Not JUST Bernie: Here are the Socialists masquerading as Democrats in Congress | Eastern North Carolina Now | A little dated, but not much. If you check the names of the jackasses currently sitting on the floor of the Congress protesting your 2nd Amendment right to defend yourself, you will find that many are included in a list of Democratic Socialists.

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    A little dated, but not much. If you check the names of the jackasses currently sitting on the floor of the Congress protesting your 2nd Amendment right to defend yourself, you will find that many are included in a list of Democratic Socialists, which I've appended at the end of this email. It is the most current full list of socialists masquerading as Congressional "Democrats," I could find.

    The Democrats were once a respectable political party in the United States.

    John Pizzo


Party's historic links unveiled as DNC chair praises 'progressive populist message'

    National Committee awkwardly struggled to answer and then ducked a question from MSNBC about the difference between a socialist and a Democrat.

    The exchange occurred when "Hardball" host Chris Matthews asked Debbie Wasserman Schultz about the presidential campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders, a self-described socialist who is running for president as a Democrat.

    While Sanders has not been shy about his affinity for socialism, the exchange between Schultz and Matthews may betray a relationship the Democratic Party has taken great pains to hide.

    The forgotten history revolves around the central role played by the Democratic Socialists of America, or DSA, in founding the Congressional Progressive Caucus, or CPC, the largest membership organization within the Democratic Caucus of Congress, currently with 69 declared members.

    The DSA is the largest socialist organization in the United States and is the principal U.S. affiliate of Socialist International, the worldwide organization of social democratic, socialist, communist and labor parties.

    The CPC is currently co-chaired by Reps. Raúl Grijalva, D-Ariz., and Keith Ellison, D-Minn. It was founded in 1991 by six member of Congress, including Sanders and Reps. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., Maxine Waters, D-Calif., and Ron Dellums, D-Calif.

    An early CPC member was Nancy Pelosi, former Speaker of the House

    The Democratic Socialists of America's chief organizing goal has been to work within the Democratic Party and remove the stigma attached to "socialism" in the eyes of most Americans.

    "Stress our Democratic Party strategy and electoral work," explains an organizing document of the DSA. "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."

    An online definition of socialism calls it "any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods."

    It also is described as "a stage in Marxist theory transitional between capitalism and communism."

    Tongue-tied DNC chief suffers socialist stutter on MSNBC

    As WND reported Friday, Matthew asked Wasserman Schultz, "What is the difference between a Democrat and a socialist?"

    Wasserman Schultz was unwilling to offer an answer, only saying that the bigger issue is the difference between a Democrat and a Republican.

    Matthews had first asked, "Do you want to see Bernie Sanders speak at the Democrat National Convention? Do you want to have him up there as a socialist representing the Democratic Party?"

    "Bernie Sanders has been a good Democrat. He caucuses with the Democrats. Of course he should speak," she said.

    When Matthews presses about whether the speech should be in prime time or when nobody is listening, she waffled.

    "I don't know what time he should speak," she said. "The progressive populist message that he has that resonates deeply and widely with the American people, not just with Democrats, absolutely should be featured," she said.

    Matthews left her struggling for words. He asked: "What is the difference between a Democrat and a socialist? I used to think there was a big difference. What do you think it is?"

    Wasserman Schultz laughed nervously. Then she moved on to "uhm."

    "The difference between ... the real question is what's the difference between being a Democrat and being a Republican," she finally explains.

    Matthews pressed for an answer: "You're the chairman of the Democratic Party. Tell me the difference between you and a socialist."

    "The relevant debate that we'll be having over the course of this campaign is the difference between a Democrat and a Republican," she insisted.

    The DSA openly helped to establish and found the CPC.

    In 1998, the January/February issue of Chicago DSA's New Ground publication identified Sanders and Democratic Rep. Barney Frank of Massachusetts as leaders of the Progressive Caucus in Congress, which, the publication related, the DSA "helped to organize."

    Until November 2002, the website of the CPC was openly hosted by the DSA, demonstrating the close ties between the two likeminded groups.

    Following negative publicity about the CPC website being hosted by the socialist organization, the list of CPC names was moved to Sanders' own website and was later relocated to its own site.

    It was reported as early as 1998 on the DSA and the progressive congressional faction. The DSA website even featured "The Internationale," (the worldwide anthem of communism).

    Another song on the site was "Red Revolution," sung to the tune of "Red Robin." The lyrics include:

    "When the Red Revolution brings its solution along, along, there'll be no more lootin' when we start shootin' that Wall Street throng. ..."

