Skip to comments.Brown: Is Progressivism the new Communism?
Posted on 04/19/2012 12:00:17 PM PDT by DBeers
In politics, truth-telling can get you into trouble, even if you stumble upon it by accident. Just ask Rep. Allen West (R-FL).
West is feeling the heat for a pregnant pause he took during a town hall meeting after he was asked "What percentage of the American legislature do you think are card-carrying Marxists or International Socialists?"
"It's a good question," West responded, "I believe there's [sic] about 78 to 81 members of the Democrat Party who are members of the Communist Party. (Long pause) "They don't actually hide. It's called the Congressional Progressive Caucus." The left became unhinged.
Obviously West touched a nerve; before long, members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) drafted their response: "Calling fellow Members of Congress 'Communists' is reminiscent of the days when Joe McCarthy divided Americans with name-calling and modern-day witch hunts that don't advance policies to benefit people's lives..."
The CPC's response is just another sign of the political times we live in. But something about their argument doesn't pass the "smell test."
While there may not be large numbers of card-carrying communists lining the halls of Congress, there is a clear tie between the Democratic Party's Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC), Communist Party USA (CPUSA), and the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA).
It really boils down to marketing. In marketing, many times the same product is given a different name or label in order to increase its appeal to certain groups. Names are sometimes changed due to the product's connection to other products, or the public's association to a prior name.
(Excerpt) Read more at nj.com ...
Although Progressives share much in common with CPUSA and DSA, they are shrewd enough to understand the terms "communist" or "socialist" are unpalatable for most Americans. Hence, the word "Progressive" was injected into American political verbiage. While the words are not interchangeable, one thing is for sure: The CPC is doing its part to further the goals of modern Communists and Socialists who have found a voice in the Democratic Party.
Covertly happening or developing gradually or in stages; proceeding step by step.
A person advocating or implementing ideologically bankrupt social reforms under a new name, liberal ideas.
delusional - immoral - selfish - homosexualist - heterophobe - feminist
progressist - progressionist - communist - socialist - collectivist
Commie - Noun: Freakin’ Commie B*stard!
Seems like the same ol’ Communism to me....
Actually it’s the same old communism. Nothing new about it.
Truth is “progressivism” is NOT the new communism... it’s the OLD communism, with a new coat of paint.
They just changed the labeling.
Progressivism, communism, socialism, liberalism, facism - they are all just some variation on Authoritarian collectivism.
You can call a pile of feces "a bunch of roses", but I still wouldn't recommend putting them in a vase on your dining room table.
I can’t find any place where anyone in the progressive caucus said that what LTC West said was untrue, they just poo pooed his pointing out the obvious. He’s right on!!!!
Yes he is.
He is definitely on target!
I wonder when other conservative politicians will join him in calling out the communists?
It’s not enough to label them “communists”. You gotta say “they are Communists who want to _____________________ “, and list their stated or understated goals.
No, it’s the old communism with a new paint job...........
In all fairness, modern socialism is a blend between Marxist socialism and national socialism, picking and choosing the elements they want from each system.
In some respects, this was seen as early as the 1930s in the “Ol’ Frank” Roosevelt administration. By then it was clear that many of the traditional Marxist-socialist doctrines were utter ca-ca. But national socialism and fascist economics, especially, was new and trendy.
What we were doing in this country were some of
the things that were being done in Russia and even
some of the things that were being done under
Hitler in Germany. But we were doing them in an
— President Franklin D. Roosevelt
Nothing “new” about it. Same ‘ol, same ‘ol.
” What we were doing in this country were some of the things that were being done in Russia and even some of the things that were being done under Hitler in Germany. But we were doing them in an orderly way. President Franklin D. Roosevelt”
Wow, never heard that quote before!
Nothing new about it. Communists used to call themselves “progressive” all the time.
You folks are right on the money.
There is nothing new about “progressivism”.
It is the same as Stalin’s communism, though many of those supporting it simply don’t know or understand that inevitably leads to the Soviets, Red China and the Khemer Rouge.
Many of them don’t get that. But, there are many of them who do. I think POSOTUS is one of them. Those who don’t really get that, they all think they will be exempt from the oppression and misery of collectivism.
They are always the MOST surprised when they are dragged away in a purge, screaming “But...I am one of you! I agree with you! Why are you doing this?”
Joseph McCarthy has, for the last ten years or so, been a bit of a hobby with me. He was a great American, and to hear the liberals howl in rage when Col. West uttered words that resonated in their little pea-brains as some kind of fascist repression from the long dead “Tailgunner Joe” just tickled me to no end.
I love it.
You are exactly correct, RC. That is what Joseph McCarthy did, and had the guts to put it all down on paper in “Retreat From Victory”.
Of course, look what they did to him.
Bums => homeless
Jungle => rain forest
Swamp => wetlands
bastard => child of a “single mother”