AOC to Scared Dem Establishment: We’re Not Pulling Party Left, but Bringing It “Home”

Wednesday, November 13, 2019
By Paul Martin

by Selwyn Duke
Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Having control of the media, academia, and entertainment, the Left has long been effective at giving the radical and new (or previously rejected) status-quo status. Enter Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.). Reacting to liberal establishment fears that her set’s socialist agitation is pulling the party too far left, she has claimed that it’s actually just a case of returning to Democrats’ historic roots.

Ocasio-Cortez made the comments while stumping for presidential contender and fellow socialist Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) this weekend in Coralville, Iowa. Addressing “critics who say that candidates like Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Sanders are moving the Democrat Party ‘too far left’ with their proposals for ‘free’ college, Medicare for All, and multitrillion-dollar climate change proposals,” reports Breitbart, Ocasio-Cortez responded: “When people try to accuse us of going too far left — we’re not pushing the party left. We are bringing the party home.”

“Are you all ready for a revolution?” she continued, to the blare of Spanish rap lyrics. “I sure am.”

“Ocasio-Cortez’s remark follows rumblings of internal panic among establishment Democrats, prompting some — like Michael Bloomberg, Hillary Clinton, and Eric Holder — to consider jumping in the race in a last-ditch effort to revive the Democrat field,” Breitbart also tells us.

For Sanders’ part, his campaign welcomes the help, believing “that Ocasio-Cortez’s endorsement will excite the base and turn out young and progressive Democrats” and “persuade new voters to give him a look,” reports Politico.

“‘She’s going to do both,’ said Stacey Walker, Sanders’ Iowa campaign co-chair, adding that ‘there is a generation of young political activists that see AOC as the future of the party’ and ‘we will see an expanded turnout among the Latino community,’” the site continues.

But other Democrats aren’t so optimistic. “‘Western Iowa isn’t exactly New York City,’ said Scott Punteney, leader of the Pottawattamie County Democratic Party, in explaining concerns about Ocasio-Cortez he’s heard from other officials,” Politico also informs. “Some of her ideas might not sit well with a lot of more moderate Democrats, which is kind of what we have in the area.’”

But the larger, more serious issue is that Ocasio-Cortez’ ideas don’t sit well, period, with the verdict of history. That is to say, it’s not just that the Green New Deal, instituted globally, could “result in the death of nearly all humans on Earth,” as former Greenpeace Canada figure Patrick Moore put it. It’s not just that an analysis shows that Medicare for All would cost more than $3 trillion annually (the total federal budget is “only” $4.4 trillion) and that seizing every dime of those earning more than $200,000 a year wouldn’t even cover it. It’s that those promising revolution generally deliver devolution.

Historically, revolutions don’t end well. Americans can perhaps lose sight of this more easily than most, since their founding revolution was an exception. But the subsequent French Revolution (1789) is more the norm, involving massive bloodletting and a series of unstable governments followed by the rise a decade later of a dictator, Napoleon Bonaparte.

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