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Saturday, April 13, 2019

"Some People"

Noted anti-Semite, Rep.Ilhan Omar (D-MN), along with her defenders in the democratic party (e.g., Rep. Ocasio-Cortez) want to use her gender, her Muslim religion/ideology, and her skin color as a force field to protect her from criticism. She makes outrageous, often bigoted and anti-American statements and then accuses those who question her own words as misogynists, Islamaphobes and racists (all in one). It's an old leftist ploy that allows her to become a "victim."

Nina Bookout comments Omar's latest discussion of 9/11:
Ilhan Omar would have you believe that she’s been oppressed and vilified ever since she stepped foot into the United States when she was twelve years old. She would have us believe that she’s been continually marginalized and criticized solely because she is a Muslim. Today she decided free speech has limits. Why? Because quoting her is ‘dangerous incitement.’
Omar, in a speech supporting the Islamist front-group, CAIR, said the following (a direct quote):
“Here’s the truth: Far too long we have lived with the discomfort of being a second-class citizen. And frankly, I’m tired of it, and every single Muslim in this country should be tired of it,” Ms. Omar told the crowd. “CAIR was founded after 9/11, because they recognized that some people did something and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties.”
"Some people did something ..." Really? Omar, like her supporters among some democrats and their trained hamsters in the media, is adjective-averse. It wasn't "some people," it was a group of Islamic terrorists. It wasn't "something," it was an act of war and the murder of almost 3,000 Americans by those very same Islamic terrorists. The NY Post emphasized that rather nicely on their front page as progressives gasped and called it "ugly." What is truly ugly is Omar's using victimization status to protect herself from criticism.

To this day, it is a tribute to the American people that Muslims in this country were NOT treated poorly (or violently) after 9/11, were NOT harassed in any meaningful way, were NOT deported or arrested without cause, were NOT deemed second class citizens, were NOT targeted by our political leaders. Yet Omar and her fellow travelers suggest that it is Muslims who are victims and she is outraged by it.

Since we're talking outrage ... I'm outraged and offended that members of the Democratic party don't outright condemn her comments, strip her of any committee assignments and have plans in place to primary her in the next election. I'm outraged and offended that her anti-Semitism is somehow justified by far too many progressives who argue that her "oppression" allows her great leeway in her speech. I'm outraged and offended that a young Muslim girl was given refuge in the United States and upon growing up, is now first in line to trash our policies and the people who try their best to lead. I'm outraged and offended by her implicit support for groups that actively advocate the destruction of the United States. I'm outraged by her pathetic claims at victimhood.

Ilhan Omar is not a Muslim heroin in the mold of Ian Hersi Ali. She is a blight on her fellow Muslims and her fellow Democrats. She should be rejected by both groups, but oddly, she operates unencumbered by them.

UPDATE (4/14/2019):

Ilhan Omar's supporters within the Democratic party and their trained hamsters in the media (e.g., WaPo) are arguing that Omar's "some people did something" comment was "taken out of context." I suppose you could make that argument, although it is a stretch. But here are a few points worth considering.

First, the same people who are so, so, so concerned about CONTEXT, never—and I mean, never—give the same benefit of the doubt to Donald Trump. They recently pushed the flat-out lie that Trump called illegal immigrants "animals" when it is irrefutable that the context of his comment was directed at the barbaric, murderous criminal gang, MS-13. Gosh, WaPo seemed generally unconcerned about that breach of context.

Second, Omar was speaking at a CAIR conference. CAIR is an Islamist front group, staunch defenders of terror groups like Hamas and Hezballah, and virulently anti-Israel in word and deed [updated, 4/18/2019]. I would submit that if a member of the GOP gave a speech before a group that was even peripherally connected to a white supremacist organization, WaPo would be apoplectic, suggesting that not only that GOP member, but the entire party and its president supported white supremacy. Come to think of it, the Dems and their trained hamsters jettisoned CONTEXT to support the canard that Trump himself praised white supremacists as "fine people"—an outright lie.

Abe Greenwald describes Omar in the following way:
[Her recent CAIR speech is] emblematic of the sinister duplicity of Omar’s activism: She issues calls for compassion out of one side of her mouth and appeals for contempt out of the other. Omar is, among other things, a run-of-the-mill flimflam artist. And the left eats it up.
Indeed it does. So, puleeze, spare me the argument that a poor victim, Ihan Omar, was "quoted out of context." Seems like that's S.O.P. for the Dems and their trained hamsters. It's just that they don't like it when it's done to them.

UPDATE-2 (4/14/2019):

Another interesting take on all of this is offered by female, conservative blogger Neo:
Let me add that I think it is no accident that these faces [Omar, Talib, and Ocasio Cortz) are for the most part young, minority, female, and attractive. No, I am not saying those characteristics are necessary in order to be anti-Semitic and/or leftist, because that’s not the least bit true. What I am saying, or trying to say, is that those characteristics make the message more palatable, the person more electable, and facilitate the speaker’s wrapping herself in the cloak of sainted victimhood protectiveness.
And "victimhood protectedness" is the first refuge of all three of these leftists. They're never willing to engage in debate, but rather rage against their critics for being "anti-woman" or "anti-Muslim" or "racist." As Abe Greenwald (Update 1) noted, it's a con, flimflam, and for those who are true believers it works as well as snake oil ever did.

UPDATE-3 (4/15/2019):

I ran across this tweet today:
@Neontaster is right. The left has circled the wagons, used verbal ju jitsu to try to flip a despicable comment on 9/11 into an attack on a poor, defenseless, Muslim woman [the VICTIM] who is now "threatened with death" because people were offended by her despicable comment. It's worth noting that the full force of the federal government will be brought to bear to protect this poor, defenseless, Muslim woman from the few crazies who have threatened her. It's also worth noting that she remains as despicable today as she was a few weeks ago.

But even worse than Omar herself are her legions of fans in the Democratic party and the media who leap to defend the indefensible. Omar has every right to say what she wants. We have every right to criticize her comments—harshly and without reservation.