Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the new leftist media darling after pulling off a major upset in the New York Democratic primary, defeating the man who was expected to replace Nancy Pelosi as House Minority Leader and become the Democrat in line to be Speaker of the House.
There’s certainly a lot for the media to celebrate about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. She’s a young, attractive, Hispanic woman who ran an underdog, grassroots campaign and won against overwhelming odds. She’s also a socialist.
Socialism has existed on the fringes of the Democratic party for some time. However, following Bernie Sanders’ unprecedented success in 2016, socialism has been pushed to the forefront of the party. Now that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a general election in a very blue state away from having a seat in Congress, the grip that socialism has on the American politics has just grown that much tighter.
There are plenty of experts who posit that socialist politicians such as Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez represent the future of the Democratic party, and they may very well be right. In an attempt to distance themselves from the failures of Barrack Obama and Hillary Clinton, Democrats have shifted further and further to the left.
Now, the appeal of socialism among Democratic voters and politicians has grown dangerously prominent.
Socialism has an especially powerful appeal to young voters who are lured in by its promises of free healthcare, free education, and a whole list of other free gifts from the all-powerful government.
These voters are also too young to remember the brutal lessons of the destruction that socialism inevitably leads to – lessons they were likewise never taught in a higher education system that is almost entirely controlled by the far left.
However, there is a deeper reason still why so many Americans are in a position to embrace socialism – the effectiveness of capitalism. Capitalism has made our country rich and prosperous. It’s made us so rich and prosperous that many Americans are now in a position to examine its minor flaws, able now to overlook the major problems that capitalism has solved.
Rather than recognize that no system is flawless, though, socialist Americans are ready to throw the baby out with the bathwater in an attempt to achieve a complete utopia that will always be entirely unachievable.
It’s easy to rail on the shortcomings of capitalism when capitalism has made you so wealthy and comfortable that you’ve never had to experience the difficulties of a world without it. This is a reality that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez knows well, whether she acknowledges it or not. Her father ran a successful construction business and raised her in a three-bedroom house in Westchester County where the median household income is $116,000 a year.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been quite capitalistic herself as well, starting a publishing house for children and earning a healthy income working as a bartender. Of course, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s socialist icons have benefited from capitalism every bit as much.
Bernie Sanders now owns three multi-million-dollar homes and Elizabeth Warren is estimated to have a net worth around $10 million. These riches were obviously not the result of socialistic government handouts, but good old capitalism at work.
None of this, though, has stopped Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and those like her from demanding more. She has called for free healthcare, free college tuition, and a federal jobs guarantee.
She’s also called for the First Amendment to be abolished – a position that serves as a dark reminder of what happens when you give a government too much power over the people by letting them control the purse strings of the nation through socialism.
There’s no denying that there are issues in this country that need to be addressed, such as the cost of healthcare and college education, which have both gone through the roof.
It’s easy, however, to complain about not being able to afford a liberal arts degree from an Ivy League university when capitalism has ensured that you never have to worry about having a roof over your head or where your next meal is coming from.
When you’ve never had to experience hardships, it’s easy to forget that those hardships do exist. Socialist Americans such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Bernie Sanders, and countless others have grown wealthy off of socialism. Now, they want even more, and in their effort to attain more they are embracing a system of government that brings only hardship and destruction in the end.
~ American Liberty Report