I took some time to examine the stance taken by the Democratic Party on a variety of issues in comparison to the stance taken by the Socialist Party USA. This came from several flyers that I saved over the years from CPUSA rallies in Bangor maine and in Boston. - what I found sent chills down my spine. I’ve listed the issues separately below so as to avoid being monotonous to those who may only be interested in select issues. The direct link to each individual statement is also provided. Also note the Communist Party USA goals at the end of this article.
ABORTION - Socialist Party USA
The Socialist Party recognizes that a struggle against habitual male
dominance and patriarchy must go hand in hand with any struggle against
capitalism. Therefore, we pledge our opposition to all forms of sexism,
and demand equality for women in all aspects of life. We support the
rights of all women to birth control information and supplies, and to
all reproductive health services -- including abortion.
(Iraq) - Socialist Party USA They cynically expect that you will put
your morals aside and let war crimes be committed in your name. They
think you're scared and ignorant enough to go along with anti-Arab
racism. They think you can be hoodwinked into giving up your
Constitutional rights for the illusion of security. Prove them wrong.
Join us in resisting the war.
(Afghanistan) - Socialist Party USA The Socialist Party USA stands in
complete outrage at the actions of the U.S. Government to bomb Kabul and
other cities and towns in Afghanistan. This retribution is not and
cannot be just. Instead this military aggression will only lead to more
violence; endless cycles of retribution and war will again be in all our
lives; innocent people will die; and we will be no better than the
September 11 hijackers. Never in history has peace been obtained through
war. We join socialists, anti-war and peace organizations, labor unions
and all others worldwide in declaring our firm and passionate
opposition to policies and actions that lead to war. The people of
Afghanistan have never been, and will never be, our enemy.
PENELTY - Socialist Party USA The death penalty is wrong. It is no less
wrong, now that convicted terrorist Timothy McVeigh is about to be
executed. The Socialist Party USA stands against the death penalty, no
matter to whom it is applied. This is not a new position.
(against Israel) - Socialist Party USA The new wave of bloodshed in the
Middle East has its starting point in Israel's occupation of Palestinian
lands. The Socialist Party calls for the immediate cessation of all aid
to Israel, including the sale of military equipment of any kind. U.S.
aid has been used by Israel to fashion one of the most powerful military
machines in the world. The U.S. government's complicity with the
Israeli occupations should end now.
IMMIGRANTS - Socialist Party USA WHEREAS in the same document our party
states clearly that “We defend the rights of immigrants to housing,
education, health care, jobs, and civil, legal, and political rights.
HEALTH CARE -
Socialist Party USA The Socialist Party stands for socialized medicine--
a health care system based on universal coverage, salaried doctors and
health care workers, and revenues derived from a graduated income tax.
Socialist Party USA The Socialist Party recognizes the right of all
people to high quality, low cost housing. We call for large scale public
investment in the construction of low cost, scattered site,
community-based, high-quality housing. We call for rent control for all
rental units, and the right of tenants to organize. We support the
formation of housing cooperatives and nonprofit land trusts, the
adoption of advanced and cost-cutting technology in building, and the
rehabilitation and weatherization of existing housing.
- Socialist Party USA The Socialist Party recognizes the right of
students of all ages to a free, quality education in a safe and
supportive environment, and of all school employees to good wages,
benefits, and working conditions. We call for full and equal funding of
public education, for free tuition at the post-secondary level, and for
an end to all public funding and subsidizing of private schools. We call
for fewer students per teacher. We call for vigorous affirmative action
programs so that each public institution of higher education reflects
the community at large in terms of race/ethnicity, gender, and economic
- Socialist Party USA The Socialist Party recognizes that the
mechanisms in capitalism that oppress and alienate humans are the same
mechanisms that destroy the environment. We support a policy of no clear
cutting in commercial forestry, a ban on commercial cutting in
old-growth forests, and an environmentally sound timber policy that
takes into account the historical ecology of the region. We oppose
nuclear power projects and call for the immediate decommissioning of all
nuclear power plants, a ban on the export of nuclear technology, and
any efforts to use nuclear technology in space.
ANIMAL RIGHTS -
Socialist Party USA We call for the banning of the fur trade. We
support greater inclusion and enforcement of the Endangered Species Act.
We call for a ban on animal experimentation for product development,
and support products that are not tested on animals. We oppose
factory-farming practices of over-crowding, drugging, and otherwise
cruelly treating animals, practices that are inhumane and that impair
the quality of the food thus produced.
LABOR UNIONS -
Socialist Party USA We support efforts to organize all workers,
particularly workers in the service industries, enlisted personnel in
the Armed Forces, and the difficult to organize (including students,
home workers, homeless people, prison inmates, and the unemployed). We
support militant, united labor action including secondary strikes and
boycotts. We support the right of first-time and part-time workers to
full benefits. We call for the repeal of all repressive labor
legislation such as the Hatch Act, the Taft-Hartley Act, the
Landrum-Griffin Act, and all the so-called "right-to-work" laws.
ECONOMICS - We oppose
balancing the federal budget at the expense of funding basic human
services. We call for a National Pension Authority to hold the assets of
private pension funds, and a levy against corporate assets for any
pension fund deficits. We call for increased unemployment compensation.
We support a program of massive federal investment in both urban and
rural areas for infrastructure reconstruction and economic development.
We call for the elimination of subsidies and tax breaks that benefit
corporations and wealthy households at the expense of working people. We
support the use of any federal budget surplus on human services rather
than tax cuts that will only benefit the rich. (one of my personal
COMMUNIST PARTY USA.