Are Today’s Progressive Democrats Democratic Socialists or Communists?

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This post is long but WELL WORTH reading!

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Neil Says Democrats are the Communist

Comment by “Anonymous” on the above video:

This is absolutely correct. Access to Soviet Archive documents and the release of the Verona Papers confirmed communist orgins of the DFL Party (under the direction of the mother Soviet Party).

It began with the labor union movement (which is what communism is – “workers of the world -unite!; dictatorship of the ‘proletatiat'”; etc.).

It began with the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW); morphed into the American Federation of Labor – Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL – CIO); then into the Farm-Labor Party (DFL).

Comparing the DFL Party Platform with Ch. 10 of the USSR Constitution will reveal word for word similarities. They are identical.

Simply google “communist orgins of the DFL Party” and see labor unions complicity is perpetrating communist causes.

The USSR Const. defines a “communist” as a member of a political party that exists to serve as the vanguard of the working people to develop and strenghten the “socialist” system.

They are called “democrats” here.

The Democrat Party is an appendage and front organization of the CPUSA. That is what it stands for, and whose bidding it does.

http://newzeal.blogspot.com/2010/12/neil-says-democrats-are-communist.html

Hat tip: Trevor Loudon


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ADD THIS:  Listen carefully to the words of the Internationale

Link to video

Notation with above video:  Support the Communist Party of the United States of America!
Workers of the World, Unite!
More information available at http://www.cpusa.org

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CPUSA FAQ: What is the Communist Party?

Marxism, the Communist Party USA, its history, and the world Communist movement are complex subjects. No short answer to any of these questions can be entirely satisfactory. These FAQs are meant to provide a quick introduction to the CPUSA, its basic policies, and a Marxist viewpoint on current social issues

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Application for Membership in the Communist Party by W.E.B. Du Bois

Gus Hall
Communist Party of the USA
New York, New York

On this first day of October 1961, I am applying for admission to membership in the Communist Party of the United States. I have been long and slow in coming to this conclusion, but at last my mind is settled.

In college I heard the name of Karl Marx, but read none of his works, nor heard them explained. At the University of Berlin, I heard much of those thinkers who had definitely answered the theories of Marx, but again we did not study what Marx himself had said. Nevertheless, I attended meetings of the Socialist Party and considered myself a Socialist.

On my return to America, I taught and studies for sixteen years. I explored the theory of socialism and studied the organized social life of American Negroes; but still I neither read nor heard much of Marxism. Then I came to New York as an official of the new NAACP and editor of The Crisis magazine. The NAACP was capitalist-oriented and expected support from rich philanthropists.

But it had a strong socialist element in its leadership in persons like Mary Ovington, William English Walling and Charles Edward Russell. Following their advice, I joined the Socialist Party in 1911. I knew nothing of practical socialist politics and in the campaign on 1912 I found myself unwilling to vote for the Socialist ticket, but advised Negroes to vote for Wilson. This was contrary to Socialist Party rules and consequently I resigned from the Socialist Party.

For the next twenty years I tried to develop a political way of life for myself and my people. I attacked the Democrats and Republicans for monopoly and disenfranchisement of Negroes; I attacked the Socialists for trying to segregate Southern Negro members; I praised the racial attitudes of the Communists, but opposed their tactics in the case of the Scottsboro Boys and their advocacy of a Negro state. At the same time, I began the stud Karl Marx and the Communists; I read Das Kapital and other Communist literature; I hailed the Russian Revolution of 1917, but was puzzled by the contradictory news from Russia.

Finally in 1926, I began a new effort; I visited the Communist lands. I went to the Soviet Union in 1926, 1936, 1949 and 1959; I saw the nation develop. I visited East Germany, Czechoslovakia and Poland. I spent ten weeks in China, traveling all over the land. Then this summer, I rested a month in Rumania.

