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Sunday, August 7, 2011

CPUSA defends Democratic Party "umbrella"

a few notes on:
Does It Matter Which Party Wins?
by: Sam Webb
July 28 2011


....Does it make any difference, from the standpoint of the class and democratic struggles, which party gains political ascendency?

....there is a growing feeling of frustration and even anger among supporters of the Democratic Party with its performance over the past two years.

....election of Barack Obama was historic and gave space to struggle for a people's agenda.

....president and his administration can be faulted for a number of policy decisions.

[Webb says he is]....disappointed with some aspects of the Obama administration's domestic and foreign policy.

....differences between the two parties of capitalism are of consequence to class and democratic struggles.

[some say].... a Democratic victory creates popular illusions, which in turn weaken the people's struggles....

[If Republicans had won in 2008]....Our movement would have been on the defensive from Day One, the Democrats would be running for cover, and the Republicans would have an unfettered hand in their efforts to liquidate the welfare state, roll back the rights revolution of the 1930s and 1960s, and crush the people's movement - labor in the first place.

....the right is laboring overtime to wreck [Obama administration's] initiatives at every step of the way.
....structural pressures of governing in a capitalist economy and state [also thwart BHO carrying out his program].
....conservative pressures coming from congressional Democrats and members of the administration [also thwart BHO's plans].

[Webb's straw-man argument is that all left critics of Obama say]....the only way out of this vise is to form a third party now.
....Millions who have to be at the core of this [third] party still operate under the umbrella of the Democratic Party, albeit in an increasingly independent fashion. separate ourselves at this moment from these forces [labor and oppressed peoples forces operating under the Democrat Party umbrella] would be contrary to our strategic policy of building maximum unity against rightwing extremism now and in next year's election. other party besides the Democratic Party stands a chance of beating the GOP next year.



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