Liberal media darling Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is calling on progressive young people to follow in her footsteps and push out moderate Democratic politicians in future primary challenges.
The appeal, made to a group of seven hundred young activists, is backed by Justice Democrats, a left-wing organization that has made it a priority to promote Democratic candidates who are willing to push for Medicare for All, racial justice, a “Green New Deal” and a Federal jobs guarantee.
There are several reasons why Ms. Ocasio-Cortez is just now calling on fellow young people to push out Democrats that she and other progressives deem to be “too conservative”. Upon arriving in Washington, DC and learning more about how the House of Representatives actually works, many progressive candidates have been discouraged about the fact that seniority plays an outsize role in determining who gets to sit on and chair important committees. Progressive candidates that won their races have little to no chance of taking part in making important decisions, as most of the power still resides with older, more experienced representatives who do not share progressive candidates’ point of view. What is more, many of these experienced representatives are far more concerned with using their new-found power to harass President Trump and members of his cabinet than actually implementing a progressive agenda.
Climate change is one particularly thorny issue as Representative-elect Ocasio-Cortez, along with several other progressive candidates, is calling on the House of Representatives to create a committee that would implement a “Green New Deal”. This set of policies, which is endorsed by scientists who strongly believe in climate change, is said to be the only one that can avert deadly consequences brought about by a changing climate and includes a plan for the United States to fully transition to renewable energy by 2035.
While plenty of Democrat politicians naturally believe in climate change, few have been willing to back the “Green New Deal” policies proposed by Democratic newcomers to the House of Representatives. In fact, only three sitting representatives have come out in favor of the resolution to create a brand new committee to address the issue. In response, a number of progressive activists, along with Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, protested in front of Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s office. Not surprisingly, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez has also come out against Rep. Pelosi’s aspirations to become Speaker of the House yet again.
Demographics is yet another reason why progressives are pushing for new faces in the House of Representatives and the Senate. The Justice Democrats’ website makes it clear that candidates it supports must be “demographically aligned” with the constituencies they seek to represent. In other words, the organization and its progressive political candidates want to replace white, male Democrat politicians who represent areas with a diverse demographics.
The move to replace white, male Democrats isn’t just about the policies and positions that the replaced candidate holds, as is evidenced by the fact that Justice Democrats successfully backed Ayanna Pressley’s bid to replace progressive Democrat representative Michael Capuano in a recent primary election.
Given the fact that the mid-term elections are finally over, it would seem that Ms. Ocasio-Cortez’ call to replace incumbent Democrats will have little to no effect. However, the truth is that the call makes it clear to the entire nation that there are deep divisions in the Democratic Party that would be extremely difficult if not impossible to heal. It is also sure to worry Democrat leaders who will need the new members to support the party’s official agenda rather than their own policy goals.
These progressives aren’t even sworn in yet, and they already have their eyes set on 2020. Say what you want about their policy goals — and there is plenty to say about Ocasio-Cortez’s economic illiteracy — they’re far more shrewd politicians than many of us have been willing to give them credit for. This isn’t just a threat to the Democratic establishment — it’s a threat to the very system that makes America great.
~ Conservative Zone