Tom Brokaw announced the other day that’s he’s retiring from NBC News after 55 years. Arguably Brokaw’s most significant contribution to his trade was that he got the traditionally, and perhaps naturally, stoic “Greatest Generation” to open up about their experiences, through his 1998 book of that title.
After that, it seemed our grandparents, who had survived the Great Depression and World War II, just kept talking. Snarky New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, in a 2001 piece, noted, “We encouraged our parents to stop being so modest and share their stories. Now they can’t stop gushing and celebrating themselves. Boomers have done a bad, bad thing. … Not satisfied with one Me Generation, we made two.”
If only we could turn back in time. Because if anything, the narcissism has not aged well.
None other than our elected, taxpayer-funded leaders showed the necessity of this on Thursday when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi gave her fellow Democrats, led by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, an hour to share their feelings about the Capitol riot on Jan. 6 – even as Congress has done nothing on COVID relief or mitigation, millions remain unemployed, and our top military leaders are now seeking to root out “white nationalism” from within the ranks while also talking openly about the possibility of nuclear war with Russia and/or China.
The supreme irony of this is that in recent days, after Ocasio-Cortez offered an emotional social media video of her experience, critics have pointed out she was remote from last month’s danger, such as it was. No doubt her feelings were real, but they also were, relative to others in Congress, wildly exaggerated.
.@AOC made clear she didn’t know who was at her door. Breathless attempts by media to fan fictitious news flames are dangerous.
My office is 2 doors down. Insurrectionists never stormed our hallway. Egregious doesn’t even begin to cover it. Is there nothing MSM won’t politicize? pic.twitter.com/Tl1GiPSOft
— Rep. Nancy Mace (@RepNancyMace) February 2, 2021
Some Democrats openly wept. One was Rep. Rashida Tlaib, who started crying about the riot, even though she admitted she was not at the Capitol on that day. Others denounced their own “white privilege.”
(Source: Guardian News)
Others wailed about the need for “validation.” On social media, supporters applauded AOC’s group therapy session. Some likened it to gathering “witness statements” ahead of former President Donald Trump’s upcoming impeachment trial.
Rep. Dean Phillips is tearfully apologizing to AOC for previously failing to recognize his privilege. This is the business of the House of Representatives right now pic.twitter.com/PSTTRwKxc8
— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) February 5, 2021
Rep. Mark Takano condemns those who have sought to “gaslight” AOC and others who claim they underwent trauma pic.twitter.com/b98DHkqN3K
— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) February 5, 2021
Others, however, were not so impressed.
This is exactly what we the people pay congress for. To sing koombiya and have emotional support meetings not pass dire stimulus to help everyone during the worst pandemic and economic turmoil this country has seen in all our lives
Congratulations this is America
— $hill Hater (@ShillHater) February 4, 2021
How pathetic. Their lives were never in danger. The only people that had guns were the Secret Service and police. Maybe they should think how the people feel in the cities were all these riots took place and the people that live there had no protection
— Greg Gewertz (@GregGewertz) February 4, 2021
@AOC don’t mind them….. I was nearly killed too on that day. Mind you I was in Nigeria, but the rioters nearly teleport to Nigeria and kill me
— Fulani-igbo girl🍥🇳🇬 (@FulaniIgbo) February 4, 2021
they can process on their own time, not taxpayers time
— goat (@RealWaspmoose) February 5, 2021
Just another political stomping of the feet instead of spending their time doing something productive for the American people, you know, their employers
— robsxcsp (@robsxcsp) February 4, 2021
Will there be popcorn? And hair braiding? Make they can make fudge? Still the biggest do nothing congress in history.
— Buckle up! (@nsewanswers) February 4, 2021
This is like watching a really bad sitcom. Was entertaining at first but now it’s just annoying
— Wasted_Lizzard (@LizzardWasted) February 4, 2021
Next thing will be DC award shows. More self glorification. It’s beyond ridiculous and they continue to waste tax dollars without remorse..
— HTown jfp (@jfptalkin) February 4, 2021
Did she miss the cast calling for Days Of Our Lives?
— Kim Davison (@KimDavi32630051) February 4, 2021
As Maureen Dowd observed 20 years ago, we created this mess, not only by electing people like Ocasio-Cortez but by giving them space for childish displays. Or perhaps H.L. Mencken said it better, “Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.”
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