BENEFITS FROM CUTENESS
In an episode of the comedy/detective TV series, “Monk,” Adrian Monk’s assistant, Natalie, suggests doing something to gain information that might help solve the week’s mystery. I can’t recall what mystery they were trying to solve or what Natalie suggested, but I do remember her idea was considered so outrageous that she couldn’t possibly get away with it. “I can do anything I want,” she replied serenely, “I’m cute.”
Indeed, Natalie expressed a great truth: Much is allowed — or forgiven — a girl who’s cute.
Not beautiful, mind you.
To be sure, beautiful girls have a power all their own, but they often prompt suspicion and distrust while exercising it. Cuteness, on the other hand, is a ticket which can be cashed in for many indulgences.
I know nothing about the home-district political circumstances that made the election of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez possible (the late Speaker of the House Tip O’Neal astutely observed that “All politics is local.”) But I’d be willing to bet her being cute was a critical factor.
Since the election, AOC, as she’s now called, has made a series of pronouncements that cement her public image as not the sharpest knife in the drawer. Yet her face is constantly before us — indeed it’s been called the “new face of the Democratic Party.”
She’s even being talked about as a 2020 aspirant for the Presidential nomination, though she’ll be only 31 at that time, four years short of the constitutional requirement.
Not that the Constitution is seen as any kind of impediment by a party flirting with wealth confiscation and the purging of such trifles as the Second Amendment and the Electoral College.
I know a lot of people would say, “Come on — how can the girl shown dancing on a rooftop in that YouTube video be considered a serious presidential contender?”
My answer is…
Are you kidding? If she ever did run, that footage would become her principal campaign spot. It’s cute as hell!
Which says all that needs to be said about the shallowness with which a good chunk of the American People approaches voting.
The election of Barack Obama should have made that reality plain enough. Here was a guy whose only qualification for office was not being George Bush — that is, not being George Bush in a strikingly visual way. But Obama had a certain cool demeanor, and after seven years of Middle East war, people figured he’d approach things … “differently.”
Obama was cool, which in the public mind equated to “differently.”
Ocasio-Cortez is cute.
You tell me where the nation’s future lies.
AOC represents a wave of female, feminist, far-left, fully-woke politicians who have come on the scene touting a vision of America that’s multicultural in character, egalitarian in aspiration, and Socialist in political / economic focus.
It’s interesting that this wave should crest at just the time when Trump’s economic boom has revealed the utter failure of the Obamian Socialist wave preceding it, and the collapse of Socialist Venezuela is happening right before our eyes.
Of course, many people still can’t bring themselves to speak truth about The Great O. Listen to the voices of our so-called Civil Rights leadership. Their silence on improvements that didn’t happen in America’s black communities is deafening.
Likewise, Venezuela benefits from a refusal to acknowledge certain inherent flaws in Socialism. That refusal propped up the Soviet Union for seven decades.
The problem isn’t Socialism, per se — one hears — it’s corrupt and overly bureaucratic government … it’s having the wrong people in charge … its too much dependence on oil and other extraction industries … it’s exploitation of local resources by multinational corporations … it’s a plot by America and other Capitalist nations to deny the appropriate incentives for trade and broad economic development.
This is a very old song. We heard it right up to the moment the Berlin Wall came down. And it’s back on the charts once again.
The foundation of Socialism’s appeal is the undeniable fact of inequality. Some people simply have more than others do. This is seen as inherently unjust, and has created social tension and class conflict from the dawn of civilization.
Hebrew Scripture sets forth numerous obligations of charity (mitzvot) by which ancient Jewish society was enjoined to ease the suffering of the poor. Not all those methods were uniformly successful, to say the least.
The New Testament tells of a drive among early Christians to live collectively (“They laid their possessions at the feet of the Apostles” — Acts 4:35). It then goes on to describe how the project quickly broke down over personal interest and group division.
Today income inequality is the Democrats’ big theme, and they’re using it to launch a big leftward push. Writing on The Hill, Alexander G. Markovsky, a senior fellow at the London Center for Policy Research, observes how…
“The 2018 Democratic victory in the midterms brought new Marxist arrivals to the House of Representatives who are interpreting the elections as an endorsement of socialist policies. They dropped all the pretenses — no liberals, no progressives — they are proud Marxist-Leninists driven by the ideology and committed to converting this country into the United Socialist States of America.”
He describes this group as people who see themselves as “unfortunate, underpaid, underappreciated victims of capitalism” whose driving spirit is envy, an impulse that always attracts wide support but inevitably brings profound harm…
“The seductive idea of wealth redistribution has proved to be irresistible to the masses discontented by the inequities. The philosophy of envy and siphoning from the rich appeals to a large segment of the population that does not realize that the definition of ‘rich’ is a spiral of devolution that eventually will reach every business and every individual who works for a living.”
