Sen. Wicker to ‘Stand Strong Against Proposals That Could Lead Our Country Toward Socialism’

Sen. Wicker to ‘Stand Strong Against Proposals That Could Lead Our Country Toward Socialism’
Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) speaks in Cleveland, Ohio, in a 2016 file photograph. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Zachary Stieber

A Republican senator on Monday said he would “stand strong” against any proposals that could lead the United States “toward socialism.”

The Senate will soon be 50-50, divided evenly between Republicans and Democrats. The Democratic Party, though, will control the body by virtue of the tiebreaking vote a vice president can cast after Vice President-elect Kamala Harris takes office.

“The close margin in the Senate means it will be difficult to pass legislation without bipartisan support. This should discourage lawmakers from pushing far-left proposals that do not enjoy broad consensus. My Republican colleagues and I will stand strong against any proposals that could lead our country toward socialism,” Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) said in a weekly report to constituents.

Socialism is a precursor to communism. One of its definitions is a transitional social state between the overthrow of capitalism and the realization of communism. Communism is a failed political theory that has led to the deaths of tens of millions of people in countries where it’s been tried as a governing system.

A growing number of Democrats have advocated in recent years for socialist policies. Some openly identify as socialist, including Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.).

“It does not mean government owns everything. Socialism does not mean government owns everything. I disagree with that notion as well because I think it is undemocratic. I think that it is very easily corrupted and I don’t think that that’s a good thing,” Ocasio-Cortez told followers on social media in 2019.

“But I do think that having more democracy in our economy, aka worker power, worker accountability, is a very positive thing.”

Other Republicans have also vowed to challenge socialist policies in the new Congress.

“America has never been closer to seeing socialist policies become law. I pledged to oppose these dangerous, radical policies and the voters in the 42nd District sent me here to do just that. I will fight like hell to stop socialism and hope my colleagues join me,” Rep. Ken Calvert (R-Calif.) said last week.

Zachary Stieber is a senior reporter for The Epoch Times based in Maryland. He covers U.S. and world news. Contact Zachary at [email protected]
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