Skip to comments.Communist Ties Become Issue in NYC Politics
Posted on 08/06/2009 11:38:37 AM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
As we reported in a related article published yesterday, John Choe is a leading candidate in the September 15 Democratic primary for New York City's 20th City Council District. He also has very troubling ties to communist North Korea, otherwise known as the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (DPRK), as well the Workers World Party (WWP), an unabashed communist Maoist sect.
While most reasonable Americans (like reasonable people throughout the world) recognize North Korea as one of the most despotic regimes ever to afflict a portion of our planet, Choe sees North Korea as the tragic victim of propaganda by evil U.S. imperialists. In a February 28, 2002 interview with Workers World, the official newspaper of the WWP, Choe cited U.S. antagonism toward North Korea as typical of "U.S. strategy to demonize and delegitimize popular struggles around the world."
Red Worms Boring Into Big Apple
According to city council candidate Choe, Jong Kim Il's prison state is really a wonderful place. Choe says he even spent his honeymoon there. (At least he volunteered that interesting bit of information to the New York Times six years ago, though he is far less likely to be as forthcoming today). A major concern among many Korean-Americans is John Choe's efforts to recruit Korean-American youths to visit North Korea on "friendship" (i.e., propaganda and disinformation) tours. That is one of the projects of a group Choe helped found, the Nodutdol for Korean Community Development, the stated purpose of which is to bring about the reunification of North and South Korea. Implicit in Nodutdol's message is that reunification must be on communist terms. (Nodutdol refers to South Korea derisively as "colonial Korea" — a colony of the wicked and oppressive America — while the North is ever described in sympathetic, even rhapsodic, terms.) The Nodutdol program that sponsors the propaganda tours is a subsidiary known as DEEP (DPRK Exposure and Education Program). For a frightening glimpse into the deep brainwashing provided by DEEP, please read this euphoric report, "A Journey Home: Visiting North Korea" by Kei Fischer, a Korean-American who is now one of Kim Jong Il's true believers in our midst.
Before departing for the People's Paradise, Fischer and the other pilgrims were subjected to DEEP psychological preparation. Here is Fischer's account:
To prepare for our trip, we met biweekly to read up on Korean history and be exposed to an alternative perspective of North Korea. I began to view North Korea in a different light. I read about guerillas in the north fighting for independence from Japan-fighters who, after World War II, prevented North Korea from being dominated by U.S. capitalism. Instead, North Korean revolutionary socialist ideals called for equality, self-reliance, and justice for the poor and oppressed....
The next two weeks changed my life. Not only were we greeted with the warmest embrace, much like that between long lost relatives, but we were asked time and again to recall what we saw in the north and to share that with the world. There was an amazing air of pride in the north's revolutionary history, which was evident in the beautiful monuments dedicated to guerilla fighters, the intricate mosaic murals created with messages of resistance to US imperialism.
An example of the "beautiful monuments" to which Fischer refers is provided by a photo she took of a typical Stalinist-style "heroic Communism" statue ensemble of two robust young Korean men holding aloft a torch and a hammer and a young Korean women holding up a sickle. These idealized communist icons, which dominate the landscape of every Marxist-Leninist dictatorship, epitomize the false ideals that mask the bloodiest killing machines the world has ever seen.
Although an American citizen, Fischer identifies totally with the North Korean communists. Like so many others associated with Nodutdol/DEEP, she appears only to lament the deaths and suffering of the North Koreans, and to ascribe those tragedies to the fault of the United States and South Korea. She does not seem to have a tear for the massive South Korean casualties (nearly 140,000 killed in action, over 450,000 wounded, and more than 32,000 POW/MIAs) or the U.S. casualties (more than 36,000 killed, over 2,000 wounded, more than 7,000 POW/MIA).
We've seen this many times before. Paul Hollander's excellent 1981 book, Political Pilgrims, details the cases of hundreds of American and Western journalists, students, professors, intellectuals, entertainers, scientists, and politicians who visited Communist countries from the 1920s through the 1970s. Invincibly gullible and willfully blind, they invariably returned with glowing stories of the wonders of socialism and the heroic sanctity of Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Chou, Tito, Ho, Fidel (fill in your Red dictator du jour). Their eyes (and minds and hearts) were closed to the countless victims of the purges, deportations, executions, genocides, and the gulags.
