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Progressives and Communists: Out of the Closet -- Together
The American Thinker ^ | October 04, 2010 | Paul Kengor

Posted on 10/04/2010 3:24:54 AM PDT by Scanian

A close look at the Saturday "One Nation" rally in Washington reveals something quite telling. It was a major gathering of the "progressive" left, highly billed, vigorously promoted. And it happened to include -- in fact, it warmly accepted -- the endorsement of Communist Party USA.

Expectedly, a bunch of the rally's endorsers carried the word "progress" or "progressive" in their title, from People’s Organization for Progress to Progressive Democrats of America. More still unhesitatingly describe themselves as progressive, from racial eugenicist Margaret Sanger's Planned Parenthood to Norman Lear's heirs at People for the American Way, plus the usual suspects from the "social justice" Religious Left.

And then, too, there was CPUSA.

Why is this so remarkable? It's remarkable because historically, communist involvement at these rallies has been meticulously concealed, hidden from progressives, with the communists using the progressives as props -- as dupes. That the two sides here, on Saturday, happily accepted one another, proudly uniting, shows how far to the left progressives have moved, not to mention their unflagging confidence under the ascendancy of Obama-Pelosi-Reid.

My personal experience on this is very instructive. I've chronicled how communists, for a century now, cunningly manipulated progressives, surreptitiously drawing them into their rallies, protests, and petitions, not letting themselves (or their intentions) be known. I have fliers from marches sixty and seventy years ago, with many of the same endorsers that were there on Saturday, but with CPUSA's name smartly absent, even as CPUSA members canvassed the rally, if not spearheading it.

Back then, the communists' stunning successes suckering progressives shocked even Moscow. They fooled them right up to the front gates of the White House in the summer of 1940, where the hideous communist front the American Peace Mobilization duped even the New York Times into headlining it as a "clergy group." They pulled off an extraordinary stunt in Chicago in the summer of 1968, sabotaging the Democratic National Convention. Communists managed to enlist progressives into undermining their own Democratic presidents and parties and platforms.

As an indicator of the success and duration of this manipulation, consider this fact: When Congress, in December 1961, published its seminal investigation of communist fronts, titled "Guide to Subversive Organizations and Publications," a product of research dating to the founding of the American Communist Party in Chicago in 1919, the most popular index listing started with the word "Progressive." It was progressive groups that were misled, used, abused, and infiltrated more than any other.

How long has this continued? All the way to the 2008 election.

Consider the group Progressives for Obama, formed during Obama's presidential bid. It was loaded with and even founded by some hardcore communists from the 1960s. Consider merely two of them: Tom Hayden, one of the group's four founders, and Mark Rudd, one of the 94 original signers. Hayden and Rudd had been leaders of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), which subverted the policies and plans of Democratic presidents ranging from Vietnam to the 1968 convention. In 2008, both Hayden and Rudd suddenly reemerged as "Progressives for Obama."

Rudd’s take on how Obama won the 2008 election is shrewd -- and dead on. Understanding that moderates and independents made the difference, Rudd noted the crucial importance of Obama not openly conceding his far-left views. Rudd wrote,

"Obama is a very strategic thinker. He knew precisely what it would take to get elected and didn’t blow it. But he also knew that what he said had to basically play to the center to not ... scare centrist and cross-over voters away. He made it. ... And I agree with this strategy. ... Any other strategy invites sure defeat. It would be stupid to do otherwise in this environment."

Basically, what Rudd said is that Obama hoodwinked "centrist" and "cross-over" voters. As Rudd rightly put it, Obama couldn't be candid about his true intentions in "this environment." That's an environment where Americans, in poll after poll, have described themselves as "conservative" over "liberal" by a margin of 2:1, by approximately 40% to 20%, for decades now. Incredibly, those numbers were unchanged even on November 4, 2008, when Obama easily won the election.

Thus, a candidate like Obama can succeed only by pushing his agenda guardedly. He ran as a centrist, not as National Journal's certified "most liberal senator in 2007." It worked. As Rudd put it, Obama "didn't blow it."

America’s exalted moderates and independents were duped by a nebulous, catch-all-be-all banner of "change." Now, the progressives are in power, ready to implement the kind of change they had in mind all along.

And now, with Obama having secured victory, the likes of Rudd and Hayden -- shocked that the electorate finally voted for their kind of guy -- have been less circumspect about their intentions. Rudd urges, "Here's my mantra: 'Let's put this country on our shoulders and get to work.'"

Rudd has rolled up his sleeves, as have his erstwhile comrades.

And that was precisely what spilled into the streets on Saturday, October 2 in the "One Nation" rally, fittingly centralized in Washington. This time, however, the collective was unafraid, buttressed by a confidence that coaxed the communists out of the closet and into the welcoming arms of "progressives."

Gee, you'd think that after the collapse of the USSR and the Berlin Wall, and after 100 million corpses, progressives would be fleeing communists like the plague.

