As it turns out, the majority of Americans will not vote for a socialist. The Democratic Party is finding this to be a great hindrance to the progress they are looking for. There is a need for order, and a necessity for purpose. Systemized socialized thinking does not seem to fulfil that. Those who have been selected to speak for the movement are still not listening to the people they are trying to represent. The young woman, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, is believed by some to have become the shiny, new face of the Democratic Party. The theory is that the social shift has occurred due to her membership in the Democratic-Socialist Party. The membership in the Democratic-Socialist Party has reportedly skyrocketed to “35 times larger than normal.” This observation simply means that membership was abysmal to begin with. Every time she has appeared on primetime news, she has exposed that the enthusiasm for the socialized programs the Democratic Party promotes is as shallow as the intellect she portrays when she opens her mouth.
Ever since Nancy Pelosi stated, “We are capitalists,” this past February, the Democratic Party has doubled down after Alexandria’s repeated failure to promote the party’s interests. Senator Elizabeth Warren repeated the declaration of capitalism. Soon after, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez removed her endorsement from the Democratic-Socialists from her Twitter account. The mad dash on the parts of Ms. Pelosi and Ms. Warren to convince the American people of their belief in capitalism is now leaving them vulnerable; now they must prove it. Either they need to lie incredibly well for long enough (which they can’t), or actually abandon some of their socialist endeavors for now. Former Democratic Senator Joe Lieberman has urged Democrats to recant Ocasio-Cortez’s particular brand. He said it is “likely to hurt Congress, America, and the Democratic Party. It doesn’t have to.” The harder left they push the party, the harder they push voters out of their party. The standard party insistence that citizens paying for what Democrats believe will better society is not drawing the type of fervor they were looking for. Democratic Party supporters do not favor the idea of being taxed more, and it is becoming harder to sell that necessity without eventually turning away potential voters.
CNN journalist, Jake Tapper, recently pointed out that, “The Democratic Party is the weakest it has been since the 1920s,” as a comment in response to a sighting of Barack Obama in Paris with Jay-Z and Beyoncé. Jake might as well have been the aristocrat being destined for the mob’s fury. Jake is not wrong. That is what is frightening the Democratic Party.
Exposure to the history of socialism has made the Democratic Party’s propositions harder to coherently sell, even though those promises may sound persuasive. Given the real hardships the United States faces with its debt and worsening bureaucracy, the government’s ability to be the stop-loss it was created to be in situations such as natural disasters is hindered. Due to the lack of order that has been protected by compounded bad policy, the American public is not interested in making the government harder to deal with. Socialism’s rise was an anti-wealth movement, and as such had no choice but to be an anti-liberty movement. Being against wealth is not much to lead with when one is trying to persuade a public that is healthfully accustomed to freedom. An anti-freedom movement is not a warrior cry; it is an emotionally driven death sentence. The Democratic Party is becoming like what a pop song says, “a rebel just for kicks.” Until they find something to be for that does not demand giving up some fundamental freedom, they will continue to be anti-anything “they don’t agree with at the time.” That is not a platform; that is a temper tantrum.
Should the Democratic Party happen to gain a majority in either of the Houses of Congress, their resistance will ultimately be short and futile. Right now, their pitch is that they are both socialists and capitalists, tolerant and violent, compassionate and ruthless; yet no one actually knows who they are. It is not healthy for this country. It’s better to find a way to live with your neighbors before you’re willing to do away with them.
By Rosemary Dewar