Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez doesn’t know that the Supreme Court is one of the three branches of the federal government

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez doesn’t know that the Supreme Court is one of the three branches of the federal government.

In this video, she says:

“What we really need is that should we, and if we work our butts off, to make sure that we take back all three chambers of Congress, uh, rather, all three chambers of government: the presidency, the Senate, and the House in 2020…”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yn-6N9sR2_o

 

November 19, 2018. Tags: , . Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Politics.

16 Comments

  1. EDell replied:

    How is that any worse than Trump consistently not understanding how the Constitution works? Cortez obviously meant the operational functions of government – the Supreme Court is not an operational form of government, it’s little more than a rubber-stamping body of approval or disapproval of governmental operations.

    • Scalia replied:

      Unless you know her personally, she did not “obviously” mean “the operational functions of government.” Nobody who understands our government would make the statement Ocasio-Cortez made.

      And your slap at Trump is pure deflection. Why can’t you simply say that Person X made a boneheaded statement and be done with it? There are dingbats on both sides of the aisle.

      • EDell replied:

        Person X (Ocasio) said exactly what she meant to say and it’s merely obvious to anyone who DOES understand the “operational functions of government,” being exactly what she was referring to while rightly excluding the Judicial branch (that is normally defined as one of the three branches of government) because the Judicial branch isn’t empowered to initiate and pass laws, which only operational branches can do. Incidentally, you do realize that within Congress there are two separate operational branches, a House and a Senate, each with different functions and operating under different rules, as with the Executive Office, so once again, the House, the Senate and the Executive Office make up the three branches of government she referred to – the *operational* branches about which she was making her point. Nothing complicated about it, unless you want to play the partisan role.

    • hmichaelh replied:

      Well, EDell, the U.S.Constitution, and its Amendments can be complicated. However, the three Branches of Government are ridiculously simple to know if you understood even the basics of civics.

      If you have been paying attention to the many ridiculous statements this moron has been making, you would know she is going to be the laughing stock of Washington, DC.

      • EDell replied:

        She wasn’t referring to the three literal “Constitutional” branches, but the three actual law-making branches. The Judicial branch doesn’t create laws. Right wingers are notorious for their myopia and seeing and taking everything literally, which is why they end up being blind, deaf and dumb to what people actually say when they talk beyond the literal.

  2. Scalia replied:

    Only she didn’t say “operational functions of government,” you did. And given that liberals want an activist court, it does no good to defend her by arguing that the Supreme Court can’t “initiate and pass laws.” She and others of her ilk are perfectly content with liberal lawmaking by the SCOTUS.

    Congress consists of two chambers, the Senate and the House. The presidency is not a “chamber”; it is a branch. Any way you slice it, she made an ignorant statement.

    Nothing complicated about it, unless you want to play the partisan role.

    • EDell replied:

      “Only she didn’t say “operational functions of government,” you did.”

      Because that’s what she was referring to. What do you think she was referring to, ovens?

      “She and others of her ilk are perfectly content with liberal lawmaking by the SCOTUS.”

      SCOTUS doesn’t create laws. Get an education.

      “Congress consists of two chambers, the Senate and the House. The presidency is not a “chamber”; it is a branch. Any way you slice it, she made an ignorant statement.”

      Get over your literal gobbledygook. Her reference was strictly aimed at the law-making bodies (see, there’s another one for you, bodies, to go along with chambers), proven by her leaving out SCOTUS because – again – it doesn’t create laws. Ding-dong, anyone in that brain of yours?

  3. hmichaelh replied:

    She is going to make one fantastic Democrat Congressperson. Maybe by the time she runs again in 2020, she will know the difference between her ass and her elbow!

    • EDell replied:

      She seems to puke you out as much as Trump pukes out liberals and other sane people. That’s a good thing, then.

  4. Scalia replied:

    I know the SCOTUS isn’t supposed to make law, genius. If you knew squat about the politics of the Left, you’d know that they, on the main, prefer an activist judiciary which creates law by judicial fiat based on their interpretation of “evolving standards of decency.” They invent rights not contemplated by the legislature and they invalidate laws they personally dislike. Get an education.

