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Communists Call Tea Party Shock Troops

From the Revolutionary Communist Party’s World Can’t Wait – Drive Out The Bush Regime website:

Debra Sweet, the National Director of World Can’t Wait, at an anti-Palin rally in October 2008.

The Tea Party as Shock Troops for Those in Power

Monday, 19 April 2010

By Kevin Gosztola

Down on Daley Plaza in Chicago, around one thousand people gathered for the Tea Party Tax Day Protest at noon. Groups like Americans for Prosperity, Campaign for Liberty, and the Illinois Policy Institute had individuals at the Tax Day protest. There also were a handful of people from gun’s rights groups, the military, and from white nationalist groups.

The focus of the rally was November 2nd. Much of the crowd talked about and held signs indicating they couldn’t wait for the midterm elections. In fact, the Tea Party Chicago protest slogan was "Repeal it. Replace Congress."

A good contingent of progressives, liberals, and leftists showed up with signs promoting LGBT liberation, immigrant rights, an end to U.S. wars, and cuts in military spending. The groups directly challenged the fact that the Tea Party hates taxes but yet more than fifty-percent of an American’s taxes go toward the military.

The ethnic and racial makeup of the Tea Party rally was predominantly white. Many of the people were middle-aged. There were a few hundred people dressed in work clothes who presumably work for small businesses or downtown firms in Chicago, a group of twenty Log Cabin Republicans with rainbow colored flags, and around thirty or forty people in camouflage carrying flags that read "Don’t Tread on Me."

There was at least a handful that showed up in American revolutionary costumes. And, there was a guy in a Bolshevik costume and an older woman in a Wonder Woman costume.

The rally featured signs that said "Marxism, Yes He Can!", "Barry Nobama Hates the USA and He Hates YOU Too", "Robbin’ Hood", "Re-Load and Repeal", "Tyranny Elimination Army", and one claiming Obama’s favorite White Sox player was "Marx Berkeley."

I spoke to a middle-aged white male in an Uncle Sam hat who addressed the idea that the Tea Party was dividing America, "We are dividing it. We’re trying to get all the free people together and throw all the people who want us to be Marxists out of here. So, yeah, we’re dividing the country. We’re dividing it to put it back the way our forefathers wanted it where everybody’s free. He’s free. We’re all free."

This male was convinced that the SEIU and other liberal groups had planted people in the rally to disrupt the protest and make people look like people they weren’t. In fact, throughout the course of the protest many of the Tea Partiers were suspicious of the motives of anyone with a camera who was filming or conducting interviews.

Police kept a close watch on progressives, liberals, and leftists who were on the plaza with Tea Partiers. A few individuals from World Can’t Wait which had an "End U.S. Illegal Wars Stop Biggest Government Spending" sign were moved to the edge of the plaza. Officers consistently halted exchanges between left-wing and right-wing individuals.

Now, what does the presence of a thousand people at this rally really mean? What does the existence of a Tea Party in America mean for the future of America? How can one contextualize the Tax Day protest in Chicago (and in other parts of the country) and gain something more than just cheap entertainment?

Start with polling data from a recent New York Times/CBS News Poll…

All of this analysis leads me to believe that these angry and afraid Americans are much more confused, misled and bewildered than they would lead one to believe. I don’t think they know where the Tea Party Express is going. And, that is frightening.

With people in places of power–in corporations, government, media organizations, think tanks and policy institutes–willing to tap into the fear and anxiety, these individuals become the shock troops for free market thugs and the corporate oligarchy that currently rules society. And, if these people in places of power can make those in the Tea Party seem like they are the ones responsible for dismantling government, even if it is the corporations and government leaders who are responsible the Tea Party will take credit and use "victories" to empower their movement.

And, to a certain extent, they will rightfully be taking credit. Their actions help create the propaganda or media messages that feed people who are increasingly angry with how government responds to the needs of people who live in American society.

The Tea Partiers are the ones on television putting forth an alternative vision. The progressives, socialists, communists, Marxists, anarchists, etc. are not receiving attention. None are considered to viable strategies for solving society’s most pressing problems.

