Whatever happened to “we the people?”
Today is a day that will, as Obama says, go down in history. Though he says he believes what he and Congress are doing are best for America, I seriously doubt there is any truth to that sentiment. The popular polls running at 79% in opposition to HR-3570 ought to be a clear indicator that both Obama and the Congress have no desire to satisfy public concerns. Both are ignoring the polls and adamant about passage of the traitorous Health Care Bill. Both seem to be totally unaware of the Constitutional constraints that bound them when they took their respective oaths of office.
Before I go any further, I want to reprint a couple topics from a newsletter I found by chance several years ago during a Google Search. The newsletter is published by the DSA, that’s the Democratic Socialists of America!
Take a close look at the date and the highlighted areas:
March – April, 1997
National DSA Retreat: A Re-Examination Of DSA’s Mission, Strategy And Organizational Structure by
Center for Democratic Values By Bob Roman DSA National Director Addresses Chicago DSA Membership by Bruce Bentley Peoples Culture: a Review by Stan Rosen
A Re-Examination Of DSA’s Mission, Strategy And Organizational Structure
by Bruce Bentley
On the weekend of January 24-26 approximately 60 DSA activists attended a retreat in Washington, DC. Among the participants were National Political Committee members, local activists and national staff. The purpose was to re-examine DSA’s mission, strategy and structure in light of the post ’96 presidential elections. The goal was to come to a common understanding on building the next Left.
On a concrete level, the analysis of the present objective conditions traversed rather smoothly. However, on an abstract level, the analysis of DSA’s organizational structure, specific strategy and tactics were more complex, diverse and strained. Nevertheless the atmosphere was one of camaraderie and a commitment of vision and mission.
As a representative from Chicago DSA and as a Steering Committee member of Midwest DSA, I left for Washington with a consensus of concerns from the local. First, a lack of responsiveness from the National Office (e.g. communications). Second, inadequacies in information from the national data base (e.g. incorrect record keeping thus losing membership). These concerns will be addressed at the conclusion of this report.
On Friday evening Joe Schwartz conducted a session on Building Blocks for the Next Left.” This initial session was intended to clearly identify the objective conditions in this political climate. Capital continues its hegemonic dominance via its globalization, decline in income, capital’s abdication of the social contract, and mass media hegemony. DSA’s vision is one of democracy, liberty and solidarity. DSA’s program must consist of: global social justice and labor rights, economic democracy (i.e. democratic control over capital), social re-distribution, progressive taxation and demilitarization. DSA’s strategy includes: building a solidaristic Left (labor and progressives), transcend false dichotomies such as global / national and promote a clear critique of the market.
On Saturday morning the theme of the discussion centered on “What should be DSA’s Mission at this particular time?” This session was led by Richard Healey. First, Political Director Chris Riddiough provided a synopsis of her paper on DSA’s mission which stated “DSA’s purpose is to establish socialism as a political force in the U.S. and around the world by training mobilizing socialist activists, building progressive coalitions and education people and public officials about democratic socialism.” DSA goals by 2017 include:a U.S. President from the Progressive Caucus, a 50 member socialist caucus in Congress, successful programs of the likes of universal health care, progressive taxation, social provision and campaign finance reform. Riddiough proposed a program strategy which synthesizes the dichotomies of: National / local work, issue activism / ideological work, Coalition building / agency, Electoral focus / organizing.
In order for DSA to accomplish the above mission and goals, Riddiough outlined DSA’s new program, the Campaign for Economic Justice. The essence of CEJ is economic justice for all Americans (e.g. living wage and progressive taxation). The strategy is coalition building via the progressive caucus through legislative measures such as the Corporate Responsibility Act, Living Wage, Jobs for All Act, The Fair Play Act, The Stop the Sweatshops Act.
Opinions in the following discussion varied from increased funding of activism, more focus on mass media, cadre training, to increased support to the Youth Section. However, one re-occurring theme emphasized the building a “Social Movement” with the groups that Michael Harrington coined as the “invisible socialists”: religious / peace groups, environmentalists, citizen groups, labor etc.
Suddenly the discussion shifted to the examination of DSA structural organization. Some participants thought it necessary for DSA to improve upon its internal structure before it can implement a viable political program. Comments ranged from the embellishment of DSA’s political culture, development of Locals, recruitment, to a new membership database program. NPCer Julia Fitzgerald injected a dose reality when she stated that DSA has a $100,000 deficit; the staff spend 80% of their time on fundraising and membership duties while 20% of their time is devoted to program development.
In the afternoon session participants were broken down into three small groups for discussion on the strengths and weaknesses of DSA. This was good decision because it enabled everyone to participate and was more intimate.
On Sunday National Director Alan Charney led a concluding discussion on “Next Steps for DSA.” The attempt was to synthesize the discussions and themes of the weekend. Due to fatigue and volume of ideas this session suddenly became more heated and strained. NPCer Karen Marie Gibson made note that next time a third party mediator needs to be obtained to facilitate and focus discussion.
