A Class Act — Ilhan Omar

It has nothing to do with how much money a person has, nor does it relate to a person’s position in society.  You cannot purchase it … you either have it, or you don’t.  Barack and Michelle Obama both have it in spades.  Donald and Melania Trump do not.  What is it, you ask?  It is a thing called ‘class’.

U.S. House Representative Ilhan Omar has this thing called class. ilhan-omarMs. Omar has been the target of some of the most vicious racist and Islamophobic threats and verbal attacks imaginable.  Why?  Because she is a Muslim, because the ‘man’ who is masquerading as president of this nation has instilled a fear of ‘other’ into some 40% of our population and has, in fact, launched a personal attack against Ms. Ilhan.

And yet through it all, she has retained her grace and dignity.

Back in March, Patrick W. Carlineo Jr. of Addison, New York, called Ms. Ilhan’s D.C. office and spoke to a staff member …

“Do you work for the Muslim Brotherhood? Why are you working for her, she’s a [expletive] terrorist. Somebody ought to put a bullet in her skull. I’ll put a bullet in her [expletive] skull.”

patrick-carlineoOn Monday, November 18th, Mr. Carlineo pleaded guilty to threatening to assault and murder the freshman congresswoman and for being a felon in possession of firearms.  He faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Carlineo hates Muslims and even went so far as to tell the FBI when they began their investigation into him, “if our forefathers were still alive, they’d put a bullet in her head”.

Ms. Ilhan, whose life he threatened, however asks for compassion for the man …

“We must apply a system of compassion to criminal justice. Who are we as a nation if we respond to threats of political retribution with retribution ourselves?”

This, folks, is class.  It is compassion.  It is human decency.

Although she had just turned 19 when, on 11 September 2001, 19 Middle-Eastern terrorists flew planes into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon, and a field in Pennsylvania, some have sought to place the blame, by extension, on her shoulders.  Trump himself re-tweeted an obnoxious tweet several months ago that falsely claimed she was seen partying in the aftermath of 9/11.  And, in the West Virginia State Capitol, a poster was at a table in the Capitol’s rotunda …ilhan-omar-911The poster led to a brawl outside the House of Delegates that eventually spilled into the chamber, where at least one person was injured.  The body’s sergeant at arms submitted a letter of resignation at the end of the day after being accused of a making an anti-Muslim slur during the dispute.

And then in August, Ms. Omar received an anonymous death threat …ilhan-omar-death-threatThis was shortly after Trump said that Ms. Omar and three other Congresswomen of colour should “go back to the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came”, and then-Senate candidate from Alabama, Roy Moore, echoed Trump, saying “… Trump was right, she should go back to Somalia from whence she came”.  When such ugly talk comes from our politicians, especially the faux president, is it really any wonder she receives death threats?

And that brings us to this week, when her republican challenger in next year’s election, Daniella Stella, got herself and her campaign banned from Twitter for her hateful tweets.  On Tuesday, she posted …

“If it is proven @IlhanMN passed sensitive info to Iran, she should be tried for #treason and hanged.”

And she followed up with an image of a stick-figure being hanged.  Her reference to Ms. Omar passing “sensitive info to Iran” stems from a conspiracy theory started by Canadian businessman Alan Bender who has links to the Saudi government, and he implicates everyone from Jared Kushner to Ty Cobb to Ms. Omar.  The story has been proven false, yet apparently Ms. Stella failed to get that memo.

Danielle-StellaThis is not the first time that Daniella Stella has come onto my radar.  Back in July, I wrote a snippet about her having been arrested twice for shoplifting, and once for trying to outrun the police when they stopped her for driving drunk!  She is also a supporter of the conspiracy group QAnon, if that tells you anything.  I don’t think Ilhan Omar needs to worry overly much about keeping her seat next year, if Ms. Stella is the best the Republican Party of Minnesota has to offer!

I began this post talking about class.  What is class, exactly?  It can be a lot of things – being kind and compassionate, being calm in the face of adversity, walking away from a fight.  Class is one of those things that … you know it when you see it.  Class is definitely not defined by racism or any other form of bigotry.  It is not defined by cruelty.  Those who would attack Ms. Ilhan Omar simply because of her ethnicity, her religion, or the fact that she is a woman, are the ones who have no class.  Ms. Ilhan Omar has more of it in her little finger than Donald Trump, Roy Moore, Daniella Stella, and Patrick Carlineo combined.

