The blame-America-first crowd strikes again. The latest example comes to us via Rep. Ilhan Omar. Much has been made over Omar’s flirtations with antisemitism, but this time, she took things a step further: She didn’t just equate Israel with terrorist organizations, as horrible and wrong as that may be. She did the same thing to America, tweeting that “We have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the U.S., Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban.”
In the wake of that tweet, she has sought once again to “clarify” her position and to play the victim (accusing her critics of perpetuating “Islamaphobic tropes”). Her pattern of comments betray her worldview (more so than her coerced clarifications), but her pessimism about her adopted country (which is increasingly shared among citizens and politicians alike) also deserves more scrutiny.
If, like me, you’re worried about what the left is doing with critical race theory or the 1619 project’s attempts to reframe America’s founding and, by extension, America’s present and future as the fruit of the poison tree, it’s worth spending some time on just why that’s so dangerous. Consider the implications. If America is fundamentally toxic, why would anyone want to defend it? Why would anyone want to join the military? What is more, why would anyone want to defend the foundational ideas associated with it? Taken to its logical conclusion, this means America probably shouldn’t be leading the world. But if we’re not, who fills the void? China? They don’t suffer from this same neurotic fixation for self-flagellation. But would that be a positive outcome? The consequences for the world would be devastating.