Ilhan Omar–Unwelcome Guest
Ilhan Omar's campaign slogan was "Send Her Back"--to Congress, of course. There is no doubt that the Congress of the United States deserves a member as loose in her financial dealings as in her intimate life, but it is not to Washington but to Mogadishu that she should be sent.
"Oh, but you're being racist, sexist, and everything else unawakened. The question of expelling Omar is much simpler than considerations of race and sex or even morality. She is a guest in our c country, a visitor who has been welcomed with open arms--and open purse. Educated by the taxpayers and nurtured by a father with a government job, she has turned on her adopted country, which she condemns as a terrorist state.
I should never deny that America has committed many crimes or that our foreign policy throughout my lifetimes has spawned a series of criminal follies, but as a bona fide American who loves his country, I have the right--as do most of my readers--to criticize my country as I would criticize my family in the hope of steering it in the right direction or, at least, of opening a few minds.
When I have traveled as journalist, editor, and political analyst, I have frequently been asked to comment on the politics and politicians of the place I am visiting. I try to give the clearest expression to my opinion that I can, but when asked flat out if the government of Italy is a criminal conspiracy or if the Mafia runs Sicily or whether or not Slobodan Milosevic was a brutal tyrant, I always try to answer that it is not the mark of a good guest to attack his hosts or to involve himself in their family struggles.
"Oh," you might say, "But she is a naturalized citizen." Yes, naturalized but not natural born. While citizenship confers certain rights and duties, the office she has sought and won requires in principle a good faith effort to work for the security and improvement of the country. A relentless and low minded attack on the country that has given refuge to her family is a strong indication of her loathing for all things American, and her whining about schoolyard bullying is one more conventional arrow in the leftist anti-American quiver.
If the useless Republicans can do nothing else in their miserable careers, at least they might issue a condemnation of her behavior, a demand for her expulsion, and begin proceedings to have her stripped of the citizenship she does not deserve. But they are incapable even of a futile symbolic gesture.
In one sense Ilhan Omar is correct. This must be a rotten country. Otherwise we should not be putting up with her for a single day.