It was a good thing I wasn't drinking coffee when Charles Jaco asked why Tea Partiers call their opponents socialist. The resulting outrage wouldn't have been good for my carpet or couch. We call our political opponents socialists and Marxists because they call themselves socialists and Marxists. If Jaco was a real journalist, and not a leftwing hack posing as a responsible interviewer, he would know he had a genuine certified Marxist on his very set just two months ago.
Glenn Burleigh, the head organizer for Missouri ACORN, was on Jaco's show defending ACORN after Congress voted to defund them. You would think Jaco would know his guest was a communist, especially when he had the nerve to act shocked that Tea Parties would call them out, but if so, Jaco doesn't care. He's a shill, not a journalist, so let's do his work for him.
Glenn Burleigh, like all good Marxists, fancies himself as a pretty good writer. He's studied the history of socialist thought, and in his long academic pursuits he's learned the truth, namely that Marxism didn't do enough to reward the women who drove forth socialist doctrine. I'll take him at his own words. Here's Glenn writing in Political Affairs magazine, a publication of the Communist Party.
With the advent of better and better communication technologies (e-mail, Web, cell phones), we can say that if this had been a true key to unlocking the contradictions inherent in capitalism, we would be living in a socialist wonderland, by now. In fact, better means of communication are the very mechanisms that are leading to the sharpening in conflict, both within the capitalist class and between the two classes. The ability to access information anywhere in the world has lead to a rapid expansion into previously unindustrialized countries, causing increased population centralization, and, as a result of this, increased proletarianization...
Like Marx, Engels and Lenin, Rosa Luxemburg’s arguments stand up today. The timelessness of her contributions to socialist thought is the hallmark of a true dialectical materialist, and her arguments are just as relevant today as they were when first written.
Finally, Rosa thanks for fighting to get your thoughts out there. Thanks for breaking into the boys’ club. Generations of Marxists, male and female, have gained insight and direction from your writings.
Get that? Burleigh is a big fan of the political arguments of Marx, Engels, and Lenin, but feels that we can't really understand the coming socialist wonderland without reading some of the illuminating arguments of communist women. He's writing at Political Affairs, which bills itself as Marxist Thought Online. This isn't in the past - this is five years after he leaves St Louis University and while he's organizing political campaigns for Missouri ProVote. And he's the frickin head of ACORN in St Louis.
First, can we all now agree that Glenn Burleigh is a communist? Great. Now can we ask if there's some kind of a rule at Missouri Provote that at least one communist has to be running things at all times? It makes you wonder about Ron Barry, Julie Terbrock, and Laura Egerdal. They represent/ed Missouri ProVote - I guess they get along pretty well with people who believe that capitalism cannot be reformed, but must instead be defeated and replaced with a socialist wonderland.
Again, these aren't slurs - they are facts. These aren't hateful attacks - they are simply the repeating of the words these "progressives" use to describe themselves when no one is looking. Real live communists are involved in politics in St Louis. They move with ease between ProVote, ACORN, SEIU, Jobs with Justice, and a half dozen other "progressive" organizations who feed the Missouri Democratic Party with workers, volunteers, and money.
If they have nothing to hide, I'm sure we can start seeing information associated with Pecinovsky, Burleigh, and others soon to be named as communists. Surely they will step forward and say, yes, I'm a communist, and proud! But we won't because they know that even the Democrats can't hang out with commies. There's a lot more on our buddy Glenn, but there's another angle to pursue first.
In addition to being the educated white middle-upper class face of ACORN to the local media, Glenn is also a thread we can follow. Glenn went on a tour with local media in September to defend ACORN. In those interviews, which include Jake Wagman, Jo Mannies, Charles Jaco, and a blog appearance with ShowMeProgress, Glenn makes a whopper of a statement. He claims ACORN is funded primarily by member's dues. This was his pat response to the defunding of ACORN on a federal level. He glosses over the loss of ACORN housing (and we're still waiting to see what happened to that $100,000 Mayor Slay gave them earlier this year), and pretends they are fine. The problem, he says in an interview with Jo of SMP (also known as hotflash), is that they don't have enough money to obey the law, so they mix non-profit work with campaign issues.
I asked Burleigh about this charge as well. He said that most non-profits can't afford to hire separate people for the non-profit aspect of their work and the lobbying or political part of their work. He, for example, reports how many hours a week he spends on the work that's paid for by charitable contributions and how many on political work. But he gets one pay check.
Hmmm. Well I've figured out where some of that money comes from, and it's not from member's. It's from you the taxpayer.
Start scrubbing your sites, cockroaches. Tomorrow we get to see documents.