I was flying a couple of weeks ago (yes shame on me for polluting) and watched one of the inflight movies. I can't remember the name of it. It was a parody on the lives of 18th century England, the lives of the Queen and her Court and those poor peasants coping with all the rules commanded by the Kingdom. The Queen is portrayed as a neurotic bumble head, always depressed, always having some kind of physical ailment and totally unable to make rash decisions. While she lives incredibly well sleeping most of the days away the peasants are starving because they are being taxed to death to support wars against France. France must be punished for dare going up against England and must agree to an unconditional surrender.
Even though her royal subjects are starving she's being pressured to tax the poor starving peasants even more. So Court continues to live very well, doing very little, they themselves never thinking to sacrifice for the good of England and the Queen.
So this brings us to our modern day Queen, AOC. She admonishes the peasants that they must give up their environmental wasting ways. Yes, Americans should probably learn to use less natural resources.
Her "Green New Deal" would radically change the lives of Americans. We would be forced to travel less, drive less, consume less, live in smaller spaces, etc. Again, that may ultimately be a good thing albeit that level of change cannot occur within a 10 year period without itself causing huge environmental damage not to mention plunging the global economy in an abyss never seen.
Setting that aside how does Representative AOC lead the masses, or her peasants? Let's see. She's been seen flying first class multiple times. H'm why isn't she taking trains everywhere? She's living in 2 very large apartments that use larges amounts of electricity. H'm why hasn't she downsized herself? She apparently takes Uber everywhere in NYC. H'm why isn't she taking the very available NYC subway and bus system? Or walk?
Because like that movie she see's herself as the Queen and therefore not subject to all of the sacrifices the peasants must endure. They can live less comfortably to support her noble cause but her, are you kidding? In fact after the commercial airlines were taken out of business and ordinary Americans were stuck with a patchwork of inefficient trains to get around you can bet Ms. Cortez and her kind would be jetting through the rather empty skies in their private corporate jet, polluting away.
AOC says we should clean up campaign finance. Yet her own campaign was a hatch of favoritism and questionable practices like one of her Super Pacs hiring her boyfriend for 2 months and paying him $6K. He subsequently moved to NYC to be near her. Could have that $6K been moving money? If what she did wasn't illegal it was certainly sleazy.
AOC by no means is alone with a view they are Kings and Queens and we are the serfs. They can impose all kinds of measures on us for the "good" yet they will never have to sacrifice. After all they are the self appointed nobility. Ms. Cortez took no time to understand how the system works for her and others in Washington DC but not for the peasants that voted for her.
You're never see AOC volunteering with groups that clean up roadways and beaches. You're never see her living in an energy efficient abode, you're never see her taking a longer but less pollution means of transportation, you're never see her composting. Because she is the nobility and you are the peasants, or better known as the chumps if you actually support this woman.