The American people have spoken, renewing President Obama’s mandate for change for yet another four years. Following the announcement of Obama's reelection, Communist Party USA (CPUSA) chairman Sam Webb wrote an article in the CPUSA’s official newspaper, People’s World, expressing his contentment with the election results.
“After a long and bitterly contested battle, the forces of inclusive democracy came out on top yesterday,” Webb said. “The better angels of the American people spread their wings, as they went to the polls.”
Webb went on to reaffirm that the election results were in the CPUSA’s favor:
The Communist Party said a year ago that the 2012 elections would be the main front of the class and democratic struggle, and subsequent events have confirmed that fact. Indeed, we argued ... that defeating right wing extremism was the key to moving the whole chain of democratic struggle forward in the coming period.
The key motivating factor behind the CPUSA’s support of reelecting Obama and empowering the Democratic Party under his leadership was to prevent a “victory by right-wing extremism,” according to Webb. “Had Romney won the Presidency and the Republicans the Congress, it would have accelerated to warp drive a capitalist class counterrevolution — a reversal of seventy years of social progress.”
Between President Obama and Governor Romney, the Communist Party clearly had a preference and it won on election day. Webb’s communist prescription, for what he ironically acknowledged as a “weak economy,” is a repudiation of a centrist bipartisan solution that would include cuts to social welfare programs and entitlements while raising taxes. Instead, he proposes that the Left take Obama's reelection as a mandate for the continuation of an even more progressive approach. “On the table must be cutting military spending, ending corporate subsidies, and increasing corporate taxes,” he said.
Unsurprisingly, Webb said nothing of the fact that in fiscal year 2011 the federal government spent approximately $1.03 trillion on 83 means-tested federal welfare programs, making social welfare the largest expenditure in the nation’s budget; almost double that of the Pentagon.
Despite this convenient omission of economic reality, the Communist Party’s primary target for spending cuts is the U.S. military, which may already be coming to fruition with Obama’s cuts to the U.S. Navy fleet size to the lowest it has been since the First World War. Meanwhile, Russia has announced it will increase its military defense spending by 60 percent over the next three years. Optimistic of the future, Webb concluded by stating, “We are at the dawn of a new era.”
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