The Green New Deal is horribly unrealistic. Even Nancy Pelosi agrees on that one.
It’s also entirely unlikely to be approved, even as a symbolic resolution. If it did, it’s not binding — and if it ever became binding, making America a net-zero greenhouse gas emitter would reduce the global temperature by a whopping 0.14 degrees.
But, according to the Green New Deal’s architect, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, unless you can come up with a better plan, she’s the boss. As conservative actor James Woods pointed out, however, that’s not quite “the way it works in America.”
First, Ocasio-Cortez’s statements regarding criticism of the Green New Deal, which are even more hilarious when you realize they’re coming from someone still defending herself about an FAQ regarding farting cows.
“Like I just introduced the Green New Deal two weeks ago, and it’s creating all of this conversation. Why? Because no one else has even tried. Because no one else has even tried,” she said at a Girls Who Code event in New York City on Friday, according to the Washington Examiner.
“So people are like, ‘Oh it’s unrealistic. Oh it’s vague. Oh it doesn’t address this little minute thing,’” she continued. “And I’m like, ‘You try. You do it. Cause you’re not. Cause you’re not. So, until you do it, I’m the boss.’ How about that?”
Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) on the widespread criticism of her Green New Deal: "I’m like, you try. … Until you do it, I’m the boss! How about that?!" pic.twitter.com/vkp15KBttd
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) February 24, 2019
The logic here seems to be this: “Oh, you think I have a bad idea on an issue that inspires a lot of bad ideas? Well, where’s your bad idea on said issue? Huh? Look at me: I’m the captain now.“
Well, surely she didn’t mean that. Maybe there was some context lost, or…
Yup. If you don’t like the #GreenNewDeal, then come up with your own ambitious, on-scale proposal to address the global climate crisis.
Until then, we’re in charge – and you’re just shouting from the cheap seats. https://t.co/h3KSJhHqDN
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 23, 2019
Actor and conservative icon James Woods noted that there was a bit of a flaw in this argument.
So, you may have missed this, but the way it works in America is YOU work for US. The last time somebody told Americans to sit down and shut up was 1776. If you ever learn to read, look it up. You are not only a idiot, you’re an arrogant idiot, and there is nothing more dangerous https://t.co/5Hn8IoHFn8
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) February 23, 2019
“So, you may have missed this, but the way it works in America is YOU work for US,” Woods wrote.
“The last time somebody told Americans to sit down and shut up was 1776. If you ever learn to read, look it up. You are not only a idiot, you’re an arrogant idiot, and there is nothing more dangerous.”
Well, dang. But he’s not wrong.
The problem with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s rhetoric on the Green New Deal is that it demands that something along the lines of her legislation must be done, even if the vast majority of Americans would oppose it.
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But that’s not how it works. That’s never how any of this works.
Telling people to sit down and shut up won’t get legislation passed. It won’t make us more amenable to a bad piece of legislation. It won’t make conservatives come up with an equally bad piece of legislation on the topic.
It did, however, give James Woods material for an epic tweet — and an opportunity to educate Ocasio-Cortez on 1776.