Rolling Stone magazine recently showed a newsstand cover of Speaker Nancy Pelosi flanked by the two Muslim women members of Congress from the upper U.S. who refused the congressional oath of office and progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez under the title, “Women Shaping the
Future.” The female leadership presented doesn’t accurately represent Congress, nor most Americans.
Pelosi was elected speaker of the House in spite of her vow to retain that title for only four years. She did so because she’s older (age 78) and there was opposition from other Democrats who wanted a dynamic speaker more representative of younger members.
Rep. Ilhan Omar is from Sudan. She got into trouble in Congress because she was outspoken about other members beholden to Israel and taking re-election money from AIPAC, the American Israel Political Action Committee, the powerful PAC that supports members who support Israel. Omar supports Palestine and was not shy about calling out Israeli supporters.
Democrats were intent on criticizing her criticism, but after consultation with Democratic congressional leaders, they watered down their legislative criticism of Omar, instead criticizing all hate speech.
Omar was elected by 77.97 percent of the vote. Her re-election woes in 2020 are due to her outspokenness, though a Republican candidate has never received more than 40 percent of the 5th District of Minnesota vote. She succeeded Muslim Keith Ellison in Congress who withdrew from his Congressional seat to unsuccessfully seek the position of Minnesota’s Attorney General.
Rep. Rashida Tlaib is a Palestinian lawyer elected from Michigan, and one of two Muslim women elected to Congress in 2018. She’s infamous for calling President Trump a “Motherf***er” a few weeks ago. Regardless of her religious affiliation, she spoke out-of-turn and should have avoided speaking crudely about the president — doing so was beneath her.
Her comments tainted other valid points she could’ve made, yet her outspokenness received much attention. Perhaps she sought the attention, as she had previously lamented having too small a voice, devoid of publicity.
Congressional membership should never give license to crudeness. Members generally have great latitude, but obscenities are unacceptable. They aren’t acceptable for presidents, either, for most presidents bring dignity to the office, recognizing that they hold a special place in the hearts of most Americans, a place reserved for those who represent all,
They’re people others can look up to and emulate. Crude behavior should never be emulated. Perhaps that’s why the United States is so crude and polarized now with citizens choosing sides and acting out their bad feelings, free to criticize in the starkest terms, often hiding behind social media outlets and emulating leaders they support.
Too often we do what we see others do — and get away with. The president’s tirade against the late Sen. John McCain and his family is a good example of what not to do or how to act, especially against a deceased person of stature.
That’s why Rep. Tlaib’s outburst was so offensive. She has every right to do so, but perhaps publicity-seeking compelled her actions. (Former Speaker Newt Gingrich once told freshmen Congressmen that if they wanted to, they could spend their first term on the beach, shoot from the lip and not pay attention to Congressional business, yet their re-election chances were greatly diminished).
Tliab’s comments probably didn’t jeopardize her chances at re-election, since she won her 13th District seat by 90 percent in the general election in a district filled with minorities. It’s the most Democratic District in Michigan.
Rep. Ocasio-Cortez won election in 2018 against 10-term New York Democrat Rep. Joe Crowley, likely then a future speaker of the House, by winning the primary. She went on to the general election as a heavy favorite and was sworn-in as the youngest female member of the House at age 29. She’s a progressive favoring the Green New Deal, Medicare for all and other planks of the progressive agenda. She favors liberal causes and supports Reps. Omar and Tlaib to change the face of America from a capitalist nation to a socialist one.
Her word might be every bit as powerful as Speaker Pelosi’s, in spite of her freshman status. Her priorities are out of touch with most Americans.
The 2020 election represents a crossroads for America.
While many don’t like Mr. Trump’s style, and might vote for an alternative, a majority of Americans support his capitalistic policies.
With Democratic candidates leaning leftward toward socialistic policies, the Trump campaign could emerge victorious. Perhaps Mr. Trump has created copycats in these four women.
George R. Nethercutt Jr. served five terms in the House from the 5th Congressional District as a Republican. Nethercutt is the founder and chairman of The George Nethercutt Foundation.