Democratic socialist urges fellow activists to oust establishment Dems
Democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has called on her fellow activists to oust incumbent Democrats.
Ocasio-Cortez shot into the limelight when she unexpectedly won the primary over incumbent Joseph Crowley, who was widely considered to be the next leader of the House Democrats.
Since unseating a prominent Democrat, AOC has made it increasingly clear that one of her key goals is to bring in more radical left-wing candidates like herself, who are willing to take on establishment Dems.
The Justice Democrats — the group that discovered Ocasio-Cortez along with freshman Rep. Ayanna Pressley, who also toppled an incumbent Democrat — have released a new promotional video to encourage like-minded socialists to “transform the Democratic Party.”
Ocasio-Cortez is featured in the promo and puts out the call to her fellow Democratic socialist activists to start ousting Congressional members of her own party, insisting it’s “#OurTime.”
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“Don’t people realize that the most powerful position you can be in is when you are not materially attached to a position of power,” Ocasio-Cortez asks fellow Justice Democrat leaders.
“If you’re a one-term congress member, so what?
“You can make ten years worth of change in one term if you’re not afraid.”
“We as Justice Democrats have the chance to really transform the Democratic Party running in competitive primary elections in Democratic-held seats is important,” declares one of the leaders, while Ocasio-Cortez nods in agreement.
“One of the important things that gets told in order to like settle us down is, ‘I agree with you. We have the same goals,”’ says the freshman representative.
“It’s great that everyone thinks these issues are important. We need to make them urgent.”
According to the Daily Wire, after the group’s members stress again the importance of primarying incumbent Democrats, Ocasio-Cortez says, “And if everyday people don’t feel comfortable in their own skin at the most powerful levels of government, then what’s the point?”
“You can run as you are,” says Ocasio-Cortez.
“You can run for yourself, or you can run as a service to others.
“By the end of your campaign, no matter what, if you’re focused on the right things and running as a service, your community will be more organized, educated and engaged.”
“It is a huge sacrifice, but that is what this perilous time in our democracy demands of us,” she adds.
“With this administration, with the role of money in politics, with how our policy is being hijacked by the industries that profit in the despair of working people … It’s all hands on deck for our democracy right now.
“This country has only ever changed for the better by groups of people that were willing to put everything on the line for a better future.
“That’s how we got the civil rights movement, the women’s rights movement, that’s how we got the labor movement, queer rights, and marriage equality.
“It didn’t happen by people playing it safe.”
Ocasio-Cortez has come to Capitol Hill pushing a radical “Green New Deal,” a far-left public works and government intervention program that seeks to force the manufacturing and agricultural industries to switch to 100% renewable energy in a dozen years while creating “green jobs.”
The deal promises jobs at a living wage for everyone seeking one, universal healthcare, and basic income programs, promising to “virtually eliminate poverty in the United States and to make prosperity, wealth and economic security available to everyone participating in the transformation.”