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AOC’s Grasp on American Governance Is a ‘Farce’

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Progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, echoing the complaint of the Democratic Party establishment, believes that Sen. Joe Manchin engaged in an “egregious breach” of President Joe Biden’s trust by refusing to support his welfare expansion plans.

“The idea that Joe Manchin says that he can’t explain this back home to his people is a farce,” Ocasio-Cortez said. Elsewhere, Bernie Sanders similarly noted that Manchin would have to do a lot of explaining in West Virginia after abandoning Build Back Better.

The reality, as they know, is that the Democrats’ legislation is probably more unpopular in Manchin’s home state — with 74% opposing — than any other in the nation. So it’s somewhat odd to hear people who claim to be guardians of “democracy” arguing that a senator owes his loyalty to his party over his state. That is, until you quickly remember that the selective and temporary championing of crude majoritarianism by Democrats is a cynical play for power.

“I mean, it’s a farce in terms of plain democracy because I represent more or just as many or more people than Joe Manchin does — perhaps more,” Ocasio-Cortez went on. As a factual matter, this is incorrect — West Virginia has a little under 1.8 million residents, and Ocasio-Cortez’s district a little over 700,000 — but, far more importantly, it is completely irrelevant.

There is no “plain democracy,” as anyone with a rudimentary understanding of basic civics already knows. Indeed, one of the reasons the Senate exists is to stop people in dense places such as Queens from lording over people in places such as rural West Virginia. This is how we keep a diverse country intact.

Whenever you point out that we’re not living in a democracy and that majoritarian rule is fundamentally un-American, illiberal, and authoritarian, you get lectures about how “democracy” doesn’t mean direct democracy. But what does it mean when historians, politicians, and left-wing leaders make statements such as, “Last time I checked, I didn’t vote for Joe Manchin for president”? Surely they understand that the president isn’t a legislator. Surely they comprehend that every senator is imbued with exactly the same amount of power. Or do they take the view of Bernie Sanders, who already speaks as if he’s living in a one-party state, that 51 senators are a minority if Democrats happen to make up the other 49? 

After all, when Democrats lose a presidential election, progressives demand that we eliminate the Electoral College. When Democrats don’t get their way in the Supreme Court, progressives demand that we pack the courts. When Democrats can’t get the votes to pass their legislation, progressives demand that we end the Senate. “What we really need to do is crack down on the Senate,” Ocasio-Cortez said, “which acts like an old boys’ club.” (Isn’t a senator, supposedly acting alone against the wishes of his entire caucus, in a club of one?) Now, maybe progressives are just spinning their wheels in the short term, but they’re also normalizing a kind of radicalism within their ranks that threatens American governance.

Of course, in this case, even after circumventing normal and open debate by leaning on reconciliation and a simple majority, Democrats were still unable to pass Build Back Better. And it’s unlikely Manchin is alone in opposing the bill. There might well be another handful of Democrats in the Senate who would put themselves in a vulnerable position supporting a massive, debt-fueled, welfare-state expansion in the middle of a weak economic recovery and high inflation. These politicians may not hail from states where three-quarters of the population are antagonistic to the president’s agenda, but how popular could Biden really be in Montana or New Hampshire, or Arizona?

Build Back Better’s failure — should it fail in the long run (Manchin is a mercurial sort, after all) — was predicated on Biden’s ill-conceived decision to cast his lot with the hard left. The modern Democratic Party is increasingly led by what seems like cocooned social-media influencers, people who are good at ginning up progressive mobs, dunking on West Virginia senators, and complaining about the alleged inadequacies of the republic but terrible at real-world governance.

And frankly, in the end, that’s probably a blessing for the nation.

David Harsanyi is a senior writer at National Review and author of “Eurotrash: Why America Must Reject the Failed Ideas of a Dying Continent.”

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AJB
4 months ago

Just like all of the progressive democrats AOC has no clue what Americans want the government to do for America!

Jimmyd
4 months ago

The bartender poll dancer can go F*k herself, along with her mooslim holes.

Deborah
4 months ago

Bravo..

Richard Minetti
4 months ago

AOC is still totally full of bullschiff! Once a bartender always a bartender! No class ever!!

Fran
4 months ago

AOC DOESN’T REPRESENT ANYONE BUT HER DAMN ARROGANT POMPOUS ASS SELF. That includes ALL the RADICAL FASCIST LEFT in this REPUBLIC

Jack
4 months ago

The radial left law makers are I’ll equipped to govern in a Republic. They fail to understand that they don’t have the power to dictate their desires on the nation. They represent their district and not everyone

Richard Minetti
4 months ago
Reply to  Jack

Their constituencies are pretty dumb to keep voting for these misfits! These radicals are just plain stupid!

Susan
4 months ago

She is a brainless puppet of theirs being schooled what to say another socialist evil amongst us ???? this evil has to be stopped before our country is GONE ????

James Thompson
4 months ago

ANOTHER OUTSTANDING CRACKHEAD!

Joanne 4 justice.
4 months ago

I do not believe AOC knows anything about governence at all! She is only interested in causing trouble , and destroying our Democracy! ANYTHING about Government, that she purports to say , is information over heard in the bar said by her , and fellow drunkards!!!!

