Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, also known as AOC, said on Monday that the Democratic Party “is not a left party.”
“This is Not a Left Party”
Speaking at an event to celebrate Martin Luther King, Ocasio-Cortez said there is no “left party” in the United States.
“The Democrat party is not a left party. The Democratic Party is a centre, or centre-conservative party”
“We can’t even get a floor vote on Medicare for all, not even a floor vote that gets voted down, we can’t even get a vote on it,” she complained. “So this is not a left party. There are left members inside the Democratic Party, that are working to try and make that shift happen.” AOC continued, arguing that there are many “true believers” within the Democratic Party who think that “we can capitalism our way out of poverty,” and said this probably constituted the majority of Democrats. “That’s an area in which I agree with Dr King, that that assessment is flawed,” she added.
AOC: “The Democratic Party is not a left party. The Democratic Party is a center, or a center-conservative party” pic.twitter.com/6TNAC50nXi
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) January 20, 2020
AOC Is Half Right
The funny thing is, AOC isn’t completely wrong. As a Brit, the National Health Service, the completely socialised system of medicine is accepted by even the furthest right-wing parties we have.
No politician worth their stripes would consider even suggesting the mixed healthcare system that Joe Biden or other Democrats support. Unless they wanted to immediately lose their jobs. There is also no talk of nationalising industries or similar state-control of the economy by the majority of Democrat politicians, something that is relatively common in Europe.
However, it is true that the Democrats are actually quite left-wing when it comes to generous welfare programs and other state-aid policies. Even if this weren’t the case, AOC forgets that being left-wing isn’t just about economics. On the social and cultural side of things, the Democratic Party is incredibly left-wing. And, probably more so than many other nations in the world.
It’s not uncommon for Democrats to push unlimited abortion on demand, advocate teaching five-year-olds about weird sex habits, or encourage millions of people to instantly hop over the border into the country.
What’s most important is that no matter where the Democrats are right now, the trend within the party is towards proper socialism.
Obama in 2008 had to deny accusations of being a socialist. But, AOC and others now proudly declare themselves to be socialists, albeit the “democratic” kind.
She even openly admitted this in her speech! If the Democrats aren’t a left party right now, they soon will be, and it won’t be pretty.
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