Hillary Clinton is not a communist.
That said, she is certainly running to the left.
That’s actually an interesting question. People throw around the terms “left” and “right” with an instinctive, imprecise, sense of their meanings. It’s good to get back to first principles.
There are many gradations of leftist sentiment, from outright communism to socialism to social democracy to progressivism. That said, they know their own. The Communist Party USA recently, to little notice by the mainstream media, expressed its enthusiasm for Democratic Party nominee Hillary Clinton (h/t to WorldNetDaily) in the CPUSA’s official propaganda organ, People’s World:
Clinton has to provide a vision for a new America, tying together the Democratic platform planks — called the most progressive ever — among them, $15 an hour minimum wage, debt-free and tuition-free college and universal health care, with a compelling narrative that inspires people to think big and do big-hearted things.
People need to vote FOR a candidate, otherwise voters are more likely to stay at home. Voting for the first woman president can also be a strong motivator.
The union movement, communities of color, students, women, progressives and the newborn “political revolution” can help generate voter enthusiasm by talking and tweeting about Clinton and the issues. Challenging sexism is a must as well as racism, which has been a coded (and overt) staple of presidential elections for decades.
However, there are many weeks until Election Day. “Clinton could easily lose to Trump, and she could also easily end up winning in a landslide,” Silver writes.
“Winning in a landslide” is needed now more than ever, and that landslide for Clinton could swing control of the Senate to Democrats, and other potential positive effects could be felt on the “down ballot” congressional and state races.
Hillary Clinton is not a communist. That said, she and the Democratic Party at large enthusiastically embrace several of the key planks of The Communist Manifesto. These include: a heavy progressive or graduated income tax, the prohibition of inheritance (of which the death tax is directed), and, of greatest interest to me (although not necessarily you), “Centralisation of credit in the hands of the state, by means of a national bank with State capital and an exclusive monopoly.” Hello, Federal Reserve System!
This observation is not “red-baiting.”
It’s not even rude.
It’s just a whisper of Truth to Power.
Ralph Benko, internationally published weekly columnist, co-author of The 21st Century Gold Standard, lead co-editor of the Gerald Malsbary translation from Latin to English of Copernicus’s Essay on Money, is American Principles Project’s Senior Advisor, Economics.