What does Democratic Socialists of America believe?

By: Renee Nal
New Zeal

Democratic Socialists of America wish Karl Marx a "Happy Birthday"

Democratic Socialists of America wish Karl Marx a “Happy Birthday”

“It is absolutely true that taxes would have to go up…” National Director of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) Maria Svart, 2015

“Our goal as socialists is to abolish private ownership of the means of production.” – DSA National Political Committee Member David Green, 2007

In November, Trevor Loudon released a video exposing the radical ties of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in anticipation of his upcoming documentary.

One of the commenters of the video responds by saying in part:

“Sanders simply believes, as do a growing number of Americans, that capitalism should play by the rules and be subject to the same laws and regulations as everyone else.”

Understanding the actual beliefs of the leaders of these groups is pivotal if one wants to understand Bernie Sanders and his ilk.


David Green is listed on the DSA website as one of the “National Political Committee Members” for 2015-17. David Green is pictured here with Bernie Sanders:

David Green with Bernie Sanders

David Green with Bernie Sanders

Detroit DSA leader David Green wrote in Democratic Left Spring_2007 (Page 10):

Our goal as socialists is to abolish private ownership of the means of production. Our immediate task is to limit the capitalist class’s prerogatives in the workplace…In the short run we must at least minimize the degree of exploitation of workers by capitalists. We can accomplish this by promoting full employment policies, passing local living wage laws, but most of all by increasing the union movement’s power…

This means that incrementally through increasing the power of the union and crippling business with enforced wage hikes and other burdens like rampant regulations; ALL business will ultimately crumble and the government / unions will take over. 


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National Director of the Democratic Socialists of America Maria Svart protesting Donald Trump in December, 2015.

In December 2014, National Director of the Democratic Socialists of America Maria Svart lamented the fact that Democrats took major hits in the mid-term elections. In an article titled “Don’t Mourn, Organize,” Svart explained that the DSA should “urge” Bernie Sanders to run for president.

“We have time to organize for Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), urging him to run for president in the primaries and build a grassroots movement that is outside formal politics and in which DSA could play a major role as an openly democratic socialist organization.”

Maria Svart made some very revealing statements on a c-span, where she discussed organizing efforts for Bernie Sanders. After being confronted by a caller about how taxes would have to go up in order for DSA to have their vision of more government programs being available, Svart explained that it is “absolutely true” taxes would need to be increased.

Here is the exchange:

Mike from Elm City, North Carolina: “I just want to make a comment on this whole issue of free education and free healthcare. I think it is a bit disingenuous to say it is free when it is actually taxpayer funded. I think if you pointed out the fact that people’s taxes would go up for this, they would probably think about it a whole lot differently…”

Maria Svart: “It is absolutely true that taxes would have to go up to pay for some of these programs. But…there is a lot of corporate welfare and there have been a lot of tax cuts…I forgot to mention a financial transactions tax…” Svart also mentions taxing the “very wealthy” and cutting “wasteful defense contractor spending” as “sources of revenue” to use for more “public programs.” Svart added that the “obsession with national debt is irrational if you actually look at the way the economy works.” She also claimed that people feel a large tax burden because the “right wing” is cutting spending.

Watch the broadcast here (the exchange highlighted above starts at around the 40:48 minute mark):

Watch Trevor Loudon’s video going deeper into Bernie Sander’s radical ties here. It should be noted that this video was inexplicably blocked from Facebook for about two days. Numerous requests to Facebook to find out why have gone unanswered.

On a final note,  National Chairman of Communist Party USA (CPUSA) John Bachtell recently praised Obama’s State of the Union address, and Political Action Committee head Joelle Fishman of CPUSA also is supportive of Bernie Sanders.

“Bernie Sanders is attracting thousands at each event because he presents a specific program squarely on the side of the 99%, challenging income inequality and financial domination of the country and of politics.”

Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders claims to be a “Democratic Socialist.” Supported by the euphemistically-named Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), it would be helpful for Americans to understand what it is that DSA actually believes.


Rejecting ‘Refugee’ Invitations to North Idaho

By: Dan Lyman
Western Free Press

Many North Idahoans are wary of California transplants – and with good reason. The Redoubt region of the Pacific Northwest is one of the final American frontiers that has managed to escape the scourge of sordid leftist policies and corrosive progressivism that are effectively turning the most populous state in the Union into an extortionate Third World cesspool.

I would know – I just escaped after nearly a decade in metro Los Angeles for the tranquility, relative safety, and quality of life that the Idaho panhandle affords. It has been said that Sandpoint is like ‘a little slice of the 1950s life,’ and it’s true in many ways. After years of living around L.A. and New York City, this place is a tremendous breath of fresh air. And as with any wholesome enclave still clinging to traditional values, subversive hijackers have come aboard and are pointing the guns at the deck.

