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Congrats To The Winner Of The New Hampshire Primary: AOC

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If you watch and read the mainstream media, you’ll find all sorts of what passes as “analysis” of the Granite State’s vote results. The narrative being peddled is that the Democratic Party’s left is vying with its center. Socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders won, with “moderate” Mayor Pete Buttigieg of white bread Sound Bend, Indiana, less than two points behind, his fellow Midwest centrist, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, with a surprising and respectable near-20%, right behind him, and lefty Sen. Elizabeth Warren in disappointing single digits finishing fourth.

Appearing on Fox News Wednesday, Clinton administration veteran Richard Goodstein was touting the strong showing of the moderate vote in New Hampshire. And even Warren herself, Wednesday night interviewed on CNN, quoted a Jesse Jackson line. “It takes two wings to fly,” she said, implicitly conceding the divisions among Democrats. “We need someone who’s going to be able to unite this party, and to be able to fight hard on behalf of core Democratic values.”

If you bought this bill of goods, you would imagine that the most formidable force within the party now out of power in the executive branch is connoted by the combined percentage of votes picked up in New Hampshire by Buttigieg, Klobuchar, and former Vice President Joe Biden – which together forms the majority of those who took part in the state’s Democratic primary this week.

The truth is far different: Socialist ideology is now firmly in control of the Democratic Party’s future. Sanders may have come in first, as the leader viewed (accurately) by primary voters, and Iowa caucus-goers, as a paragon of authenticity, with his long record of adherence to Marxian economic purism. But he is also a 78-year-old who just had a heart attack.

The real winner of the New Hampshire primary Is 48 years younger than Sanders, and can without stretching the truth be called the hard-left conscience of the party to which she belongs: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of the Bronx and Queens.

It doesn’t matter if Sanders ends up not being the nominee. If Buttigieg or Klobuchar gets to walk out on the stage in Milwaukee in July, we no doubt will hear toned-down versions of Medicare For All, the Green New Deal, and the massive tax increases proposed to fund these projects. But lurking in the wings will be AOC and The Squad. And just as they were the power behind the scenes that forced House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, against her better judgment, to launch the impeachment of President Donald Trump once a half-baked rationale materialized last year in the form of the phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, AOC and her comrades will pressure this year’s Democrat standard bearer.

They may hold back during the general election campaign, understanding that America is not yet a place where an outright socialist platform wins national elections. But once Buttigieg or Klobuchar is ensconced in the Oval Office, The Squad and its disciples, with the full backing of the establishment media, will turn the flame up to high. Indeed, the very day after the New Hampshire primary, Klobuchar zoomed straight over to do an in-studio interview with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, displaying fealty to the left’s must-view TV talking head.

The Hard Left Will Bully A Democratic President

All the rhetorical volleys we’ve heard from Warren, Sanders and AOC herself, which were directed at Trump, the oil and pharmaceutical industries, and “multi-billionaires,” will be re-targeted at the new Democratic president, the verbal ammunition adjusted as appropriate. Buttigieg, and even Klobuchar, are not the creatures of the center the media makes them out to be anyway, but subjected to the constant prodding of AOC and the rest of the growing, young, infatuated-with-socialism wave of Democrat power players in Washington, a Democrat as 46th president is sure to implement many policies far to the left of Barack Obama’s.

This becomes clear in the course of listening to the alarmist talking points of Sanders, Warren and AOC herself. They repeatedly declare, for instance, that climate change is threatening the very existence of the planet. Sanders speaks of “a planet increasingly unhealthy and uninhabitable.” His website promises he will “cut the wealth of billionaires in half over 15 years, which would substantially break up the concentration of wealth and power of this small privileged class.”

Warren wants to end oil drilling on government-owned land by executive order, “begin planning to phase out all offshore drilling,” and subside the offshore wind turbine industry. Her annual wealth tax would hit those worth more than $50 million, with billionaires getting hit with additional new taxation.

Ocasio-Cortez has declared, “Millennials and people, you know, Gen Z and all these folks that will come after us are looking up and we’re like: ‘The world is gonna end in 12 years if we don’t address climate change – and your biggest issue is how are we gonna pay for it?’” She contends that “a system that allows billionaires to exist” is in itself immoral.

It is a textbook application of infamous Democrat hitman Rahm Emanuel’s maxim that “you never want a serious crisis to go to waste.” What crises are more serious than the world coming to an end, and wealth belonging to a tiny group when it really should be distributed amongst the masses? The latter being used as the impetus for two of history’s worst disasters, the French Revolution and Lenin’s seizure of power in Russia.

Sanders in the White House, of course, would need no encouragement to enact revolutionary policies, but whatever moderation a President Klobuchar or President Buttigieg might be inclined toward will be under constant attack from an energetic, increasingly well-organized cabal of true-believer socialists whose rise to power within the Democratic Party has only just begun.

So for true New Hampshire winner AOC, it’s now on to victory in Nevada, then South Carolina, and the Democratic convention in Wisconsin this summer.

— Written by Thomas McArdle


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  • I love how we insist on calling Bernie a “Socialist” when Communism is what he actually believes and espouses. The word Communism just sounds too harsh for the Dems to use in propaganda…so we allow them to equivocate. Even Marx and Engels didn’t bother delineating the differences between the two…because there really is no difference.

  • Good analysis. The “moderate” Dems believe anything and nothing, which leaves them vulnerable to the organized ideologists with a socialist agenda. It’s carpe diem vs carpe posterum, and the latter will win this struggle for the Party’s future.

    • I don’t think so. She has a national fund raising machine and is going to have enormous financial resources. She may not raise much money from constituents, but she certainly will have total name recognition and it would be a Republican opposing her.
      I don’t think a Republican would have any chance at all against whoever the Democrat is. After all, she primaried out her opponent and elbowed her way into office.
      People want her socialist agenda and they want New York, the concrete jungle, to turn green.

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