MSNBC had a self-described “democratic socialist” on its show today.
The result was a train wreck of epic proportions.
“Democracy should mean taking power and wealth from those who hoard it”
(this is not what democracy means) pic.twitter.com/7k8NwnFz88
— Mikhael Smits (@mikhaelsmits) March 14, 2019
MSNBC panelists struggled Thursday to explain the concept of democracy while considering the rise of socialist ideas in the United States.
The discussion on MSNBC Live, hosted by Katy Tur, led off with a discussion about the latest college admissions scandal. …
Democratic strategist Waleed Shahid insisted the college scandal proved the need for radical proposals, no matter their financial absurdity. “I think we need politicians who are going to produce solutions as big as the problems that people face,” he said. “That’s the reason that things like Medicare for all and the Green New Deal are catching on.”
Shahid is the communications director for Justice Democrats and previously worked for both Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.). Both lawmakers support the policy proposals he referenced. …
“I don’t think it’s about democratic socialism or any of these labels,” Shahid said, before invoking another label. “It’s about reclaiming what democracy means.”
Shahid had a particular vision of democracy.
“Democracy should mean taking power and wealth from those who hoard it, and making sure it belongs to everyone,” he said. …
The Constitution of the United States does not establish a “democracy.” It guarantees a “Republican Form of Government” for each state. The 10th Amendment, which does mention power, secures that “[t]he powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” Federalist No. 10, written by James Madison, outlines the benefits of a republic to a democracy.
Democracy, from the Greek for “rule of the people,” is not historically defined by “taking power and wealth from those who hoard it, and making sure it belongs to everyone,” as Shahid suggested. Rather—as outlined in numerous books and other writings over the past 2,500 years—it is about distributing power through citizen participation in government.
— Gregg🐻 (@greekkid31) March 14, 2019
“It’s about reclaiming what democracy means, and democracy means preventing an aristocracy. Democracy should mean taking power and wealth from those who hoard it and making sure it belongs to everyone.” –@_waleedshahid with @AnandWrites and @KatyTurNBC pic.twitter.com/hKqjJSt8hg
— Justice Democrats (@justicedems) March 14, 2019
“The fraudsters at FOX News are sitting at the top of America’s oligarchy and they’re the people peddling conspiracy theories about Muslims and black people being to blame for our country’s problems…they’re making millions.” –@_waleedshahid on Jeanine Pirro and Tucker Carlson pic.twitter.com/KtC7ZMNt0R
— Justice Democrats (@justicedems) March 12, 2019
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