Exactly Which ‘People’ Are These Democrats Claiming They Fight For?

Written by Allan Erickson on July 24, 2018

It is to laugh. Laughter is good medicine.

Two recent news stories go together nicely. Here are the headlines, just for laughs:
House Dems bet on ‘For the People’ slogan to counter Trump ‘tweet’ machine
Dems Slam Ocasio-Cortez: Her Socialist Vision ‘Would Bankrupt the Country’

Houston: we have a problem. How did we go into orbit without first achieving lift off!

In the first report, Dems apparently believe they can appropriate some of Trump’s populist appeal with a slogan. On the heels of “Hope ‘n Change”, and “Forward”, this latest stab at relevance is an improvement, however poor.

The relevant question immediately comes to mind: what “people” are the Democrats concerned about, and what will the Democrats do “For the People”?

So far as we know, Democrats are promising to do what they have always done, but with more gusto: raise taxes, increase spending, increase debt, expand government, waste resources, throw open our borders, destroy sovereignty, make of us a sanctuary country, eviscerate the middle class, make the D.C. rich richer, increase the minimum wage, install Soviet healthcare, bankrupt the country, import Sharia, teach sexual chaos in the public schools, build more prisons (infrastructure), and destroy Christianity.

Keep in mind: it’s all “For the People”.

What people? All those people hurt by the Trump economy? All the people enjoying a new dawn of freedom and opportunity? The people enjoying tax cuts, new jobs, and a sense of confidence? Let’s be honest. Democrat “big tent” visions will not sell. “The People” are wise to the Con. “The People” know Democrats care about “The People” as much as they care about the unborn and the undocumented.

Concurrently, in bizarre fashion, we learn Party Porkers are not comfortable with Ocasio-Cortez, the wise Latina hailed as the new face of the Democrats just a week ago. She is media-genic, politically correct, well-spoken, electable, young . . . and ignorant.

She condemns Israel, then back tracks, and calls for massive demonstrations to twist arms and destroy I.C.E., pushing communism all the way. In all this she reveals a certain uninformed, erratic nature, making party leaders nervous.

She is a flat out communist resorting to the old drone: tax the rich, make everything free! In the face of Venezuelan mayhem and Cuban misery, the socialists in the ranks prefer flying under the radar, “For the People”. Ocasio-Cortez’s flight plan doesn’t square with the effort to appear “American”. Apparently she is just a little too ethnic for the Dem leadership, a little too honest about her radicalism.

Party leaders caution Ocasio-Cortez to tone it down. They recommend she learn to “forge” relationships with others of more moderate leanings. Perhaps these leaders learned from the Obama experience, that too much radicalism too soon gets Trump elected, and re-elected.

The joy of laughter that comes from seeing Democrats eat their own, from seeing them conduct a preemptive strike against a rising star ideally suited to bring the millennial vote. What joy seeing Democrats finally admit that communism will “put millions out of work and bankrupt the country”.

Better to dust off Ol’ Uncle Joe than promote an attractive, young, enthusiastic Latina!

Or can it be that Hillary, behind the scenes, senses in Ocasio-Cortez another threat to the throne. Is Hillary pulling a Bernie on Ocasio-Cortez?

Ah! The palace intrigue, without the palace! Just remember: it’s all “For the People”, but not for Ocasio-Cortez. Apparently she is not one of The People.

It is to laugh.

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Allan Erickson
Allan Erickson---Christian, husband, father, journalist, businessman, screenwriter, and author of The Cross & the Constitution in the Age of Incoherence, Tate Publishing, 2012.