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    Communism as Real as Baseball Bernhard Thuersam The socialist basis of the United States today has its origins in the 1920s and 1930s,
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 20, 2013
      Communism as Real as Baseball
      Bernhard Thuersam <bernhard1848@...>

      The socialist basis of the United States today has its origins in the
      1920s and 1930s, the rise of the Communist Party USA, and Roosevelt
      the Second’s appropriation of the collectivist vote to hold power.
      For those connecting the dots, the civil rights outbursts of the 1950s
      had CPUSA underpinnings, and the 1960s saw an American cultural
      revolution as a predictable result. Bernhard Thuersam

      Communism as Real as Baseball:

      “In an attempt to reinforce ties between the country’s past and the
      CPUSA’s socialist program for the future, the ideological roots of the
      Communist party grew beyond Marx, Lenin and Stalin, who were placed on
      an equal ideological standing with the founding fathers. The preamble
      to the Party’s new constitution . . . stated that American Communists
      carried “forward today the traditions of Jefferson, Paine, Jackson and
      Lincoln, and of the Declaration of Independence.” The Declaration of
      Independence became the Communist Manifesto of the eighteenth century
      . . . and important Party functions were held to coincide with
      Washington’s Birthday, a date the Party leadership insisted had to be
      “politically utilized.”

      The claim of the continuity of the country’s revolutionary past and
      the Communist program, culminated in [CPUSA Presidential candidate
      Earl] Browder’s slogan, “Communism is the Americanism of the twentieth

      A changed political reality led to a new terminology: “anti-fascist,”
      “progressive,” and “democracy” became the new catch-words replacing
      “proletarian,” and “dictatorship of the proletariat.” The Daily
      Worker opened its pages with a range of nonpolitical topics including
      reviews of popular movies and a column on the problems of raising and
      disciplining children. The paper’s sports writer, Lester Rodney,
      successfully combined first class reporting with the denunciation of
      racial discrimination in professional sports.

      The Young Communist League, not to be outdone, sponsored fashion shows
      complete with models sporting the latest in “anti-fascist style”
      women’s clothing, and promoted the boycott of Japanese silk in favor
      of synthetic substitutes and cotton.

      When young Communists met in convention they no longer limited
      themselves to speeches and passing resolutions. They now rocked
      Madison Square Garden with jitterbugging and ever performed a musical
      revue, “Socialism in Swing” . . . Communists also began promoting Big
      Band music, more specifically black music such as swing, jazz, and
      even traditional spirituals as embodiments of the county’s national
      character and popular music.

      Black artists such as W.C. Handy, Fats Waller, Cab Calloway, Jimmy
      Lunceford, Count Basie, and boogie-woogie pianist Albert Ammons and
      Meade Lewis, played at Party-sponsored events.

      In commenting on the decision to introduce a sports page in the Daily
      Worker as a regular feature in 1936, [it was commented that]: “When
      you run the news of a strike alongside the news of a baseball game,
      you are making American workers feel at home. It gives them the
      feeling that Communism is nothing strange and foreign, but is as real
      as baseball . . . let’s loosen up. Let’s begin to prove that we can
      be a human being as well as a Communist. It isn’t a little sect of
      bookworms or soapboxers.”

      (The Communist Party of the United States, Fraser M. Ottanelli,
      Rutgers University Press, 1991, pp. 123-128)

      "We believed we were right and have not changed our minds."
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