Obama-file 20 Young Communist League Backs Barack Obama-Again
The Young Communist League USA is the youth wing of the Communist Party USA.
Like its parent body, the YCL is backing Barack Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination. If Obama fails, the YCL will line up behind Clinton-anything to defeat the hated Republicans.
According to an October 2007 YCL board report
But even though the ultra-right is in retreat, kicking and screaming and even calling Hillary Clinton’s half public-half private healthcare proposal “socialist”, they still haven’t been defeated. As Communists, we have to finish the task of isolating the ultra-right and completely removing them from power—using the Democrats to finish the job.
For now the Democrats have their uses-but that will change when it suits the Communists.
The Communist Party has infiltrated the Democratic Party to support Obama, all over the US, including in Baltimore and Los Angeles.
In 2004 the Chicago Communist Party campaigned for Obama in his successful US senate race. The Chicago YCL also helped out;
In Chicago YCL members were very active in the Youth for Obama efforts
In 2008 the YCL has mobilised across the US, from New York to Chicago to Missouri, to ensure Barack Obama clinches the Democratic nomination.
In the knife edge world of US elections, the combined efforts of several thousand dedicated Communists and several hundred enthusiastic YCLers could be enough to push the US to the left.
From Colombia News Service
The Young Communist League is the stuff of the late-Sen. Joseph McCarthy’s worst nightmares: Several hundred motivated young people organized in 17 chapters in cities that include New York, Chicago and Milwaukee. But unlike McCarthy’s Red witch hunts of the 1950s, when communists were lying low to avoid persecution, Reds are openly pushing their agenda these days by campaigning for mainstream presidential candidates.
YCL leader, Erica Smiley hands out "Vote for Obama" leaflets in Brooklyn
This election, the league is largely banking on the candidacy of the junior Senator from Illinois, Barack Obama. (Erica) Smiley, who has been at the helm of the league for the past two years, noted that they will support any Democratic candidate who may potentially loosen labor laws and pass broad social reforms.
“Obama is an excellent candidate, but it’s not about Obama or Clinton,” she said recently over a breakfast bagel in a coffee shop down the street from the Obama campaign office in Brooklyn. “It’s about beating the extreme right wing; at the end of the day, they’re just playing their roles.”
The league doesn’t claim official ties to the Obama campaign, and the Obama campaign did not respond to repeated phone calls and e-mails to its Chicago headquarters seeking comment.
Rather than introducing its own candidate, as the Communist Party last did in 1984 with Gus Hall, the league decided to back the Democratic Party candidate who members believe supports the most proletariat-friendly platform.
“If we were to run our own candidate this year,” Smiley said, “some people would vote for him, taking away votes from Clinton or Obama, and McCain might jump in. That would be terrible!”
Smiley, who sported a red T-shirt with the words “Troublemakers Union,” said the league members fear that an official endorsement of Obama could hurt the senator’s chances to become president because a stigma is still attached to communists.
“It’s better then it used to be in my parents' generation,” Smiley said, “but it’s still very taboo. The Bush administration puts communists and fascists together.”
Even within the league, not all members refer to themselves by “the C-word.” Hector Gerardo, 24, co-chair of the league for Harlem and the Bronx, prefers to call himself a socialist.
Outside New York, league comrades also are up in arms.
Docia Buffington, co-chair of the Chicago chapter, which has about 30 members, said in a phone interview that they have concentrated their campaign efforts on Little Village, a predominantly Latino area of the Windy City.
“I think it was clear that most people were excited about Obama rather than other candidates,” Buffington said. “I think that he does represent a certain kind of change, or it seems so.”
The leadership of the Young Communist League is honest about its long-term goals: to home in on the ultra-right Republicans by supporting Democrats now, and then to carry on their struggle--eventually against their former allies.
For some of the group, the excitement of Super Tuesday has faded along with hopes of a decisive Obama victory that day. Regardless, Smiley vowed that her organization will unify behind whoever wins the nomination in August.
“We don’t want to sit on the sidelines,” she said.
The Democrats are in a bind. If the admit that the Communists have infiltrated their party to help Obama, the publicity could be hugely damaging.
If someone else exposes it, the results could be even worse.
The Republicans won't have the guts to do it. The MSM is almost as bad as the democrats.
That leaves the independent media and the blogosphere.
Do your duty, patriotic American bloggers.
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