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Now, I’m the last person to try and defend the non-intellect AOC has displayed before, during, and after her election. However, I see some trends we conservatives are using when describing her, and it isn’t right.
Actually, it’s also on the left, but let’s bring it up. I see articles about how this “bartender” ended up getting elected. My personal disdain for her aside, why imply someone who was “merely” a bartender can’t represent her district? Next, you’ll be saying a Manhattan real estate billionaire can’t be President.
My point is we should not disparage the previous occupations of elected officials. Don’t you want accomplished citizens to leave the private sector (briefly, I hope) and represent us in office?
My very first job was at age 16, cleaning hubcaps at Jet Car Wash in Raleigh. After that, I worked for a lawn care company, then UPS senior year as a package sorter before graduating and going to college. Even then, I worked as a cashier-stocker for a friend’s grocery store after my sophomore year at NC State, as well as for my neighbor who owned an electrical contracting company. There are times I think I’d make a damn good representative in the House, but my love of sanity, retirement, and reality know better.
As for bartending, I’m acquainted with one bartender who became a millionaire. He now owns a bar and several others (along with his wife). The bottom line? Let’s not knock the former occupations of the opposition’s people. It makes us look stupid, as well as too good to represent anyone…