If you’re going to quote Trump, quote him completely

Thomas Hennigan

The Democratic Party’s “woke” (current Newspeak for being politically correct) social justice warrior elite prides itself on being inclusive. Unfortunately today’s Democrats are inclusive of anti-Semitism, anti-Christianism and corruption.

Former CIA officer Valerie Plame is running for Congress in New Mexico. In 2017 on Twitter, she promoted a publication titled “America’s Jews Are Driving America’s Wars: Shouldn’t they recuse themselves when dealing with the Middle East.”

When called to task for the anti-Semitic slur, Plame lied, saying it was an unendorsed retweet. Even left-leaning Buzzfeed disputed that excuse: “Plame’s argument is undercut by the fact that hers was a tweet tweet, not a retweet.” (Sept. 21, 2017)

Plame’s current excuse is that she was careless. With two anti-Semitic Democrats openly plying their hate in Congress and plenty of careless representatives on both sides of the aisle, New Mexicans have good reason to reject Plame.

Speaking of Jew-hating Democrats, Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib opined that “it was my ancestors — Palestinians — who lost their land and some lost their lives, their livelihood, their human dignity, their existence, in many ways, had been wiped out. … All of it was in the name of trying to create a safe haven for Jews, post-the Holocaust, post-the tragedy and the horrific persecution of Jews across the world at that time.”

At best, Tlaib’s notions of Palestinians creating a safe haven for Jews is a pleasant family fiction, like Elizabeth Warren’s Native American family recipes. At worst, it’s a deliberate attempt to distort history by a woman who has a Post-It that says “Palestine” placed over Israel on her map of the world.

In fact, of course, there were always Jews in Palestine, and a large number of Diaspora Jews began returning after World War I, not just after World War II. It’s far too long a story to share here, but ProCon.org has a good timeline you can read.

During World War II, Palestinian leader Grand Mufti Haj Amin al-Husayni sided with the Axis, broadcasting anti-Ally and anti-Jew propaganda in service of Adolf Hitler’s cause. Al-Husayni also promoted the Big Lie that Arab Palestinians are Philistines with a biblical claim to the Holy Land.

A safe haven for Jews has always run counter to the aims of and been opposed by Arabs, pre-Holocaust, post-Holocaust and in the 116th Congress.

But at least Democrats include equal-opportunity haters in their ranks.

Pennsylvania Democratic state Rep. Brian Sims took it upon himself to interfere with a little old lady’s First Amendment rights.

Sims became a media darling by posting a picture of himself “flipping off” Vice President Mike Pence. To maintain that status, he posted video wherein he harassed a woman praying the rosary outside a Philadelphia abortion clinic. Sims referred to the woman’s religious beliefs as grotesque.

He later asked his social media followers to “doxx” (expose the contact information for) other protesters he filmed so they could be further harassed for daring to have beliefs Sims doesn’t share.

Corruption? Columnist Richard Cohen wrote: “(Democratic political boss Richard) Daley was a masterful politician, while not always an admirable man. His bigotry was ecumenical — blacks, Jews, etc. — and he was lip-read at the chaotic 1968 Democratic National Convention hurling F-bombs up at Sen. Abraham Ribicoff on the podium, calling him “you Jew son of a bitch.” Yet, Daley served a purpose. He policed the Democratic Party.” (Lewiston Tribune, May 11)

Policed it of whom? Not bigots, apparently.

“OK, OK, the bosses were sometimes vile and sometimes corrupt.” adds Cohen.

Sometimes? The status of political boss is by nature anti-liberty and corrupt. “Bossism” is one of the social ills the Progressive movement was formed to eradicate.

(One hates to overuse an image, but is there no pile of its own vomit so vile that the Democratic Party won’t lap it up again?)

Also columnist Cohen on the “de-personing” of singer Kate Smith — a woman who raised more than half -million dollars in war bonds to fight Hitler and Tojo — over two “race songs” in her repertoire: “We cannot enslave the present by forcing it to honor the dishonorable past.” (Lewiston Tribune, April 29)

How can Cohen repudiate Kate Smith about two songs while embracing corrupt bigot Boss Daley?

Simple. Smith was seen as a creature of the American Right; Daley was a Democrat.

It’s puerile parochialism not to recognize that there are bad apples in every barrel and only the most infantile of ideologues thinks the incantation “inclusion” can protect a political party from such.

Hennigan, of Lewiston, is an instructional technology administrator at Lewis-Clark State College. His email address is t0by_belch@yahoo.com.

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