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AOC and Democrats – Off the Rails

AOCThis is a testing time.  Arguably, the strength of a democracy is toleration for mediocrity and mendacity.  That is, if we can tolerate dim bulbs and dark forces, but find our way home, we are okay.  By that measure, the New York barmaid turned Democrat gadfly – AOC – is putting our Republic to the test.

This week, she tweeted to those who work for a living, rise early, set late, have families, believe in the future, honor the past, and love America.  She wants us to understand “democracy.”

Spurred by Justice Ruth Ginsburg’s passing, the self-assured, blurt-and-run congresswoman – who considers herself an “economist” since she took a course – told us where things are at.

In a flurry of bungled words, she lit up the news.  “Our democracy is at a faint heartbeat; it was broken before Trump.  But so long as we can save lives, I believe we have an obligation to do so as we build a new world,” adding “after we work to command victory in November, I need folks to realize that there’s no going back to brunch.”   Hmmm.  Too much coffee?

From this tangled mass of socialist mush, where does go?  What would our Founders think?  How do you correct someone who is dead wrong and cock sure?  The first instinct is move on.

But more is owed.  Persuasion involves engaging those who do not see, were never taught, have forgotten, or are blinded by appeals to emotion, distraction, disaffection, resentment, or another dark force.  We owe it to our past to re-anchor lost souls in reason, history, and self-awareness.

Of course, it takes courage to engage those passionately committed to ignorance, content to be arrogant, disinterested in truth.  So focus on “democracy.” America is a representative democracy, a Republic.  People elect representatives to reflect their will and exercise judgment.

Our Founders believed educated, liberty-loving representatives, held accountable by elections, would guide the republic through times good and bad.  Direct democracy was rejected – since it was unbounded by law, allowing a majority to overrun minorities and individuals.

Moreover, our republic was designed to be self-correcting, not just through educated representatives, but a three-by-three block – three cross-checking federal branches, three layers.  As most know – although one wonders about AOC – the legislative branch checks executive and judicial power by oversight, spending limits (increasingly ironic), confirmations, and impeachment (recently misused).

At risk of boring readers – but for AOC-devotees – the executive checks the legislative by veto and executive prerogatives, chiefly in national security, foreign affairs, and administration.  The judiciary applies law to cases, checks executive and congressional overreach, protects minorities and individuals.

Now, if you were AOC, you would officially be a constitutional lawyer!  Since she did not take that course, however, what follows is a disentangling of her troubled tweets.

First, our Republic, is strong.  Why?  It is built around laws, protects against government overreach and mobocracy of the sort Democrats – gone socialist – promote.  In a second tweet, AOC suggests Americans “radicalize” themselves.  Apparently, she is modeling that process.

Limits on government and the citizens are clear.   A runaway mob, even a majority mob, cannot legitimately upend our laws.  We do not allow majorities or mobs to trample individual rights – under ordinary circumstances.  Recent mob attacks – justified by Democrats – are constitutionally unacceptable.  They upend law, are anti-American.

Our Republic will be strong – not “faint” of heart – so long as our rights are held inviolate, unsuppressed by government, majority, or mobs. That means we stay strong in proportion to how freely we can speak, exercise faith, assemble, defend ourselves, avoid unreasonable searches or seizures, receive due process, and respect the 9th and 10th amendments, which remind us power flows up from the People.

To be clear, if the Republic is at risk, the risk comes from socialist mobs and mayhem, tolerated by Democrats – not from defending constitutional rights or a restrained judiciary.

The threat to our Republic is the audacity of AOC, Biden, Harris, Sanders, Pelosi, Schumer, and their ilk, who want to aggregate power and usurp individual liberties.  The chief threat to our Republic comes from excusing violence, choosing emotion over reason, trampling core rights.

“Broken before Trump?”  Trump has nothing to do with the advance of socialism, communism, mobs, Democrat mayors allowing cities destroyed.  He has nothing to do with ideologues pushing violence as peace, fascism as anti-fascism, violence as healing, church burning as good.

