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The rallying cry “Workers of the world unite” is right from the Communist Manifesto. As we celebrate Labor Day, it’s important to remember how the communists historically tried to tap into the anger and discontent of American workers. Herbert Romerstein, who worked for the House Committee on Un-American Activities, the House Internal Security Committee, and the House Intelligence Committee, documented communist manipulation of the organized labor movement in a report for my group America’s Survival, Inc.
How successful have the communists been?
In today’s America, their main vehicle is the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), a Marxist organization that draws heavily on the ideas of the late Italian Communist Party theoretician Antonio Gramsci and refers to its members as “comrades.” DSA, which describes itself as the largest socialist organization in the United States, says it has “rapidly grown from 6,000 to almost 100,000 members” and “helped elect 155 DSA-endorsed candidates,” often by “running open socialists on the Democratic Party ballot line.”
The most prominent member of the DSA is Bronx Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, best known as AOC, who is described as DSA’s “foremost socialist superstar.” The organization said that 2019 it “coordinated” an “organization-wide vote on endorsing Bernie for President.”
Former President Barack Hussein Obama’s socialist backing goes at least back to 1996, when he received the endorsement of the Chicago branch of the Democratic Socialists of America for an Illinois state senate seat. Former AFL-CIO boss John Sweeney was a member of Democratic Socialists of America.
Back in 2011, I grilled a top official of the 12.5-million-member AFL-CIO, Karen Nussbaum, about her participation in an illegal 1970 trip to Communist Cuba organized by Weather Underground terrorist Bernardine Dohrn. The exchange was captured on tape.
Since Fidel Castro and his communist successors have outlawed independent labor unions in Cuba, as well as freedom in general, Nussbaum’s fascination with the communist system on the island is a relevant line of inquiry for those concerned about the dangers of socialism and totalitarianism here and the current direction of the AFL-CIO.
When I asked Nussbaum—who founded Working America, the community affiliate of the AFL-CIO—about her visit to Cuba after she spoke on a panel at a “progressive” public policy conference in Washington, D.C., she was apparently stunned by the fact that someone had uncovered an aspect of her background that has been carefully omitted from her official biography. She refused to answer and walked away.
But according to one account of her trip, she declared that she “learned about revolution in Cuba” and praised Castro for providing “free health and educational care to every person in society….” She also declared, “I was part of the Black Panther Support Committee,” and said she was a member of the “Draft resistance movement” opposing the Vietnam War.
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