Donald Trump is at it again, and he is not alone. It’s just like professional wrestling. Heel, vs. Hero. This feud he’s got going with the Squad, that being the famous and infamous four-person bloc of socialist junior Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC), Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and to a lesser extent Ayanna Pressley (who somewhat unfairly is often lumped together with the rest, even when she herself did nothing wrong) is the single most difficult problem facing Democrats today. Donald Trump has turned the four of them into his own personal Goldstein a la 1984, a bogeyman to stir up his base with. They themselves stir the pot at every turn.
And we’ve got to clean up the slop; a Democrat’s due.
As if that lot needed any more stirring! We won’t need to remind anyone of the slaughter in El Paso, Texas recently, or in Dayton, but one day it could be useful to note this was written in the aftermath of those shootings. It all ties together, rather horribly so.
To support these four women, strong and intelligent though they be, in a proportion commensurate both with their own behavior and with the significance they bear to all this in mind is not easy, even though you’d think it would be. I want to support them. I support many others like them who get little press because they don’t go around attention-grabbing, grandstanding about grand political theories; eighty-four women received congratulations and articles of support from me, including the Squad. They’re Millennial Democrats, after all, same as me. It is natural that I would want to support them. And yet, their entanglements with socialism, Bernie Sanders, and their own unfortunate tendency to flap off at the gums whenever it suits them make that impossible.
It’s a real nightmare, and no mistake; the only thing in this whole entire shebang that I have really had to think about very much. It presents a philosophical problem, an actual problem, and a strategical problem. Plus plenty of personnel problems. But the big problem, the deal-breaker problem, is with these guys, the Justice Democrats, like Cenk Uygur down there in the picture, and their sister organization the Democratic Socialists of America, not to be confused with Nordic social democracy no matter how many times they try to trump it up.
This is close to the heart of the problem and is good to talk about in heading toward the root of the rot. We cannot fully accept AOC and the other Squad members without fully embracing their often-insane policies, statements, and socialistic views. All of them are close to the heart of the problem, which is good to talk about in heading toward the root of the rot. This is not arbitrary, nor do we have anything less than the most compelling reasons for crafting our policy
The campaign of Bernie Sanders was even more infested with insincere infiltrators and acidic agents than Trump’s was. In fact, his campaign manager, Tad Devine, was the first witness called to testify at the trial of Trump’s campaign manager, Paul Manafort. Turns out they’d been working together for a dozen years, fixing elections at Putin’s behest in Ukraine. Along with Rick Gates, that makes three major strategists involved in opposing Hillary Clinton’s run for the presidency who had been doing Putin’s bidding in this regard for more than a decade.
This is a shame because they are adding relevant and important topics into the national dialogue. They are also women of color who got elected on the tide of the Blue Wave in the Year of the Democratic Woman, which we wrote about every day for months. And even when Ilhan Omar shot her mouth off in the most insensitive manner (referring to 9/11, the greatest tragedy in our country’s history, as ‘something’ people did, without a single word spoken in condemnation of Islamic terrorism, which is every bit as despicable and criminal as white nationalist terrorism), we stood with her because Trump was shooting off his mouth so bad we were afraid some ‘lone gunman’ would kill her. That’s the exact truth, and God forgive this country that it should be so.
That is why I’m writing this, even now, to explain why I won’t support her to half my team while explaining to the other half why I won’t join in to crush her.
This is not a half-measure, either. It’s just assorting elements and factors and weighing them. There’s a lot of danger being presented to those girls, and while they may feel exhilarated and invulnerable now, there’s a lot of crazy people out there. Making them front line targets like this is a pretty cold-blooded strategy, even if it does work. But that didn’t much seem to bother the so-called “Democratic” socialists who made them, and who are guiding their hands as they craft policy going forward. Heedless and reckless, and more work for us. One disaster after the next.
Surely, you say, this must be a small price to pay for such energetic new young allies- would that it were true! That would indeed be the case if they didn’t want to spend all their time attacking Democrats. AOC’s first act after getting elected was to go start a protest in Nancy Pelosi’s office- across the nation from them, on the taxpayer’s expense- over climate change which we were doing anyway. She seemed disappointed when she found that out, as if she’d really been looking forward to a good fight-with her own people, during the Trump era.
That is the kind of trouble we have had with the Squad, ever since the Blue Wave hit home hard last November and even before. They want to sit on the sidelines, voting with the Republicans unless we will insanely join them on calling for the abolition of ICE. Ocasio-Cortez did that first when the government needed to be reopened. She said she had made a ‘tough, nuanced call’. ICE funding wasn’t even on the bill! No one had a clue what she was talking about, and that was bad enough. So were dozens of other times she’s shot off her mouth, like when she went on Firing Line and talked about the Israeli “occupation of Palestine (sigh).
