War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.
This is the motto of the notorious government of Big Brother in George Orwell’s 1984. We can add another part thanks to everyone’s favorite moonbat Congresscritter from New York: “Work is oppression. Tyranny saves lives.” On Wednesday, in an interview with Vice, the Boston University graduate said:
When we talk about this idea of reopening society, you know only in America…when the President tweets about liberation does he mean go back to work. When we have this discussion about going back or reopening, I think a lot of people should just say no, we’re not going back to that, we’re not going back to working 70-hour weeks just so that we can put food on the table and not feel even any sort of semblance of security in our lives.
AOC took hypocrisy to a new level. In the same breath, she advocated for unbelievable unemployment while railing against poverty. It takes a special breed of bartender to express this idea. She lives in an alternate reality but should be well-reminded that approximately 26.5 million Americans are out of work not because of the Chinese virus, but because of state lockdown orders which has lasted five weeks now.
Of course, this is the same woman who celebrated the collapse of the May oil futures mistakenly believing these were global oil prices. This is the same woman who reminds us she has a degree in economics from Boston University. Because of this, AOC declared that now was the time for a worker-led “investment of green infrastructure to save our planet.”
It is easy for someone like her and her $180,000 per year salary for work nowhere approximating the “70-hour work week” she hypothesizes all Americans “suffer” to come out with a statement like that. Lost in the mix is how anyone is supposed to “invest” in anything, let alone “green infrastructure” when they are not working and have no money? Perhaps those who make $180,000 a year to sit in a DC apartment and earn a paycheck for doing nothing except proposing some form of Communism in Congress have that ability, but the people whose back she allegedly has clearly do not.
Three weeks ago, she was bitching about how the Wuhan virus disproportionately affected “people of color” and that any relief package should be fashioned through “the lens of reparations.” She even had a well-publicized hissy fit on the floor of the House. This obsession with identity politics occurred against a background of her own political party dragging its feet on a relief package.
While it is easy to criticize AOC for knowing anything about anything given her former job as a bartender, at least that was a more honest job than the one she is doing now. She is not alone. Nancy Pelosi’s well-documented Marie Antoinette moment has been highlighted on these pages while Andrew Cuomo, the clay-faced governor of New York, suggested that New Yorkers have a responsibility to suffer in silence. These are scary times not because of the Wuhan virus but because of the number of politicians who have summoned their inner Mussolini and embraced with zeal government tyranny. Whether Gavin Newsom in California, Gretchen Whitmer in Michigan, or local officials filling skate parks with sand, closing parks, preventing home gardening, or whatever, their actions are now becoming way beyond parody.
Perhaps these people should be reminded of the alleged reason behind the lockdowns in the first place. Originally designed to last two weeks, it was done to prevent hospital ICUs from being overwhelmed with virus patients. In even the hardest-hit areas, which is practically every major urban area of the country including New York City, that has been achieved. The jury is still out on whether the lockdown, or as the government calls it, “social distancing” achieved these results. That analysis is so circular we may never know the answer.
Just like with global climate change hysteria, the goalposts keep shifting. Living under the tyranny cloaked as “good intentions,” apparently the strategy is to stay locked up indefinitely because it just is not safe out there. This has nothing to do with saving lives at this point; this is about power.