Radical left-wing "Squad" member Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts wants you to become addicted to government handouts. So addicted that she is demanding a $2,000 federal stimulus check, on top of the $600 you just received. President-elect Joe Biden is calling for $1,400 more.

The Boston-area Democrat is also insisting that the handouts don't stop there.

“The people deserve, demand and require $2,000 recurring monthly survival checks,” Rep. Pressley tweeted.

Soon to be ex-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel recently called the $2,000 stimulus idea "socialism for the rich" when the idea was broached by outgoing President Donald J. Trump prior to the Georgia runoffs that saw Democrats take control of the upper chamber.

One of the first tenets of socialism is to get governmental control of the people. An easy way to do that is to make them dependent upon the government for everything, including their healthcare, education, and income. It helps, too, if you can get control of the messaging. How do you do that? Regulate free speech.

Mitch McConnell is correct. Writing checks to people who don't need or deserve them is socialism for the rich. He picked a bad time to make his point, though, since it contributed to his party losing control of the Senate.

Pressley and her squadmates seek to control every aspect of your life. They are dangerous people. They advocate for diminishing our military capabilities, defunding our police, dominating the conversation through restrictions on the media, and making the American people dependent upon a large and bloated government for all of their needs.

When will the voters of Massachusetts wake up and understand that Pressley's vision for America is radically different than that which is spelled out in our Constitution? I hope they do before it is too late.

Barry Richard is the host of The Barry Richard Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. Contact him at barry@wbsm.com and follow him on Twitter @BarryJRichard58. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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