If Communism is a dead issue for the 21st century, the October 2, 2010 rally in Washington, D.C. sponsored by the Tides Center must have been a resurrection of sorts since there were more Communists in attendance than are found in Moscow’s Red Square!
The Tides Center, according to Robert Chandler in Shadow World, is the legal firewall partner of the Tides Foundation. The Tides Foundation, in turn, receives millions of dollars from George Soros, which it passes on to progressive causes such as the Center for American Progress where Communist Van Jones calls home, and Media Matters for America, “dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media.”
The Washington, D.C. rally was called “One Nation Working Together” and involved over 400 leftist organizations that had gathered and enlisted their followers to protest the Tea Party movement, political conservatives, the religious right, Christianity in general, and anyone else who leans to the right of Fidel Castro and Che Guevara.
The primary message of the rally was a call for “economic equality” or “social justice.” Both expressions drip with socialist/communist implications. The Rev. Al Sharpton, one of the rally’s key figures, defines social justice and its goals plainly: “We won’t have true ‘social justice’ until everyone is equal in everybody’s house.” Alternative names for this ideological position are communism, collectivism, and statism. It is sometimes called black liberation theology! (See Anthony Bradley, Liberating Black Theology)
To bring about a society wherein everyone is equal with everyone else would require an all-powerful state that could take from the “haves” and give or transfer it to the “have-nots.” You could call this “shakedown socialism”—to transform society you shake down the wealthy by taking their wealth and spreading it amongst the rest of society.
In the glory days of the Bolsheviks, they simply eradicated (by the millions) those who had wealth and property and re-distributed it first to themselves, next to the intellectuals, and finally to the enlightened poor, who swore allegiance to keep them in power. Today, the Fabian communists have cleaned up the Bolshevik slaughtering machine because they understand that once the rich are eliminated there will be no one left to produce wealth or even food. Instead, they have decided to keep the rich and the middle class around, but to bleed them dry through taxation. The slogan at the “One Nation” rally was “Tax the Rich.” The fact that the rich already pay most of the taxes doesn’t seem to deter the elites (e.g., the Institute for Policy Studies, Center for American Progress) or the new proletariat (e.g., the AFL-CIO). And the “useful idiots” (e.g., Sojourners) fall unwittingly for anything that smells communistic!
This is exactly what Whittaker Chambers was hinting at in his 1952 book, Witness. Therein he quotes a Bedrich Smetana to the effect that in the United States, “the working classes are Democrats. The middle classes are Republicans. The upper classes are Communists.”
The participants at the Washington, D.C. rally were there to encourage and to justify the elites stealing from those who “have” and spreading it amongst those who “have not.” The elites tax the rich to keep the intellectuals in tow (see Thomas Sowell’s Intellectuals and Society) and to buy off the poor with welfare handouts. This scheme works only until the rich finally figure it out and park their wealth in the Cayman Islands.
But the scheme ultimately fails because the poor desire to move up to the middle class and even higher, which they can do in a free society.
The endorsers of the “One Nation” rally were communists, socialists, statists, collectivists, progressives, radical left, call them what you will. They included the Democratic Socialists of America, the Communist Party USA, the International Socialist Organization (founded by Karl Marx), the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism (a breakaway from the Communist Party USA), International ANSWER, United for Peace and Justice, Pax Christi, Sojourners, Code Pink, Progressive Democrats for America, the AFL-CIO (which has opened its leadership positions to Communists), the NEA, the American Federation of Teachers, SEIU, USAction, the National Action Network (headed by Al Sharpton), Earth Day Network, the Midwest Academy (established by the Students for a Democratic Society), Institute for Policy Studies, Friends of the Earth, AAUP, National Organization for Women, and others. President Obama’s personal “Organizing for America” helped to publicize the rally!
Rally attendees cheered speakers such as Van Jones, who was thrown under the bus by the White House when it became known that he was a hard-core Communist. The person responsible for hiring him to work in the White House has never been revealed, but it is not unreasonable to believe that whoever hired him knew his political ideology since Jones said publicly, “I was a communist.” He was involved with the San Francisco-area revolutionary movement STORM, which has Marxist roots. Jones is currently the green czar for the Center for American Progress, a George Soros project headed by former Clinton Chief of Staff John Podesta.
Harry Belafonte was also cheered in spite of his known support for Communist Fidel Castro. First Things Online (October 2, 2010) reported that “Castro-supporting actor Harry Belafonte lashed out at the ‘insidious’ Tea Party movement today at the leftist One Nation rally.” Al Sharpton spoke about Democrats as “dead dry bones,” in hopes of bringing the dry bones back to life!
The Rev. Jim Wallis and his Sojourners organization also graced the rally. Wallis, the one-time Students for a Democratic Society leader, is now the token evangelical “useful idiot” who defends Communists and Socialists and has called anti-Communist evangelicals “members of the forces of darkness.” In his 2008 book The Great Awakening Wallis says his only gripe with Pope John Paul was the Pope’s “anticommunism.”
Wallis said this about America’s defeat in Vietnam: “I don’t know how else to express the quiet emotion that rushed through me when the news reports showed that the United States had finally been defeated in Vietnam.” But he, along with Jane Fonda, offered no criticism about the Communist genocide that followed the wars in Vietnam and Cambodia.
