This was a fun little example of how the right-wing noise machine works.
My righty friend sent me this email today. (He sends me a lot of these things. They all look use the exact same type-faces and no doubt come from the same source ).
I decided to Google one of the longer phrases and found over two pages of right-wing blogs and "news" sources parroting the exact same content in its exact same wording. Snopes hasn't researched this one yet.
Socialist Party of America reveals 70 Democrats as belonging to their caucusRick Moran
Two things of note in this revelation. The first is the astonishing number of Democratic House members who not only belong to the Socialist Party of America, but even more incredible, don't mind if people find out about it.
The Socialist Party of America announced in their October 2009 newsletter that 70 Congressional democrats currently belong to their caucus.
This admission was recently posted on Scribd.com:American Socialist Voter-
Q: How many members of the U.S. Congress are also members of the DSA?
Q: How many of the DSA members sit on the Judiciary Committee?
A: Eleven: John Conyers [Chairman of the Judiciary Committee], Tammy Baldwin, Jerrold Nadler, Luis Gutierrez,
Melvin Watt, Maxine Waters, Hank Johnson, Steve Cohen, Barbara Lee, Robert Wexler, Linda Sanchez [there are 23 Democrats on the Judiciary Committee of which eleven, almost half, are now members of the DSA].
Q: Who are these members of 111th Congress?
A: See the listing below
Hon. Raúl M. Grijalva (AZ-07)
Hon. Lynn Woolsey (CA-06)
Hon. Diane Watson (CA-33)
Hon. Sheila Jackson-Lee (TX-18)
Hon. Mazie Hirono (HI-02)
Hon. Dennis Kucinich (OH-10)
That's 70 out of 255 Democrats in the House who are avowed socialists. You also wonder how many are still in the closet.
Again, we see the cowardice of these people. If they really had courage, they would run as both Democrats and socialists and be proud of it.
If the RNC were smart - and they're not - they would make an effort to get the facts about these anti-free market congressmen known far and wide. And what these Democrats have signed on to by being members of the Socialist Party of America is quite plain.
From the Preamble of the SPA:
We are socialists 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.We are socialists because we share a vision of a humane international social order based both on democratic planning and market mechanisms to achieve equitable distribution of resources,meaningful work, a healthy environment, sustainable growth, gender and racial equality, and non-oppressive relationships.
Note that some of what they stand for is boilerplate from both Democrats and Republicans. It is their "vision" of a "humane social order" that is based on the "equitable distribution of resources" among other nonsense that sets the socialists apart from rational people.
An examination of that list would tell you that the overwhelming majority of those Democrats are from extremely safe districts so its not like a revelation like this would mean their political careers are over. But it is still shocking to know that 20 years after the fall of Communism, so many lawmakers would still be enamored of such a spectacularly failed economic and social system.
Update: Steve Gilbert writes:
Not to nitpick, but this "announcement" is at most a change of terminology (maybe due to Beck's demonization of 'Progressive').
For this Socialist Party Caucus is just the Congressional Progressive Caucus, which has been a part of the Socialist Party since Bernie Saunders started it in 1991:
So there might have been a name change. Or this might have just been a slip of the pen.
From the Discover The Networks link above: "Until 1999, the Progressive Caucus website was hosted by the Democratic Socialists of America. After the press reported on this link, the connections suddenly vanished from both organizations' websites."
As DTN also points out, the Progressive Caucus works hand in glove with George Soros funded 'Progressive Challenge,' which is a project of the hard left Institute for Policy Studies.