I was early convinced that socialism was an excellent way of life, but I thought it might be reached by various methods. For Russia, I was convinced she had chosen the only way open to her at the time. I saw Scandinavia choosing a different method, halfway between socialism and capitalism. In he United States, I saw Consumers Cooperation as a path from capitalism to socialism, while in England, France and Germany developed in the same direction in their own way. After the Depression and the Second World War, I was disillusioned. The progressive movement in the United States failed. The Cold War started. Capitalism called communism a crime.

Today I have reached my conclusion:

Capitalism cannot reform itself; it is doomed to self-destruction. No universal selfishness can bring social good to all.

Communism the effort to give all men what they need and to ask of each the best they can contributethis is the only way of human life. It is a difficult and hard end to reachit has and will make mistakes, but today it marches triumphantly on in education and science, in home and food, with increased freedom of thought and deliverance from dogma. In the end communism will triumph. I want to help bring that day.

The path of the American Communist Party is clear: It will provide the United States with a real third party and thus restore democracy to this land.

It will call for:

  1. Public ownership of natural resources and of all capital.
  2. Public control of transportation and communications.
  3. Abolition of poverty and limitation of personal income.
  4. No exploitation of labor.
  5. Social medicine, with hospitalization and care for the old.
  6. Free education for all.
  7. Training for jobs and jobs for all.
  8. Discipline for growth and reform.
  9. Freedom under law.
  10. No dogmatic religion.

These aims are not crimes. They are practiced increasingly over the world. No nation can call itself free which does not allow its citizens to work for these ends.

W.E.B. Du Bois

http://www.cpusa.org/application-to-join-the-cpusa-by-w-e-b-du-bois-1961/

Response by Gus Hall:

Dear Dr. DuBois:

In reply to your letter of October 1, in which you make application for membership in the Communist Party of e United States, allow me to relate the following:

I read it before our National Board on October 13th, where it was greeted with the highest enthusiasm and responded to with many heartfelt testimonials to the titanic labors which you have performed over a glorious span of 60 years of dedicated services and leadership in the cause of human progress, peace, science and culture.

Already in 1906 in your historic Address to the Country of the Niagara Movement, you had perceived the main line of development of our century, and wrote these prophetic words:

The morning breaks over the hills. Courage brothers! The battle for humanity is not lost or losing. The Slav is rising in his might, the yellow minions are testing their liberty, the Black Africans are writhing toward the light, and everywhere the laborer is opening the gates of opportunity ad peace.

And so it has come, and is coming to pass. And knowledgeable people everywhere are mindful of the fact that your selfless labors and mighty works have been a powerful contribution to the dawn of our new epoch, the epoch of the final triumph of man over all manner of oppression, discrimination and exploitation.

You (the first Negro to receive the Doctor of Philosophy degree from Harvard University in 1895) are the acknowledged Dean of American letters and most eminent living American scholar.

As editor, sociologist, historian, novelist, poet, publicist, lecturer and organizer you have made enduring contributions. Your life is a monumental example of achievement for all Americans.

For 50 years you have been a tireless champion of the national liberation of the African peoples and new Africas wise counselor and elder statesman.

For more than 60 years you have been the foremost philosopher, theoretician and practical organizer of the Negro peoples glorious freedom struggle.

You have authored numerous books, each of which is a weapon against colonialism, racism and imperialism, and for the victory of the cause of peace, freedom and brotherhood of peoples.

You have raised your voice powerfully and incessantly against war machinations, for world peace and disarmament, for friendship with the socialist countries and coexistence between the two world social systems.

Your act of joining the Communist Party at this time not only expresses that recognition of the new world reality, of the great turn of the people of the world toward socialism for the solution to mankinds need for peace, brotherhood and well-being, but it constitutes an invitation and a challenge to men and women of science and culture, to creative thinkers of all countries, to the Negro masses and their outstanding leaders, both here and aboard, to avail themselves of the social science of Marxism-Leninism and the fraternity of the Communist Parties to give new to their cause and their works.

