This week a group of left wing radicals assembled at a conference in Washington, D.C. under the banner of the Campaign for America’s Future. This group was a Who’s, Who’s of the progressive movement in America. The speaker list included; Nancy Pelosi, Van Jones, Jesse Jackson, Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, Howard Dean, Robert Creamer, Deepak Bhargava, Andy Stern, Arlene Holt Baker, Markos Moulitsas, Yosi Sergant, Arianna Huffington, Alan Grayson and Janet Murguía to name a few. Every aspect of the socialist spectrum was represented at this conference. There were over 100 speakers that covered every major type of left wing organization: unions, social justice groups, environmental activists, community organizers, pro left media and even La Raza, the ultra radical Hispanic civil rights and immigration/advocacy organization.
From their web site, About Us section:
“We live in a remarkable political moment: precarious, yet potentially transforming. At the Campaign for America’s Future, our daily work is to bring about the progressive transformation.
After three decades of conservative dominance in American politics, we Americans are threatened with economic disintegration, environmental devastation and international isolation.
The list of failure is simply exhausting: a disastrous Iraq occupation, a destabilized Middle East and Asia, the persistent threat of terrorism, a menacing climate crisis, an insecure and dwindling energy supply, unprecedented trade deficits, unchecked global corporate power, our broken health care system, a weakened pension system and an increasingly inaccessible higher education system.
But out of the ashes of this era of conservative failure comes an historic opportunity for progressives to salvage the American Ideal and shape this young century.
That’s where we come in.
The Campaign for America’s Future is the strategy center for the progressive movement. Our goal is to forge the enduring progressive majority needed to realize the America of shared prosperity and equal opportunity that our country was meant to be.
To attain our ultimate goal, we spearhead a compelling progressive agenda that addresses the kitchen-table issues working families face. We regularly convene and educate progressive thinkers, organizers and community activists so our voices will be coordinated, cogent and potent. And we incubate national campaigns on the critical issues that will define America for generations to come.
Americans have had it with tired conservative politics that divide us, an economy that squeezes us, a foreign policy that weakens us and a government that serves few of us.
But while conservatism may be exhausted, progressives are just getting started. The Campaign for America’s Future is driving our progressive movement and offering the new vision, bright ideas and bold leadership Americans rightly demand.
We are showing the way toward accessible education, affordable health care and secure retirements for all. Toward a clean energy future and away from Middle East occupation. Toward the representative, responsive and responsible government needed for all of us to enjoy life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
We cannot let the conservative failure that brought us to this precarious moment tip America into another Gilded Age and leave the world at the mercy of unaccountable multinationals, oil-drenched autocrats and merchants of terrorism.
It’s our job to turn this precarious moment into a prosperous progressive era. Together, we can”.
Read this closely and in it you find a low key manifesto for the progressive agenda. It is full of sweeping generalities about conservative failures but fails to be specific about solutions. However the language is designed to appeal to the socialist mindset with its’ themes of equality and redistribution. It even makes an attempt to be patriotic with its’ reference to the Declaration of Independence.
In response to the question, who else do you work with on your progressive agenda, their web site says:
“To maximize the strength of the progressive movement, Campaign for America’s Future regularly convenes organizers and activists to help forge powerful coalitions. Here are just a few examples.
Our annual Take Back America conference is the nation’s premier progressive gathering, attracting thousands to develop solutions, hone strategies, and fortify our movement. Along with Americans United for Change and USAction, we brought together nearly 40 organizations to create the Change America Now (CAN) coalition, which promotes legislation providing economic security to all families. We work with the Economic Policy Institute and Center for American Progress Action Fund to host the biweekly Tuesday Group, where congressional aides, union strategists, scholars, pollsters and advocates share insight on progressive messaging and public opinion so we can elevate the national debate”.
When asked who funds them, the answer is more evasive:
“Campaign for America’s Future is financed through the donations of various organizations, foundations and individual supporters”.
However, further research shows that partners and sponsors include; MoveOn.org, NetRoots Nation, Progressive Majority, Center for Community Change, Progressive Congress.org, Progressive Book Club, National Education Association and People for the American Way.
This is not an insignificant movement. Look at who is involved. Look at the changes they have already made, healthcare reform being the most significant. They are spending us into ruin. Our government is being taken over from the inside with the help of elected officials, teachers, powerful labor unions, and community organizers. This group is smart, well funded and organized. They know they have limited window of time to move their agenda forward. They (the progressives) have no intention of squandering an opportunity that they have waited 80 years for. America had better wake up soon because time is of the essence. Every day another piece of the infrastructure is put in place and our fate becomes more uncertain.