If our Republic suffers fissures, they can be traced to progressive ideology, encouraging government dependence over self-reliance, state authority over individual responsibility, public corruption, endless spending, class warfare, and dictating social norms like old Soviets.

If AOC wants to heal wounds, un-break America, and “save lives,” study American history, relearn toleration for differing ideas – from which truth emerges. She might revisit humility, the capacity for self-correction.  That is what our Founders did.  They discovered government does not have the truth.  Limited government protects truths distilled by individuals.

“Build a new world?”  As a mentor once instructed me, look before you leap, appreciate what you have, be grateful for the sacrifice, and “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”  We do not need a new world, just greater appreciation for what we have.

Finally, AOC says Democrats will “command” November, and watch out.  “I need folks to realize that there’s no going back to brunch.” My dear congresswoman, this may come as a shock, but most of us are up early, put in an honest day’s work, live on wages or retirement.  We do not sleep late, lecture our neighbors, or roll into “brunch” midday.  That is not real America – that is AOC-privileged America, and you can have it.

In short, America is at risk – but not from phantom fascists or hard-working pursuers of the American Dream.  America is at risk from socialists like AOC, out of touch with constitutional process, up in arms about a Supreme Court justice, tweeting the world’s end, advocating people “burn down” the Supreme Court – which, incidentally, is marble.

Yes, AOC – and other anti-American socialists – “brunch” is over.  The Supreme Court will have a new justice and migrate away from judicial activism.  America will – after November – get stronger.  The test will be whether we, as a People, can tolerate such mediocrity and mendacity – and keep moving.  We have overcome worse, but these are testing times.

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1 year ago

Correction: That’s Alexandria Ocrazyo-Cortez. Let’s make sure we get that right.

Many don’t know this, but in the process of what should be a normal physiologic and psychologic development, her maturity progression got stuck on the age 17 floor, where its been every since. What other level of maturity would believe that those who broke into and looted the multitude of stores in multiple US cities, did so because they were hungry and too poor to buy clothing.

Linda Sweet
1 year ago

I am the granddaughter of Lithuanian immigrants who recall the Russians coming into their villages and burning native literature, and my grandfather was forced serve 7 years in the Russian army before coming to the USA. Therefore, I have only one comment – SOCIALISM SUCKS!

Brenda Blunt
1 year ago

AOC is an idiot! Just because she took a course doesn’t mean she “knows” anything. Will be glad when she returns to being a bartender.

Ron R Graham
1 year ago

Hi every one. Excellent article by R B Charles. I’m going to make a couple comments that, I hope, will add to his comments. and have not been made by the many comments below.

The way I see it is President Trump has two monumental decisions to make real soon that will affect us for many years to come. This is a danger time for our country. The first decision deals with RBG Supreme Court replacement. He has some highly qualified women judges in hand and a sure vote in the senate. Why wouldn’t he go ahead and get her through the senate? Mitch McConnell, a member of the swamp, has decided to give the chosen Judge a three day senate hearing. I believe a three day hearing has less chance of serving than a snow ball in hell. Any body remember Brett Kavanaugh senate hearing, just a couple years ago. We are taking a sure thing and putting it back in harms way. McConnell is trying to play nice with the school yard bully and it’s not going to happen. I can only say that Trump failed this first decision.

The second decision deals with the Nov. 03 presidential election. President Trump will win the In-Person vote by a land slide. According to the Constitution the voting ends seven pm Tuesday night. Trump must call the election over at seven pm. If he lets it proceed past election day he stands a chance to loose the election when the mail in votes are all counted. Doesn’t Trump know the difference between him winning and loosing is socialism. Why do all these republicans try to play nice with the democrats. If the table was turned they wouldn’t hesitate a second to make these decisions in there best interest.

Trump failed the first decision. Lets hope he takes the Bull by the Horns and makes the second decision in our best interest.

1 year ago

When they passed out brains she thought they said trains……She went to the end of the line.

