So, we appear to have a genuine, card-carrying, bile-spilling anti-Semite in our Congress. But…she’s a Dem and so the Democratic Party – the party that has built most of its political power on identifying a minority, telling them they are oppressed and then soliciting their votes so they can represent their grievances, real, imagined and contrived – is having a hard time mustering the will to condemn the hate within.
Some are claiming Ilan Omar is not “really” an anti-Semite (think Nancy Pelosi) but give me a break here. I do not need to make the case that she is, if it walks like a duck…. Said JimGeraghty:
Again — if you’re always furious about Israeli treatment of the Palestinians, but never utter a word about the Uighurs, Kurds, or Rohingya, people start to think you’re just obsessed with hating the world’s lone Jewish country.
It’s really not hard to get to the bottom of this: When you say that Jews have magical hypnotic powers to control other people, you’re an anti-Semite. When you say Jews control other people through money, you’re an anti-Semite. When you say Jews have conspired to force you to apologize for saying anti-Semitic things, you’re an anti-Semite. Ilhan Omar is an anti-Semite
Yet the Dem excuses are amazing.
We all have a responsibility to speak out against anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, homophobia, transphobia, racism, and all forms of hatred and bigotry, especially as we see a spike in hate crimes in America. But like some of my colleagues in the Congressional Black Caucus, I am concerned that the spotlight being put on Congresswoman Omar may put her at risk.
“At risk” for just what precisely? I am unaware of any threats of violence directed in her direction. As Podhoretz points out, Harris’ equality in hatred rhetoric seems to have traction with other Dems:
Rep. Ayanna Pressley, another leftist freshman in the new Congress, spoke these words about the idea of a resolution against anti-Semitism: “We need to have an equity in our outrage. Islamophobia needs to be included in this. We need to denounce all forms of hate. There is not hierarchy of hurt.”
Pressley’s comments lay bare just how silly this entire conversation has become. The phrases “equity in our outrage” and “not hierarchy of hurt” are just non-sensical. Am I to be equally outraged at the scratch in my car created when the wind ripped the neighboring car door out of the driver’s hand as I am with thousands of dollars in damage created by the legal-weed-addled fool that backed out of a parking space in front of my moving vehicle without looking? Are we seriously going to try and contend that the pain from a broken bone is no more or less serious than the pain from a paper cut? For crying out loud, “hurt” is a measure of harm suffered which is precisely how we set legal compensation in this country. There better be a hierarchy of hurt, or else civil litigation is going to get far more out-of-hand than it already is. But then we have been on this path to silliness since the first “hate crime” legislation was enacted in 1968.
Hating someone, or a group of someones, should not be a crime. It comes with its own punishment. It rots you from the inside. Which is also why it simply cannot be regulated or controlled. Once a person is tainted by it efforts at controlling their hate only builds their resentment – that is how the rot-from-within operates. Regulating hate does not decrease hate, it increases it. The arc of our culture over these last few decades is proof enough of that.
There have only ever been two responses to hate in history that have been truly effective. One is to simply kill its purveyor. But there is a problem with that – we’d have to kill all of us because sadly, we are all guilty of it at some point. Certainly history is replete with haters so filled with their hatred that there was no other choice, but execution is just not a practical response to the vast majority of instances of hatred.
The only practical and effective response to hatred is love – radical love. That said, I do not blame anybody that wants to reach out to Rep. Omar on that level. But politically the Dems better cut Omar off at her knees or she is going to make the anchor AOC is around their neck look like a flotation device.
That’s the other thing about hate – if you are exposed to it, you better wash it off really fast because it’ll start you rotting too.