Mark Figley: Ocasio-Cortez campaigns in the twilight zone

By Mark Figley - Guest Columnist

AOC. The term sounds more like a human affliction than the initials of an upstart New York congresswoman and spotlight queen, AKA Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who at age 29 is the youngest woman to ever serve in Congress. Yet despite all her social media genius and lofty progressive ideas, many of the former bartender’s utterances might lead a sensible person to conclude that she hails from the twilight zone. And lately she’s even taken to fighting with Nancy Pelosi and compiling an enemies list of Democrats who oppose her radical ramblings.

The unofficial leader of the Democrat Party and so-called head of “the squad” (which includes freshman congresswomen Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley) also takes great delight in criticizing Donald Trump, and has called for the elimination of ICE (Immigration and Custom Enforcement) while recently accusing the administration of operating “concentration camps” on the U.S.-Mexico border. Interestingly, she forgets that Democratic icon Franklin Roosevelt held Japanese-Americans in actual detention camps during World War II. She went on to allege that female detainees were placed in rooms with no running water and instructed to drink from the toilet.

Was Ocasio-Cortez serious or just being willfully unaware that 6 million Jews and other assorted social outcasts were the victims of diabolical experimentation and extermination at the hands of Nazi Germany? Regardless of the truth, AOC doubled down after being confronted regarding her disgraceful contentions.

Then, in what is undoubtedly her primary focus, AOC talks about climate change as the biggest threat to human survival. In fact, she has gone on record saying, “the world is going to end in twelve years if we don’t address climate change….. this is our World War II.” Thus her solution, the “Green New Deal,” with a price tag between $51-$93 trillion, would ban cars, airplanes and cows. To help put it all into perspective, AOC proclaims, “Maybe we shouldn’t be eating a hamburger for breakfast, lunch and dinner.” Who does? She also asks, “Is it okay to still have children?” Cutting through all the drivel, Barack Obama cooled AOC’s jets when he said, “Bold ideas are great, but you have to make sure you can pay for them.”


Ocasio-Cortez loves “Medicare For All” as well, which would transform our health system in ways far beyond the disaster known as Obama care. With an estimated price tag of $32 trillion for the first 10 years, AOC was asked how the program would be paid for. Her response was simple, “You just pay for it.” Genius personified. Another feature of this debacle would eliminate all private insurance and the 1 million jobs associated with it. When questioned about those who would be instantly unemployed, AOC replied, “If you lose your job, you’ll have more time to look at art.” Will it pay the bills too?

In the surreal world of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, every day brings a new dragon to slay, and a new way to step into verbal excrement. As an avowed “democratic socialist,” the congresswoman makes no bones about her disdain for capitalism and its destructive influence across society. To this end, she declares that “housing is a human right.”

But she goes even farther in saying, “Our guarantee to having a home comes before someone else’s privilege to a profit.” With bold ideas such as these, it will be only a matter of time until she ends homelessness as we know it.

Not to be forgotten, AOC also has a deep understanding of why racism is the basis for all of America’s ills. Though perhaps no one has ever possessed the insight on the subject until she recently said, “cauliflower is a racist vegetable,” in comparing it to colonialism. Ocasio-Cortez added that the vegetable further harms the environment because it is destructive to the soil. Who would have figured?

Finally, for those who assume elected office in Washington D.C., the lifestyle change can be daunting. Never was this more true than when AOC moved there from New York City and informed her social media followers that “there is a monster living in my sink,” before going on to explain how she flipped a switch and the noise scared the daylights out of her. Thankfully, this confusion was soon alleviated after Ocasio-Cortez was told the monster was a garbage disposal; something she had never heard of.

And there you have it. The face of the Democrat party has the perfect solution for every problem facing the nation she despises, and the wacky words to prove it, but the simple concept of a garbage disposal escapes her. And in today’s America, this ignorance is strangely impressive to some.

By Mark Figley

Guest Columnist

Mark Figley is a political activist and guest columnist from Elida. His column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the The Lima News editorial board or AIM Media, owner of The Lima News. Reach him a

Mark Figley is a political activist and guest columnist from Elida. His column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the The Lima News editorial board or AIM Media, owner of The Lima News. Reach him a

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