The dichotomy of patriotic, conservative-minded locals and an ever-growing faction of West Coast liberals generally exists in peaceful harmony. But, just as with the Islamic invaders they inexplicably revere, devoted practitioners of the Religion of Tolerance and Political Correctness are ramping up their jihad on the community as their numbers reach the initial stages of critical mass.

The clash of ideologies was on full display at January 6th’s city council meeting, as the newly- elected mayor, Shelby Rognstad, brought forth a resolution that could as easily have been penned by Saul Alinsky, as himself.

Some comments on the subject matter of the mayor’s statements might include –

• Islam is not a race – it is a political ideology with a built-in religious component. Its end goal is complete subjugation of the global population.

• Terror attacks are almost exclusively executed by radical Islamists, with over 27,500 deadly acts of jihad committed worldwide since 9/11.

• Adolph Hitler and the Nazis closely associated themselves with Islam and the Muslim Brotherhood, with Hajj Amin al-Husseini often referred to as ‘Hitler’s mufti.’

• Japanese internment was ordered by progressive icon, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and applied to Japanese-Americans who were already on U.S. soil, in the middle of a declared world war. The ethicality of such a decision is certainly up for debate, but there is no similar situation unfolding in the United States. In contrast, human enslavement and oppression ison-going in many Islamic states and regions. Additionally, another progressive icon, Jimmy Carter, not only banned immigration from Iran during the hostage crisis, but went so far as toorder 50,000 Iranian students studying in the U.S. to report to immigration offices for visa inspections and deportations.

• Democrats, liberals, and progressives founded and comprised the Ku Klux *Klan. These same left wing racists gave us black codes and Jim Crow laws. Former KKK leader and Democrat Senator Robert Byrd personally filibustered the Civil Rights Act of 1964, alongside Al Gore Sr. and a majority of Democrat senators.

• The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 provides a legal framework for the rejection of immigrants who adhere to Islamic doctrine and Sharia Law, the Islamic constitution – which declares itself superior to all other laws and constitutions. It allows Muslims to attack, terrorize, and murder non-Muslims, throw homosexuals off buildings, and stone women to death as punishment for being rape victims, as all are components of jihad. Additionally, a sovereign nation has the right to defend its borders however it sees fit, as well as the discretion to block entry by any foreign person or entity. United States Constitutional rights do not extend to non-citizens.

• The director of the FBI, James Comey, has publicly testified that it is impossible to properly screen and vet all Muslim ‘refugees’ – and that was back when only 10,000 were being publicly proposed. Of course, this is in addition to more than 100,000 Syrians from the jihadist hotbed that have already been admitted to the U.S. since 2012 alone – which is a fraction of the 680,000 green cards issued to immigrants from Muslim countries since 2010. The omnibus spending bill signed into law last month by Barack Obama green lights visas for 300,000 more Muslim immigrants over a 12 month period.

Rognstad doubled-down on his resolution with an equally divisive and inflammatory post on his Facebook page – which he later edited in an attempt to hide his most incriminating verbiage. Fortunately, a vigilant local citizen managed a screenshot of his original post:

Under normal circumstances, a public official targeting his constituency with such aggressively hostile accusations before even swearing into office would be incredible – but this is 2016, and the radical left is working double-time across the West to infiltrate, desecrate, and annihilate every facet of classical American principles, under the mendacious guises of ‘progress,’ ‘tolerance,’ and ‘diversity.’

There is no gutter the divisive left won’t troll: Demonization through the inversion of reality, truth, and language is the battle plan, and they adhere to it passionately. And if it means importing hordes of the same Third World animals that are setting Europe on fire and mass-raping their way across the continent, then so be it.

However, as I noted in my recent piece, Has the Left Overplayed Its Hand? – I believe there is a mass-awakening happening . The once-silent majority is coming to the realization that the Anti- American Machine has been working tirelessly for decades to destroy our way of life through any means necessary, and now that the finish line is in sight, they are getting bold and sloppy. In their maladroit haste, they’ve aroused the Sleeping Giant.

A typical city council meeting might attract a dozen or so dutiful observers – last Wednesday’s attracted over 200 attendees for a room with a maximum occupancy of about 130. Many folks were stuck outside, including some who wished to directly address the council during the dedicated portion of the evening.

Mayor Rognstad chose to make a telling statement on his first night in office. In front of a room full of combat veterans, firemen, and police officers – and in stark contrast to the rest of his fellow council members – he observed the Pledge of Allegiance with his hands behind his back.


This gesture bore a close resemblance to that of the most well-known practitioner of the “crotch salute” – Barack Hussein Obama. I took the opportunity to highlight this detail at the end of my address to the council.


For an hour and a half, the vast majority of approximately 40 county residents who took to the podium voiced their outrage, rejection, and consternation over the prospect that a mere handful of city employees could make such an unrepresentative, uninformed decision to lift the tent flap and let the camel start poking its nose around – without putting it to a vote by the community first.

