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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a leader America is ready and willing to follow

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), a rising star in the Democrat Party and a card-carrying member of “the largest socialist organization” in the U.S. — Democratic Socialists of America — recently made headlines after an appearance on CBS’s 60 Minutes.

In the interview with Anderson Cooper, Ocasio-Cortez floated the idea of a 70 percent tax rate on wealthy Americans to pay for her “Green New Deal,” a radical plan where the government would assume control of the U.S. economy to make America “carbon free” and “100% dependent on green energy” over the next 10 years.

But wait, there’s more.

The Green New Deal promises to “virtually eliminate poverty in the United States” and “make prosperity, wealth, and economic security available to everyone participating in the transformation.” It also promises to advance much of the non-environmental agenda of the Far-Left in areas like “social, economic, racial, regional, and gender-based justice.”

No wonder Al Gore has given the Green New Deal his blessing.

While Ocasio-Cortez has successfully leveraged the Democratic Socialists’ agenda into a job in Congress, there are Democrats who are struggling to accept her utopian idealism. In response to her 70 percent tax rate idea, House Democrats recently stopped short of endorsing the proposal, although, they do like the idea of making sure “millionaires and billionaires” pay their “fair share.”

There are also some who object not only to these specific policies, but to the whole Ocasio-Cortez package of ideas. In a recent interview on FOX Business, former Democrat Joe Lieberman said that the Democrat Party is in trouble if she becomes the face of the party.

“With all respect, I certainly hope she’s not the future, and I don’t believe she is. She’s gotten a lot of attention because she’s different. She’s controversial.

“But if you look at the majority of new Democrats in the House, they tend to be, I say, center-left, and not left-left. And that is because they had to be center-left to win some of those competitive swing districts that they took from Republicans. So, that’s the hope.”

I wish the 2000 Democrat vice-presidential nominee was correct, but the facts seem to indicate otherwise.

Many in the current batch of Democrats considering a run for president in 2020 support the Green New Deal, and according to a recent Gallup poll, a majority of Democrats identify as “liberal” — the politispeak word for “far-left.” Additionally, another poll shows that American voters, particularly young people and Democrats, are increasingly warming up to the idea of socialism over capitalism.

As expected after the 2018 Blue Tsunami, Republicans and so-called conservatives have made a game out of ridiculing the Democratic Socialist agenda, but as members of the same Unibrow Party, they are no different than their Democrat counterparts. We’ve even witnessed the rise of what I call “Conservative Socialism” on issues like single-payer healthcare.

Make no mistake, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a leader of the Democratic Socialists’ agenda — an agenda that too many in America appear ready and willing to follow.

It’s time for conservatives to fiercely reject Democratic socialism, abandon the Republican/Democrat binary lie offered by the political establishment, and ready ourselves to defend the Constitution and conservative values.

Originally posted on StridentConservative.com.

 


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Joe Biden is considering Stacyy Abrams as his running mate. Why hasn’t he declared yet?

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Joe Biden is considering Stacyy Abrams as his running mate Why hasnt he declared yet

The Joe Biden saga keeps getting stranger every week. While most anticipate the former Vice President is going to run for President in 2020, he still hasn’t announced despite most of the major candidates who were expected to run have already made their announcement. Now, a report that his staff is considering asking former Democratic contender for Georgia Governor Stacey Abrams continues to add fuel to speculation while also making this whole thing even more strange.

In 2016, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) made the rare move of announcing his Vice Presidential candidate, Carly Fiorina, before securing the nomination. It was a desperate move at a time when his prospects for defeating Donald Trump were fading and it didn’t work out. Biden’s alleged move is very different. He’s ahead in the very early polls even before the first debate, let alone the Iowa caucus. Yet speculating about a potential VP seems out of place, just like everything else in this whole debacle.

My theory is he’s trying to minimize the potential attack channels by cautiously field-testing everything first. By gathering data without officially announcing a run, he has the luxury of riding the speculation train as long as he can. He would be the instant frontrunner if he were to announce, but if history tells us anything, frontrunner status rarely means much. Hillary Clinton was the frontrunner from beginning to end in 2016, but even then the speculation of a late run by Biden was appealing to many Democrats.

