Thanks, Tiger

By Steve Woodward

Joining millions of television viewers as golf legend Tiger Woods defied insurmountable odds to win his fifth Masters green jacket, 14 years after claiming his fourth, was intensely nostalgic.

I love the game of golf. Yet Tiger’s Masters resurgence had nothing to do with golf. Close your eyes. It’s 2005. Tiger was invincible. America was great, the indispensable nation. Our kids were still kids. Our backs were not stiff and sore. The media was, mostly, committed to journalistic integrity. Saddam Hussein was defeated in Iraq. The U.S. economy had roared back from the dot-com bubble. 9/11 still united us as a nation. George W. Bush had begun his second term as our 43rd President.

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Tiger Woods wins fifth Masters.

Less than two decades ago, when Tiger Woods was the undisputed No. 1 golfer in the world, we took so much for granted that today, in 2019, is up for grabs, in jeopardy of demise.

Marriage was defined, as through the ages, as a union between a man and a woman. Gay marriage was not legally recognized.

The U.S.-Mexico border was secure.

A male was a male; a female a female. He, she. Men’s and women’s rooms.

No one faced a penalty for refusing to purchase medical insurance they either did not need or could not afford.

Speakers invited to university campuses rarely were uninvited due to the threat of violence posed by other student groups; and those who fulfilled their engagements rarely required security or feared for their well being.

There were no openly anti-semitic or progressive socialists serving in the U.S. House of Representatives. Elected federal servants were duty bound to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States.

Barack Obama was a junior U.S. Senator from Illinois, working on a book in his spare time. Hillary Clinton was a junior Senator from Arkansas representing New York.

Tattoo shops were not very busy. Men wore suits and ties to work. Comedians were funny, entertaining.

I closed my eyes on Masters Sunday. Those harmonious Augusta National birds were chirping as if outside my window. Crowds roared as Tiger moved into a lead he would not relinquish. If only for a moment, it was 2005.

 

Facts trump distortions

By Steve Woodward

Local columnist William Shaw, a regular contributor to The Pilot’s op-ed page, devotes himself to degrading the President of the United States based on his hatred of Donald Trump. The Pilot is Shaw’s enabler despite his disregard for truth.

Shaw’s March 31 rendering (Hate Crimes Can Emerge Without A Moral Compass) includes a starkly misleading assertion: Trump’s father participated in a KKK march in 1927. Thus, the President inherited that DNA and is, today, a white supremacist.

As for Fred Trump, the President’s late father, being arrested while marching with “robed” KKKers in Queens, New York, in 1927 (19 years before Donald Trump was born), turn to Google to be properly enlightened. PolitiFact, a left wing “fact checking” site, rated claims that Fred Trump was arrested marching with the KKK as “mostly false”. Vice.com allows that “none of the articles” published at the time “prove that Fred Trump was a member of the Klan” and “it’s possible he was just a bystander.” Shaw’s column fails to mention this.

Shaw then claims, without source attribution, that “more than 70 percent of violent hate crimes against Jews, Blacks, Muslims, and Hispanics have been committed by right-wing extremist groups” across the past decade. It is likely Shaw sourced this data point from the discredited Anti-Defamation League. The ADL’s Center on Extremism issued a report earlier this year linking “every extremist killing” incident in 2018 (17 in all) to right-wing extremists.

Dan Feinreich, writing for The Times of Israel, dismissed the report’s conclusion that “far right extremism is a major threat”. Factually, extremist driven murder represents a small fraction of total U.S. murders.

“We do not even know how many ‘non-far right’ extremist murders took place because, according to the ADL,” Feinreich observes, “the data is difficult to obtain.” But, apparently, data on right-wing extremists is at their fingertips?

And, finally, The Pilot permitted yet another thread to be added to the false narrative that Charlottesville 2017 was the site of a Trump-fueled hate crime. The death of a pedestrian during a rally on a Charlottesville, Virginia, street in August 2017 was linked to one deranged individual, acting alone, who plowed his car into a crowd, injuring a dozen others. He recently pled guilty to hate crimes. Charlottesville law enforcement allowed tensions to escalate over two days, and failed to tame demonstrators until a life was lost. It was a tragedy but not solely an incident stoked by right-wing extremism. Not by a long shot.

