CPUSA leader, Sam Webb, says he will continue to support Obama and Democrats in 2012.
The Communist Party USA has consistently supported and infiltrated the Democratic Party. The CPUSA has not run their own candidate for President since 1984.
That was the year they felt their ticket of Gus Hall and Angela Davis took votes away from Walter Mondale, and might have helped Ronald Reagan win. Ever since then, they have simply endorsed the Democrat, saying "he is close enough to what we want, an he has a real chance to win."
Sam Webb, the leader of the party, called Obama a friend back in 2008.
"The left can and should advance its own views and disagree with the Obama administration without being disagreeable. Its tone should be respectful. We are speaking to a friend."To be fair about it, the Communist Party does have some very minor differences with the Democrat Party. But these are generally differences on very insignificant issues, and they feel they are better off endorsing a Democrat who has a real chance to win, rather than running their own candidate who will always lose.
On the important issues, like socializing American industry, weakening our military, and expanding the role of government in our lives, the Communists and the Democrats are in lockstep agreement.
In fact, the Democrats have swung so far to the left in recent times, that the CPUSA has become largely redundant and unnecessary. This is a common occurrence in American history.
Third parties rarely win elections, but their platforms are frequently adopted by one of the major two parties instead.
And this is precisely what has happened here. This is why we have so many third parties running in elections where they have absolutely no hope to win. They want their policies adopted by one of the major parties.
The main question from a strategic point of view for the Communists is this: Does it make any difference, from the standpoint of the class and democratic struggles, which party gains political ascendency? As long as they get the policies they want enacted into law, then it really doesn't matter who wins an election.
Neither party is anti-capitalist, but they aren’t identical either. Differences exist at the levels of policy and social composition. But despite their minor differences with the Democrats over past three years, the CPUSA is genuinely thrilled about the hard left direction President Obama has taken the nation in.
|Sam Webb wants Barack Obama reelected in 2012|
"We are keenly aware of the fact that the agenda of the far right is to bring this administration and country to its knees, with a heavy dose of racism"The CPUSA is just doing whatever it can pragmatically do to defeat Republicans and advance their radical left agenda. And for them this usually means "endorsing the Democrat candidates."