Biden likely fears being the early frontrunner will generate fatigue for his name being tossed around so often. It’s still early; at this point in 2015, only one major GOP candidate, Cruz, had officially announced his run. Biden wants to ride the speculation as long as possible knowing once he’s officially in, he’s open to attacks. Just as his old boss President Obama did in 2008, some lesser known high-energy candidate could sneak up on the frontrunner and knock them off quickly. In 2015, Jeb Bush and Scott Walker were early frontrunners before being embarrassingly tossed aside by Trump and the other candidates.

Whether or not Biden selects Abrams, and if she’s willing to take the nomination, this type of speculation allows him to stay in the news while people continue to hold their collective breath about a future announcement.

Bottom line, he’s running. He’s been running for a while. The fact that he’s not official yet only plays into the fundraising he’s missing, which he’ll be able to make up quickly once he announces. All in all, the Democratic race is turning hilarious.

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Babylon Bee satire piece pretty much nails the Democrats’ incentive on Electoral College

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The founders decided to employ an Electoral College in picking the President to prevent tyranny by majority. They realized back then exactly what is happening today – the establishment of urban and suburban echo chambers that would rather see flyover country engulfed by a giant tornado than to “suffer” through conservative and Christian ideologies, especially in Washington DC. This is the driving force behind the sudden push to abolish the Electoral College, and the satirical masterminds at Babylon Bee nailed it.

Democratic candidate and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is leading the charge to make the process that saved us from a Hillary Clinton presidency obsolete. Why? Because they can’t figure out how to win otherwise. Sure, they were able to dominate the Electoral College with Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, but the last two Democratic Presidents were running against weak Republicans in both of their elections. Had they been running against conservatives, especially in each of their first elections, the results may have been very different and the country may be in much better shape by now.

Nevertheless, this is what the Democrats want. Any system that can yield President Trump is a system they know they can fight against with their unhinged supporters, blind followers, and Trump haters.

That’s the nature of America today. Satire doesn’t need to venture too far away from reality in order to get a hilarious version of the sad state of affairs we find ourselves in, especially as it pertains to the loony party on the far left.

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TIL the famous bar AOC worked at shut down over rising costs, minimum wage increase

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TIL the famous bar AOC worked at shut down over rising costs minimum wage increase

Today I learned something that surprised me, not because of the event itself but because so few people have talked about it. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is known for being a leader of the socialist movement in Washington DC after rising from the humble status of bartender to the Congresswoman of the 14th district in New York. Her policies include a push for a “living wage” of $15 per hour. I’ve always thought the wording was odd considering Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and others have been calling for a rise in “minimum wage.” Today, I found out why she’s shying away from that phrase.

When New York City raised their minimum wage $15, many businesses were hit hard, especially in the hospitality industry. Restaurants and bars started cutting hours and often even closing their doors over the increase. One of those hit hard by the massive bump was The Coffee Shop. Owner Charles Milite blamed the closure on high costs, with the rise in minimum wage as the last straw.

“The rents are very high and now the minimum wage is going up and we have a huge number of employees,” he said.

The Coffee Shop is the bar where AOC once worked.

Keep in mind, this wasn’t some random bar. The Coffee Shop in Union Square was considered a high-end establishment, buzzing all the time with “A-list” patrons. It was featured many times in the HBO show Sex and the City and had built a reputation as an “it” spot for Manhattan residents and tourists alike. In other words, this wasn’t a hole in the wall hanging on by a string. It was a vibrant, successful business for almost three decades before New York City’s untenable leftist policies, including a $15 minimum wage, became more than the bar could bear.

On the surface, many voters may see the very basic math of “oh, Democrats want to pay me more” and assume there’s no repercussions for such actions. This is why Democrats prey on those people who currently make lower wages. They feel if they can promise them something that sounds good even if they know with 100% certainty based on empirical evidence that it will actually hurt them, these new socialists are willing to make that trade. They figure they can blame the conservatives later for why the place they were working at before cut their hours, removed their jobs, or shut down because of raising the minimum wage.

As usual, socialists rely on ignorance and emotion as the driving forces behind their plans. They’re not stupid. They know their ideas won’t work. But they’re willing to push them on people anyway in hopes that ignorance will keep them in power.

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