Kudos to AOC

by Deana Chadwell2/9/19
I am guilty of speaking badly of the new congresswoman from New York. She is obviously the product of failing educational systems unable to do anything but pump her full of fatuous self-esteem. I’d lay odds she has a large box of participation trophies in her parents’ basement. Though it is fun to bash such a bashable subject, I write to thank her.

She has made things clear; things that have been vague and foggy are now utterly transparent. Many let slide Obama’s fuzzy promise to “fundamentally change” America. It was a little hazy – he never elaborated on it and the media never asked him to. But AOC has laid it out – very briefly; I understand that her ‘Green New Deal” has been scrubbed from her site and it’s easy to see why.  She’s let the cat out of the Democrat bag.

She and Sen. Edward Markey opened Pandora’s box this week and 70 prominent Democrats immediately signed on including many of the recent presidential hopefuls. This woman is not a lone nut case, though she may be the only Democrat who actually believes this nonsense can be done.

What crawled out of Pandora’s box? Everything destructive.

This young woman wants to shut down American energy – nuclear included. She seems not to worry about how we’ll heat our homes or cook our food or travel from one place to another. She’s utterly unaware that it takes a great deal of energy to grow crops, manufacture goods, and build houses. She plans on – within 10 years – getting rid of 99% of the gasoline-powered cars in this country.

She wants to stop of air travel and substitute high-speed rail – which we don’t have, which has proved a disastrous waste of money in California, and which will make it tricky to cross oceans.

She wants the government to provide everyone, whether they work or not, with a guaranteed income, good housing, medical care, free education, and a vegan diet – the latter to cure the problem of cow flatulence, which, if not stopped, will destroy the planet.

She wants – and within 10 years – all buildings in the country stripped down and retrofitted to make them energy efficient — with what energy and with whose money, she doesn’t say. When asked how she would pay for this she replied,  “We will finance the investments for the Green New Deal the same way we paid for the original New Deal, World War II, the bank bailouts, tax cuts for the rich, and decades of war—with public money appropriated by Congress. “ (Note the word “investments” – like she’s proposing some new business enterprise.)

That clears that up – it’s only government money, which we all know just grows on printing presses and computer hard drives. Venezuela’s 80,000% inflation rate doesn’t strike her as a cautionary tale and evidently her econ degree didn’t require a course in inflation and its causes and effects.

But I thank her. Her timing was impeccable. The country – at least 72% of it –had enjoyed President Trump’s triumphant State of the Union address earlier in the week. That speech resurrected the pride in being an American. He talked about liberating Jewish Holocaust victims, about storming the beaches of Normandy, about curing childhood cancers, about protecting our southern borders. He reminded us of how prosperous the country has become in just two short years, and better yet, he helped us look ahead at the possibilities appearing on our national horizon. He talked about space exploration, innovations and inventions, medical breakthroughs, and soaring prosperity.

The speech was heart-warming, encouraging, hopeful, and it stirred again our pride in being a hard-working, imaginative, courageous people. It even opened the door for cooperation in Congress, making it seem like it just might be possible.

Enter AOC and her tribe of dreary henchmen. According to these “Justice Democrats” (justice???), the world will end in 12 years if we don’t plug the cows and quit breathing. That’s a cheery and inspiring vista. In her future America, we will all be some kind of government drones and will spend our days stumbling around town scrounging for food and waiting in lines for our government handouts. We won’t be able to go anywhere, or buy anything because nothing will be available to buy. We won’t be able to invent anything, make anything, or fix anything unless we can do so ex nihilo. We will be cold, bored, and utterly trapped. The government will control what we eat, what we do, what we learn.

Besides the terrifying future this lays out, nothing on AOC’s list of must-dos is even remotely possible. Rebuilding just the private homes in this country would have to be done at a pace of at the very least 120,000 houses a week for 10 non-stop years. And it would have to be done sans cars and trucks and oil and natural gas and any of the products produced using those items and commodities. And if the government is going to provide you with a living whether you want to work or not, who’s going to do the manual labor?

In fact, the whole labor thing is very unclear in this plan. If you are getting a guaranteed income and you’ll be penalized with a 70% tax if you do something that is really successful, why lift a finger? I have no idea who will be willing to do all this work. Doctors already hate what Obamacare has done to the medical profession – what will they do when faced with full-on socialized medicine? And just how does she think people and goods will get around?

