When President Trump condemned evil “on both sides” in Charlottesville, he was excoriated as a vile racist. That he dared to suggest a moral equivalency between white nationalists and Antifa was beyond the pale.
House Democrats have fallen into a moral equivalency trap of their own. Instead of condemning the anti-Semitic rhetoric of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), their recent resolution (H-Res 183) includes so many disaffected groups that its original purpose is
Whereas white supremacists in the United States have exploited and continue to exploit bigotry and weaponized hate for political gain, targeting traditionally persecuted peoples, including African-Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders and other people of color, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs, the LGBTQ+ community, immigrants, and others with verbal attacks, incitement, and violence.
This is not just moral equivalency; it is moral equivalency squared. It intentionally diverts from the actual issue at hand. Omar is a woman of color, but the resolution calls out “white supremacists” who “continue to exploit bigotry and weaponized hate for political gain.” Of course this is a veiled way to re-cycle blame toward Trump for the whole mess.
To be clear, Omar is not a racist because she disagrees with Israeli policies or even because she thinks the United States gives too much aid to Israel. These are policy issues that should be debated. But her rhetoric goes beyond policy disagreements.
Back in 2012 she said that “Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel.” It took her six years to apologize for this statement. Lately she has been doubling down. In response to why the U.S. supports Israel she said, it is “all about the Benjamins, baby.” And more than once she has publically accused those who support Israel as being in “allegiance” to a foreign country.
This is not just moral equivalency; it is moral equivalency squared. It intentionally diverts from the actual issue at hand.
The resolution’s paragraph quoted above interestingly places Jews near the bottom of the disaffected list, just after “Pacific Islanders and other people of color.” To be fair, the document goes on to specify the problems of anti-Semitism, but bends so far backwards to juxtapose all forms of prejudice that the reader is left with little besides the same tired virtue signaling that is ubiquitous in progressive diatribes.
It would be hard to conceive of a more meaningless and insulting “solution.” This resolution has the potential to be more offensive to Jewish sensibilities than Omar’s original statements! Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) hit the nail on the head. “Today’s resolution vote was a sham put forward by Democrats to avoid condemning one of their own and denouncing vile anti-Semitism,” she said. “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.”
It is telling that the resolution was originally intended to condemn Omar’s language yet does not even mention her by name. Compare that with H-Res 40 condemning Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) for his defense of the term “white supremacy.” King’s name is mentioned in every line–8 times total! CNN’s Andrew Como sees the hypocrisy. He actually called out House Democrats for this most recent exercise in “comparative politics” played out in “a resolution that was supposed to be about calling out the offenders, not a recitation of the victims.”
It is troubling that all Democrats and most Republicans settled for such a mealy-mouthed resolution that in fact served as a cover for the racism they claim to hate. Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) and Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill) both voted for this resolution. Yet, Ryan recently said that “it doesn’t matter if you’re a Democrat or Republican, we all have a responsibility to call out Rep. King’s hateful and racist comments.” Rep. Rush cruelly pontificated, “as with any animal that is rabid, Steve King should be set aside and isolated.” Republicans summarily removed King from his committee assignments. Omar remains on the Foreign Affairs committee.
It is troubling that all Democrats and most Republicans settled for such a mealy-mouthed resolution that in fact served as a cover for the racism they claim to hate.
Leftist ideologues employ what psychologists call “projection defense mechanisms” whereby they accuse others of what is actually in their own hearts. David Horowitz, a former radical leftist himself, believes that “inside” many a progressive “is a totalitarian screaming to get out.” He should know. If this is true, and if the endless projections touted by the hard Left are any indication of what is actually on the inside, I dread the day that ominous monster escapes.