Remember those Parkland High School, Florida mass shooting victims on February 14, 2018 and how most of us admired how many of the survivors became young activists in the fight for stricter gun control measures that have failed for years to be passed by US Congressional members because too many, mostly GOP lawmakers are beholden to the behemoth lobbying efforts of the NRA National Rifle Association.
We forget that many of those survivors are still grieving. Since February 2018, 2 survivors have taken their own lives.
Most of us cheered the energy and the new life that these young peoples brought to the fight for stricter gun control measures, but remember how those on the right like on FOX TV, NRA members worked overt-time to besmirch their reputations.
It would be safe to say that these activist survivors have been a thorn in the sides of many on the right, as these young peoples regularly challenged them on their tried and true talking points that we’ve all heard during and post other mass shootings.
Here’s the shocker! The point that I’m making is that these same Parkland gun control activists would find themselves in sync with the younger House Congressional freshmen, known as the Squad who are challenging the status quo ways of getting significant changes done at a faster pace. What’s worse, I describe below, how these younger peoples are more likely to embrace the highly taboo word by older generations, “socialism.”
The Squad of 4 include Representatives Ayanna Pressley, Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez or AOC, and Rashida Tlaid.
In short, they are driving the right, the White House, the GOP Congressional members, hosts and pundits on FOX TV and and other right wing media outlets, absolutely nuts. Like the Parkland HS survivors, they are very savvy with communicating via social media tools, while being verbally skilled, bold, energetic advocates for their causes as they function in an environment of inertia, gridlock, etc.
What’s been disheartening to me, is to see how our Democratic Party leadership members and others have been piling onto these young congressional freshmen in addition to those from the right. They have crossed some boundaries of acceptability which have warranted correction but that should have been expected as part of their learning the ropes in their new positions, as part of the US congressional legislative body.
But it’s also uncomfortable for the older generational leaders to find their thinking, directives challenged by these young activists which has recently led to some out of control, tit for tat infighting within the House Democrats’ family. But that generational divide which has erupted into a contentious work place, needs to be reigned in by both sides.
Unity is key to winning the prize in 2020, the ouster of the republican President Donald Trump’s from the White House. Towards this end, it would behoove Democrats to make their tactical decisions based on the reality that while President Trump can’t win the popular vote, he can repeat his 2016 victory of winning via the electoral college map.
Dear Conservative “Never Trumpers,” Now you know where this Democratic Party’s turn to progressiveness is coming from, ahead of the 2020 November elections. But please keep in mind that the first step for Democrats was to win the majority of seats in the US House in 2018 which was successful. Step 2 objective is to oust the republican President in 2020 if not sooner.
In 1952, President Truman denounced GOP’s use of the word “socialism” as a “scare word … for almost anything that helps all the people.”
Fortunately, the republican President Donald Trump came to the rescue and he became the catalyst for uniting the House Democrats factions against him.
He tweeted racist tirades against these young freshmen, telling them, if they didn’t like this country, they should just leave and return to their countries of origin. This has caused a firestorm of criticisms against his rhetoric except for most GOP members in the US Congress and those media stars on FOX TV. President Trump was obviously unaware that 3 of the Squad were born in the USA, and Rep. Ilhan Omar who came to the US from Somalia as a 12 year old has become a naturalized American citizen.
Read House Resolution against President Trump’s racist tweets: https://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/house-dems-resolution-trump-racist-tweets-pelosi …
As per a 6/20/2019 Business Insider report, “A top election analyst outlined a very plausible nightmare scenario for Democrats in 2020” by Grace Panetta:
“President Donald Trump won the electoral college despite losing the popular vote in 2016, and there are multiple possible scenarios in which he could so again in 2020.”
“In one plausible scenario outlined by Cook Political Report election analyst Dave Wasserman, Trump could lose the popular vote by around 5 million votes but still win the electoral college by one vote for a result of 270-268.”
“Wasserman said this scenario could play out if Democrats expand their vote margins in California and Texas, flip Pennsylvania and Michigan, but lose to Trump in Florida, Arizona, North Carolina, and Wisconsin.”
“For Trump to win re-election by one electoral college vote in the situation Wasserman outlined, Trump would also need to repeat his 2016 performance in Maine by winning one of the state’s four electoral college votes.”
On May 5, 2019, There was this letter to the editor of the LA Times that caught my eye:
To the editor: Economist Edward L. Glaeser worries about young peoples’ preference for socialism over capitalism, but as a mother of two millennials I can tell him: Millennials are not stupid.
They won’t be misled by semantics into embracing a tyranny of corrupt party elites as in the Soviet Union when that’s what they don’t want to see in this country.
And, don’t talk about idealized capitalist dreams while calling the egalitarian dreams of millennials “chimeras.” They face a world threatened by overpopulation, environmental degradation and wealth inequality, with limited natural resources where no one can succeed without the actions of many others.
Capitalism has a problem all right — it is inherently amoral. With freedom must come responsibility. If capitalists want to change minds, they’ll have to replace the slogan of “free enterprise” with “responsible enterprise” and show they mean it.
Carol Wuenschell, Arcadia
On March 10, 2019, Stef W. kight of Axios penned the following report, “Exclusive poll: Young Americans are embracing socialism:”
“Generation Z has a more positive view of the word “socialism” than previous generations, and — along with millennials — are more likely to embrace socialistic policies and principles than past generations, according to a new Harris Poll given exclusively to Axios.”