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Let’s play a game…

February 9, 2019

Let’s play a game indeed.

It has been so long since we saw an actual Socratic-style politician willing to expose the truth of how Washington runs we don’t entirely know how to feel as we watch Ms Ocasio-Cortez in action.

Canadians watched Justin Trudeau pretend to talk with such forthrightness – though with more vagueness as to an actual commitment to policy (which we now know, he was merely practicing forked-tongue bullshit on the masses) – we watched Obama speak of change, only to watch as he maintained the military-economic status quo – so, many of us are unsure as to how honest Ocasio-Cortez will end up being.

But, given that she has only been in office a month and it has already leaked that the DNC is looking for ways to make her a one-term Congresswoman – that the upper echelons of her own Party wants her out – gives me pause to think she is the real deal.

Nancy Pelosi – one of the dinosaurs of the old guard – who, like Trudeau, likes to make sound bites saying the right things, but much prefers superficial adjustments to the status quo while lining her pockets with corporate donations – has already begun to dismiss Ocasio-Cortez’s (and the other young women recently elected to Congress) as being amateur’ish, as being unrealistic, over-enthusiastic.

Pelosi is the House of Congress gate-keeper – only she gets to allow legislation to make it to the floor that she wants on the floor of the House – it is only a matter of time before she marginalizes Ocasio-Cortez’s enthusiasm for creating her “socialist democratic” legislation – a term that corporate media has already begun to use to dismiss Ocasio-Cortez, as if this implied that she was somehow a “communist” (as suggested on Fox News), or as Trump calls her, “a radical socialist anti-capitalist”.

Of course, the last true “radical” democratic-socialist America had in office – who had real power, and not just Bernie Sanders pretend power – was Franklin D. Roosevelt. His New Deal, which was fought tooth and nail by corporate interests at the time, dragged America out of the worst effects of the Great Depression, and was so popular with the people Roosevelt was re-elected to the presidency 4 times – the Republicans actually had the constitution amended because of Roosevelt’s success, now restricting a President to only two terms in office.

But this is America, where we have watched as very bad things happen to good people who want to make real political change – and for that, I fear for Ocasio-Cortez.

Martin Luther King Jr., Bobby Kennedy, Malcolm X, and the hundreds of unknown civil rights activists killed immediately come to mind. Suffragettes were beaten, tortured, imprisoned, and in some cases murdered, simply for asking for the vote.

America has assassinated four presidents and there were real attempts on the lives of nearly every other president of the 20th century.

So, I have reason to fear for someone like a simple Congresswoman like Ocasio-Cortez.

Well-padded feathers in Washington don’t like to be ruffled. It took all of the whit and cunning of the DNC to make sure that Sanders did not get the presidential nomination in the last election – there have been accusations of vote rigging within the party – whom, you may have forgotten, was polling (by far) as the most popular politician in America at the time.

Ocasio-Cortez’s popularity at the moment takes Sander’s polling numbers to entirely new levels. She already has a 60% recognition in national polls. (By contrast, a recent poll revealed that 12% of Americans don’t know who Vice-President Mike Pence is.)

As the structural contradictions of unregulated neoliberalism continue to play out their inevitable consequences – record income disparities, record profits, record debt loads among the people, a $10 minimum wage, record poverty – all the while corporate capitalism and mass consumption is burning the planet to a crisp – people like Ocasio-Cortez realize something has to give, before it is too late.

Not surprisingly, this new fire for change is coming from the younger generation of change makers – who have the most to lose if things are not changed.

For, while some baby boomers truly care and fight the good fight, too many boomers have profited from the system the way it is, and will run the planet into extinction – as long as they can continue to drive their 7-seater SUV’s, fly to Australia for $600, and continue to eat 66 billion chickens a year. Watch as every politician who stands in Ocasio-Cortez’s way – both DNC and GOP – they will all come from the wealthy, established, older generations.

In the most recent polling numbers – 80% of Americans approve of the Ocasio-Cortez  new Green Deal – a ten-year plan to save the environment. (Pelosi dismissed it in an interview as a “green dream, or whatever you want to call it” (last Wednesday.) – listen below to Ocasio-Cortez’s perfect response to Pelosi’s comments, when asked by the press what she thought of Pelosi’s dismissal).

I want all of Congress and the Senate to be as willing to fight for real social-economic-environmental change as Ocasio-Cortez and the rest of the young women recently elected to power. But that is unrealistic.

I fear for Ocasio-Cortez.

I fear for her life…

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. February 9, 2019 5:19 pm

    Ummm… either Dwight D. Eisenhauer or Franklin D. Roosevelt. I don’t think the mash-up will work, for this post…

    • S.J. Hines permalink*
      February 9, 2019 6:52 pm

      thanks for the catch! Corrected 😉

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