Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

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Republicans have an Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez fetish. Who can blame them? But still, while hating everything she stands for, they’re making it clear that it’s more about her than about the positions she’s advocating. Take the Green New Deal as an example.

The Green New Deal is a resolution pushing the United States 100% renewable, zero-emission energy sources by 2035. Republicans hate this because it’s environmental and they can’t understand it. How dare she.

While the resolution focuses on investments in electric cars and high-speed rails, eventually replacing buildings, creating new jobs, improving healthcare, and combating poverty, the most Republicans can get it out of it is that it’ll turn us into socialist Venezuela and ban cows from farting. Seriously.

I have seen about ten cartoons from conservatives about AOC banning cow farts proving they either haven’t read the legislation or that they’re lying about it. But, conservative cartoonists are used to crapping out cartoons.

While it is kinda sorta funny in a low-brow way to joke about cow farts, they actually are a major contributor to methane in the atmosphere. But, nobody’s talking about getting rid of cows or discovering some way of making them stop farting. If you want to change cow farts,  you have to change the humans who are handling the cows. By the way, I’m sure Venezuela has its share of farting cows. Stalin, for all his tyranny couldn’t stop cows from farting. Besides, we all like steaks, cheeseburgers, and ice cream. We’re not getting rid of cows.

But, all the anger over this is directed at AOC. Bad girl! Grrr! Anger! Fuming Facebook memes! While directing all this hostility toward her, very few actually counter her positions. None of these conservatives can take her down. And, when a high-profile conservative attempts to do so on Twitter, they get taken down by her. Don’t mess with a woman who’s smarter than you.

I mentioned how many cartoons I’ve seen on cow farts, but the number on AOC alone is staggering. One cartoonist has drawn her six times over the past two weeks. Other conservatives are going after her with more frequency. A lot of it, most of it is sexism. Hashtag “AOC’ and “GreenNewDeal” on Twitter and see what turns up. Tell me if you see the name Ed Markey.

Why would I bring up Ed Markey, the Senator from Massachusetts? Because Markey is co-sponsor of the Green New Deal with AOC, yet you’re not hearing his name in all the criticism. For some reason, AOC is receiving all the scorn and poor Ed Markey is going ignored. Could it be…sexism? Old white guys just can’t catch a break.

Other things conservatives also leave out in their outrage is that the resolution is nonbinding and they don’t understand “net zero.” Look up “net zero and you may stop freaking out about environmental plans.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell plans to bring the Green New Deal up for a vote. This is a plan to see who supports it so they can use it against them, preferably Democratic Senators currently running for president. Of course, that overlooks the fact that the majority of Americans are for reducing our carbon footprint and they support the Green New Deal, even though they don’t understand it either. McConnell also hopes to increase attacks against AOC because that’s just good Republican strategy…maybe…they think.

The GOP went after her for saying the world will end in 12 years, when she was talking about the United Nation’s putting out a report that we have twelve years to change before it’s too late to change. They hang on her every word and look for gaffes, like when she said “ringworm” instead of “hookworm.” They question her intelligence even though they’re the party of Trump and believed Sarah Palin was ready for the presidency. They’ve gone after her for not being able to afford an apartment in Washington before she was sworn into Congress. They’ve made fun of her wardrobe. They’ve manufactured a viral lie about her credit rating. Tucker Carlson recently called her a “screechy moron.” They even released a video of her dancing while in college, which only made her more appealing.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is everything Republicans fear in one package. An intelligent, Hispanic, liberal woman looking to change the future. While they’re very vocal about her, I don’t want to know what sort of icky thoughts are in their heads.

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Greetings For The 116th


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Yesterday was a historic day for Congress.

Nancy Pelosi became the first person elected as Speaker after leaving the position since Sam Rayburn in 1955. She remains the only women ever elected to the position.

There were several other historic achievements for women with the 116th Congress.

We saw the swearing-in of the first Native American women elected to Congress, Deb Haaland and Sharice Davids, the first Muslim women elected to Congress, Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar, and the youngest member ever elected, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Cortez has become the Right’s favorite new symbol of scary women. Google “Alexandria Ocasio Cortez Brietbart” and see what comes up. They’re obsessing about her almost as much as they are about black crime.