How many others like Kei Fischer have been sent to North Korea to receive similar "re-education" treatment? The numbers are not readily found on Nodutdol's website, but there are other similarly alarming accounts from recent pilgrims. John Choe's personal involvement in setting up and promoting this program is disturbing, to say the least.
Venceremos Brigade Vita
In his vita provided for the Reynolds Foundation, John Choe gives a few more details about his Marxist-Leninist pedigree, proudly noting his volunteering with the Venceremos Brigade (VB), one of the oldest and most notorious of communist fronts. (He does not say whether he went with the Brigadistas to help chop sugar cane in Fidel Castro's workers' paradise, one of the VB's favorite romantic pastimes.) He also notes that he was named by George Soros' Open Society Institute as one of their NYC community fellows. In fact, John Choe has been a radical "community activist" for the past 20 years — his entire adult life — with the last eight years consumed as chief of staff for City Councilman John Liu.
Liu, as noted in yesterday's column, is attempting to move up the political food chain, seeking the Democratic spot in the September primary for city comptroller. He is now also coming under fire for his slavish support for the communist powers-that-be in Beijing — and their agents here in the United States. In response to the above-mentioned story on Choe by David Seifman in the New York Post, a writer going by the name "Laoxiong" posted a series of entries providing details of John Liu's purported activities in the PRC and the United States favoring the Beijing party line. The alarming "Laoxiong" reports can be read here (scroll down below the Seifman column).
Both John Liu and John Choe have worked closely with Margaret Chin, a longtime spokesman for the Communist Workers Party (CWP), a militant Maoist sect and one of the most violent revolutionary groups in the country. Armed CWP cadres have engaged in street fighting with police and have acted as enforcement thugs for the PRC, breaking up peaceful pro-Taiwan rallies and beating up Chinese-Americans (and others) who protest Beijing policies and visits to the United States by PRC leaders. Chin is a candidate for New York City's 1st Council District.
"Jimmy From Brooklyn" Weighs In
One of the most knowledgeable experts on communist theory and practice, as well as communist and radical politics in New York City, is the frequent radio talk-show guest who is known to millions of radio listeners as "Jimmy from Brooklyn." Jimmy, a longtime friend of this writer, has been going to communist meetings and programs and studying the communists' literature for decades. He sees the current lineup of Liu, Choe, and Chin as an indication that Beijing and Pyongyang are pushing hard in this election to place pro-communists in vital elective offices around the country.
"It's very frustrating to see this happening because very seldom do any media reports mention the blatant pro-communist records of these candidates," Jimmy said in a recent telephone conversation with The New American. "Margaret Chin's Communist Workers Party ties, for instance, if mentioned at all, are usually treated as if it's some ancient history that's not relevant anymore. Most people are not aware that the CWP changed its name a few years back to Asian Americans for Equality (AAE), but kept the same office, same telephone number, same staff, and most important, the same communist agenda. But now they had become a 'civil rights organization,' giving them a veneer of legitimacy. They started worming their way into Democratic Party politics, and ... began tapping into federal, state, and city funding, obtaining grants and contracts for housing for 'the people.' They have become a political power to be reckoned with now; they have moderated their image, but they are still the same hard-core Maoists as before. They are very adept at exploiting ethnic differences and grievances — and even manufacturing grievances when it suits their agenda. Of course, they don't care one iota about the ethnic groups they profess to be helping; they are simply exploiting them and trying to turn them against America and against each other. It's a strong testement to many different ethnic groups here in New York — Chinese, Korean, Puerto Rican, and others — that despite years of heavy propaganda, most still haven't bought the communist line; most are still happy and proud to be Americans."
