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Thursday, March 07, 2019

Working on the Language

White Supremacists in the United States and worldwide (e.g., the KKK, skinheads, neo-Nazis and an entire collection of low achievement, low-IQ right-wing low-lifes) model themselves after the ultimate historical white supremacists—The Nazis. Each of these groups has a worldview that shares a virulent anti-Semitic strain. They hate Jews, and they hate Israel because it's the Jewish homeland. But not all anti-Semites come from the right, and that's becoming increasingly obvious as a significant percentage of the hard-left along with a small but growing segment of the Democratic party espouse virulent anti-Israel views with a overt dose of anti-Semitism mixed in.

Consider for a moment how the media and the dems would treat the GOP if a GOP congressman espoused white supremacist views. The trained hamsters in the media would blame the atmosphere created by Donald Trump, the Dems would demand that the member be stripped of committee assignments, that he be censured, and otherwise ostracized. And that's exactly what happened with Rep. Steve King. The GOP acted swiftly and condemned King without equivocation.

Now imagine the reaction if the GOP waffled about King for even a microsecond, if even a small number of GOP members argued against his censure or committee removal. The entire Republican party would be branded as racist and white supremacist.

But there are different rules for a Democratic party that is waffling in their unequivocal condemnation of anti-Semitic statements by left-wing members of its own party. Politico reports:
House Democratic leaders are struggling to contain the controversy over Rep. Ilhan Omar's comments about Israel, with the caucus fighting behind closed doors over whether — and how — to respond.

Tensions ran high at a caucus meeting Wednesday as some Democrats privately vented that Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her leadership team had failed to adequately respond to the escalating political crisis, with too little outreach to their own rank and file.

Freshman Rep. Jahana Hayes of Connecticut stood up and confronted Pelosi directly, arguing that she shouldn’t have to learn about the official Democratic Caucus response from MSNBC. Hayes said she now has to vote on a resolution that she’s barely read, without a private briefing from leadership, according to five sources.

Pelosi countered that the Democratic measure to condemn anti-Semitism is not final, though text had been circulating and a vote had been tentatively planned for Wednesday. That vote was postponed amid a last-minute backlash from progressives in the caucus.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) later told reporters that leadership hadn’t decided whether a vote on the resolution would take place this week, adding, “We’re working on language."
"Working on the language," huh? The language is pretty damn simple. Let me give it a try.
Omar is an anti-Semite. Her language is inflammatory and disgusting. She's anti-Israel, apparently an enemy of the only democracy in the Middle East. She pro-BDS, a proponent of a despicable ideology with the sole intent of destroying Israel. And worse, she plays the victim, suggesting that anyone who criticizes her is a racist or a misogynist or an Islamophobe or all three. That's a cowardly position that allows her to skate among Democrats who refuse to speak out against her.
The Dems have a serious and growing anti-Semitism problem driven by their hard-left base. They're waffling, and every Jew that supports the Democrats should consider whether that support aids and abets the anti-Semite wing of the party. It's time to #Walkaway.

UPDATE-I (3/8/2019):

I comes as no surprise that the leading defenders of Omar's anti-Semitic anti-Israel rhetoric are the young guns in the democratic party's hard-left—Alexcandria Ocasio Cortez and D-N.Y., and Rashida Tlaib, D-MI. Recall that AOC and Tlaib claim to be champions of gay rights, woman's rights, and diversity among other "woke" values.

Here's the latest from Paul Kane:
The focus is again on Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress, and remarks about "loyalty" to Israel. After leadership signaled a willingness to advance a softly worded resolution related to anti-Semitism, Omar's allies rallied to her defense and accused Pelosi's leadership team of inappropriately singling out the Somali refugee.

Led by Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez , D-N.Y., and Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., fellow freshman Democrats, Omar's defenders sidelined the original resolution, and now leaders are cobbling together a broader draft that would oppose many forms of offensive actions.

It may seem trivial - a nonbinding resolution expressing opposition to intolerance of all kinds - but this is a critical test for leadership to bring the caucus back together.
It's monumentally hypocritical for Democrats, who profess to be woke on issues such as gay rights, misogyny, anti-bigotry, and diversity to condemn Israel when it is the ONLY country in the entire Middle East that lives those values. But this isn't about political differences or the "oppression" of the palestinians (a group that is anti-gay (think: throwing gay people off buildings), anti-woman (far too many aspects of Islam subjugate women) and so anti-diversity that a member will be killed for selling his land to a Jew. This is about a hard-left ideology. Mindless, hypocritical, and cynical.

It's time for those who truly do believe in the "woke" values to #Walkaway from a political party that incessantly talks about them, but will not step up when one of their own supports those who violate them every. single. day.

UPDATE-II (3/8/2019):

Charles Lipson provides us with additional commentry on the Dem's silence surrounding the Omar debacle:
Omar’s slurs echo centuries of anti-Semitic hatred—hatreds that drove so many to flee Europe for the bright promise of America. Why, then, does today’s Democratic Party have such trouble recognizing these ancient tropes and condemning such noxious language?

Part of the answer lies in Omar’s vocal support from newly elected Democrats on the far left. They represent the party’s energy and much of its base. Among them, support for Israel has slipped markedly; outright antagonism has risen.

This shift is ominous for Israel because it is turning the bilateral relationship into a divisive partisan issue. These differences were painfully apparent in Benjamin Netanyahu’s treatment by successive presidents. President Obama openly quarreled with the Israeli leader. President Trump has warmly embraced him. Bibi’s embrace of Trump in his re-election campaign has deepened the partisan divide in the U.S.

The left’s antipathy to Israel has long been obvious on college campuses. Now, it is being voiced in Congress, and not just by Rep. Omar. She is strongly supported by Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) and now by the House Democratic whip, James Clyburn of South Carolina. Clyburn, the chamber's highest-ranking African-American, says Omar's experience is "more personal" than Jews whose parents survived the Holocaust. He will not permit any resolution to single her out. Many of their Democratic colleagues have remained silent, refusing to condemn Omar directly.
Here we have African-American James Clyburne, a guy whon would be the first in line to condemn even the slightest innuendo of rqcism (think "dog whistles") when they are directed at people of color, telling me that somehow Omars "experience" trumps and is "more personal" than those of us whose families were decimated by the holocaust. To use a yiddish phrase, what incredible chutzpa!

This appears to be where the Democratic party is headed as we move toward 2020. Their explicit anti-Israel positions were rejected by voters when Barack Obama's (the most anti-Israel president in history) surrogate, HRC, was defeated. They want a do-over. They don't deserve one. #Walkaway.