of Congress Vote to Fund “Homeland Security” Cops
This is what DSA members of Congres voted to fund: DHS cops together with III Percenter militia member arrest anti-fascist protester after fascist thug (in background) attacked him, Portland, Oregon, 4 June 2017.
JANUARY 10 – Together with the rest of the
Democratic Party caucus, the two Democratic Socialists of
America members in the House of Representatives, Alexandria
Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib, voted last Thursday, January
3, to maintain the funding for the Department of Homeland
Security, which, of course, includes Immigration and Customs
Enforcement (I.C.E.) police and the Border Patrol. How much
teargas, how many ice-cold detention cells, how much
anti-immigrant brutality and imperialist depradation will it
pay for? Their votes, with those of the rest of the
“progressive” Democrats, can be seen in the official
government listing here.
The DSA as an organization, as a whole and in all of its
constituent parts, is responsible for the actions of its
representatives in Congress, whose election its National
Political Committee called the “rebirth of the American
socialist movement” (sic). Only a few months ago, they were
calling to “abolish I.C.E.” (see our article “Smash
the I.C.E. Gestapo with Workers Revolution!” The
Internationalist No. 53, September-October 2018). Now,
as the capitalist Democratic Party politicians that they are,
DSAers in Congress vote to fund the hated immigration cops (la
migra) as well the DHS police (the Federal Protection
Service) who with their heavy firepower are the front-line
defenders of fascists, from Portland, Oregon to Washington,
Democratic Party politicians Nancy Pelosi and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (of the Democratic Socialists of America) hug during swearing-in of members of Congress, January 3.
The reformist left has met this vote for the DHS and I.C.E.
with thunderous silence (while endlessly “debating” idiot
rightists over a dance video by Ocasio-Cortez from 2010). In
fact, almost all groups calling themselves socialist joined in
to help associate the DSA Democrats with “socialism,” which
can only discredit the word and vitiate its meaning. As we
detailed in our article, “Midterm
No Win for Working People” (The Internationalist No. 54, November-December 2018), these social democrats celebrated the ascension of DSAers to political stardom and high office, hoping to get a share of their present popularity.
Will the opportunists now admit to sharing political responsibility for what these new Members of Congress did on their very first day in office? No. Unlike historical figures they sometimes claim to admire (whether they be Marx, Lenin, Luxemburg, Debs, Trotsky...), such “leftists” disdain the mere idea of a class line or political principle. So yet again they will slough off any notion that they share responsibility for the actions of those they have helped promote and lionize. It is an old story (what they said and did regarding Syriza is just one example from the relatively recent past). New members are quickly taught to deride such things as the stuff of “sectarian polemics.”
Thousands of immigrant children are held in freezing cold I.C.E. dungeons with nothing but aluminum foil "blankets" to sleep under, as in this photo of a DHS detention center under the Democratic Obama administration.
Yet the issues involved are as real as teargas shot over the the border and the freezing-cold cells in countless DHS detention centers.
Another vivid object lesson in what “social-imperialism” (socialism in words, imperialism in deeds) looks like. ■