Congressman John Conyers Speaks to Democratic Socialists

Democratic Representative John Conyers [See also: John Conyers], U.S. House of Representatives from Michigan’s 14th district is seen in this video speaking to the Democratic Socialists of America. This was a meeting to energize the Socialist in attendance to organize and picket as a showing of support for the Progressive Democrats and their agendas.

Some facts about John Conyers JR:

  • Was once an affiliate of the Soviet front World Peace Council
  • Has a long history with the Communist Party USA [See also: CPUSA]
  • Member of the radical Progressive Caucus
  • One of 13 founders of Congressional Black Caucus
  • Advocates freeing convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal
  • Plotted with radical Ramsey Clark and others about ways to impeach President George W. Bush
  • Spoke in 2003 at anti-Iraq War rally of pro-North Korean Marxist group International A.N.S.W.E.R.
  • Voted against a resolution stating that “the United States and Israel are now engaged in a common struggle against terrorism.”  
  • Spoke in 2005 at an event organized by accused anti-Semite Lyndon LaRouche
  • Orchestrated letter-writing and media campaign over so-called Downing Street Memo with help from George Soros-funded  
  • Has a long history with the Democratic Socialists of America: Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee/New American Movement Unity Convention in Detroit March 1982 – that resulted in the formation of Democratic Socialists of America
  • In 2003 he was a keynote speaker at the Democratic Socialists of America national conference in Detroit – with the 2008 Obama Black Advisory Council member Cornel West and the first journalist to promote Obama on the national stage, the Washington Post’s Harold Meyerson
  •  Democratic Socialist of America’s – Democratic Left -Spring edition in 2005, called Congressman John Conyers a key Democratic Socialist of America ally in Congress

Here are some quick quotes from the video:

“Conyers was introduced by the Democratic Socialist of America National director Frank Llewellyn. Boston Democratic Socialist of America  member David Duhalde is seen on the right behind Frank Llewellyn – he has a beard, black shirt and a hat.”

“Llewellyn then says: John Conyers has long supported H.R.676 single payer healthcare bill this organization (Democratic Socialists of America)  has long supported”

“Its good to know that a lot of my Michigan, Detroit and Grosse Point people are here. David Green, and Dave and Herman and probably others.”

“This gathering looks beyond the immediate geography of where you come from – it’s a Global Concept.”

“It’s a vision I think we share – that this world has gotten smaller – things are happening way away somewhere – too bad about that [insert disaster here – with sarcasm].”

“We’re all connected whether we want to admit it or not, and so as this globe shrinks, so does the commonality of the issues between us – begin to be less separated.”

“So I come to you this afternoon, to first of all, thank you for coming to the March [One Nation 10-02-10] – this is an important event.”

“We understand the significance of it – we know that when unions, political ideology, clergy, labor, civil rights – come together and just people that are Progressive enough to see in this One World Concept, that we’re all in this together – it makes certain things easier to understand – where we’re coming from.”

“Overriding it all is the quest for peace in the world. We’re bent on accidental or intentional nuclear annihilation – and – I support Congressman Dennis Kucinich’s measure that would make a Department of Peace in the United States Federal Government.”

“Then there is the question of the beloved 44th president. The fact that we’re still pursuing war at the same rate of the previous administration is something I believe we should organize and unite around and make it clear to him through all the usual means of communication including: picketing, protest – making it clear to him that there probably isn’t anyone above the 10th grade who doesn’t know that you can’t win a war in Afghanistan.”

“[Alleged by John Conyers] In 2012 there is a highly organized effort to make sure Obama is a one term president and it started even before his inauguration – I only mention the Tea party because they’re small and dismissible, but there are much more serious and affluent sources behind this effort it appears.”

“I’ve got to stand up for the principles I was fighting for before he ever set foot in Washington, but I also have to make sure he is reelected 2 years from now.”

“I see that us making him more cooperative with our plans will strengthen him and not weaken him.”

“And to have this press secretary [Robert Gibbs] of his denouncing the left – is an automatically dismissible act if I were president – that would be the end of it. We would send him with his bags packing.”

“The whole point is that trashing Progressives and the left at the same time watching your ratings go down – gee – what’s so difficult about figuring that out? So since there seems to be some problem with it and some difficulty, who’s job do you think it is to get him straightened out and on the right track? Ours!”

“I look forward to our next meeting.”

To summarize this all, John Conyers and the Democratic Socialists of America are rallying together to push President Obama, Progressive Democrats, etc., in to their socialist agendas by organizing, picketing, and the other “usual” means. It’s clear that  John Conyers is working close with the Democratic Socialists of America to help implement their socialist agendas. John Conyers is a close ally and sympathiser of the Democratic Socialists of America.