Speaker after speaker hammered increasingly agitated council members with facts, figures, economic realities, safety and security concerns, and disgust over the bigoted and puerile language of the original resolution. Mayor Rognstad repeatedly allowed the few supporters of his measure to speak well past their time limit, while frequently cutting off opponents at the one minute mark – and in at least one case, before.

In the end, multiple council members exhibited distinct emotional and mental distress – there were even tears shed by council woman Deb Ruehle, who bizarrely lamented to the crowd that the resolution had distressed her so deeply, she asked her 9-year-old for advice on the decision. Because surely, small children should be consulted about the long-term ramifications of planting the seeds of jihad and cultural upheaval in a small, rural community.

After nearly 20 minutes of tense public deliberation, virtue signaling, political circumlocution, and awkward silences, the resolution was stripped of some of its most vile terminology – despite a veto by Ruehle – and tabled until the next council meeting.

Sandpointers were dolefully reminded that city councilors “don’t really get paid” (city budget figures tell a different story), that their job is very hard, and that we should all be nicer to them in the future… Let’s first see how they vote on January 20.

An archived video recording of the entire meeting can be found here.


Attacking Trump for the Wrong Reasons

By: Cliff Kincaid
Accuracy in Media

President Obama and Republican South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley teamed up to attack Donald Trump on Tuesday night, even though Haley was supposed to offer the “Republican response” to Obama’s State of the Union address. Together they have probably only succeeded in making Trump more popular. They missed the Achilles heel of the New York billionaire—his soft views on Russia and his reckless undermining of U.S. allies like South Korea.

John Bolton, the former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., has identified the major threats to the United States as Russia, China, ISIS, Iran and North Korea. What does Trump think about this?

Obama’s address included a line referring to politicians who “insult Muslims,” clearly a reference to Trump’s vocal attacks on radical Muslim terrorists. Americans like the fact that Trump has identified the terrorists by name, but he only goes so far in describing the nature of the problem. He attacks the Iran nuclear deal without highlighting Iran’s sponsor, Russia. Indeed, he seems to welcome Russian military involvement in Syria, on the grounds (as claimed by Putin) that the Russians are attacking ISIS.

Trump speaks in broad-brush terms that seem to depict global Islam as the enemy. The fact is that some Muslims are America’s natural allies in the global conflict. Steve Chambers has written an excellent analysis in the American Thinker about fears of a Russian-Iranian invasion of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf oil-producing states. Of course, Saudi Arabia has not been a reliable U.S. ally in the past, and it has bankrolled radical Islamist theology and terrorism around the world. But if the U.S. avoids supporting Saudi Arabia and other Sunni Muslim Gulf states, under those circumstances we would be left with even fewer friends in the Middle East. It is significant that the Moscow propaganda channel Russia Today (RT) has been relentlessly attacking Saudi Arabia. RT helps identify Russian targets of opportunity.

In Turkey, we have just witnessed an ISIS terrorist attack which killed 10 people, and has resulted in the arrests of several Russian terrorists. We are now able to see the Russian connection to terrorism that President Vladimir Putin has been so desperate to hide. It is significant that these terrorists are not going back to Russia to wage terrorism against Putin. Instead, they are targeting such countries as France, the United States, and now Turkey.

RT immediately confirmed that the detained terrorists in Turkey were Russians linked to ISIS. The Reuters news agency followed with a confirmation on their Russian nationality. We can anticipate that Russia will claim that these terrorists left Russian territory without the knowledge or approval of Russian authorities. This is called “plausible deniability.”

The ISIS bombing in Turkey proves that the country is not on the side of ISIS, as the Russians have repeatedly claimed. Instead, Turkey is a target of ISIS.

This may seem strange on the surface, since ISIS is supposed to be Sunni, and Turkey is a Sunni Muslim country. But Turkey has stayed true to its roots in NATO, originally an anti-Soviet alliance. The Sunni Muslims running Turkey have traditionally been anti-communist. Indeed, they continue their battle with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), a Marxist-Leninist terrorist group created with the help of Putin’s old comrades in the Soviet KGB.

Trump adamantly refuses to see Putin as an evil actor in the region. Obama won’t attack Trump over that issue, since Obama’s soft-on-Russia policy is equally embarrassing. In his State of the Union address, Obama briefly mentioned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in a way that actually disguised what the Russians have done. Obama said, “Even as their [the Russian] economy contracts, Russia is pouring resources to prop up Ukraine and Syria—states they see slipping away from their orbit.”