You have chosen to join our Party precisely at the time when with brazen effrontery to the trends of the times, the most backward, ultra-reactionary forces in our countrys national life have temporarily dragooned the Supreme Courts majority into upholding the most flagrantly unconstitutional thought-control lawsthe McCarran and Smith Actsdesigned to muzzle free speech, ban freedom of association, persecute Communists and suppress our Party.

This is symbolic of the personal courage and heroics exercise of social responsibility which have characterized your service and leadership to the peoples cause throughout your life.

Dear Dr. DuBois, welcome in to the membership of our Party! The title of Party member is an honorable and worthy title, worn with pride b the most dedicated and farseeing, the best sons and daughter of the workers and peoples of all lands in the first ranks of the struggle for mankinds happy future.

With comradely greetings,

Gus Hall

(Reprinted from Fighting Racism: Selected Writings by Gus Hall, International Publishers, 1985)

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Communist Manifesto 1848


Nevertheless, in most advanced countries, the following will be pretty generally applicable.

1. Abolition of property in land and application of all rents of land to public purposes.

2. A heavy progressive or graduated income tax.

3. Abolition of all rights of inheritance.

4. Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels.

5. Centralization of credit in the banks of the state, by means of a national bank with state capital and an exclusive monopoly.

6. Centralization of the means of communication and transport in the hands of the state.

7. Extension of factories and instruments of production owned by the state; the bringing into cultivation of waste lands, and the improvement of the soil generally in accordance with a common plan.

8. Equal obligation of all to work. Establishment of industrial armies, especially for agriculture.

9. Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries; gradual abolition of all the distinction between town and country by a more equable distribution of the populace over the country.

10. Free education for all children in public schools. Abolition of children’s factory labor in its present form. Combination of education with industrial production, etc.
http://www.anu.edu.au/polsci/marx/classics/manifesto.html

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The Congressional Progressive Caucus in Congress and the Senate:

The Congressional Progressive Caucus was established in the U.S. House of Representatives in the early 1990s. It reflects the diversity and strength of the American people, and we seek to give voice to the needs and aspirations of all Americans and to build a more just and humane society. The Co-Chairs of the caucus, U.S. Representatives Raúl M. Grijalva and Lynn Woolsey, welcome your interest in the growing Progressive Caucus.

CPC Elects New Leaders

Thursday December 02, 2010

Washington, D.C. – Reps. Raúl M. Grijalva and Keith Ellison today released the following statement marking their Dec. 1 election as co-chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus for the 112th Congress:

“We are honored to have the opportunity to serve as co-chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) for the 112th Congress. We will work tirelessly to project a progressive vision for America, and to advocate that vision to the American public. Working families deserve a commitment from Congress to look out for their interests every day, and the Progressive Caucus will be on the front lines to honor that commitment.

The 112th Congress will present many challenges and opportunities for this country.As co-chairs, we will advocate for America’s working families and strive to ensure middle class prosperity for generations to come.We will work with President Obama to withdraw our troops from Iraq and Afghanistan and to make peace the guiding principle of our foreign policy.We will be the first to reject and defeat Republican attempts to eliminate benefits for unemployed Americans even as they call for another billionaire bailout.We will continue to work with the broader progressive community to ensure that every American who wants to work can find a good-paying job to support their family. These and other fights will take time and dedication, and we welcome the opportunity to lead the way.

With Republicans promising to scrooge the country out of a secure retirement, our commitment to protect the American middle class will be more important than ever. The American people need effective advocates – in and outside of Washington – to restore their faith in their government’s ability and willingness to do the right thing. Over the next two years, Republicans are going to push as hard as they can to cut programs that the American people depend on, like Social Security, and the Progressive Caucus will be out in front reminding them that Congress works for all of the American people, not just the top tax bracket.We stand ready to take on these important fights, and intend to win them decisively.America deserves no less.”