I suspect she has little understanding of the vast regions of nearly uninhabited land one has to travel to cross this country; it’s not all Brooklyn. Those of us who have crossed the Rockies and the deserts of this great land know that high-speed rails won’t cut it even if they could be built. Neither will electric cars;  I can’t imagine plug-in stations dotting the barren highways in eastern Oregon.

On the other hand, Trump wants to see everyone working, inventing, producing, enjoying and employing all the gifts God has bestowed on us. He wants us to treat every person with the love and respect due someone created in the image of God. He wants this for all American citizens regardless of race or ethnicity, of age, of religion, whether we’ve been born yet or not. Isn’t that what all Americans want? Isn’t that what decent people want?

We want freedom – Americans have always wanted, fought, and died for freedom. AOC’s nightmare doesn’t allow for that. For one thing, it takes a certain level of prosperity before freedom means much. AOC’s vision is being played out in Venezuela; it’s not freedom when you have to eat the family dog. It’s not freedom when you can’t go where you want to go and get there the way you want to get there. It’s not freedom when you can’t build what you want to build, imagine what you want to create, or take care of your family how and where you want.

AOC just laid it out for us and I’m grateful. Now it’s abundantly clear.  We can choose misery, hunger, and hopelessness or we can pull on our grown up work boots and make this country greater than we’ve ever thought possible. We can allow ourselves to be regulated into oblivion, or live up to our potential and in the process help everyone else to do so, too. We can be cowed into submission by an elaborate lie, proven false over and over, or we can recognize that God made this planet for us to live on, to enjoy, to use and develop. We can become the kind of craven, listless do-nothings that will sell their souls for a mess of pottage, willing to believe lies and nonsense – or we can roll up our sleeves, thank Almighty God that we are Americans and start building a glorious future.

Deana Chadwell blogs at ASingleWindow.com. She is also an adjunct professor at Pacific Bible College in southern Oregon. She teaches writing and public speaking.
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Deana Chadwell

About Deana Chadwell

I have spent my life teaching young people how to read and write and appreciate the wonder of words. I have worked with high school students and currently teach writing at Pacific Bible College in southern Oregon. I have spent more than forty years studying the Bible, theology, and apologetics and that finds its way into my writing whether I'm blogging about my experiences or my opinions. I have two and a half moldering novels, stacks of essays, hundreds of poems, some which have won state and national prizes. All that writing -- and more keeps popping up -- needs a home with a big plate glass window; it needs air; it needs a conversation. I am also an artist who works with cloth, yarn, beads, gourds, polymer clay, paint, and photography. And I make soap.
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57 Responses to Kudos to AOC

  1. Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

    AOC is either as cynical as Stalin or as stupid as a rock. Of course, one doesn’t preclude the other. But coming out in the open with this insane “plan” would seem to indicate a vey high level of ignorance and very low IQ.

    I hope she continues her ravings. As Kimberly Strassel said, the Republicans couldn’t have found a better spokeswoman to promote their agenda.

    The other Dims, who signed on, have made a fatal mistake going honest. This Green New Deal will be seen on numerous Republican political commercials in 2020.

  2. Timothy Lane says:

    Of course we can cross water without airplanes and fossil fuels. All the shipbuilders have to do is send their designers to Boston while that’s still possible and reverse engineer the USS Constitution. They might have problems coppering the hull, of course, and that would leave their ships vulnerable to barnacles and teredo worms, but sacrifices are needed to attain Utopia. You can’t make an omelet without breaking eggs. (But you’d better hold your nose while eating this one.)

    I would also advise buying copies of William R. Forstchen One Second After and donating them so people can find out what they have to look forward to once the power grid has been closed down.

    Of course, this would never occur to Iskanderun Ocasino-Cortex, since she thinks electricity just comes from a plug in the wall.

  3. David Norris says:

    I pray that She Guevara, the delusional teen revolutionary, will never have any significant power.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      She Guevara

      Mr. ST Librarian (Timothy), add that to the lexicon.

      • Timothy Lane says:

        A lot more concise than my version, though I don’t know if she really is the monster that the original was. I may have seen it elsewhere.

