At least Someone “gets it.” The People’s Weekly World, the newspaper of the Communist Party of the United States states wrote an editorial supporting the Senator from Illinios in his bid to be the next President of the United States:
Notably, the labor movement has stepped up its independent mobilization for this election. It is leading an unprecedented campaign to educate and unify its ranks to elect the nation’s first African American president. …..The struggle to defeat the ultra-right and turn our country on a positive path will not end with Obama’s election. But that step will shift the ground for successful struggles going forward.
One thing is clear. None of the people’s struggles — from peace to universal health care to an economy that puts Main Street before Wall Street — will advance if McCain wins in November.
Obama Will ‘End 30 Years of Ultra-Right Rule,’ Communist Paper Says
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
By Fred Lucas, Staff Writer
(CNSNews.com) – The Communist Party USA’s newspaper is defending Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama against potential defectors on the left, saying his candidacy represents a “broad multi-class, multicultural movement.”
In a July editorial, “Eye on the Prize,” the People’s Weekly World, the official newspaper of the Communist Party USA, admonished anyone on the left who might consider abandoning Obama.
“Barack Obama is not a left candidate,” the editorial said. “This fact has seemingly surprised a number of progressive people who are bemoaning Obama’s ‘shift to the center.’ It’s sad that some who seek progressive change are missing the forest for the trees.
“But they will not dampen the wide and deep enthusiasm for blocking a third Bush term represented by John McCain, or for bringing Obama by a landslide into the White House with a large Democratic congressional majority,” it added.
The editorial, though never using the word “endorse,” expressed excitement about his candidacy. It also used numerous slogans from the Obama campaign such as “hope,” “change” and “third Bush term.”
“The struggle to defeat the ultra-right and turn our country on a positive path will not end with Obama’s election,” the editorial said. “But that step will shift the ground for successful struggles going forward.
“One thing is clear. None of the people’s struggles — from peace to universal health care to an economy that puts Main Street before Wall Street — will advance if McCain wins in November. Let’s keep our eyes on the prize,” it added.
People’s Weekly World Editor Teresa Albano had little to say on the subject.
“I think the editorial speaks for itself,” Albano told CNSNews.com. “It was not an endorsement, and I have no further comment.”
The communist newspaper said a broad coalition is backing “Obama’s ‘Hope, change and unity’ campaign because they see in it the thrilling opportunity to end 30 years of ultra-right rule and move our nation forward with a broadly progressive agenda.”
“At the core are America’s working families, of all hues and ethnicities, whose determination to move forward does not depend on, and will not be diverted by, the daily twists and turns of this watershed presidential campaign. They are taking the long view,” the editorial said.
The paper praised organized labor for stepping up to the plate.
“If Obama’s candidacy represented nothing more than the spark for this profound initiative to unite the working class and defeat the pernicious influence of racism, it would be a transformative candidacy that would advance progressive politics for the long term,” the editorial said.
The People’s Weekly World was founded in 1924 and was first called The Daily Worker.
The Communist Party USA Web site says that the party does not endorse any particular candidate but does “endorse and join in the anti-Bush/anti-right wing sentiments that are driving so many people to activism.”
“The Communist Party USA views the 2008 elections as a tremendous opportunity to defeat the policies of the right-wing Republicans and to move our country in a new progressive direction,” the party’s Web site says. “We will work with others to defeat the Republican nominee and to end right-wing control of the new Congress.”