 The big display of support for the political left spoken of in the video was the One Nation rally [See Also: One Nation] in Washington D.C., but the crowd was smaller than expected by the left and didn’t show much support since most of it was radical activist groups such as: The Communist Party USA, The Democratic Socialists of America, Code Pink, etc., and the rest were AstroTurf paid for and organized by the big labor Unions (SEIU, AFL-CIO, NEA, etc).

The key agendas for Conyers and the Democratic Socialists is for an anti-war agenda, Global Governance, John Conyers H.R. 676 Single Payer Healthcare plan, to clean up the Progressives image and raise their rating, make sure President Obama is re-elected in 2012, and to build a Department of Peace within the Federal Government – mostly designed by Dennis Kucinich.

Other related links and info:

One Nation Rally Videos:

Facts and opinion on Dennis Kucinich:

First, if Dennis Kucinich has close ties to The Communist Party USA and shares their views, then should we all be worried about the Department of Peace he and John Conyers wants to erect? I’ll give you the facts and then you can decide for yourself.

The first 3 Communist Goals for America are:

1. U.S. acceptance of coexistence as the only alternative to atomic war.

2. U.S. willingness to capitulate in preference to engaging in atomic war.

3. Develop the illusion that total disarmament [by] the United States would be a demonstration of moral strength.

There seems to be a possibility that the Department of Defense is an attempt at de-militarizing the USA by getting rid of our last line of defense and deterrent to attacks, our nuclear weapons and missle defense.

Here are some facts on Dennis Kucinich and his views towards our military defense. Compare this to being friends with Communists, comparing Communist views of the USA and the Communist Goals for America from the past.

Kucinich has had close ties to Communist Party USA (CPUSA) members since the 1960s. According to the World Socialist Web Site, Kucinich, during his years as mayor of Cleveland, “was closely allied with the Stalinists of the CPUSA.” During Kucinich’s successful 1996 Congressional run, he received the support of CPUSA-Ohio chairman Rick Nagin. In a 2004 report, CPUSA Political Action Committee chair Joelle Fishman singled out Kucinich for praise. In a July 2007 report to the CPUSA’s National Committee, Party Chairman Sam Webb urged fellow communists to “have a positive attitude toward the candidacy of Congressman Dennis Kucinich,” characterizing the latter as “a leading voice of the broad people’s coalition.” “The more he [Kucinich] speaks to audiences of the core forces,” said Webb, “the better positioned the movement will be to win in 2008 and to fight the good fight in 2009.” In 2008, Kucinich’s political campaign received support from Rick Nagin and the longtime CPUSA official (and Venceremos Brigade veteran) Bruce Bostick.

In June 2002 Kucinich was the leading plaintiff when 31 House members (30 Democrats and one Independent) filed a lawsuit against George W. Bush in an effort to block the President from withdrawing the United States from the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty. In addition, the suit named Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Secretary of State Colin Powell as defendants. Among Kucinich’s fellow plaintiffs were Representatives John Conyers, Jesse Jackson Jr., Barbara Lee, Cynthia McKinney, and Maxine Waters.

Also in 2002, Kucinich said, “We must challenge those who would make of any nation a nuclear target; challenge those who would threaten to use nuclear weapons against civilian populations; challenge those who would break nuclear treaties.” He was referring specifically to the United States.

Kucinich advocates the creation of a new federal agency called the Department of Peace (DOP), whose purpose, he explains, “will be to support disarmament, treaties, peaceful coexistence, and peaceful consensus building.”

Kucinich believes that clearly enunciated good intentions can win the hearts of America’s enemies around the world. “In the finest example of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr.,” he says, “we can learn to confront our enemies with ahimsa, unconditional love.” “We must overcome our fear of each other,” he elaborates, “by seeking out the humanity within each of us. The human heart contains every possibility of race, creed, language, religion, and politics…. We need to create a new, clear vision of a world as one … where people can live in harmony within their families, their communities, and within themselves.”

Kucinich advocates drastic reductions in spending for America’s national defense, particularly the research and development of new weapons. He calls for further, though less draconian, cuts in funding for the modernization of existing weapons and military hardware. He favors the total elimination of research and testing for the Strategic Defense Initiative missile defense system. The money Kucinich would siphon away from defense spending, he would direct instead toward the Department of Peace and toward increased spending on the arts, education, transportation, welfare, and environmental protection.