Democrats & Communists: A Review of the Documentary “The Enemies Within”

In The Enemies Within, researcher, author, and now filmmaker Trevor Loudon shows how intertwined the Democratic Party is with avowed communists and Islamic extremists.

Could your congressman pass an FBI security check? That’s the question anti-communist researcher, author, and now filmmaker Trevor Loudon from New Zealand poses in his documentary The Enemies Within.

Based upon his second book, The Enemies Within: Communists, Socialists and Progressives in the U.S. Congress, Loudon’s film exposes the far-left and outright communist connections, as well as radical Islamic ties, of numerous Democratic members of Congress.

“The year was 1984,” Loudon recounts at the start of the film, “Ronald Reagan had decided to seek a second term, Carl Lewis set a world record for the indoor long jump, and in my home country of New Zealand our socialist Labour government had destroyed our military alliance with the United States — they decided to ban nuclear warships from our harbors.” This decision by the left-wing Labour Party government of then-Prime Minister David Lange prompted Loudon to begin researching New Zealand’s mellowing anti-communism and its embrace of policies favorable to the USSR. Loudon met and interviewed security experts and even former New Zealand communist spies. He discovered that his country’s national security had been betrayed by enemies within. This discovery further prompted Loudon to 20 years of research into communism and drew him inevitably to communism’s number-one target — the United States of America. “The underside of American politics became my new focus,” Loudon states.

Loudon’s research took him across the United States, scouring archives of documents on communism — including documents of various Democratic members of Congress, back issues of the People’s World newspaper, and Communist Party documents painstakingly assembled by the anti-communist John Birch Society — and the libraries of American universities. He started sharing his findings with anyone willing to listen. “As I continued my research, I was shocked to find that the same underground culture that had infiltrated and reshaped New Zealand was also infiltrating every American institution.”

Motivated by gratitude for the sacrifice of American servicemen during World War II in protecting New Zealand from the onslaught of Imperial Japan and also by the belief that if freedom fails in the United States, the world’s villainous powers — Russia, China, Iran, and their Marxist-Leninist allies around the world — will carve out and conquer the world, Loudon has produced this film with the hope that it will help expose and ultimately defeat what he calls the “enemies within.”

False-flag Collapse

To many, the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 meant the end of communism and the collapse of the USSR as an international global terror. However, in reality, as Loudon contends, the fall of the wall only brought about the perception of the fall of communism as a threat to the West. “The collapse of the Soviet Union has actually advanced the communist cause around the world,” Loudon states in the film, to which New York City radio personality and Marxist-Leninist expert “Jimmy from Brooklyn,” whom Loudon interviews in the film, replies, “Collapse is part of their attack.”


Overnight, once-hardcore Marxist-Len­inists became “progressives” and “democratic socialists,” essentially communists with a softer face but still secretly aspiring toward their same old ambitious and deadly goals.

The idea of an outright militant workers’ revolution was replaced with gradual infiltration and internal subversion as the primary strategy to advance Marxism-Leninism. Communists began to use the very Western democratic institutions that they previously sought to destroy as their main instrument to carry out and implement their desired changes. This new enemy would come not from Moscow but from within, penetrating the highest levels of the U.S. government, both in the White House and the Congress.

Bolshevik Bernie

One notable example Loudon unravels is 2016 Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont. On the surface, Sanders is a self-proclaimed “democratic socialist” who purports to want the United States to resemble Scandinavian socialist states such as Sweden, Denmark, and Norway. Instead, Loudon contends Sanders is a liar and a communist. In an old video clip, dated August 8, 1985, Sanders is seen openly defending the lack of food in communist dictatorships such as the Soviet Union and Cuba. “Sometimes American journalists talk about how bad a country is because people are lining up for food — that’s a good thing! In other countries people don’t line up for food, the rich get the food and the poor starve to death,” Sanders said.

