The headline is shocking, I know. Why would any conservative say that we need more Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s in Congress? She doesn’t support the values and policies we hold near and dear. She’s made stumble after stumble on the national stage. Not to mention, she promotes legislation that is impractical and unconstitutional. While all of those things may be true, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has done one amazing thing that I think left or right, we should applaud and support. She has shown that everyday men and women of every occupation can run for and win seats in Congress. 

While many conservatives like to throw the word “bartender” at AOC like an insult, I think it is one of the best things about her. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is no swamp or establishment person. In fact, she was an average working American before coming to DC. I think a country where we have more everyday people like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in elected positions is one that can best represent the diverse and beautiful country we live in the best. 

Often, we as conservatives rally against the “elite.” We hate the idea of Washington DC elitists sitting in their mansions telling us everyday workers what we can and can’t do in our lives. Legacy politicians, high paid lawyers, and millionaire businessmen make up the stereotype of the average elected official in Congress. Many of these people are multiple degrees removed from having experienced genuine financial hardship or obstacles that the rest of us middle and lower class Americans face. While there are inspirational exceptions to this rule, born in poverty elected officials that climbed their way up the corporate or legal ladder to get where they are today, there should be an even bigger number of them. They understand the effect that high taxes, government intervention, and gun laws can have on the average American. 

While Alexandria Ocasio- Cortez may not represent the values that I agree with, I can’t deny that she is the breath of fresh air that Congress may need. Her success story of winning her race against a high-ranking incumbent has led to many working class candidates across party lines and across the country running for positions on many levels. Their ads are viral all across the internet. Truck-drivers, former high school teachers, janitors, coaches, people of every walk of life are throwing their hat into the ring for the first time because they saw one of their own succeed. 

As conservatives, we shouldn’t be bashing the idea of these individuals running for office. We should be applauding them and encouraging even more of them in our own party to run as well. The United States government is supposed to be by the people for the people. Well, the people of the United States are mostly bartenders, janitors, teachers, stay-at-home moms. Our government should look more like and better represent them. While tax cuts and gun control restrictions may not have much effect on the millionaire politicians in their gated communities, they do effect the small business owner who protects their store if needed with a firearm. That is the person we should be encouraging to run for local, state, or national office. 

Admittedly, while AOC has done wonders to inspire people of every background to run for office, she has done some harm to the reputation that everyday people will have, should they win. Her fumbles and out-right impractical policy ideas make her an easy butt of the joke, a joke that often comes with the punchline that it’s not a surprise considering she was “just a bartender.” The stigma she has helped put on everyday American’s will stay for a while, even after she has left her position or learned more about it and improved. I hope that my fellow conservatives understand that her questionable policy choices and tweets are more representative of her own personality and lack of knowledge instead of a representation of what happens when the non-elites of the world have positions in government. 

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At the end of the day, our government and our party should be better than the stereotype it’s known for of “old white male lawyers” being the only ones in power. The average Republican voter comes in every age, race, religion, and occupation. That means that so should our elected officials. Our Congress needs to start looking more like the country it legislates over. It should look less like a Harvard Llaw classroom in the 1950’s. While I will never agree with the ideals and values that AOC stands for, I will always respect what she has done to shake up and change the political establishment when it comes to elections. Going into 2020, we will see so many more everyday workers on the ballot because of her. My dream is that one day many of those will win, preferably with an R by their name, and represent the very communities that they came from. This conservative Republican really does think that we need more of the AOC’s of the country in office and representing the American people. 

Stormi R