April 2, 2019

Like a time-share condo they swear someone else will pay for, the media keep giving us a hard sell on Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.  This week, her face graces the cover of Time magazine (Remember Time? Remember magazines?)  The caption in large font reads: “The Phenom.”  Well, they’ve been remarkably successfully at making her into a media phenomenon, but if the point was to pitch her socialist policies, most Americans are saying, “No sale.” 

Recent polls show that the more Americans learn about AOC and her far-left policies, the less they like them.  Now, even some of her own constituents may be starting to feel a little buyer’s remorse at having elected a socialist media star with global ambitions instead of a Representative of the Bronx.

I honestly try not to write about her that often, but she makes it difficult by being a never-ending fountain of outrageous comments.  It’s earned her the description in some quarters of being “seldom right but always certain.”  I actually admire the way she fights back when challenged (I wish more Republicans would stand up and fight for their principles like that when attacked), but if you punch back when you’ve said something demonstrably incorrect, it just comes across as combative and arrogant. That happens way too often.

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Latest example: during a town hall on MSNBC, AOC claimed that Republicans passed the 22nd Amendment restricting a President to two terms “to make sure Roosevelt did not get reelected.”

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As most of us used to learn in junior high, FDR was reelected three times. He died during his fourth term, and the 22nd Amendment passed two years later.  It would have prevented his reelection only if he planned to run again after he died.  I thought Democrats only vote after they die, not run for President.   

If you want to get picky, Republicans couldn’t have passed a Constitutional Amendment alone (this is stuff we learned on “Schoolhouse Rock.”) The 22nd passed the House with 47 Democratic votes, and the Senate 59–23, with 16 Democrats supporting it.  It then went to the states, where 36 of the then-48 states ratified it. 

Politicians on both sides of the aisle have called for repealing it, including Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton, Barney Frank and Mitch McConnell. It’s been called an infringement on the right of the people to choose their leader.  Fair enough, but while the Founders didn’t include term limits in the Constitution, it’s hard to imagine they would have approved of keeping that much power in one person’s hands for an unlimited period after fighting a revolution to free themselves from a monarch.    

Personally, rather than repealing the term limit on the Presidency, I’d like to see term limits imposed on the House and Senate.  Sure, there are always elections as the ultimate term limits; but the benefits of incumbency (influential donors and supporters, PAC money, party support, pork, gerrymandering, etc.) make it very difficult to oust someone once they’re in office.

I suspect the Founders might have included term limits if they’d imagined we’d see the rise of politics as a lucrative lifelong profession.  They envisioned a government run by citizen legislators who distinguished themselves at home enough to represent their districts in Washington for a while, then go home and live under the laws they passed.  They didn’t think we’d have people somehow growing rich while in public service, passing laws from which they exempted themselves, and staying in office until the day they died – or, as I suspect in some cases, until several months beyond that.                                                                                     



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  • Diane Winder

    04/02/2019 08:38 PM

    While Arkansas was considering a convention of states i got a lot of emails asking for help and giving up-dates. Since the vote i have heard nothing. Is there a way I can keep up on the nation wide progress.

  • rodney burke

    04/02/2019 05:43 PM

    if the people are willing in her district. I have the solution of AOC; recall. They have to be smart enough to do it first. AOC is dangerous as she is ignorant. I have to question what she learned in 4 years and Boston U? It is apparent nothing about government OR economics. I could see a no sale from day one. the people of her district should haver tons of buyer's remorse. There should be a referendum on her and NOW! the guy they DIDN'T vote back in HAS to be smarter than AOC. Are we seeing another Jimmy Carter?, Barack? John Kerry? Al Gore, Slick Willy. Look who they have been running for the last 40 years? Hilary? really. Where are the statesman in the lib party? the leaders? I don't see any. For the last 15 years it's been nothing but crooks, liars and frauds! AOC is just another face in the same mold as the rest of the corrupt communist party. MAN

  • Timothy Bullock

    04/02/2019 05:03 PM

    You make a good point regarding politicians being in office too long. We need an amendment to the 22nd amendment extending the same term limits to both the House and Senate. Of course, the chance of Congress passing said law is essentially nil. Pork party continues...

  • Gerald L. Cassity

    04/02/2019 01:58 PM

    I like your reference to people staying in office for several months beyond death. It made me think of my Dad, who worried that he would be forced to voted for a Democrat after he died. My Dad and Mom raised us in Cook County, Illinois, so his worry was well founded, with the shenanigans that go on in that county. LOL!

  • Gerald L. Cassity

    04/02/2019 01:56 PM

    I like your reference to people staying in office for several months beyond death. It made me think of my Dad, who worried that he would be forced to voted for a Democrat after he died. My Dad and Mom raised us in Cook County, Illinois, so his worry was well founded, with the shenanigans that go on in that county. LOL!

  • Terry Keever

    04/02/2019 12:39 PM

    Well said on all counts especially about Republicans not standing up for what they believe.

  • Vickie Fiorentino

    04/02/2019 11:24 AM

    Again, AOC did not pay attention in Political History Class...She is such a waste of time. I wouldn't mind an additional term, but unlimited is off the ballot. If Ronny had only survived another 50 years! As it is NOW, we do need to get everyone off their hinneys and VOTE, call or email their representatives...Can't complain if you don't continue the DRAIN (of the swamp)...

  • Barby Blackburn

    04/02/2019 11:12 AM

    Just had to comment that I loved reading your article.

  • Meg jones

    04/02/2019 10:21 AM

    Thank you for having a narrative not just a video which I can’t watch because of concentrating hubby next to me. I’d far rather read so I haven’t any idea what you’ve said the past few weeks of email only messages. Thank you.

  • Stan Honstad

    04/02/2019 10:07 AM

    I refuse to use "AOC". That is her rock star monicker promotion to get all the young people to fall in love with her. I will call her simply Cortez using the same respect given to President Trump. All the media refers to him as Trump, not President Trump. Totally disrespectful

  • Victor John Shultz

    04/02/2019 09:48 AM

    I have lost confidence in any hope that America as a constitutional republic will recover. I believe, with the rise of socialism among young people, the extraordinary invasion of illegal immigrants, and the apathy of conservative working class people, in the political process, the bias of the mainstream media, the left will be in power in perpetuity! I know the idiocy of AOC, but help me out here with some fierce examples that there is hope for America's future as the founders set up to succeed!