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Ethics Dunce: New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
Jack Marshall -- ProEthics, Ltd. Jack Marshall -- ProEthics, Ltd.
For Immediate Release:
Dateline: Alexandria , VA
Sunday, January 06, 2019


I anticipate a whole bushel of these awards in the next two years, since the young, callow, naive and broadly ignorant “new face of the Democratic Party” possesses the unfortunate combination of a non-stop mouth,  poor education, certitude of her own brilliance, a seal-clapping rookery of blindly fawning supporters who swoon at any of her doctrinaire pronouncements, and a Mainstream media that hasn’t yet figured out that publishing her every word is doing Ocasio-Cortez no favors.

This example could stand as a template for an Ethics Dunce- mandating performance. Showing that she has the back of her equally cocky and clueless colleague, freshman Congress woman Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib, lately infamous for gleefully crowing, “We’re going to impeach the motherfucker!” to a “resistance” crowd after she was sworn in, Ocasio-Cortez tweeted,

“Republican hypocrisy at its finest: saying that Trump admitting to sexual assault on tape is just ‘locker room talk,’ but scandalizing themselves into faux-outrage when my sis says a curse word in a bar. GOP lost entitlement to policing women’s behavior a long time ago. Next.”

This is both unethical and cretinous. Let us count the ways:

  • Ocasio-Cortez doesn’t know what hypocrisy means. There is nothing hypocritical about justly objecting to a member of Congress breaching all protocol and traditions of civility while referring to the President of the United states in a public statement, after questioning the fairness and propriety of using a surreptitiously taped non-public comment made while a candidate was a private citizen to impugn his character.
  • Proving that she will be dealing in deceit in the years to come, Ocasio-Cortez falsely suggests that the objections to calling the President of the United States a “motherfucker” was merely an objection to the use of vulgar language. She knows better. The problems were 1) using such a disrespectful term to describe not only a political adversary but the President 2) breaching the duty of a high elected official to model the best behavior for the public, and not gutter vulgarity and hate. 3) Her proclamation of the objective of performing a political coup, which is what using impeachment the way she (and many other Democrats) is proposing would be.
  • Employing the unethical technique of trying to rebut one part of an argument as if it is a rebuttal of the whole thing, Ocasio-Cortez’s words suggest that only Republicans objected to Tlaib’s ugly statement.  As she knows well, many Democrats in the House and elsewhere were equally critical.
  •  Ironically, the Democrats were being hypocritical, because they really DO want to impeach the motherfucker; they just don’t want to be honest about it.
  • Also hypocritical: Ocasio-Cortez. Trump’s “locker room talk” involved only one word, “pussy,” that is not regarded as acceptable in public discourse (but then, he has never used the word in public.) But Ocasio-Cortez supports the Women’s March which proudly featured “pussy hats,” and called them just that. “Motherfucker” would not be acceptable public discourse even from a non-Congress member, and even used to describe someone who is not President.
  • Trump did not “admit sexual assault” on the tape. This is an old, false, Hillary Clinton campaign talking point. I have dealt with this before.
  • “In a bar” is more dishonest spin and deceit. The locale of the public statement by Ocasio-Cortez’s “sister” (yechh!) is irrelevant. The point is that it was a public statement, in front of a crowd. The socialist New Yorker is intentionally misrepresenting the episode as if Tlaib was overheard while tossing back a couple of brewskis.
  • And, of course, we have the obligatory gender-baiting, as if a male Representative calling the President a “motherfucker” would have been ignored. Her tweet is sexist.

Ocasio-Cortez is gift to Trump, Republicans, and conservatives. Just think: she’s said so many idiotic and unethical things, and her term has barely started. Ignorant, sexist and unjustifiably convinced of your own brilliance is no way to go through life, kid.

Addendum 1: CNN disgracefully attempted to whitewash Tlaib’s comment and bolster Ocasio-Cortez false spin by writing “New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is defending her fellow new Democratic congresswoman, Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib, for using profanity in referring to President Donald Trump.” The news media has an obligation to frame the story and issues accurately.  The controversy over Tlaib’s remarks was not isolated to her use of “profanity,” which is also an intentionally ambiguous term chosen by CNN to mislead uninformed readers. The correct description would have been “obscenity” or “vulgarity.”

Addendum 2: The photogenic Rep also has an unusually expressive face, and has been caught by the camera in many moments where she appears frantic, crazed, or insane. Conservative websites and publications have been taking great joy in using these photos, much in the way they chose to use wacky photographs of Hillary Clinton during the 2016 campaign. The technique is unfair, misleading, a Golden Rule breach and unethical.

Addendum 3: An amusing note critics of the young socialist have taken to calling her “Occasional-Cortex.” This is unethical, but WordPress, which has pretty hit and miss spellcheck program, flags her name and suggests I intended to type…you guessed it.

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