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What do Ocasia-Cortez, David Hogg and Kim Jong-un Have in Common?

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What do Ocasia-Cortez, David Hogg and Kim Jong-un Have in Common?

What do Ocasia-Cortez, David Hogg and Kim Jong-un Have in Common?
September 17
17:56 2018

If you are done scratching your head pondering the headline question, allow me to explain. To put it very simply, they all got too much fame and power at too young of an age – and it has gone to their heads.

Allow me to make myself very clear here. I am a huge fan of the younger generation. In fact, virtually all my work and policy positions are founded on what I believe is best for our progeny. After all, at my age, I will be coasting to eternity on momentum – not going to be much affected by my initiatives and activities, or anyone else’s. But those young folks will be.

I should also say that there are young people who have the knowledge, skills and temperament to achieve goals beyond their years and still remain grounded in the face of public notoriety. Ocasia-Cortez, Hogg and Kim are not among them. For them, fame and power inflate their egos beyond their substance like helium expands a flimsy balloon.

Ocasia-Cortez is being presented by the media as the “new face of the Democratic Party.” That may be a happier thought for Republicans than many Democrat politicians. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo called her election a “fluke.”

The only democrats celebrating the Ocasia-Cortez types are those in the far left wing of the Democratic Party who are currently trying to take over the entire operation. They have been spawned by the limited success of the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign.

Collectively, they are trying to convince the American public that “socialism” is not a dirty word.

In a recent appearance on State of the Union, Ocasia-Cortez again proved that she is long on revolutionary-style rhetoric and short on fundamental knowledge. When confronted with the fact that her everything-for-everybody proposals would cost $40 trillion over the next ten years and her tax increases would raise a mere $2 trillion during that time, Ocasia-Cortez refused to answer that most basic question. Where will the rest of the money come from? She was clueless – rather choosing to repeat her basic talking points that everything she proposes is good for people. Perhaps she sees financial ruin as a collateral benefit.

Then there is David Hogg, who the anti-gun lobby and radical left of the Democratic Party have embraced as … sorry, to say … their useful idiot. Like Ocasia-Cortez, Hogg is a toxic mixture of ignorance and arrogance. To say that his notoriety has gone to his head is an understatement.

Having been boosted on the national scene by the shooting at the Parkland, Florida high school and a bunch of politicians seeing political currency in this young man’s willingness to be used, Hogg has a seven-step plan to even greater prominence. By his one braggadocious estimation, his plan will put him in the same league as George Washington, Alexander the Great and … believe it or not … Jesus Christ.

This is not some banter resulting from the illegal consumption of too many beers. Oh no! This is what he predicts for himself. And what is his seven-step plan. Here are the steps.

1. Go to college. Good idea. He definitely needs more learning.

2. Read a lot of books. I suppose that depends on what he reads.

3. Campaign for a Democrat in 2020. So much for his nonpartisan bs.

4. Run for Congress when he is old enough. The wait must be killing him
since Step 5 is designed to expedite his rise to power.

5. Move people he considers “old” out of the way. He believes that the older generation should step aside so he and his friends can take over. As he put it “Older Democrats won’t just move the f**k off the plate and let us take control.” And neither will Republicans.

6. If the older generations will not step aside for Hogg, he proposes that there be an upper age limit for public services. Given his age and ambition, that could include anyone over 40. I wonder what he thinks of Euthanasia?

What is missing from Hogg’s seven-step plan is the all important seventh step. Even if he were successful in achieving 1 through 6, he is a long, long way from being another Jesus Christ. Perhaps he is planning to become President of the United States – although with his desire to rule, that may only be a stepping stone to taking over the world.

Hogg should be reminded that Jesus has been a force in the world for more than 2000 years. I am betting that the shelf life of Hogg’s fame is fewer than 100 years – and that assumes that he achieves something much greater than he currently has. If not, his 15 minutes of fame are about up.
But what would we get if a very young narcissist, like Ocasia-Cortez or Hogg, actually achieved the power for which they long? Oh yeah! Kim Jong-un.

Kim was only 28 when his father died, leaving the young man to be the third Kim to ruthlessly rule over North Korea. While the people of North Korea are culturally required to refer to their high-ranking government officials as “wise leaders,” Kim the Third is by far not that. Rather than being educated, he spent his formative being indoctrinated.

Once in power, Kim displayed an abysmal lack of understanding of world affairs, and even less of human rights. His immaturity led to excessive paranoia at the same time he was being overtaken by personal power. In his mind – and to the detriment of those he feared – Kim saw arrogant authority as a right over life and death. He was not familiar with brotherly love – figuratively or literally.

His messianism created a belief that it is his right and destiny to rule over people of less ability and capability. Sound familiar? He now sees himself in historic proportions – a world figure that will somehow resist the dimming light of history.

Kim’s pernicious arrogance is more lethal cause of the vast power he has come to possess, but it is the same human malady that afflicts Ocasia-Cortex and Hogg to a lesser degree — that arrogant sense of superiority and contempt for any who disagree with them.

Perhaps these three — and all those like them — should be required to read Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelly – an ode to an unknown fictional king whose broken statue was found in a featureless desert. At the base, the inscription proclaimed this person with no place in history to be the “king of kings.”

When our great-grandchildren study history in school, they are not likely to be studying the lives and times of Ocasia-Cortez, Hogg and even Kim. These three are not likely to leave behind fragments of a statue in the desert of time. At least we should hope not.

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Larry Horist

Larry Horist

Larry Horist is a conservative activist with an extensive background in economics, public policy and politics. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman, as well as the White House. He has testified as an expert witness before legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress, and lectured at major colleges and universities. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He can be reached at lph@thomasandjoyce.com.

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  1. davidlaing
    davidlaing September 18, 11:57

    Very perceptive. As an old fan of “Ozymandias” (the poem), I can certainly relate to everything you said.

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