Mainstreaming Extremism

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the newest star on the political left.  She rose to fame last month after defeating a member of the House Democrat leadership team.  The New York Times editorial board declared, “Ms. Ocasio-Cortez’s victory is a vivid sign of the changing of the guard.”

But what does this avant-garde candidate believe?  She sat down for a recent interview with PBS ­– hardly a right-wing media outlet — and it did not go well.

When discussing the Middle East, Ocasio-Cortez referred to the “occupation of Palestine.”  Asked to clarify her remarks, she said that “Palestinians are experiencing difficulty in access to their housing and homes. . .”

Then she admitted that she’s not “an expert on geopolitics on the issue.” (She got that right!)  Yet she graduated from Boston University with a degree in economics and international relations.

Speaking of economics, when asked about the low unemployment rate, Ocasio-Cortez responded by saying, “Well, unemployment is low because everyone has two jobs.”

But the unemployment rate has nothing to do with how many jobs a person has.  It is about whether someone even has one job!

This proud socialist also said something else that should send chills down your spine.  Ocasio-Cortez declared that, “Capitalism has not always existed in the world and it will not always exist in the world.”

That is exactly what we are afraid of.  No other economic system in the history of the world has created more wealth and lifted more people out of poverty than capitalism.

The Soviet Union, that grand experiment with communism, collapsed.  Cuba and Venezuela are hardly examples we want to emulate.

But wait. . . There’s more!

Ocasio-Cortez supports open borders and she wants to abolish the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE).  In another interview this week, she discussed immigration policy and why she joined protests at the southern border.  Here’s what she had to say:

I believe the moral character of the United States is at stake. . .  We have to occupy all of it.  We need to occupy every airport, we need to occupy every border, we need to occupy every ICE office. . .”

And this is what many in the media are hailing as the “future of the Democratic Party.”

My friends, the disturbing reality is that extreme views once considered well outside the mainstream of U.S. politics are taking root.

But contrary to the media myth, it’s not because Republicans are moving right.  It’s because Democrats are moving so far left.

Anti-Semitic and anti-Israel attitudes are growing on the left.

Socialism is increasingly popular on the left.

And the left has shifted dramatically on immigration and open borders.

As I have noted before, Bill Clinton could not win his party’s nomination today.

—Gary Bauer
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