the root of the trouble…

Change your opinions, keep to your principles; change your leaves, keep intact your roots.
Victor Hugo

(a memorial in Savannah, GA commemorating the relationship between the founder of
the Georgia colony, James Ogelthrope and the first Jewish settlers of Georgia / Julie Cook / 2018)

Roots. defines such as a part of the body of a plant that develops, typically,
from the radicle and grows downward into the soil, anchoring the plant and absorbing nutriment
and moisture.

The root system to any plant or tree is essential to its survival.
It aids in nourishing the plant as well as acting as the anchor…
that which holds the plant in place.

A deep and strong root system ensures a plants survival during strong winds, torrential rains
and even deadly droughts.


According to Merriam Webster, the word Anti-Semitism is defined by:
hostility toward or discrimination against Jews as a religious, ethnic, or racial group…

Anti-semitism tears at the very root system of a people.

Just this past week, we’ve heard a great deal about anti-Semitism.
Its reared its ugly little head in one of the least likely of places…

It was heard not during some Neo-Nazi rally.
It was not heard uttered from Hezbollah.
It was not seen on some ISIS video.
It was not found in the pages of a dusty copy of Mein Kampf.

It was actually the words heard, read and shared multiple times by one of the freshmen members of
The United States Congress, Rep Ilhan Omar.

Ms. Omar is a Democratic Representative from Minnesota who also happens to be
a Somalin Muslim.

Ms. Omar has made a name for herself as of late, but not for what one would think coming
from an excited new member of the US House of Representative.

Ms. Omar has made her disdain for Isreal and our Jewish brethren very clear.

The thing is that the United States and Israel, along with those Americans of
the Jewish faith has a long, very deep and strong relationship…
it is a relationship that is the core root system
of our Nation…
It is the whole Judaeo Christian base that this nation has built it’s governing upon.

Now it would be one thing if Ms. Omar had what we call a simple ‘slip of the lip’–
a spoken misstep…something we are all guilty of uttering…most often without thinking.

We call it a mea culpa…a “my bad”

The more mature among us humbly acknowledge our errors, the hurt we’ve caused,
the inconvenience, the shame, and pain to our fellow man …
We apologize, we make amends while working to go forward.

However in the case of Ms. Omar, rather than expressing umbrage or remorse,
Ms. Omar has doubled down on her rhetoric and continued with her caustic stance.

Her words and defiance are now sending her own upper Democratic “management” into something
fresh out of the Keystone Cops.
The leadership is fumbling over itself struggling over how to handle this new
firebrand member.
And unfortunately, they have tragically failed over how to reprimand this new young member.

How do our more youthful citizens learn if the wizened “adults” in the room fail to act
or lead…preferring to basically bury their heads in the sand?

The answer is they don’t—not unitl it’s too late.

Ms Omar’s words are gravely anti-Semitic…
they are insulting, hurtful and rooted in a deep arrogance.

They are the types of words that this Nation has actually shed blood over while helping to
defend others who have fought the scourge of anti-Semitism that was rife
under the likes of Adolph Hitler.

And yet we hear of a more modern day hate-filled individual,
the Nation of Islam Leader Louis Farrakhan,
praise Omar for her hate-filled words–commending the young Congresswoman
while encouraging her to never recant or apologize.

It seems that Mr. Farrakhan has a long history of anti-Semitism.

According to a 1984 Washington Post article the now 84-year-old leader of the Nation of Islam,
Louis Farrakhan likened Hitler to being that of a great man.

“Black Muslim leader Louis Farrakhan, whose threats against a Washington Post reporter have
become an issue in Jesse L. Jackson’s political campaign,
yesterday defended himself here in a second controversy,
having called Adolf Hitler a “great man.”

He said he thinks Hitler was also “wicked. Wickedly great.”

To say that my head is now spinning over all of this while the likes of Nancy Pelosi and
Chuck Schummer can’t seem to bring themselves to explain to this young member of their party
as to why all of her words and behavior are unfitting for a member of the US Congress,
as well as, simply wrong from one human being directed to another is simply irresponsible
and gravely dangerous.

