Well, I think pretty much everyone saw this sort of thing coming. Not this particular race, at least I didn’t, I wasn’t even aware of Ms. Ocasio-Cortez until this morning, but something like it.
It’s been long enough since the fall of the Soviet Empire, an entity that Ronald Reagan accurately called “The Evil Empire,” that a generation has grown up without any real understanding of socialism. Part of this generation, a small part, but still too big, does not understand why socialism is a soul sucking disease. They know nothing of gulags, or Stalin and his genocide, or Mao’s genocide. No, this group associates “socialism” with “free” college, “free” income, free whatever because this free stuff is OWED THEM. Why do other people have things that I want? No chance it was hard work and wise decisions. It must have been “privilege.”
OK. It’s the same mentality that Obama voiced when he told entrepreneurs that “you didn’t build that.” It’s an uninformed and entitled mentality.
But socialism’s siren song is a compelling one. What person doesn’t like “free” stuff? And if people lack the political and economic sophistication to understand “that there is no such thing as a free lunch,” and lots of people, very intelligent people in fact do lack this sophistication, the song is particularly enrapturing. It’s sad, but this is how socialism has always sold itself. It preys on the uninformed and the envious.
Of course in the end we all pay for this nonsense and then free people have to come along and clean up the messes socialism creates. It seems that this happens every couple of generations.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 28-year-old Latina running her first campaign, ousted 10-term incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley in New York’s 14th congressional district on Tuesday, CNN projects, in the most shocking upset of a rollicking political season.An activist and member of the Democratic Socialists of America, Ocasio-Cortez won over voters in the minority-majority district with a ruthlessly efficient grassroots bid, even as Crowley — the fourth-ranking Democrat in the House — outraised her by a 10-to-1 margin.This was the first time in 14 years a member of his own party has attempted to unseat Crowley, who chairs the Queens County Democrats. His defeat marks a potential sea change in the broader sphere of liberal politics — a result with implications for Democrats nationwide that would recall, as optimistic progressives routinely noted during the campaign, former GOP Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s loss to the insurgent, tea party-backed Dave Brat in June 2014.