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The Squad

This is almost too sad to write. By now all of us have read or heard of the exploits of the fearsome-foursome; the freshmen Congresswomen also known as “the Squad.” These four women, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (the Occasional Cortex) D- New York; Rashida Tlaib, D-Michigan; Ayanna Pressley, D-Massachussetts; and Ilan Omar, D-Minnesota are quite the treat. Almost a day no longer goes by without one of these women making some kind of news. The latest, free press courtesy of our POTUS who simply cannot keep his hands off of Twitter, raised a ruckus when saying these women should go back from where they came. Unfortunately for the POTUS, all but one, Ihlan Omar, was born here in the United States and all four are indeed American citizens. Big mistake, in my view, on his part.

As one can imagine, the press has a week or more of field days going after the President and his insensitive remarks. Even I have to admit I had to take a step back when I first heard them. Not because I have any affinity for the Squad but because I knew that the POTUS handed them more ammunition on the proverbial silver platter to use against him. Napoleon once said that you should never interrupt your enemy while he is in the middle of making a mistake. This exactly what he did – again! Instead of focusing on the bustling economy, low unemployment rates and important issues like Iran and North Korea, all I have heard on the news is how the President attacked four “women of color.” “Women of color. Women of color. Women of color.” How many times did I hear this on the news? Please enough. But to some degree the President earned this one but the true reality is that these four women are socialists who I believe truly hate America and just happen to be women of color. As socialist, unfortunately they deserve absolutely zero respect in my book. Sorry. I spent way too much time on SAC alert and flying Central European Missions in the NATO AWACS to have any compassion for American socialists and wannabe communists.

As for the President, once again I will call for him to get away from the Twitterverse. He is willingly allowing the press to turn the narrative to whatever they desire instead of those things that would allow him to crush any Democratic challenger next year. If he can just stay on topic, he will not have much opposition from the crowd standing before him right now. That is not to say someone else won’t step up or that he will self-destruct over the next year but he should at least have his job performance do the only speaking on his behalf.

As for the Squad. Each one of them has said some pretty egregious things. That being said, each one has actually said some brilliant things. Even I have to admit that. The problem is that no matter how well-spoken, well-written or cogent their arguments may appear, at the heart of their issue, they are wrong. Within American borders, socialism is wrong. Communism is wrong. No matter how much makeup you put on a pig, it is still a pig. The problem we are facing is that in their own way, each woman is smart and articulate with the uncanny ability to immediately whip out the Wonder Woman bracelets and deflect all

incoming fire by hiding behind their skin color and gender. Disagree with either one on almost any issue and you are instantly branded a misogynistic racist. Playbook 101. It works for them and we will continue to see it for the foreseeable future.

Trump’s comments had nothing to do with those things but rather the fact that if you truly hate this country, I am all in favor of escorting you the heck out. And that is whether you are White, Black, Asian, Hispanic, male, female, young, old, fat, skinny, etc. I do not care. But if I call you out for your hatred, please don’t hide behind race in order to get some kind of sympathy. They are master students of the propaganda techniques made famous by disgustingly wretched men like Hitler’s chief propagandist, Josef Goebbels. Today, looking up from his vantage point in hell, Goebbels is nodding his head in agreement with these women saying, “Very good my ladies. Keep up the good work.” They have learned that in order to convince the masses, often all one needs is 10% truth mixed with 90% twaddle. If it sounds good and makes some sense, the lemmings will follow. People like the Squad are not stupid by any stretch. Deceived, corrupt in thought, manipulative, dangerous? Yes, all of the above. Stupid? Don’t bet on that one. I wouldn’t.

With all this, let me just place a few quotes from the squad. Like I said, a lot of what each of these women says is quite brilliant. These quotes are not to demonize these women but rather to show how they think. And to be honest, I quite frankly disagree with almost all of what they say and believe. I really think the statement by Pressley not needing people who don’t think like her shows what she is made of. She and those of her ilk are making it quite clear that if you are not a lemming and walking lock step with them, they will have nothing to do with you. Sad actually. Regardless, I highly recommend going online and searching out many of their quotes. Some may actually surprise you but in the end, never forget who and what they are.


“The Republicans galvanize their base by inciting a lot of fear; they operate on a lot of mythmaking. So we have to have something compelling. We shouldn't be afraid to be bold.”

“Healthcare as a human right, it means that every child, no matter where you are born, should have access to a college or trade-school education if they so choose it, and I think no person should be homeless if we can have public structures and public policy to allow for people to have homes and food and lead a dignified life in the United States.”

“To me, what socialism means is to guarantee a basic level of dignity. It's asserting the value of saying that the America we want and the America that we are proud of is one in which all children can access a dignified education. It's one in which no person is too poor to have the medicines they need to live.”

“When we talk about the word 'socialism,' I think what it really means is just democratic participation in our economic dignity and our economic, social, and racial dignity. It is about direct representation and people actually having power and stake over their economic and social wellness, at the end of the day.”

“For me, democratic socialism is about - really, the value for me is that I believe that in a modern, moral, and wealthy society, no person in America should be too poor to live.”

“I don't think most of Congress understands how economics works.”


“The best deterrent to fanaticism is a system of compassion," she wrote at the time. "We must alter our attitude and approach; if we truly want to effect change, we should refocus our efforts on inclusion and rehabilitation. . . Incarcerating 20-year-old men for 30 or 40 years is essentially a life sentence. Society will have no expectations of the to-be 50- or 60-year-old released prisoners; it will view them with distrust and revulsion.” (On Muslim men in Minnesota arrested for trying to fight for ISIS in Syria.)

“When are we gonna decide or realize that terrorism is a reaction? It’s an ideology, it’s a means of things, it’s not an entity, it’s not a place, people. It’s a reaction to a situation,”


“The remarks from the occupant of our White House --I will always refer to him as the occupant as he is only occupying space, and does not embody the grace, the empathy, the compassion, the integrity that office requires and that the American people deserve.”

“This president is illegitimate.”

“They would have you, and I mean the proverbial 'they,' believe that what is fraying at the fabric of America, what is killing us as a country, is identity politics," she said. "I think what's ruining our nation is white supremacy and hate.”

At Netroots Nation conference: “I don't want to bring a chair to an old table. This is the time to shake the table. This is the time to redefine that table. Because if you're going to come to this table, all of you who have aspirations of running for office. If you’re not prepared to come to that table and represent that voice, don’t come, because we don't need any more brown faces that don't want to be a brown voice. We don’t need black faces that don't want to be a black voice. We don't need Muslims that don’t want to be a Muslim voice. We don’t need queers that don't want to be a queer voice. If you’re worried about being marginalized and stereotyped, please don't even show up because we need you to represent that voice."

Rashida Tlaib

“Just because someone has a person of color, a black person working for them, does not mean they aren't racist, and it is insensitive that some would even say -- the fact that someone would actually use a prop, a black woman in this chamber, in House Oversight Committee, is alone racist in itself.”

“I honor the fact that we are there... all of us have these experiences that I think have been missing in the halls of Congress. Honor that, respect that, put us at the table. Let's come up with a solution together, still, I will not support anything that is broken and that dehumanizes people.”


Just a quick shout out for the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Unlike Michelle Obama who said, “For the first time in my adult life, I am really proud of my country because it feels like hope is finally making a comeback,” while her husband was running for the Presidency, there have been hundreds of times I have been proud of this country. This was one of them. Yeah I was just an 8 year-old kid but even I could understand historical greatness back then.


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