Conservative Republicans are out to scare the hell out of average Americans with their demonization of socialism; or at least their stipulated definition of what socialism is. They are taking it to the extremes to cast a dark shadow on its purpose. Beware!
Most of the speeches were dedicated to warning about the creeping dangers of socialism.
NATIONAL HARBOR, MD — From the very start of CPAC 2019, the dreaded “s” word was on everyone’s lips.
Former White House adviser Sebastian Gorka declared that “socialism is here in America,” noting a recent study which found that 40 percent of Americans described themselves as socialist, to loud boos from the crowd. Larry Kudlow, director of the White House National Economic Council, asked attendees to “put socialism on trial,” and said that Democrats were “proposing to overturn America’s success,” which would lead to “high taxes, health care takeover and impoverished poverty traps.” Rick Harrison, of the show “Pawn Stars,” said that socialism was “literally like heroin.”
Though not explicitly mentioned by name, it is abundantly clear that the policies advanced by freshman Democratic lawmakers like Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Ilhan Omar (D-MN) — including the Green New Deal, universal healthcare, and a federal jobs guarantee — have severely triggered CPAC attendees.
NRA President Oliver North came close to calling Rep. Ocasio-Cortez out by name. In a video interstitial aired directly after his speech on Thursday, North accused Democrats of trying to “Make America Weak Again”, featuring footage of presidential hopefuls like Sen. Corey Booker (D-NJ) and Kamala Harris (D-CA), as well as Ocasio-Cortez, all made to look menacing with a grainy black and white tint.
For reasons unknown, they chose a clip of Ocaiso-Cortez smiling and dancing, drastically undermining the menacing “Stalinist in waiting” vibe they were going for.
The theme continued in full force on Friday, with yet another video compilation featuring Venezuela, Bernie Sanders, and Fox News anchors asking how we will pay for socialist programs — all over dramatic music. Glenn Beck then followed, where he compared socialism to the movie “Friday 13th” because it “seems to stalk college co-eds.”
“Stop trying to hook up in some cabin in the woods,” Beck added. “Jason is coming for you and he has a hammer and a sickle.”
Beck continued by espousing the virtues of free-market capitalism that was bringing “water and electricity to the poorest parts of the world.” He conceded that there were pockets of poverty where people were miserable “because the free market hasn’t gotten there yet.”
Beck did not elaborate on how the free market has managed to overlook sizable pockets of poverty here in the U.S., like Lowndes County in Alabama, where hookworm — a disease more commonly seen in countries with extreme poverty — is thriving. He did not elaborate on why the free market has led to an America where 57 percent of adults can’t cover a $500 emergency, or where teachers have to turn to Uber and Airbnbto supplement their income.