Democrats now seem to be doing a re-evaluation of their embrace of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Democratic candidate for NY’s 14 Congressional District.
And some are even calling on the long-term Rep. Joe Crowley, who she defeated in the primary to run against her in the general election because his name is still on the ballot because of New York’s complicated election laws.
Part of the problem is that she revealed her staggering ignorance during recent interviews.
From Daily Wire:
It’s not what Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez doesn’t know that gets her into trouble; it’s what she knows for sure that just ain’t so. In an impressively fact-free interview with PBS’s Margaret Hoover, Ocasio-Cortez credited “everyone having two jobs” for the record-low unemployment rate; bewailed America’s “no-holds-barred, Wild West, hyper-capitalism that means profit at any cost”; and decried the Israeli “occupation of Palestine.” Never mind that individuals’ working multiple jobs has no effect on the unemployment rate; the United States boasts an economic freedom score below Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand, Estonia, the United Kingdom, Canada, the United Arab Emirates, Iceland, Denmark, Taiwan, Luxembourg, Sweden, Georgia, and the Netherlands; and there has never existed a nation called “Palestine” in the history of the world.
Despite having received a degree in International Relations at Boston University, which costs more than a quarter of a million dollars to attend, Ocasio-Cortez excused her vacuity by amiably explaining, “I’m not the expert on geopolitics.” Frequently wrong but never in doubt, she assured her interviewer she remains a “firm believer” nevertheless.
Ocasio-Cortez’s blithe ignorance attests to a broader problem among her coevals: Millennials — even those who grew up in affluent school districts and attended elite universities — have been poorly educated. The educational regime that brought up Millennials has increasingly eschewed detail in favor of “broad themes,” leaving its pupils bereft of specific knowledge but convinced of ideological narratives. As early as 1977, The New York Times acknowledged the steady erasure of traditional curricula from the classroom: “It is clear that tomorrow’s Renaissance men are feeding on science fiction, not Chaucer: on ‘Seventh Avenue,’ not Dickens. Brevity is the soul of their lit, not greater expectations of their students.”
More troubling than her ignorance is her blitheness about it. “I’m not an expert,” she grins, but then goes on to pitch more things that aren’t true.
For example, she was asked about how to deal with the question of the illegal alien families at the border (an event no longer occurring). She said that people needed to “occupy ICE.”
From Daily Wire:
“We have to occupy all of it,” she said. “We need to occupy every airport. We need to occupy every border. We need to occupy every ICE office until those kids are back with their parents, period.”
“First of all, ICE is not [U.S. Customs and Border Protection],” she said. “When we talk about abolishing ICE, we’re talking about ending family detention. We’re talking about ending an agency and ending a practice and a structure that is not accountable to the U.S. Department of Justice, that often takes on things that look a lot like enforcement activities.
“So to have an enforcement agency that operates outside of the accountability of the Department of Justice, it’s no surprise to see the violations of civil and human rights that we’re seeing right now,” she continued.
ICE isn’t responsible for the separation of families when it was occurring. ICE is also not the agency responsible for detaining any families, that would be the Border Patrol and centers run by Health and Human Services.
ICE is responsible for immigration arrests and prosecutions within the country, not at the border, the purview of the Border Patrol. And ICE is not within the Department of Justice it operates under the Department of Homeland Security.
It’s this empty ignorance, supported by empty education that’s swelling the socialist ranks among millennials and Ocasio-Cortez is definitely the perfect example of it.
TIME magazine did a mashup of President Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin to try to take a poke at Trump.
But this one of the true legacy of what Ocasio-Cortez represents is far funnier.