Thursday, March 7, 2019

The sort-of Omar resolution

So the House of Representatives passed, by a huge majority, a resolution today, condemning all hate speech against any minority.

And 23 Republicans voted nay.

Why is that?

Well, it began as a resolution to condemn anti-Semitism, prompted by some remarks of Rep. Omar (a Muslim) from Minnesota, saying Israeli money was prompting support of Israel in Congress. I happen to agree with that, but it was construed as anti-Semitic by some.

But when 23 people vote against a resolution condemning hate speech, you've got to wonder why.

Oh, and Steve King of Iowa, accused of White supremacist comments, voted "present".

I have grave doubts about America's unrelenting support of Israel vs. the Palestinian population. But I am not an anti-Semite.

And I profoundly believe hate speech against any minority is not only heinous but anti-American.

And just last week, our president called Rep. Adam Shiff, a Jew, "shifty"--which is a well known anti-Semitic term referring in years ago to Jewish bankers. What about that?

Our president has engaged in speech that is racist toward Africa and Latinos in many ways.

Hate speech is wrong, evil and deplorable.

And 23 (24 if we count Steve Kings's "present") voted against a bill condemning it.

Go figure.

Well, you don't have to figure--this is where we are in America today.

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