Socialism justice

By Steve Woodward

We hear the phrase “social justice” tossed around, specifically by a radical left which believes the world at large, but especially the United States of America, is inherently unjust. And they’re going to do something about it.

If not so very symptomatic of our declining culture, revelations that dozens of wealthy (capitalist) citizens, mainly from liberal hotbeds in California and New York, paid enormous sums to ensure open (back) doors into prestigious universities for their children would be hilarious. At last, “socialism justice”!

Wildly successful people, pillars of their communities and professions, paid six- and even seven-figure bribes to make sure their kids would experience the finest anti-capitalism, pro-socialism, anti-free speech indoctrinations money can buy. They cast them out of the free markets trappings of wealth and privilege, and into the petri dishes of left wing radicalism, on campuses escalating hatred toward America as never before. An Army of foot soldiers to back Generalissimo Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

The money flowed into willing hands at Georgetown University, and the universities of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), Southern California (USC) and Texas, plus Stanford, Wake Forest and Yale. These are schools already bloated by funding from donors who orchestrate capitalist ventures to perfection only to willfully underwrite generations of snowflakes who long to shred the U.S. Constitution, airbrush American history, shut down speech they do not agree with, and shut down companies in pursuit of climate change retribution.

The hands which handed over half-a-million dollars and more to falsely credential these future “leaders” as worthy enrollees soon will be cut off or, at least, separated from their finger nails, but they don’t care (and apparently neither do their criminal parents). Mommy and Daddy might end up on the streets. So be it. Socialism justice delivers tough sentences.

“(In all) 33 parents named in federal indictments (March 12) allegedly funneled at least $25 million through a fraudulent college-counseling service to get their children (into prestigious schools),” reported The Wall Street Journal.

That represents a staggering investment, and for what? Once inside the gates, one might presume the rich kids would be all-in on setting their own paths to success in between Kardashian-themed parties, and embracing the heritage and traditions of these fine universities.

Nothing could be further from the truth. They hate heritage. They want a lot of administrators and faculty members fired. And they want statues torn down and buildings renamed (to sanitize any and all recognition of white people who came before them). Overlooked, is that many of the coddled campus protestors are products of so-called white privilege. But they prefer a status as permanently outraged over privileged.

Look no further than scandalized Wake Forest, where the head volleyball coach was placed on administrative leave after the feds linked him to receipt of a $100,000 bribe. It was paid by the ringleader of the fraudulent counseling operation to help one of his client’s children become identified as a “recruit” sought by the Wake volleyball program. Whether the recruit ever has played volleyball is unclear.

What is exceedingly clear is that bucolic Wake Forest University is quaking as students swarm it grounds, shouting demand upon demand. They have embraced a recent trend of scouring old yearbooks to search for photos that disqualify people for jobs currently held due to activity in which they engaged decades earlier. Two members of the Wake admissions office, ironically, have been ravaged by students who discovered them in yearbook photos posing in front of a Confederate flag.

One such target was Dean of Admissions Martha Allman, who in February was forced to issue a heartfelt apology because she was photographed in front of a Confederate flag as a Wake Forest student in 1982.

A self-proclaimed Anti-Racism Coalition was not satisfied with Allman’s apology, calling on the school’s president to voice “vehement condemnation” of the dean. And that’s not all the coalition is demanding. It will not rest until forcing removal of “all monuments, plaques, busts, portraits, buildings, and other things on campus dedicated to Confederates, white supremacists and eugenicists.” When the dust settles after the mass dismantling, the group seeks renaming of Wingate Hall, Taylor Residence Hall and Poteat Residence Hall.

Washington Wingate, a Baptist minister, was president of Wake Forest College before and after the Civil War. His crime? Wake Forest’s campus was closed during the War but it’s buildings were used to store Confederate States bonds. Sorry, Pastor, you’re outta here.

Wake Forest’s web site notes the campus has a racial and ethnic diversity rate of 29.3% (as of Fall 2017), which represents a 49% increase in diversity since 2010. You might think this would be acknowledged as a positive trend. Think again.

The Anti-Racism Coalition warns the administration that “higher admission rates of black students does not at all compensate for the anti-black racism that is consistently experienced here. We do not need temporary solutions for a deeply rooted institutional problem.”

