Howdy y’all! Today I found it interesting that one Barack Obama decided not to endorse the socialist darling Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. There can be a litany of speculation as to why, but needless to say, they are two peas in a pod when it comes to ideology. Perhaps Obama does not want to recognize the obvious — which we all know — that the Democrat party is no more. It’s now full-blown openly admitting to being a socialist party. Just think about it: all these potential Democrat candidates for the 2020 presidential nomination are lurching far to the left, willingly. They are drifting further and further from the fundamentals of our Constitutional Republic — and confessing their desire to end free market capitalism in America.
Now of course, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez will now become even more endeared to the progressive socialist leftist horde. She will come off as the victim of the establishment Democrat party, just as Bernie Sanders was portrayed. But there is another story of someone playing the victim card for the left, as a platform to be elevated to an elected position.
As reported by Fox News:
“Stacey Abrams, a Democrat running for governor of Georgia, is pushing back on a financial disclosure report that revealed the candidate is more than $200,000 in debt – an obstacle she says should not disqualify her from the race. “I am in debt, but I am not alone. Debt is a millstone that weighs down more than three-quarters of Americans,” Abrams wrote in an op-ed for Fortune. “It can determine whether we are able to run for office, to launch a business, to quit a job we hate. But it should not—and cannot—be a disqualification for ambition.” Although she secured a nearly six-figure salary as a lawyer, Abrams revealed debt piled up from student loans as well caring for her parents, who adopted her brother’s baby because he suffered from drug addiction. Abrams graduated from Yale Law School. “Paying the bills for two households has taken its toll. Nearly twenty years after graduating, I am still paying down student loans, and am on a payment plan to settle my debt to the IRS,” Abram wrote. The 44-year-old owes the IRS more than $50,000 in deferred tax payments, and over $170,000 in credit card and student loan debt – an amount she said she is determined to pay off.
“I have made money mistakes, but I have never ignored my responsibilities; I will meet my obligations—however slowly but surely,” Abrams wrote, while noting financial mistakes “don’t have to be fatal to our dreams.”
Needless to say, Ms. Abrams, former Georgia House Minority Leader, did get President Obama’s endorsement.
Now, do I think Ms. Adams should be disqualified from running for public office because of her debt issues? No. Do I think the folks in my birth state of Georgia should be concerned with turning the State’s budget, which must be balanced, over to someone who has issues with fiscal management? Yes. It is very obvious to me what is happening in Georgia, a red, southern, state that the left wants badly. They see my hometown of Atlanta transforming, and being a major urban population center, where most leftist policy failures reside, providing them a base of voters to overcome the rest of the state. As well, the gold standard of the left is identity politics, so they are running a black female, who could be the first black female Governor in America. You can bet that the whole “we have overcome” theme will be used, and used, and used some more to inspire a 100% turnout of black voters who will not see policy, just color, and a historic moment — hmm, have we been down that road before?Ms. Abrams will get to play the 'broke sista' card, touting her as being just like everybody else, in debt. Click To Tweet
Ms. Abrams will get to play the “broke sista” card, touting her as being just like everybody else, in debt. She will play up her being a victim, a Yale Law School educated victim. Hey, what was wrong with the prestigious University of Georgia Law School? Or even Emory Law School right there in Atlanta? I know, I did not attend the University of Georgia. That was because the University of Tennessee had one of the Nation’s top rated Army ROTC programs — plus, Tennessee had the first black QB in the SEC, Condredge Halloway. But, I digress.
This will be an interesting race to watch in the deep South. It will bode well for the progressive socialist left’s grand strategy of infiltrating economically successful red states and overtaking the urban centers. As well, we shall see if the politics of identity overrule the policies of economic empowerment and growth. If there is anything that the GOP had best learn, it is that they need to fully embrace the growing number of constitutional conservative minorities: women, Blacks, Hispanics, and Asians, who can be the new vanguard, and standard bearers — and that includes young people. If not, the left will continue to outmaneuver the GOP, and the results of this race could be a clarion call.
Is the issue of Ms. Abrams’ debt a show stopper? Absolutely not. If anything, it is an “asset” that she will play to her advantage. However, the best way for Americans to get out of debt is to get them employed again. And here’s a factoid: it is the person who endorsed her, Barack Obama,that put more people out of work, and on government poverty and food stamp rolls. That is not economic empowerment, it is economic enslavement, and that is not needed anymore, down in Georgia.
During his 22 year career in the United States Army, Lieutenant Colonel West served in several combat zones and received many honors including a Bronze Star, three Meritorious Service Medals, three Army Commendation Medals, one with Valor device, and a Valorous Unit Award.
In November of 2010, Allen was elected to the United States Congress, representing Florida’s 22nd District.
He is a Fox News Contributor, Director of the Booker T. Washington Initiative at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, Senior Fellow at the Media Research Center, contributing columnist for Townhall.com, and author of Guardian of the Republic: An American Ronin’s Journey to Family, Faith and Freedom. His forthcoming book, Hold Texas, Hold the Nation: Victory or Death, is due fall 2018 from Brown Books Publishing Group.