The Progressive Caucus also elected the following officers at the Dec. 1 Caucus meeting:

Vice Chair Liaison to Black Caucus – Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee

Vice Chair Liaison to Hispanic & Native American Caucuses – Rep. Wm. Lacy Clay

Vice Chair Liaison to Women’s Caucus – Rep. Chellie Pingree

Vice Chair Liaison to Asian and Pacific American Caucus – Rep. Judy Chu

Vice Chair Liaison to LGBT Caucus – Rep. Tammy Baldwin

Whip – Rep. Hank Johnson

http://cpc.grijalva.house.gov/index.cfm?ContentID=655&ParentID=0&SectionID=66&SectionTree=66&lnk=b&ItemID=653

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Caucus Member List (has not been updated since Nov. 2, 2010 elections)

June 02, 2010

IS or WAS your Representative/Senator on this list?

Senate Members

Hon. Roland Burris (IL)
Hon. Bernie Sanders (VT)
Hon. Tom Udall (NM)

ALL Members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus are listed at link below:

http://cpc.grijalva.house.gov/index.cfm?ContentID=166&ParentID=0&SectionID=4&SectionTree=4&lnk=b&ItemID=164

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The Progressive Promise: Fairness for all

The Congressional Progressive Caucus offers the Progressive Promise for all. We believe in government of the people, by the people, and for the people. Our fairness plan is rooted in our core principles. It also embodies national priorities that are consistent with the values, needs, and hopes of all our people, not just the powerful and the privileged. We pledge our unwavering commitment to these legislative priorities and we will not rest until they become law.

The Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) consists of 83 members and is the largest caucus within the Democratic Caucus.  Established in 1991, the CPC reflects the diversity and strength of the American people and seeks to give voice to the needs and aspirations of all Americans and to build a more just and humane society.

http://cpc.grijalva.house.gov/index.cfm?SectionID=2&ParentID=0&SectionTypeID=2&SectionTree=2

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Congressional Progressive Caucus:

03/13/2007

The Congressional Progressive Caucus was founded in 1991 by Socialist Bernie Sanders, the mayor of Burlington, Vt., who, in 1990, was elected to the House of Representatives as an Independent. Sanders served eight terms in the House. In 2004 he won 69% of the vote against Democratic and Republican challengers. Last November, just before his election to the U.S. Senate, again as an Independent, the 65-year-old New York transplant was asked by a Washington Post reporter: “Are you now or have you ever been a Socialist?”

Sanders replied, “Yeah. I wouldn’t deny it. Not for one second. I’m a democratic Socialist.”

Some other CPC members also aren’t afraid to tout their connections to democratic socialism. “I’m a member of DSA [Democratic Socialists of America],” Rep. Danny Davis (D.-Ill.) said in 2000. “There’s an active chapter where I live. They’re basically no different than a lot of the people I know.” Former Rep. Major Owens (D.-N.Y.) is also a DSA member.

Leftist organizations such as the Democratic Socialists of America, an affiliate of the worldwide Socialist International, must be thrilled at how far they’ve come. In the late 1990s, the House CPC was a 50-member minority faction in a minority party facing Newt Gingrich and the Republican Revolution. Today the Congressional Progressive Caucus will push Socialist policies in the House—and the Senate. “A Socialist in the Senate?” headlined a 2005 CommonDreams.org profile of Sanders’ political aspirations. “If Sanders moves over to the Senate, he’ll have even more power to grill [Alan] Greenspan and the rest of the plutocrats in power.”

Despite his Independent affiliation, Sanders was endorsed in 2006 by senior figures in the Democratic Party, including Democratic National Chairman Howard Dean, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairman Charles Schumer (N.Y.), and Reid. Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) campaigned in Vermont for Sanders.

As long as the Democratic Party was out of power, CPC initiatives were largely ignored. But caucus proposals are sure to be trumpeted as common-sense solutions in the new Congress, and Sanders’ new position in the 100-member Senate gives the CPC added clout.

Reid has given Sanders five committee assignments: Environment and Public Works; Health, Education, Labor and Pensions; Veterans Affairs; Energy and Natural Resources; and Budget.

