Communists teary-eyed over Obama's 'political realignment' Teary-eyed communists cheer Obama victory: Celebrate 'biggest political realignment since 1930s … first step toward a new society'. By Aaron Klein, November 25, 2008
The People's Weekly World, a weekly newspaper affiliated with the Communist
Party USA, or CPUSA, reported on a meeting last
week of top party leaders who celebrated Obama's election and announced a
call to action to "carry out the election mandate, including immediate
government steps to help Americans hit by the economic crisis and bringing peace
to Iraq and Afghanistan.
CPUSA National Chairman Sam Webb noted the election represented "a necessary first step toward a new society."
He stated that a required remedy to the country's financial crisis "is massive fiscal expansion, large injections of federal money into the economy [to fund public works job programs, extend jobless benefits and food stamps and help Americans hold onto their homes]."
The communist newspaper reported party leaders attending the meeting
supported projecting socialism as a fundamental solution to America's woes,
claiming the U.S. is "now open to hearing more about [socialism].
"We need to put out our vision of socialism and how it will come about," Webb stressed.
CPUSA Executive Vice Chairman Jarvis Tyner at party meeting (pww.org)
CPUSA Political Action Chair Joelle Fishman posited that new U.S. policy should "call for taking the profits out of basic needs like health care and energy and explore public ownership."
"At the same time, we should be part of the movement that puts the wind at Obama's back," Fishman added.
The communist newspaper described how CPUSA Executive Vice Chairman Jarvis Tyner – with tears in his eyes – hailed Obama's victory as "[showing] magnificently what our people are made of."
"This is not just a campaign, it is a movement, [one that has updated and made a reality of the slogan] "black, brown, white, unite and fight," he said.
CPUSA Labor Commission Chair Scott Marshall noted the "near-total unity of labor" in backing Obama, claiming it bodes well for further labor unity.
WND previously reported the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, or AFL-CIO, sponsored a poll showing union members supported Obama by a 68-30 margin and strongly influenced their family members. According to the survey, Obama won among white men who are union members by 18 points. Union gun-owners backed Obama by 12 points, while union veterans voted for Obama by a 25-point margin. In the general population, Obama lost these groups by significant margins.
Other CPUSA leaders at last week's confab expressed hope Obama will pass the Employee Free Choice Act.
The measure seeks to make the creation of unions more lenient than current requirements, such as lowering the percentage of employees that must join. It would require an employer to begin bargaining with a new union 10 days after the union is certified as the exclusive bargaining representative. If the union and employer cannot agree upon the terms of a bargaining contract within 90 days, either party can request federal mediation, which could lead to binding arbitration.