Rethinking America

The Misogynists Vs. the Bar Tender

Representative Ocasio-Cortez has shown herself to be a good bartender – and an honest and intelligent politician. President Trump has proven to be neither.

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Takeaways


  • Ocasio-Cortez has shown herself to be a good bartender – and an honest and intelligent politician. Trump has proven to be neither.
  • Ocasio-Cortez has become the youngest person ever elected to the US Congress, and become a remarkable political figure in her own right.
  • Trump shows sympathy only for people who follow him blindly. Just consider his proposed cuts in Medicare, Social Security and provision of health services.
  • Trump made his alleged fortune cheating his workers and probably cheating on his taxes (otherwise he would release them).
  • Given that we live in the 21st century, it is astounding that men seek to compensate their sense of inferiority by barking at women politicians.

Hillary Clinton has one person to thank for that she is gradually moving out of the crosshairs of all those irrepressible misogynists in U.S. politics that have somehow seen fit to declare it unacceptable for any woman to stand for major office, never mind obtain it.

Donald Trump is the leading practitioner of this art form that is as perverted as it is despicable. Outside politics, Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson is another man who seeks to buff his manly reputation by practicing misogyny on the air.

Nancy and Hillary, move over

But it isn’t just Hillary Clinton who must be relieved. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is another woman that has long irritated Republican Party henchmen.

Given that we now live in the 21st century, one must be astounded about men, obviously equipped with insufficient limited brain power, seeking so publicly to compensate their justified sense of inferiority by reflexively barking at women politicians.

That such a practice is even remotely possible in today’s United States attests to the fact that significant parts of U.S. society still have a quite steep learning curve ahead of them when it comes to meeting advanced country standards of human development.

Chewing out their teeth on @AOC

Of course, the new main target of desire of all those GOP misogynists is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the 29-year-old Congresswoman from the Bronx.

By targeting her every uttering on a daily basis, the ultra-conservative “AML” (=American Misogyny League) ends up very publicly betraying their nervousness about the young political phenome.

With immense accuracy, across an amazing range of subject matters and fantastic PR acumen, AOC has already re-shaped the political debate in the United States.

Calls by establishment figures, such as Paul Ryan, the now departed former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, to keep her head low and listen for the first few years in Congress, have justifiably gone unheard.

If there was ever a time to articulate common sense and speak out very publicly about troublesome social and economic matters, it is now – in the third year of the increasingly absurd rule of Donald Trump.

Trump should know bar-tendering

What is hard to understand is why Trump is taking AOC’s bait. After all, as a life-long New Yorker and eternal socialite, Trump should know all about the powers and very special skill set of bartenders (even though Trump himself is a teetotaler).

Trump must know about the politically extremely relevant skills of people who, like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, have worked as bartenders.

Let me list a few of those critical skills:

• A good bartender has to have good customer service skills. Like any good politician, s/he has to be aware of the needs of the clients/constituents.

• A good bartender also has to be knowledgeable about scores of drinks, just as a good politician has to be smart on many policy issues.

If President Trump were to be judged on this quality, he would fare very poorly.

• A good bartender also should be prepared to handle unusual situations.

If President Trump were to be judged on this quality, he would fare very poorly as well. Just consider that, during the recent fires in California or the hurricane Maria that ravaged Puerto Rico, President Trump was unable to respond effectively to these emergencies, preferring instead to seek solace playing golf in Mar-a-Lago.

• A good bartender has to have a keen memory, which allows him or her to retain all clients’ mixing preferences.

In sharp contrast, in recent days President Trump has shown himself to be unable to remember not just everyday words, but the country in which his father was born (the United States, not Germany).

• Next, a good bartender should be able to respond to his clients’ emotional needs. If his clients’ distress is caused by economic problems, a bartender certainly cannot solve them, but at least he can offer a sympathetic ear to his clients.

Trump is entirely tone-deaf on this score. He shows sympathy only for people who follow him blindly. For proof, just consider the Trump administration’s proposed cuts in Medicare, Social Security and provision of health services.

• A good bartender should also always manage to act responsibly, keeping things in the work area under his/her control even in times of high pressure or demand at the counter.

Whenever President Trump bumps into such a situation, he resorts to one simple ploy – change the topic of the national conversation by a single Tweet.

On this one score, it isn’t so much President Trump who is to blame, but the attention deficit disorder that marks so many Americans. Not to forget a media that’s click-dependent and therefore always happy to zero in on Trump’s latest uttering.

Trump vs. Ocasio-Cortez

President Trump has recently mocked Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, calling her dismissively a “young bartender.”

However, Ocasio-Cortez has shown that she has been able to use the earnings of her bartending activities to sustain herself, graduate “cum laude” from Boston University, double majoring in international relations and economics.

She has also become the youngest person ever elected to the U.S. Congress. In the process, she has become a remarkable political figure in her own right.

Trump’s a cheat, not AOC

President Trump made his alleged fortune (the size of which is still under discussion) cheating his workers and probably cheating on his taxes (otherwise he would release them).

Never mind that he started his career with a most generous loan from his rich father. In addition, while thousands of men in his age cohort sacrificed their lives going to the Vietnam War, he didn’t serve in the army.

Ocasio-Cortez, responding to Donald Trump’s mockery of her calling her a “young bartender,” said: “The last guy who underestimated me lost.”

Representative Ocasio-Cortez has shown herself to be not just a good bartender, but also an honest and intelligent politician as well. President Trump has proven to be neither.

He should urgently go to bartending school.

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About Stephan Richter

Stephan Richter is the publisher and editor-in-chief of The Globalist. [Berlin/Germany]

About César Chelala

César Chelala is a global health consultant and contributing editor for The Globalist. [New York, United States]

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