There’s a growing debate in conservative circles over whether Republicans are devoting too much time and attention to refuting the factually-challenged but “morally right” proclamations of “Democratic” Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. She complains of being picked on, but then, when you run to Twitter and TV cameras every day to make outrageous statements about wanting to turn America into Sweden through massive tax increases and government expansion backed by math that looks like someone sat on a calculator, you have to expect people to respond less than respectfully.
Some Republicans are concerned that responding to every jaw-dropping bit of babble from a loose cannon freshman Congress member gives her too much attention and importance, while allowing the really powerful Democrats like Nancy Pelosi to avoid the scrutiny they deserve and let the very real damage they’re inflicting slide under the radar. But others argue that responding is vital because AOC is such a media darling, she’s gaining a dangerous amount of influence among young people in the same way that her fellow attractive radical, Che Guevara’s, face is on the T-shirts of many students who don’t have a clue about the horrors that flowed from people actually taking his leftist politics seriously.
I can understand the arguments on all sides, but I’d toss another point into the mix: I salute her for providing Republicans and Americans in general a valuable service by exposing what the rising radical leftwing of the Democratic Party really believes.
She’s too inexperienced to have that built-in filter that so many slick professional politicians do, the one that prevents them from telling Americans their true beliefs. So while cautious Democrats mouth platitudes about, say, being all in favor of border security, in theory (while refusing to support anything that provides it), she just blurts out what she (and, I suspect, many others in her Party) really think: socialism is great, taxes should be jacked up to the sky, America needs to become Sweden, and this latest stunner:
“…The women and children on the border seeking refuge and opportunity in the U.S. with nothing but the shirt on their backs are acting more American than any person who seeks to keep them out ever will be.”
I for one thank her for summing up perfectly the attitude among many Democrats that only she is honest (or at least, unpolished) enough to lay it right out there: They honestly think that people who are trying to enter the US illegally are better Americans than actual American citizens who believe that people should respect our immigration laws. So of course, it would be a good thing to overwhelm the current voting population of US citizens with millions of illegal immigrants. Explains a lot, doesn't it?
Frankly, not since Hillary Clinton stood up on national TV and declared that she considers a huge percentage of Americans to be a basket of irredeemable, racist, sexist, homophobic, Islamophobic, xenophobic deplorables has any Democrat been quite so honest about what that party’s leaders really think of everyday Americans. When Hillary accidentally blurted out her honest beliefs, it was considered a shocking one-time gaffe. With AOC, it’s like a fire hydrant that nobody can turn off.
Republicans need to walk a careful line between giving her so much attention that it elevates her importance and not downplaying or ignoring what she has to say. Make no mistake: what she’s spouting might be crazy, but it’s what the leftists who want to seize power at every level of government truly believe. We owe her our gratitude for exposing it, and Americans ignore it at their peril.
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