Crucified on a Cross of Benjamins
One can only be gobsmacked by the Orwellian tactic of claiming that a quotidian phrase, uttered by millions for decades, has suddenly become an anti-Semitic insult. ("Its all about the Benjamin's, baby.") This is weaponized sophistry, aka casuistry. If we go down this road, saying "I wouldn't touch that with a ten foot pole." is going to be construed as anti-Polish. The metaphor of the boiling frog will be taken as an insult to French mentality.
The obvious (to me) response to the fabricated and orchestrated outrage about Representative Ilhan Omar's remark is to send her a $100 bill. If she is going to be crucified on a cross of Benjamins, she might as well have some of them.
If you can't afford $100 by yourself, get ten people together and collectively buy one bill. If CIA Markos can send Pelosi roses, we can send Omar Benjamins.
If interrogated, you can cover your ass by saying you are "mocking" her statement, that you are really "insulting" her. You can say that sending her piles of money makes her "look corrupt". Those claims are about as true as the Jesuitical shitstorm that has been unleashed on this truth teller. Its just another artillery barrage in the long war to destroy political speech by anyone without billions.
In the age of identity politics, its no accident that TPTB decide to pull this ham-fisted stunt on a naturalized, Moslem citizen. Representative Omar is not to be known by her politics, but only by her "anti-Semitism", her gender, her religion, and the "otherness" of her foreign birth.[NOTE] The fake liberals who defend so many corporate-friendly women politicos, like Hillary, as victims and agitate for open borders are nowhere to be found. In fact, they have joined in the attack on Representative Omar. If you needed any evidence that IdPol is nothing more than selective outrage, the response in this case is it.
I have watched, over a half a century, as the rightwing politicians in Israel (a political entity, not a religious or ethnic group) have moved the goalposts on what are acceptable topics and what is acceptable speech all over the world. This tactic was even used on Jewish opposition, who became "self-loathing Jews" - a diagnosis worthy of Soviet psychologists. The word "anti-Semitism" has become nothing more than an excuse to attack anyone criticizing the policies of a nation state.
Its use is akin to the equally abused "right to protect" that the US invokes in the name of some nebulous "victims" so that it can bomb the shit out of some country that didn't bow to our demands. Clearly Israel's
lobbying bribery is different than all the other countries and companies bribing the US government and not an acceptable topic - because - even more than the US - Israel is an exceptional nation. That's why the first bill passed by the Senate this year was to criminalize BDS. They want to tear up our Constitution (free speech) and our history (Boston Tea Party) to appease the theocratic right in Israel.
The attack on Representative Omar represents an attempt by Israel, via AIPAC, to nail the coffin lid shut and bury forever anyone's right - even a seated member of Congress - to criticize Israel on the basis of facts acknowledged to be true by everyone, even Israel. To wit, that Washington, DC is a corrupt sewer where "money talks and bullshit walks", and it has been one long before that phrase was coined in the late 1970s.
When propagandists vaporize the meaning of words and airbrush history with nonsense like "the Benjamins", the possibility of rational debate is destroyed. There can only be "pick a side and fight". You can see these tactics of victimhood on display in the ongoing attempt of Netanyahu to get the US to do his dirty work and save his political ass by starting a war with Iran:
"What is important about this meeting - and it is not in secret because there are many of those - is that this is an open meeting with representatives of leading Arab countries, that are sitting down together with Israel in order to advance the common interest of war with Iran."
- Benjamin Netanyahu
It doesn't look like the AIPAC propagandists and other Israel-firsters are going to de-escalate their delusional and dangerous rhetoric, so I'm pretty much down to picking a side. And its not going to be the side of propagandists covering for a murderous apartheid regime and selling out my freedom of speech in the process. To be fair, there is a substantial segment of the US Jewish community that is anti-Netanyahu and increasingly disgusted with the hard-right and openly racist tilt of Israeli politics. I'm with them.
Now I will sit back and wait for the accusations of anti-Semitism. I can't be self-loathing because I'm not Jewish.
NOTE: Using a scary "other" is a standard tactic when TPTB want to steal more of our rights. For example, they picked the Latino criminal Jose Padilla when they effectively destroyed our right to Habeus Corpus. Habeus corpus is very relevant today, as Trump's declaration of emergency would allow him to suspend that foundation of our jurisprudence for everyone, not just so called enemy combatants.