AOC is pretty awesome, if you ask me. Having cut my teeth in the world by arriving at the sidewalk cafes of Paris in 1976, at a tender age, and seeing how differently they viewed things, I have spent the last half century plus completely lamenting the total and ever-growing, thriving, lack of wisdom, amid endless cleverness, that we find in “our” government here.
She was elected to do just this, to parallel much of the Parisian perspective, which is fundamentally socialist democratic, and to show just how far we have slowly catapulted ourselves from every kind of norm that would typify any just and/or sane society, let alone “democracy”.
The Citizens United shtick of the way-criminal Roberts “court” just speaks volumes about the Chief Justice entire orientation and all his 8 other hostages (decisively too many more than willing).
In short, how can we take any of his positions as credible, or American (in the non-rogue sense) when he essentially underscored his entire position as so fundamentally anti-democratic, anti-rule of law, and just anti- in general across the board, of anything good and just, with Citizens United.
Based on the century old “law” of corporate “personhood”.
Might as well give pre-human spirits “personhood” while he’s at it, since at least in their case their is more semantic underpinning and logic to that “brief”!
But really, my underlying, overarching, argument is that America has never been anything even resembling a democracy, if you consider the hidden history of vote rigging and monopoly on candidacies. The Guardians of the Gates, at USA, Inc., allow a few upsets like AOC, which are even harder to explain than Obama, but it is cause for hope, you’d have to conclude.
Gerald Horne gives great scholarship support to my argument, that USA, Inc. is a business fiction, and just founded by a gaggle of rich slave-owners, almost exclusively, as a Tax Revolt, and not anything like a revolution.
That was the “ad spin” in our formative ad culture, that we are somehow free.
Now, accepting many of their blandishments, or higher wages, greater comforts, etc., just removes us farther and farther from real “revolution” or basic regime change, fundamental “regime change”.
A la, there are no revolutionaries on full stomachs.
They have crafted a monolithic engine of oppression, and use our complicity to export those deadly monopolist arts to less “fortunate” or “endowed” countries.
And that is the problem here: we are formed around a monopoly of monies and exchange of powers, and not in any way capitalist, except in the piratical, predatory sense.
And we’ve spun a narrative that we are a “capitalist” society. The oligarchs have tolerated that PR, while they whittle away incrementally, in their mission to eliminate every kind of freedom and replace each and every with simulacra, in hopes nobody will wake up, or not awake fully enough to “call” them on such a ruse.
Even Mikhail Gorbachev, a partner of Alan Cranston at one point, has told us that “the Market has been around since the dawn of civilization.”
It’s not Markets, or even “Market Forces”, whatever THOSE are, that are the source of our woe: it’s oligarchic Monopolism, the bane of all wo/mankind.
Or, as Jack London called it, correctly, a 100 years ago: “The Iron Heel”.
And they have all the technology in place now to punk us endlessly.
Wake up, America(ns).
We need something deep deep fundamental, an awakening to just how bad it really is.
Not this Dog and Pony Show.