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The Real Trouble with Ilhan Omar

Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/07/22/real-trouble-ilhan-omar


I’m a 70yr old white male and I say we need more people like IIhan Omar and the gang of four in office,


Yet in safe blue districts, moderates like Beto O’Rourke keep getting elected.

Which is fine if the d-party is simply going to continue being a moderate party. But why should the 10% or so of the country that is far-left leaning have zero voice? We need a party of our own that doesn’t have to kowtow to Nancy P’s corporate-friendly Blue Dogs because “party unity.” There are at least a dozen members of The Squad who could form and lead our party. Because as Democrats, The Squad is spinning their wheels.

Just ask Bernie Sanders.


Being black gets flak from much of the world. And more from Europeans than, say, Asians. Many blacks were since, say, 500 CE hunted, captured and then exported to newly discovered continents.
Ilhan Omar, even according Qoran, must be quiet and to keep her face covered.
But a lot of so-called Christians want to keep her mouth shut in public. For she, too, was made not from God’s lip, but from Adam’s rib.
So with billions of the so-called believers [believing in exact same god or in different gods; exact same or diff demons; same exact satan or diff satans; the same bad/good angels; the same exact holy ghost, soul, spirit or ghosts, souls, and spirits] wishing or demanding Ilhan shut up and/or go back to Somalia, she still talks.
Is this the Eighth or the Ninth sign/wonder of the world? You get to have the final word, OK?
But add to all this also how much the world wealthy, ‘elites’, varieties of gurus [offering us cure-all or panacea] must fear and loath llhan and maybe Ilhan is even a Godess??!!!

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I am a 52 year old heterosexual white male of middle to lower middle class background. I can only say that Ilhan Omar shits bigger than Trump, McConnell, and Pelosi combined. Her courage is inspirational, and she epitomizes what it means to be a true patriot.


This should be titled “What you won’t read in US History books.”

Omar/Squad are a breath of fresh air in a stale status quo filled room – that includes almost all democratic lawmakers too.

By the way, wasn’t it John (“I was there”) Lewis that said he never saw Bernie in the street fighting in support of the civil rights movement of the 60s? A: Yes.

One did not hear Sanders touting his involvement in the Civil Rights movement in 2016, his campaign manager should have plastered this in all media, far and wide.
(article above was cited by another poster a few weeks ago, worth the read, photo Sanders being arrested in Chicago protests)


I second that, friend! Ilhan Omar has far, far more integrity than a lot of Dems, and entirely more honesty, and integrity than ANY republican of this un-real age. The “Squad” is such an inspiring group of real life, no shit taking, powerful, determined women!! So proud of all of them, stay alert and safe ladies, and keep on fighting!!


The strength and courage of Ilhan is incredible and much appreciated by a decent number of Americans. She faces incredible smears and attacks yet still stands tall as a proud citizen and actual hard working Congresswoman. Other worthless members of Congress could learn from her example if they would only listen. Peace


BTW; since I see age mentioned in other responses; I’m 65 and am left, real left not pseudo or fake liberal but left as in socialist, real socialist. Capitalism is murdering people and Earth and her children. Go gang!


I will NEVER forgive or forget John Lewis’ lying about Bernie’s civil rights record. He retorically asked, “Where was Bernie?”, during the March on Washington in 1963, claiming Hillary was there, when in-fact she was a 16 y/o “Goldwater Girl” in a Republican family in suburban Chicago. It took Snopes blowing up a negative way too much, but there was a grainy Bernie at the March, standing next to the Reflecting Pool during Dr. King’s speech as a 21 y/o unknown student activist. And I’m also sick and tired of being considered anti-Semitic for being anti-Zionist and supporting the BDS movement against the racist and genocidal Israeli government of land thieves. Ilhan is a righteous warrior for the oppressed around the World.


