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Socialist unseats incumbent in New York primary
Republican strategist Ned Ryun discusses the upset and what it could mean for the midterms.
The unexpected victory of political newcomer Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 10-term Rep. Joe Crowley as the most likely successor to House minority leader Nancy Pelosi – in the New York congressional primaries has attention to more than just the exhaustion of many of the liberals on the establishment Democrats.
Ocasio-Cortez is a self-proclaimed socialist and proudly wore the name as they ran, their grassroots campaign, promised to fight for a free college education, a $15 Federal minimum wage, an expansion of the Medicare program for people of all ages include a universal guarantee jobs and abolititon of the country’s immigration law enforcement agency.
But while Ocasio-Cortez-victory, the headlines from coast-moved-to-coast, it was in fact the last of the last primary wins, the Democratic socialists. Only a few days earlier, four candidates supported by the Democratic socialists of America (DSA) won primary elections for legislative seats in Pennsylvania.
Their victories the visibility to a growing attractiveness of socialism, the long a stigma wore, among the many younger Americans, turn our backs on the establishment of the policy have brought.
You consider socialism as a more intense form of resistance against Trump policies, and entrenched democratic party leaders such as Pelosi.
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These Democratic socialists, as they are known, are evoked by selected comparisons with the Tea y Republicans, who rose against President Barack Obama and the Watergate babies, after President Richard Nixon.
“The community is ready for a movement of economic and social justice,” Ocasio-Cortez told reporters. “This is what we are trying to convey.”
Spurred on by the victories of the young socialist candidate in Pennsylvania, Arielle Cohen, co-Chairman of a local DSA Chapter, told The Huffington Post that the momentum was on the side of ultra-left-liberal.
“We will be held to the standard requirements, which is impossible. We will be on health care for all, we are on free education,” she said.”We switch the state, the right shade of red tonight.”
Critics, as well as many scholars who say that many of the young people, support of Democratic socialism, have no memory of the failed socialist systems in which you might find cautionary tales.
“What a 28-year-old American with very little international experience of socialism sees as utopia is,” said Otto J. Reich, the former U.S. Ambassador to Venezuela and assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere Affairs. “This woman is ignorant. Socialism offers no easy answers, and offers great things, but who’s going to pay for these things, like a free college education?”
What a 28-year-old American with very little international experience of socialism sees there is utopianism…socialism offers no easy answers, and offers great things, but who’s going to?to pay for these things, like a free college education
– Otto J. Reich, the former U.S. Ambassador to Venezuela
Ocasio-Cortez, approached presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ supporters running around for the congressional seat, has received endorsements from national groups, including the Black Caucus, MoveOn, and the Democratic socialists of America Lives.
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The DSA, the Ocasio-Cortez is a member, is the largest socialist organization in this country. On its website, DSA says it is the working within the Democratic party-for now, it stresses — representation of it, as the most viable way to in the political centers of power.
“We are not a separate party. … Many of us were active in the Democratic party,” the organization says, adding that its members join the groups that fight for the trade unions, gay rights, civil rights, among other causes. “We work with the movements to strengthen the party, the left wing is represented by the Congressional Progressive Caucus.”
“The process and structure of American elections hurts a serious third-party efforts,” the organization says. “We hope that sometime in the future, in coalition with our allies, an alternative national party to be viable. For now, we will continue to progressive support, the have a real chance to win elections, which usually means that the left-wing Democrats.”
Sen Bernie Sanders of Vermont in the Democratic presidential candidate in 2016
The DSA got a boost in 2016, when Sen. Sanders, of Vermont, ran for President in the Democratic primaries and is a proponent of the Democratic socialism. Sanders said he was Roosevelt, a Democratic socialist, in the spirit of Frankiln D., Lyndon B. Johnson and Martin Luther King Jr
The DSA’s membership has soared more than five-fold increase since Sanders ” campaign, for the Ocasio-Cortez, worked, excited the young voters who saw Hillary Clinton as more of the same, and were reluctant to vote Republican.
