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Posted on 10/07/2002 7:26:32 PM PDT by CHACHI
58 Socialists are in the United States Congress Progressive Caucus of the U.S. House of Representatives
The Republic honors the right to free speech, expression, and association. These rights, the hallmark of a free society, are protected through time honored Constitutional guarantees. An American citizen is free, for example, to be a Socialist, a Communist, a Nazi, a member of the KKK, or a member of any group, as long as he obeys the law and doesn't act in a manner that would threaten the freedom, safety, and liberty of his fellow citizens. This principle is the foundation as well as the price of freedom.
Congressmen, however, swear on a Bible to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. They are elected and compensated to fulfill that sacred oath both in letter and in spirit. Affiliation, therefore, with an organization that advocates a political system that blatantly contradicts the Constitution, while not illegal per se, has the effect of eroding faith and trust in our government, society, and the rule of law. A Congressmen who affiliates with an International Socialist organization is really no different, in this regard, than a Congressmen who, theoretically, would join an organization that advocates a Monarchy, or a government based on laws of racial supremacy. The Democratic Socialists of America, the organization in question, advocates an authoritarian political system that is antithetical to American Constitutional principals. This poses a major contradiction for an elected Congressmen who also happens to be a member of such an organization.
There are, presently, 58 Congressmen who are members of the Democratic Socialists of America which bills itself as the largest organization in America to be affiliated with the Socialist International. These Congressmen represent the extreme political left of the Democratic Party. This is, lets be clear, not comparable to participation in the old left, Stalinist apparatus which, during the Franklin D. Roosevelt Administration in the 1930's and 1940's, set up secret Communist cells who were spying for the Kremlin. A Congressman who is a member of an organization like the DSA has, again, done nothing illegal per se. However, he nonetheless signs onto, witting or otherwise, a political philosophy and methodology that is un-Constitutional and, therefore, un-American. While the purpose of this article is not to impugn the patriotism of these Congressmen, and while they, no doubt, sincerely believe that their international authoritarian faith is pro-American, they, nonetheless, should be identified and their record and actions studied and scrutinized. Following is a list of Congressmen who are presently members of the Democratic Socialists of America:
DSA LIST OF 58 SOCIALISTS IN U.S. CONGRESS
(Rep. Bernard Sanders-VT- Chair) firstname.lastname@example.org ; email@example.com (Rep. Peter DeFazio-OR- Co-Chair) firstname.lastname@example.org ; (Rep. Maurice Hinchey-NY-Co-Chair) email@example.com ; (Rep. Major Owens-NY.Co-Chair) Major.Owens@Mail.House.Gov ; (Rep. Lane Evans-IL) firstname.lastname@example.org ; (Rep. Eni Faleomavaega-AL) email@example.com ; (Rep. Ed Pastor-AZ) firstname.lastname@example.org ; (Rep. Lynn C. Woolsey-CA) email@example.com ; (Rep. George Miller-CA) George.Miller-Pub@mail.house.gov; (Rep. Nancy Pelosi-CA) firstname.lastname@example.org ; (Rep. Fortney "Pete" Stark-CA) email@example.com ; (Rep. Diane DeGette-CO) firstname.lastname@example.org ; (Rep. Carrie P. Meek-FL) email@example.com ; (Rep. Alcee L. Hastings-FL) firstname.lastname@example.org ; (Rep. Elizabeth Furse-OR) email@example.com (Rep. Esteban Edward Torres-CA) firstname.lastname@example.org (Rep. George E. Brown-CA) email@example.com (Rep. John Conyers-MI) firstname.lastname@example.org ; (Rep. Bennie G. Thompson-MS) Thompsonms2nd@mail.house.gov ; (Rep. Melvin L. Watt-NC) email@example.com ; (Rep. Donald Payne-NJ) firstname.lastname@example.org ; (Rep. Jerrold Nadler-NY) email@example.com ; (Rep. Jose E. Serrano-NY) firstname.lastname@example.org ; (Rep. John Lewis-GA) email@example.com ; (Rep. Neil Abercrombie-HI) firstname.lastname@example.org ; (Rep. Luis Gutierrez-IL) email@example.com ; (Rep. Julia Carson-IN) Rep.Carson@mail.house.gov ; (Rep. John Olver-MA) firstname.lastname@example.org ; (Rep. Jim McGovern-MA) email@example.com ; (Rep. David Bonior-MI) firstname.lastname@example.org ; (Rep. Marcy Kaptur-OH) Rep.Kaptur@mail.house.gov ; (Rep. Stephanie-Tubbs-Jones-OH) email@example.com ; (Rep. Sherrod Brown-OH) Sherrod@mail.house.gov ; (Rep. Robert C. Scott-VA) firstname.lastname@example.org ; (Rep. Jose E. Serrano-NY) email@example.com; (Stephanie Tubos-Jones-OH) firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Rep. Barney Frank-MA) http://www.house.gov/frank/ (Rep. John Tierney-MA) http://www.house.gov/tierney/ (Rep. Charles Rangel-NY) http://www.house.gov/rangel/ (Rep. Bob Filner-CA) http://www.house.gov/filner/ (Rep. Chaka Fattah-PA) http://www.house.gov/fattah/ (Rep. William Coyne-PA) http://www.house.gov/coyne/ (Rep. Corrine Brown-FL) http://www.house.gov/corrinebrown/ (Rep. Danny Davis-IL) http://www.house.gov/davis/ (Rep. Dennis Kucinich-OH) http://www.house.gov/kucinich/flash1.htm (Rep. James A. McDermott-WA). http://www.house.gov/mcdermott/ (Rep. John LaFalce-NY) http://www.house.gov/lafalce/ (Rep. Nydia M. Velazquez-NY) http://www.house.gov/velazquez/ (Rep. Maxine Waters-CA) http://www.house.gov/waters/ (Rep. Henry A. Waxman-CA) http://www.house.gov/waxman/ (Rep. Xavier Becerra-CA) http://www.house.gov/becerra/ (Rep. Carlos A. Romero-Barcelo-PR) http://www.house.gov/romero-barcelo/ (Rep. Cynthia A. McKinney-GA) Fax: 202-226-0691 (Rep. Earl Hilliard-AS-AL) Fax: 202-226-0772 (Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton-DC) Fax: 202-225-3002 (Rep. Jesse Jackson-IL) Fax: 202-225-0899 (Rep. Julian C. Dixon-CA) Fax: 202-225-4091 (Rep. Louis Stokes-OH) Fax: 202-225-1339 (Rep. Patsy Mink-HI) Fax: 202-225-4987
The DSA website contains the same old Marxist jargon of yesteryear. It states as a basic principal, "We are socialists because we share a vision of a humane international social order". This is nothing more than a transparent euphemism for world government. This is re-enforced by links, on their website, to such world government advocacy groups as the World Federalist Association. They call for "democratic planning" and "market mechanisms" to achieve an "equitable distribution of resources". This so-called "democratic" planning, with the elastic euphemism "democratic" laced thorough their literature, and the "distribution of resources" is, of course, a euphemistic way of advocating total, authoritarian government with absolute control over property and the "mode of production". The DSA favors the gradual, Fabian approach to world socialism as opposed to their Leninist-Communist counterparts who call for outright violent Revolution as a means of conquering the world. The Fabian Socialists of the DSA plan on world conquest through legislation. This is why an extremely jaundiced eye should apply to DSA Congressmen. Last I checked, none of these powers are granted by our Constitution, the same Constitution that these Congressmen pledged to uphold with their sacred honor.
In fact, the DSA stands for nothing more than re-hashed Communism. This same Communism was responsible, according to the recently published "Black Book of Communism", for the murder of over 100 million souls worldwide. In the name of "the people" these evil totalitarian ideas, when enthroned, have caused more poverty, misery, hate, and death than any known in the history of man. We should watch the actions of these 54 Socialist Congressmen if we value freedom. We should examine each one of them and publish their voting record and rhetoric for all to see.
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This comes up here frequently but I have yet to see anyone post a link that names them as DSA members.
What do these things have to do with Socialism? I thought Socialism was some sort of failed economic system.
Just scroll down to and click on Congressional Progressive Caucus. There you will find their statement and members.
This lists the members of the congressional progressive caucus. It does NOT say they are members of the DSA. The DSA says they are working with the members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.
