Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) honored our fallen soldiers on Memorial Day with a solemn message, and right-wingers still viciously attacked her.
Memorial Day is the day we honor those who died for our country. While President Donald Trump is busy teaming up with ruthless dictators to attack American citizens and whining about congressional oversight, Ocasio-Cortez took the time to mark the day in a respectful manner and to ask everyone to take care of each other.
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Today, #MemorialDay, we honor the lives of all those who gave their lives, both abroad and at home, in service to our country.
It’s a hard day for many. Take time to be there for one another; to check in, share stories, reflect, or mark quietly with a moment of gratitude.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) May 27, 2019
Even this heartfelt message drew attacks from conservatives who accused her of dishonoring the fallen because of the policies she supports, which include universal healthcare for all, the Green New Deal to transform our nation into a clean energy powerhouse and equal justice under the law.
You don’t get to talk about those men and women. They fought and died for a way of life you seek to destroy.
— Justin Lindsey (@Donald_Lindsey) May 27, 2019
First intelligent thing I have seen posted by you.
— Leo Rowe (@LeoRowe) May 27, 2019
Wow. This is the first AOC tweet I have read that isn’t insane, incorrect, and/or stupid.
Good job! #MemorialDay
— Tom Hammer (@MAGASoGood) May 27, 2019
Too bad she didn’t write it. She hasn’t a clue or the class.
— S. CAROLINA BULLDOG 🐾 (@Latheman1791) May 27, 2019
They died fighting the very socialistic insanity you schlep on a daily basis.
Do not dishonor them further by pretending to care.
— RightWired (@_donaldson) May 27, 2019
Except that our troops never fought against democratic socialist ideas. They fought against extremism and terrorism and fascism, but the idea that governments should take care of their citizens is an idea that most of our troops support. Prior to World War II, the United States enacted Social Security, a social safety net program that benefits every American. Like AOC’s proposals, former President Franklin Roosevelt enacted a series of government programs under his New Deal that transformed America and made it a superpower, including stiff banking and financial regulations, labor unions, a minimum wage, and more that our soldiers overwhelmingly supported and died to defend when Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan threatened our improved way of life. The military itself is inherently socialist because it is government-controlled with taxpayer-funded healthcare for every serviceman and woman and their families.
The unrestrained capitalism we see today and the unending wars caused by it are what we should all truly oppose.
Ocasio-Cortez simply tried to be respectful and honor the fallen, but right-wingers attacked her anyway and proved why we need more politicians like her. Because it’s time to build a nation that’s worth defending with our lives again.
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