As I’ve discussed before, the main tactic the left had used to gain power in America since World War II has been careful action within the boundaries of the US political system. The long term plan of the left has always been to change the culture and introduce socialism little by little over a long period of time.
However, since the 2000 election and the rise of the “New Left,” in politics, the older generation is being replaced by people who are the indoctrinated products of the heavily radicalized school system. Many of them don’t see why they should have to wait for a Venezuela or North Korea-like socialist utopia that will arrive 25 or 50 years from now; they want socialism now and want it today.
This attitude among the Democrats is exemplified in Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who has been letting her left wing freak flag fly:
AOC, as she’s better known, today exists largely in front of the cameras. In a few months she’s gone from an unknown New York bartender to the democratic socialist darling of the left and its media hordes. Her megaphone is so loud that she rivals Speaker Nancy Pelosi as the face of the Democratic Party. Republicans don’t know whether to applaud or laugh. Most do both.
For them, what’s not to love? She’s set off a fratricidal war on the left, with her chief of staff, Saikat Chakrabarti, this week slamming the “radical conservatives” among the Democrats holding the party “hostage.” She’s made friends with Jeremy Corbyn, leader of Britain’s Labour Party, who has been accused of anti-Semitism. She’s called the American system of wealth creation “immoral” and believes government has a duty to provide “economic security” to people who are “unwilling to work.” As a representative of New York, she’s making California look sensible.
On Thursday Ms. Ocasio-Cortez unveiled her vaunted Green New Deal, complete with the details of how Democrats plan to reach climate nirvana in a mere 10 years. It came in the form of a resolution, sponsored in the Senate by Massachusetts’ Edward Markey, on which AOC is determined to force a full House vote. That means every Democrat in Washington will get to go on the record in favor of abolishing air travel, outlawing steaks, forcing all American homeowners to retrofit their houses, putting every miner, oil rigger, livestock rancher and gas-station attendant out of a job, and spending trillions and trillions more tax money. Oh, also for government-run health care, which is somehow a prerequisite for a clean economy.
It is for starters, a massive plan for the government to take over and micromanage much the economy. Take the central plank, its diktat of producing 100% of U.S. electricity “through clean, renewable, and zero-emission energy sources” by 2030. As Ron Bailey at Reason has noted, a 2015 plan from Stanford envisioning the goal called for the installation of 154,000 offshore wind turbines, 335,000 onshore wind turbines, 75 million residential photovoltaic (solar) systems, 2.75 million commercial solar systems, and 46,000 utility-scale solar facilities. AOC has been clear it will be government building all this, not the private sector.
And that might be the easy part. According to an accompanying fact sheet, the Green New Deal would also get rid of combustion engines, “build charging stations everywhere,” “upgrade or replace every building in U.S.,” do the same with all “infrastructure,” and crisscross the nation with “high-speed rail.”
Let’s be clear, these are not serious governing proposals. They are the rantings of a theocrat; this is the same kind of policy we might expect Iran’s leaders to make. It doesn’t matter how ruinous these proposals would be for the country or how many people they would harm; what matters is their religion demands it.
The “Green New Deal” is basically the entire policy program of the left, encapsulated in one place for everyone to see. It calls for the banning of cars and air travel, calls for a massive reduction in the standard of living, and the creation of a formal, Soviet-style command economy.
The left has spent years claiming their critics who know they want these things are nutty conspiracy theorists, but Ocasio-Cortez has ruined this by openly stating in public what every Democrat really wants to do.
She has also said she believes Hispanics were the original “native” population of the United States, apparently forgetting that the Hispanics that arrived in Mexico and South America were themselves conquerors and colonists:
All Latinos have a race-based right to migrate to the United States, Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said Thursday.
“We have to have … respect for the right of human mobility,” Ocasio-Cortez told a press conference on Capitol Hill.
She continued, “It is a right. We are standing on native land, and Latino people are descendants of native people. We cannot be told and criminalized simply for our identity or our status.”
Again, this is something all Democrats believe, but they understand this belief is not accepted by most normal people, and understand the need to hide it. Ocasio-Cortez has embarrassed them badly by stating their privately held beliefs openly in public.
I am not sure if this was some sort of plan to move the “overton window” further left, but if so, it’s been an embarrassing failure. The American people have no stomach for this stuff. And the Democrat party bosses understand this, because Ocasio-Cortez was forced to backpeddle on the “Green New Deal” yesterday and try to claim it’s being “misunderstood.”