Add to this the fact that Bernie Sanders is now standing by Ms. Omar while throwing her
his support.
Mr. Sanders who is Jewish but has been branded as more atheist than a
practicing Jew seems to have forgotten his own roots.

Yesterday I read an interview given by Megan McCain regarding Ms. Omar.

Now I’m not always a fan of Ms. McCain.
Whereas I did greatly respect her father, I did not always see eye to eye with the
various stances he took during his time in the US Senate…
I still respect, however, the contributions that he and now
his daughter each have made and continues to make on behalf of a Nation that
I believe they both deeply cherish.

I applaud Ms. McCain for her outspoken words regarding the lack of Democratic
leadership regarding this recent avalanche of anti-Semitism and Ms. Omar’s words.

“I take the hate crimes rising in this country incredibly seriously and I think what’s
happening in Europe is really scary,” McCain said.
“On both sides it should be called out.
And just because I don’t technically have Jewish family that are blood-related to me doesn’t
mean that I don’t take this seriously and it is very dangerous, very dangerous…
what Ilhan Omar is saying is very scary to me.”

Last night former Senator Joe Liberman offered a very thought-filled response to his once own party’s
lack of leadership with regards to Ms. Omar and the lack of the House’s Democratic leadership
in a sit-down interview with Martha McCallum.

American and Israeli / Jewish ties run very deep.
Jews were members of the earliest settlers within our 13 colonies.

And yet we are now standing idly by pretending that anti-semitism is
not really happening here before our very eyes by members of our own governing body.

Our troubles, it now seems, runs very deep but our root system, a system that make this Nation
who and what it is, runs much deeper.
Our Judaeo / Christian heritage is a foundation—if we allow our foundation
to be chipped away, then our root system suffers…possibly even being
damaged beyond repair.

“We are confronted with another theme.
It is not a new theme;
it leaps out upon us from the Dark Ages–
racial persecution, religious intolerance, deprivation of free speech,
the conception of the citizen as a mere soulless fraction of the State.
To this has been added the cult of war.
Children are to be taught in their earliest schooling the delights and profits of conquest
and aggression.
A whole mighty community has been drawn painfully, by severe privations,
into a warlike frame.”

(Winston Churchill in an excerpt of a speech broadcast to Britain
and the United States October 16, 1938)

35 comments on “the root of the trouble…

  1. Wally Fry says:

    You know, those who try to answer the question about the Jews: Why have they, more than any other group of people, been mercilessly persecuted for centuries? There are really only two possible answers. Answer on is that they have a plan from the past and into the future that transcends this earth. Of course, that is what the Bible clearly teaches. The only other possible answer as to why they have been singled out is exactly what we see with this Representative…that being that they somehow deserve it.

    Now, as far as what the Democrats might do to her? That can get touchy. I suppose she has the right to feel what she feels and to express her feelings. Taking action for what a person says or feels can quickly go places we don’t want to go. So, I am not sure how they should progress. It’s kind of like some things I have heard more than one person say in my part of the world. Many think the fact that she is a Muslim should disqualify her from serving in office, which clearly is not constitutional; yet the same group demands that no religious test be applied for those running for office…then immediately they make one. The world is nuts.

  2. says:

    I’m embarrassed to have Ms Omar representing the state of Minnesota. My home state is extremely liberal and it has a large Somalian population, which whole heartedly supports her. I don’t know what the answer is in this situation. We can’t have hateful speech going on in our governing bodies. It is counterproductive. We’ve seen the Muslim population getting more and more involved in politics and it’s scary because they still govern their own communities as they did in their homelands. It makes me wonder where this is going.

    • I’ve written about the growing Muslim population in places such a Dearborn before…it is troubling—for the very fact you say—they still live under Sharia law while here—when they should be living under our our laws and our laws alone…Sharia law is not our law.
      It all goes back to assimilation or not.
      But even that word, assimilation, is now considered racist and politically incorrect.
      When our own leaders are “afriad” of standing up for what we’ve always been taught as far as leadership and decorum is concerned in our governing branches—then our troubles are much worse then we ever imagined.

