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Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Speak No More of Socialism: Washington Post Warns Democrats to Hide Their True Socialist/Anti-ICE Beliefs

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

From the Washington Post:
The trouble with left-wing Democrats is that they lack a proper respect for right-wing demagoguery. Hence, at the moment, many of them extol socialism — which is to American politics what curling is to sports — and are calling for the abolition of ICE, generously giving President Trump yet another opportunity to demagogue on immigration. 
They will, if allowed, declaim their way to another defeat. The recent primary election victory of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has brought in a gusher of media reports on the coming socialist resurgence. 
If she wins the general election — virtually a dead certainty in a district that has not voted Republican since, approximately, the Continental Congress — she will not, surprisingly, be New York’s first-ever socialist member of Congress. 
Meyer London preceded her and, when he died in 1926, his funeral procession was witnessed by a reported 500,000 people. Still, when he went into the grave, so did socialism. 
In fact, the term “American exceptionalism,” while it has many meanings, once referred to the antipathy workers here had to an ideology that had wide appeal to their European counterparts. 
Following Germany’s surrender in 1945, for example, Britain unceremoniously gave the boot to Winston Churchill’s Conservative Party and voted in Clement Attlee’s Labour Party and its socialistic programs. 
Not much remains of that but universal health care. Elsewhere on the continent, socialist parties similarly dominated. 
Partly, American socialism suffered by being unfairly associated with communism. Russia, after all, was officially the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. That bit of right-wing demagoguery worked, and socialism went the way of the temperance movement or, more tragically, the Brooklyn Dodgers. It has become associated with something foreign — not very American at all. 
The socialism to which Ocasio-Cortez adheres lacks the militancy of old and is supposedly attractive to young voters who have no memory of any communist association. 
The trouble is that young voters often don’t vote and older voters do. To the latter, the socialist label is anathema and, as far as I’m concerned, unnecessary. This, after all, is the avuncular socialism of Bernie Sanders: universal Medicare and free higher education. It needs no label. Sign me up. 
The socialist label, combined with the demand to obliterate the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, is the nitro and the glycerin of a bomb that Trump can throw at the Democrats. It combines the bugaboo of socialism with the irrational fear of immigrant hordes rampaging through the countryside.
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Socialism is the evil belief that society will be better off in every way that counts when we each live at the expense of each other. Or rather when government forces everyone to live at the expense of everyone else.

Socialism was originally packaged as a way to increase worker's standard of living while seizing wealth from the rich. In order to make that omelet, socialists murdered over 100 million people in the last century. Socialists then withdrew to re-imagine how socialism could work and how it could be sold to the masses. Now, it is being repackaged as a way to reduce "income inequality", to bring "diversity" and above all "inclusion" to society. But it is still an ideology that in the end will be imposed by applying as much brutal force to society as it takes.

Now it turns out that economist Ludwig von Mises has proved that a socialist economy is "unsustainable", a concept that socialists love to scold the rest of us about. It took the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics about 70 years to consume all the available capital in that large nation. Its economy crashed and burned. Now the effort is being repeated in Venezuela, the country with the largest reserves of oil in the world. That economy is crashing and burning even faster.

No matter how many lives it costs, socialists intend to bring humanity into Utopia.


Tuesday, July 03, 2018 8:18:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like this Cortez lady's self-manufactured back story is falling apart faster than Elizabeth Warren's ancestry claims.

Tuesday, July 03, 2018 10:13:00 pm  
Blogger Always On Watch said...

By Richard Cohen.

Tuesday, July 03, 2018 11:58:00 pm  
Blogger Always On Watch said...

Looks like this Cortez lady's self-manufactured back story is falling apart faster than Elizabeth Warren's ancestry claims.

Link? We have out-of-town company, so I'm not spending much time on the web right now.

Tuesday, July 03, 2018 11:59:00 pm  
Blogger Redneck Texan said...

Street Fightin' .... Man

Wednesday, July 04, 2018 3:06:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

AOW, Read whole column:


Wednesday, July 04, 2018 6:07:00 am  
Blogger Always On Watch said...

Thanks, Anonymous.

Wednesday, July 04, 2018 1:40:00 pm  

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