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By Kyle Olson
AUSTIN – You know America is changing when leftists have even infiltrated Texas schools.
According to the website txcscopereview.com, a lesson plan for 6th graders in government schools reads as follows:
Notice socialist/communist nations use symbolism on their flags representing various aspects of their economic system. Imagine a new socialist nation is creating a flag and you have been put in charge of creating a flag. Use symbolism to represent aspects of socialism/communism on your flag. What kind of symbolism/colors would you use?
Texas legislators looked none too kindly on this revelation as they questioned the curriculum’s creators at a recent hearing.
The Star-Telegram reports:
“Members of the Senate Education Committee on Thursday grilled the creators of a curriculum system used across Texas that critics say promotes anti-American values and stifles classroom flexibility.
“Committee Chairman Dan Patrick, R-Houston, called it ‘a mess.’ One witness compared the system to “mind control,” and an algebra teacher wept as he described quitting because he felt he was ‘aiding and abetting a crime’ by using CSCOPE in his classroom.
“CSCOPE is an electronic curriculum management system that offers Web-based lesson plans and exams designed to help teachers adhere to state education requirements. It is used in 875 school districts — more than 70 percent of districts statewide — and is supposed to be flexible enough for teachers to alter content to meet their individual needs.
“A string of witnesses before the Senate Education Committee criticized the program for promoting liberal values they said are anti-Christian at best and openly socialist at worst.
“They also complained that it is hard for nonteachers to get a look at the program.
“[Educrat Wade] Lebay was even asked to read part of a sixth-grade lesson plan that showed different countries’ flags and instructed students to ‘notice that socialist and communist countries use symbolism on their flags’” It went on to ask students what symbols they would use if they were to create a flag for a new socialist country.
First-term Sen. Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood, asked, ‘Does that sound like we’re sympathizing with those types of countries?’ He later said he found the lesson plan ‘very egregious as a Texan and an American.’
Ronald Reagan taught us, “How do you tell a communist? Well, it’s someone who reads Marx and Lenin. And how do you tell an anti-Communist? It’s someone who understands Marx and Lenin.”
Barack Obama’s mentor as a young man was communist party member Frank Marshall Davis. As a community organizer he was a follower and promoter of the communist fellow-traveler Saul Alinsky’s methods and goals. As a professional in Hyde Park he associated with socialist radicals such as Bill Ayers. As an up-and-coming Chicago Politician he attended the church of Reverend Jeremiah Wright, an outspoken proponent of the socialist Black Liberation Theology. As president he appointed communist Van Jones to be one of his many Czars. Mr. Obama says he is not a socialist. However, simple logic tells us if it looks like a duck and walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck you can be relatively certain it’s a duck.
Mr. Obama has told us that he seeks to be a transformational president like his idol FDR. He was bold enough to tell us just days before the election in 2008 that he would fundamentally transform America. In just one term he has accomplished much along the way to changing us from what we have always been into what the Progressives have always wanted us to be.
