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Socialist Workers Party: Socialists respond to suit attacking workers’ rights

From an article by John Studer published July 25, 2011, on the SWP’s website:

NEW YORK—Attorneys for the Socialist Workers Party and Róger Calero, the party’s presidential candidate in 2004 and 2008, filed a motion with the Supreme Court of New York in Brooklyn June 7 calling for dismissal of a legal assault against Calero’s right to stand for office and the party’s right to run the nominee of its choice.

Filed by Christopher Klatell and Daniel Reich of the firm Rabinowitz, Boudin, Standard, Krinsky & Lieberman, the motion argues that the complaint filed against Calero, the SWP, and others lacks “any merit whatsoever.” The lawsuit, filed by an individual named Christopher-Earl Strunk, targets Calero and two other 2008 presidential candidates—Barack Obama and John McCain—as well as their campaign committees and others.

Strunk claims that none of the three candidates is a “natural-born citizen” and thus should not have been on the ballot in New York. The suit echoes charges from so-called birthers and others that Obama is not a U.S. citizen. It alleges that since McCain was born on a U.S. military base in the Panama Canal Zone, he too doesn’t meet Strunk’s definition of a “natural-born” citizen.

“When I’ve run for president as the Socialist Workers Party candidate, our campaign literature has made clear I was born in Nicaragua,” Calero told the Militant. “The SWP never asks anyone we’re fighting alongside to produce a birth certificate, an ID card, or a diploma. The only ‘qualification’ any class-conscious worker needs to know is how well and how selflessly you fight.”

Read the rest here.


  1. I don’t know who you are Catholic Troskyist but I am not parodying you. I discovered this site a few weeks ago because an an article about Alan Keyes was posted here. I was spending that day posting around the internet warning good Christians about Alan Keyes membership in the cult know as the catholic “church” and how his daughter was converted to lesbianism by the sick perversion practiced in that church.

    My points of view are primarily directed by the Bible, which is the Word of God. The writings of Emmanuel Swedenborg and Mary Eddy Baker inform me in the best way t understand the Bible. The lyrics of Don Van Vliet (widely known as Captain Beefheart) are deeply spiritual and I feel Jesus Christ speaks to the world today through them.

    My opinions are sincere and totally mine. As to Tom, I stand by what I was told by the messenger of the Lord. I will not defend a worker of the devil.

  2. Catholic Trotskyist Catholic Trotskyist July 4, 2011

    Why are you trying to parody me when I’ve barely posted here in the past 6 months or so? I am very honored; but this is going a bit too far. Tom is a good person who doesn’t deserve such slander.

  3. The Socialist Worker Party was funded by the Catholic Church from it’s founding in 1938 until the mid-1960s when the Pope decided it was better to undermine the Kingdom of God on Earth, also know as Zion (America and more specifically Nauvoo. Illinois) by funneling money to Michael Harrington and Irving Kristol who would promote Jewish Zionism among American evangelical Christians. But it is well establish that one of the first attempts of the Catholic Church to attack America was by giving Jack Barnes several million dollars to found this organization he still runs today.

    An interesting fact for IPR readers is that Tom Knapp, a frequent commentor here, once hired a member of the SWP to orally copulate his penis while he read various quotes from the Bhagavad Gita and chanted “Hare Krishna” repetitively. I know this because the spirit of A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada visited me in dream and once informing me he had rejected his former pagan ways and accepted Jesus Christ as his lord and Swendenborg, Marry Eddy Baker, and Captain Beefheart as prophets of the Lord, he told me many things about Tom Knapp and Elliott Abrams ( Council on Foreign Relations member) who are the prime workers of the devil in the American political system.

    All of these facts will be further documented in my still untitled manuscript to be published, hopefully, before the 2012 election.

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