Here’s the Background Story:
(TargetLiberty.org) – During recent events commemorating Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) sat up on stage sharing her thoughts on the many facets of American culture. She spoke about wealth distribution, social justice, and other left-leaning topics. AOC then brought up the idea that the Democratic party is really a “center-conservative” party and not a true leftist party.
As AOC concisely stated, “We don’t have a left party in the United States. The Democratic Party is not a left party.”
Is this truly the case? Should the Democrats split into two different parties based on ideological differences?
Here Are the Contributing Factors:
One of AOC’s primary justifications for her belief that Democrats aren’t true leftists revolves around healthcare. She believes that a true left-leaning party would unquestionably advocate for universal health care. As she put it:
“We can’t even get a floor vote on Medicare-for-all — not even a floor voted that gets voted down. We can’t even get a vote on it. So this is not a left party. There are left members inside the Democratic Party that are working to try to make that shift happen.”
AOC makes this statement when health care might be the most central topic surrounding the 2020 election.
While Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) advocate for a “Medicare for All” plan, other candidates also include their own version of public healthcare. Notably, Pete Buttigieg’s plan includes a public option for those who want to opt into a universal healthcare system. Buttigieg wants to keep private insurance available for those who want it, while private insurance would be abolished under a Sanders or Warren administration.
AOC also talks about the greed of Wall Street. She claims that most Democrats are reliant on funding from Wall Street executives or other wealthy individuals. The reality is that political campaigns are expensive, and even AOC had her campaign paid for by outside entities. It’s difficult, if not impossible, to run your own presidential campaign unless you’re already very well off like Tom Steyer or Michael Bloomberg.
A political candidate doesn’t have to be conservative just because they receive outside funding to advocate for their platform. AOC and Sanders are self-avowed Socialists and they still receive funding from individuals and organizations alike.
Another one of AOC’s arguments for Democrats not being true leftists is the party’s reluctance to accept the Green New Deal. This incredibly expensive program would overhaul America’s infrastructure at a national level to make buildings more livable and more energy efficient. It’s estimated that the Green New Deal would cost somewhere in the ballpark of $50 to $90 trillion.
While Democrats advocate spending money on various social welfare programs, that amount of spending isn’t something most of the party is comfortable justifying.
Poll: Should the Democrats Split Into Two Parties?
Final Tally Coming Soon!
% Voted Yes
% Voted No
What Do You Think?
What do you think about the current state of the Democratic party? Is there enough ideological difference to justify splitting it into two?
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