OCASIO-CORTEZ: “I’ve struggled as to, like, whether I address this directly or not, but, you know, people keep saying like, ‘Oh, like, the future, like, 2028, like blah-blah-blah.’ And I think what’s really important is that we have a lot of work that we need to do right now, and I want to, like, level with all of you. I’m not a person who aspires to a position, I aspire to a mission. And we have a lot of issues in our country right now, and we need to address those issues and we can’t swing from one savior to another. And there’s a lot of saviorism in politics, like who’s next and who’s gonna save us, and the answer is you, the answer is people. And I know it’s — it’s really tempting to think that if you’re gonna vote for a person they’re gonna solve all the problems, but it’s not true. We solve our own problems and what we do is that we elect partners in accountability and we elect partners in positions, and we elect people that are actually going to listen to us and be accountable to us. But if you think democracy is a set it and forget it kind of thing, and if you think that if you just vote for X person now or X person next, that’s not a mentality that is necessary for us to actually win on real issues. Because why do we vote for any given person on election, right? We vote for a person in an election — I mean, there’s a lot of different reasons, but if you’re progressive and you really care about a lot of issues, you vote for them based on whether they think they’ll work for you and the issues and the perspectives that you care about most. I think that’s what we really have to focus on.”
Rusty Weiss is a freelance journalist focusing on the conservative movement and its political agenda. He has been writing conservatively charged articles for several years in the upstate New York area, and his writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, American Thinker, FoxNews.com, Big Government, the Times Union, and the Troy Record. He is also Editor of one of the top conservative blogs of 2012, the Mental Recession.