How has Barak Obama transformed us? Into what is he transforming us? A look at his impressive *list of firsts as president of these United States points in the direction he is herding us:
- First President to have a Social Security number from a state where he has never lived
- First President to preside over a cut to the credit-rating of the United States
- First President to violate the War Powers Act
- First President to be held in contempt of court for illegally obstructing oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico
- First President to require that all Americans purchase a product from a third party as a condition of citizenship
- First President to spend a trillion dollars on shovel-ready jobs and then joke that shovel ready wasn’t quite as shovel ready as he thought
- First President to abrogate bankruptcy law to turn over control of companies to his union supporters
- First President to by-pass Congress and implement laws such as the Dream Act and Cap-n-Trade through executive fiat
- First President to demand a company hand-over $20 billion to one of his political appointees
- First President to tell a CEO of a major corporation (GM) to resign
- First President to terminate America’s ability to put a man in space
- First President to cancel the National Day of Prayer and to say that America is no longer a Christian nation
- First President to have a law signed by an auto-pen without being present
- First President to send the families of fallen service members a form letter signed with an auto-pen
- First President to arbitrarily declare an existing law unconstitutional and refuse to enforce it (DOMA)
- First President to threaten insurance companies if they publicly spoke-out on the reasons for their rate increases
- First President to tell a major manufacturing company in which state it is allowed to locate a factory
- First President to file lawsuits against the states he swore an oath to protect (AZ, WI, OH, IN)
- First President to actively try to bankrupt an American industry (coal)
- First President to fire an inspector general of Ameri-Corps for catching one of his friends in a corruption case
- First President to appoint 45 czars to his office
- First President to golf more than 100 times separate times in his first three and a half years in office
- First President to hide his medical, educational and travel records
- First President to win a Nobel Peace Prize for doing nothing to earn it
- First President to go on multiple global “apology tours” and concurrent “insult our friends” tours
- First President to go on 16 lavish vacations, including date nights and Wednesday evening White House parties for his friends paid for by the taxpayer
- First President to have 22 personal servants (taxpayer funded) for his wife
- First President to keep a dog trainer on retainer for $102,000 a year at taxpayer expense
- First President to publicly read from the Quran & tell us the early morning call of the Azan (Islamic call to worship) is the most beautiful sound on earth
- First President to recite the Muslim call to prayer in perfect Arabic
- First President to tell the military men and women that they should pay for their own private insurance
- First President to side with a foreign nation over one of America’s 50 states (Mexico vs. Arizona)
Mr. Obama is leading us from being the first among nations to being just another vote in the United Nations. Now there’s a level playing field for you. And now it’s time for another election, some say our most important, some say perhaps our last.
In many ways this election cycle is refreshing. For generations the Progressives have pretended to be something they are not to win elections. They have pretended to be dedicated to the American dream of personal liberty, economic freedom and the belief that America was different from other nations, that as the world’s first and most enduring modern experiment in a republic based on limited government we were exceptional. Although the policies of the Progressives have always been at odds with this assumed identity at least every election cycle they would tip their hat to the America of our fathers and portray themselves as a Thomas Jefferson or an Andrew Jackson.
Therefore, 2012 is shaping up to be the election where the Progressives cast aside their mask and run as who they are: the American version of socialism promising to tax the rich and spread the wealth around, from each according to their ability to each according to their need.
If Mr. Obama wins re-election on this platform the Progressives will finally have their chance to give Americans the same kind of cradle-to-grave utopia the happy people of Russia, China, North Korea, and Hitler’s Germany have had the fortune to endure. If Mr. Obama wins re-election espousing the true intentions of the Progressives, to change the constitution from a rock solid foundation for freedom into a living document that is a dead letter, he will succeed at his vow to fundamentally transform America.
He will fundamentally transform the dreams of our fathers for a land of liberty and opportunity into the dreams of his father who was a pro-communist social engineer and America will become just another country trying to build heaven on earth by plundering some to benefit others.
As to his utopian beliefs and aspirations President Obama has said, “I am confident we can create a Kingdom right here on Earth”
President Reagan also told us, “Socialism only works in two places: Heaven where they don’t need it, and hell where they already have it.”
*Lists of Mr. Obama’s firsts are found numerous places. The sources referenced for each first are merely representative of the many available for each.
Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, and Religion. He is the Historian of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com © 2012 Robert R. Owens email@example.com Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens
In a post published Tuesday on his website, Davis was vague about his future political endeavors, but declared: “If I were to run, it would be as a Republican. And I am in the process of changing my voter registration from Alabama to Virginia, a development which likely does represent a closing of one chapter and perhaps the opening of another.”
Davis, who represented Alabama’s seventh congressional district from 2003 to 2011, was notably the first member of Congress outside of Illinois to endorse then-Sen. Obama’s 2008 presidential bid. And it was Davis who seconded the official nomination of Obama at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.
Along with making hints at the future, Davis reflected on his experiences as a Democrat, and condemned the path he believes the party is taking.
Renouncing the party “is no light decision on my part,” he wrote. “Cutting ties with an Alabama Democratic Party that has weakened and lost faith with more and more Alabamians every year is one thing; leaving a national party that has been the home for my political values for two decades is quite another.”
But “wearing a Democratic label no longer matches what I know about my country and its possibilities,” he said.
