Skip to comments.Leon Panetta and the Santa Cruz Socialists
Posted on 06/18/2011 10:36:15 PM PDT by Nachum
It is now fairly well known that President Barack Obama enjoyed a close relationship with the socialists, Trotskyites and "former" communists, who made up Chicago Democratic Socialists of America.
It is less well known, that while a California Congressman, Obama's Secretary of Defense nominee Leon Panetta also worked closely with Santa Cruz based members of the US's largest Marxist organization.
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A key point of contact was Hugh DeLacy, Panetta's friend and correspondent, from at least 1976, until his death in 1986. DeLacy was a long time Communist Party USA member, who worked closely with members of the California Communist Party splinter group who went on to form the pro-Chinese New American Movement, which in turn joined with the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee in 1982, to form Democratic Socialists of America.
Santa Cruz New American Movement and later Democratic Socialists of America, effectively took over the Santa Cruz City Council , after NAMers Mike Rotkin and Bruce Van Allen, joined with DSOCers Mardi Wormhoudt and John Laird to form a majority on the Council in 1981.
Another local DSAer, former Trotskyite Gordon Haskell served on the Santa Cruz Democratic Party Central committee for many years, while several other comrades held senior posts in the local party.
On September 6, 1986 Leon Panetta addressed a memorial service for Hugh DeLacy at the Louden Nelson Center in Santa Cruz.
Some of names on the list above indicate the circles that both DeLacy and Panetta were moving in at the time.
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Leon Panetta was no stranger to the other speakers at DeLacy's memorial - he had worked with them for years. When Panetta first entered Congress in 1976, his campaign included staffer Don Lane, a future DSAer and Santa Cruz Mayor.
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A member of Panetta's campaign committee that year was John Laird, a Democratic Socialist Socialist Organizing Committee member and yet another future Santa Cruz Mayor.
Leon Panetta would later work closely with John Laird in a successful campaign to stop oil drilling off the California Coast. Laird was recently appointed California Secretary of Natural Resources, by incoming leftist Governor Jerry Brown .
In the late 1970s Hugh DeLacy was effectively the California agent for the Chicago based socialist journal In These Times, a project of the New American Movement and the far left "think tank", the Institute for Policy Studies. Congressman Leon Panetta incidentally served on the Institute for policy Studies' 20th Anniversary celebrations committee in 1983. in 1999, Barack Obama was himself summoned from Chicago to New York to help establish an I.P.S "partner" organization, the leftist non profit Demos.
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In These Times was run by DeLacy's friend, a former Communist and New American Movement founder named James Weinstein. In 2002 James Weinstein and his friends Carl Davidson and former NAMer Marilyn Katz, organized an anti Iraq War rally in Chicago's Federal Plaza. They invited a then obscure little known Illinois state Senator to speak. Barack Obama used the opportunity to rail against the War, making his first mark on the national stage. The rest is history.
All these connections, are of course mere coincidence.
President Obama chose Leon Panetta to head the CIA, and serve as Secretary of Defense (despite zero intelligence or military experience) because he was the best man in America for both jobs.
To think anything else would be paranoid....Possibly even racist.
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Talk about a Trojan Donkey...
As a lifelong Santa Cruzan, I have to say it is unfair and inaccurate to align Leon Panetta’s politics with those Commies that were mentioned. I have known those Marxist politicians all my life and despise them, because they ruined Santa Cruz.
I have met Panetta many times and he is no Commie. He was always kind of hawkish on defense and conservative on budget issues from what I remember.
Also, Panetta got his education at a Jesuit university and then worked for Richard Nixon. He started his political life as a Republican.
Further, Panetta is from Carmel. Carmel is not Santa Cruz. Clint Eastwood was the Republican mayor of Carmel when Panetta was a congressman.
The fact is for anybody to get elected in that district, you had to go crawling to the Santa Cruz Commies for support.
That doesn’t make him a Commie.
If anybody is a traitorous scumbag, it is my current Congressman, Sam Farr, who is far more left-wing than Panetta ever was.
I only know this. If Obama likes him, there is something wrong with him.
More articles about Panetta are going to come out. Here is one:
Panetta keynoted pro-Soviet group’s conference
Nominee for DoD chief gave address during height of Cold War
And the idea that he was Clinton’s chief of staff and worked so closely with those slime balls is also a red flag.
More will come out. It is a matter of time.
I wonder why this is coming out now. Panetta is arguably the most rational person of any prominence in this administration.
Panetta may be rational, but he has no business running the CIA.
the issue is whether anyone better for US interests could rationally be expected to be allowed to be in charge during the obama regime.