The recent weeks have witnessed the rise of aggressive, uncivil behavior from leftists toward President Trump’s cabinet, staff, and supporters. It has occurred online and in public confrontations. Moreover, it has blossomed into violence and calls for violent behavior by politicians such as Congresswoman Maxine Waters.
The Left has also seen the emergence of a Socialist candidate for Congress, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Her star has risen via her defeat of the Democrat incumbent who was a very powerful man in D.C.
In reality, she is not a Democrat. She is officially a member of the New York Democratic Socialists of America, or DSA, though she will run as the Democratic nominee.
Cortez will no doubt be elected to office. Her policy pronouncements are truly Socialist. These combined with the current violent-inducing climate could fuel a dangerous future for the nation itself.
The new Democratic Socialist Left is a serious threat to liberty especially if their acolytes obtain the power they crave. Why? Because Socialism is incompetent in operation, and the Left is malevolent in intent. This combined with a disregard for non-violence render this new Leftist movement a real danger to America.
Socialism Is Incompetent
The incompetence is present both in Socialism and its adherents. Not that they aren’t intelligent people. Karl Marx with whom the movement of Socialism and Communism began, was extremely intelligent.
The problem is that their blind faith renders them unable to believe Socialism can fail. Socialists are unable to see that it is the philosophy itself which is unworkable. The most recent example of such is being demonstrated in the devastated nation of Venezuela. The annual inflation rate recorded last month in that country was an astounding 46,305%!
America herself received a prime example of a Socialist incompetence during the rollout of Obamacare beginning in 2011. The Federal government spent hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars trying and failing to build the healthcare website. Many pointed out at the time that there were a lot of people who could have done it better for a lot less.
The Problematic Demands of the Democratic Socialists
There are several demands that the DSA has published in various formats. The new beacon for Socialism, 28-year-old Ocasio-Cortez, has a demand list which she rolled out during her campaign. It was shown on her Twitter page. Here are the 10 demands in order of presentation.
Medicare for all – medicine, vision, dental & mental health care
Universal Jobs Guarantee – serve our communities with living wages
Fully Funded Public Schools and Universities – plus taxing Wall Street to support tuition-free public universities and trade schools
Paid Family and Sick Leave – giving everyone the right to choose care
Housing as a Human Right – safe, secure, habitable, & affordable homes
Justice System Reform – end the War on Drugs, demilitarize our police, and abolish for-profit incarceration
Immigration Justice – protect DREAMers & TPS recipients, simplify the paths to citizenship and abolish ICE
Infrastructural Overhaul – invest in 100% renewable green industry
Clean Campaign Finance – ending the corrupting influence of corporate finance in public elections
An Economy of Peace – that supports our veterans and actively values all humanity
Every one of these is exceedingly problematic on its own. Medicare for some is a program going broke today. A government guarantee of jobs for all is possible only if all the jobs are government ones.
The most troubling of these demands is the final one. The words about supporting veterans are to garner support and mask the real intentions. What is truly desired is an economy,
that…actively values all humanity.
The economic system the DSA favors to do this is Communism, hidden behind the Democratic Socialist label.
Of course, Ocasio-Cortez included abolishing ICE because that has become a clarion call for the Left today. A photo of some campaign buttons from her tweets shows the direction the Socialist Left wants to move America toward.
However, the more serious problem is the immediate threat posed by the fact that the new Socialist Left is malevolent in intent.
The Left Is Malevolent
The Socialist Left engages in behavior and activities that demonstrate malevolence toward its opponents. Moreover, their malicious actions manifest a maniacal mindset bent on destroying the American way of life.
There are examples aplenty about the abuse and violent actions of leftists in the past few weeks. One is the case of someone dumping a dead animal carcass on the doorstep of a Department of Homeland Security employee in Washington D.C.
In the same story, we read about more threats and abuse toward government officials.
about two dozen ICE agents have filed reports after receiving threats of violence online. That news comes after many on the left have called for border agents’ children to be harassed at school and federal immigration employees to be assaulted outside their homes and banned from public areas. Protesters have harassed Homeland Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen at a Mexican restaurant and outside her home, where they’ve shown up blasting recordings of crying children to protest her role in carrying out federal immigration law
There have also been assaults against regular citizens who support the president. The most recent example was that of a 30-year-old leftist thug stealing a MAGA hat from a teenager in San Antonio, Texas and throwing a drink in his face.
This is unacceptable behavior in a civilized society. It appears the purpose of the Socialist Left is the destruction of civility and with it, the take-down of America. Moreover, they disregard the philosophy of non-violent protest. That is a very dangerous notion.
The New Socialist Left Dangerously Pushes for Violence
There have been some people speaking out against using violence mostly from the Republican side of the aisle. Many on the Left in America eschew a non-violent approach today. Here is a tweet from a leftist pushing others toward violence against Trump supporters.
The leftist media is pushing their best to gin up the hysteria and have no problem with trying to intimidate Trump supporters themselves. Here is what commentator Donny Deutsch said on CNN recently:
If you vote for Trump, you are ripping children from parents’ arms, …If you vote for Trump then you, the voter, you, not Donald Trump, are standing at the border, like Nazis, going ‘you here, you here,’
Non-Violence Is Disregarded by the Socialist Left
Non-Violent civil disobedience was the strategy employed by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the 1950s and 60s Civil Rights protests. His courage and commitment to peaceful means in the face of legal bigotry and racism of that time have been inspirational to those across the political spectrum.
Yet, this treasured legacy is disregarded by the modern Left. The public evidence of this is found during the past administration in the actions of groups such as Black Lives Matter, Antifa, and the New Black Panther Party among others. The same groups continue to manifest violence today in the name of justice.
Yet, when others point out that part of effective political and civil change is practicing civility toward the opponent, the Socialist agitators dismiss and deride them.
Non-Violence is the Better Way
The best examples of how non-violence works are given to us by the social reformers Mahatma Gandhi and his American disciple, Martin Luther King Jr. When they engaged in protests, they accepted the punishment which resulted from breaking the law in order to demonstrate the injustice of the law.
The movie “Gandhi” contains many poignant and fascinating looks at the phenomenon of non-violent social change. A particular exchange between the Mahatma and his future followers is illuminating.
These young men are asking why Indians are not justified in carrying out acts of terrorism in response to the British killing of Indians. Gandhi’s responds,
Where there is injustice, I have always believed in fighting. The question is, do you fight to change things or do you fight to punish. I’ve found that we’re all such sinners we should leave punishment to God. And if you really want to change things, there are better ways of doing it than derailing trains or slashing someone with a sword.
The way of non-violence is the ‘better way’ to real social change that lasts. Change for the better that upsets the status quo and helps to right real wrongs. Change that goes beyond legislation and aims for the human heart.
The human heart is God’s target. His Word is the message that aims for the heart. Only turning there and listening to the Word holds any hope to counter this dangerous movement in America.
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Hebrews 4:12 [ESV]
Sources – The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Crossway Bibles, 2001
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