When it comes to political comedy, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is the gift that keeps on giving. Each week, Liberty Nation uncovers the blunders that keep us wondering: How did she ever get elected?
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was back to her usual self this week as she gave opinions on various political and cultural issues. She commented on the ongoing impeachment efforts, the state of the Democratic Party, and the generational divide.
GOP Making Impeachment a “Partisan Issue?”
The Democrats’ desperate bid to impeach President Donald Trump intensified this week as Congress heard from witnesses. In an interview with ABC News that she gave while campaigning with presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders (I-VT), AOC stated that the Republicans were turning the impeachment inquiry into a “partisan issue.” She also claimed it was “inappropriate” that the GOP wished to have former Vice President Joe Biden’s son give testimony before Congress.
Of course, any sane person following politics knows that the Democrats have been salivating at the thought of impeaching Trump since the moment his victory was announced in 2016. Progressive politicians like Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) have been beating the impeachment drum on the airwaves nonstop since before he took office.
Democrats Not too Far Left
Ocasio-Cortez has been busy on the campaign with Sen. Sanders, everyone’s favorite Marxist uncle. During one of the Iowa stops, the representative commented on the ideological shift in the Democratic Party, responding to those who claim that Sanders and other candidates are moving the party “too far left” with their pie-in-the-sky ideas.
“When people try to accuse us of going too far left — we’re not pushing the party left,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “We are bringing the party home.”
Apparently, when AOC says “home,” she is referring to a Marxist utopian dream. “Are you all ready for a revolution,” she asked the adoring crowd.
The lawmaker’s statements about the party’s ideology was a brazen challenge to the Democratic establishment. It was a defiant challenge to the likes of Biden, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), and others who represent the old guard. Of course, the battle between the far-left progressive wing and the establishment is far from over, but it appears AOC’s faction plans to fight to the political death.
There is a common meme circulating amongst the Generation Z and Millennial crowd that illustrates the divide between these generations and the Baby Boomers. It’s a trend that is picking up steam on social media and elsewhere, and it involves responding to the opinions of the older generation by dismissively saying “OK Boomer.”
Here’s an example. Dorothy gets on Twitter and laments the fact that younger generations don’t know the value of hard work. Lila, a Gen Z’er, responds with two words: “OK Boomer.”
While this might just seem like a snarky response, it is indicative of the greater generational divide. Recently, AOC was asked to comment on the phrase. During an Instagram live stream, a follower asked, “How do you feel about the ‘new’ response to boomers with ‘OK Boomer?’”
She responded, “We grow up and we come of age and we realize that previous generations decided to screw over our planet, and create endless wars, and mess up our economy, and create a student loan crisis.”
AOC then explained how the older generation might respond to these accusations. “And when we bring up these things they say well, if you just had less avocado toast you’d be able to afford a mortgage,” she explained. “There’s only so much of that you hear where you’re just like, you know what? We’re just going to fix this ourselves.”
But despite her harsh words for previous generations, she acknowledged that the only way to move forward is for all generations to work towards progress. It’s easy to poke fun at the lawmaker when she demonstrates her lack of knowledge, but in this area, she’s correct; dealing with the generational divide is the key to success for the progressive movement. But what about the right?
Republicans have done increasingly poorly with younger voters. The GOP has been unable to shake the image of the “party for old white men.” If the party wishes to remain relevant, it might take a page from the progressives’ book and broaden its base.
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