But their parents will pay $70,000 a year to cover tuition, plus room and board — or pay a volleyball coach even more — to safely deliver them to these hallowed places where discontent is deeply rooted, where every human emotion bubbling up in opposition to widespread social injustice is deeply rooted, where everything is deeply rooted except rampant hypocrisy. Hypocrisy has no roots but remains buried under elite soil, never to be exposed. Until, thanks to the feds, it so readily is.

 

 

 

NC judge: Voters, what voters?

By Steve Woodward

It would be all too easy to sit back beneath the pines and shrug in disbelief about the uncertain direction in which our great nation is headed in 2019. Democracy is messy. Turbulence is the norm. No other sovereign nation has tried what our founders set into motion.

Yet, in this age of Trump Derangement, forces have been unleashed (forces emboldened and expanded during the Obama years) which are taking direct aim at our core principles. Christianity. Rule of law. Sanctity of life. Capitalism. Legal immigration.  Or, as newly unapologetic Socialist Democrats might put it, “their core principles, not ours.”

Once the Left became certain that President Trump, his voters, Republicans, Conservatives and, yes, even some Democrats, are on the wrong side of history everything changed. Right before our eyes. The Left now believes that a bloodless coup is justified. Robert Mueller be damned. And the Left also believes that free elections and their outcomes are mere inconveniences that can be worked around. Or ignored.

Up Highway 1, in Wake County, a superior court judge last week ignored North Carolina voters’ approval of two mandates on the 2018 ballot. Judge Bryan Collins, who it goes without saying is an activist pro-Left judge, ruled as unconstitutional two majority-supported amendments. One now requires voters to present a valid ID at polling places; the other caps the state income tax rate at seven percent.

Like federal judges who have exercised their (abused) power to overturn Trump executive orders or laws passed by elected federal lawmakers, Collins engaged in semantic and ideological gamesmanship to issue his ruling. He said the General Assembly was “illegally constituted” because 2016 district voting maps were declared racially gerrymandered by yet another activist judge.

Will of the voter? Voters can go to hell (if we’re not living in one already). The 55 percent supporting the voter ID amendment and the 58 percent in favor of a reduced income tax cap are of no consequence. They’re a bunch of racists. The state constitution doesn’t belong to them.

Because it’s common sense (another Republican principal under siege), 35 states have voter ID laws on the books. And states with low or no state income tax are watching the floodgates open to new residents, high-tax refugees pouring across their borders from California, Connecticut, Illinois, New Jersey and New York. Recently, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo openly acknowledged the mass exodus triggered by his state’s commitment to “tax the rich, tax the rich, tax the rich.” But a judge in North Carolina has decided we’re better off if we have a state income tax rate capped at 10 percent, rather than seven percent. This, in a state with a budget surplus fueled by Republican policies.

Whether here under Carolina blue skies, or to our north in The Swamp, all efforts to derail prosperity and freedom, economic and religious, rally around one common goal: destroy Trump. It is breathtaking.

A U.S. Senate bill to put lawmakers on record opposing the abortion of babies after birth goes down, 53-44. Democrats in Congress and judges are hell bent on stopping President Trump from declaring a national emergency along our Southern border. The House voted Feb. 26 to terminate Trump’s declaration, the first time in history that has happened. Meanwhile, the Green New Deal is the hottest talking point on Democrat-aligned cable and network news. Advises the radical pop star masquerading as a member of Congress, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), our country’s future is so bleak due to “climate change” that millennials must question whether they should re-produce. It might soon be immoral to have a baby.

And Bernie Sanders is running for President. Again. More emboldened than ever. Benjamin Franklin famously said the founders bestowed upon us “a Republican, if you can keep it.” Can we?

 

 

 

Abortion advances, morality declines

By Bill Demastus

The alarming news these past several weeks has awakened Americans to the inhumanity lurking in our nation; legal aborting of a baby at the point of being delivered and, in some cases, after delivery.  Aborting at any stage is abhorrent to tens of millions, but to do so at the point of birth is beyond moral comprehension.

This is not only a celebrated and accepted law just passed in New York but also one recently contemplated in Virginia, where its Governor, a pediatric surgeon, expressed public support for post-birth abortion.  And, I guess other states will soon follow suit.

