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Trump v. Ocasio-Cortez: Reform or Revolution?

Laurence Jarvik

Posted on March 22, 2019 16:04

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With his executive order on Free Speech, President Trump established himself as a true reformer, while his Democratic opponents have embraced revolution. Therefore, America faces a stark choice between reform or revolution in the 2020 elections.

 

On March 21st, President Trump signed an executive order to defend free speech on college campuses which solidified his reputation as a true reformer in the mold of fellow-New Yorkers Teddy Roosevelt and FDR.

He seeks to remake American colleges and universities by reforming both discourse and finances, protecting free inquiry through financial incentives while simultaneously reducing student debt by requirements that institutions have "skin in the game" of college loans.

This reforms the relationship between the federal government and higher education, and may pave the way for future steps, perhaps leading to a 21st Century Morrill Act.

The President was adamant in his commitment to freedom and opposition to Political Correctness.

Surrounded by college students in the White House, he declared: "These courageous Americans have stood up to the forces of political indoctrination...You refused to be silenced by powerful institutions and closed-minded critics, of which there are many. You faced down intimidation, pressure and abuse. You did it because you love your country and you believe in truth, justice, and freedom."

He noted the major goal of American education must be teaching students how to live in a free society, the artes liberales of Classical Antiquity and the Renaissance.

"In America, the very heart of the university’s mission is preparing students for life as citizens in a free society," he said.  "But even as universities have received billions and billions of dollars from taxpayers, many have become increasingly hostile to free speech and to the First Amendment."

President Trump confronted the academic establishment: "Under the guise of 'speech codes' and 'safe spaces' and 'trigger warnings,' these universities have tried to restrict free thought, impose total conformity, and shut down the voices of great young Americans like those here today."

He threatened to cut federal funding unless reforms were made: "All of that changes starting right now. We’re dealing with billions and billions and billions of dollars. Taxpayer dollars should not subsidize anti-First Amendment institutions.  And that’s exactly what they are: anti-First Amendment. Universities that want taxpayer dollars should promote free speech, not silence free speech."

Thus, the Trump Administration has clearly made reform of American institutions its guiding principle.

On the other hand, the Democratic Party has now openly embraced revolution, demanding votes for 16-year olds, abolition of the Electoral College, votes for non-citizens, the elimination of ICE, and most significantly, the so-called "Green New Deal" which would result in complete state control of the American economy.

Congressperson Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC), member of Democratic Socialists of America featured on the "Our Revolution" website, who subsequently tweeted "Cocktails for the Revolution" recipes to fans, has become the face of a new generation of Congressional Democrats.

These revolutionaries have been welcomed by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who recently posed with some of them on the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine.

This political reality presents a stark choice for American voters in the 2020 elections: Reform with President Trump, or Revolution with the Democrats? 

Laurence Jarvik

Posted on March 22, 2019 16:04

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Source: CNN

At first glance, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has zero in common with President Donald Trump.

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