The Democrats’ New Evita Peron Needs to Spend 3 Months in Venezuela

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez offers the U.S. Latin American-style socialism and squalor.

By John Zmirak Published on June 29, 2018

One of my role models, H.L. Mencken, famously wrote: “Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.”

As a Christian, I hope that each of us gets better than we deserve. And I pray that Americans don’t fall for politicians like the one that just bobbed up to the surface, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. A photogenic socialist, she won the Democratic primary in a New York congressional district. (That means she’s a shoe-in in November.) Cortez crushed the long-term incumbent, Rep. Joe Crowley. Many had seen him as the likely heir to Nancy Pelosi as leader of Democrats in the House. 

Just a few months ago, Cortez worked as a bartender in Greenwich Village. Blind-sided political journalists are now scrambling to see where she came from, and why she won.

I have a theory:

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the frozen embryo love-child of Hugo Chavez and Evita Peron.

DNA from Evita’s Fingernails, and Chavez’s Nose Hairs?

I can’t speak to the mechanics of it. Maybe they harvested Evita’s eggs. Then kept them in some Nazi laboratory in Argentina. When Chavez came to power, he used some of that wealth he looted from Venezuela’s productive classes. (Before driving four million of them from the country.) Or George Soros worked with “Red Cardinal” Oscar Maradiaga. They took a piece of Evita’s fingernails, and one of Chavez’s nose-hairs. Then they cloned and mated the cells in some deep vault laboratory owned by the Bilderbergers.

Maybe they harvested Evita’s eggs and kept them in some Nazi lab in Argentina.

I’m no reproductive biologist. I’m just calling the facts as I see them.

The leftiest fringe of the unhinged Democratic party is celebrating Cortez’s victory. She trounced a genuine villain, after all: An open borders, tax and spend, pro-abortion liberal Democrat. Yeah, yeah, his policies sounded like Bernie Sanders’. But you’re missing just one thing: He is a white male. The “primary oppressor” in Intersectionalist dogma jargon. And the Washington Post just warned us in a headline. “The worst thing to be in many Democratic primaries? A white male candidate.”

“Greedy Jewish Landlords”

Appeals to racial hatred aren’t far from Cortez’s campaign. As the Daily Caller reported:

One of Ocasio-Cortez’s most enthusiastic campaigners and a man who stood behind her at her victory party, Thomas Lopez-Pierre, is a known anti-Semite and racist. Lopez-Pierre has regularly used slurs against Jewish and black New Yorkers in public forums and while running for office himself.

While running for office in 2017, Lopez-Pierre specifically campaigned on “protecting tenants from greedy Jewish landlords.” Lopez-Pierre’s own campaign website shows his rantings agains “Greedy Jewish Landlords.” His campaign website applauds the arrest of “Greedy Jewish Landlords” and says that “Jewish Landlords” are “punishing” black and Hispanic families.

That’s what happens when you start campaigning based on your inborn, fixed identity. You invite your followers to attack others based on the very same thing.

Such racial groupthink is never far from left-wing populists and socialists. Conservative political theorist Erik von Kuenhelt-Leddihn wrote a brilliant book, Leftism Revisited. I read it at age 16 and it shaped me for life. In it, he lays out the spectrum of Left to Right this way: The Left represents conformism, tribalism, ultra-nationalism, racism and class consciousness. The Right stands for individualism, eccentricity, natural inequality, and meritocracy. Using this criterion, he groups the Nazis and Fascists together with the Communists and Socialists on the Left.

From First World to Third World

That certainly fits the career of the couple that ruined once-rich Argentina, Juan and Evita Peron. In the early 20th century, Argentina looked a lot like the United States. The nations had almost identical per capita GDP. Each relied on international trade, and accepted economic inequality as the price of a free economy that provided growth for all. But Juan Peron could not accept the status quo. With the glamorous social-climbing populist icon Evita at his side, he rode to power in repeated terms as president. He coopted the far Left’s agenda of economic redistribution, class warfare, and hatred of foreign investment. He nationalized industries. Drove out British investors. Lavished the ordinary voter with government handouts. That’s how he made Argentina perhaps the first recorded case of a country slipping from the First World into the Third. If Ms. Cortez has her way, it won’t be the last.

