Did Communists Truly “Put Their Lives on the Line for American Workers” As Dorothy Day states in ‘America’

“How long shall sinners, O Lord, how long shall sinners glory?” Ps: XCIII 3

                 “Communists are attracted to communism by their goodness, Day argued  that un-erasable quality of the good that can be found within and outside the church alike, woven into our very nature.  It might have been an easier thing to say back in 1933 when American communists were well known to the general public for putting their lives on the line to support striking workers, but it was also the kind of thing that could land you in a lot of trouble, not least in the Catholic Church”  American Magazine”

“In 1935 Roosevelt had a labor problem on his hands.  When the NRA was launched it had a clause called Section 7a.  It gave to labor the right to collective bargaining through representatives of their own choosing.  Membership in labor unions had sunk to a low figure as a result of the depression.  Some unions were on the verge of disintegration.The NRA was, as far as labor was concerned, a complete fraud.  Employers were required to form into a single code authority in each industry.

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For instance, the steel industry was united in the Steel Institute, but the steel workers were in no unions at all or separated into as many unions as there were plants.

Codes guaranteed minimum wages but generally the wage guaranteed was $14.00 a week. In many instances, workmen were earning less money under the codes.  For instance, in Detroit factory workers had their pay raised from 35 cents to 40 cents an hour. At 35 cents an hour they worked 60 hours and made form $42 to $45 in two weeks.  At 40 cents an hour they worked 40 hours under the hour limitation, and made $32 in two weeks.

The Wagner Labor Relations Act was passed and a good many employers favored this law which was,  presumably passed,  to force some kind of solidarity in labor and to give them effective bargaining rights. This was a failure.

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Eventually in  America, the America Federation of Labor, which included most of organized labor, specialized in organizing only craft unions.

This included carpenters, plumbers, masons, painters, machinists, etc.  They were organized in unions representing these separate crafts.  This constituted only a small part of the labor force.  The vast majority of workers were unskilled, employed in factories, or unorganized.

There were three large industrial unions – the United Mine Workers of John L. Lewis, the International Ladies Garment Workers Union of David Dubinsky and the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of Sidney Hillman.  An industrial union was one in which all the workers in a single industry are included without regard to the type of skills at which they work.

The Industrial Union presented the instrument by which all labor could be organized.  It was the starting point in building a powerful political labor movement.

Union membership had reached a membership of over fifteen million and presented a starting point in building up a powerful political labor movement.  John L. Lewis proposed that the Federation of Labor admit industrial unions to its membership and the disagreement was on. The old guard of the American Federation of Labor  bitterly resented the idea of absorption into  the huge Industrial Union.

These sentiments rose to a pitch during a Federation convention at Atlantic City in 1935 when Mr. Hutchinson of the Carpenters Union called John L. Lewis a bastard and Lewis hit him on the jaw.

A new group of unions was organized eventually … under the leadership of Lewis.  It was called the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) under the three large Industrial Organizations. Setting up this new group was a monumental task and it was at this time that the Reds appeared on the scene.



“There had been in the United States a Communist Labor organization known as the Trade Union Unity League which tooks its instructions directly from Moscow. It is estimated that ten or fifteen thousand Communists were in these unions.  There were a large number of members who were not Communists, of course, and the Communist connection was carefully concealed.  Joseph Zack represented the Communist party in the United States in charge of its labor activities from 1919 to 1934.  He had gone to Russia where he was instructed in the techniques of Communist labor control.

In 1934 Moscow directed the Communist party of America to dissolve the Trade Union Unity League unions and to march the members of those unions into the American Federation of Labor.     The purpose of this was not to advance the cause of labor unions into the American Federation of Labor.  It was not to get better working conditions for the members.  It was to use the apparatus of the labor union as an instrument of revolution.

The Roosevelt Myth                                                                                                                                 John T. Flynn

 _CPA-CPALOGO19  Symbol of the Communist Party of America which infiltrated the American Federation of Labor in order to use it as an apparatus for revolution advancing the cause for American Communism.  

The Communist Party of America in January 1935 passed the following resolution:

“The influx of hundreds of thousands of new workers from basic industries and mass production plants into the American Federation of Labor Unions … make  the American Federation of Labor unions more militant and mass unions in character, opening up new and greater possibilities of revolutionary mass work within them.

