Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
There are many strange critiques of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's appearance with news presenters MADDOW and MATTHEWS after the SOTU. (Address and response transcripts @ eurotrib.com "News and Views" section). So I finally transcribed remarks about "socialism".

I have given this 00:6:35 segment, embedded at RealClearPolitics.com, a new, absolutely politic title, "MSNBC hosts interview Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ana-Maria Archila" (5 Feb 2019). I will skip the first three-minute invocation of the power of Assoc. Justice Kavanaugh to destroy the lives of every body living in the USA --as including this might easily be construed by some readers as "ad hominem attack" on the specific question posed.


MATTHEWS:What did you make of the president's, I thought, pretty aggressive statement of Venezuela tonight? And he talked about [it] beeing a socialist country and how we're never going to be a socialist country. It was pretty truculent, but it tied the notion of socialism to that particular regime. How, what do you think about the president and why he did that?
AOC: Well, I think, I think that he needs to do it because  he feels like, he feels himself losing on the issues. Every single policy proposal that we have adopted and presented to the American public has been overwhelmingly popular, even some with a majority of republican voters supporting what we're talking about. We talked about a 70% marginal tax rate on incomes over $10M. 60% of Americans approve it. 70% of Americans believe in improved and expanded Medicare for all. A very large amount of Americans believe that we need to do something about climate change and that's an existential threat to ourselves and to our children. And so I think he sees himself losing on the issues . He sees himself losing on the wall, on the wall on the southern border. And he needs to grasp at ad hominem attack, and this is his way of doing it. But what we really need to realize is that what is happening is, this is an issue about authoritarian regime versus democracy. And in order for him to try to dissuade or throw people of the scent of the trail, he has to really make and confuse the public. And I think that is exactly what he's trying to do.

[emphasis added - ed.]

My understanding is: Authoritarian regime is the true argument (AOC); socialist regime is the false argument (DJT). This rhetorical distinction places Rep. Ocasio-Cortez in the general-purpose "meddling" group for removing the dictator in order to establish democracy in Venezuela.

archived capitalists
VIDEO:Max Blumenthal asks members of Congress if the US is meddling in Venezuela, 31 Jan 2019
"We're working on our response but thank you."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Feb 8th, 2019 at 06:03:05 PM EST

Others have rated this comment as follows:

Oui 4


Occasional Series