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November 13, 2002

Scandal: Pelosi Tied to Tony Blair

Okay, this red-baiting of Pelosi gets sort of funny, if you ignore the evil intent. The chain of guilt by association goes like this-- Pelosi is a member of the 47-member Progressive Caucus of Congress members. The Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) support policies of the Caucus (although not necessarily the other way around, notably.)

And, horrors, DSA is a member of the dreaded SOCIALIST INTERNATIONAL And what is this nefarious organization. Well according to this article:

The Socialist International carries the torch for Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, V.I. Lenin, Leon Trotsky, and Josef Stalin. Pay no attention to the desperate attempts by socialists to distance themselves from Stalin. For our purposes, it suffices to observe that every single tenet of the Socialist International is the exact opposite of the principles upon which America was founded, and which define the U.S. Constitution.
And if you go to the website of the organization, you'll find this nefarious list of members of this dreaded organization:

Tony Blair, Prime Minister of Britain
Gerhard Schoeder, Chancellor of West Germany
Costas Simitis, Prime Minister of Greece
Ehud Barak, former Prime Minister of Israel
Göran Persson, Prime Minister of Sweden
Lionel Jospin, recent Prime Minister of France
Milos Zeman, Prime Minister Czeck Republic
Vaclav Havel, President Czeck Republic
Thabo Mbeki, President South Africa
Ricardo Lagos, President Chile
Antonio Guterres, former Prime Minister of Portugal
(Also current President of Socialist International)

The list goes on. Suffice to say that every allied center-left party in Europe and most around the world are members of the Socialist International.

What the propagandists of the Right ignore or are too stupid to know is that the Socialist International was formed as an anti-Communist alternative global network of center-left parties around the world. See this list linking to the 141 member parties and organizations around the world. And of course, Nancy Pelosi is not even a member of DSA or the Socialist International. But to paraphrase Jerry Seinfeld-- not that there'd be anything wrong if she was.

Posted by Nathan at November 13, 2002 08:17 PM

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Actually, the Socialist, or 2nd, International was around before the Comintern, or 3rd International, which broke off from it in order to be run by Moscow. So Lenin, Trotsky, et al, were part of the Socialist International, but at a time when it was considerably more radical. But, in any case, the imputation is utterly ridiculous.

Posted by: John at November 14, 2002 10:30 PM

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