Ocasio-Cortez not person Hart paints
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.