An acquaintance of mine recently asked me if I took media darling Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez seriously? Without hesitation, I answered in the affirmative. Let me explain why.
In full disclosure, I admit I have a soft spot for AOC. She’s an adorable little girl with sparkling eyes and boundless energy. Sure, she’s undeniably a moron, but a pleasant moron. I can’t help it, I just like pleasant people, even if they’re a little short on intellect.
What’s most remarkable about AOC is that she does something Radical Leftists almost never do: smile! And not just any old smile. Hers is the kind of smile that lights up a room and makes everyone around her feel good.
More full disclosure: AOC reminds me of a Puerto Rican girl in New York City who I dated in my mid-twenties. She, too, sported an infectious smile, and her enthusiasm was always in high gear.
What made her different from AOC, however, was that not only was she intelligent, she also possessed an understanding of how the real world works that belied her age. Of course, she had the advantage of not having her thought processes stunted by a four-year misinformation campaign at a prestigious eastern university.
Not so, however, with AOC. Sadly, she got lobotomized by Boston University’s finest anti-American, socialist professors. By the time she graduated, she was fully prepared to take on the evils of Western civilization and play a key role in the fundamental transformation of the United States of America.
I guess sometimes it’s just the luck of the draw. Had AOC crossed paths with someone who was inclined to steer her toward a serious institution of higher learning, everything might have turned out differently for her. For all one knows, had she attended a school like Hillsdale College she might have come out the other end as another Candace Owens. But, alas, it was not to be.
Now, back to my acquaintance’s question: Should AOC be taken seriously? Yes, for at least two reasons.
First, absurd as it may sound to an intelligent, rational person, AOC’s lack of knowledge is actually an advantage when it comes to appealing to the Moron Mob. These intellectually challenged bobbleheads comprise a huge segment of the population — from the guy in the street to Jim Carrey … from social activists to LeBron James … from college-campus snowflakes to media propagandists like Don Lemon — that has been growing at an accelerating pace ever since the Dirty Dems took off their masks a few years back and openly declared war on America.
What’s scary is how easy it is for race hustlers and hate mongers to appeal to the Moron Mob. One need only offer them free stuff — the more, the better — and they quickly morph into modern-day Jacobins shouting “off with their heads.” Let’s face it, everyone likes free stuff — even me! — but rational, intelligent people of goodwill realize that “free” is nothing more than an illusion and that the true cost of so-called free stuff is a loss of freedom.
Second, when bold, charismatic accidents of history like AOC are cheered on by the media, they inevitably become enamored with themselves and start believing their own gibberish. This misguided belief often evolves into a sadistic ruthlessness toward others. History is filled with examples of young people who were not taken seriously when they first came on the scene, yet went on to establish brutal dictatorships.
Adolf Hitler was not taken seriously in his younger years, and we all know how that story ended. Likewise, Fidel Castro, in his twenties and early thirties, was for many years considered to be nothing more than a nuisance by the Batista regime in Cuba. But in 1959, at the tender age of thirty-three, Castro overthrew the entrenched government and wreaked misery and death upon the Cuban people for sixty years (and counting).
I like to refer to this phenomenon as the “Lonesome Rhodes Syndrome.” Lonesome Rhodes was a character portrayed by Andy Griffith in the 1957 film classic “A Face in the Crowd.” Rhodes was a hard-drinking drifter from rural Arkansas who somehow stumbled into a gig with a small local radio station. His listening audience loved his country-boy charm so much that it landed him his own television show in Memphis.
In Memphis, he became famous for his country drawl and irreverence, which led to his getting his own television show in New York. But as his fame spread, Lonesome Rhodes evolved into an arrogant scoundrel who berated underlings and joked privately that his audience consisted of “idiots” and “trained seals.” I won’t give away the ending, but suffice it to say it was not pretty.
The takeaway from all this is that even accidents of history like AOC tend to develop oversized egos and become enamored of their power. So even if she’s just a cute, well-meaning little moron right now, with the backing of the FNM she has the potential to develop into a ruthless leader who acquires enough power to implement her communist fantasies.
But take heart. Perhaps AOC is nothing more than God’s way of punishing the Dirty Dems for their crimes. After all, she has created a huge dilemma for them: They’re damned if they push back against her and doomed if they support her.
In any event, no matter how things play out, it will be fun watching the Dirty Dems fall all over themselves trying to figure out how to walk the AOC tightrope. One might be tempted to argue that she’s the best thing that ever happened to feckless Republicans.
As AOC herself might say, “Um … like … um … I’d rather be … like … um … morally right than … like … um … factually correct. You know what I mean?” Well, not exactly, but I guess it makes perfect sense to the Moron Mob. And never forget that the Moron Mob votes!
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