As of this writing (the wee hours of Friday morning), “The Brains Behind Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez,” by “Mr. Reagan,” was up to almost 1.5 million views after being posted for about a week. I’d like to think I had a hand in some of that.
Here’s more about the organization called Justice Democrats, which was behind the “casting” of AOC to be the new representative for the 14th Congressional District, covering parts of New York City. For those not yet convinced that Mr. Reagan’s claim is more than a wild conspiracy theory, here’s an article in which the head of Justice Democrats boasts of their plan to do just what he was talking about –- on a large scale across the country. Of course, she doesn’t refer to AOC as a “puppet,” but in the interview it becomes clear that all the new faces they select will, in effect, function that way.
The interview appeared at ELLE.com, so no one should be surprised that the slant is NOT “Oh, no! Look what radical leftists are trying to do to game the system and take over the government!” It’s more like, “Oh, wow!! Look what our wonderful friends, the progressives at Justice Democrats, are doing to try to game the system and take over the government! You go, Justice Democrats!!”
Consider just the title, “Meet Alexandra Rojas, the Executive Director of Justice Democrats Who Helped Elect Your Favorite Congresswoman.” And who might that be? Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. And, yes, they are serious. The article is by Madison Feller, a staff writer covering news, politics and culture.
Once again, a women’s magazine is “mainstreaming” leftist politics, this time by informing me who my “favorite congresswoman” is. AOC is one of my least favorite congresswomen, coming in for that honor just behind Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, both of whom also happen to have been endorsed by Justice Democrats. Apparently, anti-Semitism is fine with them.
In this interview, Rojas, 24, explains that she got into politics in 2016, starting as an intern with the Bernie Sanders campaign. She met other young ‘progressives’ and started a PAC called Brand New Congress. In January of 2017, they created another PAC, Justice Democrats, and had quick success in the 2018 elections, endorsing 65 candidates who ran on “a progressive social agenda.” With AOC, she says, they “were there from the very beginning –- literally put out a call for nominations, someone suggested we reach out to her, and worked with her all the way until she ultimately won her primary.”
The “call for nominations” is what Mr. Reagan referred to in his video as the “casting call.” It really was like that. They looked at about 10,000 people to see who “fit” their idea of a young, energized, socially ‘progressive’ candidate.
“When you see folks like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez,” Rojas explains, “that’s a literal case study of the work that we do. And so, in 2020, we’re hoping to double down on competitive primary elections and compete in districts across America to help elect a new, diverse generation of leadership to Congress.” These new leaders will be pushing policies such as the Green New Deal, Medicare For All, abolishing ICE, and free college. It’s also important that candidates not run on corporate PAC money.” (Justice Democrats happens to be a PAC, not a corporate one but surely just as well-funded as any of those –- can you say George Soros?) “We’re really dedicated to electing a mission-driven team that is not thinking about their political ambitions but is running on the policies to transform America.”
The article does mention that Justice Democrats’ strategy of mounting numerous primary challenges is getting “mixed reviews” within the party. Can you say Nancy Pelosi?
Rojas goes on to say that her PAC worked closely with about 12 of the candidates they endorsed. “There was a lot of work in terms of campaign launch, campaign management, field programs throughout the entire 2018 cycle.” She worked on AOC’s field program for the last two months of her campaign and helped run the texting and volunteer programs. Now, they’re working to build “infrastructure”; she flies around the country “to places like Texas,” where she’s “interviewing potential candidates on the ground” to mount a primary challenge to Rep. Henry Cuellar, who apparently isn’t far enough to the left for them.
After all, that’s the goal: a very far-left Congress. I should say that’s the interim goal, because the ultimate goal is just what Mr. Reagan said it was: to top it off with a far-left President. “The Democratic President is only going to be as progressive as however progressive their Congress is,” Rojas says, convolutedly. (“Progressive” is the word she uses consistently. Of course; we know there’s nothing actually progressive about leftist policies, which are demonstrably disastrous; my use of that term is simply in quoting her.) In other words, they want to lay the groundwork in the form of a far-left Congress, which will free up the new far-left President to do all the crazy things they are now quite openly planning to do.
Remarkably, Rojas actually veers towards an idea with which conservatives can agree: that “everyday people” should be involved in politics, not just the wealthy and politically-connected. She might not even realize that this is what the founding fathers --- and, wow, would she hate that paternalistic term --- had in mind. But her group goes way beyond what they ever envisioned in terms of organizing for vast political power. Ironically, Justice Democrats recruits “everyday people” to promote the very policies that would wipe out constitutional freedoms that we take for granted.
Think that has occurred to her or that she would even care? Of course not. She thinks of her list of far-left policies as the means of “fixing America.”
Rojas refers to “shifting the Overton window.” In case you don’t know what that is, the Overton window is the range of ideas tolerated in public discourse --- the range of policies that a politician can recommend without appearing too extreme and risking his office in the current climate of public opinion. In other words, this is the kind of “climate change” leftists WANT. And, of course, if the window shifts far enough to the left, it shuts out the right, so that politicians who talk about individual freedom, religious liberty, free speech, border security, the 2nd Amendment and protection of the unborn --- even the just-born --- are the ones who are considered crazy-extreme. This is the brave new world they are after.
A postscript: a couple of mornings ago, I tuned in to WBAP Radio in Dallas and caught the last few minutes of what host Chris Salcedo was saying about the Mr. Reagan video. I enjoy listening to Chris, but what I heard on this particular day concerned me. He said he found NOTHING WRONG with what the Justice Democrats are doing; he only wished Republicans were doing the same thing! Now, I didn’t have the full context of that remark, so I’ll give him some benefit of the doubt. I think he meant simply that we’ve got to focus on winning, just as they do, and that we don’t push hard enough. True.
But if we’re “casting” for the new faces of conservatism, we need to do it much differently. While the left is looking for lots of energy and the right demographics, we need lots of energy and the right MINDS. We need many more common-sense people who can inspire voters with the way they articulate their positions. Sorry, leftists, but most Republicans are too smart to accept airheads like AOC, let alone to consider them “their favorite congresswoman.”