Written by Stefan M. Kløvning
Washington D.C. – Former FBI Director James Comey, known for his influence in FBI’s investigation of potential Russian interference in the 2016 election, warned his fellow Democrats on Sunday to avoid Socialism and self-proclaimed Socialists such as Ocasio-Cortez and to rather strive for a “sensible, balanced and ethical leadership.”
Comey was a longtime Republican prior to Trump’s rise and moved over to the Democratic Party under the last election campaign, claiming that the “Republican party has left me, and many others,” in adhering to Trump’s tactics and politics that deviated from what he perceived as “fulfilling the Founders’ design that ‘ambition must … counteract ambition,'” and called for the American people to vote Democrat in the mid-term elections.
Much of Comey’s convictions may be of his own accord, but his milieu appears to have influenced him moving leftwards politically. After all, his wife is an ardent supporter of Hillary Clinton, along with four of their daughters, who participated in the Women’s March succeeding Trump’s inauguration. This may have influenced his several self-admitted “mistakes” under the 2016 investigation of Hillary Clinton’s private e-mail server she used when she was Secretary of State. It didn’t stop Democrats like Nancy Pelosi, however, from calling Comey the “leading Republican political operative in the country,” for leading the investigation. In fact, he’s been hated by members of both sides of the spectrum after having participated in what has been perceived as a witch-hunt of both candidates for President in 2016. Now he appears to be a never-Trump Democrat, however, like his father, who told CNN in May 2017 that he thought Trump “should be impeached immediately. He’s a very incompetent guy. He’s out of his league. I think the man should be in a home quite honestly, he’s crazy as a hoot.”
Despite the legitimate concerns Comey may now have for the future of the Democratic party and its constituents, knowledge of his background has caused many Democrats to completely disregard his advice as worthless.
For instance, National Security Council Spokesman of President Obama, Tommy Vietor, responded to Comey, commenting on his judgement:
Progressive Democrat candidate for US Congress, Bill Cimbrelo, accused Comey of hypocrisy, along with many other vile accusations:
Dem strategist Zac Petkanas’ response was a tad more insulting:
Much of the rest falls on deaf ears…
… but some are still willing to listen.
According to Rasmussen Reports, only 13% of Americans believe that Socialism is a better economic system than Capitalism, but with Bernie Sanders’ large support during the 2016 primary elections, and Ocasio-Cortez’ victory in the NY primaries, many more Democrats appear to slide over to Socialism or at least view Socialism in a more positive light amid calls for free education, healthcare and housing, often confusing the terms “social democracy” and “Democratic Socialism.” Scandinavian countries, for instance, are often pointed to by supporters of the latter, while those countries, in reality, are social democracies whose welfare is built on the wealth produced by Capitalism.
It’s difficult to say how much opposition Ocasio-Cortez stands before against her Republican adversary Anthony Pappas in the general election on 6 November, considering he ran unopposed for the seat within his party. What appears to be the case, however, is that Socialism is gaining steam among left-wing reactionaries against Trump, along with its political promises for the youth and the poor of what they will supposedly gain by electing its candidates. Referring to the Democrats echo of Ocasio-Cortez’ call to “abolish ICE” and end immigration enforcement, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) told Breitbart last week that ““I don’t really refer to it as the Democratic Party anymore. This has become the New Socialist Democratic Party,” opining that the party has already fallen to the Socialism of Ocasio-Cortez and Sanders.