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There are 18 comments on Rising Democratic Star Ocasio-Cortez Urges Students to Become Activists

      1. Why should he have to invite his own speaker himself (like thats reasonable)? Cortez was organized by the Poli Sci Department, so the school should attempt to bring in someone of the other side to represent different viewpoints. If youre too closeminded to go, then dont bother. some of us actually like open political discourse.

    1. Why? So they can further promote their hateful rhetoric & policies? AOC’s running on a platform that includes Medicare for all, criminal justice and immigration reforms. Do we need to hear from others besides our disgrace of a president that such good things are actually bad? So they can reiterate that Brett Kavanaugh has a fine character, & that sexual assault survivors don’t matter? There’s no shortage of chances to listen to this nonsense.

      1. Well because you should always try to listen to what both voices have to say about it, you shouldn’t really be making decisions based on a single point of view from one side of the aisle.

  1. The old record company adage could also apply to propaganda, repeat a lie often enough and gullible youth will make it a mantra. The sad thing is she was an Econ major but does not understand economics or mathematics. BU needs to teach that due process and civil rights apply to all people. Is the school really in favor of socialism? This school charges 60K a year So the grads can have a restaurant job at age 28?

  2. AOC is indeed a rising star — not just among Democrats, but for the entire country. She offers the necessary youth, energy & fresh perspectives to lead us forward. Also true for Ayanna Pressley (too bad we can’t have both her & Mike Capuano in Congress). The BU community is rightly proud of our connection to these tremendously promising public leaders. We still have the audacity of hope!

  3. As a BU graduate, I have to say Ocasio-Cortez’s ignorance is a national embarrassment to the school.

    “I would love to get inaugurated January 3rd [and on] January 4th we’re signing healthcare, we’re signing this…”

    A member of Congress is never “inaugurated”. They are sworn into office.
    Furthermore, members of Congress do not “sign bills”, they vote on bills. Then, if passed by the Senate, the bill is signed by the President.

    1. Mike: why an ad hominem attack on an intelligent and inspirational alum? When you can’t knock the logic her arguments, you focus on semantics. I am personally very proud of her, and you should be as well.

      1. Meera,

        semantics are one thing. But Alexandria graduated with a degree in Economics and International Relations 4th of her class, however has stated publicly that the unemployment rate is low because individuals have multiple jobs, which is nonsense since every individual is only counted once, regardless of the number of jobs. She also stated that Warren Buffet should finally be paying the same tax rate as his secretary, according to her that would be 15%, presumably because she has never held a job that paid enough so that she would face such a tax rate. This makes you proud? Someone graduating 4th of her class with a degree in Economics and no basic understanding of Economics? I think it should make you question how someone becomes 4th of her class that way. I would say this is embarrassing.

      2. Meera: It’s not really an ad hominem attack to point out that someone who doesn’t understand what the job IS is not qualified for the job. If AOC doesn’t even know how congress works why in the world should she get the job in congress?
        An ad hominem would be if Mike had responded to policy positions by talking about how incredibly stupid AOC is. However, that isn’t what he did. The argument is “Is AOC a qualified and intelligent individual who deserves to be elected into congress?” In that context any and all legitimate discussion of her character and intelligence are entirely justified because it is exactly her character and intelligence that are the subject of debate.
        Sadly she seems to be a poorly educated and ignorant individual with no desire to actually listen to anyone outside of her echo chamber.
        She tried to get CHILDREN to be political activists for her which is disgusting on so many levels.
        She thinks people dying early puts an strain on the health care system (hint: dead people don’t cost more than living people and everybody dies once)
        She thinks people working 2+ jobs has an effect on unemployment rates being low.
        She talks about the Israeli occupation of Palestine but can’t explain what that even means.

        I’m Canadian, I agree in theory with a lot of what AOC says she wants but only in the same way I agree with a 5 year old who says “We should always be fair and treat people equally.” The 5 year old is right but lacks the education and life experience to actually explain why that is true and is just regurgitating something they heard a grown up say.
        Having the right conclusion is fine but if how you get there is completely wrong that doesn’t really make you right.

        1. Charles de Gaule, long gone president of France [he died nealy 81 years in 1970] once said ‘any stupid can get into politics’. He got into politics in WW2 after serving in the French Army as officer.

  4. This is more of an indictment on BU not educating their students. How would a Congressional candidate that graduated #4 in BU class think she would be “inaugurated” into Congress.

  5. Is it true that Ocasio-Cortez specifically identified Ana Maria Archila as being from her district and that said that she, Archila, was risking deportation?

  6. I dont agree with most of her views. She thinks government should provide people with everything. She can’t explain how to realistically pay for it.
    She deserves credit for her hard work to win the election
    People think she was poor growing up
    when in reality her father was an architect and she grew up and went to Westchester high school a very wealthy county
    So she came from privaledge Lucky to go to Boston U and worked with Senator
    Kennedy after graduation
    I heard her interviews on PBS and she needs to do more reading on international issues She needs a coach

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