Opinion| The liberal voters of Minnesota’s Fifth Congressional District really screwed the rest of us when they elected Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (DFL) member Ilhan Omar to represent them in Washington.
The DFL has historical ties to the Communist Party in America that, since its inception, has worked to undermine our Democracy.
Since she’s become a member of Congress three short weeks ago, Rep. Omar has involved herself in multiple scandals.
She’s spread lies about the Covington Catholic students only to be completely discredited after a full video of the event had been released.
Omar later deleted her tweet, but not before fanning the fires of racism. What would the repercussions against a white male politician have been if he had made similarly knee jerk claims against blacks or muslims?
Rep. Omar also defended the Russian and Chinese funded regime of Nicolas Maduro that has turned the once economically vibrant nation of Venezuela into a country that’s starving for food and basic medical supplies.
People are known by the company they keep and Rep. Omar finds herself siding with China, Cuba, Russia, and Turkey.
The policy she trashed was embraced by a dozen regional players immediately following the announcement of the U.S. decision, with Brazil, Argentina, Colombia and Canada among those backing Venezuela’s National Assembly chosen replacement, Juan Guaido.
The people who voted for her knew, or should’ve known about her, during her campaign.
There was this tweet from 2012:
And then there was a letter she wrote to Judge Michael Davis in 2016 requesting that the judge show leniency for young ISIS recruits:
As you undoubtedly deliberate with great caution the sentencing of nine recently convicted Somali-American men, I bring to your attention the ramifications of sentencing young men who made a consequential mistake to decades in federal prison. Incarcerating 20-year-old men for 30 or 40 years is essentially a life sentence. Society will have no expectations of the to be 50 or 60-year-old released prisoners; it will view them with distrust and revulsion. Such punitive measures not only lack efficacy, they inevitably create an environment in which extremism can flourish, aligning with the presupposition of terrorist recruitment: “Americans do not accept you and continue to trivialize your value. Instead of being a nobody, be a martyr.”
The best deterrent to fanaticism is a system of compassion. We must alter our attitude and approach; if we truly want to affect change, we should refocus our efforts on inclusion and rehabilitation. A long-term prison sentence for one who chose violence to combat direct marginalization is a statement that our justice system misunderstands the guilty. A restorative approach to justice assesses the lure of criminality and addresses it.
The desire to commit violence is not inherent to people — it is the consequences of systematic alienation; people seek violent solutions when the process established for enacting change is inaccessible to them. Fueled by disaffection turned to malice, if the guilty were willing to kill and be killed fighting perceived injustice, imagine the consequence of them hearing, “I believe you can be rehabilitated. I want you to become part of my community, and together we will thrive.” We use this form of distributive justice for patients with chemical dependencies; treatment and societal reintegration. The most effective penance is making these men ambassadors of reform.
The restorative approach provides a long-term solution – though the self-declared Islamic State may soon suffer defeat, their radical approach to change-making will continue as it has throughout history – by criminalizing the undergirding construct rather than its predisposed victims. Therein, this ruling can set a precedent and has the potential to be a landmark case in addressing extremism.
Thank you for your careful attention,
State Representative-Elect – MN 60B
Rep. Omar made this after President Obama’s Director of National Intelligence had released a report, more than a year earlier than her letter, confirming that 116 detainees that had been released from Gitmo had subsequently re-engaged in terrorist or insurgent activities. She must have known this.
For her efforts, Pelosi has rewarded Rep. Omar with a seat on the House Foreign Relations Committee. Omar’s appointment was made with full knowledge of who Omar is and what she stands for.