AOC Asks Sanders Supporters: 'Are You All Ready for the Revolution?'

By Susan Jones | December 26, 2019 | 7:39am EST
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) speaks at a rally for Bernie Sanders in the Venice Beach neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, on December 21, 2019. (Photo by Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images)
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) speaks at a rally for Bernie Sanders in the Venice Beach neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, on December 21, 2019. (Photo by Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images)

( - "Los Angeles and Cal-ee-fornia (as she pronounced it), are you all ready for the revolution?" Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez asked a crowd of Bernie Sanders supporters on Saturday, Dec. 21.

"I know I am," she said. "I'm so thrilled to come to the heart of where we're going to change this country."

Ocasio-Cortez said the Sanders campaign "is about a radical realignment of our priorities in the United States of America."

This is a movement decades in the making. It's a movement of anti-racist black liberation activists, of immigration activists, of queer liberation activists, of the labor movement. It is a movement of all people and causes come together.

And we have to take it to the starting line, because that's what we're fighting for. This election is about the start of this work, because we're nowhere near there right now. So we need to fight to start this work, the establishment of an advanced society.

AOC, interrupted by smatterings of applause, defined an "advanced society" as a "loving society."

"And that's not some kind of irrational, overly feeling, sympathetic statement or sentimental statement," she continued:

Because what a loving society is, is an advanced society. A just society. A loving society is one that guarantees health care to all people. A loving society, an advanced society, an anti-racist society is a society that guarantees education of equal quality and merit to all people. And not just the education of a century ago. An education for the century to come.

And that means tuition-free public colleges and trade schools in the United States of America. A loving society embraces immigrants and realizes that we cannot do this without each and every one of us linking arms together.

A loving society, an advanced society, makes sure that we have a planet to give to our kids. A loving and an advanced society knows that we cannot continue an imperialist form of foreign policy.  A loving and advanced society doesn’t think of human rights as a 'nice to have." It thinks of human rights as the central focus of what we should be establishing here and abroad.

One of the reasons why I am part of this campaign is because we know, and we all know, that this isn't just about Bernie Sanders. This is about a movement that has been decades in the making. This is not about just four years. This is about our lifetimes. And one of the things that makes this campaign different is that we know that we can't go back to the way things were before.

Because the way things were before is how we got to where we are now.

We cannot go back to a world where the rich are put first and working people are put last, day in and day out. We cannot go back to a world that explodes our military budget and nobody thinks anything about it...


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