Congress Proceeds to Prove Rep. Ilhan Omar Correct

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Your Congress, ever hard at work on the issues that matter to you, spent much of this week bantering back and forth over recent comments by freshman Congresswoman Ilhan Omar. Wednesday the house voted 407-23 to condemn hate speech. Well, I’m glad we got that cleared up. Hate speech is bad, according to the United States House of Representatives. I’m glad they’re on board.

However, this vote winds up proving exactly what Rep. Omar said in her statements and tweets. The Israeli government and those who lobby for them in Washington D.C. have an inordinate amount of power and sway with our elected officials. They have for quite some time and the way Congress obediently had this meaningless vote this week just proves it again.

You, me, Rep. Omar are perfectly free to stand on any street corner in America and criticize the French government and its lobbyists, the British government and its lobbyists, Russia, China, anyone but Israel. That’s the problem. That’s what Rep. Omar was saying and she was summarily hushed by virtually every politician in Washington for saying it. Is that a trope?

Rep. Liz Cheney (yes, that Cheney) criticized Democratic House leadership for not specifically calling out Omar and her comments in the vote and making specifically about anti-semitism, but rather putting to a vote a general condemnation of hate speech.

Governor Rick Abbott of Texas recently said, “Anti-Israel is anti-Texas.” Not surprising given that Texas is one of 27 US states that have made it illegal, in one way or another, to participate in any financial boycott against Israel for its Palestinian polices. Similar bills are currently circulating in Congress.

Look, the Holocaust happened and it was among the most horrific events in human history. Anyone who says otherwise or won’t admit it directly, is a liar. People in Germany made certain arguments that became the excuse for that action. I get it…totally.

That said, the current Israeli government policies are also horrific. The fact that I, as a free American, can neither express my disagreement with those policies in my financial decisions or increasingly with my voice without being called anti-semitic is an affront to freedom of speech and to every Jewish person who has ever suffered from legitimate anti-semitism.

When you cry wolf over and over and over again, you don’t make your point more strongly. You actually dilute the meaning. I suspect many of the 407 members of Congress who voted yea know that.

Here’s my question for the people who will use this false charge against anyone who criticizes Israel or questions the power of the Israeli lobby in Washington D.C. If speaking against it is not OK and using my pocketbook to protest it is not OK, exactly how is an American citizen to register his or her displeasure with these facts?

The answer is we’re not. We’re supposed to be silent, look away, and never, ever criticize Israel or its influence in American politics. EVER. That’s the game and it worked again this week. It’s true whether we say so or not. We may as well say so.

Ray Davis
for 6 Sense Media