        On the other hand, anyone who continues to defend Maduro to any extent deserves such opprobrium. His latest atrocity has been to block relief supplies (food and medicine) brought by truck through Colombia to the Venezuelan border. Maduro sent trucks to straddle the road, blocking all traffic, on the grounds that Venezuelans aren’t beggars. It may be time to introduce him to our friend MOAB.

  4. Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

    That jack-ass Dick Durbin claims Trump is playing a dangerous game by describing the Dims as socialists and then said the following:

    “Every authoritarian regime of the last century has prefaced their grab for power by saying you’ve got to stop the left. Sometimes they call it socialist, sometimes they call it communist,” he said.

    Sure they all did, except the authoritarian socialist and communist regimes which prefaced their grabs for power saying, “You’ve got to stop the fascists.”

    What a lying scumbag old Dickie is.

    • David Ray says:

      Remember when little Dick Turban claimed that Gitmo reminded him of Nazis, the Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge etc?
      He made that bullshit speech on an empty Senate floor. It was raw meat intended for only the ears of his leftist base. (Gotta feed ’em juicy morsels of crap, if you’re gonna raise money. )

      • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

        Politicians have always been a lower order of beings. But today’s Dims, especially ole’ Dickie, are so low that we might require a new category for them.

        • Timothy Lane says:

          There was a legendary English highwayman named Dick Turpin. His spirit lives on in the Senate Minority Whip, albeit in a lesser form. But then, I consider leftists in general the lowest form of multicellular life on Earth. Somewhere among the slime molds.

          • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

            Dick Durbin/Dick Turpin. At least one thing today’s leftists have in common with their highwaymen antecedents is their thieving ways. “Stand and deliver!”

  5. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    I don’t catch much TV news. So, in fact, I had never heard AOC speak. I know her only from her thin, concentration-camp-like Communist face.

    But I was walking by my brother’s computer yesterday and he was playing some YouTube clip or another. He usually is. Can’t fire him. He’s my brother.

    But it was a clip of what sounded like an air-headed high school girl talking about subjects way over her head. Darned it it wasn’t actually an adult, and one that some idiotic voters had elevated to Congress. It was AOC.

    Listen….trust that your lovable Editor does not exaggerate or throw ad hominems around just for effect. I honest to God thought this was yet another dumb high school kid elevated (for some reason) to “listen to me” status — much like that one kid after the Parkland murders (the one where the local police sat outside and did not lift a finger). I don’t remember the puke’s name and that’s to my benefit.

    When I learned that this was an elected official (purportedly an adult), the effect on me was one between bemusement and shock. Let’s call it beshockment. I realize we’ve been elevating these nitwits for a long time. Obama was the supreme example of this. This is nothing new. I should have been fully prepared. But even then, it whopped me right between the yes just how vacuously silly many people (particularly young women) are these days.

    Thankfully the clip my brother was playing was from a Mark Levin show. AOC’s vacuous words were followed by a dressing down of this mental midget that sounded much like my own words. If radical Islam must unleash a plaque of “fundamental transformation” upon us, let’s hope they start in the high-electoral-college states. They need a good housecleaning.

    • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

      I heard AOC for the first time yesterday. She sounded like a fifteen-year-old girl; a horrible nasal voice with odd intonation. And that before one began to analyze the content of her mutterings. What an idiot.

      I had a boss who said, “If you say something stupid and are younger than 30, then you are just a kid. If you say something stupid and are over 30 you are an idiot.”

      AOC is only 29 years old so there is still hope.

      • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

        We were definitely hearing the same person.

        But I have to honestly (and with absolutely no snark) disagree with you on one point: Let’s not besmirch the idiots. According to Merriam-Webster, an idiot is the equivalent of a normal child of about two years.

        A “moron,” on the other hand is someone “whose mental development is above that of an imbecile, but does not exceed that of a normal child of about twelve years.”

        Forgive me for being pedantic. I just wanted to be fair and accurate.

        • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

          I stand corrected!

          • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

            It’s so nice when you so easily comply, Mr. Kung. But it’s only because you are quite rational. I’m sure. There’s also the Bug’s Bunny category of “ultra maroon,” but I’m not sure where that fits in the hierarchy. I suspect Timothy would know.

        • Timothy Lane says:

          When I was young, I read about this in terms of IQ testing. An IQ no higher than 85 indicated mental deficiency. A moron had an IQ from 50 to 75, an imbecile from 25 to 50, and an idiot below that. In terms of IQ, She Guevara probably is no worse than a moron, and may even be close to normal.