“On the specifics, I have regularly criticized an agenda that would punish businesses and job creators with more taxes just as they are trying to thrive again,” he said. “I have taken issue with an administration that has lapsed into a bloc by bloc appeal to group grievances when the country is already too fractured: frankly, the symbolism of Barack Obama winning has not given us the substance of a united country.”
Given Davis’ previous stances on pivotal Obama policies, his departure from the party can’t be too much of a surprise. Davis was the sole member of the Congressional Black Caucus to vote against Obama’s healthcare reform legislation in 2010. He also ran a relatively conservative campaign for the governorship of Alabama in 2010, but failed to win a primary battle against then-Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks, losing by a margin of 25 percentage points. After the loss, Davis declared he would no longer seek public office.
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s campaign has heralded Davis’ retreat from the Democratic party as evidence of “mounting opposition among Democrats to President Obama’s campaign message and tactics,” in a release sent out Wednesday.
Introduction: Lenin says that anyone that is a Socialist is a Communist.
Before we answer the question posed above, it is vitally
important to understand that those within the radical left
wing movement in America today no longer call themselves “socialists” or “communists” (or even “liberals” in some cases).
The radical left wing has rebranded itself as the “Progressive Movement” and “progressives” are presently operating at the highest levels in our government and advancing their socialist ideology, while shielded from the vilifying labels of “communism” and “socialism”.
Why was rebranding necessary? Why do socialists and communists now call themselves “progressives”? Part of the answer can be found in a recent PEW Research Center survey which indicated that 68% of Americans react positively to the word “Progressive” while only 23% have a negative reaction. On the other hand, 59% of Americans have a negative reaction to the word “Socialism” while only 29% have a positive reaction to the word. But don’t be confused by the name change. Slick marketing does not change the fact that the terms “Progressive” and “Socialist” are virtually synonymous in politics today; nor does it change the fact that the most prominent manifestation of the socialist (progressive) political machine today, the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC), presently holds the reins of power and constitutes the largest voting block of Democrats in House of Representatives.
This group of 81 representatives and senators has deep and long-standing ties to the socialist movement in America and is presently pushing its Marxist agenda into legislation, strategically dismantling the constitution in the process.
“In more recent years, the Congressional Progressive Caucus has gone underground in respect to their connection to the Democratic Socialists of America. Their roster is no longer published on the DSA website and they no longer publicly acknowledge their loyalty to the socialist organization.”
– Jeremiahproject.com 
_______________________ The most recent example of pushing this Marxist agenda into legislation is the passing of the so-called health care reform bill. CPC members pushed this bill, nurtured it and rammed it down our throats through parliamentary trickery in the dark of night… not to reform health care, but rather, to transform the United States into a socialist country.
Throughout the rest of this report, we will examine the history and membership of the CPC (and a complete list of CPC members can be found at the conclusion of this report).
We will expose the CPC’s deeply held socialist beliefs, and its close ties to the Democratic Socialists of America, (DSA) a group committed to neo-Marxist ideology.
We will also expose the CPC’s role in the dangerous, and perhaps treasonous, global socialist movement, and the CPC’s ties to Socialist International (SI), whose members seek world domination.
The Congressional Progressive Caucus – A Socialist Collective:
As previously mentioned, the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) is perhaps the most powerful, caucus within the United States Congress with over 80 declared members, and works to advance progressive issues and positions.
The Caucus is co-chaired by Representatives Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) and Lynn Woolsey (D-CA).
Of the 20 standing committees of the House of the House of Representatives, 11 are chaired by members of the CPC. 
The CPC’s founding statement highlights a list of bold initiatives that are intended to consolidate power, out of the hands of citizens and into the grip of the government, and centralize the planning of our economy. The founding statement of purpose also calls for so-called “social justice” and promotes the redistribution of wealth through higher taxation on corporations and wealthy individuals. Of course, placing such an unfair burden on successful companies is merely a means to an end.
Ironically, the ultimate purpose of such wealth redistribution is not to level the playing field for all Americans, but rather, to strangle productivity and legalize government meddling in all major industry, as we are currently seeing in the auto, banking, and oil industries. In short, the ultimate purpose is control.
