Communist Party USA responds to Obama’s State of the Union

 
BY:John Bachtell| December 21, 2015
Communist Party USA responds to Obama’s State of the Union

In his final SOTU address, President Obama projected a bold vision for a more socially and economically just nation while appealing to the hopes of the American people.

He identified unprecedented economic, environmental and social challenges that will frame the 2016 elections and the years to come.

President Obama recounted historic achievements of the administration and advanced the challenges with full knowledge of the powerful forces arrayed in opposition.

These include Wall Street, massive growth of wealth and power of the 1% and the unrelenting obstruction of the right wing dominated GOP congress and the Supreme Court.

President Obama pointedly rejected right wing Republican policy solutions including repeal of Obamacare, aggressive military buildup and action, tax cuts to the wealthy, blocking common sense gun control, while supporting “states rights” to undermine civil rights and equality.

He also rejected efforts to exploit the fears of the American people using hate, anti-Muslim bigotry, racism and division.

Administration achievements include creation of millions of new jobs, normalization of relations with Cuba, the Iran nuclear deal and Obamacare and extension of health care to 18 million people.

They also include the historic agreement at the UN Climate Summit (made possible by a historic agreement with China), new regulations reducing greenhouse gas emissions and new investments in sustainable energy sources.

Facing rightwing GOP opposition and racist demonization, the president has no choice but continue executive actions bypassing Congress on gun control, closing Guantanamo Bay prison and climate change.

However, some administration policies move in the wrong direction. These include free trade deals and the shameful deportations of undocumented immigrants, especially those fleeing violence from Central America.

What is possible to achieve given the current political realities and what is needed to address the enormous challenges are two different things.

The president’s optimism for change is based on majority support for curbing climate change, taxing the wealthy, immigration reform, worker rights, marriage equality and increasing the minimum wage. His confidence is deeply rooted in American history and the power of transformational majority movements of the past.

President Obama asserted the only way to overcome the obstruction of the right wing and 1% was mass participation and unity of the people.

The challenges facing the nation and planet are immense: climate crisis, massive concentration and inequality of wealth, growing poverty and declining wages, joblessness, including skyrocketing unemployment in the African American community, over $1 trillion in student debt, a crumbling infrastructure, underfunded schools and social services, lack of affordable housing, a frayed retirement security system, etc.

A radical restructuring of the economy as advocated by Sen. Bernie Sanders is needed. This includes curbing the power of Wall Street financial institutions, redistribution of wealth through taxing the rich and ending corporate welfare, transitioning to a green economy with a mass public works jobs program, raising the minimum wage to $15/ hour, and public takeover of the energy industry.

The US needs a new peaceful, non-interventionist foreign policy including elimination of weapons of mass destruction, closing military bases while radically downsizing the US military.

Also needed are radical reforms expanding democratic rights including collective bargaining, affirmative action, criminal justice reform, decriminalization of marijuana, a radical reduction of the prison population and a path to citizenship for millions of immigrants.

With millions of workers being displaced by automation and transition to renewable energy sources, a guaranteed social wage, shorter workweek with no cut in pay, universal health care and free tuition at public colleges and universities are also needed.

President Obama got it right to demand reform of the political system: legislation to repeal the Citizens United decision and voter suppression laws, elimination of gerrymandering, and creating ways to make it far easier to vote. Reforms are needed allowing for greater participation of third parties.

But advancing a people’s agenda in the immediate period depends on the outcome of the 2016 elections and the broadest voter mobilization ever.

Comments (9)

A Concerned Citizen | March 03, 2016 at 12:28 PM

All of the above sounds all well and good. I have one question: Where will the money to support all of these programs come from?

I suspect your answer will be the wealthy.

Next question: Where will the money to support all of these programs come from when you run out of other people’s money?

Third question: All of the programs listed sure do sound good, so I ask: Why are all of the other socialist countries around the world have most of their citizens living in poverty, if your socialism ideologies are so successful?

Please explain this to me.

Thank you for your time and effort on these questions.

Sincerely,

A Concerned Citizen

Seph | March 02, 2016 at 5:18 PM

Obama lied. Marxism must rise, now.

Mark Cichosz | February 14, 2016 at 11:01 AM

These articles are so slanted. The Supreme Court is right wing? What does that mean? They are there to ensure that the laws are constitutional. To hold power in check. Do you people like your cars, TV’s and I-phones? If our country was to become communist everyone is poor except the leaders and the few that they have chosen for success. Sounds like a good system? The ideas that you spew are from Satan himself?

David Aguilar | February 11, 2016 at 10:33 PM

Communism doesn’t work

иосиф сталин | February 10, 2016 at 1:52 PM

Я полностью согласен со всем вы говорите. Я заядлый коммунист, и будет голосовать за вашу партию снова и снова , если я жил в США

E.E. W. Clay | January 20, 2016 at 12:09 PM

Surely, the PW readers and literally millions of all sorts of workers, are totally in favor of what president Obama expressed in his SOTU speech-and much, much more, in terms of workers’, human, immigrant, labor, educational and political(including voting) rights.
Our president has had an administration that has been long on carefully worded speeches and short on spurring and politically supporting activism and militancy for the measures named in this article. What if- president Obama himself systematically appeared on $15 picket lines, or halted immigration arrests with administration backed lawsuits, or supported and aided in the organization of massive Supreme Court site demonstrations against the horrendous Citizens United decision?
He, and his administration, and probably more importantly, the hundreds of all kinds of human, civil rights, environmental and social organizations would get a groundswell of badly need support from our nation’s peoples, and the peoples of the whole world.
This is precisely what the activities of the late, great, M L K did for our nation and our world-which in this season, we activists should all recount.
The Obama administration’s disdain for labor shows its ugliness in his TPPA support, his reactionary, repressive immigration policy, his timid, cautionary energy policy, and its silence on voting rights erosion and devastation in Alabama and Texas, while it is mute on N A T O’s support for fascism in the Ukraine.
All these issues are interconnected-one cannot have a world wherein labor is free as it is enslaved-our world, its environment’s ecology and social issues become more interconnected and compact each instant.
How will the SOTU respond to this human and nature interconnectivity in our epoch?

Brian Alston | January 17, 2016 at 1:52 PM

Why would anyone want to comment on a fucking Communist website. Why don’t you pack up your junk and move your asses to N. Korea where you would be happier under a dictatorship…..like you want here?

Vladamir Stalin | January 15, 2016 at 12:12 PM

You sure know how to speak about that nigger.

Duncan Ross | January 14, 2016 at 11:10 PM

Is this a satirical website?

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