The ACLU & its Stalinist heritage

Anyone out there who is a history buff, or has interest in the ACLU and its roots, will find this post from the Daily Caller a real find. What has been suspected for a long time, has now seen the light of day.  Here tis:

Noted author Paul Kengor has unearthed declassified letters and other documents in the Soviet Comintern archives linking early leaders of the ACLU with the Communist Party.

Kengor found a May 23, 1931 letter in the archives signed by ACLU founder Roger Baldwin, written on ACLU stationery, to then American Communist Party Chairman William Z. Foster asking him to help ACLU Chairman Harry Ward with his then-upcoming trip to Stalin’s Russia.

Baldwin wrote the letter at a time when Stalin was deporting 1.8 million Ukrainian peasants to Siberia under his policy of the forced collectivization of agriculture, which resulted in the deaths of up to 10 million Ukrainians in the two years that followed

These documents corroborate rumors that have circulated about the ACLU’s founders and early leaders dating back to the 1920s.

The ACLU would not comment on Kengor

“The problem here is what is being left out of the narrative,” Kengor said. “Palmer, who was attorney general to Woodrow Wilson, the great progressive’s progressive, understood, as did the Wilson administration, that many of these radicals were American communists who were literally devoted to the overthrow of the U.S. government and its replacement with a ‘Soviet-American republic.’

Kengor catalogs many of these in his book “Dupes.”

Cantor’s Repeal Obamacare bill now online -Update Defeated Vote Count

 

Here is a link to the Vote Count tally by the House today

Vote Tally Count Obamacare HR 2 Health Care Law Repeal

Vote Tally Count Obamacare HR 2 Health Care Law Repeal

 

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112TH CONGRESS
1ST SESSION

H. R. __

To repeal the job-killing health care law and health care-related provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Mr. CANTOR (for himself and [see ATTACHED LIST of cosponsors]) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on
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A BILL
To repeal the job-killing health care law and health care-related provisions in the Health Care and Education
Reconciliation Act of 2010.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the ‘‘Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act’’.

SEC. 2. REPEAL OF THE JOB-KILLING HEALTH CARE LAWAND HEALTH CARE-RELATED PROVISIONS IN THE HEALTH CARE AND EDUCATION RECONCILIATION ACT OF 2010.
(a) JOB-KILLING HEALTH CARE LAW. — Effective as of the enactment of Public Law 111–148, such Act is repealed, and the provisions of law amended or repealed by such Act are restored or revived as if such Act had not been enacted.

(b) HEALTH CARE-RELATED PROVISIONS IN THE HEALTH CARE AND EDUCATION RECONCILIATION ACT OF 2010. — Effective as of the enactment of the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (Public Law 111–152), title I and subtitle B of title II of such Act are repealed, and the provisions of law amended or repealed by such title or subtitle, respectively, are restored or revived as if such title and subtitle had not been enacted.

Read it all (PDF)

Vote to be taken Friday

H/T: Weasel Zippers

Medicare isn’t mandatory. Federal power to order coverage is challenged!

This is a new wrinkle in this ongoing saga that I had not heard about before. Now the government is saying that one MUST accept Medicare, even if you would prefer to keep your own private health insurance. That is IF you want to get any Social Security from the “fund” that you and your employer paid into all of your working lives. Makes the word draconian sound too mild. Will their reach ever stop?

The Obama administration insists Americans must accept Medicare, even if they don’t want it, in order to receive Social Security payments for which their paychecks have been raided for their entire adult lives. On Nov. 24, D.C. federal district Judge Rosemary M. Collyer ordered government lawyers to produce documentation for their extravagant claims of authority by next week. “She is literally calling their bluff,”Kent Masterson Brown, attorney for the plaintiffs, told The Washington Times.

The five plaintiffs have paid Social Security and Medicare taxes throughout their careers and are willing to forfeit Medicare benefits in order to keep their private health plans. The government argues they must forgo Social Security payments if they give up Medicare even though the two programs are separate. From top to bottom, theadministration‘s position is nonsensical.

The government’s first claim that the plaintiffs had no legal “standing” to sue was knocked down by Judge Collyer, who also rejected a motion to reconsider her ruling. Then a Social Security official filed an affidavit complaining that allowing citizens to opt out of their own benefits would force bureaucrats “to allow for processing anomalies that would require retroactive processing capabilities.” In other words, Big Brother should be able to force a system on resistant U.S. citizens to make work easier for bureaucrats. Nice try.

The government ought to lose this challenge on statutory grounds alone, but the practical parallels to Obamacare lawsuits make the substance of this case all the more poignant. Despite President Obama’s efforts, this is still a free country. Government shouldn’t be able to force Americans to accept care they don’t care for.

Full story: Washington Times

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