Perhaps what makes this law so hard to come to grips with is the fact that it is decidedly un-American. It isn’t politics that determine how Americans feel about children, seniors, pets and the down trodden of our society.  It’s like moms and apple pie…we just love them in our hearts.

I watch TV commercials nightly requesting donations to save dogs, cats and other animals.  The same is true for requests for children’s hospitals and even for funds to help Israeli holocaust survivors.

All of them receive ample funding because Americans are generous to a fault.  We are taught from a very young age to give to the poor, be kind to animals and to the old. But are we taught that we should kill off our young when birth is “inconvenient”?

Abortion has been a common procedure probably since Adam and Eve. But, never has it been a celebrated occurrence. Never have we used abortion as a form of family planning as many Americans now do.  In fact, they are no longer even called abortion clinics; they are family planning clinics. Young people are being taught that actions do not have to have consequences…everything can be taken care of.

In 1973 the Supreme Court ruled that abortion is legal. The Court did not say abortion is something that one should aspire to.  The decision to do so should have a bit more thought going into it than, say, a decision to visit a dentist.

Studies show that from 1970, and through the next 49 years, more than 45 million babies were aborted in the U.S.

Now, more than 1.3 million abortions are carried out per year, based on studies in the U.S. alone.  Another unbelievable fact is that 45% of them will be requested by a woman who has had more than one.  And, 54% of these women will have been on birth control when they become pregnant.  This is exacerbated by the fact that these 1.3 million abortions were the cumulative result of 2.6 million unintended pregnancies – half of them!

I maybe old fashioned, but how in the world could we, in this age of birth control and preventative education, have 2.6 million unintended pregnancies?  Please don’t tell me it is simply because poor people can’t afford the pill.  Abortions run the gamut of the the social strata — from the very poor to the very rich.  I think it is just such an accepted practice that we have become hardened to the fact that we are killing children.

Our society does not seem to care that we are destroying our young.  Yes, we are heart broken to see young children at the southern border who have been dragged 1,000 or more miles, and used as cannon fodder to get drug and human traffickers across that border. And yes, we are heart broken to see young children in war zones around the world, wounded and starving because of man’s inhumanity toward man. But if death takes place in a sterile, stainless steel, windowless hospital room it is just a normal health care procedure. No big deal.

I started this by mentioning that Virginia politicians wished to follow New York in adopting this archaic law.  I listened to Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, who is a doctor, in a radio interview (replayed on national TV) describe how you commit infanticide as if he was describing how to avoid getting a blister on your finger.  This sad discussion was of no concern to the person giving the interview. Her agitation was over a 40-years-old yearbook where in he had been photographed costumed in black face, or a KKK hood (no one knows which was Northam).  The entire Democrat state caucus demanded his resignation, but no concern was addressed toward a proposed law that would allow the murder of an innocent baby.

Experts say one-third of American women will abort at least once by age 45.

Experts also tell us that 49% of all U.S. women are pro-choice, and 45% are pro-life so politics aren’t going to change, even as much as nervous pundits fear they will.

The change, if there is to be one, must come from parents educating their young, not destroying them.  It must come from teaching that life is a journey of choices that result in consequences, not a trip to Disneyland. And it must come from both sides of our political arena. What we currently do, as if our God and the world isn’t watching, is a thing we should all be ashamed of, not a trend to celebrate!

History tells us that the Romans dipped Christian babies in tar, and on the head of their spears, lit them up to provide vision for their night games in the coliseum.  We are much more sophisticated today. But the Romans at least could rationalize some benefit of their murders – light. We, in civilized society, pay billions of dollars each year to snuff out our babies’ light.

Will we add abortions to our annual celebrations? Don’t we usually lift up those memorable moments that cause celebrations?  Coming soon, Happy Mother’s Day, Happy Father’s Day and now in, New York, and, perhaps in your home town, Happy Abortion Day.

The left’s scheme theme

By Steve Woodward

A well-financed activist group intends to counter the North Carolina treasurer’s plan to reduce health care costs accrued by state employees, active and retired, by pushing an alternative plan that encourages citizens to adopt healthier lifestyles. (Insert laugh track here).

It’s one of the oldest tricks in the Left’s playbook: Demand more spending to ensure better outcomes, which, eventually, will pay for themselves (except they never do). Any competing effort to reduce health care costs is dismissed as yet another heartless, “push Granny over the cliff” scheme.