Another goal outlined in the CPC’s founding statement is the re-allotment of military spending. At a time when our enemies are more determined and focused than ever, the CPC intends to weaken our military presence in the world. This makes perfect sense
from the perspective of the larger goal of installing a global socialist regime to manage the affairs of the world. And for that to happen, the American military must be subjugated to the demands of the “common global good”.
Another tenant of the CPC is to create an ever-growing government that seeks to control the everyday lives of American families. The founding platform calls for a “substantial increase in federal funding for social programs”.
Through instituting massive tax increases, the CPC seeks to control everything; the health care we receive… the food we eat… and even the manner in which we worship.
Exemplified by the current government takeover of health care, this faction of congressional leaders is succeeding in penetrating into key facets of our lives. It has begun its intrusion into religion by seeking to legalize the perversion of marriage and criminalize speech which runs counter to the radical homosexual political agenda. This is also obviously a pruning of the cherished tenant of free speech.
The non-profit organization most closely associated with the Congressional Progressive Caucus is the American Progressive Caucus Policy Foundation, which works to connect the caucus to progressives outside the Congress.
Although officially bi-partisan, the group’s mission is to raise funds and support progressive legislation in the House of Representatives.  Additionally, the CPC is also populated by members of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), whose agenda is markedly anti-capitalist, and ironically neither Democratic nor American.
The History of the CPC:
The Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) was established in 1991 by six members of the United States House of Representatives: Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Ron Dellums (DCA), Lane Evans (D-IL), Thomas Andrews (D-ME), Peter DeFazio (D-OR), and Maxine Waters (D-CA).
The founding members reasoned their agenda was necessitated by the economic hardship imposed by the deepening recession. What better apparatus to use than the Democratic Party to advance the directives of the DSA? The CPC may soft-pedal its Socialist ideology in the new Congress, but a 1999 position paper on economic inequality clearly
shows their rejection of capitalism and the free market.
“On November 11, 1999, the Progressive Caucus drafted its Position Paper on economic inequality. It reads, in part, as follows: ‘Economic inequality is the result of two and a half decades of government policies and rules governing the economy being tilted in favor of large asset owners at the expense of wage earners. Tax policy, trade policy, monetary policy, government regulations and other rules have reflected this pro-investor bias. We propose the introduction or reintroduction of a package of legislative initiatives that will close America’s economic divide and address both income and wealth disparities.’”
And clearly, CPC members in Congress have already taken advantage of the current financial crisis to push for the regulation of major industries, Wall Street, our health care system, the auto industry and seek to control just about every other industry through the
promoting of so-called Cap and Trade legislation.
In 2005 the Progressive Caucus crafted its “Progressive Promise” document… a document which advocated the following positions:
-Establishing universal, government provided health care.
-Trade agreements that favor the rights foreign workers over Americans.
-The right of all workers to organize into labor unions and engage in collective bargaining.
-The abolition of the USA PATRIOT Act.
-The legalization of same-sex marriage.
-A complete pullout from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
-An increase in income tax rates.
-An increase in welfare spending by the federal government.
As you can readily see, many of these positions are being transformed into policy right before our very eyes; and additionally, these positions are extremely similar in scope and posture to those of the DSA.
The Democratic Socialists of America The CPC has deep connections to the Democratic Socialists of America and openly promotes its ideology. The DSA is the socialist organization in America today with
thousands of members working to bring about the end of our republic as we know it.
In 1999 WorldNetDaily.com reported that the DSA hosted the website of the CPC.
Within days of the publication of this report, the CPC removed its site from the DSA server and information connecting the organizations was then washed from the webs of the CPC and DSA. Despite this cursory attempt to distance themselves for one another, the DSA and the Progressive Caucus remain intimately linked. Seventy of the 83 Progressive Caucus members also belong to DSA. 
Don’t be fooled by the use of the word “democratic”. It is really nothing more than a red herring meant to distance this socialist movement from its true leftist roots.
Since the turn of the twentieth century, the socialist movement in American has stumbled forward achieving some small measure of success, at various times, in fits and starts.