If you don't use html it will automatically format the link. Use double-returns to get new paragraphs. See bottom of posting page.
Correct. But "progressive" is a code word for socialist. Why do you think the link is there? The congress critters aren't stupid enough (most of them) to come out and say "Yes, my fellow Americans, I am a Socialist.". They instead say they are Progressive. But look at what they support. Same thing. And it is not just the DSA that links them. I did some research a while back on the links, here it is:
I went to the "Socialist International" web site here: socialistinternational
I clicked on the English language link. I then clicked on the "Members" tab on top of the page. I then clicked on the "List member parties in North America" link here: socialistinternationalnorthamerica
So, what did I find?
(1) The Democratic Socialists of America, DSA - where on their site they listed 58 current US congressional representatives as members.
(2) Social Democrats USA, SDUSA here: SDUSA
Right on the home page of that site it says, and I quote: "SD, USA is the successor to the Socialist Party, USA, the party of Eugene Debs, Norman Thomas and Bayard Rustin and is a member of the Socialist International" And right on that home page is a link titled: "New Democrats Online: The Democratic Leadership Council's (DLC) Online Community." So I follow that link here: DLC
And on that same site is this link: ND
These are the "New Democrat" House members - apparently that is code for "Socialist" but they don't want to be called that, so here is the list:
Tom Allen, U.S. Representative, ME Brian Baird, U.S. Representative, WA James Barcia, U.S. Representative, MI Ken Bentsen, U.S. Representative, TX Shelley Berkley, U.S. Representative, NV Marion Berry, U.S. Representative, AR Earl Blumenauer, U.S. Representative, OR Lois Capps, U.S. Representative, CA Brad Carson, U.S. Representative, OK Bob Clement, U.S. Representative, TN Bud Cramer, U.S. Representative, AL Joseph Crowley, U.S. Representative, NY Jim Davis, U.S. Representative, FL Susan Davis, U.S. Representative, CA Peter Deutsch, U.S. Representative, FL Cal Dooley, U.S. Representative, CA Anna Eshoo, U.S. Representative, CA Bob Etheridge, U.S. Representative, NC Harold Ford, Jr. , U.S. Representative, TN Charles Gonzalez, U.S. Representative, TX Jane Harman, U.S. Representative, CA Baron Hill, U.S. Representative, IN Ruben Hinojosa, U.S. Representative, TX Joseph Hoeffel, U.S. Representative, PA Rush Holt, U.S. Representative, NJ Mike Honda, U.S. Representative, CA Darlene Hooley, U.S. Representative, OR Jay Inslee, U.S. Representative, WA Steve Israel, U.S. Representative, NY Chris John, U.S. Representative, LA Ron Kind, U.S. Representative, WI John LaFalce, U.S. Representative, NY Nick Lampson, U.S. Representative, TX Jim Langevin, U.S. Representative, RI Rick Larsen, U.S. Representative, WA John Larson, U.S. Representative, CT Zoe Lofgren, U. S. Representative, CA Ken Lucas, U.S. Representative, KY Bill Luther, U.S. Representative, MN Carolyn Maloney, U.S. Representative, NY Jim Maloney, U.S. Representative, CT Jim Matheson, U.S. Representative, UT Bob Matsui, U.S. Representative, CA Carolyn McCarthy, U.S. Representative, NY Karen McCarthy, U.S. Representative, MO Mike McIntyre, U.S. Representative, NC Gregory Meeks, U.S. Representative, NY Juanita Millender-McDonald, U.S. Representative, CA Dennis Moore, U.S. Representative, KS Jim Moran, U.S. Representative, VA Grace Napolitano, U.S. Representative, CA David Phelps, U.S. Representative, IL David Price, U.S. Representative, NC Silvestre Reyes, U.S. Representative, TX Tim Roemer, U.S. Representative, IN Mike Ross, U.S. Representative, AR Steve Rothman, U.S. Representative, NJ Loretta Sanchez, U.S. Representative, CA Max Sandlin, U.S. Representative, TX Adam B. Schiff, U.S. Representative, CA Brad Sherman, U.S. Representative, CA Ronnie Shows, U.S. Representative, MS Adam Smith, U.S. Representative, WA Vic Snyder, U.S. Representative, AR John Spratt, U.S. Representative, SC Charles Stenholm, U.S. Representative, TX Bart Stupak, U.S. Representative, MI John Tanner, U.S. Representative, TN Ellen Tauscher, U.S. Representative, CA Mike Thompson, U.S. Representative, CA Jim Turner, U.S. Representative, TX Tom Udall, U.S. Representative, NM Robert Wexler, U.S. Representative, FL David Wu, U.S. Representative, OR
And thats it. Interesting - From the Socialist International, to the SDUSA, to the DLC. All I can say is, Wow.
