If there are aspects of American life that need to change for the better, well, I suppose that’s why the founders ordained that the House of Representatives every 2 years. Reflecting the immediate and popular passions of America, the House was given control over portions of government and not all of it. The Senate was given six-year terms meant to offer stability and some insular shield from the ravages of populism. So that Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has called the American economy that has made us the envy of the world a “moral evil” isn’t really concerning. There are a large number of American citizens who have embraced Socialism in spite of history and that one representative reflects that notion seems reasonable. Not is it really a cause to sound the alarm that Representative Ilhan Omar doesn’t really seem to think that much of America. Whether she believes we are in the pocket of the “jews” or that our international impact isn’t always favorable for foreign nations, she doesn’t believe America is something to be admired. Therein lies the problem and it’s a big one for the Democratic Party. For their newest and loudest mouth pieces have given us nothing to aspire to as a nation and whole lot to just feel guilty about. A nation that just swept the most unconventional President into power on the message of “Make America Great Again” isn’t about to start feeling sorry for themselves now. That is a huge problem for the Democrats in 2020.
A Conservative Perspective
In full disclosure, the author writing to you write now is a conservative leaning man and as such it is easy for me to watch this coming disaster for the Democrats with mixed feelings. If I had to pick a winning American slogan for 2020, it certainly wouldn’t be “shame on you America.” Certainly not when Trump’s “MAGA” is the popularized slogan since “I like Ike.” The American people have always wanted to aspire to something. Whether that was seeking liberty in the American Revolution, Manifest Destiny from sea to shining sea, or perhaps even victory over Communism in the Cold War. The American psyche loves a challenge and we loath repudiation.
It is not that we don’t realize we have problems. Nor is it that we fail to understand that in the pursuit of own greatness as a nation we often leave an impact on foreign nations that those foreign citizens would most certainly despise. Civil unrest during the Vietnam War brought to the forefront real problems that history has acknowledged with the war in Vietnam. Most certainly, the 1960’s brought to light the terrible conditions minorities faced in the South and the nation at large. However, we have then, and we always will be a nation that self-corrects.
The Art of Self Correction
What AOC and Omar fail to understand is that every great social movement and renovation enrolls their fellow Americans in a cause. Lecturing America as if they were our surrogate mothers does nothing to enroll. Specifically, calling the economic system that feeds our families and allows the American people to live in unprecedented wealth a “moral evil” does nothing to draw capitalist to the cause. Talking to America like we are a spoiled child about our impact on the world does nothing to bring the average American citizen to the table. Neither gives us anything to aspire to and everything to make us feel bad about ourselves. True or not, these are terrible politics at the national level and the Democratic veterans understand this.
A business owner who employs 50 people in Kansas might be pro-choice and support an increased social safety net. He will not repudiate the economic system that feeds his family and those of 50 others. He might acknowledge that Israel’s policy can be heavy handed, but having travelled the world and fought in the region he knows the world is much more dangerous than the average American realizes. He will not trade a foreign policy that puts America first for one that would ask us to play second fiddle to anyone. With all that Trump has levied against him in the 2020 election, he could have asked for not greater gifts than AOC and Omar. He will continue to ask America to aspire and they will continue to ask them to lament their greatness. Whereas I would fear if Socialism and American apology grew with greater steam, as for 2020 this conservative simply offers a resolute “thank you” to AOC and Omar.