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Why We Have to Take U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Seriously

January 25, 2019 - 10:45am

Since she began running for Congress, most Republicans have considered Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., as nothing more than a joke. Her gaffes  when talking to the press have become legendary. The fact she was elected and installed as the youngest member of the House of Representatives as a “Democratic Socialist” should be noted. She may seem to be naive, but she is being warmly received by liberals as the savior of her party.

Her latest gaffes have gone viral, particularly her assertion the world is coming to an end in 12 years if we do not address climate change and her proposal to tax people up to 70 percent for earnings above $10 million, representing a bold redistribution of the wealth, which would likely upset the economy. Whereas the Right giggles at her statements, the Left takes her seriously, and this is what should concern Republicans. 

A new poll produced by Axios/SurveyMonkey contends 74 percent of Democrats would consider voting for Ocasio-Cortez for president if she were eligible (you have to be at least 35 years old to run for president, she is only 29). The poll also claims she is more popular than Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and almost as popular as Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. Axis was just founded in 2016 by former employees of Politico, which has shown sympathies to the Left for quite some time, so it is difficult to assess the accuracy of this poll.

Her meteoric rise in popularity is remarkable when you consider she hasn’t produced anything of substance other than serving on the 2016 presidential campaign for Sen. Bernie Sanders. The freshman representative possesses no prior experience in government and has not passed any legislation. The Left is quick to point out President Trump also had no political experience prior to his election, which is true, but as a businessman he was able to build a substantial empire involving real estate holdings and entertainment, and in the process put thousands of people to work.

Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez
Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez

In contrast, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez has only delivered speeches and attended rallies preaching the Socialist gospel and has been active on social media. What she lacks in experience and know-how, she makes up for by youth and her communication skills, which somehow appeal to naive millennials. All of this has made her a darling of the mainstream media, who are grooming her for the future of the Democratic Party.

Even if Rep. Ocasio-Cortez fails to pass a single piece of legislation, the news media will broadcast her voice, provide coaching, cover up her faux pas, and keep her relevant until she is of age to run in six more years. In other words, the news media have made her “The Chosen One.” They have finally found a candidate they can easily program to suit their agenda, and this explains why we should all take her very seriously.

Tim Bryce, author of "The Bryce Is Right!" blog, is a writer and the managing director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor and has more than 40 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb1557@gmail.com.

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Yeah,... wasn't that OTHER faker, Barak Hussein Obama, considered by leftist socialists (and entrenched world communist dictators), to be "The Chosen One" destined to "bring down America"..? Well, we saw HIS failure, and the extensive damage he caused to our Republic: So, this little "miss-informed Miss" is destined to be merely just more quickly forgotten "fly-speck on the blotter of the history" of the suicidal Democrat Party..!

It's going to take a long time to repair the damage caused by Obama, but at least we're not allowing Hillary to damage our country even more.

Obama did not cause the damage. He fixed it. The trumplodite rides on his economic coattails of which Bush Jr. had none. The only thing Bush Jr. did was illegal activity in his mystical search for WMD’s, drove the economy into the ground and “spent” over 250,000 lives and 2.5 trillion for a lie to support his flailing ego. https://www.vox.com/2016/7/9/12123022/george-w-bush-lies-iraq-war Get your shit straight.

Well, Obama's "Failure" was to save the auto industry, triple the stock market value, and pull America out of a recession. I hope Trump "fails" this well.

Ha ha ha funny, but total fabrication. Obama replaced Carter as the worst president ever.

Gallup: Majority of Americans Approve of Trump’s Handling of Economy https://ntknetwork.com/gallup-majority-of-americans-approve-of-trumps-handling-of-economy/

Facts don't matter? Dec 2008 Dow was 6,400. Dec. 2016 Dow was 19,760.

Ah, so now we know that you're a true Trumpite to whom facts don't matter . . . . . . . . . the big lie, just like Trump . . . . . . . go talk to some actual practicing historians or political scientists . . . . . . want to know where they already rate Trump . . . . . . . . . let's just say that Obama rates about 30+ places higher, Carter about 15-20 places higher . . . . . . . . . . . .but then, I'm sure that, like climate change scientists, you don't believe actual historians or political scientists either . . . . . . . . . only yourself . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . anti-facts, anti-truth, anti-experts, anti-everyone not like you . . . . . . . . . PATHETIC . . .

I never heard so much bull in my life, Obama has caused a great divide in this country, and Trump is trying to repair this division through economics.you can’t deny the numbers,more people are working than ever before. Unemployment is at 4.0 and black and Latino employment has never been higher.oh by the way the worst president exasperated Woodrow Wilson, a lot of historians agree with me,but is right up there as the worst president.No drama Obama was a Socialist

You're almost as factual as the 98% likelihood that Hillary will win the presidency. I hope you're enjoying those facts as much as I am. Ha ha ha! :-)

Anti, Anti, Anti, it's all you seem to know and troll . . . . . . . . too bad facts and reality matter (didn't point out any provable lies in those rankings, now did you - with Trump typically rated currently as "WORST" President ever) . . . . . . grow up, stop lying . . . . . . or continue to demonstrate being simply . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PATHETIC . . .

The overwhelming feeling the morning after the election was relief, major relief, not surprise. The polls were wrong by design to affect the results - it didn't work. Our strong energy sector (lifted by shale oil & gas) keeps the money we spend on energy at home. Hillary would have decimated it, and as a result our economy as well. President Trump was the best choice for America. The icing on the cake (two years later) was getting rid of Bill Nelson and the three misfits on Florida's Supreme Court.