The Progressive Caucus was started by Bernie Sanders (Independent-VT), the outwardly avowed socialist U.S. Congressman, in association with the DSA.
Here it is...
Progressive Caucus: Members of the Caucas - http://bernie.house.gov/pc/members.asp
Oh, and here's a link to the list on the DSA's own website: http://www.dsausa.org/pc/pc.members.html
Gotta love Google...
The problem is that if we claim they are members of the DSA on this board, we lose credibility. There is NOTHING on the DSA site that claims the CPC (however socialist it is in intent) is part of the DSA organization.
Then when provided several links, you retort: We all know where the DSA site is. What I am looking for is something to substantiate the claim that the CPC members are ALSO DSA members. NOTHING on the DSA site makes that claim.
You must be one of those Dade county (cin)FLA voters still having a trouble connecting the dots? Or are you just a socialist incognito?
I always get some idiot that starts name-calling; the typical LIBERAL/SOCIALIST answer to the argument. I can connect the dots! But you apparently cannot connect the dots on my position! We all should be honest and print only the facts. I have no argument with the claim that they are socialists but what good is FALSE INFORMATION. Printing that the are members of the DSA has no basis. If you were to give me that basis, I would use that ammo everyday to out them to the public. Now get back to your mama and let her put you to bed.
Gee - guess someone told them that FReepers had made the connection.
I think one of my Nephews took it home with him and never brought it back.
For some reason the only name I can remember was Leonard Bernstein who is still prominently displayed on TV. I always wondered how prominent a Nazi would be shown on current TV.
And we shouldn't print that they are (members)unless it is written in stone.
Fine, before we proceed further since I don't want to bore you with "old news," please go ahead and list all those on the list provided that you already know to be socialists. Then we can deal with those on the list which for whatever reason you believe may not be socialists nor members of the DSA. Fair enough?
Better yet, which one/s on the list in particular are you in doubt of?
Just show me where it is stated that any of them are members of the DSA. If you can, I will go away happy. Till then you should not threaten the credibility by posting that they are members of the DSA.
Electoral tactics are only a means for DSA; the building of a powerful anti-corporate and ultimately socialist movement is the end. Where third party or non-partisan candidates represent significant social movements DSA locals have and will continue to build such organizations and support such candidates. DSA honored independent socialist Congressperson Bernie Sanders of Vermont at our last convention banquet, and we have always raised significant funds nationally for his electoral campaigns. At the same time, we were pleased to have Democratic Congressperson and Progressive Caucus member Bob Filner of San Diego introduce Sanders at the convention, and note that Progressive Caucus member Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) will be honored at our annual Debs-Thomas-Harrington dinner this Spring in Chicago.
DSA is a modest, sometimes effective organization, whose members have greatest influence in community-level electoral politics. DSA is not an electoral organization, but rather a democratic socialist political organization which aims to bring socialism into the mainstream of American politics. We endeavor to do so through a two-pronged strategy of education and organizing. Much of our work is cultural and ideological: forums, debates, publications. But our voice can only be heard if we simultaneously play a central, activist role within struggles relevant to working people, communities of color, women, gays and lesbians and other oppressed constituencies. We operate within progressive coalitions as an open socialist presence and bring to these movements an analysis and strategy which recognizes the fundamental need to democratize global corporate power. We do not see ourselves as a vanguard speaking for the masses nor do we romantically believe that a small socialist organization can unilaterally transform the U.S. electoral map.
Perhaps your reading comprehension skills are lacking. I never defended them. All I am asking for is PROOF they are members of the DSA as was posted.
Is not your goal to disprove the allegation? Then prove the charge wrong. Prove that none of them are members as is alleged. This is not a court of law. Bring on your evidence that they are not members.