Note to readers:  Saturday Surprise will return next week … probably.

30 thoughts on “A Class Act — Ilhan Omar

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  2. Jill, well said. Making a few general rules of thumb:
    – class and decency go hand in hand
    – neither can be bought
    – name-calling, labeling, smugness and raising one’s voice or using all caps mean your argument is poor
    – threatening someone in person or online is not only wrong, it may be criminal

    The last person to emulate on any of these issues sits in the White House. In fact, people should do the exact opposite of how the president acts.

    Keith

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      • Jill, you reminded me of the cabinet secretary who famously asked Senatot Joe McCarthy, “Have you no sense of decency, sir?” It could be asked of the president, whose mentor, Roy Cohn, also advised Senator McCarthy. That speaks volumes. Keith

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        • It does speak volumes, for Roy Cohn certainly had no sense of decency, nor did McCarthy, nor does Trump. Nor, in fact, do most of his minions who continue in their attempt to defend the indefensible, no matter how vile.

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    • He may be a buffoon, but I get the impression that he’s honest(-ish). A man who calls it like he sees it—can you trust such more than some hand-wringing mealy mouth out for votes and to hell with the truth?

      Then again he may be an ignorant pig who lets his testimonials lead his larynx—but you’d never have elected him if he were~?

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  3. For myself (I haven’t finished reading your post yet but must address one point already:

    I don’t hate Muslims. I hate the little I know of their ‘system’ … which is only in part what we with our western understandings might call a ‘religion’. Theirs is a system designed and intended for Full Spectrum Dominance—and ‘religion’ is only a part of it. Power, power, power … and brilliantly done. (Full marks, Uncle Mo~!)

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    • The religion of Islam is actually one of peace. And, while I am not a Christian, I have seen enough of Christianity to know that in many cases, it is a religion of hate and bigotry. You cannot generalize and assume that every Muslim is after “power, power, power”, for it simply is not true. I have many friends who are refugees from Syria, Iraq, and even Saudi Arabia, and they are all beautiful, peace-loving people. They aren’t out to hurt anyone or gain power or dominate anything … they simply want to live in peace and take care of their families. This is true for probably 95% of all Muslims, just as it is true for most everyone, regardless of religion or ethnicity.

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      • Hello Jill. The biggest terrorist threat in the USA today is white male nationalist. That is from the FBI web site. People hate it when I point out to them that as a married openly gay man my biggest threat in the US for violence and intolerance is not a Muslim, but a white evangelical Christian. In fact the Muslim community in New York state has been threatened and attacked many times however the Muslims living there have never attacked nor threatened anyone. Christian conservatives like to use the community as an excuse to do violence. In the US Islam doesn’t have any prior privilege to use to attack others, however Christianity does. Christianity is not only fighting to entrench it self into our government but it demands special privileges that are denied to other religions. We have to realize in our country the real threat to our way of life is authoritarians who can not allow others to live their own lives and make their own rational decisions. Hugs

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        • You are 100% correct, Scottie! I am far more afraid of the white dude with a gun than I am of any of my Middle-Eastern neighbors! White supremacy, white nationalism, neo-Nazis, and evangelical Christians are much more likely to do harm than the average Muslim or Latino in this country. Bigotry runs rampant, and it is mostly in the WASP community. Hugs!

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      • I cheerfully admit that I haven’t read their Holy Book. Tried, several times (English versions) but could never get past all the (intended hypnotic) gushing references to Allah’s goodness and mercy etc etc.

        You don’t need for everyone to be after the unstated goals of their Elites. Societies tend to boil down to a leadership (usually privileged) and a proletariat that provides the essential fundings and power base.

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  4. Hello Jill. Thank you. To combat the bigotry and lies against good people we need more people willing to speak up and speak the truth. The haters want us to be silent so only their venom spews across the land. Hugs

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    • I’m sure the comments to take some of the wind out of her sails, but she handles it all with grace and aplomb. She was also called an anti-Semite because she called Stephen Miller out on his racism, when everyone knows Miller is the biggest white supremacist around. But, like I said, she’s a Muslim and a woman, so she gets no respect, at least not from the republicans.
      Cwtch

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