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Minnesota Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar used revolutionary language in expressing her support for continued violent protests around the country in which she described them as an “uprising” intending to “fundamentally change” the United States.
“As we speak, we are in the midst of an ongoing uprising over centuries of racial neglect and oppression,” Omar — a naturalized citizen from the failed nation of Somalia who has frequently found fault with her adopted country — began in a video posted online.
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“We can’t talk about the protests in Minneapolis and Kenosha or sports teams nationwide without first looking inward,” she continued.
“We maintain a system that grinds millions into desperate poverty,” she said. “A system that does not provide the most basic necessities like food, shelter, and medicine.
“Whether they are brutalized by police, by austerity economics, or by politicians who simply do not care about us, our nation is crying out desperately for change. We need to fundamentally change the way our society treats its most vulnerable because this has gone on long enough,” Omar, who recently handily won her primary, noted further.
A number of statements Omar made are demonstrably false.
First and foremost, prior to the COVID pandemic, the U.S. economy was the best it had been in decades, with unemployment rates for every demographic and ethnic group at historic lows. The policies and tax reform legislation enacted by President Donald Trump and the Republican congressional majority have been widely credited with creating better economic conditions for all Americans.
And while employment alone does not necessarily negate poverty, having a job as well as the opportunity to find better, higher-paying positions can go a long way towards mitigating destitution.
Regarding Omar’s various references to the U.S. “system,” definitions of fairness and equity are almost always arbitrary and subject to the individual’s interpretation, thus making her observations subjective and even biased.
But it is her choice of rhetoric — “uprising” — that should cause the most alarm.
In choosing that word to describe the continuous and, in many ways escalating, violence around the country, the Somalian immigrant is openly suggesting a coordinated political movement exists with the express intent of changing the nature of how the U.S. is governed. For ‘uprisings’ do not occur in an environment of general political, cultural, and social contentment.
Nor are uprisings possible without some sort of ‘spark’ — in this case, that appears to have been the incident involving George Floyd in a city she represents.
As for her support of the violence in Minneapolis, Kenosha, and elsewhere, Omar is clearly backing the means for effecting the “fundamental change” she seeks. In that respect, she is no different than Communist and Marxist ‘revolutionaries’ of the 20th century, a minority group that used violence to eventually gain power and change the nature of how the nation is governed.
Indeed, though supporters of President Donald Trump are often called “Nazis” by supporters of Omar, Hitler used similar violence and intimidation to gain control of Germany in the 1930s when his National Socialist Party was still in the minority.
Others have taken note of Omar’s rhetoric and expressed desire to replace America’s constitutional republic with something resembling the tyranny of Marxism.
“I listen to someone like Ilhan Omar … she’s in Congress, the United States Congress, and she’s saying why don’t we dismantle the whole thing — the economic system, the political system — and it makes you wonder,” said Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a Somali immigrant, human rights activist and Hoover Institute fellow, in a July interview with Fox News.
“Why flee from Mogadishu, why flee from anarchy, why free from oppression and then come to the United States and then do all your best to turn Minnesota and the U.S. into Mogadishu? It’s one of the things that I’d like to ask her,” she added.
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