In 2014, Senator Sanders endorsed Jesús “Chuy” Garcia, a Cook County commissioner and longtime supporter of the Communist Party USA, for mayor of Chicago. During his endorsement, Sanders spoke alongside his good friend Scott Marshall, a leader of the Chicago Communist Party and vice chairman of the Communist Party USA (CPUSA). In fact, as Loudon reveals, Sanders got his start in radical communist circles in the early 1960s as a student at the University of Chicago, where he joined the Young People’s Socialist League (YPSL), which is the “democratic socialist” youth wing of the Socialist Party USA. While in Chicago, Sanders briefly worked for the then-Communist Party-controlled United Packinghouse Workers of America labor union.

By 1972, Sanders had moved to Vermont, where he was active in the far-left Liberty Union Party. In 1980, Sanders personally endorsed the presidential campaign of Andrew Pulley of the staunchly Len­inist and pro-Castroite Socialist Workers Party (SWP). At the time, the SWP was the American wing of the Trotskyite Fourth International, which was secretly controlled by the Soviet KGB. In 1985, while mayor of Burlington, Vermont, Sanders visited Nicaragua to celebrate the sixth anniversary of the country’s takeover by the brutal and militantly Marxist Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN; Spanish acronym for Frente Sandinista de LiberaciónNacional) led by Cuban-backed and pro-Castro leader Daniel Ortega.

It should be noted that the KGB recruited Carlos Fonseca Amador, one of FSLN’s three co-founders, during a trip to Moscow in 1959 as part of then-KGB chairman Alexander Shelepin’s “grand strategy” of utilizing national liberation movements to advance the Soviet Union’s foreign policy objectives of fomenting anti-government Marxist revolutions in order to install pro-Soviet communist regimes in power throughout the Third World.

In 1988, Sanders and his new bride, Jane O’Meara Sanders, honeymooned in the Soviet Union, which, despite its diplomatic arms-reduction agreements on intermediate-range nuclear forces with the Reagan administration, remained militarily and ideologically at odds with the United States. During his visit, Sanders successfully negotiated to make the city of Yaroslavl (located 160 miles northeast of Moscow) a sister city to Burlington. The following year Sanders traveled to Cuba, where he attempted to meet communist dictator Fidel Castro, whom he had previously praised in an interview in 1985.

During his first congressional race in 1990, Sanders was personally endorsed by journalist icon and longtime supporter of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) I.F. Stone. Stone praised Sanders for his “pragmatic socialism.” Stone was later identified as a paid Soviet spy. As for the DSA, it is a member of the Socialist International (SI), a worldwide association of socialist and communist parties whose murderous regimes include the ANC (African National Congress) government in South Africa, the Fataḥ (formerly the Palestinian National Liberation Movement) government in Palestine, and the FSLN in Nicaragua.

For more than 30 years, Sanders has worked with the DSA. While in the House of Representatives, Bernie founded the House Progressive Caucus, which is now 80-members strong in the House and serves as a reliable voting bloc for the DSA. DSA members not only campaigned for Sanders’ runs for the House and Senate, they also served as the backbone of his 2016 presidential campaign. Labor for Bernie and People for Bernie were run by DSA comrades Rand Wilson and Charles Lenchner, respectively.

The Commiecrat Party

“DSA’s closest ally in the takeover of the Democratic Party is the smaller but highly influential Communist Party USA,” Loudon states in the film. Marvin Treiger, a former CPUSA youth leader, recalls in the film how he and another comrade met with Congressman Howard Berman (D-Calif.) to give him their demands and ask him to include the dictates in his program. In exchange, they would provide Congressman Berman with campaign workers to knock on doors and help him get reelected. When Loudon asks Treiger whether Berman knew they were Communist Party members, Treiger confirmed that Berman knew.

