It didn’t take long for U.S.-Representative-elect and Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to cause a ruckus in the nation’s capital. She hasn’t even been sworn in yet and already she’s taking aim at taking down the Democratic Party establishment.
As reported by The Hill, Ocasio-Cortez joined a conference video call on Saturday for the newly-formed group “Justice Democrats,” a Marxist-Left organization of people who have but one objective: To replace establishment Democrats with younger, more ethnically diverse candidates who would, if elected, lead America down the path of Venezuela.
During the call, Ocasio-Cortez told attendees her path to Congress began after she, too, attended a Justice Democrats conference call before imploring supporters to mount similar campaigns in their own districts — even if it means against incumbent Democrats.
“Long story short, I need you to run for office. All I’m asking you to do is throw your hat in the ring, say ‘what the heck,’” she said, The Hill reported.
Ocasio-Cortez, who was tending bar and waitressing just a few short years ago, mounted an insurgent campaign against 10-term Democratic Rep. Joe Crowley, the House Democratic Caucus Chairman who, it was thought, would eventually succeed Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. Ocasio-Cortez defeated Crowley in the primary in New York earlier this year. Since then, she’s become a darling to the Left-wing establishment media which so often promotes establishment Democrats (irony?) and a thorn in the side of her party’s leadership without yet having even been sworn in.
The Hill reported further:
The incoming freshman Democrat added that she and other members of the Justice Democrats, a group of progressive Democrats seeking to shift the Democratic Party left, would support challenges to incumbent Democrats they view as insufficiently aligned with the views of progressives in the party, particularly on the issue of corporate campaign donations.
“All Americans know money in politics is a huge problem, but unfortunately the way that we fix it is by demanding that our incumbents give it up or by running fierce campaigns ourselves,” she said. “I don’t think people who are taking money from pharmaceutical companies should be drafting health care legislation. I don’t think people who are taking money from oil and gas companies should be drafting climate change legislation.”
Transformation of the Democrat Party
That’s not going to set well with Pelosi and other Democratic leaders, namely because they are as dependent on big-money donors are Republicans are.
Like most other Marxist-Leftists, she’s a hypocrite as well. She made headlines last week when a Washington Examiner reporter questioned her claims that she is struggling financially but her “jacket and coat don’t look like a girl who struggles.”
And let’s not forget that time she wore a $3,500 outfit to a photo shoot with construction workers (because she is a ‘woman of the people!’).
This one — and a handful of other freshmen lawmakers, mostly women from diverse ethnic and religious backgrounds — is going to be a problem for Pelosi’s Democratic Party.
Unlike the Tea Party conservatives who sprang up in opposition to the free-spending ways of establishment Republicans and Democrats ahead of the 2012 election, Democratic Socialists like Ocasio-Cortez are true believers in la revolucion. They didn’t run for Congress to go along to get along. They sincerely believe that the Democrat Party should have the descriptor “socialist” in its title. They’re not seeking counsel and advice from Democratic leaders, and they’re not in Washington to become ‘just another establishment politician.’
What will this mean moving forward? One of two things — or maybe both. One, the Democrat Party will fracture into Left and far-Left camps, in which case it will become less of a political force. Two, the bulk of the party will join the “freebies for all” Democratic Socialist bandwagon and become less of a force in American politics.
Either way, seeing the party destroy itself will be a good thing…
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