Ocasio-Cortez and her band of progressive 'Super Friends' want to 'MAGA' FDR style

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Be careful what you wish for. That should be one of the fundamental principles of politics. Yet, no one in the history of politics anywhere on the planet seems to grasp this concept before it's too late for them and their side.

The street-brawl politics of President Trump may garner some wins along the way, but in the process, it's helping create a monster on the Left. I warned about this. And now it's happening.

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At the annual Netroots Nation conference last weekend, a gathering of over 3,000 progressive activists projected a clear message that they won't support a moderate Democrat to take on President Trump in 2020. They're going all-in on the crazy Left. That's why Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez were all assembled for this conference – the Socialist Avengers.

Even though they have data from reports within their own party about a large, moderate Democrat base in the middle of the country that feels ignored and alienated by the radical takeover of the Democratic Party, the socialists in the party are plowing ahead. Their far-Left agenda includes universal health care, abolishing ICE, legalizing marijuana, and reversing the effects of global warming. You know, the important stuff.

Ocasio-Cortez told CNN that they want to "come home" to ideas proposed by their favorite American socialist hero, Franklin D. Roosevelt. She said, "We are picking up where we left off when we were at our most powerful, when we were at our greatest."

She's pining for the good ol' days when the closest we've ever come to a dictator ran roughshod over America.

Wait a minute, read that again – "when we were at our most powerful, when we were at our greatest." She's not talking about everyday Americans there. She's pining for the good ol' days when the closest we've ever come to a dictator ran roughshod over America.

I thought the Left hated the "Make America Great Again" thing because it supposedly tries to drag the country back into the past. But looking back to FDR as your model for greatness is a cutting-edge approach?

Apparently so. The Socialist Avengers assembled more of their retro plan for American excellence that would warm FDR's heart, including expanding Social Security, free college tuition, a student debt-bailout, and a federal jobs guarantee.

All those freebies remind me of another old saying that people rarely apply to politics – if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

This was one of the first homesteads in the area in the 1880's and was just begging to be brought back to its original glory — with a touch of modern. When we first purchased the property, it was full of old stuff without any running water, central heat or AC, so needless to say, we had a huge project ahead of us. It took some vision and a whole lot of trust, but the mess we started with seven years ago is now a place we hope the original owners would be proud of.

To restore something like this is really does take a village. It doesn't take much money to make it cozy inside, if like me you are willing to take time and gather things here and there from thrift shops and little antique shops in the middle of nowhere.

But finding the right craftsman is a different story.

Matt Jensen and his assistant Rob did this entire job from sketches I made. Because he built this in his off hours it took just over a year, but so worth the wait. It wasn't easy as it was 18"out of square. He had to build around that as the entire thing we felt would collapse. Matt just reinforced the structure and we love its imperfections.

Here are a few pictures of the process and the transformation from where we started to where we are now:

​How it was

It doesn't look like much yet, but just you wait and see!

By request a photo tour of the restored cabin. I start doing the interior design in earnest tomorrow after the show, but all of the construction guys are now done. So I mopped the floors, washed the sheets, some friends helped by washing the windows. And now the unofficial / official tour.

The Property

The views are absolutely stunning and completely peaceful.

The Hong Kong protesters flocking to the streets in opposition to the Chinese government have a new symbol to display their defiance: the Stars and Stripes. Upset over the looming threat to their freedom, the American flag symbolizes everything they cherish and are fighting to preserve.

But it seems our president isn't returning the love.

Trump recently doubled down on the United States' indifference to the conflict, after initially commenting that whatever happens is between Hong Kong and China alone. But he's wrong — what happens is crucial in spreading the liberal values that America wants to accompany us on the world stage. After all, "America First" doesn't mean merely focusing on our own domestic problems. It means supporting liberal democracy everywhere.

The protests have been raging on the streets since April, when the government of Hong Kong proposed an extradition bill that would have allowed them to send accused criminals to be tried in mainland China. Of course, when dealing with a communist regime, that's a terrifying prospect — and one that threatens the judicial independence of the city. Thankfully, the protesters succeeded in getting Hong Kong's leaders to suspend the bill from consideration. But everyone knew that the bill was a blatant attempt by the Chinese government to encroach on Hong Kong's autonomy. And now Hong Kong's people are demanding full-on democratic reforms to halt any similar moves in the future.

After a generation under the "one country, two systems" policy, the people of Hong Kong are accustomed to much greater political and economic freedom relative to the rest of China. For the protesters, it's about more than a single bill. Resisting Xi Jinping and the Communist Party means the survival of a liberal democracy within distance of China's totalitarian grasp — a goal that should be shared by the United States. Instead, President Trump has retreated to his administration's flawed "America First" mindset.

This is an ideal opportunity for the United States to assert our strength by supporting democratic values abroad. In his inaugural address, Trump said he wanted "friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world" while "understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their interests first." But at what point is respecting sovereignty enabling dictatorships? American interests are shaped by the principles of our founding: political freedom, free markets, and human rights. Conversely, the interests of China's Communist Party are the exact opposite. When these values come into conflict, as they have in Hong Kong, it's our responsibility to take a stand for freedom — even if those who need it aren't within our country's borders.

Of course, that's not a call for military action. Putting pressure on Hong Kong is a matter of rhetoric and positioning — vital tenets of effective diplomacy. When it comes to heavy-handed world powers, it's an approach that can really work. When the Solidarity movement began organizing against communism in Poland, President Reagan openly condemned the Soviet military's imposition of martial law. His administration's support for the pro-democracy movement helped the Polish people gain liberal reforms from the Soviet regime. Similarly, President Trump doesn't need to be overly cautious about retribution from Xi Jinping and the Chinese government. Open, strong support for democracy in Hong Kong not only advances America's governing principles, but also weakens China's brand of authoritarianism.

After creating a commission to study the role of human rights in U.S. foreign policy, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wrote last month that the principles of our Constitution are central "not only to Americans," but to the rest of the world. He was right — putting "America First" means being the first advocate for freedom across the globe. Nothing shows the strength of our country more than when, in crucial moments of their own history, other nations find inspiration in our flag.

Let's join the people of Hong Kong in their defiance of tyranny.

Matt Liles is a writer and Young Voices contributor from Austin, Texas.

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