On a personal level the Retreat was a beneficial experience. I now have a deeper understanding of DSA’s strengths and weaknesses. The exchange of ideas and experiences with other activists was worthwhile. From the stand point of Chicago DSA, our concerns were validated since other locals, notably Boston DSA, had the same concerns.
by Bruce Bentley
On Saturday evening of January 18th, about 30 DSAers attended a membership meeting and fundraiser for Midwest DSA at the University of Chicago. This event was one stop in a tour of Midwest DSA locals by National Director Alan Charney and Midwest Organizer Michael Heffron. Chicago DSA members contributed $400 at this fundraiser. In addition to fundraising Charney also wanted to inform locals of National DSA’s new Campaign for Economic Justice Project.
Alan Charney gave an inspirational presentation on the current assessment and direction for the progressive Left. First, Charney insisted that the progressive base is brewing with activity. Recently at Columbia University a labor teach in was organized by labor academics. For the past 30 years these academics have been very critical of Labor particularly with the leadership of Lane Kirkland at the AFL-CIO. Surprisingly the new president John Sweeney came to Columbia and emphasized that the future of labor is directly linked to the progressive Left. DSAer Cornel West noted that likewise the progressive Left’s vitality is implicitly tied to labor. Feminist were represented by Betty Friedan who stressed the importance of “class” issues. Hence the overwhelming theme of the affair was the class must be the core unifying issue for trade unionist and social justice groups.
Charney then provided a brief historical synopsis of this synergy between labor, the progressive left and the identity politics groups such as feminism and civil rights. In the 1930’s the CP and SP built unions where 2/3 of the workers (mostly white males) benefited with increased wages and income. Meanwhile 1/3 of the workers (minorities and women) who did not benefit from unionism shifted toward civil rights and identity politics with the assistance of the New Left in the 1960’s. Both of these social movements were necessary because of their particular objective conditions.
Since the 1980’s the present objective conditions are those of globalization of capital, decline in income and the dismantling of the Welfare State. The potential social movement of the 1990’s is a synthesis of the 30’s and 60’s. Thus “class” issues are now dominate!
There is a class struggle in process in the Congress with the Progressive Caucus around such issues as the Welfare Bill, NAFTA and Single Payer Health Care. As a result, DSA’s Political Director Chris Riddiough organized a meeting with the Progressive Caucus with the purpose and cogent task as to: “How can we unite our forces on a common agenda?” In attendance were the likes of Richard Trumpka, Noam Chomsky, Patricia Ireland, William Grieder and Jesse Jackson. Charney argued that there are signs of a shift in this historical moment. The Republicans consist of three distinct groups: capitalists (anti-communists), the reactionary right (anti-government) and the libertarians. Social issues will split the Republicans and if the progressive Left unites around social policy issues we will have more strength than the right.
In conclusion, Charney argued that DSA must engage in coalition building around the theme of economic justice through legislation such as the Living Wage Bill. Secondly, it is necessary to combine local and National DSA efforts such as occurred with the hearings on economic insecurity.
Whoa! Did I read that right. a president from the Progressive Caucus by 2017 and Single Payer Health Care? Then there’s that new Campaign finance law that George Soros and his cronies pushed through. He and all his supporters knew about the PAC loophole that would be in place and already had their network in place when that law passed. Before the Democratic party knew what was going on the Progressives, cum socialists, cum, dare I say communists, had already tied up the money needed for the party to function. The choke chain was in place! Since that key first step, everything else the Progressives have sought to implement has fallen into place like Dominoes. In thirteen years, the Democratic Socialists of America, George Soros, and the Progressive Caucus have managed to gain control of America!
How could such a thing occur. Americans hate communism. They hate anything that even sounds communist. Again, the DSA grabbed the reigns of power and did the impossible. After their movement lost momentum in the 70’s when Vietnam ended, they decided they needed to take a closer look at why all their efforts failed in America. They determined that maybe if they changed the wording of their dialog to terms more palatable they might more inroads. What was to be lost/ So political correctness was born! Progressive was the new acronym for Socialism, etc., and from that point on, Americans just lay back and let them at it! We sat on our fat a$$e% with our eyes half closed and let the Socialists/Communists moved right into the White House!
In the beginning of their big move, Hillary was groomed by Saul Alinsky personally. But, then Obama came onto the scene and she was pushed aside for Obama. Her money and the scandals during Bill’s administration later, made Obama a better choice. Though Alinsky was gone, his machinery.the Industrial Areas Foundation, was still in place. Obama was hand picked and groomed from the moment he went to Chicago for the White House. Every move made by him and all his socialist cronies was right out of Alinsky’s playbook!
The Democratic Socialists of America, the Progressive Caucus, George Soros, and Saul Alinsky’s Chicago machine “screwed the pooch,” and he didn’t get kissed first! What ever happened to “we the people?
Want to educate yourself, here are some excexcellent resources. You can also check out Glen Becks show every day on cable at 5:00 p.m. and Glenn’s web website, Glenn Beck.com.
Barrack Hussein Obama:DiscovertheNetworks.org
Hiillary Rodham Clinton: Discoverthenetworks.org
Saul Alinsky: Discoverthenetworks.org
Industrial Areas Foundation: Discoverthenetworks.org
Democratic Socialists of America: Discoverthenetworks.org
Progressive Caucus: Discoverthenetworks.org
George Soros: Discoverthenetworks.org
PAC (Political Action Committees: Discoverthenetworks.org
Nancy Pelosi: Discoverthenetworks.org