Okay, so here's what the US Socialist Party is all about.
THE SOCIALIST PARTY strives to establish a radical democracy that places people's lives under their own control - a non-racist, classless, feminist socialist society... where working people own and control the means of production and distribution through democratically-controlled public agencies; where full employment is realized for everyone who wants to work; where workers have the right to form unions freely, and to strike and engage in other forms of job actions; and where the production of society is used for the benefit of all humanity, not for the private profit of a few. We believe socialism and democracy are one and indivisible. The working class is in a key and central position to fight back against the ruling capitalist class and its power. The working class is the major force worldwide that can lead the way to a socialist future - to a real radical democracy from below. The Socialist Party fights for progressive changes compatible with a socialist future. We support militant working class struggles and electoral action, independent of the capitalist controlled two-party system, to present socialist alternatives. We strive for democratic revolutions - radical and fundamental changes in the structure and quality of economic, political, and personal relations - to abolish the power now exercised by the few who control great wealth and the government. The Socialist Party is a democratic, multi-tendency organization, with structure and practices visible and accessible to all members
Here's what the Communist Party in the US is all about
The Communist Party USA is an organization of revolutionaries working to bring about social change in a conscious, progressive direction. We understand the connection between working for democratic reforms and improvements in living standards today, and building a movement large enough and united enough to create revolutionary change and socialism in the future.
We are a legal political party, which runs candidates, publishes a weekly newspaper and a monthly magazine. We organize contingents in most major demonstrations, support workers’ struggles for decent wages and working conditions, and participate in many other ways in the political life of our country.
We base ourselves on Marxism-Leninism, on the accumulated experience of our Party since our founding in 1919. Our view of the needs of our working class as a whole, and on our vision of Socialism USA is based on those experiences.
We are rooted in our country’s revolutionary history and our many struggles for full equality and democracy. We call for "Bill of Rights" socialism, guaranteeing full individual freedoms, except the "freedom" to exploit or oppress others.
Our Party is a consistent fighter for the unity of our multiracial, multinational, male-female, young and old working class. Our unity must cross all lines of religion, region, and origin. It must encompass immigrants, both legal and undocumented, the unemployed and homeless. We fight to unite people on welfare, workers in all industries and of all income levels, workers in every region of the country. The fight to build the broadest possible unity is our main contribution to today’s struggles.
Though still very small, we are a tenacious Party with a long, proud history. Our history is steeled in struggles for peace, civil rights, union organizing, social justice, and democracy. Our over eighty years of struggle has taught us hard lessons about how to organize for change, about what works and what doesn’t, about the essential needs for unity, for collectivity, for basing ourselves in reality, for never substituting our wishes for a sober estimate of where the working class and people of our country are at.
Our strategy is to build the broadest possible anti-monopoly coalition. And work for progressive and democratic change, organize and give workers a sense of their own power, and work with millions who will learn the necessity of more fundamental change in the process of struggle.
Our work is geared to winning the working class and all oppressed people to understand the need to replace capitalism with socialism. Our work is to replace the exploitative and undemocratic economic system of capitalism with a socialist society that places people’s needs ahead of corporate greed.
We say: People and Nature Before Profits!
The capitalist system is set up to produce profits, not goods that people need, and to serve the interests of a tiny minority of the super-rich. This monopoly capitalist ruling class predominates in all major areas of society, including government and policy-making institutions. Issues are not decided on the basis of whether or not they will help the majority of the people, but on the basis of how they will affect the bottom line of finance capital and the major corporations. This includes policy and law in regards to the family, health, children, the environment, worker's rights, immigrant rights, etc.
The Communist Party USA is in favor of socialized medicine, guaranteed retirement in the form of improved social security benefits, strengthened environmental protection, full funding of education, amnesty for immigrants, and democratization of all regulatory agencies.
We are for a massive transfer of money from the "defense" budget into programs that serve the needs of the people of our country, and for an increase in the level of income at which one is exempt from Federal income tax.
The Republicans and Democrats have done a MASTERFUL job of convincing people that the very system which betrays them so often, is in fact in their best interests.
What we seem to have people arguing for is a type of reverse-socialism, where everyone's money is redistributed to a select few wealthy individuals who contribute absolutely nothing to the society in which they live. And somehow this is better than the alternatives.
I think GS said it recently, in that nobody is against wealth redistribution as long as the poor don't get any. Sad, but true.