Nancy Pelosi vs. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez? I'm with Alexandria

Party unity is worthless if the Party clings to right-wing, neoliberal, free-trade-over-fair-trade, anti-democratic economics.

I want to be clearly on the record that when it comes down to supporting Nancy Pelosi or Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, I'm with Alexandria.

That's not to say that I disagree entirely with Nancy Pelosi on all things or that I agree with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on all things. I'm simply saying that on balance, Alexandria is vastly more correct than is Nancy on issues of dragging the Democratic Party to the economic left.

Nancy Pelosi stands against democratic socialism regardless whether one means social democracy or even only FDR's New Deal, which was a deliberately temporary social-democratic situation to save capitalism from itself. FDR wanted to go further and make many things permanent, but he was not a democratic socialist or even a social democrat. He was only a strong welfare-state advocate. At best, Pelosi is lukewarm to even a strong welfare state.

The more Alexandria drags the Party and nation to the economic left, the democratic left, the better. That's why I reject the premise of the following article: Democratic unity threatened as clash between Pelosi and Ocasio-Cortez drags on.

Tom Usher

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Employment: 2008 - present, website developer and writer. 2015 - present, insurance broker. Education: Arizona State University, Bachelor of Science in Political Science. City University of Seattle, graduate studies in Public Administration. Volunteerism: 2007 - present, president of the Real Liberal Christian Church and Christian Commons Project.