Huerta is an “honorary co-chair” of America’s largest Marxist group, Democratic Socialists of America. She shares this distinction with DSA members Frances Fox Piven, Gloria Steinem, former Berkeley, Calif., mayor Gus Newport, pseudo-academic Cornel West, and SEIU vice president Eliseo Medina, whom Huerta recruited years ago to become a union organizer for the United Farm Workers.
Huerta’s nonprofit follows the same playbook employed by ACORN and other Saul Alinsky-inspired groups. The foundation “hires organizers from low-income working class communities and trains them using a grassroots organizing model.” Natural leaders are “developed by their participation in community projects” and local residents “hold an assembly of house meeting participants and vote to establish their own organization.” Such groups “make a plan for direct action participation” –Alinsky-speak for in-your-face, often violent action— and by “participation in these community projects, natural leaders develop their leadership skills,” according to the group’s website.
Huerta says “Republicans hate Latinos,” and urges illegal immigrants to join with unions in agitating against their employers. An anti-Vietnam War activist, Huerta also opposes the post-9/11 Global War on Terror, which she has described as a war on immigrants. She reportedly coined the radical zinger, “We didn’t cross the [U.S.-Mexico] border; the border crossed us.”
Huerta praises Venezuela’s brutal Marxist strongman Hugo Chavez, asking “why can’t we do that here in the United States?” (A second Obama administration might be willing to accommodate Huerta.)
Labor Secretary Hilda Solis recently lauded Huerta, who has mobilized angry mobs of illegals against Americans, calling her “a trailblazer” and “a luchadora who endured arrests, death threats and beatings.”
As Mytheos Holt quipped at The Blaze, while “luchadora” is a Spanish word for a female Mexican wrestler, it might be more appropriate to compare Huerta to a bullfighter or matador. “After all, based on her record of public statements, Huerta certainly raises enough red flags.”
Like Hillary Clinton, whose presidential run she endorsed, Huerta looks down her nose at homemakers, viewing them as useless bourgeois artifacts. “Excluding women, protecting them, keeping women at home, that’s the middle-class way,” she said.
Huerta isn’t the only non-mainstream American to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Left-of-center presidents have been awarding the medal to radicals for some time now.
President Obama gave medals to Malcolm X collaborator and poet Maya Angelou, former AFL-CIO boss John J. Sweeney, and Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) founding director John Hamilton Adams. President Clinton gave medals to Jesse Jackson Sr. and Huerta’s labor organizing colleague Cesar Chavez.
The U.S. Navy took things with Chavez a step further, deciding to name a cargo ship after him. Chavez reportedly came up with the Obama campaign slogan, “Yes, we can!” Chavez’s union, the United Farm Workers, used the saying he coined as its official motto. (In Spanish, “¡Sí se puede!”)