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Ocasio-Cortez Says Trump Attack on Socialism Shows President 'Scared' of Popular Progressive Policies

Ocasio-Cortez Says Trump Attack on Socialism Shows President 'Scared' of Popular Progressive Policies

Jake Johnson, staff writer

While Republicans and many Democrats rose and enthusiastically applauded President Donald Trump's attack on socialism during his State of the Union address Tuesday night, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.)—who, along with Sen.


Socialism is the opposite of monarchy.

Socialism is when a country’s leaders (plural!) write “We the People, in order to form a more perfect union…” in the United States Declaration of Independence

In the American Revolution, British General Burgoyne brought 8,000 hired troops down from Canada to upstate New York. 15,000 farmers spontaneously came from their farms, surrounded the British until they ran out of food, then most of them went back to their farms. The Americans had a socialist army.

The poem on the base of the Statue of Liberty reads, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free. I lift my lamp beside the golden door.” Socialist!

The United States invented free public libraries and free public education for children. Free medical care for all was invented by President Roosevelt and President Truman. The USA forced national health care upon Germany and Japan after World War II, and it worked wonderfully.


I guess right wing nut job Peggy Noonan and her ilk think being grown up is being a yellow smiley faced sycophant. Fortunately we have a few, a very few in Washington that don’t play that game.


Peggy Noonan should not speak.

For decades, she has supported a set of hard-right economic policies that have moved two-thirds of Americans into a third world life. I suppose AOC does look like a teenager if your reference point is being a 68-year-old who colors her hair and spends her mornings uncapping pill bottles while trying to not strain her neck.

The only thing older and more tired than Peggy Noonan’s commentary is, well, Peggy Noonan.

Please step aside and be quiet. You are not wise. Your barbs are not clever. Your grand plan in 1982 did not work. Your Reagan revolution failed.

The days are numbered for you and your ideas.


Bernie and AOC need to continue their pincer movement on the ever-so-slowly-awakening population. Trump has revealed himself and the Republican party for what they are, charlatans. Cogent plans well articulated by the reemergent left overpower the word salad of the wannabe king. Please remember that while Bernie was in the running in 2016 his website had specifics on how his initiatives were to be funded. Specifics! We don’t see those often. The left is serious and it is past time for the country to take them seriously. Beauty and the Bern are true American heroes!


I would have said…AOC and the Bern are beautiful American heroes.


I watched just part of a clip of the STOU this morning and watching Pelosi giving the scumbag tramp a standing ovation made me ill, very ill.


Alexandria O-C! What a breath of fresh air in the cesspool of the trump regime and its criminals! Our Republic was founded on “socialist” principles…to serve the Common Good, and “promote the general welfare” !

The Commons is a principle said as well as any, by John Adams, and I will keep reminding people of his words until people wake-up to what the real threat to our Republic is - the rule of corrupting wealth above all else including the people, the 99%, the “little people”, our common environment!

Adams wrote:
" Government is instituted for the common good, for the protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness of the people, and not for the profit, honor, or private interest of any one man, family, or class of men ; therefore the people alone have an incontestable, unalienable, and indefeasible right to institute government, and to reform, alter, or totally change the same when their protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness require it." - John Adams.

And what a change we need, away from the corrupt and self-interested “pigs at the trough” that are exemplified by trump and his white-rich-predatory regime - trump, who spoke those lying racist words of division, fraud, oligarchy, and the domination of wealth over the Common Good last night! The words of a madman and utterly unprincipled, uneducated, and without a shred of integrity or empathy person… His outlook on our nation, life and government is derived from a mental illness rooted in greed and the domination over other people by corrupt power - the jingoist chants from the Republicons and their lackeys last night stand in stark contrast to the words and beliefs for the Common Good of A O-C - Socialism - that works for the “little people” and a sustainable future for all!


Peggy shouldn’t tweet when she’s doing shots.


Yes Donny, the dems probably would raise taxes, but we all know it wouldn’t be on the working class, only on the rich welfare kings and queens.
At first I thought he was going to escape without telling lies. But then he came through like the champion liar he is.


…and smoking crack.

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Notice how Trump deftly move from bemoaning the failures of Venezuelan ‘socialism’ (Venezuelan ‘socialists’ won’t recognize a socialist if one bit him in the arse.) to warning about the ‘dangers’ of U.S. social democrats. As a universally recognized demagogue, Trump is merely doing what he does best: jumble up the facts, and hope they confuse the less well read.

Why make it easy for the likes of Trump by invoking the ghosts of the abject failures of 20th century socialism? Why not instead call us what we are : social democrats. Oops too late.


The photo of the little girl who crossed the border with her Father and was not given water for hours until she died is being worn on OAC’s dress and by many of the women in the House. That little girl was killed by Trump and the white supremacist who are Trump’s base.


Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was right about last night’s SOTU.

It was an embarrassment to every American.

Capitalism doesn’t work equally for everyone in this country. The few at the top benefit greatly while the rest of us contribute to their lavish lifestyles.

Socialist policies level the playing field, somewhat.


If you don’t use the word socialist–they will label you socialist anyway. Instead of being bullied into parsing every word, the left needs to learn how to turn those attacks against their opponents. The Dims have been cowering in a corner so long, that they forgot to believe in anything. And their vague and disingenuous slogans don’t help. The people can see through that. AOC, on the other hand, knows how to flip the attacks and get maximum effect out to every tweet thrown at her. That’s the way to fight back.


Socialism is a magic word. They use it to attack any government program they wish to attack.

They also attack young women who don’t act the way Republicans want their women to be. Again, it’s not about issues, it’s just the way they are.

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I’m am an advocate of free enterprise and market rewards for success. Excellence should be rewarded. But unlimited wealth only leads to monarchy and decadence as we have seen throughout history. The blinkered libertarians don’t see to get it, but everyone needs access to opportunities after, and only after, a stable foundation is in place to protect everyone–everyone. Then they can fulfill their ambitions. But wealth should never be allowed to distort society into a grotesque and pathological form as seen with neoliberalism.


Trump is antisocial. He’s mostly into money, bombing and kidnapping.

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I don’t watch Trump or listen to anything he says. However, I did listen to the rebuttal and analysis. As to the " sociialism bad " rebuttal; Con. Ted Lieu pointed to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, etc. ( the usual suspects ) and said, " we’re going to enhance and expand those social programs, too ". See how easy that was.
Straight forward and to the point, positive and delivered in clear understandable terms. Screw this wordy, esoteric and deliberately overly complex " debate club " approach to what constitutes socialist policies, where the rubber actually meets the U.S. national public highway and transportation system, so to speak. Keep the arguments basic and repeat as necessary. The facts, truth and sentiment are on the side of the 99%. See how easy that was.