratic Party held the allegiance of our natural allies. Through control of the government by the Democratic Party coalition, led by anti-corporate forces, a progressive program regulating the corporations, redistributing income . . . and expanding social programs could be realized.”

Think about it: American taxpayers are paying the salaries of 62 Democratic members of Congress so that they can implement a subversive socialist agenda. Here's the really good news: Progressive Caucus cofounder Bernie Sanders is running for Senate. If he wins, we'll all be the beneficiaries of bicameral socialism.

- VINCENT