Communists are working for a presidential revolution
By Lincoln Anderson
The Communist Party USA may not be running a candidate for president, but theyre doing a lot less than Ralph Nader to hurt John Kerrys chances in the election.
While not openly endorsing Kerry, the CP USA is making the defeat of George W. Bush a priority. The CP USA hasnt run a candidate for president since the mid-1980s, when they last had Gus Hall on the ballot. Since then, they havent fielded a candidate, which their spokesperson, Neil Rabinowitz, chalks up to the overwhelming need to defeat the Republicans.
The CP USA doesnt endorse any candidate for president in the 2004 election, said Rabinowitz, speaking from the partys headquarters in Chelsea at 235 W. 23rd St. We are educating people on what the next four years would look like if Bush was reelected. Were trying to build a movement that can break the conservative stranglehold on government. Its really rough on third parties. Its why we havent run a presidential candidate since the 80s.
Regarding Nader, Rabinowitz said, We think its not the time for a protest vote, that the danger is too great. Its not the time to stand on the sidelines, but to jump into the main effort to defeat Bush. Were an organization thats been around since 1919, we like to focus on the real adversary. Weve got to do what weve got to do, and get rid of the Republicans. The regular, working people of this country cant afford four more years of Bush.
A major risk of a second Bush administration is the potential appointment of conservative Supreme Court judges that would allow the repeal of Roe v. Wade, he noted. In general, the Democrats are more representative of working Americans core values, while the Republicans are the party of the corporations, Rabinowitz said.
If our goal is to fight for social justice, its necessary to beat Bush, Rabinowitz continued. And not only that, to win by a landslide because we know this administration is capable of shifting the rules. It represents the majority interest to get rid of the Republican stranglehold. Then we could go further.
While the CP USA isnt endorsing Kerry, the people will know what to do, Rabinowitz said.