stephenfhayes called Obama’s tax the rich budget speech “One of the phoniest, most demagogic speeches from a sitting US president in recent memory. This after punting on his own budget. A disgrace”, on Twitter.
It was a grotesque and dishonest speech.
And I kept hearing themes that sounded vaguely familiar…so I did some googling. Here’s what I found:
The journey to socialism – and it is a journey – will also take a laser like focus on issues that are agitating tens of millions, and none loom larger than the economic rights and livelihood of our multi-racial, multi-ethnic working class.
It is hard to imagine how the necessary forces can be assembled and unified at each stage of struggle including the socialist stage if the working class and peoples movements are not fully engaged in such struggles.
It will take a big tent strategy as well. Such a strategy will welcome allies, combine radical and gradual change, avoid unnecessary fights, and operate on the assumption that “only a movement of the immense majority in the interests of the immense majority” has the power capacity to turn socialism from a dream to a reality.
It will also attach special importance to the struggle for racial and gender equality. Both are of strategic importance insofar as working class and people’s unity is concerned. No advance in radical and socialist terms is possible without a sustained struggle against racism and sexism.
Anyone who devalues the struggle for racial and gender equality limits the sweep of any victory at best; at worst, it provides an opening to the most backward sections of our ruling class and their constituency to gain ascendancy ideologically and politically.
A movement for socialism will place a high priority on independent political action and the formation of a party independent of corporate capital too. Currently, the main social forces and organizations of political independence work within the Democratic Party.
No less importantly, any transition to socialism will require a far bigger left and Communist Party. We don’t yet cause a “big wave in the big pond.” But for socialism to become a reality, our ripple has to turn into a wave that has the strength to lead the people to a better future.
Finally, it will take a modern vision of socialism that is at once deeply democratic, economically just, egalitarian, ecological, and peaceful as well as organically embedded in the American experience.
Our main objective must be to lead all the stragglers loitering around the outskirts of “the Big Tent” provided by the Democratic Party into the tent so Barack can lay out our plans for socialism in the 22nd Century.
Excerpted from: All aboard the Obama express. Next stop socialism.
by: Sam Webb
A comment about my speech from a friend:
Sam Sez: ‘Currently, the main social forces and organizations of political independence work within the Democratic Party.’
That’s true, fortunately or unfortunately, for the leadership and institutions of labor, civil rights and so on.
But what about the ‘critical force’ of young people under 30? The critical force can overlap with the main force, but they are not the same.
All revolutions and even major structural reforms are made by the young of various classes, and especially the working classes. Lenin was 29 when he wrote ‘One Step Forward…’ The average age of the Cuban CC was 26 on their victory, with Fidel the old man of 35. The average age of China’s PLA was 19. We know that the youth were dynamic in our civil rights movement and in the early IWW and other labor forces in their first upsurge.
Today I’d guess most young progressive, radical and socialist-minded youth do NOT see themselves as part of the Democratic Party, and the youth who worked for Obama are rather alienated from the White House today.
In short, this position is a little one-sided, and need to more seriously engage a critical inter-generational problem we face.
Posted by Carl Davidson, 03/28/2011
My response: Ah, yes; the youth. The alienated youth. What a pathetic lot they are. We can’t depend on them to rally around our leader, President Obama. The youth are obsessed with peace. They don’t understand the need for humanitarian wars. They lack patience and civility while unemployed. They fret over being marched off to war. We might better forget about the youth, they just want to protest.
A post speech thought: I have been explaining the need for us to get involved in the Democratic Party for about 15 years. I’m thinking of getting involved myself in the Democratic Party very soon.
They’re doing fine without his help.
Carl Davidson, you may remember is one of Obama’s Communist associations from Chicago:
In 1992 Davidson became a leader of the newly formed Committees of Correspondence, a Marxist coalition of former Maoists, Trotskyists, and Communist Party USA members. The organization has since changed its name to the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism, where Davidson remains a prominent figure.
In the mid-1990s Davidson was a major player in the Chicago branch of the New Party, a Marxist political coalition whose objective was to endorse and elect leftist public officials. Most New Party members hailed from the Committees of Correspondence (the Marxist coalition cited in the preceding paragraph), the Democratic Socialists of America, and the militant leftist organization ACORN. Davidson first met Barack Obama through the New Party, which endorsed the latter in his run for the Illinois state senate in 1996. Obama had actively sought this endorsement, and he used a number of New Party volunteers as campaign workers.
Davidson quickly became one of Obama’s most ardent political supporters. He helped organize a large 2002 rally where Obama first established himself as an eloquent anti-war spokesman.
Somebody wake me up from this nightmare.
I have contended for some time that President Barack Obama owes his political career to three Marxist organizations, Communist Party USA, Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism and Democratic Socialists of America.
Of the three, Obama’s decades old ties to Democratic Socialists of America are most easily documentable.Harold Meyerson
It should come as no surprise to learn that Washington Post columnist and D.S.A. member Harold Meyerson was the one of the first, if not THE FIRST , journalist to promote Barack Obama outside his his adopted state of Illinois.
Obama, George Soros, the United Nations (UN) and the global elites (Democrats, Union leaders and some Republicans) are accelerating their plan to bring America into their Global Governance scheme which will usher in the New World Order (their term, not mine).
Financially, they need to collapse America’s economy to establish a new global structure. Within that structure will be an independent funding source for the UN as well as a system to transfer America’s wealth into the hands of the elites and the governments of other countries.
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