Why does the CPUSA support Democratic Party candidates for the presidency instead of running their own candidates?

BY: Joelle Fishman| June 20, 2016
QWhy does the CPUSA support Democratic Party candidates for the presidency instead of running their own candidates?
AThe Communist Party does not endorse candidates from other parties, but we are deeply involved in mobilizing people to participate in the elections.

The presidential election is not just about candidates themselves.  It is about choosing what direction the country will go in. So, we work with allies in the union movement, in immigrant rights and civil rights and environment and organizations of women, LGBTQ, youth, and retirees with the goal of stopping extremists like Trump and building enough “people power” to win better jobs, education, healthcare, equality and peace.

Trump's agenda is threatening to working and poor people and our entire planet because it is based on hatred, racism, bigotry and looking out only for the .1%.  But stopping Trump is not enough.

Big changes are needed to put people's needs before profits in our country. We organize at the local level.  We run in local elections, especially non-partisan.  We have run presidential candidates in the past.  When the labor and people's organizations are strong enough to route the extremist corporate right wing, and when we have gained more strength at the local level, we may well decide to run national candidates again.

    Joelle Fishman chairs the Connecticut Communist Party USA. She is a Commissioner on the City of New Haven Peace Commission, serves on the executive board of the Alliance of Retired Americans in Connecticut and is an active member of many economic rights and social justice organizations. She was a candidate for Congress from 1973 to 1982, maintaining minor-party ballot status for the Communist Party in Connecticut's Third Congressional District. As chair of the CPUSA Political Action Commission, she has played an active role in the broad labor and people's alliance that defeated the ultra-right in the 2008 elections and continues to mobilize for health care, worker rights and peace.



Comments (15)

Nick | January 10, 2019 at 5:36 AM

I find it fascinating that Christians think Jesus is some Gun toting, free market loving, Stock trader Cowboy. If you ever read the bible, cover to cover, and I mean ever, you would see that the early churches were set up as Communes. COMMUNES….COMMUNist? Heaven will be setup in such that everyone is the same, regardless of race or creed except for the elect who will assist God.

If you ever read the bible, it contradicts a lot of the ideas of free market capitalism.

    Howard M Montjoy | January 21, 2019 at 5:31 PM

    Nick, that is not actually an accrate statement. The Bible, if you ever read it cover to cover, and I mean ever, will show early Christians helped and and supported each other. They did not depend on the government to take care of them. if they did not have money, they bartered and barter is a form of capitalism.

      Joe Sims | January 22, 2019 at 7:31 PM

      no. capitalism occurs when there is private appropriation in which ones ability to work is bought and sold on the market. appropriation is private; work is social. What you describe with the early Christians was a form of communism at its early stages. communists do not believe in government per se and/or big government in particular. we prefer no government. the question is how to get there.

        Jack Nolen II | January 27, 2019 at 4:38 PM

        The communism that Jesus taught was without corruption, as Heaven will also be.

      Ginger | February 02, 2019 at 11:23 PM

      I agree Howard, the less government the better.

Bill | July 18, 2018 at 8:52 AM

Does the cpusa believe in our Lord Jesus Christ and all that he represents

    Joe Sims | July 18, 2018 at 2:48 PM

    The Communist Party is a secular organization. We have members of all faiths, many of whom are Christians. We consider religion a personal matter.

      Joe Blair | November 07, 2018 at 5:21 PM

      No you don’t have any real Christians in the communist party. True Christianity goes by the word of God. Communist party wants complete control of the people and gun control and government run health care. They don’t want to help the poor they want to keep them poor. They hate capitalism because they don’t want people to prosper.
      It is all about control. That is why it is evil. The real reason the communist doesn’t run a candidate for President any more is because the Democratic party gives them want they want. That is why if you want the people to prosper then you don’t vote for a Democrat. .

        Scott Hiley | November 08, 2018 at 3:33 PM

        1. Is this God? Or maybe a prophet sent by God to pronounce judgment? If not, where do you get off claiming the power to look into the hearts of people you’ve never met and pronounce on whether they’re Christians or not?

        2. When has capitalism helped most people prosper? Corporate profits are soaring, we’re approaching full employment, but wages for working people have barely budged. College costs have skyrocketed, and most students start their careers burdened with debt. We’re busier, poorer, and sicker than we were 40 years ago. Our society is set up as a machine to turn our labor into profits for billionaire shareholders.
        3. The Democrats don’t give us a damn thing, let alone what we want. We want a society run by working people for working people, where equal rights and equal opportunity are more than an empty promise. But they’re better than the alternative.
        4. We’re the ones who are about control? What about the party trying to regulate sex, marriage, contraception, gender expression; trying to limit the First Amendment rights of union members; passing laws that criminalize protest? The only freedom the Republican Party supports is the only one we oppose: to use property to control other people.
        So get out of here with that tired, McCarthy era crap about protecting freedom (and with your loathsome attempt to turn Christianity into the worship of earthly power).

Lisa lynn | June 06, 2018 at 2:51 PM

I would like to see CPUSA talk openly about who they are and what they want. How can masses of people know what options they have if they don’t know about communism and what it might do for the world?

Frankbang Tran | December 17, 2017 at 11:37 AM

Communism has failed at all times; Why do you want to recover it?

Mike browning | August 21, 2017 at 10:59 PM

What progress did you make for workers in Obamas eight years?

    Laura | March 28, 2018 at 2:45 AM

    How would CPUSA have made progress? There’s nobody from the party in any major office. If you really think Obama is a communist, actual communists would terrify you.

Thomas Jacoby | February 03, 2017 at 5:32 PM

“When the labor and people’s organizations are strong enough”

Well I suppose it’s too late for this, but I hope you’ve come to recognize that you get stronger by sticking to your principles, even if it hurts; you don’t get stronger by caving in to the democrats because “blah blah lesser evil”.

Peter Ronne | October 19, 2016 at 8:08 AM

Well, that answers the question I just submitted. So, there is no one to endorse. I wonder, will Hillary C. be the first woman to start a world war?

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