Of course, left wing radicals have never had an enduring socialist organization in America. The DSA was formed in 1983 from the merger of two foundering socialist groups, The New American Movement (NAM) and The Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee (DSOC).
To go even deeper and really take the mask off of the DSA, to reveal its true colors, we must also take a look at a group called Socialists International, (SI).
The DSA is the American arm of this world-wide organization. Its agenda is basically to install a one-world order to manage global trade and environmental resources and impose its will on all people regardless of national or regional government.
“Ever since its inception in 1951, the Socialist International has made cosmetic efforts to distance itself from communist socialists. It continues to do so, sprinkling its calls for socialism and global governance with assurances of support for ‘democratic’ principles. However, its democratic bona fides and its supposed opposition to
totalitarian socialism are as threadbare today as they ever have been.” – NewAmerican.com 
Bolstered by the ear of a sympathetic regime which has usurped the White House, SI now has tremendous influence… the likes of which it has never enjoyed.
In addition to the White House, SI, through the CPC, has the ear of more than 30 percent of the Democratic Majority in the House of Representatives… almost 20 percent of the entire House of Representatives.
Who Are The Socialists In Congress?
Some of the key players (past and present) in this hostile group (the CPC) are profiled below.
Nancy Pelosi was the chair of the CPC until she was elected Speaker of the House. She is also a member of the DSA. Pelosi’s record attests to her anticapitalist, pro-union positions, winning her a 93% approval rating from the ACLU.
Her socialist leanings are clear. Consider the following comments Pelosi made on property rights during an appearance on Meet The Press which are summarized below in an article appearing in Human Events.
[According to Pelosi] If we put offshore drilling on the table, we get to put a whole lot of other issues on the table, like tax breaks for oil companies, and even levying new taxes on oil companies for using the oil that “belongs to the American people.” She went on and on for 5 minutes talking about how these oil companies profit off of oil that “is the American people’s”… Nancy forgot, this country is based on ~240 years of PROPERTY OWNERSHIP, including mineral rights. 
Bernie Sanders is the mastermind and founder of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and a self-described socialist.
In 1990 Bernie Sanders, who ran for local office previously as a Socialist, 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 and was elected to the senate.
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.” Barak Obama is no longer an official member of the CPC since he is no longer a Member of Congress.
Obama’s socialist backing was a significant factor in his meteoric political rise. As reported by Cliff Kincaid with Accuracy in Media.
“Obama’s socialist backing goes back at least to 1996, when he received the endorsement of the Chicago branch of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) for an Illinois state senate seat …. Obama’s stint as a “community organizer” in Chicago has gotten some attention, but his relationship with the DSA socialists, who groomed
and backed him, has been generally ignored.” 
With the sweeping changes that are coming about, forced on us by left wing ideological radicals who have taken over our government, it is easy to give up hope and believe that we should barricade ourselves in a compound with muskets and provisions.
However if the people of America who believe in the founding principles of this country… who believe in the ideals of personal and religious freedom… who believe in the God given rights of liberty… can realize the true socialist threat that confronts us, we
can expose it for what it truly is and defeat it.
So feel free, now that you have this exclusive report, to distribute it widely.
Print it out and share it with your friends and associates. Email it to those that you know. Together, we can spread the truth and the Truth shall set us free.