Clyde
4 months ago

I am praying everyday that our country can outlast these stupid left wing democrats It’s enough for us to vote in another Republican president and Islamic and Republican controlled Congress

Ken Westenkirchner
4 months ago

AOC is embarrassingly ignorant when it comes to the constitution, democracy

Bill on the Hill
4 months ago

AOC is something that never should have gotten as far as it has, truth be told, however in NY’s dark & corrupt world of seedy politics, especially democrats, there she is, plus she got reelected due to her intellectual prowess(?) & yes I have some real estate to sell you on the planet Mars…
If it wasn’t for how dangerous her rhetoric gets at times, I would otherwise be laughing myself clear out of my chair!
The list of the ” off the cuff ” idiotic statements that have gushed forth from this barmaid’s lips are to long to list here…Her 700,000 to Joe’s 1.8 million is just ( 1 ) of many from this clueless mouthpiece.
There is ( 1 ) certainty with this ( 1 ) member of the ” squad ” however that can’t be discounted, i.e. she holds onto her purse strings real tight, both hands with respect to her previously unheard of Congressional salary versus that of a borough of New York barmaid…
Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year to everyone…
Bill… :~)

Joanne 4 justice.
4 months ago

Somebody elected this sad imitation of a lawmaker , and a pathetic excuse for a woman !!!! She does not QUALIFY as a true and loyal AMERICAN at all !!!

Jon VANDER SCHOUW
4 months ago

Like Joe DeMentia, who agreed with a fellow the other day who stated “Go Brandon!” to him, she rarely knows of which she speaks.

Jorge L Rios
4 months ago

Has anyone looked at what the voter turn out was at her elections? Most of these communists that have gotten elected to office around the country have done so either with very low voter turn outs or running unoposed (Obama was first elected into political office in Chicago unoposed)

mkedave
4 months ago

Manchin may have broken the “trust” of Biden and other Democrats but he maintained the trust that he has with his constituents.

A political party is a club. There is no sworn oath to preserve the party line at the cost of your beliefs. There is, however, an oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution, as well as a duty to represent the people who voted you into office.

David Millikan
4 months ago

AOC got her so-called degree in a Cracker Jacks box. The Surprise inside was a Certificate that read: QUEEN DINGBAT of the Century.

Hal
4 months ago

Be careful about too much early respect for Manchin. He is a Democrap and is surely schooled on all the ways, honest and dishonest, to garner votes and still be elected. A wolf in sheep’s clothing??? Likely. He is what’s called a fence rider. When you vote for him, you vote for someone who will vote whatever way gets him enough votes to get elected. He seems somewhat like and early Biden clone in his political strategy. If he does realize the Democraps are wrong, he should switch Parties, or at least go independent (which he won’t do).

Hal
4 months ago

AOC is an AOC >>> Active Omen of Crisis! She’s the worst image of a Baby Ruth candy bar floating in the pool of Democracy.

Brian McGinnis
4 months ago

Miss Cortez doesn’t know enough to be a member of Congress, she needs to resign and go back to bar tending.

J. Shenk
4 months ago
Reply to  Brian McGinnis

At the inception of her new position as a US Representative, she couldn’t even name the three (3) branches of government correctly! It’s frightening that a college graduate with a bachelor’s degree could be so grossly uninformed. The woman certainly isn’t stupid, but she’s obviously not qualified for public office. Especially a leadership position with decision making authority.

Kim
4 months ago

Let ’em dump on Senator Manchin. AOC and the rest of the dems don’t understand that a democratic republic serves everyone equally throughout the country. Dems vote in lockstep, but when someone like Manchin sees these progressives leading this country to the brink, they buck. Too bad; get over it. They sound like spoiled crybabies. Even the media are spiking their questions with the same terminology (“disappointed”, “betrayed”) when posing questions to Biden and dems.

For a long time, I thought that with a little “persuasion”, he might switch his party affiliation. And that encouragement is being offered loudly and clearly by West Virginians, who voted heavily for Donald Trump. Republican Sen. Capito received a huge number of the state’s votes, and all WV districts, I believe, are red. Republican senators are asking Manchin to join them.

If Manchin votes for any of these stupid bills that further impoverish his constituents, he will be looking for a new job, along with his neighbors who have lost work in the energy sector.

Joanne 4 justice.
4 months ago
Reply to  Kim

Socialist Dems do not support ANYONE except their narcissist personality disorder selves !!!!!

Bill on the Hill
4 months ago
Reply to  Kim

Kim, I would suggest it might be best for Manchin to remain a democrat, my point being if he actually switched to the Republican side, he would tend to vote left in either case, essentially making himself a much despised RINO & only to find the GOP right back to where they started…
Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year…
Bill… :~)

Kim
4 months ago

I’m not so sure, Bill, at least on these bills that drive up the national debt and affect the majority of his fellow West Virginians. But then, if he did switch, we can bm&c about his being a RINO on other issues. I still think I’d rather have the late John McCain and Romney Republicans rather than dems.

Be well during this Christmas season, and Happy New Year.

Chris Barnes
4 months ago

I love this article and i beleive that its idea is felt by a majority of Americans. People like AOC are dangerous to our republic and they should be voted out.

Nick
4 months ago
Reply to  Chris Barnes

Good news, Chris — the Democratic establishment wants AOC out as well, which is why they spent a lot of money trying to primary her in 2020 and will presumably do so again every two years forever. So you’re on the same page with the DNC about at least one thing :)

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