Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Socialism’s Continuing Rise

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Socialism’s Continuing Rise

HOW FAR WE HAVE FALLEN.

Only a couple decades ago, socialism was  dirty word in American Politics. As stated in this Chicago Tribune article, a 2016 YouGov survey reported 43 percent of respondents in the 18-29 age group viewed socialism in a positive light. This is shocking on many levels.

The recent election of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to the US Congress is a sign of things to come. The popularity of Bernie Sanders in the last presidential election is another sign. Views in this country our shifting away from the values that have guided us for over 200 years.

Ocasio-Cortez’s election isn’t going to lead to riots or any type of SHTF situation but it is significant. In fact, I’m willing to bed she is a person who thinks her beliefs will truly help people. The group that elected her, 18-29 year olds, are a political force and children coming out of high school and college will certainly add to their numbers. At some point the pot will boil over.

Socialism, while being a deeply flawed system, isn’t inherently evil. History and current events tell us it is, however, troublesome. The former Soviet Union. Venezuela. Cuba. Not great places to live.

Even one of socialism’s brightest stars shows us why we need to worry. Denmark. Beginning at age 1 children are to spend at least 25 hours a week seperated from their families for mandatory instruction in “Danish values”. While I am strongly in favor or immigrants learning and accepting the values of their host country I am also vehemently opposed to governments stepping between parents and children to indoctrinate them. Once governments decide they can raise your children better than you, watch out.

Make no mistake – that is was socialism is about. Relying on government to make the world you want to live in. Great, unless you’re in the minority and the 18-29 year old socialists are crafting that world for you.

Pay attention. Get involved. Speak up. Be ready.

Footnotes:

Photo of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez by Jesse Korman and licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.

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