          Wisdom is another matter. She’s certainly no advertisement for Boston College’s economics department.

          • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

            Frankly, and I mean this not as a quip but a statement of fact, I think liberalism tends to make people dumb. AOC could actually have an internal I.Q. (since withered away perhaps) of 115. But put sugar in even the finest gasoline and the car just won’t go fast….if it will go at all.

            • Timothy Lane says:

              Sugar in the gasoline came up in the Avengers episode “Dead Man’s Treasure”. Steed and Mrs. Peel became involved in a car rally and treasure hunt. Steed’s partner, finding a car with caltrops such as had been used to sabotage other cars, struck back — “I sugared their petrol.” She noted that “cars are sort of horses,” and sugar is a treat for horses.

              • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

                Great line by Emma.

              • Timothy Lane says:

                No, that was Steed’s partner in the race. He and Emma were in different cars and had different partners. Hers turned out to be a villain. On the other hand, Steed’s ended up with the money — it would buy “lots and lots of hats”. But Emma certainly did her part and more in the episode, including actually finding the titular treasure. (Oh, well, as government agents she and Steed probably couldn’t keep it for themselves anyway.)

          • Patrick Tarzwell says:

            I heard a good line about AOC. She got some good news. Her IQ test came back negative!

            • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

              Pat has an interesting take
              On this Commie AOC flake
              Her brains are quite narrow
              No more than the Scarecrow
              But all’s well that’s Tarzwell, we spake!

              • Timothy Lane says:

                To be fair, the Scarecrow was able to function well without brains, especially in the movie where he comes up with the plan to rescue Dorothy from Botox Nan (oops, I mean the Wicked Witch of the West).

                You can’t say the same thing about She Guevara, though she does match the answer the Scarecrow gave when Dorothy asked how he could talk at all without a brain: He didn’t know, but noticed that a lot of brainless folk talked a lot. Dorothy agreed.

      • Steve Lancaster says:

        I don’t think there is any hope for her. Henry II was King of England at 21. DJT was a multi-millionaire at 29.

        As best I can tell she is not qualified to be a fluffer on a porn set. I have seen nothing to change my mind.

        • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

          LOL. I learn a new word every day. I’m not sure if I can use that in a limerick or not.

          On the course he may be a duffer
          On bully pulpits he is much tougher
          The Donald is surely
          Not a socialist girly
          And his hair never needs a fluffer

        • Timothy Lane says:

          Well, Franz Josef was Emperor of Austria at 18, and within a year was actually making the top-level decisions. Louis XIV became King of France at 5, but didn’t really run anything for 18 years, after the death of Cardinal Mazarin.

          By an odd chance, Louis XIV (72 years) and Franz Josef (68 years) had the longest reigns in European history, though they may soon be joined by Elizabeth II.

          So what does a fluffer do, especially in a porn film?

          • Steve Lancaster says:

            A fluffer maintains a mans erection between takes with her oral skills.

            BTW in most of the Mid-East, in Roman Empire times, prostitutes who specialize, used extreme red lip paste to symbolize excited female genitalia.

            I notice AOC follows this tradition.

            • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

              “Seeing red” does usually mean
              An anger that’s nearly obscene
              But now it’s regalia
              of fake genitalia
              I’m blushing, and so would Lorne Greene

              • Steve Lancaster says:

                Ogden Nash would be proud. Well done Brad.

              • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

                Steve, you shouldn’t encourage me. I’ll never stop. 😀 But thanks!

              • Steve Lancaster says:

                In my humble opinion the pun and the limerick are the highest form of humor. But, then I went to public school in the South and had teachers who could read.

              • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

                Thank you sir, Mr. Lancaster
                Whose AOC love isn’t vaster
                An overtaxed Editor
                Rhymes often quite betterer
                Can’t always be such a Nash-master

              • Timothy Lane says:

                Well, what counted with Nash was humor. His verses generally rhymed, but scansion wasn’t a major concern. He frequently used free verse — though those probably aren’t my favorites, admittedly.

            • Timothy Lane says:

              I recall reading that mentioned once. Apparently it goes back to Phoenician times.

              • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

                The Phoenicians did not just do ships
                Trading here and there on long trips
                The chicks left back home
                Had much time of their own
                Dabbing red on their vulvular lips

              • Steve Lancaster says:

                I recall reading about it in Egyptian history. I think it was about 1500 BCE Cleopatra was faros for her painted lips.

          • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

            So what does a fluffer do, especially in a porn film?

            I am not sure, but perhaps it is someone who “fluffs” pillows.

  6. You guys are a hoot. And here I’d hoped to set off an intellectual discussion — alas —
    There once was an elderly teacher —
    Persnickety, cranky old creature,
    Who liked sparking exchange
    With intent to derange —
    She should have become a preacher. 🙂

    • Timothy Lane says:

      Nice, though it could have used an extra syllable in the last line to flow better. But I’m not sure how many preachers today, especially in mainline churches, would fit that description. You probably would make a good preacher in that respect.

      • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

        A monument never was spurred
        For the fault-finding fellow of word
        Imperfect construction?
        At least its production
        And not inspiration deferred

        [Aka: Try it yourself for a change.]

        • Timothy Lane says:

          There is a story of a Jewish scholar who died and was asked by God what he had done. He replied that he had studied the law, so God asked him to expound on it. He thought for a moment and replied, “Why don’t you expound on the law, and I’ll critique it?”

          As you know, I come up with plenty of poems of various sorts of my own. But unfortunately, I can’t create on demand. Believe me, every time I read one of these (and I’ve read every one so far, needless to say), I briefly try to think of one for myself. Mayhap sometime I’ll come up with one.

          As for my critique of Deana’s limerick, I go on how they sound. It would flow better with an extra syllable in the right place.

          • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

            I didn’t catch a limerick in all that. 😀

            • Timothy Lane says:

              An unwise Latina from Queens
              Was a heroine for fascist greens.
              Her nightmare in green
              Was sufficiently keen
              To please every lib without means.

              Could be better, but this is what you get when you ask me to create on demand and in a hurry.

              • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

                Hurrah! Not bad. Or should I say…

                A limerick is fluffy and short
                Hardly Buckleyesque standing athwart
                But with all of five lines
                Channeling bits of Mark Steyn
                It’s a crazy-ass way to retort

              • Timothy Lane says:

                Nice. And bringing Buckley and Steyn into it, too.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      There’s oodles of truth to your rant
      It’s morals we need, not more Kant
      But minus the pluses
      of knowledge there thus is
      Barren soil in which He can plant

  7. Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
    Whose mouth moves up/down like a Pez
    But instead of sweet candy
    Her followers are randy
    For each silly word that she says.

  8. Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

    To me AOC seems a Jackass
    Who sounds like she works for that rag TASS
    Her ideas are quite silly
    Like eating hot chili
    And not expect then to pass gas

    • Timothy Lane says:

      Does that happen with chili without beans? That’s the only kind I eat, which means I don’t have it anymore (the nursing home serves chili with beans). Of course, Texas standard has meat but not beans, as I was pleased to find out one evening in Bryan (we were visiting a friend on the way back from the NASFIC in Austin over 30 years ago).

      • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

        I grew up here in Texas with chili sans beans. I will eat it with beans if necessary, but prefer without.

        Funnily, I like my beef stew with beans.

        As to hot chilis, some of them would give you liftoff.

        • Timothy Lane says:

          Elizabeth used to make a pretty spicy chili. Perhaps she learned it during her time in Fort Worth, where she worked in ident at the police department (and also got raped, which gave her a useful perspective regarding Justice Kavanaugh).

          It was no problem for me, but I’ve handled vindaloo in the past, and would eat most of the jalapeño peppers when we had the Olive Garden salad bowl. Then, too, I remember that we liked jalapeno bean dip back when we were in Galveston.

          • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

            If you can handle a real vindaloo, then there is little that you can’t handle. Perhaps some of the various dishes covered with Thai bird chili peppers would be too much, but not much else.

  9. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    Here’s a hilarious imitation of AOC. Or is it an imitation? I’m not sure.

    • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

      Very nice!

    • Timothy Lane says:

      I haven’t watched her enough to be sure. I hope it’s a caricature, especially the counting on her fingers. But who knows? The girl certainly looks like she’s the right age to mock She Guevara, but it would help if she had a stronger voice. Much of the time I couldn’t clearly make out what she said.

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