The Repulsive Policies and Tactics of the “Squad”

Over the weekend, Congressman Cummings, Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, decided to weigh in on the recent Twitter fight between President Trump and the four women in Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s self-named “Squad” of first term, far-left Members of Congress.

You may remember Congressman Elijah Cummings as the member of Congress who claimed he was spit on when he walked through a peaceful gathering of Tea Party members a few years ago.  Videos of the event showed no such thing.  The Congressman could produce no evidence.

Cummings called the four women of the Squad “young ladies” who are “some of the most brilliant young people that I have met.”

Maybe Cummings needs to get out more. He apparently thinks a woman who calls the President a Mother-F*cker as Squad member Rashaida Tlaib did qualifies as a “lady.”

But Cummings isn’t alone. Even Joe Biden recently claimed great respect for AOC and her crew. And in a vote by the House last week, Democrats voted unanimously to condemn at least one of President Trump’s tweets as racist. Ironic given that Democrats couldn’t agree on a simple resolution condemning one of the Squad’s blatantly anti-Semitic remarks just a few weeks ago.

It used to be racism was easy to spot. It was an ugly act, thought, or attitude.  It depended on believing and behaving as though your group was better than another because of ethnic background or skin tone.

That’s no longer the case with Democrats. It no longer matters what you do, or even what you think. It only matters whether you agree with them. If you don’t, you’re a racist. If you can’t see it, or don’t admit it, then that’s proof enough. So much for due process or even rational thought.

Ayanna Pressley (D-MA,) another Squad member told one group last week that if you’re a person of color, but don’t agree with her, then you’re a racist … I think. Here’s what she said, “We don’t need any more brown faces that don’t want to be a brown voice.  We don’t need black faces that don’t want to be a black voice.”

Huh?  I’m not sure I really understand what in the world she’s saying.  What I am certain of though is that if you question her comments, whatever your color, you’ll be shouted down as a racist.

A few days earlier, Ocasio-Cortez claimed the U.S.’s treatment of migrants was comparable to Nazi, Germany’s treatment of Jews. Here’s what she said about immigrant detention facilities, “The United States is running concentration camps on our southern border. And that is exactly what they are.”  This despite the fact that people are free to return to their country of origin anytime they want, they’re given three meals a day, two snacks, bottled water, health care, diapers, and all the care they need.

AOC’s sentiments aren’t just harmless hyperbole.  Last weekend, an Antifa nut tried to blow up an immigration office in Washington State.  In his manifesto, he parrots Ocaso-Cortez’s concentration camp nonsense as justification for his action.

Where’s the outrage from Democrats over AOC’s stimulating violence? It’s nowhere.  Because Democrats have decided that anything the Squad says is permitted and any criticism is “racism.”

It’s absurd and I have to believe that Americans who know they are not racists won’t fall for it.

In fact, consider for a moment some of the policy positions Democrat leaders insist you believe.  If you don’t, they’re evidence you’re a secret racist.

  1. The Green New Deal.  Those who wrote it claim the only serious approach to solving environmental problems, real or perceived, requires we overturn free-markets and adopt a thoroughly socialist economic system.  And while I’m not sure what massive redistribution of wealth has to do with climate change, to the Squad there is no other choice.  You either support this lunacy or you support climate destruction. What they still can’t explain is where the trillions will come from to pay for this plan … they can’t, no matter how much they tax us the money isn’t there.
  2. Government Health Care. The Squad and their allies insist you either agree with their Medicare-for-all plan or you hate poor people.  There can be no other objection.  It simply doesn’t matter to them that quality will decline, providers will experience hardship, innovation will fall off, and access will suffer. Could it be that those things don’t matter to them because of what Joe Stalin taught us, and Venezuela reminds us: he who controls health outcomes is better able to control behaviors.  And the behavior they seem to care about most is enhancing their own power.
  3. Student Loans. They urge that taxpayers pick up the outstanding balance on all student loans.If you worked hard, and made the payments you were supposed to, too bad.  This program is only for those who refused to fulfill their commitments. Sounds to me like more Stalin: he who controls the money, controls who goes to college, what they learn, and whether they end up digging ditches or becoming attorneys.
  4. Guaranteed Income. The Squad believes everyone should receive a monthly check from the government.  I don’t know if they realize that once the economy adjusts to all that “free” money it won’t be worth anything and people will be right back where they started. Except, now they’ll need that money just to stay even.  Or maybe that’s the point.  It certainly will make people dependent and give the Squad leverage to force people to do what you want.
  5. Open Borders. The Squad wants open borders and an end to border enforcement agencies. Not only do they want to let in anyone who wants in; they want to give them free healthcare, free education, housing, food stamps, social security benefits, and that guaranteed government check each month.   The only way I can see how this makes sense is if they believe today’s immigrants will be tomorrow’s voters thereby assuring the Squad and their friends maintain perpetual power.
  6. Gun Confiscation. The Squad all support gun confiscation and the dissolution of the National Rifle Association. Given everything else on their agenda, I doubt it has much to do with establishing safer neighborhoods.  If they cared about that, it wouldn’t make sense to disarm those not committing the crimes.  My guess is that it’s another page taken from other socialist countries — disarm the public so they have no means of fighting back.  Gun confiscation makes total government control that much easier.

This is not the agenda of those committed to freedom and liberty.  What’s more, they are policies absolutely contrary to any sense of economic justice, greater prosperity, or more opportunity.  They won’t raise the poor up, but they will certainly work to tear everyone down. From that perspective, they’re clearly anti-American in their denial of traditional American values – freedom, rule of law, personal property, due process, free markets, economic justice, equality of opportunity.

And yet, Democrat leaders have almost unanimously ruled that to criticize these policies is tantamount to racism.  They actively defend the Squad, their wacky ideas, and their troops of zealots.

It’s madness.  Most Americans will be repelled.  They should be.

John Philip Sousa, IV

John Philip Sousa, IV is an entrepreneur, political activ-ist, author and accomplished business person. John has worked in the financial services industry for over 40 years, built a highly successful marketing company, ran for congress at age 24, and in 2016 created and led the successful movement to draft Dr Ben Carson into his candidacy for President of the United States. John is author of John Philip Sousa, A Patriot’s Life in Words and Pictures and Ben Carson, RX for America.

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