    You don’t like my literalness because it invalidates your fallacious argument. Cortez said that Congress consists of three chambers (wrong). She then corrected herself and said that the government consists of three chambers (wrong again). Anybody who had a sweet clue what the government is wouldn’t make such stupid comments.

    What are you, her boyfriend wannabe or do you reflexively defend all things to the left of Castro?

    • EDell replied:

      “If you knew squat about the politics of the Left, you’d know that they, on the main, prefer an activist judiciary which creates law by judicial fiat based on their interpretation of “evolving standards of decency.””

      And if you knew the politics of the Right, especially Trump’s Far Extreme Right, you’d know that they definitely prefer a predominantly conservative judiciary with a decided interpretation of an outdated “originalist” Constitution to desperately protect at all costs their notions of justice and a way of life based on late 1700s thinking. Wake up, it’s 2018 now with computers, nuclear weapons and space ships, among a ton of other things that never existed or were even imagined back in the late 1700s.

      And Cortez knows exactly what she said and meant, but you obviously are too insistently dense to understand it. I guess that comes with the territory of being a right winger and which allows you to easily understand Trump’s double negative as a positive when he said “I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t be Russia.”

      • Scalia replied:

        I’m very familiar with the politics of the Right, and it’s entirely irrelevant here. Your sad attempt at deflection isn’t going to work. You’re just as ignorant as Cortez. You tried to defend Cortez by insisting that the SCOTUS isn’t a lawmaking branch of government while apparently ignorant of the fact that the Left views the courts as another lawmaking vehicle in the pursuit of their agenda.

        You don’t have a sweet clue what Cortez meant because in spite of your best efforts, you’re not a mind-reader. All we know is what she said, and she belly-flopped her civics discourse. For some bizarre reason, you’re falling all over yourself to defend her because you feel it’s your mission to defend all things left of Castro.

        There are not three chambers of Congress, there are not three chambers of government, and you are not a mind reader. And your pathetic attempts at deflection only underscore your sophistry.

  5. EDell replied:

    She wasn’t referring to or talking about SCOTUS in any way, shape or form, so stop with your fake mongering in thinking that she included them in any way,shape or form. I know that’s tough to do for a right winger when fake mongering is second nature to you, but practice makes perfect, though it would take twice as long for a right winger to perfect it into practice. And no, thousands of people in Jersey weren’t cheering when the Twin Towers went down as stupid Trump hallucinated and bellowed it to the world out as if it were truth, but I bet you were nowhere around to be found to ridicule that – maybe because you believed the fake mongering yourself?

    Ocasa was referring to the *law-making* chambers/houses/rooms/closets/ divisions/bodies/groups/whatever you want to call them and specifically who she was talking about – the law makers, regardless of where the law makers work in Congress or what you want to call where they work in Congress. Stay focused and you won’t stay stupid.

  6. Scalia replied:

    You can scream like a stuck pig all you want, but your continued deflections aren’t going anywhere. We’re not talking about Trump or his ridiculous claims of thousands cheering in the U.S. on 9-11. What a doofus you are.

    And your repeated attempts at mind reading will continue to fail because you can’t read anybody’s mind. You asterisk law-making as if Cortez said that. She mentioned nothing about law-making, but it’s typical for leftists like you to see what isn’t there.

    There aren’t three chambers in Congress and there aren’t three chambers in government. Cortez is a dolt.

    • EDell replied:

      But the chambers she was referring to are the *law-making* chambers. What else do you think she was referring to – *torture chambers*? Smarten up and grow a brain already, or at least something resembling one.

      • Scalia replied:

        That’s your spin in a vain attempt at face-saving. She didn’t say, “The Three law-making chambers of government.” She said three chambers of government.

        You’re not a mind-reader, although it’s obvious that what you aspire to. And though you are clearly failing on all counts, you scurry for cover by attacking somebody who’s merely being factual.

        A person who grew “a brain already” would have simply stated that Cortez made a verbal gaffe and would have moved on. Not you. You’re so obsessed with defending all things to the Left of Castro that you’ll hang on to this until you die.

        There are not three chambers of government and you are not a mind reader.

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