Until the advent of Obama, I would have maintained that the uniqueness of America’s place in history — our traditional role as a magnet for people all over the world seeking freedom and opportunity — might not have made us immune to the appeal of Socialism (after all, we’d been through FDR’s “New Deal,” Lyndon Johnson’s “Great Society,” and more), but at least it gave us a measure of resistance to Socialism’s most deceptive charms.
People don’t wish to preclude their own chances for success, I reasoned, and so-called equality just locks everybody in at an equally low level. Surely, people understand that.
These days I’m not sure what people understand. Was the success of this new Socialist wave a fluke? Jesse Kelly, host of a Houston-area radio talk show that bears his name, doesn’t think so. Neither does he think that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, its most prominent figure, should be dismissed because of her all-too-apparent lack of political and practical acumen. Writing for The Federalist, Kelly warns…
“Do not underestimate this woman, and do not think your savage mockery of her stupidity will be an effective tool to stop her. It won’t. It will instead be personalized by her supporters, creating an army that will lay down and die for her (or at least vote for her), just like the army Trump has. You should be afraid of Ocasio-Cortez. Be much more afraid than you are.”
And what is the source of this influence which AOC and the rest of her Socialist ilk possess?…
“Social media allows candidates for office to let the public see them with their blemishes. With a push of a button, you can watch Ocasio-Cortez make instant mac and cheese like a college freshman. She’s pretty. She’s young enough to understand and take advantage of this current political world. Most importantly, her naiveté about the things of government make her more appealing to the common man, not less.”
Social media have proven powerful in the hands of Donald Trump, who (as I wrote in my last blog post) “has succeeded in pushing back that big hand ticking its way toward Zero Hour” on the clock I have in my mind counting down the collapse of freedom.
That’s comforting, but it’s not final. We must understand that there are wicked players trying to undo Trump’s accomplishments, even as The Donald continues to undo Obama’s program of subversion.
Monk’s assistant, Natalie, might have somewhat overstated what cute girls can get away with. There may indeed be a limit to how far cuteness (and the shallowness to which it appeals) can take Ocasio-Cortez and, by extension, the Socialist cadre she fronts.
But the basic point is sound, and it would be wise to assume that AOC can do pretty much anything she wants. At least for awhile.
James Woods and Ben Stein, two conservative voices crying out in the leftist Hollywood wilderness, perceive the threat represented by the election of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, as these images demonstrate…
Meanwhile, another meme artist dips into history to recall a totalitarian figure who was once a hip young Socialist. Imagine what Joe Stalin could have done with Twitter?…
This image circulated widely online attests to the effectiveness of our educational system in preparing young people for responsible citizenship (IRONY ALERT!)…
Fact-checking Florida Sen. Rick Scott’s analysis of the Venezuelan plunge into economic and political chaos, Politifact offers a whole raft of explanations — to wit…
“State control of industry did have a role in Venezuela’s collapse …. But just as important were other factors: corruption, mismanagement and authoritarian leaders who weren’t held accountable for their abuses of power.”
…any one of which might be true, but together serve to obscure the intrinsic flaws of Socialism itself — especially the fact that Socialist leaders are rarely held accountable. That’s why they want to be Socialist leaders.
The final paragraph gives the game away…
“After all, if you convince people that every left-wing government is on a slippery slope to Venezuela, the entire left becomes toxic. Which is very much the point. Don’t be fooled. All that Venezuela demonstrates is that if you leave implementation to the very worst, most anti-intellectual, callous, authoritarian and criminal people in society, socialism can have genuinely horrendous consequences. But couldn’t the same be said of every ideology?”
As reported by Cybercast News Service, Venezuelan expatriates have a somewhat different take on their country’s trials. At a recent anti-Socialist rally in Washington, they offered words of caution to America…
“It is not a game, it is not the route to go, it is not possible, it is not feasible, don’t fall for it.”
AOC and her compatriots are talkin’ all kinds of crazy and putting forth a menu of wildly destructive proposals, of which the so-called Green New Deal is but a part. Writing on the site, American Greatness, historian Victor Davis Hanson sees their antics as gifts to The Donald when he’s running for reelection in 2020.
May it be so — from Hanson’s lips to God’s ear…
A Facebook post appearing after my essay went live has made me aware that at least one Civil Rights leader, Rev. Jesse Jackson, did criticize Barack Obama for ineffectiveness in an interview with International Business Times back in 2015. Read his remarks at…