How 67,000 Socialists Hijacked the Democratic Party
Freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez might be the most famous person in Congress. In a March 15 Gallup Poll, 7 in 10 people had heard of the 29-year-old, who is the youngest member of Congress in history. That is remarkable recognition for a representative from a small district who was waiting tables barely a year ago and has been in office for only 78 days. Despite her lack of political experience, Ocasio-Cortez repeatedly makes headlines, calling for open borders, free health care, free college, a federal jobs guarantee, a 70 percent tax rate for incomes above $10 million, and a “Green New Deal” that eliminates fossil fuel-powered electricity and requires retrofitting “all existing U.S. buildings.”
Such radical proposals by someone who admits she is a socialist would have rendered a candidate unelectable just a few years ago. But Ocasio-Cortez defeated in a landslide Democratic incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley, a powerful 10-term congressman whom many said would become the next speaker of the house. But Ocasio-Cortez did not defeat Crowley alone. She was recruited and supported by a political organization working to hijack the Democratic Party.
In 2016, a political action committee called the Justice Democrats held auditions for candidates willing to endorse their far-left platform. It received over 10,000 nominations. Ocasio-Cortez’s brother submitted her name for the position while she was working at Flats Fix, a taco restaurant in Manhattan. The Justice Democrats selected Ocasio-Cortez and 78 other candidates to run against moderate Democratic incumbents.
Of these candidates, seven won seats in the House of Representatives: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for New York’s 14th District, Ayanna Pressley for Massachusetts’ 7th District, Ilhan Omar for Minnesota’s 5th District, Pramila Jayapal for Washington’s 7th District, Rashida Tlaib for Michigan’s 13th District, Raúl Grinalva for Arizona’s 3rd District, and Ro Khanna for California’s 17th District.
It is not unusual for political action committees to audition candidates. What makes the Justice Democrats unusual is that it has partnered with another political action committee: Our Revolution, the largest Marxist front in America. The goal of both committees is to transform the Democratic Party from within. The Justice Democrats and Our Revolution were formed out of the Bernie Sanders 2016 presidential campaign. Claiming more than 100,000 members in 50 states, Our Revolution acts as a front for the three most influential Marxist organizations in America: the Democratic Socialists of America, the Communist Party usa, and the Freedom Road Socialist Organization.
Our Revolution is recruiting far-left candidates to run as Democrats in state and local elections, while Justice Democrats are recruiting potential far-left candidates for federal office.
Of the seven current congressional representatives that the Justice Democrats helped win office, two are card-carrying members of the Democratic Socialists of America: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rep. Rashida Tlaib.
Most of the Our Revolution leadership comes from the Democratic Socialists of America. But some are members of the Freedom Road Socialist Organization or Communist Party usa. Communist Party usa leader John Bachtell explained their strategy for hijacking the Democratic Party in an online webinar on May 23, 2018, when he told an audience of activists from the Democratic Socialists, Freedom Road and Communist Party usa that they must campaign for openly socialist candidates within the Democratic Party as a means of challenging President Donald Trump.
Combined, the Democratic Socialists of America, Freedom Road Socialists and Communist Party usa have only about 67,000 members. Most of them are not the type of people who could be elected to office. But by using groups like the Justice Democrats and Our Revolution, these 67,000 socialists can recruit more charismatic, more electable personalities like Ocasio-Cortez to espouse their ideals.
In “Our Revolution: Marxist Trojan Horse Inside the Democratic Party,” Trevor Loudon wrote for the Epoch Times, “Our Revolution is a networking tool for the dsa/cpusa/frso alliance. It is a vehicle to either transform the Democratic Party into a completely socialist organization, or to form the nucleus of a new Marxist third party.”
Largely as a result of the work done by the Justice Democrats and Our Revolution, the Congressional Progressive Caucus increased its membership from 78 to 96 members. That means 22 percent of the House of Representatives and 41 percent of the entire Democratic Caucus is controlled by the radical left.
It is not a coincidence that nearly every major proposal of today’s Democratic Party—from single-payer health care, amnesty for illegal aliens, normalization of relations with Communist Cuba, $15 per hour minimum wage, etc—originated with the Communist Party usa or Democratic Socialist of America. Ocasio-Cortez and Tlaib may be the only official dsa members in Congress, but all 96 members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus are affiliated with political action committees that are effectively part of the world Communist movement.
This dramatic political transformation did not happen overnight. Decades before Ocasio-Cortez was recruited, Plain Truth editor in chief Herbert W. Armstrong warned that communism would strip America of its blessings—the greatest blessings ever conferred on any people—not because socialists outmaneuvered conservatives, but because the American people as a whole have turned away from God’s law. In particular, he warned that Communist thought would pervert America’s morals, sabotage its educational system, wreck its social structure, destroy its spiritual life, and weaken its economic power.
Decades before Ocasio-Cortez was recruited, Mr. Armstrong asked in his March 1969 Plain Truth Personal: “Why are our people unable to recognize the Communist line—the Communist plan and conspiracy—in college and university riots, in propaganda accusing ‘police brutality,’ in ‘black power,’ ‘black panther’ and other slogans, even in ‘civil disobedience’ and ‘nonviolent’ movements of protest which lead to violence?” He answered with this shocking truth: “The guiding hand in student revolt is the Communist Party. Many students, their emotions stirred and enraged to violence, do not themselves realize this. Yet actually, these young leaders of the ‘New Left’ movement are going beyond the Communist Party. Their plan is to stir up college-age students to revolt first, and the teenage high school adolescents. If they can corrupt and/or win over tomorrow’s students, they will gain control.”
Mr. Armstrong based his forecast on Bible prophecy. He directed his readers to Scripture, which says that end-time Israel would become “mixed up” ideologically “with foreigners.” In particular, he pointed to Hosea 7:8-13, which warns that Israel would “seek alliances with foreign nations, forsaking God”—foreign alliances that would “eat away” their strength “unknown to him” (Moffatt translation). He explained that the modern descendants of ancient Israel settled primarily in the United States and Britain, and that they were indeed forsaking God and turning to foreign-sponsored, false ideologies like communism.
Today, the 1960s New Left student radicals that Mr. Armstrong wrote about are the leaders of the modern Democratic Party and its affiliated political action committees. These radical leaders are now shifting their party even further left to gain the support of the millennial generation, a demographic that leans overwhelmingly Democrat and even socialist. This strategy can only lead to civil unrest and economic collapse.
To understand the full biblical significance behind the Democratic Party’s dangerous turn left, please read Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry’s free reprint article “Communism in America Today.”