While it’s fun to laugh at Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, we have to admit a disturbing truth. She is about to become a legislator. She is going to have power in the national government, and she probably can’t even spell “national” or “government.” She certainly doesn’t understand the basics of how any of it works.
It’s a terrifying reality, and getting closer to the office hasn’t tempered her voice. It has emboldened her. She isn’t just displaying adorable ignorance anymore. She’s making dangerous statements, and soon, she’s going to have the power to carry out her plans.
As usual, the story surrounding Cortez took place on Twitter. If she has a platform to share her voice, something stupid or dangerous is going to happen. We can trust in that. In this case, it began with Don Jr. poking fun at her. He shared a meme. In it, there’s a picture of Cortez asking why Americans are afraid of socialism. Under is a picture of President Trump answer that “Americans want to walk their dogs, not eat them.” This is not a conversation that actually happened. It’s just a meme.
When Cortez caught wind of the meme, she had a sharp response for Don Jr. “It’s definitely a ‘very, very large brain’ idea to troll a member of a body that will have subpoena power in a month.”
Read that again. It’s a direct quote. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez just threatened a citizen of our country with a retaliatory abuse of power. What was his crime? Sharing a silly tweet that criticized a member of the government.
Once again, Cortez found herself with her foot in her mouth. She made a dangerous threat on a public platform. There was no going back. So, she tried to hide behind logistics. She explained that what she said can’t be a threat because she won’t have the unilateral power to follow through on it. That’s her whole defense.
Here’s the thing. If you go into public and threaten to shoot someone, it doesn’t matter if you’re holding a gun. You still just made a dangerous threat and committed a crime. Cortez’s threat is more complicated, legally speaking, but her ability to deliver isn’t the issue. She made clear her position. She is perfectly willing to abuse her power. She wants American citizens to be afraid of her power and to silence her critics. That’s the most anti-American thought that can exist. This country was built to keep the government under the heel of the people, not the other way around.
The Bigger Problem
The scariest part of this exchange is that Cortez is not a rogue agent. Every once in a while we get a Representative who shouldn’t be there. They usually don’t last long. While you can argue against Cortez’s competence and ideology, she clearly represents the voter base of her district. Moreover, she is not a fringe Democrat. They want her to be the next Nancy Pelosi. There is no question that senior Democrats will be willing to abuse their power in her name.
Even that fails to describe the true danger here. The reason Cortez’s threat is so dangerous is that it won’t cost her votes, and supporting her won’t cost most Democrats votes. They have a rabid base who fully wants their corrupt representatives to abuse their power in an assault against the right. They will sell every freedom if it means they can go after Donald Trump. The bad orange man said mean things on Twitter. It’s worth setting the whole country on fire as long as he gets burned in the process.
That’s the mentality we’re up against. It’s the mentality that destroyed Rome and broke the empires of Europe. It changed Russia from a global partner to a communist nightmare and led the Chinese people to 30 years of starvation. The tribalism is at a point now where the left does not care what it costs to fight against the right. They don’t care what the issue is. They can’t be bothered with the policies or the consequences. All that matters is securing power away from those they have branded as demons.
That’s the difference between the right and the left. The right believes that the left wants to institute dangerous and irreversible policy that will hurt everyone. The left believes that the right is evil for the sake of evil. They view us as vaudevillian antagonists. The hero need simply punch us in the face and everyone will clap. It’s a bizarre mixture of naivety, ignorance and stupidity. Their abandonment of rationality and reality will doom us all if we can’t get them to see basic facts.