Read more here….

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Democratic Socialists of America:


Officially formed in 1983, DSA describes itself as “the principal U.S. affiliate of the Socialist International” and ranks as the largest socialist organization in the United States. “We are socialists,” reads the organization’s boilerplate, “because we reject an international economic order sustained by private profit, alienated labor, race and gender discrimination, environmental destruction, and brutality and violence in defense of the status quo.” “To achieve a more just society,” adds DSA, “many structures of our government and economy must be radically transformed. … Democracy and socialism go hand in hand. All over the world, wherever the idea of democracy has taken root, the vision of socialism has taken root as well—everywhere but in the United States.”

DSA summarizes its philosophy as follows: “Today … [r]esources are used to make money for capitalists rather than to meet human needs. We believe that the workers and consumers who are affected by economic institutions should own and control them. Social ownership could take many forms, such as worker-owned cooperatives or publicly owned enterprises managed by workers and consumer representatives. Democratic Socialists favor as much decentralization as possible. … While we believe that democratic planning can shape major social investments like mass transit, housing, and energy, market mechanisms are needed to determine the demand for many consumer goods.”

DSA seeks to increase its political influence not by establishing its own party, but rather by working closely with the Democratic Party to promote leftist agendas. “Like our friends and allies in the feminist, labor, civil rights, religious, and community organizing movements, many of us have been active in the Democratic Party,” says DSA. “We work with those movements to strengthen the party’s left wing, represented by the Congressional Progressive Caucus. … Maybe sometime in the future … an alternative national party will be viable. For now, we will continue to support progressives who have a real chance at winning elections, which usually means left-wing Democrats.”

Until 1999, DSA hosted the website of the Progressive Caucus. Following a subsequent expose of the link between the two entities, the Progressive Caucus established its own website under the auspices of Congress. But DSA and the Progressive Caucus remain intimately linked. All 58 Progressive Caucus members also belong to DSA. In addition to these members of Congress, other prominent DSA members include Noam ChomskyEd AsnerGloria Steinem, and Cornel West, who serves as the organization’s honorary Chair.

As of March 2010, some of DSA’s most notable honorary chairs included Barbara Ehrenreich, Dolores Huerta, Frances Fox Piven (co-creator of the Cloward-Piven Strategy), Eliseo Medina (executive vice president of the Service Employees International Union), Gloria Steinem, and Cornel West.


http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/printgroupProfile.asp?grpid=6428

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Democratic Socialists believe that both the economy and society should be run democratically—to meet public needs, not to make profits for a few. To achieve a more just society, many structures of our government and economy must be radically transformed through greater economic and social democracy so that ordinary Americans can participate in the many decisions that affect our lives.


http://www.dsausa.org/dsa.html

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Worth YOUR TIME to read at link below:

Towards Freedom: Democratic Socialist Theory and Practice

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Homework assignment done.

Information posted for YOU to read.

Then YOU DECIDE.

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We are not racist.

We are not violent.

We are just NO LONGER SILENT.



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  1. [Democratic Socialists believe that both the economy and society should be run democratically—to meet public needs, not to make profits for a few. To achieve a more just society, many structures of our government and economy must be radically transformed through greater economic and social democracy so that ordinary Americans can participate in the many decisions that affect our lives.]

    What’s wrong with that? Why do you hate democracy?

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    Response:

    America is a Republic, not a Democratic Socialist country.

    Those that make a profit should be able to keep it.

    The current attacks on financial institutions and taxation have hindered any small business interested in starting up a business due to Obama taxation that is possible in two years. Due to that, the unemployment numbers will possibly stay the same or go up.

    Fannie and Freddie (the originators of the economic mortgage crisis):

    The Fall of Fannie and Freddie: Symptom of growing crisis in world capitalism

    Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, twin pillars of US housing finance, have been plunged into crisis. Only three months after the meltdown and bailout of Bear Stearns, the US Treasury and the Federal Reserve have once again been forced to intervene with emergency measures to forestall a potential crash in the global finance system.

