My Opinion

Understanding the socialist mindset … or not.

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.

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  1. The continual flood of illegal aliens into our country (USA) serves as stark reality to the truly desperate traitors on the left. They cannot see past their hateful and evil noses far enough to see that, if running unbridled, will devastate our country akin to something that you would see in Europe (think Germany, Switzerland, etc, etc.) Oh, such desperation and high cost for just one more vote!

    Will we even recognize our country in 20 or 30 years?

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  2. A lot of times, people will sum up a discussion and conclude that “it’s math”. So it is here. If you have medians, modes and averages (which is what Ms. Ocasio-Cortez and Ms. Warren use to justify their policy positions), you will have folks who are below the median, are not earning incomes or do not have accumulated wealth at the mode, or worse, are “below average”. Most Americans were once below the mean, who earned incomes and had accumulated wealth below the mode and were certainly “below average”. It was once you and me, too.

    Each and every one of my siblings was once “below average”. My father never earned $10,000 a year in his life, before he died at age 53, in 1969. I was “below average” from when I started working with my uncle at age 13 until age 28. Along the way, I flunked out of college, got drafted, served, got out, went back to school at night full time while working full time during the day.

    It was not a life of privilege. But, one of commitment. Our new Democratic leadership takes a current snapshot of America and fails to place it in any kind of context – how people change and grow over time, compared to other countries, etc.

    I disagree with you over entitlement. You state: “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.”

    I believe all of that, and more, must be earned. It either has to be earned by our predecessors or by ourselves. That’s my suggestion. Stop talking entitlements, and start showing what has been earned, by whom and, for whose benefit.

    For example, we all know that most older Americans think they earned their Social Security and Medicare benefits. But, in fact, they have not fully funded the entitlements. It takes the force of government, taxation, to fulfill those promised. And, unfortunately, just like socialist proposals, these unearned entitlements can only be sustained by shifting much of the burden to generations to come.

    I call it vote buying. They want to use other people’s money to promise you something, anything to buy your vote.

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    • Good points, but I don’t think not being discriminated against is something a person needs to earn. Public education is also an entitlement. However, what people do with education and with opportunities is entirely on them. You are not entitled to more than you earn.

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      • Sure. But we discriminate everyday. What is impermissible, is a violation of a specific statute, think theft, fraud, conversion, etc. those are rights and protections guaranteed by law and the constitution, not entitlements.

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