In fact, radio spots paid for by Partners for Innovation in Health Care make three references to State Treasurer Dale Folwell’s “risky scheme” to trim spending by up to $400 million annually. The spots rely on semantic nuances that make their claims sound perfectly logical, if not reasonable, such as “ration care”, “jeopardize quality”, and “cripple operations”. These evoke memories of the deceitful claim by then-House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) in 2017 that “hundreds of thousands of people will die” if ObamaCare was ever repealed. Who could possibly support rationing, jeopardizing, crippling or genocide?

Folwell is on record repeatedly saying that spending on state employees’ healthcare continues to rise, that providers such as UNC Health Care rebuke his efforts to examine actual costs, and that the snowballing effect is unsustainable. Folwell has emphasized his concern about North Carolina’s promise to provide more than $30 billion in health care coverage for retired state employees, of which less than 5% has been set aside, reported Business North Carolina in a Jan. 25 overview of growing opposition to Folwell.

Partners for Innovation is enlisting donors to help it spread its message that healthcare costs are not negotiable. It plans to raise $2.5 million toward that goal in coming years. Democrats in the General Assembly are floating plans to limit the treasurer’s ability to control health care costs.

The Socialist Left despises big corporations, but embraces government largesse and big healthcare with arms wide open. Rather than answering Folwell’s question — “I know what you are charging (the state) but how much am I supposed to pay you?” — Democrats and their activist supporters in the health care industry want to direct even more funds toward insane initiatives to coerce individual state employees to take better care of themselves.

Radio spots contend the treasurer disregards the dire need for a state health plan that will “provide (preventative) services”. Without these services, activists will not be able to encourage (force) state employees and retirees to manage their own chronic diseases, stop smoking, lose weight and adopt “active lifestyle solutions”.

Polarization in politics increasingly leaves responsible citizens with choices so blatantly absurd that only Democrats view them as black and white. The state’s first Republican treasurer in 142 years is determined to demand accountability by health care giants for the services they provide. What a monster, this Folwell!

His opposition sees more spending on coercion as the only option. Guard fast food drive-throughs with Dietician Police. Shutter ABC liquor stores. Deliver treadmills to every home. Ban smoking in the workplace. (Oops, already tried that. Didn’t stop smokers from smoking elsewhere). Make all restaurant parking remote but without shuttles. Finally, an “active lifestyle solution” if ever there was one.

The only consolation for donors to Partners for Innovation in Health Care pushing for more, not smarter, spending, is this: Their ideas are positively benign compared to their progressive brethren on Capitol Hill, who have unveiled the Green New Deal. This proposal does not merely seek to alter lifestyles, but life as we know it. No air travel tops the list. Elimination of fossil fuels, of course. And it goes on, all to be achieved in 10 years at a projected cost of $6.6 trillion annually.

Writing in February 11 editions of The Wall Street Journal, Barton Swaim observes that the Green New Deal “is an expression of dreams, but that doesn’t make it pointless or merely comical.” Economic freedom for individuals is not the aim of progressives. Whether here in North Carolina or in The Swamp, unchecked economic control and collectivism are their guiding principles. Swaim quotes the haunting, timeless words of political philosopher Michael Oakeshott, who warned that “the conjunction of dreaming and ruling generates tyranny.”

Then, there is this to ponder when next the anti-Folwell spots air. Oakeshott instructed that the political dream “is a vision of a condition of human circumstance from which the occasion of conflict has been removed, a vision of human activity coordinated and set going in a single direction and of every resource being used to the full.”

Until every resource is depleted.

 

 

Loathing hatred

By Steve Woodward

Trump Derangement Syndrome came to the fore in 2016 when angry marchers screamed at the sky, when so-called comedian Kathy Griffin depicted a decapitated Donald Trump, and when so-called entertainer Madonna publicly acknowledged her inclination to blow up The White House.

But now, two years in, what was formerly laughable is devolving into a degree of contempt for the President of the United States, for Republicans, for American values, for Constitutional principles and, most sadly, for Christianity few have witnessed in their lifetimes.