Jimmy points out that the CWP's enforcers are professional street thugs who do not hesitate to use violence to intimidate and terrorize. "It's absolutely incredible that they can get away with doing in America the same things they are notorious for doing in Communist China," he says. "I've been at demonstrations where they [CWP thugs] have attacked and beaten peaceful Chinese-Americans. These are hard, young communist guys who are obviously trained in martial arts, and they brutally attack old men and women and defenseless people, as well as engaging in street fights with the police."
Here is a news photo of John Choe sitting next to "comrade" Margaret Chin at a Communist Worker Party/Asian Americans for Equality "community meeting" for affordable housing in Flushing, New York, in September 2008.
Jimmy advises that Chin's soft image belies her hardened Maoist interior. "It's easy to be fooled by her small frame and her grandmotherly appearance," he says, "but she's right in the center of a very dangerous plot." Jimmy notes that Chin and the CWP/AAE are following a secret plan laid out years ago. "I obtained copies of their internal documents," he said, "in which they [CWP/AEE officials] explicitly discussed getting into local elective office in New York City and around the country, in order both to get access to government funds, and to use local government as a base to launch their people into state and national office."
He warns that is precisely what is happening, not only in New York, but in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and other cities with large Chinese communities. "There is a very aggressive campaign underway, and the Beijing Boys are even willing to use murder to move obstacles out of their way, as the murder of Allen Leung in San Francisco's Chinatown shows," Jimmy said. "I think the Leung murder has to be seen as a key part of the bigger picture, which involves a major push to neutralize the anti-communist Chinese in this country, as well as to place pro-Beijing politicians in the major Chinese communities of America." (The Leung murder was the subject of an in-depth investigative report by Dr. Roger Canfield for The New American, "Terror Chinatown," April 17, 2006).
"Jimmy from Brooklyn" also noted the importance of the collaboration between the Chinese-American communists and Korean-American communists, paralleling the close relationship between the communist regimes in Beijing and Pyongyang. That relationship was evident in the brutal home invasion in suburban Atlanta, Georgia, to terrorize Dr. Peter Yuan Li. A team of four thugs, two Chinese and two Korean, carried out that criminal act (one of several recounted in The New American March 20, 2006, article "Terror in American, Made in China").
For a time in the 1990s during the Clinton administration, Americans became justifiably alarmed at the huge inroads being made by Beijing in penetrating our defenses and corrupting our political process with bribes and payoffs. But, notes Jimmy, "After the outrage over the Clinton 'Chinagate' scandals died down, America went back to sleep. But the Chinese communists certainly didn't go to sleep or back off, or slow down. Just the opposite; they've been going ahead full blast, here in America and around the world. These campaigns in New York are very important indications of their plans to penetrate American society and America's institutions."
Sounds to me like he’s a shoe-in.
That's okay. I'm sure the dems will eventually find SOMEONE with enough "bona-fied" communist ties to make them eligible to sit on the NY City Council.
North Korea is DARK
South Korea is BRIGHT
this should read MARXISM.
Uh.....this is the United States of America. We’re all communists now.
What, he’s not communist enough for New York, already?!?
Historically, the communists have been a far more destructive international force than the Nazi’s ever were, but college professors and the media have softened the response to the term communist. If a President ever appointed “czars” and cabinet people who were openly “Nazi’s”, there would be an incredible outcry. But Obama has appointed self-proclaimed communists and it goes unchallenged. Because no Republican has enough guts to make an issue out of it.
Maybe we should start referring to the “czars” as “kaisers” or even “caesars.” Liberals got upset when Jon Voight called barry 0 a “would-be julius caesar.” Sic semper tyrannis!
John Choe is a leading candidate in the September 15 Democratic primary for New York City's 20th City Council District. He also has very troubling ties to communist North Korea, otherwise known as the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (DPRK), as well the Workers World Party (WWP), an unabashed communist Maoist sect.Thanks Tailgunner Joe.
Headline speaks for itself.
From the Spring of 1991...
The Resistible Rise of Margaret Chin
Margaret Chins fund-raising dinner seemed like a generic American campaign event: the banner on the wall behind the lectern; the rows of neat place settings, 500 in all; the table out front staffed by brisk workers collecting money and names. Since, however, the restaurant was Chinese, the chicken would not be rubber, the only evident deviation from the norm.
