2020 Dem Goes Off-Script, Admits He's 'Concerned' About Rise of Socialism in Democratic Party


The Democratic Party is fracturing as left-wing lawmakers begin to embrace socialism, but Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan said that he’s “concerned” about the growing popularity of socialism in his party.

The Ohio representative and 2020 hopeful was asked about the growing trend of socialism in the Democratic Party on CNN’s “New Day.”

“I’m concerned about it because if we are going to decarbonize the economy, it’s not going to be some centralized bureaucracy in Washington, D.C., that’s going to make it happen,” Ryan said Wednesday.

Ryan explained that the free market, along with “part targeted government investments,” will lead the way toward cleaner energy.

“It’s going to be part targeted government investments that do need to be robust,” Ryan said.

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“But it’s going to be the free market that at the end of the day is going to make that happen.

“They have the magic of the free market. They have the innovation, the creativity, the profit motive.”

Ryan’s stance is in stark contrast to several far-left lawmakers who support the “Green New Deal,” an extremely expensive, centralized government program to reduce the use of fossil fuels.

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It’s important to note that a self-described socialist, freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, crafted the Green New Deal.

But that obviously wouldn’t be a problem for 2020 hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders, who is also a self-described socialist.

That’s not to say Ryan has abandoned the left’s platform. He also rails against “income inequality” like any other left-wing politician, but he’s at least smart enough to know that capitalism works.

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“You can be hostile to concentration of wealth, you can be hostile to income inequality, you can be hostile to greed,” Ryan said.

“We can’t be hostile to the free-enterprise system.

“That’s how we get past China.”

Ryan is right — free-market solutions work well, and historical evidence shows that socialism and communism don’t work.

The left’s push for socialism is becoming alarming, and more Democrats such as Ryan need to stand up against it.

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Malachi Bailey is a writer from Ohio with a background in history, education and philosophy. He has led multiple conservative groups and is dedicated to the principles of free speech, privacy and peace.
Malachi Bailey is a writer from Ohio with a passion for free speech, privacy and peace. He graduated from the College of Wooster with a B.A. in History. While at Wooster, he served as the Treasurer for the Wooster Conservatives and the Vice President for the Young Americans for Liberty.
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