Author: Steve Olsen

“…sometimes I wonder if they’re trying to keep me busy.”

Senate Democrats [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi came under criticism by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who complained in an interview that she is being given too much work to do:

“I was assigned to some of the busiest committees and four subcommittees… So my hands are full. And sometimes I wonder if they’re trying to keep me busy.” -AOC

Pelosi responded with this statement:

“So, again, you got a complaint? You come and talk to me about it… But do not tweet about our members and expect us to think that that is just OK.” -Nancy Pelosi

Ocasio-Cortez responded in an interview with The Washington Post:

“…the persistent singling out … it got to a point where it was just outright disrespectful … the explicit singling out of newly elected women of color” -AOC

These comments suggest that Nancy Pelosi is racist and sexist for being critical of the junior representative.

Should racism be defined as political discourse between white and non-white politicians? That seems preposterous.

Rep. Dan Crenshaw took to Twitter making the point that Pelosi has fallen victim to a political culture that allows for these kind of racial low-blows:

Madam Speaker, welcome to the true nature of identity politics – where you’re accused of being racist for no reason at all, and where intellectually lazy insults are used against you as a way to replace substantive debate of your argument or idea.— Rep. Dan Crenshaw (@RepDanCrenshaw) July 11, 2019

The political culture among Democrats has become increasingly toxic for some time. If you are criticized for any reason, blame racism. If you don’t get your way, blame sexism. The racist-sexist-bigot-homophobe defense has run its course and has become tiresome.

It isn’t just wrong to falsely claim racism because of normal political disagreement. There are situations where real racism exists, but when so many ridiculous, false claims or made, it adds to the noise, making it more difficult to discern when a claim of racism is made legitimately.

Falsely making these grandstanding claims, encourages racism and bigotry to occur. AOC not only had an adolescent episode over not getting what she wanted, but she increased the threshold at which rightful claims of racism are taken seriously. It is analogous to falsely crying wolf, or shouting fire in a crowded theater.

There are real fires in the world. There are real wolves among the sheep. By making these lazy, dishonest claims, AOC enables bad actors lurking in the shadows to come out, and when they do, will anyone notice?


Is Tim Pool Right Wing?

Recently Tim Pool, a political commentator and YouTuber was labeled “Right-Wing” by the media after accepting an invitation to a social media summit at the White House.

Interestingly, Tim Pool’s political views are mostly left-leaning, so why did he get stuck, with a right wing label?

Pool is not a follower, or NPC if you will. He speaks what he thinks, truthfully and in good faith, I believe. In the mid 90’s he would have been a good Democrat, however, in 2019, the core values of the Democratic party are zealously protected. It has almost become analogous to the Catholic church in the 1500’s. ‘You have a new idea? Well you must be an enemy of the party’.

There is an odd sense of a pressure to conform in the modern Democratic party. This becomes challenging when the party’s platform changes from underneath you.

In just a few short years Socialism has crept from the fringes into the mainstream. Up until Trumps election, Democrats were against illegal immigration, but now the idea of open borders is being pushed as a mainline idea. Transgender women are dominating women’s sports, and being celebrated. The list goes on.

Tim Pool, for his crime of daring to question the state of American politics, is castigated as right wing. The media did not do this because they think it is true. They did it to attempt to invalidate his position before his words were heard by an audience.