Ilhan Omar (D-MN) is a Muslim first and an American second. She makes that very clear. That’s not bias. That’s not racist. That’s not anti-Muslim. That’s a fact. And there are a few Muslims in Congress that have the same the feelings. Now, let me say this first and foremost. I’m certainly a religious person and I believe that your belief in God, or Allah, or whomever you worship should indeed be first and foremost. But there is a problem.
What do you do when your religion is at odds with your job in government?
The latest problem with Omar occured when she said Lauren Boebert (R-CO) made an anti-Muslim comment against her in an elevator. Here was her tweet:
“Fact, this buffoon looks down when she sees me at the Capitol, this whole story is made up. Sad she thinks bigotry gets her clout. Anti-Muslim bigotry isn’t funny & shouldn’t be normalized. Congress can’t be a place where hateful and dangerous Muslims tropes get no condemnation.”
So what started this latest backlash? Well, Boebert was in an elevator with Omar. A Capitol Policeman ran up to the open door, and asked if everything was ok. Boebert replied, “Well, she doesn’t have a backpack”, referring to someone carrying an explosive device. That set off Omar on her latest rant.
Now, was Boebert’s comment anti-Muslim? Yes it was. Was it warranted? Well, that is open for discussion. From where I sit, some 2,337 miles from the Capitol, yeah, it was kind of warranted. Omar has made many comments that are over the top and very unAmerican. She is absolutely in the wrong career if she is so ready to tear down America and rebuild it as a Sharia Law State.
The question is, what do with do with her. The last election in 2020 showed that the people in Minneapolis, Omar’s district, aren’t anywhere near getting ready to bounce her. She, along with the other four members of the Whackjob 5 handedly won their contests. I’m never one that feels that you should overturn the will of the voters, even if it is at the behest of someone being anti-American. But at what point is enough enough?
If the GOP retakes the House in 2022, as is being predicted by pretty much everybody and their uncle, they should at the very least censor all of the Whackjob 5, and not assign them to any committees. But the way to make sure that they are really punished for their mis-statements and their lack of patriotism is to take away their podium. If the media were to not cover them, they’d be very much like Terry Sewell (D-AL). You’ve probably never heard of her, and that’s my point. She’s a Democrat, but she doesn’t make wild political anti-American statements. If Oman, AOC, Rashida Tlaib and the like, weren’t given carte blanche when came to the media coverage, they’d be very much like Sewell and a ton of other Congressmen and women that you’ve never heard of.
What are the chances of that happening? Very little. Unless and until the media is being redefined and “press” is defined as some organization that uses no more than reporting the facts with no bias on either side, there will be little chance of silencing someone who is obviously not a fan of the United States. That is what needs to happen in order to shut this racist, bigoted person. It needs to happen, not just with Omar, but with all folks who have a position of power, and want to denigrate the other religions of the world in favor of their view.
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!