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Influencers, Not Legislators – Conservative View from New Hampshire


Seeing Democrat Representative A. O. Cortez of New York mock her supporters this week at one of her rallies sealed the deal for me. She is not mature, worldly, or professional enough to be called a legislator in the United States House of Representatives. The people who attended her rally were upset about her support of the war in Ukraine and were chanting, “AOC has to go.” She first addressed them with a mock Spanish accent and then danced to their beat. I am sure her followers on social media got a kick out of their role model in government, but that shows the intellect of her followers. It is sad, but her stature on social media platforms is far more important to her than her standing in Congress, which is dismal.

Like all of her fellow Squad members, Cortez does not write legislature that is sound enough to pass the House and move onto the Senate. They do not stand for anything important enough to garner the support of the rest of the House. They are the Court Jesters of the House, but they apparently own their districts and their future looks as long as they want it to be. They have the money and have their constituents buffaloed. Their re-election is all but guaranteed.

Cortez is running for her third term; in 2022, she received nearly 75% of the vote. The shine has come off the candidate in the last two years, and she may never see those lofty numbers again. She will return to DC even in a cycle where Republicans are projected to gain many seats. Hers appears to be secure even with nothing of note accomplished for her District.

For Cortez, it is all about sound bites and clicks. She has an incredible number of followers on all the platforms. The numbers are not proportionate to her success in Congress. Let’s look at the numbers:

A.O. Cortez Social Media Followers

Twitter 3.9 Million
Instagram 3.2 Million
Facebook 1.8 Million
TikTok 488 Thousand

Granted that some of these are redundant, but that is about 9.5 Million followers ready to lap up whatever she is serving. She does not need to legislate. She just needs to post. The other members of the Squad are not as popular but suffice it to say they each have millions of Social Media disciples ready to spread their word.

There is no stopping this Phenomenon for the radical left, and there will be more of them surfacing. It may not be in this cycle where the people appear to be swinging to the Right, but radicals are patient. The Radical Left and its base are nothing more than an extension of the indoctrination process. The do not need to pass bills to show their success. It is the spreading of their Anti-American, Pro-Socialism rhetoric that is why they tolerate being a part of the system.

We can only hope that this group will tire of their efforts to transform America to one that reflects their values rather than that of our forefathers. Radicals do not always show patience and staying power. Let’s pray for the sake of our country’s future, that the Squad fits this prototype and burns itself out.

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Ray Cardello

As a lifelong Conservative and resident of New Hampshire, Ray Cardello is positioned to speak with common sense about the happenings of the nation and the region. Conservative View from New Hampshire is Ray’s second blog and podcast effort in 20 years. He has published over 1,000 articles since January 2021, is syndicated on 15 websites, and is published on over 65 sites. Ray is passionate about his writing and sees the Internet as the only way for Conservatives to compete with the mainstream media. Ray claims there will be much to discuss as we move forward and his blog will not focus strictly on Washington but will also delve into State and Local issues as well. There is so much going on and so little factual sources of information to rely on.

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