Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez doesn’t know anything about economics or politics and it turns out her knowledge of history is lacking as well. In a recent speech, “the face of the Democratic Party” made the absurd claim that democrats conquered the moon and invented electricity. I think it’s only fair that Boston University refund the money for her education because it clearly didn’t stick.
Here’s a fun video from Ocasio-Cortez’s speech at the Netroots Nation event:
“It’s time to realize that we are the party of King, of Roosevelt, of the ones who went to the moon. Who electrified this nation. Who accomplish the great successes and crown jewels of our society,” said Ocasio-Cortez.
I’m always amazed at how much wrong leftists are able to squeeze into such a small space. Martin Luther King was never a democrat. Some claim he was a Republican including his niece Alveda King, but he was most certainly not a democrat and never endorsed a democratic candidate. You have to remember back in the 50’s and 60’s the Democratic Party were the ones behind segregation and who were opposed the civil rights movement.
Next up, going to the moon was not a partisan effort. The Democratic Party didn’t fill a space capsule full of liberals and shoot it to the moon. Yes, JFK made a famous speech about going to the moon, but that didn’t happen in his lifetime. On July 20, 1969 Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were the first men to set foot on the lunar surface. I don’t know what political affiliation these two astronauts had, but I’m certain that Richard Nixon, a Republican, was president when they landed on the moon.
While politicizing the moon landing is ridiculous, taking Democratic Party ownership of inventing electricity is downright insane. Benjamin Franklin is generally considered the “Father of Electricity” and was an Independent, not a democrat. Thomas Edison invented most practical uses of electricity and there is no indication that he was a democrat. When Edison first distributed electric power to NYC in the 1880’s two Republicans and one democrat were President of the United States.
Ocasio-Cortez did manage to get one thing right: they are the party of Roosevelt. Of course FDR was the democrat who put thousands of Japanese Americans in prison camps during WWII, so maybe claiming him isn’t the best boast democrats can come up with. It get it that FDR is the one who brought socialism to the US, so he’s a leftist hero, but he was also a racist monster.
While Ocasio-Cortez made some seriously false claims about the Democratic Party, she conveniently left out a few things: They are also the party of slavery, the KKK, Jim Crow, and internment camps. They were the slave owners who revolted against the United States. They were the ones who lynched black people. They are the ones who segregated public places for “white’s only.” They are the ones who fought against the Civil Rights Act.
It sounds neat to say democrats conquered the moon and invented electricity, but it’s bullshit. I guess they can take credit for inventing global warming, but since that is also a lie, it’s not that impressive.