Current members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus:
Hon. Raúl M. Grijalva (AZ-07)
Hon. Lynn Woolsey (CA-06)
Hon. Diane Watson (CA-33)
Hon. Keith Ellison (MN-05)
Hon. Sheila Jackson-Lee (TX-18)
Hon. Mazie Hirono (HI-02)
Hon. Dennis Kucinich (OH-10)
Hon. Donna F. Edwards (MD-04)
Hon. Alan Grayson (FL-08)
Hon. Roland Burris (IL)
Hon. Bernie Sanders (VT)
Hon. Tom Udall (NM)
Hon. Tammy Baldwin (WI-02)
Hon. Xavier Becerra (CA-31)
Hon. Earl Blumenauer (OR-03)
Hon. Robert Brady (PA-01)
Hon. Corrine Brown (FL-03)
Hon. Michael Capuano (MA-08)
Hon. André Carson (IN-07)
Hon. Donna Christensen (VI-AL)
Hon. Judy Chu (CA-32)
Hon. Yvette Clarke (NY-11)
Hon. William “Lacy” Clay (MO-01)
Hon. Emanuel Cleaver (MO-05)
Hon. Steve Cohen (TN-09)
Hon. John Conyers (MI-14)
Hon. Elijah Cummings (MD-07)
Hon. Danny Davis (IL-07)
Hon. Peter DeFazio (OR-04)
Hon. Rosa DeLauro (CT-03)
Hon. Sam Farr (CA-17)
Hon. Chaka Fattah (PA-02)
Hon. Bob Filner (CA-51)
Hon. Barney Frank (MA-04)
Hon. Marcia L. Fudge (OHe (OH-11)
Hon. Luis Gutierrez (IL-04)
Hon. John Hall (NY-19)
Hon. Phil Hare (IL-17)
Hon. Alcee Hastings (FL-23)
Hon. Maurice Hinchey (NY-22)
Hon. Michael Honda (CA-15)
Hon. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (IL-02)
Hon. Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30)
Hon. Hank Johnson (GA-04)
Hon. Marcy Kaptur (OH-09)
Hon. Carolyn Kilpatrick (MI-13)
Hon. Barbara Lee (CA-09)
Hon. John Lewis (GA-05)
Hon. David Loebsack (IA-02)
Hon. Ben R. Lujan (NM-3)
Hon. Carolyn Maloney (NY-14)
Hon. Ed Markey (MA-07)
Hon. Jim McDermott (WA-07)
Hon. James McGovern (MA-03)
Hon. George Miller (CA-07)
Hon. Gwen Moore (WI-04)
Hon. Jim Moran (VA-08)
Hon. Jerrold Nadler (NY-08)
Hon. Eleanor Holmes-Norton (DC-AL)
Hon. John Olver (MA-01)
Hon. Frank Pallone (NJ-06)
Hon. Ed Pastor (AZ-04)
Hon. Donald Payne (NJ-10)
Hon. Chellie Pingree (ME-01)
Hon. Jared Polis (CO-02)
Hon. Charles Rangel (NY-15)
Hon. Laura Richardson (CA-37)
Hon. Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-34)
Hon. Bobby Rush (IL-01)
Hon. Linda Sánchez (CA-39)
Hon. Jan Schakowsky (IL-09)
Hon. José Serrano (NY-16)
Hon. Louise Slaughter (NY-28)
Hon. Pete Stark (CA-13)
Hon. Bennie Thompson (MS-02)
Hon. John Tierney (MA-06)
Hon. Nydia Velazquez (NY-12)
Hon. Maxine Waters (CA-35)
Hon. Mel Watt (NC-12)
Hon. Henry Waxman (CA-30)
Hon. Peter Welch (VT-AL)
Notable Past Member:
Barack Hussein Obama
Organizations Promoted On The CPC Website
There’s an old expression; you are known by the company you keep. The organizations listed below are listed on the CPC website as movers-and-shakers within the “progressive political arena”. While most of them are obscure, some names such as ACORN, the NAACP, MoveOn.org, LaRaza, the ACLU, Amnesty International, Norman Lear’s
People for the American Way, the Southern Poverty Law Center, the AFL-CIO, the Sierra Club and a host of others are well known.
The listing of others, such as the American Library Association, might even surprise you.
Again, the inclusion of these fellow travelers is not exhaustive, nor is it based on the personal opinions of the writers and publishers or this report. The organizations below are prominently listed on the CPC website as organizations which promote the “progressive” agenda.
