Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez seems to believe America needs to be saved from kings and wealthy aristocrats.
The newly elected congresswoman recently tweeted a picture that spoke about American revolutionaries changing the form of government.
Mood: American Revolutionary pic.twitter.com/c38Kwm821d
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) November 29, 2018
However, the lawmaker is famous for her progressive policies and multiple instances of misunderstanding policy issues.
While the government should always be able to be challenged and improved, there are some policies that Ocasio-Cortez wholeheartedly supports that do not seem to line up closely with the ideals that the original American revolutionaries fought for.
In their own words, here are some issues that the Founding Fathers may have found with Ocasio-Cortez’s politics:
James Madison hoped to limit the government to only regulate what was absolutely necessary.
“It will not be denied that power is of an encroaching nature and that it ought to be effectually restrained from passing the limits assigned to it,” James Madison wrote in the Federalist Papers.
Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: "If we work our butts off to make sure that we take back all three chambers of Congress — Uh, rather, all three chambers of government: the presidency, the Senate, and the House."
The 3 branches of government: executive, legislative, judicial. pic.twitter.com/8rPSpzottE
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) November 19, 2018
Ocasio-Cortez is an extremely outspoken democratic socialist. She claims that her proposed system is better for America, but does not give a detailed plan as to how she would achieve her goals.
Thomas Jefferson hoped to avoid taking away private property and believed that it should be up to the individual on what they should spend their money on.
“A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned — this is the sum of good government,” said Jefferson in his First Inaugural Address.
While Ocasio-Cortez supports an ideology that seeks to even out the playing field between middle-class Americans and the country’s most wealthy citizens, the Founding Fathers strongly argued against similar suggestions.
“Liberty must at all hazards be supported,” said John Adams. “We have a right to it, derived from our Maker. But if we had not, our fathers have earned and bought it for us, at the expense of their ease, their estates, their pleasure, and their blood.”
No matter what societal status an American citizen is, they are entitled to their personal liberty to lawfully own their property.