A former Soviet republic, Ukraine was supposed to have been given independence after the collapse of the USSR. The country gave up its nuclear weapons in 1994 in exchange for Russian respect for its territorial integrity. Putin isn’t propping up Ukraine. He has invaded it. He invaded because a popular rebellion had forced a corrupt, pro-Russian president to flee. The “resources” that Russia is pouring into Ukraine are troops and pro-Russian terrorists. Obama sees Ukraine as still being in the Russian “orbit,” an admission that Obama hasn’t done anything to enable Ukraine to be a free nation.

Tragically, Trump seems to see Ukraine in much the same way. He talks about it as a European problem.

In the case of North Korea, which Trump considers to be China’s problem, we have another important region of the world threatened with war.

South Korea is a free country with a democratic form of government that functions under constant danger. North Korea is developing a major nuclear arsenal. Although backed by Communist China, it also has a security treaty with Russia (the agreement, signed by Putin, is posted on the official North Korean website).

Yet Trump attacks South Korea. He says, “We get paid nothing, we get paid peanuts” for deploying U.S. troops to South Korea. In fact, the South Koreans have a “burden sharing agreement” with the U.S. under which they paid $861 million last year. At a New Hampshire forum, a Harvard student tried to correct Trump on his claims, and was immediately attacked by the candidate. But the student was correct. Trump was wrong again.

During a presidential debate, Trump appeared ignorant about the nuclear triad, which constitutes America’s deterrent against Russian, Chinese, North Korean, and (potentially) Iranian nuclear weapons.

But rather than talk about Trump’s ignorance or pro-Russian pandering on foreign policy, the media and many of the GOP candidates have been drawn into Trump’s esoteric debates on the meaning of “natural-born citizen.” It’s a diversion.

But the Republican establishment also plays into Trump’s hands. In her speech on Tuesday night, which was supposed to be a rebuttal to Obama’s State of the Union address, Governor Haley criticized the “angriest voices” and the “loudest voice in the room.”

The media immediately branded those remarks as an attack on Trump.

Trump’s anger or loud voice isn’t the issue. It’s his ignorance on foreign policy and apparent willingness to undermine U.S. foreign policy alliances that have kept the peace and many nations free.

Trump’s view of Russia is probably colored by his several attempts to do business deals in the old Soviet Union and Russia. Perhaps he wants to maintain good relations with Russia if his presidential campaign falls to pieces and he has to return to the “art of the deal.”

That will never happen, however, as long as the Republican establishment takes cheap shots at Trump and abandons a serious discussion and debate of the issues.


Our Weasel Of The Week!! – 01/14/16

The Watcher’s Council

Weasel Statuette of Shame

Yes, once again, It’s time to present this week’s statuette of shame, The Golden Weasel!!

Every Tuesday, the Council nominates some of the slimiest, most despicable characters in public life for some deed of evil, cowardice or corruption they’ve performed. Then we vote to single out one particular Weasel for special mention, to whom we award the statuette of shame, our special, 100% plastic Golden Weasel. This week’s nominees were all slimy and despicable, but the votes are in and we have our winner… the envelope please…


The Obama State Department!!

Fausta’s Blog: The Weasel of the Week is the Obama administration, for shipping a Hellfire missile to Cuba,

  • in early 2014
  • which its manufacturer, Lockheed, noticed “was missing”in June of that year
  • and ended up in Cuba
  • during the time the Obama administration was finalizing its negotiations for easing relations with the Communist dictatorship, but didn’t demand the missile back
  • and instead removed Cuba from the states sponsors of terrorism list
  • and went right ahead with the easing.

But wait! There’s more:

  • Some members of Congress were told.
  • The State Dept. does not deny that the U.S. may have sold the missile to Cuba.

And now, “nobody’s sure” of the missile’s whereabouts, but one can’t rule North Korea among the possibilities,

Makes the Sean Penn’s movie deal disguised as a Rolling Stone mag interview with El Chapo – the most blood-thirsty drug lord of this century so far – look like a plot for a Disney movie.

I can’t even begin to fathom this one! Is our State Department now working against America rather than for it? Or is it just whose in charge, a guy who could have arguably been charged withtreason if Vietnam has been a properly declared war as per our Constitution?

Usually, Weasels have motives that can be understood – greed, personal interest, or sheer hypocrisy. This one doesn’t even make sense when it comes to the usual levels of weaselness unless something is very, very rotten in Washington.

Well, there it is.

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A Russian Spy in the NSA: A True Story of Espionage

By: Cliff Kincaid
America’s Survival

Before Edward Snowden, there was Robert Lipka. He spied for the Russians at the NSA. Rather than flee to Moscow, Lipka moved to Pennsylvania and used the money he was paid by the Russians to bet on horse races. It took 32 years to bring Lipka to justice, and we may never know all of the state secrets he betrayed. Former FBI agent John Whiteside, discusses his book about the case, Fool’s Mate. He also addresses current security measures in the federal government and whether Barack Obama could pass an FBI background check.

Fools Mate