Sometimes it takes the right person saying it.
You and I can say it a thousand times, but when the right person says it there is a weight added to the words which adds considerable heft to the sentiment. In this case it came today, September 11, from the son of a woman who died in the Twin Towers in 2001.
His words were direct, far more diplomatic than I would have been, and pointed to U.S. Congresswoman (wait, can I write that or is it Congressperson?) Ilhan Omar, the soon-to-be-one term Representative from St. Louis Park, Minnesota who it appears married her brother to get him into the country illegally, then married another guy, had another relationship...well, I'll stop there.
You may remember her comment about 9/11, then again, you may not. Here it is (emphasis mine):
"Here's the truth. For far too long we have lived with the discomfort of being a second-class citizen and, frankly, I'm tired of it, and every single Muslim in this country should be tired of it. Cair was founded after 9/11 because they recognized that some people did something and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties."
Many on the left (aka the mainstream media) have whined incessantly that she was taken out of context. So, go ahead, look again. Was she? Is there anything in her statement which changes, or even mitigates, the meaning of "some people did something?"
It's a laughable claim. It's like what the New York Times had the audacity to Tweet out - before taking it down...(emphasis mine) this morning:
"18 years have passed since the airplanes took aim and brought down the World Trade Center. Today, families will once again gather and grieve at the site where more than 2,000 people died."
They were Islamic Jihadis who murdered, took over, flew, crashed, and killed 2,753 at the WTC and 2,977 adding in the Pentagon and United 93 which passengers crashed in a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Technically, the Times got it right when it wrote "more than 2,000," but to me it's ignoring about 753 lives lost. Maybe it's just me, but I'm bugged by it.
They were not "some people" like some people take a walk in the rain. Ilhan Omar tried to provide cover and avoid calling these people for who and what they were, and are....Islamic terrorists. And the NYT acts like the planes just flew themselves into the buildings and ground much like no one was responsible. It was "the airplanes."
No, Jihadis, Islamic terrorists flew the planes and committed murder just like bad, evil people kill the innocent with guns. The airplanes did not kill 2,753 people, Islamic terrorists did; guns don't murder people, evil people murder people.
It is one of the many reasons why I shake my head in disbelief at anyone who remains a Democrat after the party tolerates and excuses the kind of rhetoric Omar and "the squad" engage in routinely. I would be utterly ashamed.
To end where I began...On the 18th anniversary of the Islamic terrorist attacks on America, one surviving family member said what many of us have said for months - but he was the right person to say it.