Reading time – 3:05 . . .
AOC is pilloried for pretty much anything and everything she’s said or not said, done or not done, including having or not having money and dancing while in college. That last is pretty much a deal killer for the dedicated socially inept who live under a bridge. Of course trolls don’t like dancing. It sometimes leads to bringing people together.
Last Sunday Ross Douthat ran a drooling, snark filled slam of everything lefty, especially AOC, calling her “future dictator-for-life” and much more. He essentially suggested that the world as we know it will come to an end should these stupid, evil, unpatriotic and hateful people on the left get their way. The thing is, though, that I don’t remember this self-proclaimed conservative rendering similar judgment when tea party wackos showed up with their hateful righty ideas, or when Dubya cut taxes twice as he waged his two unnecessary wars that he lied us into. I don’t remember Douthat attacking the stupidity of Trump’s tax gift to the wealthy (86% went to corporations and the already rich). Where was his criticism of so-called conservatives who largely made the mess we’re in today?
I want to go after Democrats with equal passion, but they just don’t give me as many opportunities. No, I don’t think we should or will go forward with every far lefty proposal, but they might just nudge us in a direction that would be helpful to we the unimportant 99% and strengthen our country at the same time.
For example, the Green New Deal may be just too much for most Americans, but I believe we need a crash program – metaphorically, a Manhattan Project – that simply must be done to stop contributing to global warming and we’re way late for the hard conversations and action. This, at least, is a starting point.
Dealing with global warming is non-negotiable if my grandchildren are to survive to old age. And they want to live, which is part of why AOC is so popular with Gen Y and Gen Z Americans. That doesn’t have to mean government funding and killer taxes; it does mean we have to get off our rich, complacent asses and take action to stop loading the fossil fuel guns that will kill us. Sorry you don’t like the idea, Ross Douthat. Perhaps you don’t have grandchildren.
Which makes me wonder what it is about human nature that most of the time most of us are simply unable to understand suffering unless we’re suffering ourselves. Too bad, because we’re all going to be suffering unless those of us who aren’t yet affected figure out pretty fast that we’re going to be affected and it will be really bad unless we take action now.
Conservatives, get this: This isn’t a center-right country. People want affordable education and healthcare. People want air they can breathe, water they can drink and a fair chance for their kids and grand kids to avoid environmental catastrophe. And they don’t want to visit Monument Valley and see drilling rigs.
People want fairness and an end to old white guys clawing to keep power by keeping others down. People want our state legislatures to honor the will of the people (that’s for you, Utah and Idaho). And here’s the bitterest pill: people don’t think everything is always best for all when the market drives everything, because when it does, a lot of people get hurt. That’s why we sometimes have regulations. Yes, I know you hate the R-word, conservatives. Deal with it.
If you’re a conservative, try conserving what should be conserved and stop the brainless criticism of everything that isn’t familiar to you. Your grand kids are counting on you.
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