Yesterday, Republicans groaned and booed her when she cast her vote for Pelosi. She was the only person they booed for voting. Republicans also released a video of her dancing with friends from her college days. Nothing salacious, evil, or malicious about the dancing, as they were doing a play on The Breakfast Club. But for some reason, this is a scandal for the GOP. If Footloose Kevin Bacon becomes a transexual and runs for Congress, they will totally flip out.

Mike Pence, a man afraid to be alone in a room with a woman who is not his wife, got a little thrill when he not only had to swear women in with a Quran but also the first openly bisexual woman elected to Congress. Kyrsten Sinema chose to be sworn in on a law book instead of the Bible. Pence probably experiences as much discomfort with the Constitution as he does with the Quran and “nasty” women capable of having their own thoughts.

The Women’s March in 2017 continued into the halls of Congress yesterday, and Republicans are petrified. They don’t know how to gerrymander the women vote.

More people are voting for Democrats now than for Republicans. In 2016 and 2018, the majority of the nation voted against Donald Trump. Despite controlling the Senate, more people voted for Democratic candidates. Women aren’t just voting and getting more involved with activism, they’re running for office. Cortez, an educated, socialist, woman who is not white represents everything they fear. The future.

I personally believe we need to keep electing more women, non-whites, and people with different religious beliefs to positions of power. We are a diverse nation. Our government should represent that.

Yesterday presented us with two contrasting images. One was of the most diverse Congress in history being sworn in. The other was Donald Trump surrounded by a bunch of old bald white guys griping about immigrants.

Guess which one represents your future.

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New Love/Hate


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The only thing Republicans fear and hate more than a liberal old white woman is a young brown one.

The GOP has been bashing Hillary Clinton since 1992. They’ve gaslighted the nation to the point that most people who hate Clinton can’t state anything factual to hate her over. They’ve been at Nancy Pelosi since the Bush 43 era and argue she’s too old to be Speaker of the House, despite the fact their Senate Majority leader is only two years younger. Elizabeth Warren is a fairly new target for them, but they can’t go at her without exhibiting racism. I’ll give you one guess why they hate Maxine Waters.

Maybe they’re getting bored with the women listed above because they’ve recently taken to attacking Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who will be the youngest member in the history of the House of Representatives when she assumes office in January. Ocasio-Cortez defeated Democratic Caucus Chair Joe Crowley in a primary and will represent a district that covers parts of Queens and the Bronx.

Ocasio-Cortez has everything Republicans need to hate. First off, she’s a she. We know how Republicans feel about women. She’s a self-described Democratic-Socialist, which really freaks out people who equate that with Venezuela instead of Norway. She’s a millennial, and they hate people who resemble their constituency. Finally, she’s a minority, and…yeah. The future of America is going to be a lot browner than white and that scares the living daylights out of the GOP. They can’t gerrymander fast enough to prevent it.

With the way the GOP is trying to destroy her, you would think she was a major presidential contender or possessed the Donald Trump pee tape. A day doesn’t seem to go by without some GOP flunky going after her on Twitter or Fox News.

Ocasio-Cortez revealed her plight of being unemployed for three months before she takes office and being unable to afford an apartment in Washington. Fox News, which is made up of millionaires, mocked and derided her for lacking affordable housing options. They failed to notice that this problem truly makes her a representative of America. They also failed to mention that around 50 Republican congressmen sleep in their offices because they claim they can’t afford a D.C. apartment.

There was a scandal over her wearing nice clothes to her orientation at the capital, which was a brouhaha Washington hadn’t seen since Obama put mustard on a cheeseburger.

Fox News’ resident Nazi-sympathizer Laura Ingraham ran a segment on Ocasio-Cortez threatening our nation with healthcare.

An editor for Daily Caller, Virginia Kruta, attended an Ocasio-Cortez rally and was petrified that the crowd was eager for healthcare, an education, and a living wage being a human right and accepting that the government has a responsibility to provide them. She wrote, “They talk about things that everybody wants, especially, like, if you are a parent.”

The Right isn’t sure how to handle her because she’s good with social media, and she fights back. A Washington Examiner columnist deleted his tweet after attacking her wardrobe.

