Republicans like Senator Tom Cotton (AR) are absolutely terrified of freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), and their repeated attacks on her and her idea for a Green New Deal to address the issue of climate change have gone from disingenuous to downright absurd.
Ocasio-Cortez unveiled her Green New Deal resolution this week, along with Senator Ed Markey (D-MA), and to hear Cotton tell it, such a plan is pure socialism and will end with the Gestapo.
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Yes, he went there:
The Democrats’ “Green New Deal” brings to mind an insight from Churchill: Socialism may begin with the best of intentions, but it always ends with the Gestapo.
— Tom Cotton (@TomCottonAR) February 8, 2019
Apparently, if one dares to call themselves a democratic socialist, that means they really want to install national socialism such as the Nazis instituted in 1930s Germany. Such a ridiculous view of progressive ideas completely ignores the fact that most European nations have some form of socialism, including national health care and other benefits that are good for all citizens and make their economies among the most vibrant in the world.
All is not lost, however. Twitter responded to Senator Cotton’s hyperventilating hubris with plenty of well-deserved reminders that Churchill didn’t exactly do very well with his warnings that the Gestapo was about to take over in Great Britain:
Missing context, Senator:
Churchill gave the infamous “Gestapo Speech” while running against Labor in ’45.
He got crushed and despite his warnings, the left gave Britain the National Health Service but Prince Harry did dress up as a Nazi for Halloween that one time.
— Bill Weir (@BillWeirCNN) February 8, 2019
And since I lived in a Socialist country I kind of know what I am talking about so save all the mansplaining by you or your supporters…thank you
— Martina Navratilova (@Martina) February 8, 2019
It’s also instructive to recall that Churchill wasn’t quite the extremist Cotton made him out to be. As a matter of fact, he was often on the cutting edge of matters that concerned the future of Western democracy.
For example, Think Progress notes:
“In a famous speech, Churchill warned the House of Commons on November 12, 1936 of the fatal dangers of ignoring the growing threat from Europe. Churchill noted that the British leaders ‘go on in strange paradox, decided only to be undecided, resolved to be irresolute, adamant for drift, solid for fluidity, all-powerful to be impotent.'”
The former British Prime Minster then added:
“Owing to past neglect, in the face of the plainest warnings, we have entered upon a period of danger… The era of procrastination, of half measures, of soothing and baffling expedience of delays, is coming to its close. In its place we are entering a period of consequences. We cannot avoid this period, we are in it now.”
Wouldn’t it be nice if Republicans did just a smidgen of research before they posted specious, banal BS on social media? And yes, we’re looking RIGHT AT YOU, Donald Trump!
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