Republicans, their leadership, and Media, have been brutal and dishonest in their attacks on Representatives Alexandria Ocasio- Cortez and Ilhan Omar. Such over-the-top reactions usually mean one thing: the attacker is afraid. I could provide dozens of examples of such attacks, including Mitch McConnell's ill- considered attack on the Green New Deal (examples), but I think we're all aware of them. So what makes Republicans so afraid? A) They're women; B) They're not white; C) They're effective (especially in hearings). AOC eviscerated the lobbying industry in a hearing room (Why Ocasio-Cortez’s lesson in dark money is the most-watched political video (the Guardian)); and Omar drew blood from that sanctimonious convict, Elliott Abrams, "special envoy" to Venezuela (Vox), of Iran-Contra infamy. Skeletons hate being dragged from the closet.
_________________________ A well reasoned argument is like a diamond: impervious to corruption and crystal clear - and infinitely rarer.
Here, as elsewhere, people are outraged at what feels like a rigged game -- an economy that won't respond, a democracy that won't listen, and a financial sector that holds all the cards. - Robert Reich
What if most of our political leanings, beliefs etc were largely a result of our biology?
On rare occasions, we learn of a new one—a key factor that seems to have been overlooked. To a surprising degree, a recent strand of experimental psychology suggests, our political beliefs may have something to do with a specific aspect of our biological makeup: our propensity to feel physical disgust.
I read that a while back, Ken. It doesn't surprise me that our political tendencies may be genetic. Likely a survival thing...under some circumstances the liberal mind might survive where the conservative mind would not and vice versa.
We seem to be divided about equally; because genetics is fair if it isn't kind.
"Be yourself; everyone else is already taken."— Oscar Wilde
CPAC did one thing in spades: it demonstrated that the right wing is in stark, raving, terror. Especially the raving part. It is clear that it is dawning on them that the wilderness is calling. We need to give the wilderness a bullhorn.
Almost every speaker at CPAC talked about AOC - a freshmen representative two months in office, because they, rightfully, see her as the future - a future that doesn't include them. Now, don't get me wrong. The Republican party is like the fat we accumulate as we age - difficult to get rid of - and as useful. It makes progress difficult - even tying our shoes! - wears on our joints, ruins our looks, and makes us grumpy most of the time. We don't really like being fat, but we accommodate ourselves to it. And like fat, if we really want to be healthy, we need to get rid of a lot of it. But doing so is hard and takes commitment. AOC is that person we are so jealous of - young, good looking, fashionable, smart, and THIN! We want to be like her, but we eat another jelly roll instead. The Republican party is offering sweets and fatty foods and extolling obesity.
I'm going on a diet, and I mean it this time! No more fat Republicans! I'm going green and I'm going to like myself.
Dunno, NWP. Neoliberalism could have a similar critique lobbed at it for similar reasons. A destructive self-serving ideology meant to manage the lowered expectations of citizens in service to it's donor class. What's been unique to the core progressives like AOC is the direct representation of their constituents thru alternative campaign funding. It frees them to speak truth to power and Cortez has been inflicting deep cuts to the Democratic party and, gasp!, the public reception has been very positive