Venezuela, Ruined

Hugo Chavez came to power decades later in Venezuela by following Peron’s talking points. First he tried and failed to seize power by force. (Tragically for Venezuela, nobody thought to put him up against a wall and shoot him.) Pardoned by a foolish president, he followed a Hitlerian path from prison to power. As happened in 1933, once Chavez had won a narrow victory, he set about dismantling democracy and outlawing the opposition. Chavez wasted the country’s oil wealth on massive giveaway programs, and left the economy in ruins upon his death. His successor, Francisco Nicholas Maduro, pursues the same policies, enriching only the increasingly outright criminal element that dominates his party. Dissidents live in terror, and the remnant middle class is pouring into neighboring Colombia, like exiles from Castro’s Cuba.

Don’t Cry For Me, Westchester County

This blend of leftist economic populism is what Ocasio-Cortez offers America. (Her mom now reports that Cortez has her eyes on the White House, by the way. Before she has even entered Congress. Echoes of Obama.)

She’s not from the economic underclass. Her dad was an architect. He moved their family to Westchester for the sake of better public schools. But that was the seed of Cortez’s rage, as the New York Post reports. She saw that her schools were better than those of her cousins back in the Bronx. And that planted in her at a young age a (guilt-fueled?) rage at inequality.

Cortez joined the farthest left political movement with any visibility in the U.S., the Democratic Socialists of America. Her rage at inequality gave her the script for her rise from part-time bartender to the Democrats’ new Congressional Evita. In her campaign, Cortez showered promises on the voters like cash from a drunken sailor.

Imagine that: Better-off families, who pay much higher taxes, getting in return a superior product for their children.

That might strike you and me as simply unfortunate, an effect of living in a fallen world with limited resources. We might even condemn the government’s public school monopoly, and call for tuition tax credits that could be used at parochial schools.

Everyone Gets a Pony. Don’t Worry About the Poop.

But it made Cortez a radical, egalitarian statist, on the model of Hugo Chavez. It drove her to work for Ted Kennedy. But toiling for that white male was a bland half measure. She soon joined the farthest left political movement with any visibility in the U.S., the Democratic Socialists of America. Her rage at inequality gave her the script for her rise from part-time bartender to the Democrats’ new Congressional Evita. In her campaign, Cortez showered promises on the voters like cash from a drunken sailor.

  • Virtually open borders. Beyond a mass amnesty for illegal immigrants, Cortez would dismantle ICE, leaving the U.S. incapable of turning away any of the 147 million adult immigrants whom Gallup report wish to enter the U.S., along with their children.
  • Medicare for all. Socialize all medicine in the United States, which would (as in Britain) bring all care down to the lowest common denominator.
  • Free tuition for all public colleges and universities. Because not enough kids are wasting four to seven years pursuing degrees in Queer Theory, while skilled trade jobs go begging.
  • A federal jobs guarantee. According to her campaign site, the federal government must provide “baseline quality for employments that guarantees a minimum $15 wage (pegged to inflation), full healthcare, and paid child and sick leave for all.”
  • Housing as “a human right.” Reports Business Insider, “she wants to extend tax benefits to working- and middle-class homeowners, expand the Low Income Housing Tax Credit, provide housing for the homeless, and permanently fund the National Affordable Housing Trust Fund.” Never mind that the last time the federal government decided to make virtually every American a home-owner, it caused the economic crisis of 2008.
  • Laxer law enforcement. Per Business Insider, she favors “legalizing marijuana at the federal level, releasing individuals sentenced for nonviolent drug offenses, ending cash bail, and ‘automatic, independent’ investigations when people are killed by law enforcement officials.” So every time a cop shoots a perp, he gets his own special prosecutor.
  • Campaign censorship. Cortez wants to overturn the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, which guarantees private citizens free speech during political campaigns. You know, the one context where our Founders considered it particularly essential.
  • As Business Insider reports, “a carbon-free, 100% renewable energy system and a fully modernized electrical grid in the US by 2035 in an effort to combat climate change.” Because “green energy” is working out so well in brown-out ridden Europe.

