The left is fighting back

To the Editor,

I am past the age of conscience and righteous rage, to borrow a line from Prelude/Angry Young Man, the 1976 Billy Joel song.

Something happened recently to change all that. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez won the Democratic primary in what has been described as the biggest upset in the 2018 midterm election season.

Her name came up at my table during the Follansbee Community Days Dinner. Urban Dictionary has coined a new term for it, “Ocasio,” a big upset in a campaign.

If the name Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is new to you, she did a college internship with the office of U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy while going to school in Boston. And she worked for Bernie Sanders’ campaign in 2016. In high school she won a science contest, so a small asteroid was named after her — 23238 Ocasio-Cortez.

She is a social Democrat like former “Sex in the City’s” Cynthia Nixon, who is running for governor of New York.

Cortez is of Puerto Rican heritage.

Something happened the day she won. A new book hit the stands … almost predestined by the stars. The new book out, “Squeezed: Why Our Families Can’t Afford America,” by journalist Alissa Quart makes the point that the middle class is no longer a robust demographic but embattled and shrinking population.

The middle class is falling into a vortex.

Ms. Quart is the editor for economic hardship reporting project.

So the left is highly motivated from Mr. Trump’s endless taunts. In the unfinished odyseey of Robert Kennedy, a generation’s dreams have been lost, bleeding on a kitchen floor.

Odysseus faced the Chauybdis in the Odyssey as today’s middle class faces a whirlpool pulling it down to economic ruin…

We must be brave enough to face the Charybdis of the right and take back this economy. … The left has begun to fight back. …

Michael Traubert,

Wellsburg

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