“The more things change, the more they stay the same.”
While doing a bit of research, I came across this little gem from Norman Thomas, six-time Presidential candidate of the Socialist Party Of America:
“The old keenness of political discussion in the party has almost died, at least in so far as policy is concerned. (Criticism of administration is still allowed). A quotation from Stalin is a final answer to all argument. He receives the same sort of exaggerated veneration in public appearances, in the display of his picture, and in written references to him that is accorded to a Mussolini or a Hitler.” (Democracy versus Dictatorship pamphlet, 1937)
Substitute “Obama” for “Stalin” and remember that this is the man who tried to get the communists to join hands with his group.