Putting the Cards on the Table
Scripps-Howard News Service 11.12.02
A few days ago the New York Times reported in the lead position,
above the fold, that Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) had the votes to become
the next Minority Leader in the U.S. House of Representatives. Much
is discussed about the Congresswoman, but without a single mention
of her executive position in the Progressive Caucus, and the latter's
ties to the Socialist International.
Question: If an international organization existed to carry the
torch for Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini, and if a person running
for Minority Leader had past or present ties to such an organization,
what are the chances the New York Times would find it irrelevant
to the matter at hand?
None. Zero. Nada.
Double standards: Do you remember the Austrian nationalist Jörg
Haider? He had no such affiliation. Yet the mere possibility that
he might harbor sympathies for National Socialist ideas sufficed
to make him, and the country in which he holds office, an international
The Socialist International carries the torch for Karl Marx, Friedrich
Engels, V.I. Lenin, Leon Trotzky, 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
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.
DSA/USA, the "Democratic Socialists of America" are the
U.S. arm of the Socialist International. They share the symbol of
the fist holding the rose, and they share the tasks to be accomplished
- in our case, an altogether different America. You may verify all
this at www.dsausa.org.
Some time ago - the date is missing from the descriptions - 58
members of the U.S. House of Representatives formed a subdivision
of the Democratic Socialists of America and called it the Progressive
Caucus. Their statement of purpose, as well as their membership
list, formed an integral part of the dsausa web site. The membership
list appeared on the screen with the continuous background of the
fist holding the rose, should anyone have missed the connection
with the Socialist International.
Following the exposure in this newspaper of the Progressive Caucus
(November 10 & 11, 1998), action was taken to hide the true
nature of the organization, and its membership list was eventually
taken off the dsausa web site. In fact, the only listing to be found
right now is a web site maintained by Representative Bernie Sanders
(I-VT), the only member professing to be a socialist. But interested
parties can type "Progressive Caucus" in a search engine,
such as Google, and find the dsausa link right up front. The link
brings up a screen saying "the page cannot be displayed,"
but the listing confirms its prior existence.
Rep. Nancy Pelosi has long been, and is now, a member of the Executive
Committee of the Progressive Caucus. Her election as Minority Leader
would firmly establish the link between the Democratic Caucus of
the U.S. House of Representatives and the Socialist International.
The U.S. Constitution places no restrictions on political creeds.
There is no earthly reason why socialists could not be elected to
Congress if The People so choose. There is a question of honesty,
though. Candidates for office ought to put their cards on the table.
The Democratic Party has been the permanent or temporary home for
an awesome line-up of great Americans, from Thomas Jefferson to
Ronald Reagan. The political philosophy known as Socialism was devised
to combat and prevail over Anglo-American principles, law, economics.
Every version of socialism, from Naziism and Bolshevism to the mildest
form of Social Democracy is fundamentally opposed to Anglo-American
If the moment has come when the Democratic Party sees no other
way "to be different" except by embracing Socialism, that
is a sad day for all Americans.
I would not presume to make recommendations to a venerable institution,
either in the path it might follow, or with regard to the leader
it should or should not elect. But there are standards. These include
not only tangible standards, but appearance standards as well. If
perchance Ms. Pelosi has been the innocent victim of a socialist
conspiracy, drawn into a political maze she had not comprehended,
there is still the matter of being a prominent office holder in
an organization spawned by the Socialist International. No such
person could possibly be desirable as Minority Leader in the United
States House of Representatives.
Exactly 40 years ago, the Manchurian Candidate was a movie. Could
it be that Thursday next it will become reality?