The election of Obama-Pelosi-Reid in November 2008 -- by America's "independents" and "moderates" -- has dawned a new day for the American Left -- or, at least perhaps, until November 2010. We shall see.

TOPICS: Conspiracy; Government; Politics
KEYWORDS: cpusa; dcrally; onenation; subversion

1 posted on 10/04/2010 3:25:00 AM PDT by Scanian
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To: Scanian; narses; neverdem; patton; MHGinTN

And the communist (er, mainstream) MSM’s ABCNNBCBS proudly led their way: beating the horn, playing their drum, cheering them on.

2 posted on 10/04/2010 4:04:40 AM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but socialists' ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE

For years everyone looked at me like I was crazy when I called them communists. I knew they were the very same people who ripped others from their homes in Lenin’s Russia. The times may change and the names may change but there is always a contingent of society ripe for this cultish mindset. Often times it is the youth but not always. Sometimes the disaffected, the mentally unstable, the angry, the lost.

3 posted on 10/04/2010 4:13:03 AM PDT by riri
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To: Scanian

keep for ammo

4 posted on 10/04/2010 4:20:28 AM PDT by vanilla swirl (We are the Patrick Henry we have been waiting for!)
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To: riri

“It was progressive groups that were misled, used, abused, and infiltrated more than any other.”

I don’t agree with this at all. The progressive groups knew and know today exactly what they are doing. They know they are in bed with the Communists. Mark Rudd’s comments is the article prove that.

The dupes are swing voters. The progressives lie to get elected. They would never be elected if they told the truth about what they intend. The old media deliberately conceals what they are and how they lie.

5 posted on 10/04/2010 4:23:41 AM PDT by ModelBreaker
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To: Scanian
Progressives are communists that still want to publicly act like they are not.


6 posted on 10/04/2010 4:25:49 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES!)
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To: ModelBreaker

By way of contrast, conservative politicians tend to lie in the opposite direction. They promise to cut spending etc. But they never do. So democrats get elected by lying about how radical they are. Republicans get electing by lying about how conservative they are. So America is constantly electing a far more left wing government than the electorate would were the politicians just upfront about what they intend to actually do.

7 posted on 10/04/2010 4:26:17 AM PDT by ModelBreaker
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To: ModelBreaker
By way of contrast, conservative politicians tend to lie in the opposite direction.

No, Republican politicians tend to lie in the opposite direction. Conservative politicians, of which there are few, are more apt to actually attempt to do as they say. Republican is not the same as conservative.

8 posted on 10/04/2010 4:43:58 AM PDT by meyer (Tax the productive to carry the freeloaders - What is it with democrats and slavery?)
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To: Scanian

This rally revealed just how small, in terms of the American population, this myriad of groups is. So why does the Left exert so much influence in America?

9 posted on 10/04/2010 5:41:59 AM PDT by popdonnelly (Class warfare is Obama's thing.)
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To: Scanian

A Liberal is a closet Communist, a Marxist is coming out of the closet and a Communist is out of the closet trying to push you in.

~R.J. Ringer

10 posted on 10/04/2010 5:44:33 AM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one.)
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To: Scanian
I good indication of just who showed up and how many, will the this morning's State Media coverage.
11 posted on 10/04/2010 6:28:10 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: zot; Interesting Times


12 posted on 10/04/2010 6:28:13 AM PDT by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: GreyFriar

Thanks for the ping. Progressive has meant Communist since the 1940’s at least. They took control of the Democrat Party in 1968. Now they think they have control of the country, so they are confident enough to come out of the closet.

13 posted on 10/04/2010 11:00:09 AM PDT by zot
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To: Scanian

The more I thought about this article the more I thought I should make my opinion on the subject known, so I’m replying here and on AT. Ok, I know, but the 2 cents my opinion is worth was burning a hole in my pocket.
You know these people have been held up as intellectuals and bragged about in academic circles for so long that they think the real problem is that they haven’t been bold enough. They’ve seen their hero Barry fail and now they don’t want to be just another faction within the democrat fascist party, they want a party of their own. When they can elect two or three even a half dozen openly socialist House and Senate members they can do exactly the same things they’ve done in Europe where they are often the real ruling party by virtue of the fact that their small group is the swing vote on critical issues. Especially in the Senate, they can always become the filibuster folks and halt everything when they don’t get concessions.

The real lesson here is that we’re not going to avoid reaping the bitter harvest of letting the University system and K-12 education systems fall into the hands of socialists thirty years ago and just ignoring them or shrugging them off ever since. Not only do elections have consequences, leaving young impressionable minds in the care of your enemies has consequences. These people being so open about their socialist beliefs is just a consequence of decades teaching our youth that the “really smart” people are the European socialists. They know they won’t be looked on as being among, “the best and brightest” for going along with Barry and have no where to turn to look brilliant in the eyes of their peer group other than outright socialism.

Enjoy the harvest.

14 posted on 11/08/2010 12:03:28 PM PST by Rashputin (Barry is totally insane and being kept medicated and on golf courses to hide the fact)
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