When Cabot Phillips of Campus Reform took to the street to ask people in Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s district to ask why they support her, he got answers that should make every American cringe.
People on the street were quick to offer support for Ocasio-Cortez’s brand of socialism, and overwhelmingly supported her vision for the district.
They were more hesitant, however, to offer ideas for how to pay for all of the free things that Ocasio-Cortez is promising.
One supporter seemed to think Americans would be okay with paying higher taxes, saying “with a good idea, and a good reason to spend their tax money, people wouldn’t actually mind paying more taxes.”
Another admitted that they’re not quite sure what it is that they like about Ocasio-Cortez’s economic philosophy, but insisted that “I just know that democratic socialist is better than conservative.”
Phillips: Who, in your mind should pay for all of the free things?
All of the free things? Well, some of it should come from taxes, but the government should pay for it.
Phillips: But the government is funded by taxes.
When Phillips asks a young man the same question, he responds:
I don’t know where the money would come from, but they can figure it out. (laughs)
Next, Phillips asks some of the liberals he’s interviewing about the current status of Socialist countries like Venezuela.
Their responses are downright frightening:
Phillips asks about other
I don’t know too much about Venezuela honey, I think they need to…uh, are they still Communist right now?
Look at other countries, it works.
Phillips: So when you look at Venezuela, does that concern you?
I mean, yes.
This young woman’s response about why socialism is a good thing is nothing short of horrifying:
My families Cuban and like, I see the downfall of like, extreme leftism, but also like, I see how it, like, boosts the community. It has its ups and downs and I think we can learn from history on that terms.
This couple thinks free healthcare run by the government would be a great thing. Was he sleeping during the Obamacare nightmare?
Privatized health care is a huge issue, and if it was the government funded thing, that would be…
Phillips: Do you think the government would run it more efficiently?
In a perfect world, sure.
Yes, and unicorns would serve us tea in puffy clouds in a perfect world, but that’s not reality.
Phillips’ next interview is with a young woman who says she’s a “liberal” but doesn’t know exactly where she stands, she just knows it’s better than being a conservative or being “conserved”.
I’m liberal, I don’t know exactly like, where I stand, but I know that Democratic-Socialist is better than conservative.
Phillips: In what way?
When I think of it, I just think of like, more open-minded people—people that aren’t as economically conserved.
Did she just say “conserved?”