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The Increasing Socialist Influence within the Democratic Party

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The Increasing Socialist Influence within the Democratic Party

The Increasing Socialist Influence within the Democratic Party
July 24
21:34 2018

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s surprise victory over Joe Crowley in the New York Democratic congressional primary last month reflects the increasing influence of socialism within the Democratic Party.

Ocasio-Cortez ran a grassroots campaign that pushed for socialist reforms such as free healthcare and free college tuition. During her campaign, she described the Democratic Party as a “big tent” with room for the far left.

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When asked about socialism, Ocasio-Cortez told Vogue: “It is about direct representation and people actually having power and stake over their economic and social wellness at the end of the day. To me, what socialism means is to guarantee a basic level of dignity.”

Ocasio-Cortez is a member of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), a group which seeks to infiltrate the Democratic Party and use it to promote socialist candidates.

“Progressive and socialist candidates who openly reject the neoliberal mainstream Democratic agenda may choose for pragmatic reasons to use the Democratic Party ballot line in partisan races,” wrote DSA Vice President Joseph M. Schwartz. “But whatever ballot line the movement chooses to use, we must always be working to increase the independent power of labor and the left.”

The DSA has capitalized on issues such as college debt, healthcare, immigration, and racism to gain traction with voters who are suspicious of socialist policies.

According to the DSA website, the group envisions a “humane social order based on popular control of resources and production” and is currently taking steps to diversify its own membership by “building deep ties with organizations representing poor and working-class women and people of color.”

Thanks to organizations like the DSA, it has become somewhat “trendy” for Democratic candidates to team up with Democratic Socialists. One example is Cynthia Nixon, a former actress who is challenging New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

“It’s nice to see that our policies and what we espouse are resonating with people running for governor,” said DSA executive Abdullah Younous. “The landscape is really shifting, and people are noticing it across the state.”

The DSA endorses candidates it believes will “advance the anti-capitalist struggle.” That means embracing socialist ideas like:

Free college tuition
Universal housing and health care
The abolition of ICE, of the US Senate, and of prisons
Universal basic income

Some Democratic leaders are urging socialist candidates to tone down their support for such ideas in fears these views will fracture the party and contribute to Republican victories.

A win in one district “is not to be viewed as something that stands for everything else,” said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) last month after Ocasio-Cortez unseated Crowley.

Others fear the election of Democratic Socialists will lead to Communism.

“This is the tactic that Communist parties and socialist movements have used all over the world to gain influence in the political world,” argues anti-Communism activist Murray Bessette. “We saw that in Venezuela. They didn’t come to power as Communists, but that is what they were.”

On the other side of the aisle, Republicans are hoping that Democratic candidates’ socialist views will scare away voters and earn them critical swing votes in November’s congressional elections.

“Democratic Socialism is a false paradise,” says Marc Molinaro, a candidate for the Republican gubernatorial nomination in New York. “I don’t think New Yorkers or Americans want to embrace a party that hands over all aspects of our lives to a government that can barely provide services competently.”

Republicans and Democrats once stood united in their view of socialism as a dangerous force that stands in opposition to Democracy.

That changed in 1935 when President Roosevelt passed the New Deal.

From that point on, “the Democrats would borrow from socialist policy proposals while disavowing the ideology in attempt to weather rhetorical attacks from Republicans,” notes The Washington Post.

And then came the Cold War, when socialism became almost a dirty word.

According to a recent survey conducted by The American Culture and Faith Institute, up to 40% of Americans say they would prefer socialism to capitalism.

Much of the increasing support for the DSA and socialism, in general, is coming from young voters, who are growing up in a world where health insurance and college are not affordable, and where the workplace is not reliable even for those with a degree.

And while they are not familiar with the failures of Communism, they are all too familiar with the failures of capitalism.

“Sadly, a mere 28 years after the collapse of communism, a new generation of youth not then born or too young to understand it see that epochal event as ancient history, irrelevant to their new understanding of the world. They do not understand that the toppling of Communism wasn’t merely a repudiation of the gerontocratic rulers of Communism, but of the very idea of socialism,” notes Investor’s Business Daily.

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  1. Harold
    Harold July 27, 11:21

    This is all about Democrat communists trying to overthrow our Republican form of government as guaranteed in article 4, section 4 of our constitution. They are violating their oath of office and should be removed from office.

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  2. FDR II
    FDR II July 30, 20:48

    Hey, Harold. The 1950s called. They want you back.

    Reply to this comment

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