Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) announced her endorsement this past week for the 2020 presidential election.
The fact that she endorsed an old white male millionaire candidate, and not a woman of color, might seem a bit of a surprise, given her rhetoric. But that it was Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), her fellow socialist, is perhaps not a great shock. Because that’s always the bottom line. Her fellow “Squad” members, Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) also endorsed Sanders.
Not that there seems like a huge difference anymore between Sanders and any of the other folks in the Democratic field as they all seem to be running as far to the left as they can in order to grab the base and endorsements like AOC.
Ocasio-Cortez spoke at a rally on Saturday to endorse Sanders and proposed nationalizing many areas of the economy while arguing it would make us more free.
.@AOC calls for “publicly owned” and run health care and education so that we have more freedom over our lives than the private sector provides.
"I don’t want Mark Zuckerberg making decisions over my life" pic.twitter.com/N3Sg1PJYMZ
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) October 19, 2019
“We need to build a mass movement in America centered on working-class, the poor, the middle class,” she said. “One that is actively anti-racist, that is rooted in principles of universality. Everybody has a right to health care. Everybody has a right to an education. One that is rooted in principles of cooperation, that is participatory, that combats not only racism but misogyny, anti-queer discrimination, we have to have actively center those principles to drive us forward because the future and our future is in public systems, and it’s publicly owned systems. Because we need to take power over our lives again. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want Mark Zuckerberg making decisions over my life. I don’t know about you, but the Waltons have already been making decisions over our lives and what we got was nothing.”
She continued, “We need a-uh-eh-uh United States that really, truly, authentically is operated, owned and decided by working, and all people, in the United States of America.”
She said we needed to hand all of that over to the government “because we need to take power over our lives again?”
Alrighty, now. The logic seems missing there.
Isn’t that what one calls communism? When all that stuff is owned by the state?
How has that worked in the past? Should we ask the millions of people who were oppressed in such systems? Of course, many of them were killed, so we can’t ask them.
Ocasio-Cortez said it was because of Bernie Sanders that she recognized her “inherent value as a human being.”
AOC says Bernie Sanders gave her "inherent value as a human being" and suggests the government should provide everyone "healthcare, housing, education, and a living wage"
This is communism because what she's saying is that the government must provide for all of everyone's needs pic.twitter.com/YApVwxu2SL
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) October 19, 2019
Really? Because if you didn’t know it before and that’s what did it for you, that’s truly troubling.
Would we rather hundreds of AOCs in charge of our lives? Because that’s what you get with the government in charge, when there’s even less accountability than in the private sector that at least has to pay attention to markets and, to some extent, the opinion of the people.