Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is The Future Of The Democratic Party

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is The Future Of The Democratic Party

The wave of Democratic-Socialism is making it's way through.

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Harry Belafonte once asserted that we had come to the point where we (black people) needed to really take a look at the Democratic Party and decipher if there was anything within it worth salvaging. For many, the answer was, and still is "no."

The real questions are, exactly what parts of the Democratic party work solely and specifically for black people? And which party members believe there should be and are actively working towards it?

Statesmen after statemen pander to communities of color, particularly the black community, as, in every election, candidates vie over the coveted "black vote." I can see it now, George, Bill, Ted, and Sarah each sitting down with their campaign managers going back and forth on strategies to get "the blacks on our side." And of course, that involves preying on the needs of that community, and exploiting them for votes by make promises they have no intention of keeping. At the end of the day, capitalist societies only work when there are people at the very bottom, right?

For many black people in this country, that means doing away with the capitalist agenda altogether. For years, decades even, black people in America have promoted self-sufficiency --- wealth through black-owned business, black entrepreneurship and black banking. You may have even heard of " Black Wallstreet," in the Greenwood area of Tulsa, Oklahoma. It was a mecca of black business and a booming black economy until it was burned to the ground by racist white people...

Another economic system black people support---socialism.

If you ask New York-14 congresswoman-elect, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez what it means to be a democratic socialist, her answer is simple. It doesn't take four minutes to explain it, and she doesn't veer off topic in the usual obscure, round-about way that leaves you trying to remember what the original question was.

Her answer: In a modern, moral and wealthy United States of America, no one should be too poor to live.

She and other progressive Democrats are the future of the party. Anything to the center of the far left is too conservative, and frankly not worth my time, or the time of any millennial.

And if you think this doe-eyed idea of socialism is a "millennial thing," it is. This generation doesn't have the same relationship with socialism as the baby boomer generation. We were all born into financial turmoil and have never lived in a time of financial prosperity. 9/11 happened in elementary school, the housing market crashed in high school, and in college, we were introduced to the first orange president.

While the baby boomers think of Cuba and Venezuela. Millennials are in a looking glass, and on the other side, we see Denmark, Finland, The Netherlands, single-payer health care, gun laws, free or affordable secondary education, and all of that within a free market and through the democratic process...without giving the government full control, but allowing its people to control and share resources.

I'm sure you too hear often about the "shrinking middle class" or even that there is no longer such a thing as "middle class," and this is true. The top 1% now have as much wealth as the bottom entire 90% combined.

For most people, living on their own is not an option as rent in many states is the equivalent to a mortgage payment. Minimum wage is just over $7/hr, and most companies with billion dollar CEO's refuse to pay their employees much more than that. Healthcare still isn't affordable and sick people are forced to use sites like "Go Fund Me" to help pay for their medical expenses. What's even more depressing is that a lot of people actually die due to the fact they aren't able to raise these funds.

A few months ago, the narrative argued that Ocasio-Cortez was "too radical." She didn't lick rich white booty for funds and didn't pander to communities of color pretending she too carries hot sauce in her bag. And while I think, she's got the right idea, I don't think she's "radical" enough. She doesn't exactly have the race-based agenda black people need, but it is a step in the right direction.

In November she unseated her Democratic incumbent opponent, Joe Crowley and the reporters at Fox News were shook.

She argues crazy things like healthcare as a human right, every child having access to a college education, zero homelessness, and a paid living wage in order for everyone to lead a dignified life. A group of people working together for the betterment of the group as opposed to individuals working for the betterment of themselves without regard for anyone else.

"My campaign is challenging Joseph Crowley, one of the most Corporate-funded members of Congress, on an entirely progressive and grassroots campaign," Ocasio-Cortez said during an "Ask Me Anything" Reddit session at the start of her campaign.

And that's just it, the future of the Democratic party. Progress. Working Class. Socialist.

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I'm The College Girl Who Likes Trump And Hates Feminism, And Living On A Liberal Campus Is Terrifying

I will not sugarcoat it: I don't feel safe on my own campus.

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I will get right to the point: being a conservative on a liberal college campus in 2019 downright terrifying.

At my university, I'm sure about 90% of the population, both students and faculty, are liberals. They are very outspoken, never afraid to express their views, opinions, and feelings in several ways. There are pride events for the LGBT community, a huge celebration for MLK day, and tons of events for feminists.