In view of this, the main task of the party in the sphere of trade union work should be the work in the American Federation of Labor unions so as to energetically and tirelessly mobilize the mass of their members and the trade unions as a whole for the defense of the everyday interests of the workers, the leadership of strikes, carrying out the policy of the class struggle in the trade unions …”   The Trojan Horse in America; Martin Dies;  Dodd Mead 1940

So as Dorothy Day began an article in America, published just before the launch of the Catholic Worker on May Day in 1933 … “Communists are attracted to communism by their goodness. “It might have been an easier thing to say back in 1933, when American communists were well known to the general public for putting their lives on the line to support striking workers, but it was also the kind of thing that could land you in a lot of trouble, not least in the Catholic Church.”

It isn’t all the truth.

The Trappists Monks from Our Lady of Consolation (1948) … ten years after May Day in 1933 in America … in the once beautiful China … can say it well.  From the grave:

“The death squad, Chinese communist soldiers at the ready, loaded their rifles with fresh rounds of ammo.

Shots rang out.  The Trappist monks collapsed upon the blood-splashed, frozen ground.  Their lifeless bodies, dragged to a nearby sewage ditch and dumped into a heap, on on top of the other.  Alerted by the shots, wild dogs roaming the village’s dirt roads, scavenging for scraps, hurried over to the bodies to investigate.   Sniffing, they lapped up the warm blood, steaming in the icy air.

It was all over.  Our Lady of Consolation was no more.  By that spring of 1948, 33 of the abbey’s monks had been martyred during the Death March.  Then the Chinese Communists went after Our Lady of Joy.  By 1951, two more had died for the faith.   ‘Blood of The Martyrs’  Theresa Marie Moreau  (with permission)

 Father Dries van Coillie, Congregation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary can tell what it is like to be in the hands of those infected with Communist ideology:

“Comrade-soldier, go and fetch the handcuffs.  Then turning once more in my direction the judge said in a sharp voice “Don’t delude yourself!  Don’t imagine this is just a minor interrogation and that you will be able to appeal to a higher court. No! For you, the question as to whether you will pass through the gate of this prison alive or dead will be finally decided on this very spot.”  Turning to the soldier who had come in again: ‘Handcuff him behind his back and as tightly as possible” Then he said to me: “Go back to your cell and remember that we shall not give up until we have obtained your confession. I dragged myself along the best I could but no doubt no quickly enough to please the soldier, since he did not cease to harass me with ‘Get along with you!  Quicker!  Hurry up!  The blood and pus soaked through bandages;  the rings chafed the wounds unbearably.  Suddenly I cried out in pain.  The right ring struck the wounded flesh and stopped me from walking.  I felt an agonizing pain in my feet and in my whole body.  It was the soldier who had set his foot on the chain.  He exploded with laughter.” I Was Brainwashed in Peking  Father Dries Van Coillie 

Father Vincent Lebbe, who was captured by the Reds at southern Shansi in 1940 was held prisoner for six weeks, threatened with death, and released only when the Nationalist armies approached.  His story can speak to the heart better than I:

Father Lebbe was forced to watch the executions of the Chinese Brothers of his order by burial alive.

Father Lebbe died in a hospital in Chungking, in June 1940 due of the mistreatment he had suffered from the Reds.  Almost his last words were these:

              “The Chinese Communists are not Chinese.  The Chinese Communists are not men.  The Chinese Communists are living devils.”   God’s Underground in Asia Gretta Palmer   


25686-004-FD8143CD     “How is it possible that such a system, long since rejected scientifically and now proved erroneous by experience, how is it, We ask, that such a system could spread so rapidly in all parts of the world?  The explanation lies in the fact that too few have been able to grasp the nature of communism.  The majority instead succumb to its deception, skillfully concealed by the most extravagant promises.”   Pope Pius XI  Atheistic Communism

It is true, as Dorothy Days says that we should hate the communism but love the communist.  I don’t think it is true that communism is “not simply a program for destroying the church”  Catholic churches are being destroyed in China as we speak and write. That is not a “good”  …  it is an evil.  Catholics are by law to be sinicized which means they must “make themselves chinese in character or form” … become communists in other words because the state is chinese communism which is atheism.  A Catholic must become an atheist by law or be persecuted, and , to be persecuted by communism means possibly suffer death at the hands of the government if imprisonment and torture do no work to sinicize you away from God.  Hatred of God is built into their system.

Communism is not “an unfinished product that depends on the recognition of its real and tragic mistakes.”  It is, in itself, a mistake.  Like National Socialism … better known as the Nazi party in Germany … it is a system without a heart.  A system without God.

Nothing can be in the light without God.