    "Are you sleeping? Are you sleeping? Bourgeoisie, Bourgeoisie. And when the revolution comes, We'll kill you all with knives and guns, Bourgeoisie, Bourgeoisie."

    The issue of the CPC being hosted on the DSA website rose again in June 2000 in connection with a heated dispute on the House floor among Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham, R-Calif.; Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore.; and David R. Obey, D-Wis., over the "merits of the F-22 fighter plane."

    When Cunningham stood to defend himself, he included in his argument the fact the DSA website had a link to the CPC, which DeFazio then led.

    In 2000, the relationship between the CPC and DSA became an open secret.

    In an Aug. 10, 2000, letter to the editor published in the Kentucky Post, it was reported that then-Democrat Rep. Ken Lucas had received campaign funds from Democrat Reps. Marcy Kaptur, John Lewis, George Miller, Nancy Pelosi and Charles Rangel, "among others on the far-left." The writer remarked that "those five names stand out because they are all members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus - a group closely aligned with the Democratic Socialists of America."

    The CPC still had not moved to its own website on April 23, 2002. Author and political philosopher Balint Vazsonyi responded thusly in the Washington Times to the hypothetical question: "'What?' I hear you say. 'Socialists in the Congress of the United States?'"

    Dozens, dear reader, dozens. And they make no secret of it. Although of late it has been refurbished and the address altered, they have their own Web site. They call themselves members of the Progressive Caucus, until recently an arm of the Democratic Socialists of America, itself an arm of the Socialist International. The Progressive Caucus may be a separate entity now, but the details of its program, as advertised on the website, are indistinguishable from that of the Socialist International.

    To their credit, they make no secret of it. Only the rest of us prefer not to believe it.

    In a follow-up article in November 2002, Vazsonyi dug deeper into the continued presence of the CPC on the DSA website. He discussed the issue of constitutionality and the ramifications of the relationship:

    The Socialist International carries the torch for Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, V.I. Lenin, Leon Trotsky, and Josef Stalin. Pay no attention to the desperate attempts by socialists to distance themselves from Stalin. For our purposes, it suffices to observe that every single tenet of the Socialist International is the exact opposite of the principles upon which America was founded, and which define the U.S. Constitution.

    For our purposes, it suffices also to observe that members of the U.S. Congress are required to furnish an oath whereby they will preserve, protect, and defend said Constitution.

    Sanders recruited socialists to Congress

    In divining the early DSA-CPC ties, it is instructive to review the case of CPC co-founder Sanders.

    In fact, the ties between Sanders and the DSA go back to at least 1988 and continued openly until recently, WND has found.

    On Oct. 24, 1988, The Nation magazine, identifying Sanders as "the socialist Mayor of Burlington, Vermont," reported he had been endorsed for Congress by both the Democratic Socialists of America and the progressive founders of Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream.

    The DSA endorsed Sanders for every one of his subsequent elections and has openly helped to raise funds for him over the years.

    In 2006, for example, the DSA boasted in its literature about the socialist group's "involvement in Bernie Sanders' pivotal independent 2006 Senate campaign in Vermont."

    Indeed, the DSA held "Elect Sanders" house parties in Atlanta; Boston; Detroit; Portland, Maine; Boulder, Colorado; Indianapolis; Columbus, Ohio; Ithaca, New York; Springfield, Massachusetts; Washington, D.C.; and New York City.

    "DSAers wanting to hold Sanders house parties should contact me at," wrote one senior DSA activist in the socialist group's July 2006 newsletter.

    That same year, Sanders spoke at a Detroit fundraiser for DSA's Political Action Committee. The fundraiser was connected by telephone link to a simultaneous DSA fundraising event in Atlanta.

    DSA literature notes that in January 2006, DSA Detroit Chair David Green "took Bernie Sanders to tour Stan Ovshinsky's United Solar Ovonics plant in Auburn Hills northwest of Detroit."

    "The plant makes successful, cost-efficient solar panels and is pioneering the hydrogen fuel cell," added the DSA.

    In the fall of 2006, Sanders was the featured speaker at several DSA "urban parties" also meant to garner support for his senatorial run while raising awareness about the DSA and recruiting new members to the group.

    One New York City event was held Sept. 19, 2006, at the home of DSA activists Gene and Laurel Eisner on Manhattan's Upper West Side.

    "The questions and comments actually had to be cut off to let Bernie get to the plane," reported the DSA.

    DSA reported the Sanders events helped to recruit new members to the socialist organization.

