Gabriel Garnica
Common Core Congress
By Gabriel Garnica
February 26, 2019

Unless you have been in a coma for one year, you are fully aware that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) has been elected as the youngest member of Congress at age 29. Furthermore, assuming you are indeed free of said coma, you have surely been inundated with the media's love affair with this brash young woman. I cannot open the internet without seeing AOC's wide-eyed and wide-mouth stare peering back at me as if she had just discovered the secret of life. To make matters worse, the media's usual biased fawning means we get to know exactly what AOC is thinking, doing, eating and, worse, saying every single day of the week. One day she is protesting this thing and the next she is bashing someone who dared to criticize anything she does. She has been in Congress for what seems like 10 minutes and has gotten 100 times more press coverage than any other member of that body. She is already being called a superstar and a social media icon by some and, frankly, I am already burned out from hearing what adventures she is involved in next.

I frankly resent AOC on many levels. First, I believe that she is disrespectful of others with far more experience and tenure than she has. I understand that experience and tenure do not automatically equate to qualification and productivity, but they account for something. Growing up, I was taught the value of diplomacy and tact. You simply do not start a new job and begin telling everyone what to do, as if you are a sage and those before you are idiots. Even if those before you are, in fact, idiots, there is something called practicality, discretion, and prudence. In most normal situations, an obnoxious, disrespectful, patronizing newcomer will last about ten minutes in a new job. However, as we are learning every day, there is nothing normal about AOL's rise, much less election and present position.

My second problem with AOC is her obnoxiousness and arrogance. She makes it abundantly clear at every turn that her way is the only way to go and that it is truly a wonder how we have gotten along without her all these years. Apparently, we need to join her fawning fans if we have any sense at all. Just recently, she was mystified why anyone would criticize her moronic Green New Deal since, according to her, she is at least trying to find solutions and her critics are not. The fact that her "trying" would cost $ 600,000 per household according to a recent study is beyond her grasp. In fact, she added, in her uniquely profound and erudite style.
    " So people are like, "Oh it's unrealistic. Oh it's vague. Oh it doesn't address this little minute thing. And I'm like, "You try, You do it. Cuz you're not. Cuz you're not. So, until you do it, I'm the boss. How about that?"
I do not have a problem with self-confidence, if it is backed up by quality, preparation, practicality, realism, and a bit of humility, none of which AOC has any idea about. In fact, many folks from both parties have questioned her pattern of acting and speaking as if her ideas are automatically law or revelations of human thought. Despite receiving plenty of pushback from her own party, AOC told Stephen Colbert she cares zero about their criticism. Blasted by her own party's Andrew Cuomo and Bill de Blasio for costing the city 25,000 jobs and other benefits in the Amazon pullout, AOC responded in her typically defiant manner criticizing her critics' opinions and takes on the situation. By now, there is widespread questioning of AOC's intellect and diplomacy to handle her position. Many of her statements make it clear that her grasp of economics, history, government, the constitution, and practical politics leave much to be desired. Despite her claims to the opposite, she thought that the $ 3 Billion Amazon tax break money was there to be used elsewhere. She has often contradicted herself mere hours after making a statement.

My third problem with AOC is her warped sense of moral superiority in her ignorance. According to economist and social theorist Thomas Sowell, it is a total waste of time to even try to reason with such people using facts and analysis. During Trump's State of The Union address, AOC often seemed unsure of when to stand, much less how to respond. Given her support of abortion, her sense of moral superiority seems even more misguided. Given her boyfriend's questionable government email address and her office's shady dealings involving a wealthy contributor and rewards with jobs, AOC's claim of working only for the people and fighting corruption seem laughable.

At the end of the day, AOC is precisely what happens when Common Core hits congress. For those of you who do not know, Common Core is the so-called progressive educational initiative steeped in corruption and moronic educational premises which has accelerated the dumbing down of our students to the point that they are easily indoctrinated by the radical Left's agenda and become 16-year-old robots informing Diane Feinstein that they voted for her as if that were possible. This is not about reality, truth, facts, morality, freedom, democracy, or reason. It is all about emotion, propaganda, mindless puppets, and drones who grow up to vote for dolts such as AOC.

I was recently criticized for saying that AOC looks like she is still in high school by folks triggered that I was putting down young-looking people. I admit that I should have said "acts like she is still in high school" because certainly one can look young and be a mature critical thinker. On the other hand, one can be 29 years old and act, think, and speak like a 15-year-old. There was a time in this country when such traits would be deal breakers for political success. Today, however, acting and speaking like an airhead mean nothing when seeking the votes of, you guessed it, airheads. The worse part, however, is that said airheads then get some political power and sit on committees and question people with real brains and only magnify the disconnect of having a mental toddler patronizing and grilling a scholar, scientist, or person with two actual thoughts to rub together.

AOC rubs many people the wrong way because she acts and speaks like that snide, obnoxious high school classmate who thinks he or she knows it all while, in fact, getting most of it all wrong. Such students never admit when they are wrong much less apologize for errors. Witness AOC's typically passionate and defiant defense of Smollett followed by her utter silence in reacting to the hoax revealed. People will tolerate some smugness and arrogance, if it is balanced by some trace of diplomacy, tact, practicality, or even a clue. However, most people exhibit an innate aversion to ignorant arrogance combined with insolent defiance and disrespect on a platter with warped moral superiority and an obvious lack of qualification. That is one meal most sane Americans cannot stomach. How someone so young can exhibit such a combination of ingredients is breath-taking.

I will leave you with the immortal and deep words of AOC who once said " We need to invent technology that's never even been invented yet." Her supporters will try to explain this foolish comment in context, as if that would make the statement any less foolish. Now, if you do not mind, I will end this article because I must cook food that has never even been cooked yet.

© Gabriel Garnica


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