DSA has over 37,000 members, a remarkable jump from 7,000 in the year 2016. Some surveys in recent years have shown that more than half of the Democrats between the ages of 18 and 34 have a positive view of socialism.
Pelosi has been dismissive of questions of whether establishment Democrats are under the threat of an almost-left-left faction of the party.
We are on popular demands that were impossible. We will be on health care for all, we are on free education. We switch the state, the right shade of red tonight.
– Arielle Cohen, co-Chairman of a local Pennsylvania Chapter of the Democratic socialists of America
“No one neighborhood is representative for someone else’s district,” she said, according to published reports. “It is not to be regarded as something that stands for everything else.”
But many experts, aware of how polls and the media have missed shifts in the sensitivity among the US electorate, especially in the last few years, what the “surprise” – results say that the socialist zeal must be taken seriously.
“We need to take Ocasio and others seriously,” rich told Fox News. “You can’t be dismissed.”
Socialist efforts had some success in certain aspects in Europe, but in Latin America that embraced him for years as an antidote to corruption in government and economic struggles, it has upended life for the worse in many countries, causing the people to flee to the United States and other Nations
“None of them implemented socialism in the way to teach that actually adhered to, because in General, leaders corrupted by power,” said Jason Marczak, a fellow at the Atlantic Council, specializing in Latin America. “Venezuela is not socialist, it is a dictatorship.”
Rich argues that Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua, to name only a few countries, with revolutionary-minded leaders who described himself as a socialist, and to those who promised, corruption in government, the distribution of the financial resources and access to social programs.
Instead, rich said, the leader of the mismanagement of the government, difficult to make life and send economies into a downward spiral. Venezuela and Nicaragua have been shaken by protests and violent crackdowns by the governments.
“In this part of the world, socialism is a euphemism for Marxist economic policy, which said synonymous with economic failure, social repression, and the mass migration of people,” rich.
Venezuela, a once prosperous although mired in corruption, is today one of the most high-crime Nations in the world and has the highest rate of inflation.
“Venezuelans are said to eat out of garbage cans now,” rich. “People are very unhappy, oppressed as they are to the threat, and at the first sign of protest against the government, the government, and there is violence.”
But would the same happen here?
The DSA argued that socialism is more than what its critics.
“We can get learn from the comprehensive welfare state maintained by the Swedes, from Canada’s national health care system, France is a nationwide childcare program, and Nicaragua’s literacy programs” (their website says. “Finally, we learn from our own efforts here in the United States, such as the community health centers, created by the government in the 1960s. They provided high quality family care, with the participation of the community in the decision-making process.”
Some experts say that the Chaos is a result of the socialist systems in Latin America can’t happen in the USA because it has a powerful system of checks and balances, and the strong political and civil society institutions.
Cynthia J. Arnson, the Director of the Latin American program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for scholars, said, “to do A lot of it in Latin America, with weak institutions. The US has 200 years of democratic Institute professionality, which can in no way compare with no weaknesses, but no Latin American country, our level of institutional development.”
Rich acknowledged that the United States is a much more stable political and civil society infrastructure, said, however, that Germany and Italy had a strong Foundation, before their leader turned autocratic, and their societies collapsed.
Giancarlo Soto, a Democratic communications consultant for Latin America, said that many who call themselves socialist do not fully understand, socialism or its various variations.
“Democratic socialists argue that … the government should have said your own, or the ‘contacts’ private companies,” Soto. “This inevitably leads to societies that look more like Caracas than in Copenhagen. Unfortunately, many Americans bait-and-Switch in the support of the former, think it is the latter.”
“While I agree, we need to do more to help the poor and the working class,” Soto said, “to highlight the way the family is by investing in them, a helping hand, if you fall on hard times, and the creation of opportunities for growth — not through the nationalization of Apple and Microsoft.”
The Associated Press contributed to this story.
Elizabeth Llorente is a Senior Reporter for FoxNews.com and can be reached at Elizabeth.Llorente@Foxnews.com. You can follow her on Twitter @Liz_Llorente.