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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

'Interesectional Feminist' Socialist Wins in Minnesota

Ilhan Omar
CNN  has just projected that Ilhan Omar has won the Democratic Paty nomination for  Minnesota's 5th District House seat being vacated by Rep. Keith Ellison (D).

Since there is no Republican Paty to speak of in the district, this all but assures that the Somalian-born hajib wearing socialist, who identifies herself on her Twitter profile as an "intersectional feminist," will gain the seat during the November mid-term elections.

Her economic policy positions are worst than
even those of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, but as I described at EconomicPolicyJournal.com, she is a smoother politician than Ocasio-Cortez---Obama smooth. See: About The Woman Who Could Be Entering Congress in 2019 Who Holds Even More Extreme Socialist Views Than Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

That said, she is good on foreign policy--very good. From her website:
We must end the state of continuous war, as these wars have made us less safe. Hundreds of thousands of civilians have been killed, entire countries have been destabilized, and we are currently in the midst of an extreme global migration crisis...

We are currently engaged in a number of wars that have no end in sight—Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Libya, Yemen, and Somalia. These wars have destabilized regions, created massive humanitarian crises, and continue to hurt our image across the world. We must end these wars, and we must avoid military-use as a last resort in the future.

Reduce total spending on the military from its projected FY 2019 levels of $886 billion and reinvest that money into healthcare, education, housing, jobs, clean energy, and infrastructure 
Cut the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) that has been called the Pentagon’s ‘slush fund’. In 2017, the OCO budget increased by 41% to $82.4 billion.
Eliminate wasteful military programs like the F-35 fighter jet program, saving taxpayers $1 trillion dollars total 
Scale back the number of US military bases across the world 
REPEAL HARMFUL SANCTIONS AND OPPOSE ALL U.S. INTERVENTION INTO DEMOCRATICALLY-ELECTED GOVERNMENTS 
Sanctions and economic blockades have been used to hurt the economies of countries outside of the U.S. sphere of influence. These measures hurt working people in other countries and foster animosity towards our government.

End sanctions and embargoes against countries, which ultimately only hurt the working families of those countries
Support diplomatic solutions to the conflicts in both North Korea and Iran, and avoid military conflict at all costs
Support the JCPOA, and advocate for a deal that does not disproportionately impose economic sanctions on the people of Iran.
.SUPPORT A PEACE THAT AFFIRMS THE SAFETY AND RIGHTS OF BOTH PALESTINIANS AND ISRAELIS 
Stability in the Middle East depends on the establishment of a lasting peace between Palestinians and Israelis. But without justice, there will never be peace. The United States must work with the international community, and not unilaterally, to work towards a solution. I will use my voice in Congress and work with communities on the ground to center the ultimate goal of self-determination and peace.

Fight against efforts from the Trump administration to undermine the peace process, and support the autonomy for the Israeli and Palestinian peoples to define what a solution looks like
Uplift the voices of Palestinians demanding an end to the occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and end the siege of Gaza
Oppose the killing of civilians in Gaza and the expansion of settlements into the West Bank

Robert Wenzel is Editor & Publisher of

5 comments:

  1. Hell, Thomas Jefferson would be proud.

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  2. Of course the call to reduce military spending is welcome, but if this person, who seems sincere in her views (wrongheaded as they may be) ever reaches Congress, she would be fighting very entrenched interests, which want to keep that spending up because "jobs". Dry up that spigot and you would have another 'rust belt' except of a bigger scale. Reduce the number of toys that the government gifts to generals and admirals and they could, you know, take over. The political will to reduce military spending is not there and will not be there. I seriously doubt that [perhaps future] congresswoman Ilhan Omar will make a difference.

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    1. There is no chance she loses in Nov. this was Kieth Ellison seat. She has a ton of support in her district.

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  3. Is she just a little rougher Tulsi Gabbard?

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  4. Some refreshing positions to see in print.

    However, and this is why I despair, note her comment:

    "Support diplomatic solutions to the conflicts in both North Korea and Iran, and avoid military conflict at all costs"

    There are no "conflicts" but for the US government's presence and/or interests. So instead of calling for "diplomatic solutions," why not just call for leaving other countries alone? If someone with her positions presupposes that there are conflicts independent of US meddling, what hope does she really provide?

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