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?
Everyone’s favorite socialist — sorry Bernie — almost outdid herself this past week with more gaffes than would fit in this column. But the ones that were worth discussing are true gems of political buffoonery, and they surely will not disappoint. First, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez compared immigration law to slavery; then she revealed her ignorance of the effects of the #MeToo situation. Finally, she gave a compelling reason for giving raises to members of Congress.
Immigration and Dred Scott
Rep. Ocasio-Cortez spoke during a committee meeting earlier this week as members of the House considered whether they would vote to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt of Congress. House Democrats had been threatening both individuals with legal action due to their refusal to comply with a subpoena requesting documents related to the White House’s efforts to include a question on the 2020 Census asking about respondents’ immigration status.
During the hearing, Ocasio-Cortez said:
“Unspeakable horrors have been executed by the United States in the name of citizenship, in the name of determining who is a citizen, and by citizen we mean who is a person in our democracy … It is an acknowledgment of person-hood in American democracy.”
It is unknown whether or not anyone explained to the young socialist that the United States is a republic, not a democracy, but later, she took to Twitter to expand on her statements. “Dred Scott. Korematsu vs. United States. Citizens United,” she tweeted. “Party aside, the Supreme Court has gotten things horrifyingly wrong in the past. That’s why Congress must preserve our power and independence: we are part of the check + balance.”
It’s not clear how this relates to whether or not the federal government should ask about an individual’s legal status in the 2020 census, but comparing this question to the Dred Scott decision, which helped slave owners further victimize black slaves is quite bizarre. The objective is to ensure that representation in our government is fairly distributed, not to enslave anyone. Apparently, AOC hasn’t quite mastered the art of effective race-baiting.
#MeToo and Creepy Men
The #MeToo movement is still going strong; in fact, it appears to be gaining steam. While the popular hashtag has yielded some positive results when it comes to exposing predators, its weaponization by the left is also having a negative impact on women, especially in the professional world.
A recent LeanIn.org poll revealed that 60% of male managers are not comfortable engaging in ordinary work activities with women, including working one-on-one, socializing, or mentoring. This is a 33% increase from 2018. To those with common sense, the reason for this uptick is apparent: Men are afraid of being falsely accused of inappropriate behavior.
Of course, when the results of the poll were released, AOC chimed in with a profound piece of wisdom: “Is it really that hard to not be creepy?” she tweeted.
Sometimes, it is nearly impossible to tell whether the lawmaker is being intentionally obtuse or if she truly doesn’t get it. It is apparent that men are not more hesitant to work with women because they can’t resist the urge to be “creepy.” Rather, they understand the culture that proponents of #MeToo are creating is one in which a woman can accuse a man of inappropriate behavior like sexual assault or sexual harassment and be believed despite a lack of evidence. One only needs to look at the Kavanaugh hearings to understand.
It’s worth pointing out that Ocasio-Cortez is expressing a sentiment that clearly will not help women; in the end, men don’t care if women think their hesitancy is the result of some inability to not harass them. Men care about keeping their jobs and reputations, and if AOC’s ilk continues to push the “all women must be believed” trope, it will adversely impact the careers of women. How’s that for feminism?
Give Us More Money!
Ocasio-Cortez had a novel idea on how to address corruption and greed among politicians in the Swamp. She seems to believe that her plan would keep lawmakers from engaging in shady behavior. What’s her solution? Let’s give them all a raise! In response to another tweet, AOC wrote:
“Yep. Voting against cost of living increases for members of Congress may sound nice, but doing so only increases pressure on them to keep dark money loopholes open.
This makes campaign finance reform *harder.*
ALL workers deserve cost of living increases, incl min wage workers.”
So let’s get this straight: Congress’ approval rating is in the tank, and they want more money. Why? Because if they aren’t paid more, they might be tempted to become corrupt officials.
Let’s play this out in real life, shall we? Let’s say you have an employee who isn’t performing well. He comes to your office and says: “Hey boss, I’m going to need a raise because if I don’t make more money, I might start stealing from you, and neither of us wants that, right?”
Enough said. He’d be fired before you could say “cow farts,” wouldn’t he? Perhaps AOC would be better served by urging her colleagues to start passing some decent legislation before asking the American public for more money.
What does AOC have in store for us next week? Tune in to find out!
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