PELOSI YOUR PARTY IS DOMINATED BY SELF-PROCLAIMED SOCIALISTS – YOU ARE THE MARXIST/PROGRESSIVE PARTYRead Now
Pelosi said she is a Progressive. That makes her a collectivist and in the same family as her self-proclaimed socialists. A Collectivist is a family with siblings named Marxist, Communist, Socialist, Progressive, and Democrat. They were raised by the same parents and all have the same beliefs and principles. One might run faster the other, one might be stronger than the other, or taller or shorter, but they are all Collectivists.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi, miraculously transformed over the past few months into a relatively moderate Democrat elder stateswoman, has understandably been pushing back against the notion that she leads a socialist party defined by a few radicals in the House. On 60 Minutes, she said: “I do reject socialism as a economic system. If people have that view, that’s their view. That is not the view of the Democratic Party.” She dismissed the left-wing members in her caucus as, “like, five people.”
The problem Marxist/Progressives (Democrats) have is that the most compelling stars of the party are self-described socialists with a knack for generating controversy and media attention, and with committed mass followings. Pelosi might wish it weren’t true, but poll numbers, fundraising and follower-counts don’t lie.
Sanders is reliably second—sometimes first—in national and state presidential polling of Democratic candidates. He’s out-raised everyone in the field, and with his massive small-donor base, probably can continue to do so for the duration. More than anyone else, he has defined the Marxist/Progressive (Democrat) Party’s current agenda. He can clap back at establishment critics, as he did the other day at the Center for American Progress and make their lives very uncomfortable.
It’ll be much harder to maintain that the Marxist/Progressive (Democrat) Party isn’t a party of socialists if it nominates one as its presidential candidate, which everyone paying attention realizes is a real possibility. If that happens, it won’t be the work of conservatives hoping to negatively brand them, but of the party faithful. The same goes for the prominence of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. It is often said that conservatives are “obsessed” with her; maybe so, but the same is true—and probably more so—of everyone else.
AOC was among the top 10 House Democrats in fundraising the first quarter of the year and had the highest percentage of small donors. Her ally, Rep. Ilhan Omar also excelled. As Senator Elizabeth Warren wrote in a piece about AOC for her in Time’s most influential list, not exaggerating, “millions are taking cues from her.”
It’s obviously vexing to Pelosi to see a House majority built by the careful avoidance of ideological extravagance and won in marginal districts hijacked, at least in terms of public attention, by a few freshmen and a 77-year-old Vermont socialist.
They might not define the center of the party at the moment, and the radical freshmen have lost most of their tussles with Pelosi, but there is a reason that they are so famous, with such fundraising prowess. The crusading purity of Sanders has an inherent appeal. The outrageousness of the freshmen (or their boldness, depending on your point of view), and willingness to respond to any criticism, attracts attention. And, as President Donald Trump will tell you, attention begets attention.
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