Of course, AOC, the person, is a 29-year-old woman. But who or what is “AOC, the meme”? The one that is melting America? To me, that meme is: brilliant … charming …. sunlight. Let’s take those three ideas in order.
Spend an hour or two reading AOC’s Twitter feed, watching videos of her media interviews and C-SPAN monologues, and you might notice that this is one sharp cookie. AOC’s first-class mind is like a razor blade cutting through the bullsh&#.
I work at two different early stage Silicon Valley startups. These companies are filled with brilliant young people. The kind who were the top students in school.
It’s obvious to me that AOC is their peer on this metric. But there’s more.
AOC communicates brilliant complex thoughts, but does so at a sixth-grade level. Anyone can understand what she is saying.
AOC parries all the bullsh%$ that is being thrown at her with deft grace. She responds, not with crass ad hominem attacks, but with gentle defiant strength.
Examples? To Lieberman: “who dis?”. To Pelosi: “It is a green dream.” To the GOP: “Which is it? Am I secretly rich or pathetically poor?” And on and on.
(If you know anything about the Enneagram theory of personality, I’m smelling a 7.)
This is the last attribute of the AOC meme. To this point, you might be asking: Why not include the fact that AOC is a woman? My answer: Because up until this point, we could have been describing Obama (definitely brilliant; certainly charming).
But sunlight — the disinfecting kind — is what separates and elevates AOC from Obama.
Doesn’t matter the subject: marginal tax rates, pay-to-play congressional committee assignments, climate change and the government, NIH as Big Pharma’s bitch, the legality of corruption (see the Twitter post at the top of this page), etc. etc.
AOC has cast her brilliant charming sunlight on all of it. Already, she has disinfected pay-to-play congressional committee assignments. Simply by shining a (Twitter/Instagram) light on it, with charm and insight … and poof!, this particular corruption is gone. Like magic.
Now look again at some of the national problems listed above. Casting sunlight on the problem was only the first step. Just imagine the deeper sunlight AOC will be shining as those issues progress.
Example: there are websites that show which politicians have received money from which corporations. But those are dry web pages, interesting only to academics and weirdos like me.
Just wait until the brilliant, charming, sunlight of AOC reaches into those deep crevices of our corrupt government.
I got my popcorn popping. How about you?