Dan replied. He explained that it’s important to remember that people like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.), Rashida Tlaib (D., Mich.), and Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.) don’t actually know what socialism is, which is both good news and bad news. The good news is that, obviously, they’re not pursuing actual socialism, which is much worse. But it’s bad news because they’re uneducated and mixing up their words, which makes debate much harder.
When they talk about socialism, they’re talking more about a welfare state. Those truly driven by “socialism” are lacking in an understanding of what it is and, for example, taking the wrong lessons from Nordic socio-economic systems. Nordic countries have no minimum wage, they’re more capitalistic, and they have a freer market. The only difference is that Nordic countries tax at a much higher rate and then give out more welfare benefits. So if these “new socialists” approached their defense of Nordic countries from this perspective, they would do a much better job of communicating exactly what they want.National Review, “NRPLUS Conference Call with Rich Lowry and Representative Dan Crenshaw“, May 30, 2019
Though it’s encouraging that presidential candidates like Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Tulsi Gabbard have spoken out against the indictment, as it stands, not a single one of the bold new left-wing political figures in Congress have: not Rashida Tlaib, not Ilhan Omar, not Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Is there political risk here in upsetting a Democratic base that rabidly despises Assange for helping Trump in 2016? Undoubtedly.Branko Marcetic, “Trump Is Attacking the First Amendment. Not Enough Progressives Are Pushing Back“, Jacobin, May 30, 2019
Omar tweeted Wednesday that Mueller’s public statement on his investigation was “a call to action.”Sam Dorman, “Tlaib backs impeachment as ‘our job, our duty and responsibility’ as Omar tweets ‘call to action’“, Fox News, May 30, 2019
A slew of Democrats called for impeachment proceedings on Wednesday after Mueller held a press briefing in which he discussed the findings from his report on the Russia investigation.
“Omar, the first Somali American and one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress, has been the focus point of a disgustingly racist and Islamophobic campaign,” the paper [Liberation, the Newspaper of the Party for Socialism and Liberation] wrote.
“She has spoken out against U.S. support for Israel, against U.S. war on Venezuela, for Muslim civil rights and against abortion bans.”
The newspaper added that the far-left group “militantly and non-violently” defended the area near the main entrance of the event even as “police allowed hostile right-wingers to move out of what had become their ‘zone’ and wade into the crowd of anti-fascists.”
“As CLAF [Community & Labor Against Fascism] activists sang ‘We Shall Not Be Moved,’ an organizer with the Ilhan Omar event came out and thanked the anti-fascist demonstrators for their support,” the Liberation site wrote.Lukas Mikelionis, “Omar’s socialist supporters denounce Seattle-area protesters as ‘fascist’“, Fox News, May 29, 2019
One cannot reason with those who back Omar. But kudos to this vet for trying.
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Anti-Semitic Democrat[ic] Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, who blames the current crisis in Venezuela on the United States, wants a “Green New Deal” style overhaul of U.S. foreign policy. Omar argues she is best suited to lead the charge for major foreign policy changes because she has “the perspective of a foreigner.”
…A few things. First, the United States provided Omar and her family refuge after they fled a violent, war torn country, for which she is deeply ungrateful. What exactly does “the perspective or a foreigner” mean? Last time I checked Omar was a naturalized American representing a U.S. Congressional District in Washington D.C.
Second, the U.S. provides more economic aid around the world than any other country. Currently, truckloads of food and medicine are sitting on the Venezuelan border and waiting for distribution to a starving population. Dictator Nicolas Maduro, who Omar supports, is refusing to allow humanitarian aid into the country. Further, the United States is the number one advocate for human rights around the world.Katie Pavlich, “Ilhan Omar Wants to Overhaul U.S. Foreign Policy From the ‘Perspective of a Foreigner‘”, Townhall, May 27, 2019