What makes a socialist politician?
Born to a working-class Puerto Rican family in the Bronx, New York, Ocasio-Cortez graduated from Boston University, majoring in economics and international relations, and later worked for Senator Ted Kennedy‘s office where she focused on immigration issues.
After graduation, she returned home and became a community organizer. However, with the recession taking hold, along with the financial issues her family faced after her father’s death in 2008 from cancer, Ocasio-Cortez took multiple low-wage restaurant jobs to help keep them afloat.
One’s life experiences can shape a persons view. This is certainly true for Rep Ocasio-Cortez and for Sen Warren as well. They see their family’s issues as unfair, they see others to blame and seek to right wrongs.
On the other hand, some people who grow up with little or nothing seek only opportunity, accept the challenge and obstacles to doing better.
If this latter group is successful, they then become the objects of scorn and envy. The path to their success and wealth is ignored in favor of criticizing accumulated wealth as unfair. Never mind they may have created products and services benefiting the world or created thousands of new jobs, all that matters is they accumulated great wealth and somehow that is unfair.
What exactly are people entitled to? In my opinion they are entitled to be treated fairly and not discriminated against. They are entitled to a good education. They are entitled to not have opportunity intentionally blocked by others. And for a few who are incapable of being self sufficient, they are entitled to social support systems.
With all this comes responsibility. Those responsibilities are both simple and challenging. It can be boiled down to choices made; educational, economic, lifestyle choices each of which has many components, but none of which are beyond individual ability.
It seems to me that a socialist largely rejects individual responsibility in favor of a society that is collectively responsible and collectively dictates solutions thereby transferring control from each citizen to representatives of society.
They find satisfaction in being average with minimal individual responsibility supported by no consequences for being irresponsible and few rewards for being exceptional.
Mediocrity is acceptable, if not expected.