When we’re considering the political spectrum, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is about as far to the left as is possible in this modern era. And yet, according to some of her most recent statements, she and her party are not nearly as far to the left as she would like.
In fact, AOC even went so far as to say that “We don’t have a left party in the United States.” On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, she spoke at an event at Riverside Church in Harlem, in honor of the man the day was created for. However, what she talked about seemed to have nothing much to do with the man who has possibly inspired the most peace and diversity in our great nation.
Instead, she spoke only of her need to make our nation more socialistic and giving herself more power.
She said, “The Democratic Party is not a left party. The Democratic Party is a center or center-conservative party.” She went on to explain herself by talking about issues such as Medicare for All and capitalism.
AOC stated, “We can’t even get a floor vote on Medicare for All, not even a floor vote that gets voted down. So, this is not a left party. There are a lot of true believers that we can ‘capitalism’ our way out of poverty in the Democratic Party. If anything, that’s probably the majority.”
However, I can’t say I necessarily agree with her. She may be correct in saying that they haven’t been able to produce a floor vote on Medicare for All, but they also not one but two 2020 presidential candidates in the top four that advocate for the single-payer healthcare option. So it suggests that at least some part of the party is, in fact, very left.
The second thing to note here is that there are all sorts of evidence that implies capitalism can and does, in fact, improve a nation’s and its individual citizens’ finances, and in so doing the life expectancy of those people is increased.
Just look at some of the nations that hold themselves to be socialistic. What do you find? Rampant poverty and shorter life spans, for starters.
But to AOC, capitalism is the root of all evil. And if it were up to her, it would be completely wiped out. So what exactly doesn’t she like about it?
Well, basically, it all comes down to power. AOC and those like Senator Bernie Sanders says that it creates massive inequality. Some are allowed to become filthy rich, while others wallow in poverty. And those that are rich can then rule much more than they should.
AOC said, “If Jeff Bezos wants to be a good person, he’d turn Amazon into a worker cooperative. Not what do I do with all this money I have created with this unjust system… If you’re a billionaire, that means that you control a massive system… It means that you have a massive labor force under your control and to be ethical if you’re a billionaire today, the thing that you need to do is give up control and power. So I don’t want your money as much as we want your power.”
Of course, she quickly corrected herself and said, “The people, not me.”
Right, ‘the people’ want power. Not her. I’m not buying it. After all, if the people are given power, so is she as she is an elected leader of the people.
But that’s precisely how socialist regimes work. They take out large sources of competing for power, like corporations such as Amazon. And when fewer places have power, the government is allowed to have more of it with little to no one to hold them in check.
The Labour Party in the United Kingdom is an excellent example of this at work. Under the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn, they are seeking to extinguish much of the private sector, adding more power and money to their own heads.
However, with those such as Donald Trump on the American people’s side, it’s unlikely to come to that here. What is more likely, is AOC will only continue to fracture her party until she is deemed as little more than a brilliant place to get a crazy comment or two. Why else do you think the media always seeks her out?
It certainly isn’t because the majority of America agrees with her on any of these issues.