Communist Rally in Washington DC

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I'm watching C-SPAN right now. The title of the program is "A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition Anti-War Protest." But really, it's a communist anti-capitalism, anti-America, anti-Israel, rally. And it's awesome.

It's a misnomer to call it an anti-war protest. It's an anti-Iraq-war protest. And an anti-Afganistan-war protest. And an anti-war-on-poor-black-people-in-New-Orleans (??) rally. But as many, if not most of them, support Palestinian aggression, Fidel Castro, and -- many of them -- even the communist regimes of China, North Korea, and the former Soviet Union, it can't be said they are for peace, and against war.

And don't think I am exaggerating about calling them communists. A.N.S.W.E.R.'s leaders are from the Worker's World Party, speakers greeted the crowd as "Comrades," and signs in the crowd featured red stars, upraised fists, and statements about capitalism being a disease (and, of course, revolution being the cure).

Yes, not all of the people there are communists, of course. Some are simply against this war, or all, wars. But the rally is communist, even if not everyone there is a communist, because the rally's organizers and speakers are just as much against capitalism as they are against the war.

You learn a lot from watching stuff like this. You learn that people like Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-GA) and Ramsey Clark associate closely with communists who would overturn the Constitution they swore to uphold (how in the world is McKinney still in office?). You learn that George Galloway thinks Israel is raping Jerusalem (oh wait; we learned that the other day).

You learn that workers should be "free" (because apparently, in the U.S., workers are in prison). You learn that it is a crime that the U.S. government is not giving away new lives to the evacuees of New Orleans, but that it is also a crime if they offer those evacuees the opportunity to join the military as a means to starting a new life.

There's a lot more I could rip on them for. For saying Bush is "pretending" to be President (how the hell did Ramsey Clark ever become Attorney General when he doesn't even understand what the Constitution says about the election of the President?). For saying there are "hundreds of thousands of people" at the event, when there's barely tens of thousands, at best. I could pick apart their silly arguments against the war, like the nonsensical statement that the Iraq war is illegal. I could point out that the Bush administration did not kidnap former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, but removed him at his own request.

But that's boring.

But then again, so is most of it.

But it's educational.

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