So Political History Is Another Thing AOC Is Ignorant Of Then

Soon enough it’ll be shorter to print a listing of subjects that Alexandria Ocasio Cortez does know about. For she’s shown here that to add to her utter confusion over all matters economic she’s also ignorant of basic US political history. We could try to be fair to her and point out that the gap between the year of her birth and FDR’s last re-election is greater than that between the end of WW II and the death of Queen Victoria. Or Teddy Roosevelt getting elected.

But then, you know, why be fair? And that’s what we have libraries for, with books in ‘n’stuff, so that people don’t have to try and work out the past from memory and personal experience.

Anyway, her latest is that the Republicans changed the Constitution so that FDR couldn’t run for office again. Which is a bit of a clanger really. The change in the Constitution was because FDR had run again – and again – and won. The general feeling being that someone who runs 4 times and wins 4 times might be getting a little too close to a President for Life, or even a King, to quite fit the American way.

But here’s AOC:

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez incorrectly asserted that Republicans amended the Constitution to stop former President Franklin Delano Roosevelt from being re-elected — even though he died in office. “They had to amend the Constitution of the United States to make sure Roosevelt did not get re-elected,” the New York Democrat said during an MSNBC town hall on Friday night, as she touted the positive effects of the New Deal.

Err, yes, well.

Ocasio-Cortez was referring to the 22nd Amendment, which a Republican-controlled Congress passed in March 1947. Roosevelt died on April 12, 1945.

So, the hunt is on therefore. What subjects does AOC know about then?

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She’s not the first ignorant person elected to Congress. Nor even the first ignorant woman. But she realized she’d caught lightning in a bottle and seems to have an innate sense of how to capitalize on it. Gotta’ give her credit for that. Hopefully she won’t last long in government, but she’ll be on talk shows and doing TV commercials for decades and may wind up richer than Bill & Hillary. If she’s not living proof of the opportunities available in America I don’t know who is.

Leo Savantt
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Ms. Cortez is no doubt also unaware that the New Deal was inspired by, and indeed copied from, the Italian fascist economic policy, the New Deal. That it didn’t prolong the depression is debatable, but only so due to historical revisionism. One looks forward to just shy of twelve years time when her ridiculous and rather nasty apocalyptic predictions will have been shown to be the bunkum that they are. Ignorant of yesterday, confused about today, wrong about tomorrow.

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Oh, it’s even better. Further down in the NYP article they quote her about the price of food at the airport: “Croissants at La Guardia are going for SEVEN DOLLARS A PIECE,” she tweeted. “Yet some people think getting a whole hour of personal, dedicated human labor for $15 is too expensive??”

Don’t bother to stop and ask yourself why that croissant is so expensive sweetheart. No, that would be too much work.

Jonathan Harston
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Jonathan Harston

And constitutionally, any change to the constitution that affects Presidents explicitly does *NOT* effect the current president, so it’s impossible to stop a president running again, you can only stop *future* presidents running again.

Esteban
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Well, FDR was a Democrat and being dead doesn’t prevent them from voting, so perhaps he could’ve gotten elected again.