The Jury Talks Back

3/7/2019

By A Wide Margin, House Passes Broadly Inclusive “Anti-Hate” Resolution

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dana @ 7:52 pm

[guest post by Dana]

Following up on this morning’s post about the Democrats’ struggle to rebuke one of their own for her outright anti-Semitic comments, Nancy Pelosi admitted after a new resolution passed by an overwhelming majority, that the resolution *was not* about Rep. Omar. This in spite of its original intent to be a rebuke of Rep. Omar. I’m surprised that it’s all rather unsurprising that the Democrats remain unable unwilling to publicly rebuke one of their own over anti-Semitism.

From the Washington Post:

Democrats engineered a broad House vote condemning hatred on Thursday in an attempt to move past alleged anti-Semitic comments by a freshman Muslim congresswoman — a battle that has torn the party apart and stymied their attempts to present a unified agenda.

The 407-to-23 vote capped days of frustration and anger over the comments by Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) that have overshadowed Democratic policies — both legislation and investigations of President Trump — and raised questions about whether Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) could keep her fractious caucus together.

Debates over climate change, health care and how the government spends money loom for the House Democratic majority — and are likely to cause fierce internal strife in the coming months.

Even crafting the generic resolution against bigotry proved difficult for Democrats on Thursday, as Latinos, Asian Americans and others objected to an initial version and demanded that their concerns be addressed. The resolution was revised shortly before the vote.

The resolution condemns anti-Semitism and anti-Muslim bias in equal measure, a shift from a draft circulated Monday that rebuked only anti-Semitism. Neither mentions Omar nor her comments specifically.

“It’s not about her,” Pelosi said of Omar at a news conference. “It’s about these forms of hatred.”

So, by this *not* being about Omar and by having received zero consequences for her bad behavior, Omar and the Democratic party have just learned, with their leader’s blessing, that anti-Semitism is now even more o.k. within the party. The slow normalization of it, if you will. Ridiculous resolution notwithstanding. And because Pelosi acted like a defensive mother protecting clueless little Omar by saying she didn’t believe the child understood the full weight of her words, it makes sense that Pelosi declined altogether to include any actual real consequences in the resolution. Additionally, because the adult caved at the very time discipline and correction were called for, the child learned that she was able to get away with bad behavior. This is called bad parenting. I no longer believe Nancy Pelosi is as strong of a leader as she would like us to believe. We’ve seen behind the screen.

I also wanted to point out this interesting contrast:

The resolution posted Thursday indirectly repudiates Omar’s comments, saying that “accusations of dual loyalty generally have an insidious and pernicious history” and noting that such an accusation “constitutes anti-Semitism because it suggests that Jewish citizens cannot be patriotic Americans and trusted neighbors.”

But it also includes language condemning anti-Muslim bigotry “as hateful expressions of intolerance that are contrary to the values and aspirations of the United States,” and condemns incidents of mosque bombings and planned domestic terrorist attacks targeting Muslim communities.

In response to the resolution’s passage, Omar gave herself a standing “O” for her stance against Islamaphobia and for having courageously started the ever important conversation about hate in America. Apparently the conversation has never been had, and all it took for it to begin was a bit of bigotry provided by a sitting Democratic representative:

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Anyway, Allahpundit addreses the question of whether the resolution could have been worse, because while not explicitly naming Omar, it did focus on the the dual-loyalty accusation:

I agree, it could have been worse (e.g., “all hate matters, the end”). The fact that it identified the particular stereotype she used was welcome, and no doubt a concession to her critics in the caucus. But the resolution evolved within the wider context of Omar’s allies in the caucus running interference for her, even claiming that she was the real victim in this. Many of her allies, starting with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, refused to concede that accusing supporters of the Jewish state of foreign allegiance was necessarily problematic, to borrow a favorite word of the left. And of course, considering that initially punishments were discussed ranging from identifying Omar by name in the resolution to stripping her of her Foreign Affairs seat, in context the watered-down resolution feels more like a ploy to shield her from blame than to reprimand her.

You can read the resolution in its entirety here.

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(Me, I’m still scratching my head wondering how the vexing problem of anti-Semitism by an elected representative within the Democrat party managed to become about Islamaphobia and everything else in between…)

–Dana

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