Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D., Conn.) spoke at an awards ceremony over the weekend hosted by a Communist Party affiliate whose leaders used the event to recruit potential members to the organization.
Blumenthal, one of the wealthiest members of the Senate, presented certificates of special recognition from the Senate to three winners of the "Amistad Award," given annually by the Connecticut People’s World Committee, an affiliate of the Communist Party USA and the Marxist People’s World news site.
Blumenthal was introduced at the event by Lisa Bergmann, a Communist Party member who blamed corporations for the "imperialism that exists in our world that is undermining the labor and environment."
Bergmann and her fellow communist emcee, Ben McManus, issued invitations at the ceremony to join the Communist Party.
"If you are not already part of the Communist Party, we invite you to participate and contribute and join," Bergmann said after Blumenthal's speech. "There's more and more people talking about socialism in this country as it becomes more and more clear that capitalism is not going to work for our future."
"I’m a member of the Communist Party, I love it. I think it’s an amazing organization," said Bergmann, who serves as an organizer for the Young Communist League USA.
McManus echoed Bergmann’s remarks, inviting ceremony viewers "to join the Communist Party in this epic time as we make good trouble to uproot systemic racism, retool the war economy, tax the rich, address climate change, secure voting rights, and create a new socialist system that puts people, peace, and planet before profits."
Blumenthal’s wealth is so vast—one estimate puts it at $100 million—that he has sometimes been unaware of all of his investments, including in a real estate development company linked to the Chinese government. Blumenthal said he was unaware of his investment in U.S. Shanghai LLC., which is listed on his annual financial disclosure, until contacted for comment by the Washington Free Beacon earlier this year. Blumenthal’s wealth comes mostly from his wife, a member of a New York real estate dynasty.
How are so many people entirely detached from reality? Capitalism is the woe of the world & communism is the future, eh?
The entire argument is moot. Human nature gets in the way. Greed & corruption takes over.
They have to understand that...
Centralizing the control mechanisms and power over every aspect of the nation and giving power to individuals with these personality traits will always lead to misery, poverty, and death.
Look around at who is in power...you want to give them the power to control your entire life? Are you crazy?
In reality, we can't even get to the economic debate between communism and capitalism because human nature ensures that communism will never work...it will lead to some asshole gaining power and using it to fulfill their greedy desires. EVERY TIME.