One must hand it to the Somali born Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn.
She is certainly consistent in her hatred of the United States, the country that took her and her family in when they fled their war-torn homeland on the Horn of Africa. According to Newsmax, she as at it again, stating what she thinks is the real source of Venezuela’s problems.
“A lot of the policies that we have put in place has kind of helped lead the devastation in Venezuela and we have sort of set the stage for where we are arriving today. This particular bullying and the use of sanctions to eventually intervene and make regime change really does not help the people of countries like Venezuela and it certainly does not help and is not in the interest of the United States.”
Her statement stems not only from a kind of knee-jerk blame America first reflex, such as the time she blamed the American military for sowing chaos in her home country of Somalia.
As Venezuela descended from a prosperous, first world economy supported by huge resources of oil into something resembling the beginning episodes of “The Walking Dead,” many observers of the world scene placed the blame squarely on the mad-cap crony socialism practiced by that country’s dictator, Nicolas Maduro and, before him, Hugo Chavez.
The analysis did not sit well with some of the Bolshevik wing of the Democratic Party which Rep. Omar is a part of. Many Democrats would like to change the United States into a socialist country.
The last thing they want is for people to think socialism means having malnourished people rooting through the garbage and killing zoo animals in a desperate search for something to eat.
Truth to tell, the sanctions that have been placed on Venezuela are an attempt to force the Maduro regime out of power and to restore the rule of law and democracy to that country.
The Latin American country would not be prosperous were it not for the sanctions. Maduro has made certain that it is impossible to do business there.
If anyone is playing the bully in Venezuela, it is that country’s actual rulers, Russia and Cuba.
Cuba especially has provided the muscle to keep the Venezuelan people in check, preventing them from storming the Presidential Palace and hanging Maduro, the author of all their problems, from the walls. When Maduro attempted to flee the country lest the wrath of his people descend upon him, the Russians “persuaded” (or more likely forced) him to stay.
Maduro has become a puppet ruler, the local face of a country that has become colonized by Russia and Cuba, eager to rape its resources and establish a base to destabilize the Americas.
Iran and China are also participating in the despoiling of Venezuela.
Omar does not take criticism well.
When people from both sides of the aisle slammed her for her recently anti-Semitic statements, she addressed a recent rally attended by aging sixties radical Angela Davis. According to Hot Air she claimed that her critics could not stand having an “immigrant black woman” as their equal.
It was a classic playing of the race card, a well-worn tactic that has been in American politics for decades. Omar, at least, can be said to be a quick study in the American form of demagoguery
In a way, Omar is competing with her fellow Rep, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-New York over who can be the most outrageous and the worst example living of an elected official.
Since we’re speaking of the Democratic House Caucus, which includes such paragons as Nancy Pelosi, Sheila Jackson Lee, and “Mad Max” Maxine Waters, Rep. Omar has achieved quite a feat.
The problem with Omar’s behavior, while her rhetoric no doubt cheers her base, it alienates everyone else.
Certainly, neither Jewish Americans, veterans of the Blackhawk Down battle, or Venezuelan refugees in Florida awaiting the overthrow of Maduro likely appreciates what she has to say.
They might just take it out on the nearest Democrats that they can vote against in 2020.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi knows how some of her freshmen members are upsetting people whose votes she needs to maintain the Democratic House majority.
However, she seems powerless to bring people like Omar and Ocasio-Cortez to heel.
All she can do is to hope that their antics will not be enough to bring everything crashing down.
But in politics, as in everything else, hope is not a plan.