Catholic Antisocial Teaching

The pro-choice Cortez is even polishing her decrepit Catholic credentials, with an article in the leftist, dissident Jesuit magazine America presenting her plan to empty our prisons as inspired by “Catholic social teaching.”

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She’s not entirely nuts. The utopian agenda of Venezuelan-style socialism she’s promoting is eerily similar to the manifesto signed in 2017 by 24 U.S. Catholic bishops. And by Vatican cardinal Peter Turkson. Fittingly, it emerged from a meeting led by the Soros-funded Latin American leftist group PICO. That’s the group which Wikileaks revealed served as the conduit for Soros’ $650,000 slush fund, given PICO for a campaign to cast Pope Francis’ visit to the U.S. as a whistlestop tour for leftist Democrats. The bag man for the money? The corrupt and scandal-ridden “Red Cardinal” Oscar Maradiaga.

Maria_Corina_MachadoA Woman of Valor

Not every Latina political leader echoes Evita Peron. Not by any means. I was privileged last week to attend Acton University. That’s an international gathering of churchmen, economists, entrepreneurs and activists. Their mission? Unlocking the power of free markets and free citizens to uplift the poor. One of the keynote speakers had to address us via Skype. María Corina Machado is a democracy activist in Venezuela. She has been hounded for years by the thugs of that country’s socialist government. An engineer, mother, and devout Christian, Machado started a foundation to take care of street children with private funds. She also served in Venezuela’s congress. She was one of those blind-sided by Hugo Chavez’s climb to power.

Trying to save her beloved country, Machado helped found the civic organization Súmate, which sought the legal removal of Chavez from office. He charged her and her group with treason. Government-paid thugs have attacked her in public and stoned her. The government took her passport, so she may not leave the country. The treason charges against her still stand, and she doesn’t know from day to day when she will be carted off to prison.

Machado spoke to us over a shaky Skype call (which was certainly  bugged by her government). She asked for our prayers. And begged us to treasure the gifts of freedom, private property, and respect for the rule of law. She warned us that socialism inevitably corrodes each of these things, using envy and resentment to turn citizens against each other. When the Skype connection started to fail, she wondered along with us whether some state censor was jamming the signal.

That’s the kind of thing you have to worry about under socialism. That’s if the lights are even on, which they often aren’t in oil-rich Venezuela. You stop concerning yourself about the fancy meals of the rich, since (as Machado recounted), most of the restaurants are closed. Those that remain have long lines of once-self-sufficient citizens, waiting patiently for their chance to rummage through their dumpsters. Even the animals starve, in the ruins of the national zoos. The apes and antelopes at the Bronx Zoo were doubtless relieved to hear that Ms. Cortez will be leaving their neighborhood and heading down to D.C.

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  • Patmos

    This lady said the shooting at that newspaper was the 195th mass shooting this year.

    It’s scary how far detached from reality so many on the left are.

    • Paul

      Reality in this context depends on how terms get defined. There is no consistent definition for a mass shooting. Dead victims or not, is it 2,3, 4 or more victims? Depends who is counting. Worse yet is the term gun violence, some include police shootings in those numbers as well as suicide. Defend your home from an intruder using lethal force? That’s gun violence too. The goal is to deceive people using real numbers and imply they mean something else.

      • Andrew Mason

        And that’s why more than 90% of Republicans believe the MSM stories sometimes or frequently lie, and more than half of all Democrats agree!

        • Paul

          Yes, or as a real estate developer turned politician likes to call it, fake news.

    • Chip Crawford

      Who’s running against her? I know it’s a Dem stronghold — but we did consider old what’s his name a sure thing … gulp, and so did he … So, how about the opposition handling her easily, like the GOP putting some money in the race and run some ads on her gaffes and light weight background and grasp on reality, as you point out.

  • Howard Rosenbaum

    Yeah she’s almost ready to stage the reformation of the Democratic Party.
    She’s got the ideology down pretty well. She’s not handicapped by male genitalia. Her ethnicity is correct.
    Hey as noted , she’s not hard on the eyes either.
    Can’t say the same for most of those leading ladies currently on the left. Can you ..? So should reasonable folk be worried that she maybe the new face of the left ..!
    On the contrary. Reasonable folk are leaving the Democratic Party en mass. Poster children such as Ms Ocasio-Cortez will only expedite that exodus. Those that remain to patronize this foolishness are hardly going to be a majority .
    Should the left continue this direction ( which seems inevitable) come 2020 we won’t even need the electoral college to legitimize that election ….

