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8-17-2011

Though we may not still be the raving capitalists we once were here in America, we still find the “socialist” label offensive and in direct conflict with philosophies of our founders.  Socialism is, for better or worse, ”…an economic system in which the means of production are publicly or commonly owned and controlled cooperatively, or a political philosophy advocating such a system.   As a form of social organization, socialism is based on co-operative social relations and self-management; relatively equal power-relations and the reduction or elimination of hierarchy in the management of economic and political affairs.” (borrowed shamelessly from Wikipedia)

No matter what Newsweek proclaimed on their cover a year or so ago, we are not all Socialists now.  We abhor a collective mentality and we reject the systematic elimination of a highly competitive environment.  We do not believe that the State knows better what we should do and how much we should be paid and to whom that pay should be redistributed to.

Americans have always longed for the crack of the bat that wins the World Series or the explosion of pads colliding during a winning touchdown.  We love elections where great candidates fight for a hard won victory.  We embrace the fact that wars must sometimes be fought to preserve freedom.  And we know that freedom is the natural kryptonite of Socialism.

Socialists are never free.  We have fought wars and will fight wars for our freedom and the freedom of millions around the globe.

Ok, you say, so what?  Here is what.

The magic number “70” is the number of members of the 111th Congress who are members of the Democratic Socialists of America (“DSA”).  These are not just politicians who vote left of center; these are card-carrying members of “The Democratic Socialists of America”.

What exactly, you might ask, do these folks believe in?  In their own words, “DISCOVER AND CREATE 21ST CENTURY SOCIALISM FOR BUILDING BRIDGES OF UNITY. WE ARE AN EDUCATIONAL AND INTERACTIVE GROUPING NETWORK GEARED TOWARDS PEACEFUL, PROGRESSIVE, AND RADICAL WORKS BASED SOLELY ON THE U.S. PERSPECTIVE.”

But we are not Socialists, you say, so why do I care?  Are we on a witch-hunt?  Good question.

Do you care that our Congress has 70 of 435 members (16%) who are Democratic Socialists?  Do you care that 11 of 23 (48%) Democratic members of the Judiciary Committee are Democratic Socialists?  These are the folks to whom we have entrusted our judicial confirmations.

Please allow me to introduce our DSA members (as of 10/1/09):

Co-Chairs


Hon. Raúl M. Grijalva (AZ-07)

Hon. Lynn Woolsey (CA-06)

Vice Chairs


Hon. Diane Watson (CA-33)

Hon. Sheila Jackson-Lee (TX-18)

Hon. Mazie Hirono (HI-02)

Hon. Dennis Kucinich (OH-10)

Senate Members

Hon. Bernie Sanders (VT)

House Members


Hon. Neil Abercrombie (HI-01)

Hon. Tammy Baldwin (WI-02)

Hon. Xavier Becerra (CA-31)

Hon. Madeleine Bordallo (GU-AL)

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. 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)

Rep. Donna F. Edwards (MD-04)

Hon. Keith Ellison (MN-05)

Hon. Sam Farr (CA-17)

Hon. Chaka Fattah (PA-02)

Hon. Bob Filner (CA-51)

Hon. Barney Frank (MA-04)

Hon. Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11)

Hon. Alan Grayson (FL-08)

Hon. Luis Gutierrez (IL-04)

Hon. John Hall (NY-19)

Hon. Phil Hare (IL-17)

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. Jerrold Nadler (NY-08)

Hon. Eleanor Holmes-Norton (DC-AL)

Hon. John Olver (MA-01)

Hon. Ed Pastor (AZ-04)

Hon. Donald Payne (NJ-10)

Hon. Chellie Pingree (ME-01)

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-47)

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)

Hon. Robert Wexler (FL-19)

To read more about this organization or to see the source of this list, go to http://www.scribd.com/doc/35733956/DSA-Members-American-Socialist-Voter-Democratic-Socialists-of-America-10-1-09.

Please note that this list was compiled as of 10/1/09 and some members are no longer United States Congressmen.  But this list is indicative of a Congress heavily influenced by socialists.

In fact, you may have noticed that Rep. Barney Frank, infamous from “Dodd-Frank”, the massive overhaul of our entire financial system, is a DSA member.  Does that concern you even just one little bit?

How about Rep. Charlie Rangel, so responsible for so much of our existing repressive and stifling tax code and a member who was one of only 23 House members to ever be censured for everything from tax code violations to unreported income?  Remember, he wrote much of our tax code.

How about Rep. Ed Markey who voted to not count Ohio’s 34 electoral votes in 2004?

These are but a few of our national leaders who subscribe to the philosophies of Socialism yet who exercise vast influence over our daily lives and our economy.

When you have that nagging feeling that Congress’ current approval rating of 10% is still overstated and you feel that our government is just not listening to you, you may just be right about that…at lease for the folks on this list.

When will we care who we ask to lead us, whether it be in Congress or in the White House?