One wonders, however, how much the Patrons (at $100 a head) and Friends ($35) assembled last fall knew about the 37-year-old former Democratic state committeewoman they were patronizing. For Ms. Chin had risen to prominence by way of the Communist Workers Party, a Maoist sect that decided several years ago to begin infiltrating mainstream politics.
The Communist Workers Party got its start in the early Seventies as the Workers Viewpoint Organization, drawing its membership largely from Chinese-American students at City College. It declared its guiding ideology to be Marxism/ Leninism/Mao Tse-Tung thought. Its publications mourned the death of Soviet dictator Leonid Brezhnev and hailed the economic policies of Pol Pot. It rejected Deng Xiaoping for being too soft on the West and capitalism, and embraced the Gang of Four.
In 1979, the party briefly burst into the national limelight when it decided to seek a direct confrontation with its counterparts on the bug-head Right. Party members in North Carolina began by breaking up a Ku Klux Klan-sponsored screening of the D. W. Griffith film, The Birth of a Nation, in the town of China Grove. Emboldened by this success, the party announced a Death to the Klan rally in Greensboro, daring local Klansmen and Nazis to show up.
Unfortunately, they did. Both sides were armed. The shoot-out that resulted on November 3, 1979, was a lopsided one, and five Communist Workers Party members were killed. Two party members held a press conference in New York to denounce the killings, and got their picture in the New York Times. One of them was Margaret Chin.
After this setback, the Party did not turn against violence; it just decided to pick on less dangerous opponents.
In August 1980, the Democratic Party provided a ripe target by holding its quadrennial convention in New York. During the convention, 150 CWPers stormed a Democratic fund-raiser at the Plaza Hotel, injuring six cops. The next evening a contingent of 200, armed with pick handles and Mace, tried to fight their way into Madison Square Garden, the convention site; 15 were arrested.
In the meantime, the CWP was acquiring a local power base in Chinatown, in the form of a community group calling itself Asian-Americans for Equality. The latter does not avow its connection with the CWP, but for years the two groups shared an office and phone number, and CWP veterans had a way of turning up as Asian-Americans for Equality leaders, notably in the form of its president from 1982 to 1986: Margaret Chin.
Asian-Americans for Equality resembles a familiar type of New York activist group, collecting grievances and brokering deals. In 1985 it made the news when it, charged that federal regulators had committed a racist act in closing the Golden Pacific National Bank. When the Chinese-language press raised questions about possible links between Asian-Americans for Equality (AAFE) and the banks owner, reporters from five of the papers received threats.
As time went on, the CWP began casting a wishful eye at mainstream electoral politics. An early sign of attitude adjustment came in 1984 when the party endorsed Jesse Jackson for president, though its publications still denounced the civil rights leader as an infamous careerist. A year later, it was ready for a metamorphosis.
At a convention in mid-1985, the CWP formally dissolved itself, in its place arose a new organization, the New Democratic Movement, devoted to establishing local power bases. Jerry Tung, general secretary of the former CWP, explained the idea to the assembled faithful. [O]nce you get people elected or appointed to office, you can award contracts to friends.... When you can raise money for political purposes, when you do it in the right place in the right atmosphere, and look right, and the [mainstream] party bosses are there, then that money makes them take you seriously. The meeting closed with a rousing chorus of the Internationale, for auld lang syne.
It would not seem easy for a left-wing sectlet to build a serious power base in Chinatown, then as now one of the most politically conservative neighborhoods in New York City. Instead, the CWP alumni played what can in retrospect be seen as a brilliant crosstown gambit. The Village Independent Democrats, the venerable liberal club, had fallen on hard times. Money, as Mr. Tung so justly put it, makes politicians take you seriously, and as former CWP members flooded into the Village Independent Democrats they brought cash and credit to help it wage its political battles.
