“The world,” “the planet,” and “other nations” get a lot of mentions in the speeches of newly elected members of Congress such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.). Each of them focuses on what can be done globally, usually at the expense of the United States. This calls into question whether they are here to represent their district constituents or if they are on a mission to submit America to global governance.
Like a misguided college undergraduate, Ocasio-Cortez awkwardly intones the alleged merits of socialism, conveniently ignoring the death toll. Or perhaps, like many undergraduates, she believes that gulags were “educational camps.”
Tlaib is openly more proud of being Palestinian than about being American. And like Ocasio-Cortes and Tlaib, Omar uses worn out clichés about what’s wrong with America. Not coincidentally, fixing those things means embracing a globalist ideology.
In a recent Washington Post op-ed, Ilhan Omar called for the application of “universal values to all nations.” According to Omar, only then, can we truly achieve world peace.
“Tackling the existential threat of climate change” is another one of Omar’s missions. Clearly, the environmental apocalypse is coming for us in about 20 years (never mind that that’s also what they’ve been saying for 20 years.). She also wants to address the “crippling burden of student debt,” and wants to ensure that no one in America “dies from lack of health care.”
This is a tall order, especially for someone like Omar. She and her freshmen sisters sound like overeager PhD candidates who wants to write a dissertation about the history of the world as explained by the history of the cosmos.
As is the problem with a great many people fueled by “knowledge” gleaned from dissertations, Omar’s call to action is based merely on theoretical and rhetorical points. Not only is much of what she argues based on a lack of evidence (e.g., climate change) but the other issues she addresses are so skewed in their presentation that they end up reading like a meaningless word salad.
Omar survived a war in Somalia and immigrated to the United States with her family when she was just a teenager. I can certainly empathize with this. Having survived a war and the genocide of Muslims in Bosnia, I also immigrated to the United States, a few months shy of my 17th birthday. It takes a lot of courage to make a decision to come to another country, but this courage and the desire for a better life must drive every immigrant who decides to become a part of America’s fabric.
But if Omar is a courageous immigrant, she is is not a very grateful one. And this helps explain her perceived poor reception. Gratitude for being…