While the Las Vegas bookies still favor California Sen. Kamala Harris to clinch the Joe Biden running mate spot, another Californian, Congressional Black Caucus chair Karen Bass, is rapidly gaining ground.
With Biden’s decision only days away, many eyes are turning toward Bass as a more loyal and trustworthy lieutenant to the Democratic presidential nominee.
But who is Karen Bass? Given Biden’s widely perceived neurological difficulties, it's possible that Bass could soon become the most powerful politician on the planet. But what do we actually know about her?
Communist RootsKaren Bass grew up in mainly white liberal West Los Angeles. Well, hard left West Los Angeles, actually.
“It [the white left] played a huge role for me. In Hamilton [High School] for instance, lots of the Jewish parents were activists. Some of them were in the Communist Party. So, I grew up with a lot of red diaper babies. And there were some African American parents who were in the Communist Party. There were teachers who were in the Communist Party. So white radicals were very influential. And at the same time, you have the Panthers and the whole Black movement.”And according to left-wing journalist Laura Flanders in her book "Blue Grit: Making Impossible, Improbable, and Inspirational Political Change in America," Bass went on to actually join the Black Panther Party—that’s right Bass was a Panther. She hung around with pro-China, Maoist domestic terrorist revolutionaries—a direct ancestor of today’s Maoist Black Lives Matter organization.
Los Angeles signatories to the letter included Line of March comrades Michael Downing, Cyrus Keller, Dan Lund, and Jaime Geaga—plus Bass.
Socialists and CommunistsBy the late 1980s, Bass was hanging around with the Los Angeles Democratic Socialists of America (DSA)—even contributing an article to their “Los Angeles Left” magazine October 1988 issue titled “Gang Violence: A crisis that must not be ignored.”
The West Coast Socialist Scholars Conference 1993, “New Realities, New Identities; Socialism and Empowerment,” was held on April 17, 1993, at the University of California—Los Angeles.
“Oneil was instrumental in supporting my own work as a community organizer early in my life, and without his help my life would have taken a very different path. ...
Tarzynski listed 25 people whom he thought should be on an “A-list” of “25 or so leaders/activists/intellectuals and/or ‘eminent persons’ who would gather periodically to theorize/strategize about how to rebuild a progressive movement in our metropolitan area that could challenge for power.”
Others on the list included former Maoist and prominent lawyer Barry Litt, far-left businessman Aris Anagnos, labor leader and future California legislator Maria Elena Durazo, ex-Communist Workers Party leader Kent Wong, and Bill Gallegos of the Freedom Road Socialist Organization.
Those listed were the cream of the Los Angeles far left, and Bass was right at the top.
Cuban PatriotBass is a Cuban patriot. She has visited the communist island at least a dozen times and has publicly praised the late Cuban dictator Fidel Castro (though, she has recently renounced her 2016 comments).
She has also worked tirelessly through the very pro-Cuba Congressional Black Caucus to remove U.S. trade and travel restrictions on the totalitarian state.
In July 2015, a crowded party celebrated as the flag was raised over the newly re-established Cuban embassy in Washington on 16th Street NW.
The guests were jubilant because Cuban communism had been near collapse. Diplomatic recognition and the easing of trade and travel restrictions by President Barack Obama had saved communism in Cuba.
Two of those arrested were Cuban intelligence officers Elsa Montero and Jose Gomez Abad.
Sweig’s book “Inside the Cuban Revolution” contains this acknowledgment: “In Cuba many people spent long hours with me, helped open doors I could not have pushed through myself, and offered friendship and warmth to myself during research trips to the island. ... Elsa Montero and Jose Gomez Abad championed this project.”
In addition, Sweig thanked the “warm friendship and championship of” Ramon Sanchez Parodi, Jose Antonio Arbesu, Fernando Miguel Garcia, Hugo Ernesto Yedra, and Josefina Vidal for their “warmth, their friendship and their kindness in opening Cuban doors,” according to Fontova.
All the above have been identified by Lt. Col. Chris Simmons (retired), America’s top Cuban spy-catcher, as veteran Cuban intelligence officers.
Unsurprisingly, Simmons has named Sweig as a Cuban “agent of influence,” according to Fontova.
Security RiskAccording to former Vice President Biden, Bass is being thoroughly vetted as a potential presidential running mate.
If that vetting process is legitimate, there's no way Bass could be approved. She couldn't pass the most superficial background check to work in the Post Office, let alone in the White House.
I’m betting, though, if Bass doesn’t get the job it won’t be because of her communist background.