Our nation’s capital and news watchers all over are in a baffled frenzy over the new Democratic Socialist congresswoman from the Bronx – Alexandria Ocasio Cortez – and the media can’t get enough of her youthful, energetic face and grand plans to save the environment while taxing the rich into poverty, while at the same time being a socialist thorn in the Donald’s capitalist hide.
After what seemed to the outside world to be an improbable victory – the bartender turned community activist turned U.S. Congressional Candidate from a never before heard of Democratic Socialist Party – Ortiz Cortez jumped right in to her new role as defender of the Constitution with a radical activism never before seen in the staid marbled halls of Congress.
The first day, she showed solidarity with environmental activists who were staging a sit in for the cameras at Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office. Then she called for a massive “Green New Deal” to save the planet, casting herself as the new Roosevelt for the environment, a plan that would require a progressive tax of up to 70 percent on the rich, while getting more news attention than any freshman congress creature in memory.
The photogenic Ortiz Cortez even got on the 60 Minutes television show with Anderson Cooper the same week she was inaugurated, with Cooper quickly establishing two of her credentials – that she won’t mention Trump’s name because he is part of a larger system of white supremacy and racism, and secondly, that if you call Lincoln a radical for the Emancipation Proclamation and Roosevelt for establishing Social Security, “then yes, call me a radical.”
Ortiz Cortez fought for and got a spot on the House Oversight Committee, along with the other New Democratic Socialist Progressive, Muslim Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib from Michigan, who threw her own hand grenade into the hallowed, marble halls with a video that went viral before she took the oath of office, yelling to supporters: “we’re gonna go in there and we’re gonna impeach the mother****er!’” namely Trump, so don’t expect much in innovative legislation from the two new Socialist Progressives other than more screaming and a deluge of requests for Trump’s bank account records.
When the Donald was finally cleared by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi to give his state of the Union Address this week, Ortiz-Cortez chose as her allowed guest one Ana Maria Archila, the woman who earned the nation’s brief attention when she followed undecided Senator Jeff Flake into an elevator during the Kavanaugh hearings, cameras rolling, screeching like a banshee at Flake and crying that if he voted to confirm Kavanaugh he would be insulting and disrespecting every woman who was the victim of abuse. (To his credit, after the doors closed, Flake rejected the screeching elevator lobbying and voted to confirm Kavanaugh, one of his last acts before exiting the Senate).
Ms. Archila, who lives in the star freshman socialist’s Bronx District, wore white like Ocrtiz Cortez and other women congresswomen in honor of the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, and a pin that read: “Well-behaved women rarely make history.”
But where did this new exciting activist face of Democratic come from? And what can we expect from her besides more chaos and confusion and grandiose projects to tax the rich and save the planet?
Why, she is no less than one of the new “million Barack Obama’s” that our former 44th President promised to create after leaving office, who will carry the baton of “human progress.” As Barack said at a conference in Japan shortly after the election with more time on his hands: “The single most important thing I could do is to help develop the next generation (of leaders).”
What Barack failed to spell out – he always has been a little cryptic – was that the new leaders and community organizers he wants to develop will be, like him, disciples of Saul Alinsky, who said: “The despair is there; now it’s up to us to go in and rub raw the sores of discontent, galvanize them for radical social change.” Alinsky also promoted chaos and upheaval and angry confrontation to effect that change. And the hell with due process.
Ocasio Cortez’s journey to Washington, in fact, is very similar that of our former president and commander in chief, who is now in his command center in his Georgetown mansion helping hatch new Progressive candidates like Alexandra.
Back in the 1980s, Barack was a 20-something community organizer in Chicago, trying to apply Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals to affect change on the poor South Side, when he was discovered by the city’s leading socialist and Alinsky activist, Bill Ayers, the bomb making radical from the 60s who was himself underground hatching Alinsky plans. (True, folks).
It was Ayers who said: “I get up every morning and think, today I’m going to make a difference. Today I’m going to end capitalism. Today I’m going to make a revolution. I go to bed every night disappointed but I’m back to work tomorrow, and that’s the only way you can do it.”
Bill, who describes himself as “a communist with a small c,” tapped Barack as a future socialist leader. He helped Barack get to Harvard Law School, (true again, folks), and then with the help of fellow socialists in Hyde Park Chicago – Valerie Jarrett and David Axelrod – polished Barack’s political and oratory skills, and built his resume on foundation boards and in the state legislature, and through a miraculous campaign of Hope and Change went to Washington, though never telling any of us his of socialist roots as he tried to dismantle capitalism with massive over-regulation, and bring down the middle class with an LGBTQ onslaught through all levels of business and government, the military and education.
Now we have charismatic Alexandria Ortez Cortez, who we were told on the 60 Minutes was a bartender when she was discovered by colleagues of Bernie Sander’s, the socialist who emerged in the 2016 presidential campaign, promising free college and health care for all.
Bernie, it must be noted, was a political science classmate of Bernadine Dohrn, Bill Ayers wife and fellow revolutionary from the 60s, a rare female on the FBI’s Most Wanted list in the 1970s for a bombing that killed a policeman, and she helped Bill write a 16,000 word manifesto which stated “the goal (of revolution) is the destruction of U.S. imperialism and the achievement of a classless world: world communism.”
After graduation from the University of Chicago, Bernadine started making bombs and screeching into microphones to those who would listen, like: “The best thing that we can be doing for ourselves, as well as for the [Black] Panthers and the revolutionary black liberation struggle, is to build a fucking white revolutionary movement,” showing she could swear just as good as our new Muslim congresswoman from Michigan. Bernie went off to Vermont.
Now we have a new, bright face of socialism instead of a guy who looks like an old, scowling Jewish dentist. When Ocasio Cortez got out of the Obama school of socialism – could it have been the Obama Foundation? Or his Organizing for Action non-profit? – she started boldly reciting the party line into the cameras, though not as angrily as the young Ayers or Dohrn did in their day.
When Trump in his State of the Union mentioned the rumblings of socialism by the radical left members of the Democrats, he declared “We will never be a socialist country because we love our freedom’s too much!”
Afterwards, the media sought out Alexandra for comment: “At the end of the day, it’s not about an ‘ism. that’s exactly what the president is trying to do. He’s trying to mischaracterize, frame, associate. Because our policies are popular. Because we fight for improved and expanded Medicare for all, which has a 70 percent approval rating, because we believe in at least a $15 minimum wage, because we believe in the labor movement, we believe in the unionization of workers.”
Later in the week, when she unveiled her New Green Deal before the cameras, Ocasio Cortez said that it will give economic security even to those “unwilling” to work, in an apparent appeal to the younger generation who just want to play video games.
In this newer, more polished version of socialism, geared to attract the Millennials and Generation X voters – while we still can vote – there is such a bright, positive, happy spin. No mention of all those 100 million forgotten souls who were starved, executed, or sent off to gulags under Stalin and Mao.