Opinion | Liddick: Democrats show their hateful side with views on Israel
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It’s interesting to watch the Democrat party embrace hate. When they get sorted out which historical model most of them want it’s going to be more interesting still.
Case in point is the rising triumvirate of dynamic new leaders the party’s found in Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib. Which they don’t quite know what to do with, their masks now having slipped.
AOC is a familiar political commodity: an exciting personality in a good-looking package, unaffected by what one would consider a good education; bereft of logic or common sense; possessed with strong opinions but impervious to facts; perfect for the 10-second attention span of the internet age. Think of a female Leon Trotsky with better hair.
Omar and Tlaib are also historical throwbacks — say, to the period of Mary Lease and Deborah Dash Moore’s fashionable anti-Semitism. Or to the anti-Semitism of the resurgent Ku Klux Klan of the 1920s — ironic, since the white conehead brigade also hated everyone who wasn’t an Anglo-Saxon Protestant. And even some of those. Their attitudes are similar to, if less refined than, the genteel Jew-hating of Cordell Hull, whose State Department condemned the passengers of the SS St. Louis to gruesome deaths in Nazi concentration camps with Franklin Roosevelt’s acquiescence.
Their historical resonance is not a saving grace. Nor is it an excuse. If anything, it’s a warning about how absolutely immune Reps. Omar and Tlaib are to history’s most shameful lessons. And why all Americans should carefully consider their presence in Congress, and what it says about the Democrat party, whose leadership is utterly confused about what to do about them, especially if it involves censure.
Because confused they are: three current Democrat presidential contenders — Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren — steadfastly refuse to condemn Omar for saying publicly and more than once that:
Behind the scenes, Jewish money controls everything;
American Jews have dual loyalty, and their love of Israel is probably the stronger;
Jews have “hypnotized the world” to do their bidding.
Neither Omar nor Tlaib has publicly dabbled in the infamous “blood libel,” but give them time. It’s early days yet.
To their credit at least some Democrat leaders can still add two and two and arrive at four, Nancy Pelosi among them. Seeing the looming disaster posed by their “face of the future” young pols spewing this sort of vitriol, they allowed themselves to be cajoled into drafting a congressional resolution against anti-Semitism. Then the bottom fell out.
There was a full howl from the party’s lunatic fringe, who apparently think the language of Julius Streicher is appropriate to American political discourse, and who cannot understand that opposition to Israel’s foreign policy does not give one leeway to resort to anti-Semitic tropes. The effort bogged down, eventually being reduced to an anodyne statement opposing “hate” for a laundry list of groups with whom Democrats are currying favor. Although hate for Donald Trump remains undimmed, a special and protected category for Democrats and their stooges.
Since the Democrat party seems so befuddled about a response to its members’ rabid anti-Semitism, here’s some help. A real condemnation might read like this:
“Questioning the loyalty of American Jews based on nothing more than their religion; asserting that ‘Jewish money’ secretly controls American politics and economic life; attributing malevolent powers and intentions to Jews — these are all anti-Semitism, one of the oldest and most murderous forms of racism known to man. In the past century alone such attitudes spurred the murder of six million men and women, with millions more over previous centuries. It has no place in our politics or indeed, in our country. It is vicious poison, and we denounce all who traffic in it.” See? Simple.
I know, bright young things who love to shock and who value themselves over all else will reject such censure as reeking of fuddy-duddyism and the reticence of old age. They would do well instead to listen. There is a clear, bright line that runs from attacks on the patriotism of Jewish-Americans to a much darker place we’ve seen before. Democrats more than others should know this; they only have to remember when the Ku Klux Klan was their party’s military arm.
Chances are, they won’t care. Ilhan Omar and her co-haters are dynamic, so they will be allowed to create chaos, fear and everything that follows. Then, when we wake from the nightmare we will all ask ourselves “How could this happen?” and solemnly pledge “Never again.” But it will be a lie, and the most cursory look at Omar, Tlaib and their Liberal enablers will tell us why and how. We should all look long and hard, and remember.
So next time we can more easily recognize the face of hate.
Morgan Liddick writes a weekly column for the Summit Daily News.
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