Ilhan Omar is Right

Although she has apologized (with a bit of a rider at the end, saying nonetheless, lobbying groups like the NRA, and AIPAC, and the fossil fuel industry have too much influence), I think she was right.
She wrote “It’s all about the Benjamin’s baby” and the pro-Israel types, including Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer immediately jumped all over her, as if it’s a mortal insult to say that money talks, and sometimes it speaks Yiddish, with a funny old accent.
“It’s all about the Benjamins, baby” is a phrase that probably gets repeated on twitter and facebook thousands of times a day, in many contexts.  And it can’t be wrong to point out AIPAC’s huge influence on American politics.

Can Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer honestly say they have never received campaign donations from AIPAC or its members?  Can they say they have never courted the support of wealthy Jewish donors like Sheldon Adelson and Chaim Saban, who put Israel above all else?  Can they say they have never given a speech at a fund raising dinner where most of the guests were Jewish and they spent a large portion of their speech talking about how wonderful Israel is?
I’ll bet they can’t.  And if they can’t, then they are the biggest hypocrites in the world, because that proves her point right there.
And if they can, if they are totally not beholden to Israel for their worthless political careers, then maybe they can explain why the U.S. DOES have such a servile relationship with that tiny land?  Why does the U.S. give them billions of dollars a year?  Why does the U.S. congress vote on clearly unconstitutional legislation which actually makes it a crime to criticize Israel, and to refuse to buy from them?
Because “It’s all about the Benjamins, baby” sounds about right to me.

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