Hey friend. Again with the Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez meme? That’s getting to be a habit with you. I know I asked once, and you said you just don’t like her. I’d rather have more to go on than that, but okay, fine, you don’t like her. I think maybe the only things you think you know about her are on these little propaganda hit pieces you keep posting, brought to you by the same folks who said Obama is a foreign-born Muslim terrorist. I don’t know if you bought that too, but if you did, I’d say you’re ripe for the picking.
This meme at least has a bit of substance to it, and isn’t just trying to make AOC out to be a daffy uneducated bimbo. She’s about as far from that as you can get, but evidently all you have to do is mock someone like that and people will gleefully spread it far and wide as though it were true. Just like you did! But this one cites a complaint about her involvement with a political action committee. The Federal Election Commission is looking into it, and I’d wait to see what they find out, myself–but hey, you go ahead on, and post the meme.
It’s rich though. Really rich. The PAC she’s involved with deliberately courts small donors. It’s harder to come up with the millions it apparently takes to run a campaign when you’re doing it that way, instead of tapping the billionaires, but it’s the principle of the thing, and a fine principle it is for a working democracy, in my opinion. And the people ultimately responsible for ginning up the propaganda you lap up aren’t bothering with the small donors.
They’re probably starting with DonorsTrust, through which they can make unlimited philanthropical (wink-wink) donations anonymously. And those untraceable billions, a.k.a. Dark Money, go to little grassroots (wink-wink) organizations like Americans For Job Security and All Votes Matter and Right To Work and other blatantly political outfits, many of which the original donors designed themselves. It’s by far the biggest slush fund the world has ever seen, and look what it has accomplished! The defeat of universal health care in favor of the for-profit insurance industry, the rollback of taxes on the super-wealthy, and–most impressive of all–they were able to turn the tide on any effort to curb global warming, by paying off a few scientists, submitting a new script to their propaganda arms, planting irate citizen-actors in town halls, conducting focus groups to learn what particular line of bullshit would appeal to Mr. and Mrs. America, and good old-fashioned threats to pull funding from legislators–that sort of thing. Thus they were able to secure enormous private fortunes for another twenty years or so while threatening the future of every man, woman, child, fetus, and wombat on the planet. Bless their stony hearts, they may well have killed us all.
So. This is the group infiltrating your social media feed. This is the group working so hard to bring down this young freshman Ocasio-Cortez. And it’s easy to see why the billionaire boys’ club doesn’t like her. They hate everything she stands for: Democratic Socialism, through which they might be relieved of the grossest excesses of their wealth in order to make life substantially better and more secure for people like you and me. And support for unions and a livable wage, both of which cut into their profits but which produce the actual job-providers. (You didn’t buy that bit about the billionaires being the job providers, did you? Oh honey. It’s normal people with enough security to live modestly with dignity, and pay each other to paint their houses or their nails. We keep each other afloat. And unions used to make sure we could, even those of us who weren’t in one.) And, most urgent of all, she stands for getting us the hell off of fossil fuels and into the economy of the future before we have no future at all. Fast. Too fast, too extreme? As someone recently said, we’re not in charge of the deadline: physics is. Ocasio-Cortez knows how imperative this work is, and how disruptive, and is working to make sure the poor and the shrunken middle class don’t bear the brunt of it. She is not extreme. She is absolutely right.
So that’s who’s behind all this nastiness and mockery you like to spread around. I know exactly why the billionaires want to destroy this young woman. What I don’t get is why you want to carry their water.
Can I get an Amen?! AOC is on the verge of big things. And she dances!
AOC is, unfortunately, ahead of her time, which means it's all the rest of us who need to catch up–NOW!
That is it, except that I read people do not like to admit they were wrong, more than they want to support this country.
I just read somewhere that God put Trump in the White House to do great things. I wonder what that person thought God was doing with Obama.
I have extremely ree-lee-Jesus relatives who, when I pointed out that tee-rump is a philandering, lying bag of she-it who is unfit to serve as president replied that God can use a bad man to do Godly work. These same morons were apoplectic for the entire Obama administration, as apparently God is unable to use a Black man to do anything in the White House but mop floors or serve de brekfes'. Mebbe do a liddle sof' shoe iffin de White folks visitin' from Norway gits bored wanna see some "colored folks culture". It's mass delusion, made possible by the last 30-40 years of declining education. Texas has outlawed the teaching of critical thinking, which says a lot about the future of democracy.
Those people, though. They believe God just bombs in when things get out of hand and gives us the right president? What's he doing the rest of the time? Hanging out in another galaxy? How inattentive is that?
God probably thinks the same of us. "They ignore me for years then suddenly they need something and start praying?"
I always liked that Onion headline: "CRITICALLY ILL BOY'S PRAYERS ANSWERED: "No, God Says"
I hope AOC gets plenty of support and recognition from her constituents and colleagues, to offset the criticism and insanity directed at her. Seems like one or two critical attacks sometimes feel weightier than a hundred thanks and kudos. HANG IN THERE AOC. <3
We need her and many more like her.
They're not just carrying water for those people. They're doing something much more intimate and perverted. Don't make me get any more detailed than that.
AOC seems well able to handle herself. I like her and I like her style. Go, lady, go!
I really don't understand the revering of billionaires. What a dreadful aspiration.
I like her too. Even if her ideas are ahead of the general population, at least they get out there and get heard! And she takes nothing from no one!
She does point out, correctly, that she and a few other legislators are able to devote most of their time to the needs of their constituents, because they don't need to spend the bulk of it raising campaign funds.
Murr—my two daughters are admirers of AOC, the youngest is startlingly like her with more of a affinity for C-4 as solutions. I read you often, though I don't comment much anymore. In this one, you are right on, and are the majority of the women I know. Keep it up.
Yeah, where the heck you been? [Kidding. I don't require my readers to comment!]
I don't know anything at all about AOC, apart from what I read here, but she does sound like someone I'd vote for if I lived there.
She's six years too young to run for President, though.
There's age limits??
Only at the lower end. Regrettably, not at the upper end.
What she said.
Amen! When you go off, you get it right.
"Go off" is a good description of what happens sometimes. Lordy, this ain't good for my heart.
By the time she's old enough to run for President she will have a goodly amount of practical experience. I hope I live long enough to see that happen. Maybe the Koch brothers will be dead by then.
Maybe they'll be dead and buried in coal sludge.
Nice post.Keep sharing. Thanks for sharing.
I see where Trump Jr. has singled out AOC for special vitriol – that means she's getting under their skin! And that is a Good Thing 🙂