15.4.19

THE FIRST AMENDMENT CONFERS AN ABSOLUTE RIGHT TO CRITICIZE POLITICIANS.

If novice Member of Congress Ilhan Omar (Ingrate - Minn.) did not want to become the public face of jihad in Congress, she should not have run for office.

But she did, and she chose to spout off, and she got called out for it.  "I applaud the New York Post for this massive verbal slap."  Her fan club doesn't like it.  "Since the president's tweet—and the right-wing media's smears against Omar that preceded it—progressives have urged Democratic leaders and 2020 presidential candidates to stand up for the Minnesota congresswoman."

Reason's Robby Soave attempts to be the voice of, um, reason.  "Omar’s comments may sound flippant when taken out of context, but they were nowhere near as offensive as the right made them out to be—and Trump’s tweet, though thoughtless and unfair, did not represent any kind of violent threat. Everybody who got worked up about Omar was stoking unfounded outrage. And they were doing it hypocritically, since this is the kind of thing each side tends to hate when the other side does it."

That might be so, but, again, one of the occupational hazards of engaging in politics is being criticized by members of the public.  It has long been the refuge of politicians to whinge about journalists who "attack" them by quoting them accurately.  It has also long been the nature of politicians to demagogue and rouse the rabble.
Omar’s remarks did not merit this level of denunciation. But as a sitting congresswoman, she’s in the political fray; she should not be immune from criticism, wrongheaded though it sometimes may be. Some of that criticism crossed a clear line: Omar has claimed that she received death threats in the wake of Trump’s tweet. No one should be threatened for expressing their opinions, and the government should take whatever action is necessary to make sure Omar is safe.
Precisely. We remove incompetent public officials from office by voting them out. (Not only that, the representative is a useful asset to the insurgency. Every time she opens her mouth fence-sitting Normals become militant.)

It is our duty to call them out when they deserve it.  "In general, don’t criticize a politician because some people might take it too far and threaten her would be a bad rule, one that would make it more difficult to hold politicians accountable when they really have earned a good lambasting."

We'll let Victory Girl Nina Bookout deliver the civics lesson.  "Thankfully for all of us, our Founders knew what they were doing when they wrote the First Amendment. So Ilhan, you go right ahead with your speaking. We’ll go right on ahead with quoting you. That’s how this works."

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