State Progressive Caucuses
Kansas Progressive Caucus
Arizona Progressive Democrats
California Progressive Caucus
Idaho Progressive Caucus
Kentucky Progressive Democratic Caucus
Michigan – The Justice Caucus
North Carolina Progressives
Ohio Progressive Democratic Caucus
South Carolina Progressive Caucus
Washington State Progressive Caucus
Washington State Progressive Caucuses
http://www.pdcw.org/index.php The Progressive Democrats of Wisconsin
Progressive Caucus of Democrats Abroad
Americans for Democratic Action
Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs
Campaign for America’s Future
Center For American Progress
Center for Progressive Leadership
Common Dreams News Center
Hip Hop Caucus
In These Times
Institute for Policy Studies
League of United Latin American Citizens
http://www.lulac.org Mother Jones
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
National Council of LaRaza
Progressive Democrats of America
Public Interest Research Groups
Rainbow Push Coalition
http://www.truemajority.org Budget and Taxes
Center for Budget and Policy Priorities
Citizens for Tax Justice
Civil and Human Rights
Alliance for Justice
American Civil Liberties Union
American Library Association
Child Labor Education and Action Project
Human Rights Campaign
Human Rights Watch
Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies
People for the American Way
Southern Poverty Law Center
http://www.splcenter.org/ Elections and Voting
Center for Voting and Democracy
Environment and Energy
Friends of the Earth
Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade
Center for International Policy
Foreign Policy in Focus
Housing and Hunger
Labor and Economics
Center for Law and Social Policy
Dollars and Sense
Economic Policy Institute
Financial Markets Center
Free the Children
Jobs with Justice
National Jobs for All Coalition
National Labor Committee
National Priorities Project
The Multinational Monitor
By Jeffery Klein
Ever since Monday, when President Barack Obama openly challenged the authority of the “unelected members” of the U.S. Supreme Court, which now holds sway over Obamacare, the first image that came to mind was Fidel Castro–whose rule as Dictator is the longest in modern Latin American history.
The result of considerable research on Wikipedia, followed by simple comparative analysis of their life-stages, shows that Obama’s background is so remarkably parallel to Castro’s, suggesting that the similarity in impression is very understandable.
To begin with, both men were born in “non-traditional” family circumstances that carried a “social stigma” during the era of their birth.
Fidel Castro was born in Spain, whose father Angel was born into a peasant family but became a wealthy farmer. Angel separated from his [first] wife, but did not divorce. Then, after several years Angel began a relationship with a household servant thirty years his junior, Lina Ruz González, who came from an impoverished Cuban family. Nonetheless, she became Ángel’s “domestic partner”, and bore him three sons and four daughters.
Fidel was Lina’s third child, born at his father’s farm on August 13, 1926–but given his mother’s surname of Ruz, rather than his father’s–because he had been born out of wedlock, which carried a severe social stigma at the time, in heavily Roman Catholic Spain.
When Fidel was just six years old, he and his elder siblings were sent to live with their teacher in Santiago de Cuba. At eight years old, after being baptized into the Roman Catholic Church, he bounced around several schools, due to his misbehavior, including the La Salle boarding school in Santiago, then the privately-funded, Jesuit-run Dolores School in Santiago.
Angel Castro finally dissolved his first marriage when Fidel was fifteen, allowing him to marry Fidel’s mother, Lina. Afterwards, Castro formally recognized Fidel when he was seventeen, legally changing his surname from Ruz to Castro.
In late 1945, Castro began studying law at the University of HavanaHere he became immediately embroiled in the student protest movement, and becoming passionate about anti-imperialism, connecting with several leftist student groups at the time.
Then, in 1947, Castro joined a newly founded socialist group, the Party of the Cuban People, formed by veteran politician Eduardo Chibás, who was a charismatic figure that attracted many [working class] Cubans with his message of social justice, honest government, and political freedom. Castro, considered Chibás his mentor.
Castro moved even further to the left in his political views, influenced by the writings of Marx, Engels and Lenin, leading him to believe that capitalism, or the “dictatorship of the bourgeoisie,” was causing the societal problems in Cuba, rather than the failings of corrupt politicians.
The Marxist idea that true political change could only be brought about by a revolution led by the working class, consumed Castro, and he set about visiting Havana’s poorest neighbourhoods, witnessing the nation’s huge social and racial inequalities, and became active in the University Committee for the Struggle against Racial Discrimination.
To make a long story short, Havana fell to the “revolution” on January 2, 1959, and Castro entered Santiago, to accept their surrender, and gave a speech to the assembled crowds independence from the Spanish Empire. He also praised the role that women had played, and proclaimed that they would have equal rights in the new Cuba.