The “progressive” evangelicals who continue to endorse Wallis are an interesting lot. Bill Hybels, pastor of the Willow Creek Community Church, endorsed Wallis’ The Great Awakening by saying, “Progressive and centrist evangelicals are one stirring away from a real awakening. We are interested in the poor, in racial reconciliation, in global poverty and AIDS, in the plight of women in the developing world. What Wallis has been talking about is coming to fruition.” Rev. Hybels wife is a consistent defender of Jim Wallis and his Sojourners magazine.
Joel C. Hunter, senior pastor of Northland, A Church Distributed, praised Wallis’ book with these words: “Wallis is one of the great moral voices of our time. In this book is a path to our spiritual maturity and our country’s moral progress.”
Glen R. Palmberg, Evangelical Covenant Church, insists that “Jim Wallis is giving voice and leadership to a segment of the evangelical community long ignored by the mainstream media. His insights resonate with evangelicals who have felt unrepresented by the religious right.”
Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, comments, “Despite our significant public-policy differences, I commend Jim Wallis for advocating religious belief as an invaluable resource in addressing the urgent moral and social crises of our time.”
And Tony Campolo of Eastern University says that Wallis “is one of the most important voices in Christendom . . . who synthesizes spiritual renewal with progressive social change.”
It appears that “progressive” evangelicals have a leader who is the modern day equivalent of the Rev. Hewlett Johnson, the Red Dean of Canterbury, who said, “Communism has recovered the essential form of a real belief in God which organized Christianity just now has largely lost.” He also said that mass-murderer Josef Stalin was “the embodiment of good-humored common sense.”
Progressive Wallis himself referred to Soviet dictator Brezhnev as “a man open to reason.” This is a man who deployed SS-20s, invaded Afghanistan, and repressed Sakharov! Following Brezhnev’s death Wallis called a prayer meeting to ask God for forgiveness for “anticommunism!”
Wallis has played a role in nearly every Latin American country (12 at the present time) that has gone Communistic! Why is it that evangelicals can’t figure out that Rev. Wallis is a staunch apostle and defender of Communism?
Progressive evangelicals are even lining up behind him in his fight against global warming/climate change/climate disruption and in his anti-capitalistic, pro-socialistic charge! (I include a chapter on Wallis’ communist leanings in my new You Can Still Trust the Communists (to Be Communists).
And to make matters worse for evangelical young people Shane Claiborne gives the Foreword of his The Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical over to Jim Wallis. And Wallis doesn’t miss a beat: “The monologue of the religious right is finally over, and a fresh dialogue has begun: it’s a conversation about how to apply faith to social justice.” And who is Claiborne’s hero of social justice? Who are our evangelical youth to emulate? None other than Che Guevara! (295).
Says Claiborne, “It was Argentinian doctor and pop-revolution icon Che Guevara who said, as he was leaving Cuba for Africa, ‘Let me say at the risk of seeming ridiculous, that the true revolutionary is guided by great feelings of love.’” Claiborne says that “lovers” are hard to come by, but “I think that’s what our world is desperately in need of.”
What Claiborne doesn’t tell evangelical young people is that his “pop-revolution icon” was, in reality, Fidel Castro’s executioner! For some reason he overlooked Che’s revolutionary mindset: “A revolutionary must become a cold killing machine motivated by pure hate. We execute from revolutionary conviction.” Any honest analysis of Humberto Fontova’s Exposing the Real Che Guevara and the Useful Idiots who Idolize Him will quickly deplete Claiborne’s attempt to remake a Communist killer into a Christian revolutionary.
But why would President Obama’s “Organizing for America” promote and participate in the Red Rally in Washington, D.C.? It is because Barack Obama is himself a radical Fabian Socialist with a revolutionary bias! It is no accident that one of the President’s major professors at Harvard Law School was Roberto Unger, a radical Marxist. Unger is quoted as stating, “I am a leftist and by conviction as well as temperament a revolutionary. Any association of mine with Barack Obama in the course of the campaign could do only harm.” (See Dinesh D’Souza, The Roots of Obama’s Rage, 98)
Of course, if D’Souza is correct, and I believe he is, that Obama is seeking to live out his father’s dream of a socialized Kenya (the Luo tribe was a socialistic tribe in Kenya), all the more reason to understand Obama’s dream to socialize America! Marvin Olasky, editor of World magazine describes Obama as “a Marxist-Christian syncretist, blending elements of the incompatible.” Sean Hannity describes Obama as “an actual Marxist in the White House.” And Andrew C. McCarthy in his The Grand Jihad describes Obama as “a neocommunist.”
This is why Obama and his 30 or more Marxist czars who are running the country stand in agreement with those like Harry Belafonte and Jim Wallis and the other enthusiastic attendees at the “One Nation Working Together” rally who see Fidel Castro as a hero! The Congressional Black Caucus, the Congressional Progressive Caucus, and the Progressive Democrats of America also look upon Castro’s Cuba as the wave of the future (even though none of them would travel to Cuba for their personal health care). Such hypocrisy is staggering!
Stanislav Mishin notes in the former communist newspaper Pravda this dire warning: “The American descent into Marxism is happening with breath taking speed.” The progressive evangelicals who are helping to bring about this descent into a socialistic hell need to live in Cuba or Venezuela for a year before they entice any more naïve evangelicals into such a quagmire of hopelessness and despair. In the meantime are we listening? Do we care?