In 2018, there was a big grassroots push to get some fresh blood into the U.S. Congress, where old, rich, white men have ruled things for far too long. That’s not a partisan problem, that’s across the board.
Knock Down The House is about the non-career-politicans who were brave enough to go up against the old guard – women, and people of colour. These are working class people, daughters of coal miners, waitresses, descendants of immigrants and slaves. True Americans who want to see true change. And perhaps most importantly, they are not taking money from lobby groups. They are ordinary people who want to represent ordinary people. But without funds, or name recognition, that’s not just an uphill battle, that’s practically an Everest-sized challenge.
What’s easy to admire about this documentary is that it challenges not a particular party, but the status quo. It confronts voter apathy and cynicism and is a literal breath of fresh air.
In the spotlight: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Cori Bush, Paula Jean Swearengin, Amy Vilela. Not everyone can win, but the truth is, we all win just because they tried. Because hundreds will have to try for a couple to get through. Because even if it doesn’t topple over the kingpins, it makes them scared, and just a little more accountable.
What this documentary is: is inspiring.
Sounds interesting, we could do with a similar movement here in the UK.
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It’s such a fine line, too, it seems like. Anything the “freshmen” say is under the microscope. Part of me is like, yeah! But part of me doesn’t want them to go *too far*, whatever that is, so that they not only rock the boat but fall out of it before anything’s actually accomplished. But then again, not rocking the boat for so long has led us here, so…..since I’m not the one putting myself, my career, even my life on the line to make that kind of real change (in politics), I guess I have to say go ahead, rock the boat and let what may come just come!
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We live in hope.
I’ve been reading about this one. I do want to see it. And since we know one of them did win, it’ll make it that much more enjoyable.
I have this on my Netflix list and hope to set some time aside to watch it. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez & Co. seems to be everything that the world needs right now.
Long overdue! Time for a woman in the OVAL OFFICE!
Sounds like an interesting documentary, thanks!