Democrats are the party of abortion, voter fraud, and government control over the individual, and when a group consistently fails the big moral questions of the day, it should come as no surprise that it also fails the easy ones.
America is currently witnessing one of the clearest examples yet of the party’s true character, thanks to the big mouth of Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota. Over the past few weeks she’s embarrassed her party with a string of anti-Semitic comments, from “Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel” to multiple suggestions that America politicians who support the Middle East’s sole liberal democracy have been bought off by Jewish groups.
Various Democrats, from Nancy Pelosi to Chuck Schumer, have criticized her remarks, but considering Democrats are the first to shriek “BIGOT!” at the slightest real or imagined provocation, it wasn’t enough to stem the tide demands that they practice what they preach.
So a plan was hatched to draft and pass a resolution on the subject…except it would condemn anti-Semitism generally, not Omar’s conduct specifically. As if that wasn’t enough, the final version couldn’t even do that; instead it morphed into a general condemnation against prejudice.
The final language “encourages all public officials to confront the reality of anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, racism, and other forms of bigotry.” It condemned the “perpetuation of anti-Semitic stereotypes in the United States and around the world, including the pernicious myth of dual loyalty and foreign allegiance,” but also “anti-Muslim discrimination and bigotry against all minorities as contrary to the values of the United States.”
This joke, which didn’t even mention Omar, passed Thursday by a 407-23 vote. From Fox News:
Texas Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert, speaking on the House floor to announce that he would vote against the resolution, remarked, “Now [the resolution] condemns just about everything. … Hatred for Israel is a special kind of hatred. It should never be watered down.”
Gohmert was joined in voting down the resolution by House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney, as well as Reps. Andy Biggs, Ken Buck, Michael Conaway, Chris Collins, Mike Rogers, Paul Gosar, Pete King, Rick Crawford, Ted Budd, Ted Yoho, Chip Roy, Dan Meuser, Jeff Duncan, Thomas Massie, Doug LaMalfa, Tom Graves, Steve Palazzo, Greg Steube, Mo Brooks, Mark Walker, and Michael Burgess.
“Today’s resolution vote was a sham put forward by Democrats to avoid condemning one of their own and denouncing vile anti-Semitism,” Cheney said in a statement. “While I stand whole heartedly against discrimination outlined in this resolution, the language before the House today did not address the issue that is front and center”
During debate on the House floor over the resolution, Rep. Ted Deutch, a Florida Democrat, slammed his party’s leaders for hesitating to sharply condemn Omar, and remarked that supporting language condemning anti-Semitism “shouldn’t be this hard.“
“Why are we unable to singularly condemn anti-Semitism?” Deutch asked. “It feels like we’re only able to call out the use of anti-Semitic language by a colleague of ours — any colleague of ours — if we’re addressing all forms of hatred. It feels like we can’t say it’s anti-Semitism unless everyone agrees it’s anti-Semitism.”
There are two answers: first, because while Pelosi doesn’t want clowns like Omar giving her party bad press and undermining the Democrat agenda, she also knows that a not-insignificant number of left-wing voters and activists deeply hate Israel (whether out of Islamist sympathizing or old-fashioned Jew hatred), and she doesn’t want to alienate them.
The second reason is all too familiar: because Democrats know if they just wait out the outrage cycle, Republicans will eventually lose interest and let the whole thing blow over. Just look at Virginia, where it increasingly appears that nobody is going to be forced out of office over two different blackface offenses, a Ku Klux Klan robe, and two rape claims.
There’s precious little conservatives can do about the first answer, but we can certainly demand that our own elected representatives break the pattern of the second and keep the pressure on Democrats from now until Election Day.
Thanks to our good friends at The Federalist Papers for permission to republish this material.
Calvin Freiburger is a Wisconsin-based conservative commentator and 2011 graduate of Hillsdale College. He is also a regular writer for LiveActionNews.org, and has written extensively for numerous other conservative publications. Follow him on Twitter @CalFreiburger, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ConservativeStandards/, and his personal blog, ConservativeStandards.com