As presidential wannabes launch their campaigns for 2020, they seem to stand behind New York congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez's harebrained neo-socialist Green New Deal. But when questioned about their support for the resolution, they capitulate by referring to the deal as only "aspirational." It makes sense to dodge the political insanity, but they should denounce the Green New Deal openly.

The very notion of Socialism in America causes people like me to cringe, but apparently a small percentage of Americans see it differently. Socialism demands equality among individuals through government ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods. Absent is the fact that no two people are the same.

Venezuela is but one example of socialism's impact on a strong economy. From the 1950s to the early 1980s, the Venezuelan economy, buoyed by high oil prices, was one of the strongest in South America. In 1970, it was the richest country in Latin America and one of the 20 richest countries in the world. The violence, disease and personal hardships suffered by Venezuelan citizens today have developed over the past 20 years of rule under the United Socialist Party of Venezuela, ushered in by Hugo Chavez in 2007.

It would make good sense for presidential contenders to turn a blind eye to Ocasio-Cortez's outlandish Green New Deal resolution since her plan would ban cars, planes and cows, eliminate fossil fuels and nuclear energy, and offer free education to all in a mere 12 years? Get serious! American voters deserve the truth regarding economic policy platforms in America, not impossible and undoable socialist insanity that leads to economic failure.

I suggest that Americans keep their cars and their cows, continue to use fossil fuels to sustain energy requirements and allow our free market system to preserve liberty and prosperity for all Americans. And the federal government should continue to protect the security and safety of our citizens and follow the mandates of our constitution. Presidential hopefuls should be firm and dismiss the Socialist insanity!

Leroy Donald, Stephens City