It's such a breath of fresh air with Florida finally having both Senators representing the State of Florida instead of having one of them representing the Democrat party.

Sweet!

Anti, Anti, Anti, it's all you seem to know and troll . . . . . . . . too bad facts and reality matter (didn't point out any provable lies in those rankings, now did you - with Trump typically rated currently as "WORST" President ever) . . . . . . grow up, stop lying . . . . . . or continue to demonstrate being simply . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PATHETIC . . . . .

Ocasio-Cortez is the product of an educational system and news media that no longer cares if their efforts lead to the end of our country as the world's only nation of free people.

We have had a consortium of Muslim groups who banded together to purchase textbook companies. They have impacted what is contained in our new textbooks and the misinformation is horrendous. They have re-written history. Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand of Spain were xenophobes who drove the Muslims out of their country even though they lived "peacefully" there for over 400 years. They did not discuss the fact that these Muslims were a conquering horde who overpowered all but two regions of Spain and demanded that those who would not convert to Islam pay a penalty for practicing their Christian or Jewish faith. When I went to school we had a mandatory course called Americanism versus Communism. That is no longer the case. Parents have abdicated their responsibility to insure that there children are receiving a quality education. When I have called parents about their child's behavior or failure to complete assignments, I have actually been told that they have "nothing to do with their kid's education" or "I can't make them do anything". None of this bodes well for the future of Americans. There are others who are actively involved in insuring that their children get a quality education and in monitoring the classroom content and conversations that they children are being exposed to. Some teachers believe that it is their right to foist their extreme beliefs at either end of the spectrum onto the students in their care. If parents don't check their student's papers, ask what was talked about in class today, etc. this proselytizing will go unchecked. Parents have abdicated their responsibility. My parents made certain that they knew the parents of the people in my circle of friends. Now, parents don't even question how a high school student in a single parent low-income family can afford a $40,000 SUV and never stop to recognize that there is a high probability that they are letting their child run with a drug dealer. Then when tragedy occurs, they hid behind the words "I didn't know that there was a problem. He seemed like such a fine young man." Freedom isn't free and it isn't just soldiers who need to fight for it. We non-military citizens have to be vigilant. Our lack of vigilance is how this generation has been indoctrinated to believe that socialism and communism are the most equitable mode of government. They refuse to acknowledge facts that counter those beliefs. For example, they never ask why ( if this country is so horrible, unfair and lacks opportunity) thousands of people are walking thousands of miles through dangerous terrain in order to get to this country!

Yes, you must be right . . . . . . . Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand never treated Jews the way Muslims did in Spain (just think about what the Spanish Inquisition did to you if you were Jewish, coupled with the fact that their royal decrees issued in 1492 and 1502 ordered all Jews and Muslims to convert to Catholicism or leave Spain, or be killed or imprisoned) . . . . . . . . get your facts straight . . . . . . . . you need to "acknowledge facts that counter those beliefs" of yours that your education failed you with . . . . .

Raul Castro needs more people like you in Cuba.

Why, because you deny history and are delusional in believing that Jews were allowed religious freedom in 1492 Spain . . . . . . . . . . . grow up, get real . . . . . . . . . . . PATHETIC

If AOC is the "chosen one" I don't think Republicans have much to worry about.Even the most ardent left wingers don't take her seriously.If they can come up with a sweet talker like Obama start worrying.

It's not so much that we have to take Occasional Cortex seriously as it is that we have to take the dangerous tactics of the Democrat Party propaganda machine seriously. When the DNC can hoodwink enough people to vote an ill-informed dim-wit into congress, we absolutely must take them seriously.

She managed to make herself relevant by surrounding herself with a good team winnowed from the Bernie Sanders campaign and by knowing how to use social media to create a buzz.

AOC already is losing juice, as she is being Twitter-crowded by a growing number of youthful, female Dem congresswomen, including Tlaib and Omar. There's only so much oxygen in the room....

The demographic projections for the nation shows change to a younger and more multicultural mix. This means we old folks won't be around. Of course you don't need tables, graphs, and charts to tell you that unless your head is in the dirt. Ocasio-Cortez is the first of a new face. Unless, the younger voters change their point of view, the nation will slide into a more socialist approach to governing. Why? My belief is that with the shift away from teaching about governmental/economic systems AND how the government chooses to "help" citizen has changed the perception and expectations of the younger folks. Our political environment is changing and until younger voters realize that all benefits to government costs the citizens money or freedom, don't expect a change.

AOC's "gaffes" and/or misstatements and/or misrepresentations and/or factual shortcomings are CERTAINLY NO WORSE than those of Trump, Conway, Saunders, and the rest of Trump's miscreants and Trumpnuts. She may simply have decided to fight bu**sh** with bu**sh**! Trump has taken lying, falsifying, and misrepresenting to new levels never seen in public before ... and some anti-Trumpers will simply choose to resist and fight him down in his own gutter!

WOW..! I suggest closely supervised, professional, "Anger Management" sessions for you "VBlue",.. (before you "crack" and hurt someone...)

Does anyone remember an individual names Barack Obama? What had he accomplished before he was elected President, aside from Community Organizing and a couple of years in the US Senate?

She's kinda hot...

...and "just like her", YOU are obviously "part of the problem" ("little head thinking"), and nowhere near the "solution"... [Ahhh, "youth"!]

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