    Both US banks and foreign investors, including central banks, hold billions of dollars of mortgage-backed securities issued or guaranteed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the official acronyms for the Federal National Mortgage Association, set up in 1938, and the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, set up in 1970). A collapse in the value of these securities, totalling around $5 trillion, would have consequences for the world capitalist economy.

    http://www.socialistworld.net/eng/2008/07/18usa.html

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    Blank check sends Fannie, Freddie soaring

    By Chris Isidore, senior writer
    December 28, 2009

    NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Shares of mortgage finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac soared Monday after the Treasury Department announced what essentially amounts to a blank check for their bailouts.

    Treasury lifted a $200 billion limit on the amount it was ready to pump into each of the two mortgage firms after the markets closed Thursday. Fannie Mae (FNM, Fortune 500) shares leapt 21% Monday to $1.27, while shares of Freddie Mac (FRE, Fortune 500) jumped 27% to $1.60.

    http://money.cnn.com/2009/12/28/news/companies/fannie_freddie/index.htm

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    Has anyone ever received a job from a poor person? The only sector that has grown during this recession has been the Federal (public) job sector.

    Ronald Reagan said, “Government is not a solution to our problem, government is the problem.”

  2. [Those that make a profit should be able to keep it.]

    It costs money to build a system where people can make a good profit. Infrastructure costs money. Providing protection to multinational companies costs money. The military costs money. The wealthy benefit a lot more from our country’s system than the middle class or the poor so it stands to reason, they should pay more to help support it.

    As far as Ronald Reagan, he was a horrible president. He tripled the national debt, armed what would become Al Quaeda and attack our country on 9/11, armed both Iran and Iraq, punished Israel for bombing Saddam Hussein’s nuclear facility, ratted on his fellow actors during the McCarthy hearings, had record high unemployment and then a dismal recovery, his deregulation led to the S&L crisis and resultant government bailout, and after 10 years of Reaganomics, in the early 90s, we suffered a deep recession.

    It’s hard to find anything good to say about Reagan, other than he was good at giving speeches.

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    Response:

    And I suppose your utopia/Socialist/Communist dream would be to TAX anyone making more than $200,000…… 90% taxation. Plus grab any estate monies not used by the one that earned/saved it to “level the playing field”.

    Socialism/Communism only works until you use up everyone else’s money.

    Then what?

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    I STILL stand for Ronald Reagan: WAS a Reagan-type (Conservative) Democrat for 35 + years before becoming an Independent voter. Jimmy Carter left me a BAD taste toward Democrats. Then watching the Presidential 2008 elections confirmed my distaste thus making me change to Independent in 2008.)

    Has anyone ever received a job from a poor person? The only sector that has grown during this recession has been the Federal (public) job sector.

    Ronald Reagan said, “Government is not a solution to our problem, government is the problem.”

  3. Reagan did more damage to our country than any president in the past 100 years except for Bush, Jr. Your hatred of Carter is the result of brainwashing. While he was an ineffective president, he didn’t do any long term damage to our country like Reagan and Bush did.

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    Gee Ben you are funny. YOU probably also think the Community Reinvestment Act + Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac and the DEMS had NOTHING to do with the Recession.

    YOU probably think Obama is the Messiah…..

    Let’s put it this way. You are entitled to your opinion and I to mine. That is the great thing about America.

  4. [Gee Ben you are funny. YOU probably also think the Community Reinvestment Act + Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac and the DEMS had NOTHING to do with the Recession.

    YOU probably think Obama is the Messiah…..]

    You’re no independent. Those are the same comments all the brainwashed right-wingers use. There’s a reason you won’t find any legitimate economists who blame the collapse of our economy on the Community Reinvestment Act or Fannie and Freddie. It’s because they’re just right-wing lies. Your opinion is based on lies, and that makes you a pathetic little sheep.

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    Typical Alinsky attack.

    Alinsky-style baiting doesn’t work here.


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