Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), a rising star in the Democrat Party and a card-carrying member of “the largest socialist organization” in the U.S. — Democratic Socialists of America — recently made headlines after an appearance on CBS’s 60 Minutes.
In the interview with Anderson Cooper, Ocasio-Cortez floated the idea of a 70 percent tax rate on wealthy Americans to pay for her “Green New Deal,” a radical plan where the government would assume control of the U.S. economy to make America “100% dependent on green energy” over the next 10 years.
But wait, there’s more.
The Green New Deal promises to “virtually eliminate poverty in the United States” and “make prosperity, wealth, and economic security available to everyone participating in the transformation.” It also promises to advance much of the non-environmental agenda of the Far-Left in areas like “social, economic, racial, regional, and gender-based justice.”
No wonder Al Gore has given the Green New Deal his blessing.
While Ocasio-Cortez has successfully leveraged the Democratic Socialists’ agenda into a job in Congress, there are Democrats who are struggling to accept her utopian idealism. In response to her 70 percent tax rate idea, House Democrats recently stopped short of endorsing the proposal, although, they do like the idea of making sure “millionaires and billionaires” pay their “fair share.”
There are also some who object not only to these specific policies, but to the whole Ocasio-Cortez package of ideas. In a recent interview on FOX Business, former Democrat Joe Lieberman said that the Democrat Party is in trouble if she becomes the face of the party.
“With all respect, I certainly hope she’s not the future, and I don’t believe she is. She’s gotten a lot of attention because she’s different. She’s controversial.
“But if you look at the majority of new Democrats in the House, they tend to be, I say, center-left, and not left-left. And that is because they had to be center-left to win some of those competitive swing districts that they took from Republicans. So, that’s the hope.”
I wish the 2000 Democrat vice-presidential nominee was correct, but the facts seem to indicate otherwise.
Many in the current batch of Democrats considering a run for president in 2020 support the Green New Deal, and according to a recent Gallup poll, a majority of Democrats identify as “liberal” — the politispeak word for “far-left.” Additionally, another poll shows that American voters, particularly young people and Democrats, are increasingly warming up to the idea of socialism over capitalism.
As expected after the 2018 Blue Tsunami, Republicans and so-called conservatives have made a game out of ridiculing the Democratic Socialist agenda, but as members of the same Unibrow Party, they are no different than their Democrat counterparts. We’ve even witnessed the rise of what I call “Conservative Socialism” on issues like single-payer healthcare.
Make no mistake, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a leader of the Democratic Socialists’ agenda — an agenda that too many in America appear ready and willing to follow.
It’s time for conservatives to fiercely reject Democratic socialism, abandon the Republican/Democrat binary lie offered by the political establishment, and ready ourselves to defend the Constitution and conservative values.
David Leach is the owner of The Strident Conservative. His politically incorrect and always “right” columns are also featured on NOQReport.com.
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