Sunday, September 26, 2021

Hey, Look Me Over

Crashing a MET gala in New York City, NY,  Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez "wore a white off-the-shoulder gown by Brother Vellies, designed by founder and creative director Aurora James, with the words "TAX THE RICH" emblazoned down the back in bright red letters."

Lest we be tempted to assume that social conscience and tax policy was her motivation

On social media, Ocasio-Cortez said Brother Vellies created the dress. "The medium is the message, "Ocasio-Cortez captioned the photo. "Proud to work with Aurora James as a sustainably focused, Black woman immigrant designer who went from starting her dream at Brother Vellies at a flea market in Brooklyn to winning the CFDA against all odds - and then work together to kick open the doors at the Met."

That was previously recognized that as commercialism or, alternatively, drawing attention to oneself in order to draw attention to oneself.  A mere ten days later, as the House of Representatives voted to approve an additional one billion dollars in new funding for the multi-tiered, air defense Iron Dome system, Ocasio-Cortez

a member of the liberal group known as the Squad, was one of two members who voted “present” as the measure to help Israel replace missile interceptors overwhelmingly passed the House on Thursday on a vote of 420 to 9. She was seen weeping on the House floor after she switched her vote from “no” to “present.”

In a letter sent the next day to her constituents, the congresswoman complained of "a lack of substantive discussion on this matter" and maintained "the process of bringing it to the House floor was deeply unjust." She claimed it

fueled the discussion to devolve to a point where it became clear that this vote would risk a severe devolution of the good faith community fabric that allows us to responsibly join in a struggle for human rights and dignity everywhere - from Palestine to The Bronx and Queens (and) I wept at the complete lack of care for the human beings that are impacted by these decisions,

The process, known as "suspension of the rules," created "panic and horror" and damaged human rights and dignity everywhere, from Palestine to The Bronx and Queens. But Ocasio-Cortez couldn't bring herself to vote against the measure. She opted for "present.."

It is unclear why Ocasio-Cortez did not vote against a bill she believed inimical to much of what she believes in.  However, she was captured by C-Span cameras speaking to an obviously engaged, arguably agitated, Speaker Nancy Pelosi before changing her vote from "no" to "present." They probably were not arguing over whether the NY Giants' quarterback Daniel Jones is better than the 49ers' Jimmy Garoppolo.

We do know, however, that the congresswoman successfully strove to be the center of attention at a gala to which she was not even invited. Soon afterward, she was shown crying about a bill she didn't vote either for or against. It's the sort of thing she does.

When John Lewis first campaigned for a seat in the House from Georgia, he described himself as "a workhorse (and) not a show horse," a "tugboat and not a showboat." Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: you're no John Lewis.



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