Joanna Johnson-Smith
1 year ago

Liberals are all SO crazy, it’s terrifying! There is ZERO sense in any of their views, ideas, or thoughts. It’s almost as if they all go to a common hypnosis class every week. As a Christian and student of the Bible, I can only explain it as Demonic . How else can we explain the fact that SO many people can all think exactly alike, share identical views and goals, etc.? If ONE Liberal in a roomful is holding a cat, but calls it a bird, the rest of them will admire it’s feathers. It’s downright creepy, and mathematically impossible.

Dino Deplorable
1 year ago

Now why in the HELL should we believe the squad.Here we have dumb,dumber,dumbest and totally out of touch with AMERICA and the AMERICAN patriots.Which is which and who is what,take your pick.These idiots if not stopped will destroy AMERICA and they have a lot of help from the inept dense oc RATS.

Doug G.
1 year ago

AOC and her “squad” are domestic enemies of the Constitution and a direct threat to democracy. The BEST thing to do is to VOTE HER OUT! If you don’t live in NY, join me and send a donation to John Cumming and support his message to remove this loon! The DNC Machine is pouring million$ in to save her. He has a strong case against her; she threw away thousands of jobs for her constituents and millions in tax $$ for the city/state. The good people of NY are also suffering from her advocating to “defund” the police! Send her back to the bar tending where she belongs!

1 year ago

For us conservatives, AOC is the gift that keeps on giving (rather like Hidin’ Biden). Both of them insert foot every time they open their mouths. The most embarrassing part of it for AOC is that she honestly thinks that she’s well-trained and well-versed about everything she says. She doesn’t even have the good sense to be embarrassed! The only people who have more reason to be embarrassed than AOC are the poor schmucks who can’t think for themselves well enough to realize that listening to her and supporting her are NOT to their advantage.

john langan
1 year ago

i watched the UK.turn socialist after War 11.I was sponsored to come to the USA after my first degree.I saw such a difference.So i stayed to earn MS and PhD degrees .:become a medical school professor ,then started a clinical laboratory corporation –.the ALL-AMERICAN-DREAM.please note American.I could NOT have made it in socialist England!!!!!

1 year ago

Excellent article. “Passionately committed to ignorance, disinterested in truth” says it all !!!! Vote TRUMP 2020

1 year ago

Well reasoned and I appreciate this piece.

Bill Brown
1 year ago

Big Tech and The Media believe they rule America!  The believe they can tell us what to say and do!  Show Big Tech and the Media they are wrong and we are a FREE PEOPLE!!  Join the Trump Movement – The American Revolution Version 2!!!  Become a Counter-Revolutionary!!!  Stand-up for America!!!!  Remove Every DemocRat!!!!!

Bill Brown
1 year ago

The DemocRats (Communists) have insulted every American Citizen by giving their nomination to a dementia patient and a left wing failure and still expect you to vote for them!  If the Communists win this election with this ticket, they will ensure that there will never again be a true election in their United Soviet States of America!!  Join the Trump Movement – The American Revolution Version 2!!!  Become a Counter-Revolutionary!!!  Stand-up for America!!!!  Remove Every DemocRat!!!!!

Bill Brown
1 year ago

Both the DemocRat Party and the National and International News Media belong to the One World Government/Communist Machine!! Turn them all OFF!!  Join the Trump Movement – The American Revolution Version 2!!!  Become a Counter-Revolutionary!!!  Stand-up for America!!!!  Remove Every DemocRat!!!!!

Bill Brown
1 year ago

The DemocRats, The Media, Teachers Unions, etc. try to make us believe they are invincible!  They ARE NOT!  Push back against the bullies!! Join the Trump Movement – The American Revolution Version 2!!!  Become a Counter-Revolutionary!!!  Stand-up for Our Republic!!!!  Remove Every DemocRat!!!!!

aluminum head
1 year ago

If this Cortez broad had ANY common sense she would be arrested for smuggling.

1 year ago

It never ceases to amaze me just how stupid AOC is, and there’s even dumber people that take her seriously!

1 year ago

If democracy was broken before Trump, look no farther than muzlim ovomit’s freak show for reasons.

1 year ago

Well said. The problem is, one can educate ignorance as Mr. Charles does, but as he more aptly put it – you can’t fix stupid.

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