July 4, 2918 By Jack Jodell, American Dissident, N.M.P.
COUNTDOWN: There are still 931 more days to go before we will be permanently rid of this current autocratic and racist misadministration…
Happy Independence Day to all! Progressives got a VERY happy result in the recent June 26 New York Democratic primary race for congressional district 14. With the victory of 28 year old Democratic Socialist and former Bernie Sanders supporter Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (a complete newcomer to political office) over 10- term Representative, the 56 year old Joe Crowley, Democrats have veered to the left and have chosen not only relative youth, but a regular working person over a traditional politician.
Crowley, who had actually skipped two debates with the victor and instead sent a stand-in, had risen steadily up Democratic Party circles over his 20 years in Congress, and was actually just below former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. He would have succeeded Pelosi were she to retire, and Democrats were to regain control of the House, but instead he was defeated in the primary and will now leave Congress next January. To his credit, he immediately endorsed Ocasio-Cortez to replace him in this fall’s general election. In this heavily Democratic district, she is considered a sure winner.
Ms. Ocasio-Cortez’s energy and enthusiasm are astounding. She is a third-generation New Yorker whose family roots go back to Puerto Rico. She is an advocate of Medicare For All, and also favors abolishing ICE . She also is greatly in favor of restrictions on luxury real estate development, something that will irritate real estate mogul Presi-dunce Donald Chump. GOOD!
She did an interview with Vogue a while back, just before she left to visit the ghastly child detention center Chump has set up in Tornillo, TX to house innocent children who have become pawns in Chump’s immoral family separation policy to deter immigrants from trying to come here. In it, she said, “…my aunt and my uncle were just talking last Christmas about how they literally heard Malcolm X evangelizing on street corners. That is the institutional memory of my family and multigenerational New York families. It’s actually kind of a rarity, and the reason it’s a rarity is because of the changes that the city has gone through. This city is becoming too inaccessible and too unaffordable for normal people to live in anymore. My family is three generations deep in the Bronx, and my own mother can’t afford to live in the same city, in the same state as me anymore, because it’s gotten too expensive. How I was born I think is really exemplary of that.
I was born to a dad who was born in the South Bronx while the Bronx was burning, while landlords were committing arson to their own buildings. He grew up as a kid with five people in a one-bedroom apartment, and my mom was born in poverty in Puerto Rico. But they met out there, they got married, came back, and had me, and as 20-somethings they were able to take out a small loan and get an apartment in the Bronx, and have me. And the idea of that, for two working-class 20-somethings, it’s almost unimaginable in New York City anymore. New York 14 is one of those last working-class congressional districts in New York City. These communities are very rapidly seeing the cost of living go up: In the last three years or so, the median price of a two-bedroom apartment in New York 14 has gone up 80 percent. Our incomes certainly aren’t going up 80 percent to compensate for that, and what that is doing is a wave of aggressive economic displacement of the communities that have always been here. If this wasn’t even economic, if it was any other force, if due to climate change, or due to any other kind of a social force that would cause like that amount of displacement that quickly, we would call it a crisis. And that, I think, is the core of a lot of what we’re talking about: Who is New York changing for? A lot of people, especially in our community, are feeling like it’s changing to be a temporary playground rather than a place for people to actually raise families and transform their own economic opportunities and their own lives.”
Like President Barack Obama before her, she became an activist and a community organizer. It se4med to her that with every community action she undertook, someone from DSA ( ) was there also taking part. Regarding her affiliation with a “socialist” group, she said, “I think what it really means is just democratic participation in our economic dignity, and our economic, social, and racial dignity. It is about direct representation and people actually having power and stake over their economic and social wellness, at the end of the day. To me, what socialism means is to guarantee a basic level of dignity. It’s asserting the value of saying that the America we want and the America that we are proud of is one in which all children can access a dignified education. It’s one in which no person is too poor to have the medicines they need to live. It’s to say that no individual’s civil rights are to be violated. And it’s also to say that we need to really examine the historical inequities that have created much of the inequalities—both in terms of economics and social and racial justice—because they are intertwined. This idea of, like, race or class is a false choice. Even if you wanted to separate those two things, you can’t separate the two, they are intrinsically and inextricably tied. There is no other force, there is no other party, there is no other real ideology out there right now that is asserting the minimum elements necessary to lead a dignified American life.”
This blogger is in complete agreement with her. Since the Reagan-era of more than 30 years ago, far too many Democrats have lost their edginess and have, in effect, become what I call “Republican Lite. They pay lip-se5rvice, at best, to the valued and still-needed beneficial programs of the New Deal and the Great Society. They have sided with reactionary CON-servative Republicans to help pass unneeded and very costly tax breaks for the wealthy and have rolled back much0needed social programs. They have let Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush, and now Donald Chump bully them away from programs which lead to a more equal economic playing field.They have aided these uncaring Republicans in creating a record disparity in wealth, and that is neither desirable nor healthy!
THAT is why the election of Alexandroa Ocasio-Cortez, and a great many others just like her to Congress is so vitally important right now, and THAT is why progressives should be inspired and overjoyed! 🙂
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