Castro immediately became a heroic, “Christ-like figure” and wearing a medallion of the Virgin Mary, with cheering crowds meeting him at every town on his way to Havana. Along the way he gave speeches, press conferences and interviews–as U.S. and other foreign reporters noted that the public adulation of Castro was on an unprecedented scale.
In 1961, using Marxism-Leninism as his guiding ideology, Castro proclaimed the socialist nature of the Cuban revolution, followed in 1965 by becoming First Secretary of the newly founded Communist Party–abolishing all other parties.
He then transformed Cuba into a Socialist republic by nationalizing industry, then introducing free healthcare and education to everyone, while suppressing any opposition.
In their book, Corruption in Cuba, Sergio Diaz-Briquets and Jorge F. Pérez-López Servando state that Castro “institutionalized” corruption and that “Castro’s state-run monopolies, cronyism, and lack of accountability have made Cuba one of the world’s most corrupt states.”
Castro established the “Comandante’s reserves” in 1970, from which he allegedly “provided gifts to many of his cronies, both home and abroad”. Gonzalez asserts that Comandante’s reserves have been linked to counterfeiting business empires and money laundering.
Finally, Leycester Coltman’s book, entitled The Real Fidel Castro (2003), described Castro as being “fiercely hard-working, dedicated[,] loyal… generous and magnanimous,” but also noted that he could be “vindictive and unforgiving” at times.
Coltman noted that Castro “always had a keen sense of humour and could laugh at himself,” but could also be “a bad loser,” reacting with “ferocious rage if he thought that he was being humiliated.”
Now, for the contemporary mirror image…
Briefly, Barack Obama was the product of an interractial marriage between a white American women and a black Kenyan man in Hawaii on August 4, 1961. Obama’s parents, met in 1960, married on February 2, 1961, separated shortly after Obama’s birth, finally divorcing in 1964.
Obama Sr. visited Barack only once, in Hawaii, in 1971, and died in a 1982 car accident.
After her divorce, Obama’s mother married Indonesian Lolo Soetoro, a foreign student in Hawaii; but, in 1967, he had to return to Indonesia, so Barack moved with them, from age six to ten, attending local schools in Jakarta.
In 1971, Obama returned to Honolulu to live with his maternal grandparents, and attended a private college preparatory school, from fifth grade until his graduation from high school in 1979.
Obama’s mother returned to Hawaii in 1972, remaining there until 1977, after which she returned to Indonesia to work as an anthropological field worker, until she returned to Hawaii 17 years later, in 1994. She died of ovarian cancer one year later.
Obama has written about having struggled as a young adult to reconcile the social perceptions of his multiracial heritage, and has also written and talked about using alcohol, marijuana and cocaine during his teenage years, to “push questions of who I was out of my mind.”
Barack Obama attended prestigious Columbia University in New York, then Harvard Law, where he became involved in leftist organizations, and identified strongly with people like Saul Alinsky, the “father” of Community Organizing.
After graduation, Obama became obsessed with the working poor, as a Community Organizer on the South Side of Chicago, taught University level classes related to Constitutional law, working briefly at a law firm, and then entered politics on the state level, quickly rising to the national level, where he earned the designation as the most Liberal member of Congress.
He has been labeled “the Messiah,” because of the charisma that he uses to entrance people, selling them on the idea of having equal outcomes, sharply implying wealth re-distribution, espousing a hatred for those who have worked hard and earned, while disregarding the law wherever it suits.
Obama is committed to remaking the United States into his own [failed] vision of socialism, by fostering an uprising of class warfare, racial discord and his latest invention–the Republican “war on women,” through any means at his disposal–no doubt including a “social revolution.”
In the end, it seems that Fidel Castro and Barack Obama share a psychological telltale–they both exhibit irrefutable symptoms of Aggressive Narcissism, which include superficial charm, grandiose sense of importance, pathological lying, lack of remorse, are manipulative, and unable to accept responsibility for their own actions.
Deliver us all from evil and socialism in November 2012.
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