  • Chip Crawford

    I can’t see blaming this win on “the Left.” They didn’t pick her. There was an election, you know? Rep. Crowley did an even wider stretch of the HRC treatment and phoned in his campaign out of complacent entitlement. One party didn’t actually run, so it’s kind of a default. It should be a wake up call for the party toward those and other attitudes, but they have kept letting the phone ring to the service, so will likely miss this one also. Instead, they’ve picked up the aberrant features of the candidate – attacking ICE and the dopey Socialism. It’s so fun to be wildly extreme, after all. Again, I don’t think this woman “won” this election. It’s just that she ran and the “favorite” didn’t. People don’t like that. They like being addressed as if they had something to do with this process, that it could be a little about them even. Just talk to us at least …

  • tz1

    No, everyone gets a skittles pooping unicorn.

  • tz1

    One critique:
    I only assume she is as rabidly pro-abort and corrupt and evil as Kermit Gosnell because she is a democrat.

    But what if she, for all her other faults, is pro-life?

    • Zmirak

      Then she should say so and she hasn’t–or you would be reading about it EVERYWHERE.

    • Libertybellle

      If she is pro-life then she ought to remember God’s command: thou shalt not steal.
      Socialism is theft.

      • Kevin Carr

        To be a socialist you have to believe slavery is a good thing. Forcing some to work for the benefit of others.

  • oneprivateer

    She should pack a lunch! And lip stick!

    • L. Wm. Roberts

      She will no doubt be shepherded around like any well-fed VIP on a trip to any starving Socialist State… she won’t see squat, but she will swear she saw Utopia!

      • oneprivateer

        Very well put! Just like Hitler did with the Red Cross!

    • HotHunt

      Don’t forget soap and toilet paper. She won’t find either in her beloved socialist Venezuela.

      • oneprivateer

        That says much about socialism; those are basic needs; of course our ancestors made their own soap and used the Sears and Wards catalog.

  • acidulous

    Most people forget that a principle of Western culture/civilization is that we are obliged to do away with those who would wish to enslave and impoverish us. In other words, just try your socialist bull sheet on the population at large, honey. You might have to escape to Venezuela.

  • Libertybellle

    God is great.
    Thou shalt not steal.

    This is an old story.
    Stop advocating theft, Ms. Cortez.
    It is unbecoming.

    • Paul

      Indeed, it is as old as humanity, just repackaged with words like paying their fair share, spread the wealth around, free, and of course it is always supposed to help the children.

  • Dave

    The author is breathtakingly ignorant. First of all, he names Hugo Chavez’s success or Francisco Maduro. He doesn’t even know the guy’s name for crying out loud. Then he repeats the same ignorant comparison of Venezuela and American progressives.

    First of all, the ideas put forward by Bernie and Alexandria are not similar to Venezuela’s system. Venezuela employs Socialism which involves the government ownership of business. Venezuela’s government owns, controls and operates PDVSA. It owned VIASA until they started following the IMF’s neoliberal advice; then it failed. Neither Bernie nor Alexandria suggest that the government should take over businesses. Exxon Mobil, Chevron and the rest will remain privately owned and privately operated.

    Second of all, Venezuela’s problems are more a result of corruption and incompetence than socialism. Venezuela was just as socialist last century even before Chavez. What Chavez and Maduro did was to add corruption and incompetence. Chavez replaced oil executives with engineering degrees and 25 years of experience with idiots with no experience who couldn’t run a lemonade stand, but they were loyal to Chavez. The ruined the company, and the billions upon billions that Chavez, Maduro and their allies robbed from the country are what put Venezuela in the position it is in today.

    • Chip Crawford

      That’s a lot of gas for one rendered breathless …

      • Dave

        That’s all you got?

