Dear comrades of the Communist Party of DeviantART,
It is November 7th. As such, our Second Party Congress is now officially underway. We have the unique situation this year of being able to respond to the results of the US Presidential Elections as well as several pressing issues of the Party itself.
I would like to take a moment to reflect on the victory of President Obama in the American election. Some comrades will see his victory as yet another choice between two bourgeois candidates. They would be correct. However, from the practical view, we need not totally grumble about Obama's re-election. The truth is simple, comrades. While the forces of Capitalism have a friend in Obama, he is at the least a type of progressive. It is, after all, important for us to take the long view of our struggle in America.
As a moderate progressive, Obama has already put in place some tentative policies that have Socialist qualities to them. While these policies do not go nearly far enough, it is a step in the right direction. His return to the White House for another four years also secures America from the total influence of a reactionary conservative government. The defeat of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan (by some percentage too) prevents the Republicans from seriously pushing forward their policies, many of which are increasingly based in the ideals of Ayn Rand and ultra-individualism. With Obama as President, it is not unreasonable to believe we may see more progressive, if not completely satisfactory, agendas put forward.
What does this mean to us Communists? As I said, we must take the long view in this era. As Lenin once said, we must know when to work within the system of bourgeois rule and when to work outside of it. With a man like Mr. Obama in the White House, some basic policies towards Socialism will be put forth. Some may even be put into law. As such, this benefits our cause indirectly by slowly introducing further bits and pieces of Socialism into America. These Democrat policies will, in time, help remove some of the obstacles a more conservative Republican administration would put in place against our aims and the aims of the working masses. Anything the Democrats may do in the name of "social equality" and their bourgeois notions of "justice" will ultimately advance our cause in the long term.
This, of course, should not be confused with full-fledged support of any of the bourgeois politicians. The Democrats should always be viewed as temporary allies in keeping with the idea that "the enemy of my enemy is my friend". That is why the victory of Obama over Romney pleases me. That is why I voted for President Obama over another candidate. While Obama and the Democrats will never be in line with our agenda, they will unwittingly help pave the way for our purposes. That is a luxury we would never receive from any Republican, and it is a luxury that we should take the fullest tactical advantage of.
With my personal thoughts on the election out of the way, I encourage any comrades who wish to add to the discussion to comment below.
Moving to topics more relevant to our Party Congress itself, I have an updated list of all comrades currently running for positions on our Central Executive Committee:
is running for the office of General Secretary
is running for the position of Commissar of Internal Affairs.
are running for the post of Commissar of Visual Arts.
are running for the post of Commissar of Literary Affairs.
is running for the post of Commissar of External Affairs.
is running for the post of Commissar of Theory and Ideology.
Currently, there are no candidates running for the following offices:
Commissar of the Treasury
ANY MEMBERS OF THE CPDA WISHING TO RUN FOR ANY OF THE SEVEN POSITIONS ON THE CENTRAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE SHOULD STATE THEIR INTENTIONS TO RUN FOR OFFICE!!!
An updated list of Discussion Points that we will be holding during our two week Congress:
Sustainable Funding for the CPDA Point Account as held by the Commissar of the Treasury.
Continued Discussion on the Outcome of the US Presidential Elections.
The European Debt Crisis.
The Struggle in Greece.
The Creation of a Commissariat of Environmental Affairs.
The Rise in Racism on DeviantART and How We May Combat It.
Clarifying the Role of Central Committee Members not on the Central Executive Committee.
Review of the Party's Submission Guidelines.
Review of the Party's Membership Guidelines.
IF ANY COMRADES WOULD LIKE TO RAISE OTHER TOPICS TO BE DISCUSSED AT THIS CONGRESS, PLEASE COMMENT ON WHAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO BRING UP!!! IT WILL BE ADDED TO THE AGENDA!
Also, any comrades wishing to be nominated as Observers on the Central Committee should ANNOUNCE THEMSELVES FOR CONSIDERATION! This is important because any nominees to the Committee are voted upon along with candidates for the Executive Committee.
Current nominees for Observer status on the Central Committee:
Let our discussions begin, comrades. This is the time in which our Party will decide it's path for the next year. Participation is not required, but it is important to us!
CPDA General Secretary