In Barack Obama's case, some of the groups that support him are an indictment of his political orientation.
Investor's Business Daily has a series of op-eds called The Audacity of Socialism. Here is an excerpt from yesterday's article.
Among Obama's biggest admirers, for example, is one Pepe Lozano. Unknown at the national level, Lozano is more of a small-time agitator, just as Obama was in his community organizing days in Chicago. Maybe that explains part of the attraction.
But it's more likely that Lozano, a leader in the Chicago Young Communist League and an editorial board member of the People's Weekly World, newspaper of the Communist Party USA, finds that Obama is the communist party's best hope because of the junior senator's far-left positions.
“This is a history-making process,” Lozano told a Chicago gathering of about 250 in June, “and we will be missing it if we don't do all we can to elect Barack Obama president.”
The next month, the People's Weekly World editorialized in favor of Obama, calling his a “transformative candidacy that would advance progressive politics for the long term.”
The communist support is nothing new, however. Joel Wendland, managing editor of Political Affairs: Marxist Thought Online, another CPUSA magazine, suggested in February that Obama could be “the people's president.”
Also in February, Political Affairs editor Terri Albano talked about how the “kind of upsurge” surrounding Obama “comes around just once in a lifetime. I hope for all progressives — each of us — (to) get involved. Don't stand on the sidelines. Be active. Don't let history pass you by.”
While communists are endorsing Obama, the Communist Party USA isn't. But that's not because it doesn't like Obama. The CPUSA simply does not endorse candidates. Yet it issued what could be called a non-endorsement endorsement of Obama in March, saying “his campaign has the clearest message of unity and progressive change.”
“This election can begin to turn the tide: It can help bring universal health care, save the environment and start the restoration of our democratic rights,” the group said. “This election can strengthen democracy for all.”
If Obama is smarting because he didn't get an official Communist Party USA endorsement, maybe he will be mollified by the approval of an old communist to the south. Fidel Castro in the spring wrote in the state newspaper Granma that Obama is “the most progressive candidate for the U.S. presidency.”
That's an endorsement that anyone who doesn't have a socialist agenda should be ashamed of, especially given Castro's murder and intimidation of his foes and his repeated, egregious human rights violations of average Cuban citizens.
But from what we can tell, Obama has not rejected Castro's support. What we can tell, though, is that when Obama says he stands for change, he could be talking about erasing facts that he considers to be politically damaging.
Last month he scrubbed clean from his Web site evidence that he opposed the successful Iraq surge, and last winter he deleted the endorsement of the extremist Rev. Jeremiah Wright, who had become a political liability.
But despite his campaign's penchant for cyberhygiene, the community blog on his own Web site still has an entry that's rather incriminating: “This group is for self-proclaimed Marxists/Communists/Socialists for the election of Barack Obama to the presidency. . . . We support Barack Obama because he knows what is best for the people!” The fact that it can still be found on Obama's official site would indicate that the campaign has no problem with it — and that it might even appreciate the endorsement.
The current campaign is not Obama's first association with groups that promote socialism or its more stringent ideological cousin, communism.
The entire article is available here