The DSA is the largest socialist organization in the United States and is the principal U.S. affiliate of Socialist International, the worldwide organization of social democratic, socialist and labor parties.
The Democratic Socialists of America, or DSA, played a central role in the founding of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, or CPC, the largest membership organization within the Democratic Caucus of Congress, currently with 69 declared members.
The CPC is currently co-chaired by Reps. Raúl Grijalva, D-Ariz., and Keith Ellison, D-Minn. It was founded in 1991 by six member of Congress, including Bernie Sanders and Reps. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., Maxine Waters, D-Calif., Ron Dellums, D-Calif, and Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio.
The Democratic Socialists of America’s chief organizing goal has been to work within the Democratic Party and remove the stigma attached to “socialism” in the eyes of most Americans.
“Stress our Democratic Party strategy and electoral work,” explains an organizing document of the DSA. “The Democratic Party is something the public understands, and association with it takes the edge off. Stressing our Democratic Party work will establish some distance from the radical subculture and help integrate you to the milieu of the young liberals.”
The DSA openly helped to establish and found the CPC.
In 1998, the January/February issue of Chicago DSA’s New Ground publication identified Sanders and Democratic Rep. Barney Frank of Massachusetts as leaders of the Progressive Caucus in Congress, which, the publication related, the DSA “helped to organize.”
Until November 2002, the website of the CPC was openly hosted by the DSA, demonstrating the close ties between the two like-minded groups.
Following negative publicity about the CPC website being hosted by the socialist organization, the list of CPC names was moved to Bernie Sanders’ own website and was later relocated to its own site.
The issue of the CPC being hosted on the DSA website rose again in June 2000 in connection with a heated dispute on the House floor among Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham, R-Calif.; Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore.; and David R. Obey, D-Wis., over the “merits of the F-22 fighter plane.”
When Cunningham stood to defend himself, he included in his argument the fact the DSA website had a link to the CPC, which DeFazio then led.
In 2000, the relationship between the CPC and DSA was an open secret.
In an Aug. 10, 2000, letter to the editor published in the Kentucky Post, it was reported that then-Democrat Rep. Ken Lucas had received campaign funds from Democrat Reps. Marcy Kaptur, John Lewis, George Miller, Nancy Pelosi and Charles Rangel, “among others on the far-left.”
The writer remarked that “those five names stand out because they are all members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus – a group closely aligned with the Democratic Socialists of America.”
The CPC still had not moved to its own website on April 23, 2002. Author and political philosopher Balint Vazsonyi responded thusly in the Washington Times to the hypothetical question: “‘What?’ I hear you say. ‘Socialists in the Congress of the United States?’”
Dozens, dear reader, dozens. And they make no secret of it. Although of late it has been refurbished and the address altered, they have their own Web site. They call themselves members of the Progressive Caucus, until recently an arm of the Democratic Socialists of America, itself an arm of the Socialist International. The Progressive Caucus may be a separate entity now, but the details of its program, as advertised on the website, are indistinguishable from that of the Socialist International.
To their credit, they make no secret of it. Only the rest of us prefer not to believe it.
In a follow-up article in November 2002, Vazsonyi dug deeper into the continued presence of the CPC on the DSA website. He discussed the issue of constitutionality and the ramifications of the relationship:
The Socialist International carries the torch for Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, V.I. Lenin, Leon Trotsky, and Josef Stalin. Pay no attention to the desperate attempts by socialists to distance themselves from Stalin. For our purposes, it suffices to observe that every single tenet of the Socialist International is the exact opposite of the principles upon which America was founded, and which define the U.S. Constitution.
For our purposes, it suffices also to observe that members of the U.S. Congress are required to furnish an oath whereby they will preserve, protect, and defend said Constitution.
Kaptur half-heartedly denied the accusation that she is a member of the DSA and said, “As a Polish-American, I know very well the difference between totalitarian communism and fascism on the one hand and social-democratic governments in Europe that include our NATO allies.” but stopped short of removing herself as a member.
Her spokesman, Steve Fought, said the claim of Kaptur being a DSA member “is part of this unfortunate trend in our country where if you don’t agree with someone politically, you vilify and villainize them.
Yet, Bernie Sanders does not make any qualms of his love and support for the DSA. Marcy Kaptur endorsed Bernie Sanders for president helping to alienate herself from Hillary Clinton. Marcy stated “America could have no stronger Democratic leader for jobs in America, for fair trade, and for economic progress for all, not just the privileged few, than Bernie Sanders.” A Hillary Clinton win does not bode well at all for Kaptur and Ohio’s 9th Congressional District.
Marcy Kaptur even supports our normalized trade relations with Cuba. Cuba is a socialist country intent on becoming a communist country. Its laws allow for only one party to exist: the Cuban Communist Party. So, you could say that the country is ruled by a Communist ideology, though its government admits that it hasn’t yet built an entirely Communist society. Yet, Marcy and the rest of the CPC routinely use Cuba as an example of what government can do right (i.e. National Healthcare).
Marcy endorsed the normalizing of relations with Cuba without reserve even though a Toledoan remains have yet to be recovered from the Cuban revolution. Remains she claims she has fought to have returned to Toledo since 2002 (14 years).
Will Marcy Kaptur stand by her actions and words and openly support socialism? I rather think she would not want her true thoughts on the subject to be made public.