Oca­sio-Cortez not per­son Hart paints

Chattanooga Times Free Press - - OPINION - Dr. Rick Mathis Soddy-Daisy

Ron Hart’s re­cent op-ed piece at­tack­ing Alexan­dria Oca­sio-Cortez and cli­mate change il­lus­trates why such pieces are best avoided. Rather than se­ri­ously ad­dress­ing the is­sue, he spends much of the ar­ti­cle en­gag­ing in an of­fen­sive at­tack on the con­gress­woman. He mis­char­ac­ter­izes her as hav­ing a du­bi­ous lib­eral arts de­gree from a party school. In fact, Ms. Oca­sio-Cortez grad­u­ated from Bos­ton Uni­ver­sity with a de­gree in eco­nomics and in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions. Bos­ton Uni­ver­sity is a se­lec­tive school that boasts sev­eral No­bel lau­re­ates, Pulitzer Prize win­ners, and Rhodes schol­ars among its alumni and fac­ulty.

Mr. Hart also be­rates the con­gress­woman for hav­ing stu­dent debt, which is a com­mon enough oc­cur­rence in to­day’s world. He also links her to ide­olo­gies and world lead­ers she would, no doubt, re­pu­di­ate. Cu­ri­ously, Mr. Hart him­self does not re­fer to con­tem­po­rary sci­ence in his counter ar­gu­ment but to his­tory, which makes one won­der about his own cre­den­tials. Surely the pub­lic needs more than char­ac­ter as­sas­si­na­tion and ap­peals to the past in un­der­stand­ing an im­por­tant is­sue fac­ing us now and in the fu­ture.

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