Those in power stoke the flames of anti-communism and anti-socialism in the hearts and minds of the Tea Party and conservatives and defame and disinform people claiming that this policy could move the country toward socialism and this policy might indicate Obama leans toward Marxism. No one in power offers any indication that they know what they are talking about when they cite these "-isms." These "-isms" are not uttered because they wish to get into a debate about them; they are pejoratives aimed at discrediting any movement away from preserving corporate and special interests in society

Tune into the Daily Show with John Stewart or blog postings on Huffington Post or Talking Points Memo and you will see what’s on the surface.

You will see the supremely reactionary.

Look beneath the surface and you might be surprised. These people are impossible to talk and organize with. But, they would probably say the same about you. And, in the end, we all share this land; we all are fighting for a future that allows one to live with dignity.

As hard as it must be, we need to engage Tea Partiers. Or else, they will just be a media-supported special interest-manufactured free market grassroots force for the further erosion of democratic society.

As usual, Discover The Networks has great background information on the history of the World Can’t Wait, and its parent organization, the Revolutionary Communist Party.

But this tidbit on the Revolutionary Communist Party should give you the general idea as to what they are about:

Revolutionary Communist Party

The Revolutionary Communist Party (RCP) is the premier Maoist party in the United States. Its earliest roots can be traced to June 1, 1962, when, in the immediate aftermath of that year’s Sino-Soviet split, approximately fifty members and ex-members of the U.S. Communist Party met at the Hotel Diplomat in New York

RCP considers capitalism the root cause of the world’s most destructive social ills…

In RCP’s calculus, "revolutionary war" is the only means by which people can ultimately be freed from capitalism’s shackles. Says RCP: "Marx once noted that ‘Force is the midwife of every old society pregnant with the new.’ The old ruling classes have never voluntarily stepped down from power… Thus the proletariat must overthrow and thoroughly smash and dismantle the bourgeois state. And that requires war

Throughout its history, one of RCP’s principal objectives has been to foment civil unrest in the United States. The most notable example of such efforts occurred on April 29, 1992, when RCP members looted and trashed the downtown and government districts of Los Angeles, triggering the infamous Rodney King riots.

During the days immediately preceding the violence, RCP — which maintained close ties to the L.A. gangs known as the Crips and the Bloods — had circulated throughout South Central Los Angeles a leaflet featuring a statement by RCP National Spokesman Carl Dix, titled "It’s Right To Rebel" — a quote popularized by Mao Zedong.

Encouraged by Dix, RCP activists helped lead the riots that would leave 58 people dead, more than 2,300 people injured, some 5,300 buildings burned, and $1 billion in property damaged or destroyed.

On the ten-year anniversary of the rioting, RCP member Joseph Veale fondly recalled the violence as "the most beautiful, the most heroic civil action in the history of the United States."

So it really takes a little chutzpah, even by the standards of the radical left, to complain about the ‘shock troops’ of the Tea Party.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, April 19th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Communists Call Tea Party Shock Troops”

  1. TwilightZoned says:

    “How can one contextualize the Tax Day protest in Chicago (and in other parts of the country) and gain something more than just cheap entertainment?”

    Really? If these tea party rallies are nothing more than cheap entertainment then why aren’t the Maoist, Marxist, communists, socialists, progressives, etc. staying home and getting their jollies from watching this on TV? Seems to me they are more than a little worried about something with the tea party movement or they wouldn’t constantly demonize them.

    “All of this analysis leads me to believe that these angry and afraid Americans are much more confused, misled and bewildered than they would lead one to believe.”

    Really. Look no further than your mirror if you want to see one who is truly confused, misled, and bewildered. Just say “no” to the kool aid already.

  2. NoNeoCommies says:

    The CPUSA is obviously pissed that we are actually becoming active advocates of our beliefs.
    They have to contact, organize, feed, transport, and provide signs and chants for the protesters on their side; we have an unfair advantage.
    We can undo decades of their damage in a few years and that scares the cr*p out of them.

    P.S. If you really want to see them freak, start infiltrating the education system.


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