It is spreading, it is vile. The mainstream media fans its flames, daily. Democrats, now openly and willfully embracing Socialism as the foundation of a soon-to-be remade America, are deliberately wreaking havoc, sewing seeds of chaos and resisting all calls for civility. They relished the partial federal government shutdown. They cheer on a growing crisis at the Southern border still. They want only to stop Trump and Republicans from delivering on pledges to get serious about border security. Desperate asylum seekers are mere pawns, not unlike federal employees working without pay. So what? You’ll thank us someday, you saps.

Hatred is more alarming than delusion, more dangerous than derangement, more corrosive than disillusion. And it’s everywhere.

Rush Limbaugh: “They have become poisoned by a loathing hatred for us. … This is unchecked, unabated hatred. … Folks, that’s who these people are, and one of the reasons they exist today is that we have never stood up to oppose them. Well, we have. The Republican Party has not stood up.”

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In 2019, a KY high schooler is ridiculed as a “punchable face” for wearing a MAGA cap.

The Left in 2019 tells themselves they are acting to save the country. They are the patriots. They must hijack journalism, as television host and Trump hater Joy Behar said on the air, because “we’re desperate to get Trump out of office,” even if that means shamefully distorting events surrounding the March for Life in Washington, and smearing the Catholic high school students who wandered into a firestorm afterwards. The left seems to believe that it will prevail only by laying bare its deepest held disgust for God and country, decency and tolerance. The self-proclaimed party of tolerance of transgenderism, gender neutrality, illegal immigrants committing crime and acts of murder, endless abortions and organ harvesting, has no tolerance for the millions who duly elected President Trump and other duly elected Republicans. None.

Writing for New York magazine (Jan. 25, 2019), Conservative author Andrew Sullivan decries “the abyss of hate versus hate” in a piece bearing the same headline. Sullivan watched all of the available video of the March for Life, where Native Americans beat drums and Black Israelites shouted anti-Semitic, anti-gay, anti-white smears. More appalling than these groups and their unprovoked confrontations with the Kentucky kids, Sullivan concludes, was the media’s inclination to twist the narrative, write about it breathlessly as “white privilege” run amuck and, then, defend it unapologetically after video analysis debunked virtually everything that was initially reported.

“There’s a reason why, in the crucial battle for the legitimacy of a free press,” Sullivan writes, “Trump is still on the offensive. Our mainstream press has been poisoned by tribalism. My own trust in it is eroding. I’m far from the only one.”

And what was the reaction to Sullivan’s conclusions? A hate-spewing George Mason University law professor who, as of this moment, still has his job, defied facts on the ground as irrelevant.

“These were wealthy, privileged, white teenagers in MAGA hats marching against abortion. That is plenty of reason to want to skullf— all of them until there is nothing left but giblets and red jelly. I don’t hate them for smirking and (peacefully!) protesting against people they disagree with, and I don’t hate them for (what) they did necessarily, I hate them for what they are and what they represent. F— these kids for their politics, f— them for their Catholicism and their kkkuntserveatism, and their hateful hats. You shouldn’t need a video of some s—heel with a punchable face to know that.”

You can dismiss this demented individual as just that, but we must not forget that he is interacting with young people every day, and that George Mason is collecting tuition in order to pay Prof. David Bernstein. Perhaps he should be designated a non-essential employee.

But the threat to our democracy is not limited to rogue academics. Americans are electing people of this mindset to govern in the corridors of the U.S. Capitol. This has come to the attention of economic and cultural commentator Ben Stein, who denounces the blatantly Socialist positions espoused by the media’s newest political darling, New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC), recently sworn-in to her first term at age 29. She is an avowed Socialist who, even as Venezuela crumbles, advocates for a 70% marginal income tax rate for America’s highest earners, free public college, the abolishment of border and immigration control, and Medicare for all.

Stein went on Fox Business to challenge the Socialist tide. He was skewered for referencing historical truths, that “there are an awful lot of people (emphasis, ours, on awful) who have no idea that Stalin, Hitler, Mao Tse-Tung all came to power promising the same kinds of things that (AOC) is promising. … These promises are old promises and they invariably lead to bad things.”

Meanwhile, do not hold your breath waiting for re-empowered House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to rein in Ms. Ocasio-Cortez. AOC is, not unlike government employees and would-be immigrants, a useful idiot.