Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Interview — Activist running for office instead of a Sell-Out

Data: NY-14, primaries election day: THIS TUESDAY! (June 26)

I hope she wins!

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is Scaring The Democratic Establishment “)

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Did A Politician Finally Mess With The Wrong Woman?”)

Quite inspiring, right? Now… there’s something to think about:  

Recently, Jimmy Dore interviewed Ro Khanna who keeps getting presented as a highly progressive (read people’s, not fake-progressive (read neoliberal-corporatist)) congressman from California. Jimmy put to him the tough question of why he endorsed the corporatist opponent of Ocasio-Cortez (only to later endorse her, too, after he had been called out by vigilant observers). In his response, Ro Khanna confessed having made a mistake and came across as a typical political tactician justifying his endorsements on the basis of winning chances. In his explanation, he also described Ocasio-Cortez’s opponent Rep. Joesph Crowley as someone who supported a bill of his, voted for Medicare for All, etc. — acts making him an ally. As the video’s above outlined, Crowley has been an establishment shill for many years and merely made some recent moves to make himself look like someone who is on the people’s side, after all. This has been a problem with the “Democratic” Party for a long time, its corporate shills painting themselves as people’s supporters but secretly working for grift instead.

So, then, which sort of politician is Ro Khanna? The type who only pretends to be on the people’s side under the progressive label thereby betraying us, giving self-described progressives a bad name, and helping the “Democratic” Party bosses to co-opt and subdue progressive people’s movements) or is he a real people’s champion who merely made a mistake while wheeling and dealing with fellow party insiders as the game of politics goes?

And what will he be in the future? I suspect that not all who went into politics in the past were corrupt scoundrels planning to get rich in office. There were probably also honest folks who really wanted to serve their constituencies but who were ground down by the party machine. Imagine if all your bold attempts are getting stymied, stonewalled, blocked, and shot down until you give up while – in the meantime – offers to do well by yourself and your family keep showing up on your table. How many politicians who started out honest in the past have been co-opted and thereby roped into the corrupt party system by this carrot-and-stick tactic?

There is a lesson to draw from this:

DON’T RELY EXCLUSIVELY ON CANDIDATES! Instead,

  • commit to a good life for all,
  • vote for those who do the same regardless of party lines ,
  • regularly volunteer some time or money to support their campaigns,
  • regularly educate fellow voters about good and bad candidates and policies ,
  • aid outlets for information, analysis, and ideas like this one here,
  • help build a people’s coalition in which we can unite transcending party affiliations .

For the latter I’d recommend looking into helping the Movement for a People’s Party, or starting/joining your own local community meetings from scratch (maybe along the APC line)

Cheers!

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Ending Note: It takes me at least 100 hours of spare time each month to research and write news updates and analyses and work on my book. Please widely share links to these articles, so this work is not for naught. You can also help in other ways (including much needed financial support). Only together can we change this messed-up world. Let’s do it! 🙂

 

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