Last weekend, the Communist Party USA convened in New York City to discuss plans to achieve two primary goals: 1) defeat “right-wing extremism” and 2) implement socialism in the United States. After achieving goal #1, the Party believes that class warfare will arise, bringing in an “anti-corporate stage of the struggle,” followed by a stage in which the government begins to control capital, heavily tax the rich, and place industries like finance and healthcare under “democratic control,” giving way to socialism, and then ultimately communism.

Two weeks ago, Congressman Allen West remarked that he believed about 80 House Democrats are members of the Communist Party, specifically referring to the Congressional Progressive Caucus. When the policies and principles of the Communist Party and liberal progressives are compared, it’s disturbingly apparent that both groups are scholars of the same school of big government and social justice.

So who are these modern-day comrades and what exactly do they want? According to the Communist Party USA’s “constitution,” they are a party “of and for the U.S working class” that believes abolishing capitalism and instituting a “socialist reorganization of society” will solve just about everything—“exploitation of human beings by others, the evils of oppression, war, racism, environmental degradation, and poverty.” The constitution goes on to state that the party “fights for jobs and economic security, a decent and rising standard of living, peace, justice, equality, a sustainable environment, gay rights, health care, education, affordable housing, the needs of seniors, democracy, and a fulfilling life for everyone, with socialism as our goal.” In short, they want it all. And the Party believes that by giving government control of major industries, redistributing wealth, and by keeping all citizens at the same level of mediocrity for the sake of fairness, this idealistic utopia can be attained.

The Congressional Progressive Caucus is a group of liberal Democrats in Congress that, according to their website, work to build a more “just and humane society,” adhering to four core principles of the “Progressive Promise” including “economic justice and security for all,” protecting civil rights and liberties, promoting peace and security, and “environmental protection.” The Caucus believes in the “right to universal access to healthcare,” requiring “corporate accountability,” raising the minimum wage, creating jobs through government programs, and in “environmental justice.” Members of the Caucus Dream Team include Danny Davis (who received an award from the Communist Party in March, and who Obama praised as “one of the greatest Congressmen in the country” ), Barney Frank, Jesse Jackson Jr., Charles Rangel, and Maxine Waters (who slipped up in 2008 and truly revealed her socialist view of the oil industry) and many more. These two groups sound like blood brothers already!

Let’s take a closer look at the similarities between Communists and liberal progressives in an economic sense. The Communist Party hates (and I mean loathes) capitalism and loves the idea of income equality.  The Party believes to solve problems America must “put people before profits” and put government in control with socialism. They call for “nationalization of banks, railroads, and industries like auto and steel” and support a socialist “Bill of Rights” that states everyone should be “guaranteed a job” or given unemployment until a job is found. Obviously, then, as lovers of nationalized industries, they supported Obamacare wholeheartedly. The Congressional Progressive Caucus and the current administration triumphed in the nationalization of healthcare and the expansion of government reach that came with it, and President Obama is a constant proponent of “income equality.”

Many liberals share with communists a bitter opinion of corporations and the wealthy. The Communist Party USA’s website features a “Tax the Rich” flyer that advocates taxing the wealthy and corporations, and placing more control in government hands to regulate and control capital and industries. This flyer matches the underlying belief of the Communist Party USA: that government—not the private sector—creates jobs and that those who succeed financially, even if that success comes from honest hard work, should pay a heavy progressive income tax to “level the playing field” for income equality. The Communist Party USA is a huge supporter of Occupy Wall Street and the movement’s rage against the wealthy and corporations—and capitalism—as well. The current administration and the Congressional Progressive Caucus share a similar view of the wealthy and corporations. President Obama constantly says that wealthy Americans should be willing to “pay their fair share” in the name of fairness and “shared prosperity.” The Congressional Progressive Caucus, and Vice President Joe Biden, believe government is more capable of creating jobs than the private sector. The Congressional Progressive Caucus and current administration in America voiced support for the Occupy Wall Street movement, as well.

The Communist Party USA and liberal progressives both agree that the role of government is to be not only a protector of the people, but also a provider of jobs and of extensive entitlement programs. The Communist Party USA basically believes that government should ensure that no citizen is ever in need. A socialist Bill of Rights would ensure the “freedom from unemployment, from poverty, from illiteracy, and from discrimination and oppression… the right to vote, to health care, to a job at a living wage, to decent housing” and also, “free education through the college level.” In a socialist America, welfare programs, the Party says, would take precedence over defense and weapons systems. Are you wondering who is going to pay for all this “free stuff” yet?

Jesse Jackson, Jr. of the Congressional Progressive Caucus sees entitlement a very similar way. He argued before Congress that the United States Constitution should be amended to ensure every all Americans have access to affordable housing, health care, and education.

This is just an overview of the common (or is it commune?) ground between the Communist Party USA and liberal Democrats in America today. The two groups also have a sick obsession with unions, support women’s “reproductive” rights, and they love going green.

So why does it matter?

The Communist/Progressive agenda is one and the same—the ultimate goal is to keep people dependent on government and hold everyone “equally” at the same level of mediocrity, because financial success is scorned and envied. These people want to take the phrase “land of the free” to an unaffordable, unrealistic, disgusting extreme—the land of free healthcare, free education, free housing, free money, free everything for everyone.

Capitalism has its faults, especially when government and big business collude to engage in a perversion of the economic theory known as crony capitalism. But socialism is not conducive to liberty nor prosperity. If the government gives you everything regardless of your employment status, why be motivated to find a job? To work? To start a business? To innovate? Pure socialism creates a nation that sits in mediocrity like stagnant water. And as for communism, one only has to look to history to see the failure that is this collective economic system. (Lenin, Stalin, Ho Chi-Minh, Castro, Kim Jung-Il, and many other infamous revolutionaries… you get the idea.)

I could rail on for hours of the woes of socialism and communism. But the point is, that when you look at the facts, the Communist Party shares the same ideology with liberal Democrats that are in positions of leadership in this country, and the fundamental transformation from economic freedom to economic stagnation is already beginning.

The Communist Party USA defined their two main goals as defeating right-wing extremism and implementing socialism in the United States. To the first goal, I say good luck — because my colleagues at TheCollegeConservative, the thousands of other right-wingers out there, and I don’t ever plan to sit down and shut up in the face of tyranny. And to the latter goal, I say they’re well on their way.

Buckle up comrades.  We’ve got a rough road ahead of us.

Sarah Hinds | Webster University | Saint Louis, Missouri | @Sarah_Hinds76