Even with all the links you have been provided you are still unable to connect the dots. That's quiet an extrodinary feat for even the simplest of simpletons.
Can't you READ! I make no claims. I only ask for the author of the claim to provide a basis for his claim. Do you NOT want the truth?
You are the simpleton if you do not understand the difference between connecting dots and jumping to conclusions.
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I already know the truth. Question is do you want to know the truth? Truth is, the Progressive Caucus, and the Progressive Challenge Institute for Policy Study are branches of the DSA. So read on if you want to know the truth. The following is a report from the DSA-Chicago
Progressive Challenge Exceeds the Beltway, But Can It Reach Escape Velocity?
by Bob Roman
On the evening of Monday, April 21, the Progressive Challenge came to Chicago. Starting off with a town hall style meeting that brought together about 150 people in the UNITE hall at 333 S. Ashland in Chicago, the meeting was structured to present testimony from representative of various local organizations to local Congressional members of the Progressive Caucus.
DSA was particularly well represented by the testimony of the Youth Section's International Secretary, Daraka Larimore-Hall. Daraka Larimore-Hall gave an impassioned, coherent presentation that linked the various aspects of DSA's agenda with the project at hand. He also pointed out that the attitude on campus is not so much conservative or apathetic as practical. Ideology is not enough if it is not accompanied by useful politics.
Congressmen Jesse Jackson, Jr., Luis Gutierrez and Danny Davis attended the meeting, though only Representative Jackson was there for the entire program.
This initial outreach / organizing meeting of the Progressive Challenge in Chicago was organized and hosted by Chicago Jobs with Justice Committee for New Priorities as one of their monthly forums.
The Progressive Challenge is an effort to link the Congressional Progressive Caucus with the larger left grass roots network of single issue, constituent, labor and ideological organizations. The Institute for Policy Studies is very much the keystone organization of this project, which has brought together some 40 organizations including DSA, Americans for Democratic Action, United Electrical Workers, NETWORK, National Jobs for All Coalition to name a few. No one of these groups is a major player inside the Beltway, but together they have captured the attention of the Progressive Caucus and contributed to its growth.
The Progressive Challenge began with a conference on Capitol Hill in January of 1997. The conference was followed by a year of public briefings, working groups and brain-storming which resulted in the Fairness Agenda (see side-bar). The Fairness Agenda was unveiled at a Progressive Caucus State of the Union on January 27 of this year.
What brings the Fairness Agenda one step beyond political rhetoric is that each of the eight points have been accompanied by one or more pieces of legislation introduced by members of the Progressive Caucus.
But the Progressive Challenge is still very much a creature of the Beltway. If it is to be significantly useful to the participating groups and to the Progressive Caucus, if it is to make a difference in politics and in life, it must expand beyond this central if narrow venue. This is the central purpose of this meeting in Chicago in addition to other meeting planned or being planned in Atlanta, the Bay Area, Detroit, New York, New England, New Orleans. Meetings have already been held in Sand Diego, Maine and Boston. The DSA Youth Section is exploring the possibilities of a Youth Progressive Challenge with the Center for Campus Organizing, U.S. Student Association and Student Environmental Action Coalition.
In a very real way, the Progressive Challenge and the Fairness Agenda is the first fruit of the 1997 DSA National Convention. The focus of conversation and debate at the Convention was building a broader left. The Convention Resolution on Building a Broader Left called for a discussion among the democratic left on means for strengthening the progressive community, and it explicitly endorsed the Progressive Challenge as a venue for such a discussion, stating: "The Progressive Challenge represents a key center for this discussion in the context of its economic justice and equity agenda."
While the Progressive Challenge has made a brave and hopeful beginning in Chicago and elsewhere outside the Beltway, it may be too early in the season for it to prosper immediately. In Chicago, at least, the Progressive Challenge lacks an institutional base and resources. It resembles the early days of Jobs with Justice in Chicago, before the local union movement made the commitment to provide the resources for office and staff. This is not so much a comment on the project's prospects as a comment on just how far its organizers have to go.
If none of this helps you connect the dots once and for all, then you are indeed either a socialist here to deny and distract, or a stupidly stubborn flake beyond reach. One or the other is true.