Sean Hannity ran a segment, trying to scare his audience, listing her agenda of Medicare for all, housing as a human right, federal jobs guarantee, gun control, criminal justice reform, and end to private prisons, abolishing ICE, immigration justice, solidarity with Puerto Rico, fighting Climate Change, clean up campaign finance, higher education for all, women’s rights, and support of LGBTQ. Is Hannity bashing her or creating her campaign ads?

What they’re really afraid of is that she understands struggling in this nation and that giving more of our money to billionaires isn’t going to help the majority. She has a voice, and she knows how to use it.

When Mike Huckabee falsely accused her in a tweet of comparing her election victory to the moon landing, she hit back with, “Leave the false statements to Sarah Huckabee. She’s much better at it.”

She used Twitter to point out that as a member of Congress, she gets to pick her health insurance plan, and as a waitress, she had to pay twice as more than as a member of Congress. She tweeted, “It’s frustrating that Congressmembers would deny other people affordability that they themselves enjoy.”

That’s the voice of reason and understanding that scares Republicans. Hopefully, in their fear and hysteria, they’ll keep pointing it out. If she’s kicking their asses at 29, imagine what she’s going to do after she gains some experience.

What should scare them most of all is that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the future, and she’s not alone.

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Democratic Socialism


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I’m not entirely on board with the entire platform of democratic socialism. While I do believe corporations should be subjected to tighter regulations, and profit-sharing by all with their employees would be ideal, I’m not down with government forcing them to share ownership.

But, I do believe every American should have access to affordable healthcare, childcare, and employment. I strongly believe this nation can afford to provide a free education to every American citizen if we make it a higher priority than say, having ten aircraft carriers. The system of privatized prisons and commercializing incarceration should be abolished, and they can take ICE with it. I believe every child in this nation should have three meals a day, no matter which economic class their parents belong to.

A lot of people who try to scare the voters with democratic socialism are either dishonest or lying about it. Typically, when sounding the warning bells of socialism, they point toward Venezuela, or even more outlandish, North Korea.

Democratic Socialism is not about taking everything away from everyone and making it all government-owned. It’s not about not having material possessions. It’s not a John Lennon song. It’s also not about a system where elections are rigged, opposition is oppressed, or where the next leader is chosen from the present leader’s offspring.

When, you think of democratic socialism you should think about Europe. Those are not authoritarian or totalitarian states (The authoritarian candidate here is Donald Trump). Five of the top ten happiest nations in the world (according to the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network) is in Scandinavia (Finland, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, and Sweden).

I saw a political cartoon last week by a conservative mentioning Venezuela and North Korea while warning that nations providing free healthcare and education are places where you can’t find sandwiches and toilet paper. This is why I love conservative cartoons. They’re inadvertently humorous. It is Hoagiefest at Wawa though, so maybe we should all chip in and send a sub to the Swedes.

Conservatives are not the only ones freaking out about socialism. After Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez upset the 4th ranking House Democrat running on a socialist platform, Dems are afraid what works in the Bronx won’t work in Kansas. They’re right. It won’t work in Kansas, but that’s why candidates need to run on issues that cater to their districts. A voter in Kansas is probably more concerned over the price of wheat than he is about gay marriage. But, running on the economy and jobs works everywhere.

Ocasio-Cortez is a lock to win her general election, so she’s spending her time campaigning with Bernie Sanders for other Democratic candidates. And, yes. Their tour went to Kansas. James Thompson, a centrist Democrat running for Congress in Kansas, said she might as well come out because they’re going to call him a socialist anyway.

I have never wanted every seat on the Supreme Court to be filled by liberals. I don’t want total domination of Congress by one party. I hate districts that are so lopsided, that the opposing party doesn’t even bother fielding a candidate. I want two strong parties.

Right now, there is really only one party to hold a debate in. The Republican Party has turned into the party of Trump, and nobody can tell you what their positions are because they fluctuate on a daily basis. Some people want this nation to get beyond the two-party system, but right now, we barely have one. I don’t mind if there are two wings in the Democratic Party. Debate is a good thing.

Thompson is right. Democrats were called socialists when moderate Bill Clinton won the presidency. They shouldn’t panic when only two of their elected members proudly wear the label. They should take Thompson’s attitude toward the accusation.

He said, “They can just shut their pie hole.” That’s a good message for anyone who doesn’t understand democratic socialism. And, that insult works in the Bronx and Kansas.

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