The entry did not go unresisted. Opponents in the Village found a prominent outside voice in Illinois Democrat Adlai Stevenson III. Stevenson had come to national attention as a victim of a bizarre run-in with cult politics: While he was winning his states Democratic nomination for governor in 1986, two followers of Lyndon LaRouche were managing to get on the ticket as his running mates in the same primary. Stevenson felt himself obliged to renounce the Democratic nomination and run as an independent. He lost.
After losing, Stevenson had plenty of time to reflect op the havoc that cults can wreak in mainstream politics. In 1987 he wrote an open letter to Village Democrats, urging them to reject the local district leader candidates of the Village Independent Democrats, which had chosen to make common cause with CWP-style extremism. An outraged New York City political establishment mobilized, like antibodies, to expel the alien intruder: in this case not the CWPers, but Adlai Stevenson. The Village Independent Democrats sent out a response charging Stevenson with red-baiting and resuscitat[ing] the work of Joe McCarthy.
The letter was signed by such eminences as Congressman Ted Weiss, since-indicted State Senate Minority Leader Manfred Ohrenstein, City Council member (now Manhattan Borough President) Ruth Messinger, and Manhattan Borough President (now Mayor) David Dinkins.
Asian-Americans for Equality (AAFE) began to go big time. Its annual banquets in Chinatown garnered greetings from not only an array of Democratic officeholders, but also such Republicans as Senator Alfonse DAmato and Representative Bill Green. Since the mid-Eighties, AAFE has taken in more than $2 million in grants from the State Department of Social Services and Division of Housing and Community Renewal and from the Lower East Side Area Policy Board, a funnel for federal monies.
Ms. Chins rise in the world tracked AAFEs. In 1986, backed by the Village Independent Democrats, she won election to the Democratic state committee from the 61st Assembly District. Since her reelection in 1988, she has graced official womens committees for David Dinkins, Mario Cuomo, and Robert Abrams, and Asian-American committees for Carol Bellamy and Deborah Glick. Now she hopes to win a seat in the expanded 51-seat City Council, whose smaller districts were in fact intended to allow for more representation of the citys ethnic enclaves. Chin hopes to run in a lower Manhattan district encompassing all of Chinatown, with the politically active Hispanics of the Lower East Side assigned to another district. A victory would make her, as her campaign leaflets proclaim, the first Asian-American council member in New York City history.
Extremists around the country regularly try to enter mainstream politics, but elsewhere the major parties usually make an effort to stop them. Not so in this case. The lack of opposition to Ms. Chin is symptomatic of the way the citys flaccid one-party political culture works, or rather doesnt. New York not only lacks a sense of political hygiene, but makes it a point of honor to lack it. What else can explain the aching slowness with which both the campaign and the administration of Mayor Dinkins have distanced themselves from Sonny Carson, the racist crackpot behind the boycott of Korean fruit stores in Flatbush?
Opposition among Ms. Chins potential constituents has been relatively slow to organize. I spoke to a number of Chinese-American journalists and political figures who privately shuddered at her politics, but not one was willing to be quoted by name. Some thought it quite possible that she would be elected. The feeling seemed to be that the overwhelming wish of Chinatown residents is not to incur the wrath of the citys political elite, and that the way to avoid rocking the boat might be to accept the proconsul designated for their representation, someone who has shown that she has what it takes to work closely with those who govern New York.
Which suggests a wider problem for city politics. The larger culture is content to buy Asians vegetables, ride Asians taxis, and nod from time to time toward the crucial role that Asians play in the citys economic vitality. But of Asians opinions or political aspirations it knows nothing. One may hope that this changes as Asians emerge as the coming minority of the 1990s, with Indians, Pakistanis, Bangladeshis, and others joining the Chinese, Koreans, and Vietnamese who are already here in numbers.
In the meantime, however, the result of the general inattention is to make it all too easy for a fringe group to establish itself as ethnic representative by way of its clout in the wider political arena, as Asian-Americans for Equality seems to be doing with its Village-to-Chinatown carom shot. It would be ironic if the residents of Chinatown, many of whom braved great perils to flee the tyranny created by Mao Tse-Tung, were to find themselves officially represented by one of Maos last disciples.