Nitpicking Republicans Want to Stop All Progress
The Republicans and right-wing media have found a new line of attack against Alexandria Ocasio Cortez. In the highly polarized world in which we live today the most damning accusation which can be leveled against anyone is that of hypocrisy. Everybody is fact-checked and their history combed through in order to find any example of inconsistency between the person´s declarations and their behavior.
The Freshman Congresswoman has become the bête-noir of the right. She has staked out a radical position which throws a light on the real hypocrisy which is the Republican´s decision to ignore the science on climate change and to simply carry on destroying the planet. Her message is devastating and convincing and she is winning the debate both on social media and even in her own Democratic Party. She refuses to be shouted down or cowed by those who say she should know her place and that she lacks knowledge and experience. She doesn´t allow nitpicking about her facts or about the practicality of her ideas to stop her from speaking out powerfully for the things she believes in.
So the final throw of the dice for conservatives is to “play the woman not the ball”. They have decided that since they can´t destroy her message they will destroy her personally. There have been now numerous reports about how her campaign used car services and took plane journeys rather than using the subway or Amtrak. This is the most cowardly and cynical approach possible. Rather than engage with her on the merits of the argument on climate change, because they know they can´t win, they simply criticize her for doing exactly what they do. As AOC herself has said, she has to live in this world.
The young firebrand wants to change the world but she won´t do that by making sacrifices of her time and energy just to play gesture politics, rather she will achieve this by promoting policies that persuade ordinary people to make sacrifices in their daily lives for the greater good. The reversal of climate change will be achieved by pushing through legislation that will change the way in which the people of this country live, travel and consume. In order to achieve these cherished goals she should be as hypocritical as she needs to be because this is too important to play games with. I am confident that AOC´s rock solid confidence means she will continue to preach the truth without feeling the need to practice everything she preaches and that´s as it should be because she´s working for a higher purpose.
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