You owe it to yourself to explore their web site:
Don’t just read the words, focus on the messaging. Look at the conference sessions and understand what they are teaching.
Remember President-elected Obama said, “We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America”. Well ever since he took office he has been working hard to deliver on that promise.
Here are collection of interesting quotes and comments from their America’s Future Now Conference that prove that the left is dissatisfied with the speed of change. They want more and they want it faster.
According to Arianna Huffington, the easy part was getting Obama elected. However she said, “Bipartisanship is not the way to fundamental change…Why isn’t greater urgency coming out of Washington to solve Main Street’s problems? She went on to suggest, we need “Hope 2.0,” and we (the progressives) need to “take matters into our own hands.”
Roger Hickey, co director of Campaign for America, “many hoped that Obama would lead the movement to stand up to corporate interests… Is this Obama’s problem or is it ours? What can we do to ensure that Obama achieves that transformation?”
The speakers accused the President of being “too timid” and “too reluctant to draw clear ideological differences” and that as a result the “right-wing gained greater traction than it otherwise might have.”
CAF’s other co-director Robert Borosage said, “We will have to fight… We have to revive our independent movement. We have to stop waiting for Obama. We have to take on conservatives in both parties. The progressive movement must organize independent of the Democratic administration to effect change”.
And how about this beauty from self admitted communist, Van Jones… you remember Van Jones who in a magazine interview described himself this way:
Leading up to Rodney King trial, Jones said, “I was a just rowdy black nationalist on April 28th , and then the verdicts came down on April 29th. By August, I was a communist. (…) I met all these young radical people of color – I mean really radical: communists and anarchists. And it was, like, ‘This is what I need to be a part of.’ I spent the next ten years of my life working with a lot of those people I met in jail, trying to be a revolutionary”.
At the recent CAF conference, Jones had this to say, “I think that when we look back to the history of the Obama administration and look back at the history of our progressive movement, that this week will mark a historic inflection point when progressives decided to be progressive again in this country. I think something shifted this week”. — I wonder he means?
Make no mistake, the progressives are committed to their agenda and they will not give in to a return to conservative American values without a fight. They will use every tool at their disposal to win. They are trying to convince the weak and the lazy among us that they can create an all powerful government that will ensure a “fairer, more humane society” which will take care of everyone equally through policies based in “social justice”. All they need to accomplish this is a little more power.
“You can reach out to your fellow young people and make it clear to them that where they may not be satisfied with everything we’ve done — we’re not satisfied with everything we’ve done. The way to cure that is to give us more authority and more ability”. – Rep. Barney Frank, D-MA
However, history would argue a different case. Power corrupts. Each and every time socialism, communism or fascism is tried, two things happen – the citizens become enslaved by the government they thought would protect them and many of them die as a result. And of course, freedom and liberty are lost.
The transformation is underway. If the people in charge have their way we are headed for a hybrid government which is part communist and part fascist. See definitions below:
Communism: the political theory or system in which all property and wealth is owned in a classless society by all the members of that society
Fascism: a movement, ideology, or attitude that favors dictatorial government, centralized control of private enterprise, repression of all opposition, and extreme nationalism
If you merge the bolded parts of each you end up where we appear to be headed as follows: “a movement, ideology, or attitude that favors a classless society, centralized control of private enterprise and repression of all opposition”
America, do I have you attention yet?
In the words of Buffalo Springfield, “ There’s something happening here, What it is ain’t exactly clear … I think it’s time we stop, children, what’s that sound? Everybody look what’s going down”!
Pay attention, your country is depending on you. The founding fathers warned us this could happen. Stand up, Be counted, Make your voice hear.
Restore the Republic and the American Way! Reject the Agenda of the Progressive Left!
“How can limited government and fiscal restraint be equated with lack of compassion for the poor? How can a tax break that puts a little more money in the weekly paychecks of working people be seen as an attack on the needy? Since when do we in America believe that our society is made up of two diametrically opposed classes—one rich, one poor—both in a permanent state of conflict and neither able to get ahead except at the expense of the other? Since when do we in America accept this alien and discredited theory of social and class warfare? Since when do we in America endorse the politics of envy and division?” – Ronald Reagan
“Capitalism and communism stand at opposite poles. Their essential difference is this: The communist, seeing the rich man and his fine home, says: ‘No man should have so much.’ The capitalist, seeing the same thing, says: ‘All men should have so much.’” – Unknown
“Communism teaches and seeks two objectives: unrelenting class warfare and the complete eradication of private ownership” – Pope Pius XI