It is a point of fact that even though the Democrats now have control of the House of Representatives, they will enjoy relatively little power in terms of passing left-wing legislation. With Republicans still in charge in the Senate and the White House, the best Democrats can do is try to tweak legislation to reflect their ideology…and of course, investigate President Trump up one side and down the other.
But none of that changes one critical truth: Upon being sworn in, this will be one of the most radical, socialist versions of the House of Representatives in U.S. history. Socialism is rising within the Democratic Party, and the new crop of freshmen congressmen are a perfect representation of the foothold it is getting in the American consciousness.
Its faces are familiar – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders chief among them – but how well does the average American voter really understand what it is these people want to bring to this country? How well do they understand how much their agenda would expand the government and raise taxes? How well do they understand the tragic history of socialism – an ideology that has failed badly every time it has been tried?
The agenda includes enormous, taxpayer-crushing agenda items like Medicare-for-all, which would, in addition to stealing benefits from the elderly, put the federal government largely in control of the American healthcare system. When you consider what a botched job they did with Obamacare – which only put the feds in charge of making an exchange for private health insurance companies – you can imagine what our healthcare would look like after a few years of this monstrosity.
It also includes a Sander/Ocasio-Cortez “guaranteed jobs program,” which would supposedly guarantee a federal job for anyone in the country who wants one. We can’t wait to see the fine details on this gobsmacker of a socialist program.
Then there is Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal, which makes the first New Deal look like an exercise in trickle-down economics. Under this umbrella, the young congresswoman hopes to not only save the world’s environment, but achieve “racial, social, and gender justice” for all. God save us from our heroes.
The Democratic establishment has been trying to push these young (well, in some cases, not that young) socialists to the side for now, but as long as their popularity is ascendant with the Millennial crowd, they will be a force to be reckoned with. And if the 2020 election puts a Democrat in the White House, we could actually see the party take serious action with respect to some of these proposals.
The results will not be pretty.