Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota had a chance recently to describe herself. She chose the labels “Hijabi, Muslim, Black, Foreign born, Refugee, and Somali.”
Yup. A member of the U.S. House of Representatives refused to call herself an American. Give her credit for honesty.
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And maybe, she has a point.
You see, being an American shouldn’t be just about where you reside. It should be about holding certain values and principles. Among them are a respect for political and religious freedom, an appreciation of the free market, and at least a passing loyalty to the nation and fellow Americans.
Rep. Omar rightly admits she ascribes to none of those principles. She is a vicious anti-Semite, a wannabe totalitarian, a rabid socialist, and a decrier of things that has made this country great and the most successful nation in the history of the world.
She is running against a Republican this fall, a former Iraqi refugee named Dalia al-Aqidi, who embraces a description as an American and let that be known in an appearance on Fox & Friends.
“As an American citizen, my duty is to defend my country and my duty is to stand up to her hatred and racism that she’s spreading within her community, within the country, and even worldwide,” said al-Aqidi. “Ilhan Omar is harming every American with her hatred, her standing against what we believe in, [and] against our own Constitution.”
Still a refugee, as Omar claims she is?
“I came to the U.S. more than 25 years ago. So, basically, I’m not a refugee anymore. I’m not an Iraqi anymore. I’m an American. Period.”
Was there an outcry from Omar’s fellow Democrats over her self-description as anything but American?
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Not a peep.
But that’s okay. They don’t have to choose their label out loud. Every day their actions and stances prove where their loyalty lies.
As with Sanders, it may be to the twisted dark ideals of Karl Marx. Or as with Warren, to the barren desiccated school of cultural Marxism. Neither have much in common with the ideas of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, or James Madison.
Of course not, those guys are just dead white males.