But then when it came time to vote on whether or not little children on our southern border, the ones locked in DOG CAGES, ought to receive basic amenities like soap and toothpaste, the socialists stood against us in a bloc and voted no, I was so disgusted I could barely speak for days.
This is how it’s gone for nearly four years now; we try to build something, like a more accurate public portrayal of Democratic sanity and they undermine and destroy it for no reason at all. Now we can’t even come together on little kids being treated not like animals.
We have been stabbed in the back until there’s no more room for fresh scars by the people who promoted and created the Squad in the first place. That means organizations like the Justice Democrats, Brand New Congress, and the Democratic Socialists of America. Each is owned and operated by radical left extremists who hated Hillary Clinton worse than Trump and all but said so every day, as loud as they could. We are not going to forget that, over here. Count on it.
I will never forget.
Ocasio-Cortez got her start in politics working on the Bernie Sanders campaign. All her top strategists were previously his. They were underestimated by Crowley, he got slammed; maybe he had gotten complacent and his time was meant to be over, that’s what they’re saying, but when you’re talking about the seats of high power in the world? The United States Congress? I will take decades of experience and a bad judgment call born of inertia over a bartender socialist who worked for Bernie Sanders, any day of the week, month, or year. I say we got the worst deal imaginable, and the Squad had better own up to that fact and do something to change things drastically, while they still can.
These are the Bernie or Bust believers who rioted in the streets of Philadelphia, without a single regard for ‘Bridge Over Troubled Waters’ as Paul Simon played it outside. That is the problem. Their rioting and nonsense made all this possible. It was done on purpose, and it was done for a cause. That cause is to replace Democrats by taking them out from below. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was discovered and created by these people, savvily rabid promoters, for this purpose and this alone. She was used as a poisoned dart to get rid of Joe Crowley, one of the best Democrats we had in the House of Representatives, and she continues to allow herself to be employed for this terrible purpose.
So while we welcomed her arrival on the scene- we wrote her a congratulatory article, along with some good advice- it’s been a risky bet from the get-go. AOC’s presence thus far has caused more trouble than it’s worth. We look forward eagerly to a day where this statement can be recanted- but when that day is coming, who can say?
Whether this trouble has been done at her behest or in her name really doesn’t matter. So long as she’s got her name in their roster, so long as they’ve got the unnecessary and random “Justice” on their scrolling marquees and business cards, so long as she is advocating for this repugnant new hybrid system of state called “democratic” or corporate socialism but is really just state capitalism like in China, we are never going to get to a point where we can take the Squad in as we might like to.
This could change, of course. It wouldn’t really take much, either. Tell all your people to quit acting like lunatics and make sure they’re registered to vote Democratic. We genuinely would like nothing better than to see the Squad mend their wicked ways, God knows we need the help. But it’s help we can’t accept if they won’t quit acting up.
No one candidate or set of candidates can ever be worth letting either yourself or your Party become polluted, a vector for the plague that is socialism. That will destroy us for 2020 and maybe leave us flat on our backs forever afterward if democracy really does collapse all the way here. We’re not living in a full democracy now, according to the World Freedom Index, and haven’t been since 2016. If we want to see our way of life recover, we had really better come together now.
Going forward, it’s going to be more and more important that we’ve got a solution to the problem posed by the Squad. It just keeps coming up, so we’ve got to have a clear answer. So here it is.
We support them as people, as millennials, and as Democrats. When it comes to their socialistic nonsense and their ravening friends, however, it should be separated from them neatly, packaged like a diaper, and thrown down a well so deep it has no bottom. The political moderate will feel the truth in this approach.
We have to draw a clear line between sticking up for them as human beings when attacked by a cowardly bully and accepting their poisoned bait, a type of ideological Trojan Horse of a time bomb, too deep in the fold to avoid lethal damage should it go off. The stakes are too high for all this messing around. Hopefully they see that before it’s too late.
In the end, you’ve got to take one day at a time, resolve to be fair, and make the best of it. The Squad is who and what they are, and we’ll have to make room for them anyway, so we might as well at least let them know there’s a spot for them on our bench, waiting, one that would be bigger had they themselves not been so impetuous and quick to blow atomic with their mouths.
I just hope I am not doing wrong myself in refusing to throw any boots into the stomping. Socialism!! Socialism, no less. Never ever shall I see the day. You Squad, you! Stop landing this crap on us!
Although even Socrates has argued strongly for the State taking a benevolent stance toward gadflies, this cannot be expected to apply to the African tsetse fly which carries sleeping sickness. You’ll end up looking like Bernie Sanders if you get a bad enough case of that stuff.