    "Sanders support work provides a natural vehicle in any locality for DSA to reach out to - and potentially recruit - unaffiliated socialists and independent radicals."

    Sanders is not the only former CPC member openly affiliated with the DSA.

    WND reported in 2010 former Ohio Congresswoman Mary Jo Kilroy was listed in DSA literature as a member of the U.S.-based socialist organization.

    Obama connected to socialist group

    Top Democratic Socialists of America members have been closely linked for years to Obama.

    Obama himself spoke at a forum organized by the group at the University of Chicago in early 1996 called "Employment and Survival in Urban America," WND previously found.

    Quentin Young, considered the father of the U.S. single-payer health-care movement, is a longtime Democratic Socialists of America activist. Young has had a relationship with Obama, particularly in the 1990s, when he reportedly advised Obama on health care.

    Young was reportedly present at a 1995 meeting at the home of former Weather Underground terrorist William Ayers, who was said to have launched Obama's political career.

    Young has been active in Chicago socialist circles and was previously accused of membership in a communist group. In 1992, Chicago's branch of the Democratic Socialists of America awarded Young, a member, with their highest honor - the Debs Award.

    In a 2008 article in the official Communist Party USA magazine, Young noted Obama previously expressed support for a single-payer universal health-care program, although he later waffled when asked about his position.

    As an Illinois state senator representing a mostly black district on the South Side of Chicago, Obama publicly supported universal health care. He also co-sponsored the Bernardin Amendment, which did not pass but would have amended the Illinois State Constitution to add health care to the list of basic rights for residents.Meanwhile, Obama spoke at the March 29, 1998, memorial service for Chicago Democratic Socialists of America member Saul Mendelson, DSA literature documented.

    Timuel Black, a member activist, mediated political disputes on behalf of Obama in the 1990s and was reportedly involved in Obama's campaign committee during his successful 2004 Senate race.

    Longtime member activist Arnold Wolf was a member of "Rabbis for Obama" and has held fundraisers in his home for Obama, including a function in 1995 that was aimed at introducing Obama to the Hyde Park activist community.

    Eliseo Medina, international executive vice president of the Service Employees International Union, has been honored by Democratic Socialists of America. During the most recent presidential campaign, Medina served on Obama's National Latino Advisory Council.

    WND reported Medina, speaking at a 2009 Washington, D.C., conference, declared granting citizenship to millions of illegal aliens would expand the progressive electorate and help ensure a progressive governing coalition for the long term.


    Here are the many of these people are sitting on floor in the House today?

    [Socialists....these are the worst of the worst]

    Caucus Members

    Co-Chairs:    Raúl Grijalva, ;   Keith Ellison

    First Vice Chair:    Mark Pocan

    Vice Chairs:    Matt Cartwright    David Cicilline

    Ruben Gallego
    Michael Honda
    Sheila Jackson Lee
    Jan Schakowsky
    Mark Takano
    Barbara Lee

    Senate Member

    Bernie Sanders

    House Members
    Alma Adams
    Karen Bass
    Xavier Becerra
    Don Beyer
    Suzanne Bonamici
    Corrine Brown
    Michael Capuano
    Andre Carson
    Judy Chu
    Katherine Clark
    Yvette Clarke
    Steve Cohen
    Bonnie Watson Coleman
    John Conyers
    Elijah Cummings
    Danny Davis
    Peter DeFazio
    Rosa DeLauro
nbsp;   Debbie Dingell
    Donna Edwards
    Sam Farr
    Chaka Fattah - convicted of corruption yesterday.
    Lois Frankel
    Marcia Fudge
    Alan Grayson
    Luis Gutierrez
    Janice Hahn
    Jared Huffman
    Hakeem Jeffries
    Eddie Bernice Johnson
    Hank Johnson
    Joe Kennedy III
    Wm. Lacy Clay
    Brenda Lawrence
    John Lewis
    Ted Lieu
    David Loebsack
    Alan Lowenthal
    Carolyn Maloney
    Jim McDermott
    James McGovern
    Gwen Moore
    Jerrold Nadler
    Grace Napolitano
    Rick Nolan
    Eleanor Holmes Norton
    Frank Pallone
    Chellie Pingree
    Jared Polis
    Charles Rangel
    Lucille Roybal-Allard
    Jose Serrano
    Louise Slaughter
    Mark Takai
    Bennie Thompson
    Nydia Velazquez
    Maxine Waters
    Peter Welch
    Frederica Wilson
    John Yarmuth
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