        • Chip Crawford

          Hey, hard to improve on perfection … Of course, you missed it …. rotfl

    • jcill

      Socialism breeds corruption. When working and not working pays the same, who will work. Much easier to work under the table.

      • Dave

        Nevermind that working and not working don’t pay the same and never paid the same in Venezuela

    • johnlac

      Oh, you’re so right…..Ocasio-Cortez and Sanders sound just like Milton Friedman clones. (smirk) Whaddya bet the first things these nuts would do if elected prez would be to start a massive redistribution of goods i.e. wealth to “equalize” things for the “poor and downtrodden.”
      Neither understands how wealth is created, but they’d sure do a great job destroying it.

      • Dave

        And that would have nothing in common with what Venezuela is doing

        • Lionel Mandrake

          Really? They haven’t bought their protection and loyalty from the army and the poor with payouts? BS.

          • Dave

            They pay their supporters with oil money. They didn’t take it from private businesses. That you don’t understand the difference is shocking

          • Lionel Mandrake

            Excuse me fool, but did I mention anything about private business? Try and stay on track here will you?

          • Dave

            Bernie and Alexandria’s proposals would involve taking money from private businesses. That’s a key difference between Venezuela’s system and what B & A are proposing.

      • Chip Crawford

        Hey, I don’t know … Old Bernie has done alright these days … three houses, in the top 1%. The MSM always forgets about these things on certain ones. On the third and most recent house purchase, now, we know that occurred right after HRC being named the nominee, all the stink coming out about the rigging, and then obviously a sweet deal made, and Mr. B is all smiles and endorsing and campaigning for that woman while house hunting. Looks like the love of other people’s money is consistent in his personal life as well. Or, maybe he is just building up to be able to personally help as many folks as he can along the way … Maybe that’s why his wife got kind of tangled up with her banking or what was it … nice that that has gone away as well.

    • Sapient

      No. No. No. The problem with Venezuela is people like you who think they can do Socialism better, despite its deadly and oppressive track record, and ring in a promised Communist utopia. You say the oil industry will be left alone. No. It. Won’t. Already Socialists in this country demand govt run healthcare. That’s 1/6th of our economy. You can’t have that without the govt making decisions that used to be between you and your doctor. The govt now owns those decisions—and you have to pay for them. That—by definition—is a loss of freedom; and that is what Socialism excels at—exterminating your freedom and confiscating your wealth. And it only gets worse when you add in free housing, free college, and all the other “rights”. You act as though corruption and incompetence are unique ingredients to Venezuela’s failed social experiment. Those are ALWAYS ingredients in Socialism—because of the very nature of man. Anytime you drive govt deeper into the lives of individuals, rob them of freedoms, and place that power instead in the hands of bureaucrats—you will get corruption and incompetence—and the people will suffer greatly. The antidote is a protected freedom of the individual; which is made possible by a constitutional, capitalist, Republic like ours. But who cares, right? The inevitable misery, oppression, and economic decline is justifiable as long as the militant goal from the centralized govt wonder-worker is to regulate equality of outcome for all.

      • Dave

        I never said I could do socialism better. Take a reading comprehension course for crying out loud. I just said that the proposals put forward by Bernie and Alexandria are nothing at all like what’s happening in Venezuela and that it’s blatantly ignorant to suggest otherwise

        I know you will happily use the government to force people like me to pay your social security and Medicare meanwhile sitting on your high horse looking down at everyone else reaping the benefits of that which you deride

        • Sapient

          It’s most certainly what you assert…just need to take out the corruption and incompetence. And let’s not lose track of who it is in this discussion who popped off to defend/champion Socialism. It’s you. American progressives are Socialists. Bernie and Alexandria are Socialists. Adding “Democrat” to the label is nothing more than a marketing ploy. While Bernie and Alexandria have yet to “progress” the US to the point that Venezuela is at, they are adherents to and advocates of a political philosophy that, if adopted, will lead to the same ends. And get off the Social Security thing…that’s a Democrat/Progressive/Socialist program that would be much better if privatized. Instead of posturing with accusations of “breathtaking ignorance” maybe you’d be better off to read a book. Yes! Type less & read more.

    • Patmos

      “Neither Bernie nor Alexandria suggest that the government should take over businesses.”

