Sometimes the label “Socialist” gets tossed around too effusively. The question before us today is whether Lynn Woolsey deserves the appellation or not. Let’s get to it….
Various websites/blogs, including, Gateway Pundit, RetireWoolsey.com, and Sweetness & Light have taken note of a Scribd.com reprint of a list originally cyber-printed in 2009 by American Socialist Voter (ASV). The list was produced in reply to the question, “How many members of the U.S. Congress are also members of the DSA?” The DSA is Democratic Socialists of America (that’s its icon above, of course) and ASV claims 70 members of Congress (including Lynn Woolsey) belong to this organization. What’s the veracity of this claim?
Well, after the hoopla of the initial blog entrees last week, ASV removed its list and posted a response which it addressed to “all the Republican & Tea Party pundits and bloggers.” Among the statements: that the listing was of the 70 members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) and that a heading in the original document clearly stated that. However, the Scribd document (presumably a fair copy of the original) does not bear such a heading (the ASV website currently only shows the first page of that document and won’t allow access to the additional 14 pages). The Scribd document simply asks, “Who are these members of the 111 Congress?” referring back to the statement that 70 members of the U.S. Congress were members of the DSA. So, unless the ASV can produce better evidence it suggests these 70 are members of the DSA.
However, it is also true that this list is apparently a screen grab of the CPC roster. as documented on the Sweetness & Light page. So, either the header is somehow missing in the ASV/Scribd document, or the DSA and CPC identities are being considered interchangeable by the authors of the that document as they claim that all CPC members are also DSA members. DiscoverTheNetworks.org (cited by Sweetness and Light) reports that DSA and CPC had “worked in open partnership.” The article continues,
Until 1999, the Progressive Caucus website was hosted by the Democratic Socialists of America. After the press reported on this link, the connections suddenly vanished from both organizations’ websites.
Perhaps the ASV paper of 2009 just forgot that the connections between CPC and DSA had been conveniently jettisoned? These Congressional “progressives” wanted to downplay their socialist ties.
What exactly is the DSA then? The ASV claims it is “not a party but rather a PAC, political action committee.” It does have a PAC fundraising arm (and more on that in a minute), but the organization is more than a PAC (although, true, it is not a political party…it is not The Socialist Party USA). The DSA describes itself as
…the largest socialist organization in the United States, and the principal U.S. affiliate of the Socialist International. DSA’s members are building progressive movements for social change while establishing an openly socialist presence in American communities and politics.
Some words about PACs. Both DSA and CPC operate PACs (separate ones) to help fund their goals. Both, however, are not simply PACs and that is an important point. With regard to DSA, the blog RBO has this to say about its PAC:
It is no secret that the DSA is the American member of the Socialist International. Now we can state that the DSA is a dues-paying member of the Socialist International, as revealed in the FEC records. For every year the PAC has reported to the FEC, it has made annual payments to SI.
As its site confirms, Lynn Woolsey is the co-chair of CPC. Whether she is a card-carrying member of DSA has not been definitively established. However, since the interrelatedness of CPC and DSA has been well illustrated, one can safely say that she is affiliated with socialist organizations and that she holds socialist opinions which, as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, she is doing her utmost to turn from theory into actual policy. These radical socialist political views put into practice will only hinder a solid future for our great Union. Redistribution of wealth, unsustainable spending for unsustainable social programs, desire for global government, too much power for unions, making government the sole provider (and decider) of health care services, and, among other issues, having no responsible federal budget plans (please note that CPC’s Official Position on the federal budget is two years behind and blank at any rate). Lynn Woolsey prefers the label “progressive” to “socialist.” But she is actually both, and the 6th District needs a different representative who is less focused on making everyone dependent on government hand-outs (which we cannot afford anyway) and more focused on restoring a nation in which The People, not The Bureaucracy, are sovereign.