The GOP establishment is appalled: a young tea party activist and Navy veteran, who was once seen dressed up as Che Guevara holding a “Communists For Kerry” sign, may now defeat their moderate candidate in the primaries and take a seat in the U.S. Congress — the very place he claims is out of control and needs to be cleaned up.
It’s funny how life turns out. That “Communists For Kerry” sign was designed by me, on this very computer.
Meet Jason Sager from Florida’s 5th Congressional District, formerly Comrade J.F. Che from the crazy summer of 2004 in New York. Kerry ran against Bush, and we ran an anti-Kerry, anti-left political street theater in a city where liberals outnumbered conservatives ninety to one and where being pro-Bush was equated with mental and moral idiocy.
Our group started with six non-conformists to the liberal code: Jason and Charles were born in America; Bryan arrived some years ago from Ireland; Ivan, Gene, and I were immigrants from different parts of the former USSR. On Bryan’s suggestion, we called ourselves Communists For Kerry. Our plan was to improvise a surrealistic sequel to the Red Dawn movie with a modern twist.
Every weekend we showed up on Union Square — the hotbed of New York’s left-wing street agitation — dressed up as communist icons: Lenin, Castro, Che Guevara, and assorted commissars in pointed Red Army hats, under a vintage USSR banner and the sign “We cure weak liberalism with strong communism.” Our other signs and flyers spoofed the Kerry-Edwards campaign: “Ask France First,” “Stop the vicious creation of wealth and prosperity,” and “Give each homeless person a rich Republican widow!”
We picked a spot between the Union Square subway entrance and a group of youngish communist agitators who preached Marxist dogmas about the evils of capitalism and the benefits of a complete redistribution of wealth by the dictatorship of the proletariat. American citizens all, they held strangely idealized beliefs about the USSR, and when I tried to dissuade them, they dismissed it as “propaganda.” A little further away, a large yellow banner saying “9-11 was an inside job” was being held by rotating volunteers, who often wore hammer-and-sickle shirts. The rest of the square’s open space facing 14th Street was filled with an assortment of ephemeral subversive groups, all with the same address on their flyers — a building a couple of blocks away that happened to be the official address of Ramsey Clark’s International Action Center. There was also an occasional showing by union activists with glossy, expensive-looking signs denouncing Coca-Cola and the Colombian government.
Parodying the surrounding political circus, we set up a folding table with “literature” and “merchandize”: a box of band-aids labeled “Healthcare Reform,” and a Rubik’s cube that was red on all sides: “The People’s Cube: nobody is too smart, nobody is too slow, everybody is equal!” This was accompanied by the USSR national anthem and Ivan Lenin’s collection of Soviet military marches. At one time we modified the large subway sign above our heads to read “Soviet Union Square,” but the police soon had us take the embellishments down.
Placed strategically in one of New York’s busiest squares, the leftist radicals’ banners and speeches could be seen and heard from far and wide. That might not be enough to gain converts, but quite sufficient to plant the seeds of distrust and uncertainty about the American system in the minds of innocent bystanders.
Likewise, by inserting our mockery right into the heart of leftist activism, we most certainly provoked people to re-examine their own received opinions and to start questioning the righteousness of leftist causes. And it definitely was a morale boost to those already on our side.
Jason called our showings “Revolutions,” and we documented them with pictures and captions on our website:
- Bolshevik Bash — we celebrate the launch of the site
- Aug. 14, 2004 Revolution
- Aug. 21, 2004 Revolution
- Aug. 28, 2004 Revolution
- Aug. 29, 2004 — RNC
- Sept. 19, 2004 — CBS Freedom Zone
- Oct. 10, 2004 Revolution
- Oct. 23, 2004 Revolution
- Nov. 2, 2004 — The Final Hour