Why Progressives and all Americans must Rally behind Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

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As they exist today, neither political party is effectively serving the American people. Our government is stagnant and is becoming entirely dysfunctional. Years of placing party first on both sides of the aisle removed the purpose of our founding fathers creation of a Democratic Republic. No longer is there deliberation and compromise. Under Trump’s fascist rule, Democrats have been removed from any participation in the governing of our nation.

Winning elections is the number one priority of both parties. Republicans lie and use fear and hate tactics to crush their Democratic opponents. Democrats, who are favored by the majority of voters, focus on “not losing.” Left behind are the people of the United States of America.

Over the last 20 years both parties have moved further to the right. Republicans have become extreme and subsequently lost their ideals and principles. Democrats have forgotten their liberal foundation. During the last election, minorities and low-income Americans rightfully claimed that Democrats talk a lot about caring for the majority, but in reality accomplish only minimal advances for the voters who support them.

Women have received a large amount of lip service from the left, but their failure to be aggressive continues to allow the right wing to place them in a secondary role controlled by men in congress who are under the control of the Christian religious right.

Democrats have a new leader, and she is 28-years-old. She is Hispanic and comes from a poor community in New York. Her name is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. When she defeated 20-year incumbent Joe Crowley in New York’s 14 district I admit that my heart leapt and hope returned.

Ms. Ocasio-Cortez is a self-proclaimed Democratic Socialist. She believes, as I and many others do, that the Democratic Party must move back to the left and the ideals of Franklin Delano Roosevelt when the people came first.

Television pundits and politicians believe that Democrats should remain conservative in the efforts to win in the midterms; I call bulls**t. This is a war, Republicans are the enemy and they play dirty. ‘Playing nice’ will result in losing battle after battle until the war is lost.

I will follow the lead of Ms. Ocasio-Cortez. The average age of all Americans is 37.8 years of age. There must be a youth movement from the voting public. The old, white men who have failed our nation for decades must go. Women and younger Americans in general are our future. Please vote in November, and please tell others about my blog and the truth; thank you.

Op-ed by James Turnage

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