  3. oneta hayes says:

    My question: Why is the “abused child” in Congress? All the excuses to cover for her – she is from Somalia; she has suffered greatly, she is in pain, she is just expressing what she has been taught. I want grown ups who have successfully coped with pain, who know how to distinguish truth from error in what they have been taught, who have had some experience in successful leading to represent us in Congress. So there! 😀

  4. SLIMJIM says:

    The Dems pushing extreme evil is reaping even more extreme evil members for their next generation leaders. Twisted

  5. Citizen Tom says:

    Reblogged this on Citizen Tom and commented:
    Because we are human, hypocrisy is something we have to expect from each other. Because we can be so evil, hypocrisy is something we also have to expose and oppose. Therefore, I expect that is why Julie wrote her post.

    What do we do heal bigotry that hypocrisy can hide? Tricia writes about that here =>

    Here is the comment I left at her post.


    Excellent! Just because we have a tendency to overlook it, I would just add the obvious. Jesus was full of both grace and truth.

    Consider that we have Muslim black women getting away with bigotry in Congress. Intersectionality explains why. If a Republican white, male, Christian puts his foot in mouth and says something he probably shouldn’t have said, he ends up voting for his own censure. If someone with a intersectionality rating of 3 says something blatantly bigoted, her “apology” strangely sounds like a reaffirmation of he bigotry. I fear that poor lady needs a healthy dose of both radical grace and truth. Instead, her associates are ignoring and thereby enabling her abominable behavior.

    What is Intersectionality? Read Tricia’s post.

    Racism, sexism, and creedal hatred are just expressions of arrogant pride. Such bigotry is an excuse we give ourselves to lord over others. Because we so much enjoy lording over others, the longer we take to oppose true bigotry, the more difficult it is to defeat.

    • thank you Tom—I appreciate being in the circle with Tricia and yourself.
      Tell me…there’s this fellow that I keep getting comments from that are directed at you—He often calls you Thomas…but I quickly trash his foul tirades…you must be doing something really good to incur such a wrath 😉

      • Citizen Tom says:


        Thank you!

        Well, I can only guess who this fellow might be. I guess it is the same rude fellow whose comments I have been sending to the spam bucket. If you don’t want his comments, I suggest you send them to the spam bucket. It will also make difficult for him to comment on other blogs.

        The spam filter uses the information we give it. That is one reason I don’t comment very often on Atheist and Liberal Democrat blogs. If they start spamming your comments, it can make it difficult to comment anywhere.

      • Luckily his comments have come in as spam, so I dump them permantaly before they can hit the highways of comments.
        And Lord knows, I have very little interest in visiting the blogs of Atheists or Liberal Democrats. Kindof like stepping into a den of rattlesnakes…not something I want to do–ever!
        I’ve even blocked one particular stone headed chap who casued quite the rukous when he use to come visiting.

        It’s hard for me to wrap my head around what exactly it is in life that motivates such folks to
        thrive in a toilet—as in they have such a hatefilled potty mouth!!!

      • Citizen Tom says:


        Everyone should do what they believe God has gifted them to do. The Lord works in mysterious ways, but I doubt God has called on either of us to listen to a potty-mouthed dissertation on the virtues of Atheism and Liberal Democrat tyranny..

      • I totally agree 😙 that’s a dust from a sandal sort of individual!!

  6. Melissa Zelniker-Presser says:

    Yes I couldn’t agree with Oneta more! We know hurting people hurt people. There is a lack inside themselves. When people hurt some do so internally while others do so externally. Some do not even realize that they are doing it.
    The deeper and broader question is what will we as Christians do in our everyday lives for those whose hate runs deep but whose hurt runs even deeper? The crime of omission is just as serious as the crime of commission. Day in and day out, people sit idly by in the face of grave injustice, and it all starts so small… This should be food for thought for everyone.

  7. What has been previously unacceptable is now becoming more and more prevalent…Anti-Semitism is horrific. Another very important item to add to our prayers …to pray for Israel. ❤ and hugs!!

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