On the other hand, each time they “spin their wheels” the friction generates some heat. If it wern’t generating heat you wouldn’t see the “Tall Poppies Syndrome” oozing out of the fetid presence in the WH.
The Tall Poppy syndrome has been recognized since ancient Greece and, IMHO, the practice needs to be called out again and NAMED as do so many " externalized " (ignored, denied, schizoidized) practices of the orange one, et al. The tall poppy syndrome describes aspects of a culture where people of high status are resented, attacked, cut down, strung up or criticised because they have been classified as superior to their peers.

In Nordic countries Law of Jante
The ten rules state:

  1. You’re not to think you are anything special.
  2. You’re not to think you are as good as we are.
  3. You’re not to think you are smarter than we are.
  4. You’re not to imagine yourself better than we are.
  5. You’re not to think you know more than we do.
  6. You’re not to think you are more important than we are.
  7. You’re not to think you are good at anything.
  8. You’re not to laugh at us .
  9. You’re not to think anyone cares about you .
  10. You’re not to think you can teach us anything.
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Ilhan Omar is a treasure we should not take for granted. I suggest emailing her with messages of support at least monthly (https://omar.house.gov/zip-code-lookup?form=/contact/email-me)


Juan Cole wrote an article some months ago about how Ilham threatened American exceptionalism

Ilhan Omar has stirred national debate by taking up the cause of the displaced and stateless Palestinians, Israel’s victims who cannot be acknowledged in most of Washington because of the prevailing triumphalist Zionist narrative that erases the Palestinians from history. More recently, she slammed Barak Obama for his treatment of undocumented immigrants and for his escalation of the drone wars.

That Rep. Omar keeps scandalizing the burghers of America is not surprising. She is speaking from the perspective of the global South, not from that of the comfortable and amnesiac North.

Despite a significant history of American military intervention in Somalia during the past quarter of a century, few Americans know anything about Ilhan Omar’s homeland, from which her family was forced to flee as refugees.

Juan reprinted the article and it is currently the most active article on his site

Putting the American in Somali-American: Why does Ilhan Omar put a Scare into the US Power Elite?


It is disgraceful that the Media and both Republicans and Democrats accuse Omar of being Anti-Semitic.

She is obviously correct that her Legislative colleagues are all on the Payroll of AIPAC and will never criticize Israel regardless of how horribly they treat their Palestinian neighbors.

Their loyalty is to the Benjamin’$ they receive from Israeli Lobbyists and people like Vegas Tycoon and self-appointed Israeli Ambassador, Sheldon Adelson.

I guess the pro-Israel folks all feel that any sympathy shown toward the Palestinians is tantamount to being Anti-Semitic?

It is difficult to find anyone willing to criticize the Brutal Occupation of the Palestinian People, propaganda has painted them as a bunch of terrorists that do not deserve any humane treatment.

The Donations/Bribes that Legislators receive is apparently sufficient enough to keep them silent about the immoral and barbaric treatment of the Palestinians living under a ruthless Occupation.

How disgusting to accuse Omar of Anti-Semitism when all she is doing is bringing attention to the Palestinian struggle for Freedom.


This interesting. Note Con Edison deliberately cut the power to residents of Brooklyn during the heat wave in order to protect their Grid which at threat of failure.

I can only speculate as to why they would chose to cut power to a poorer neighborhood rather then to one of the wealthier ones where the people use MORE power per person but I suggest Ms Omars single largest “crime” is pointing out the systemic racism that riddles US Society and she can not be forgiven for that.


Orangeman has a keen nose for the scent of turmoil. Sniffing out the hypocrisy behind Pelosi’s attacks on Omar (& friends), he seized on it fiercely like a hound after game. There’s twisted logic at work here, argueably clever. All the other Democratic Party hypocrites will be continually forced, from now on, to choose sides: Are you with Omar the scary Muslim, or with Orangeman?

This just might turn into an interesting dialectic! Even in brain-dead USAmerikkka.


Good to see your years haven’t resulted in cognitive decline!

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I think there is a fear that if people of color have control, or are a majority, they might treat whites the same way whites have treated everyone else.


Have you considered the Green Party? gp.org.

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Spot on.