According to Treiger, it was a common practice for Communist Party members to approach Democratic congressmen and make demands in exchange for campaign workers to help them get elected or reelected. Treiger also revealed that the CPUSA targeted and infiltrated certain organizations that carried considerable sway over the Democratic Party, such as Americans for Democratic Action (ADA), which is a large, high-pressure lobbying group within the Democratic Party in southern California. CPUSA members were very active in shaping policies within the ADA, which in turn would help shape the policies of the Democratic Party nationwide.

Once the home of staunch anti-communists such as Congressman Martin Dies of the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC); Senator Pat McCarran, the principal sponsor of the Subversive Activities Control Act of 1950; and even the late Congressman Larry McDonald, the founder of the anti-communist Western Goals Foundation and former chairman of The John Birch Society, now the Democratic Party has been infiltrated by communists and serves as their primary vehicle to advance Marxism-Leninism from within.

“The Communist Party USA has influence and control over many members of your Congress,” Loudon states in the film. He proceeds to name key Democratic lawmakers in the House and Senate who are aided by members of the CPUSA, and includes the names of those CPUSA operatives. For example, in the state of Washington, Tim Wheeler, a longtime staff writer and national political correspondent for People’s World and a leader of the Communist Party, openly campaigned to elect Senator Patty Murray, a longtime favorite of the Communist Party.

In Ohio, Rick Nagen, the labor and politics correspondent for People’s World and a leader in the Communist Party, has run numerous times for office as a Democrat and has worked closely with former Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio). In Minnesota, Mark Froemke, an influential leading member of the both the Minnesota and North Dakota Communist Parties USA, has extensive ties to Democratic U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, as well as Governor Mark Dayton. In California, the Communist Party USA is very close to Democratic Congresswoman Barbara Lee, who has visited Cuba more than 20 times. In Mississippi, Congressman Bennie Thompson, a top-ranking Democrat on the Homeland Security Committee, has worked with several CPUSA-controlled front organizations. Loudon also exposes Democratic members of the Armed Services Committee who have extensive ties with the CPUSA.

Loudon’s film further delves into the Democratic Party’s extensive ties with Communist Party-backed leaders in Latin America and European socialists and “ex”-communists, as well as former Soviet-front organizations such as the Council for a Livable World.

Islamist Infiltration

Loudon devotes the same level of detail and research into highlighting the various radical Islamic ties with Democratic lawmakers, such as Congressmen Keith Ellison of Minnesota and André Carson of Indiana. Loudon further reveals what he calls the “Red-Green Axis” of Muslims and Marxists working side-by-side to subvert and destroy the United States from within. In the same manner in which the Soviet Union/Russian Federation and Communist China openly collaborate with the Islamic Republic of Iran internationally, domestic communists and socialists in the United States likewise work hand-in-hand with American Muslims and Islamic organizations such as the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), which Loudon identifies as being fronts for the Muslim Brotherhood. As Loudon further details in the film, these two seemingly opposing groups are united by their common hatred of America and their desire to weaken it militarily from within.

Connecting the Dots

While the film is jam-packed with important and shocking information that is unknown to most, and might come across as overwhelming to those who are not politically astute, it unfortunately falls short of fully connecting the dots and revealing what lies behind the Muslim-Marxist axis — not just internationally with Moscow, Beijing, and Havana in promoting communism and international terrorism abroad, but also its connections to the Western global elites. Regarding the latter, Congressman Larry McDonald (D-Ga.) once said,

The drive of the Rockefellers and their allies is to create a one-world government, combining super-capitalism and Communism under the same tent, all under their control…. Do I mean conspiracy? Yes I do. I am convinced there is such a plot, international in scope, generations old in planning, and incredibly evil in intent.

Perhaps this could be the subject of a future film project for Loudon, exposing the forces behind the enemies within. Nevertheless, the film will certainly whet your appetite to learn more about the subversive nature and threat of communism and what lies behind it. No concerned citizen should go without watching this film; it contains a wealth of information that needs to be brought to light in order to expose and ultimately expel the enemies within.

To order the DVD documentary The Enemies Withinclick here.


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