      When you take their profits and redistribute it into programs that breed dependency it’s really not all that different than owning them.

      “Venezuela’s problems are more a result of corruption and incompetence than socialism.”

      You hear this nonsense constantly as an argument. Oh! If only their weren’t corrupt leaders socialism would work wonderfully! Except that even when socialism had it’s chance it’s failed miserably, because it removes incentive for anyone to do anything. Add in that it leaves the door wide open for corruption and tyranny and it just makes things worse, as history has proven.

      Stop trying to defend Marx, there’s nothing to defend.

      • Dave

        I’m not trying to defend Marx. Take a reading comprehension course

    • CDville

      Medicare-for-all is the government taking over the entire field of healthcare. Every doctor, nurse, and hospital orderly owned by the government, paid only what the government chooses to pay for performing the work the government requires of them. Free college, free housing—same thing.

      • Dave

        It would be the same thing if a dictator fired competent doctors and replaced them with campaign contributors who didn’t know how to apply a bandaid. Other than that IT’S NOT THE SAME THING!!!!!!

    • Tom

      >>”Neither Bernie nor Alexandria suggest that the government should take over businesses”

      Controlling the economy via regulation, taxes and political persuasion (rewards for playing along / punishment for not) — while ostensibly leaving “ownership” in private hands — is Fascism. Fascism, Socialism, Progressivism and Communism are all just subsets / variations of the (Satanically inspired) evil of Collectivism.

      >>”Second of all, Venezuela’s problems are more a result of corruption and incompetence than socialism”

      Same old same old excuse(s). Just a variation on the excuse / rationalization we’ve heard for decades on end. “Stalin didn’t really practice Communism, nor did Mao.” “Pol Pot didn’t really practice Communism, the evil West forced him to commit genocide.” “Castro’s Cuba would be a workers paradise if only there wasn’t the U.S. embargo.”

      Useful idiots buy into that stuff. Those of us with exposure to faith and history know better.

  • Insidious

    She has a great platform to run on. Now she has to figure who the hell is going to pay for her stupidity? If she’s elected everyone should stop working and demand a new car.
    Put up or shut up babe..

  • jcill

    She really needs to spend a month in Venezuela. It should be taped and shown to all of the voters in her district.

  • DennyOR

    I don’t think you understand socialists. They like what they see in Venezuela.

    • Lionel Mandrake

      Yeah, because the only socialists in V are the jefes and the military. All the rest are working in Peru and Colombia.

  • Lionel Mandrake

    She couldn’t find Venezuela on Google Earth.

    • Chip Crawford

      Right on, Inspector

  • Kevin Carr

    Like the Progressives in this country, they haven’t lived what they advocate. It is my guess that those that haven’t lived it assume they will be able to keep what they have, however as Lady Thatcher said, the system will run out of other people’s money and then come for theirs.

  • Hmmm…

    The tower of Babel was an attempt at Socialism. They wanted to build their own world without God. Socialistic governments do not acknowledge the God of the Bible as part of their governance. Someone was talking about trying Communism somewhere, discounting all the examples of its historical failures. They said well, Communism has never been done right. The pride of Babel. We can do our own and we can do it better. That’s the spirit at work in this current rebellion. They are becoming totally unwilling to submit to authority, to law and order not of their own private interpretation and construction.

  • Chip Crawford

    Oh, I think “shoo-in” is what you want here. Just shoo it across the line. “Shoe-in” might get into a shoe horn, etc. ? I’ll delete this later.

  • James

    It’s a shame that laissais faire capitalism and Venezuela style socialism are our only two choices and there can be no other way.

    • oneprivateer

      So what would you suggest? Fascism? Communism?

      • James

        What do they have in Germany? They’re doing well (although the former East Germany is, understandably, lagging behind). They are a capitalist country with quite a few social programs such as free college and universal healthcare. Something like that would work well here.

  • Irene Neuner

    My little children would rather have a bag of candy destroyed and no one get any at all instead of one child getting a little more candy than them.

    That is socialism nothing for anyone is better than someone having more than them. The envy, the ‘unfairness’ burns them up. Extinguishes the joy, the gratitude and the love.

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