The Patriot Post® · Economics According to AOC
What does socialism look and sound like in 2020? Just take a look at video or read the remarks made last week by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Entitled. Envious. Resentful. Angry.
The 30-year-old representative from the Bronx spoke in the hypothetical after she declared the wealthy to be the enemy. In her usually superb socialist-pushing form, Ocasio-Cortez proclaimed of a hypothetical billionaire business owner, “You didn’t make those widgets! You sat on a couch while thousands of people were paid modern-day slave wages, and in some cases [were victims of] real modern-day slavery; you made that money off the backs of undocumented people.”
That same theme was sounded by former President Barack Obama — “You didn’t build that” — in his 2012 campaign efforts to explain the need for government’s assistance, even for successful businesses. Yet today’s socialism is economic chic among leftists. They promise “free” stuff to younger generations never taught the value of capitalism. These ignorant masses are now the walking brain-dead devoid of economic and scientific fact. They are socialist believers stubbornly ignorant of Truth.
Ocasio-Cortez and her favorite presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders, are purveyors of socialist falsehoods. They tout the benefits of failed economic policy that hates producers. They demand government redistribution of not just some wealth but all of it, as well as the means to create it.
This distorted thinking is captured by the Foundation for Economic Education’s (FEE) March 2019 analysis, “Socialism’s Three-Legged Stool — Envy, Ignorance and Faith.”
Today’s socialism is essentially, I want what you have, and you must be oppressing me since I don’t have what you have. Envy is not the basis of sound economic policy. It’s a toxic emotion that overlooks the contrast of those who’ve made good decisions versus bad; those who’ve sacrificed and saved in contrast to those who have squandered and spent. Envy expresses itself in resentment of those who accomplish and perform with the desire to see failure or at least the confiscation of the end result, such as wealth, from one’s success to be redistributed to all, regardless of effort or merit.
Ignorance is epidemic among those advocating the destruction of capitalism. Young adults know more about safe sex, safe spaces, and sexual orientation than of the proven economic model that has set the United States of America apart and recognized our citizens with the right to control his or her own personal property, wealth, and labor.
Finally, FEE observes, “When belief in religion wanes, faith seeks new vessels of adoration.” The socialists of today’s Democrat Party “swap asceticism aimed at purging their sinful passions for political activism on behalf of those they deem historically oppressed.” Put simply, their faith is a secularism that displaces deity with the politics of division — the deification of government.
It’s not just Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders who hate billionaires or any who are self-reliant, and it’s especially hypocritical that Sanders in particular enjoys vast wealth himself. The greater problem is the growing mass who have been raised to reject the faith, family, and freedom that built America.