I’m Not Falling for ‘The Squad’s’ Tactics [OPINION]
President Donald Trump is being called a racist for pointing out the most radically speaking congresswomen, all freshmen and all women of color. This on the heels of the same voices calling both former Vice President Joe Biden and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi racists, despite both being progressive Democrats.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York), Ayanna Pressley (D-Massachusetts), Ilhan Omar (D-Minnesota) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Michigan) are being called "the squad" by their political allies. Despite their constant negative remarks about the United States, ranging from current foreign policy to the founding fathers, the MSM and the Democratic leadership would prefer to attack anyone pushing back against their words.
I'm not sure why there is not more confusion about where these ladies are from, not based on the color of their skin but by the content of their words. Just as Martin Luther King implored us all to judge a citizen in this way.
Rep. Tlaib has written for Louis Farrakhan's Nation of Islam newsletter. Farrakhan is on the record saying things like:
"White people are potential humans–they haven't evolved yet."
"White folks are going down. And Satan is going down. And Farrakhan, by God’s grace, has pulled a cover off of that Satanic Jew, and I’m here to say your time is up, your world is through."
"A decree of death has been passed on America. The judgment of God has been rendered and she must be destroyed...," New York Amsterdam News, August 14-20, 1997.
It was politically necessary for President Obama to distance himself from Farrakhan; so why does Tlaib get a free pass for going out of her way to contribute to his racist, hateful rubbish?
The more these four ladies speak, the more I hear them condemning whites, Jews, anyone who disagrees with them and they are always looking to form an alliance of illegal immigrants, Muslims, black and brown people–against the "white privileged persecutors" of them all.
When Trump responds to remarks by Rosie O'Donnell, Hillary Clinton or Nancy Pelosi, he's called a misogynist or a pig. When he fires back at Chuck Schumer or Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, he's called a bully.
Who batted an eye when he had this to say?:
Only one of the four women was not born an American, so his advice to them to return to "their nations" was quite wrong and does provide plenty of ammo for shots that were coming anyway.
These particular four women are telling our nation that our nation is no good, at least while people who look like me have a say.
- Having the audacity to defend our borders is racist.
- Not voting for Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump is proof of racism
- Not wishing to make college, healthcare, child daycare free is racist
- Not wanting statues of George Washington or Thomas Jefferson to be torn down is racist
- Asking citizenship status on the U.S. Census form is racist
They are mobilizing bullies like Antifas with their warmongering and their own racist and ideologically bigoted propaganda.
They are pushing for communism while cowering from the word itself. They condemn Jews, work for anti-semites, contribute to anti-semitism and then deny it despite the clear and easily presentable record.
They are creating (along with the entire left) an atmosphere in the United States that no conservative is a legitimately elected official as all are, yup, "racist."
For now, people with red MAGA hats are socially acceptable legitimate targets for violent beatings. How far away can it be when just being a white American is an implied racist citizen?
I'll point out the obvious here: most minority Americans do not agree with any of the above. Some white Americans do. We wouldn't have a nation without the massive contributions of sacrifice and heroism by Americans of color. If you don't agree, then you get an "F" in U.S. History.
The cowards on the left who we know don't agree to this agenda of hate, but are politically paralyzed to stop it, are expediting the division.
The activity of white supremacists isn't helping and the majority of Americans who don't side with them; they need to condemn them every time they surface, but peaceably.
It should not matter as an American if your next-door neighbor has ancestry from Ireland or Ivory Coast, if they are Methodist or Muslim, liberal or conservative.
If we're all being honest, the only thing that matters is respect, common ground, our laws and our liberties. They should not be in contradiction, but when misrepresented or when abused, the land either we choose to live in or our ancestors chose for us is threatened.
Being an American is like hitting the lottery of citizenship. Yes, blacks have had to endure most of the worst chapters of this country's history. Muslims have been singled out since post-World War II as tensions between the Middle East and West have been so prominent. Obviously, even more so since 9/11.
Hispanics, through the reality of geography, are the face of illegal immigration. Racism here has affected the trajectory of many of our Latino citizens, no denying it.
The Irish, from indentured servantry in the 17th century to post-Potato Famine in the late 19th century have suffered from bigotry, scorned for both their nationality and Roman Catholic religion. Chinese migrants were physically and financially abused as they escaped the tyranny of the eastern monarchy and searched for the ideals found in our founding documents–only to be met with selfish, sociopathic rail barons and their ruthless labor enforcers who tricked tens of thousands into dangerous, horrid labor camps.
Native Americans were punished for their generosity in sharing some of their lands with the European explorers-turned-colonialists-turned-expansionist aggressors.
Guess what? Every race from every corner of our world has chapters of abuse, selfishness, primal fear, genocide, bigotry, racism, xenophobia, malcontent, hatred.
None of us are born to an ancestry of innocence. History though has brought us all here, by hook or by crook. This nation was built on ideals of liberty, of being allowed to live one's life as he or she sees fit as long as it did not contradict this pursuit of happiness for anyone else.
I can't lie to you and tell you that the Constitution has never been ignored or enforced incorrectly. We're a nation of men, and humans are prone to make mistakes.
Equal opportunity is a just rule. Equal outcome? Well, that is left to fate and no matter how generous someone in government is, this truth needs to be amplified apparently.
How on earth are we expected to move forward to the future together, if half of us are so fixated on looking backward to the one place in time we can't fix: the past. And for no other reason than to re-open wounds almost closed and wounds that almost none of us are responsible for?
While I don't see President Trump as any healer, I would advise caution to those of you whose hatred for him is so strong that you could back the political opposition, whose agenda seems to be to scuttle our nation and eviscerate the foundation of the greatest hope for freedom the world will ever know.
Ken Pittman is the host of The Ken Pittman Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon. Contact him at ken.pittman@