Megan Masten & Mark Cota,
Turning Point USA
On the Front Lines, Fighting for Freedom on College Campuses
October 15, 2019
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Voters should not be fooled by the rebranding, for there is no sense in which socialism can be made compatible with democracy as it is understood in the West. At worst, socialism eats democracy and is swiftly transmuted into tyranny and deprivation.
Properly understood, the attempt to draw a hard line between “democracy” and “economics” is not only a fool’s game but a game that socialists do not in fact play themselves. Ugo Okere, a self-described “democratic socialist” who ran for the Chicago City Council earlier this year, was recently praised in Jacobin magazine for explaining that “democratic socialism, to me, is about democratic control of every single facet of our life.” That’s one way of putting it, certainly. Another is “tyranny.” Or, if you prefer, democratic tyranny. Alexis de Tocqueville observed that “the health of a democratic society may be measured by the quality of functions performed by private citizens.” Lose those functions in America, and you lose democracy in America, too.
Republicans in the House debate defended the rights of women and girls to have female-only civic institutions, including sports clubs, private bathing, and shelters.
Democrats applauded themselves for voting to free individuals’ from civil society and from biology and repeatedly denied the GOP arguments that the legislation would endanger religious freedom, children’s health, parents’ authority, women’s rights, and female sports. 228 Democrats voted to change the legal definition of women.
The legislation, dubbed H.R. 5 or The Equality Act, is unlikely to get through the GOP-led Senate. But it marks the Democratic Party’s almost unanimous support for the revolutionary claim that every American must accept that each person’s legal sex will be determined by the individual’s current choice of “gender identity.