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Originally posted by ElectricUniverse
Originally posted by Solomons
Cheers for going down there! I have to say though,I was laughing my pretty little bum off at the socialism is not American banner
Could you let us in your joke? It is a matter of fact that Socialism is not American, and it should never be part of the Republic....
Where are you from btw?
The party was founded in Newark, New Jersey, in 1876 as the Workingmen's Party of America. Renamed in December 1878, the SLP was a confederation of small Marxist parties from throughout the United States, becoming the first nationwide Socialist party. It was especially strong in New York City where there was a very large community of German immigrants.
In 1881 a radical anarchist-oriented section left the Socialist Labor Party and formed the Revolutionary Socialist Labor Party. This venture was short-lived.
In 1886, the SLP took an active part in the New York City mayoral campaign of Henry George, who lost to Abram S. Hewitt.
In 1890, the SLP came under the leadership of Daniel De Leon, a lawyer who lectured at Columbia Law School until he quit to devote himself full time to the SLP. De Leon concisely articulated the SLP's concept of socialism: Socialism "is that social system under which the necessaries of production are owned, controlled and administered by the people, for the people, and under which, accordingly, the cause of political and economic despotism having been abolished, class rule is at end. — That is socialism, nothing short of that."
Actually, Socialism is as American as apple pie and baseball. Go ahead, look it up. Socialism as an ideal has long and deep roots in American history.
Originally posted by jsobecky
Wasn't the guy who wrote the Pledge of Allegiance a socialist?
I remember something like that... I'm too lazy to google.
Originally posted by DraconianKing
It was kind of a weak showing of people, at most I would say there was about 80 000 people. I find it hilarious the loonies are trying to say over a million showed up and are using 15 year old photos to "prove" it hoping people are too stupid to notice. So pathetic.
[edit on 13-9-2009 by DraconianKing]
Originally posted by Hal9000
To settle a bar bet, the label liberal comes from the name libertarian, which was the closest ideology that the founding fathers believed. However, I would not say that the label liberal best describes the existing democratic party.
Both parties have changed and don't represent the original parties they were founded on.
So now someone owes me a beer.
Originally posted by Sundancer
From the photo's it would appear most of the people there were Caucasians, however it really is hard to tell now days. My maternal Grandfather was born in Spain, my Grandmother born in Mexico which makes me half Latin American and I'm about as blonde as they come. I too am curious to know if it was all Caucasians, as my Hispanic American brothers and sisters are feeling the need for a change in America too.
But... There is a difference in the events as Sancho pointed out. My brethren (many in the military who spilled blood for this country's corporations) would be more apt to be found at an original Ron Paul type freedom fighter (constitutionalist) tea party, rather than a 912 anti Obama FOX Glen Beck type event.
SD... Did you cover the 911 event as well? It would be awesome to be able to compare the people and signs and the all around differences.