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The Arrogance And The Ignorance

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Separately, arrogance and ignorance are some of humanity’s worst traits. Together, when coupled with power, they achieve “weapon-grade stupid” status. This is the marinade of the “gang of four,” the “progressive” Congresswomen – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, Rashida Tlaib, and Ilhan Omar –  who I’d accuse of having exponentially more social media followers than accomplishments, but it’s impossible to multiply by zero. This week we witnessed why those two traits together are such a problem for Democrats, and it was hilarious.


Individually, the Gang of Four have strung together an uninterrupted string of gaffes, stupid statements, and racist comments that would humiliate your average teenager. But what they possess individually is nothing compared what happens when they come together, they manage the mathematical impossibility of a collective IQ drop.

When they were spending their time attacking Republicans, Democrats weren’t bothered. What’s an embarrassing anti-Semitic comment or quoting a Nazi sympathizer (of having your chief of staff wearing a shirt glorifying a Nazi collaborator, as AOC’s did) when their vitriol is directed toward Republicans? Sycophantic journalists, who use their preferred nickname “The Squad,” either ignored or defended these “misunderstandings.” It’s all fun and games when your enemies are taking all the fire.

But Frankenstein’s monster always returns to the castle and destroys it.

As if to prove karma is real, the Gang is now firing down the Democratic Party’s trench. After years of Democratic establishment sitting in the castle, laughing as their social justice warriors burned the town below, they’re now in the castle setting fire to everything.

Nancy Pelosi tried to keep things calm, but you can’t control the liberal mob, even when you created it. Years of indoctrinating people to believe they’re victims, that racism is everywhere and systemic, has consequences.


After imploring Democrats to keep their disagreements private, to handle them like adults, the Gang of Four accused her of racism. They don’t believe it, but it’s their default response to anyone challenging them.

“When these comments first started, I kind of thought that she was keeping the progressive flank at more of an arm’s distance in order to protect more moderate members, which I understood,” AOC said. “But the persistent singling out … it got to a point where it was just outright disrespectful … the explicit singling out of newly elected women of color.”

AOC tried to deny she’s called her party’s leader a racist, but it’s clear her compulsion caused her to do just that. The other Gang members followed suit. But when you go after the queen, you’d better not miss. And they missed.

People don’t realize it, but the House of Representatives is anything but representative. There are 435 Members, but only a handful matter to any degree, and none matter more than the Speaker. The number of TV hits, glowing profiles, and Twitter followers someone has does not change that simple fact, no matter what people see in a movie or TV show.

The Gang of Four seems to think they run the show, or at least should. They are the worst stereotypes of millennials.


Friday night it blew up. The official Twitter account of the House Democratic Caucus accused AOC’s chief of staff of racism against another Democrat. A member of AOC’s team responded by slamming other Democrats of the crime of not being “woke” enough. A high-ranking New York Democrat implied that “primaries go two ways,” a veiled threat not only against AOC but the whole Gang.

It’s been hilarious to watch.

The Gang of Four and their small army of “Justice Democrats” are the perfect combination of arrogance and ignorance.

Ronald Reagan famously said, “the trouble with our liberal friends is not that they’re ignorant; it’s that so much they know isn’t so.” He was half right. So much of what they know is not so, but they are also gleefully ignorant. They aren’t interested in knowing what they don’t know, and are absolutely closeminded to the idea that anything they know could be wrong.

An arrogant person can be humbled, an ignorant person can learn. Someone afflicted with a healthy dose of both can’t be told anything.

This new breed of Democrats are the first elected after a lifetime of being inundated with liberal grievance propaganda. What was created to destroy the Republican Party is now metastasizing within the body that birthed it. They aren’t armed with facts, they aren’t armed with debate skills or even an interest in the concept. They demand their way and anything short of absolute acquiescence is seen as an impurity that must be destroyed.


Democrats don’t like it when they’re treated like they treat Republicans, especially by fellow Democrats. Yet that’s what they’re getting now. The personification of the energy they hope to ride to victory in 2020 took them too seriously and turning on their creators like a rabid dog. There’s no reasoning with them because the virtue of reason wasn’t part of the creation process. They were never meant to demand purity from their creators, they were supposed to be the foot soldiers attacking the other side. There is no “safe word” to turn them off, you can only placate them to turn them down.

How the party deals with the destructive Gang of Four will determine a lot about the 2020 election. If the liberal establishment dismisses them out of hand, strips them of the limited power they’ve granted them or supports primary challenges, there’s a chance they’ll lose the supporters who’ve elevated them to media-star status. But if they don’t do anything, if they let them continue to fire down their own trench unchallenged, there’s a likelihood of turning off more moderate voters who aren’t on board with their radical agenda.

The choice is to appease a small group of people who will vote for your party at the expense of a much larger group who might be convinced to, or the exact opposite. We’ll have to wait until next November to find out for sure which way the party will go, but it sure is fun watching them struggle with that question now.


Derek is the host of a free daily podcast (subscribe!) and author of the book, Outrage, INC., which exposes how liberals use fear and hatred to manipulate the masses.

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