Then there's the minority: the conservatives. The realists. The "racists," "bigots," and "the heartless." I am everything the liberals absolutely despise.

I like Donald Trump because he puts America first and is actually getting things done. He wants to make our country a better place.

I want a wall to keep illegals out because I want my loved ones and me to be safe from any possible danger. As for those who are genuinely coming here for a better life, JUST FILL OUT THE PAPERWORK INSTEAD OF SNEAKING AROUND.

I'm pro-life; killing an infant at nine months is inhumane to me (and yet liberals say it's inhumane to keep illegals out…but let's not get into that right now).

I hate feminism. Why? Because modern feminism isn't even feminism. Slandering the male species and wanting to take down the patriarchy is just ridiculous.

I hate the media. I don't trust anyone in it. I think they are all biased, pathological liars. They purposely make our president look like the devil himself, leaving out anything good he does.

I will not sugarcoat it: I don't feel safe on my own campus.

I mostly keep my opinions to myself out of fear. When I end up getting one of my "twisted" and "uneducated" thoughts slip out, I cringe, waiting for the slap in the face.

Don't get me wrong; not everyone at my university is hostile to those who think differently than they do.

I've shared my opinions with some liberal students and professors before, and there was no bloodshed. Sure, we may not see eye to eye, but that's okay. That just means we can understand each other a little better.

Even though the handful of students and faculty I've talked to were able to swallow my opinions, I'm still overwhelmed by the thousands of other people on campus who may not be as kind and attentive. But you can't please everybody. That's just life.

Your school is supposed to be a safe environment where you can be yourself. Just because I think differently than the vast majority of my peers doesn't mean I deserve to be a target for ridicule. No one conservative does. Scratch that, NO ONE DOES.

I don't think I'll ever feel safe.

Not just on campus, but anywhere. This world is a cruel place. All I can do is stand firm in my beliefs and try to tolerate and listen to the clashing opinions of others. What else can I do?

All I can say is... listen. Be nice. Be respectful of other's opinions, even if you strongly disagree. Besides, we all do have one thing in common: the desire for a better country.

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Dear Young Voices Of America, Stand Up, Speak Up, And Do Something

Our time is now.

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Dear young voices of America, I think we can both agree that we are sick of being told we are America's future while simultaneously being told our opinions don't matter. Now I personally do not listen to the people that tell me I'm better seen than heard; however, I know there are people that are a little timider when it comes to raising their voices. I am here to encourage you to be loud and speak up on topics that matter to you. There is no better time than the present to make your voice heard. Whether you are advocating for change in your school or the government, your opinion matters and is relevant.

We are the future of our country. How are we supposed to evoke change and reform if we can't have our voices heard? I call bullshit and I think it's time to take action. Even if you're the first or only person to advocate for your cause, be that person. Don't be afraid of anyone that tries to stand in your way. The only person that can stop you from speaking up for yourself and your cause is you. No matter how many nos you have to hear to get a yes or how many doors you have to knock on to get someone to open up, never give up. Never give up on your cause, never give up on yourself or the people you're representing, just don't do it. There is someone out there that supports you. Maybe they're just too shy to raise their voice too. Be encouraging and be supportive and get people to take a stand with you.

It is never too early or too late to start thinking about your future or to take action. But don't hesitate to say something. The sooner you start speaking up, the sooner you have people joining you and helping you, and the sooner you start to see and experience change. So get up, make that sign, write that letter, make that phone call, take part in that march, give that speech. Do whatever you feel fit to get your point across. Shout it from the rooftops, write it on your profile, send it in a letter, ignore everyone that tries to tell you to give up. Maybe they don't understand now, maybe they don't want to listen, maybe they're afraid to listen, but the more you talk about it and help them understand what exactly you are trying to get across, they will join you.

Even when it feels like you have nobody on your side but yourself, I am on your side. I will cheer you on, I will march with you hand in hand, I will write letters and make phone calls and help you find your voice. My life changed when I found my voice and yours will too.

So dear young voices of America, the time is now. Your time is now. Don't be afraid of the obstacles that you may have to face. Someone is out there waiting for you, waiting to grab your hand and march on with you. As Tarana Burke once said "Get up. Stand up. Speak up. Do something."

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