It’s a big photo, well-shot and finely detailed. Blow it up a little and you can clearly see: This is to the side of an open vehicle gate. It is, as we can see from other photos, at a secure parking lot. Not only does this section of fence hold nobody inside, there’s a great big wide-open hole right next to the cameraman.
If you’re unfamiliar with the subject matter, this is AOC on a promotional photo shoot from when she was first running for office. She’s seen here weeping crocodile tears for the camera outside a temporary tent city set up for the processing of migrant asylum-seekers.
The Internet is making fun of her for having posed for the pictures. Her office has issued indignant denials; that’s real emotion, they say.
The news stories on the current government shutdown are composed almost entirely of quotes from various lawmakers who want nothing more than to try and cast the blame on each other and on the President. After all, there were three perfectly good compromise plans (they say), and if only there were effective leadership and reasonable people on the other side of the aisle, we could have picked one and got on with our lives.
What they all carefully avoid mentioning is that a shutdown is arguably better than us passing yet another continuing resolution.
Let me explain, and then you can tell me if you agree. (more…)