ER Editor: Readers may also be interested in this piece by Ali Abunimah for The Electronic Intifada, titled Tulsi Gabbard tries to defend anti-Palestinian vote.
What Tulsi Gabbard’s caving in to the Israel Lobby really shows
Yes, Tulsi Gabbard’s name was not found in the list of those members of Congress which voted “no” to the resolution condemning the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel. This is the full list as reported by The Forward: Earl Blumenauer (D-Oregon), Andre Carson (D-Indiana), Debbie Dingell (D-Michigan), Jesus “Chuy” Garcia (D-Illinois), Raul Grijalva (D-Arizona), Pramila Jayapal (D-Washington), Barbara Lee (D-California), Thomas Massie (R-Kentucky), Betty McCollum (D-Minnesota), Gwen Moore (D-Wisconsin), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York), Ilhan Omar (D-Minnesota), Chellie Pingree (D-Maine), Mark Pocan (D-Wisconsin), Bobby Rush (D-Illinois), Rashida Tlaib (D-Michigan) and Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-New Jersey).
Truth be told, the Israeli Lobby did a superb job focusing what is left of the mind of those who expose themselves to the corporate Ziomedia’s propaganda on nonsensical pretend-issues such as who is in the so-called “squad” (Reps. Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez & Rashida Tlaib), on Ilhan Omar’s alleged anti-Semitism (what else is new?) and on Trump’s brilliant idea to send her “home” (only to disavow it later – in typical Trump style). As a result, a major chunk of the First Amendement has now been chipped away.
I also note with interest that these 17 Democracts prove that the most pro-Zionist party is the GOP, not the Democrats. I salute the courage of Thomas Massie (R-Kentucky)!
There were plenty of other signs that showed that for all her very real qualities and her likely sincerity, Tulsi Gabbard does not really dare to speak truth to power. Here is a very good example of that:
I agree with the slogan she chose: the Kremlin’s darling? Think again!
A very wise friend of mine wrote this about why Gabbard had to cave in:
I told you she is a single issue politician. It’s about wars without end. Everything else is Realpolitik and nothing is more real than Zionists controlling the politics and legislation in Washington. She would have no hope of surviving the next round of laws. They are going to make anything “anti-Israel” equals “anti-Semitic” and that will be a crime like it is in France. She has high ideals on only a single issue. It’s a great issue. But you cannot count on a politician to be a noble warrior. Forget anyone doing the right thing all the time. She shines bright on one issue. If she was really wise or clever, she would have abstained. So, she is neither.
Again, I can only agree with him.
My personal conclusion from all this is that this is yet another strong indication that the US political system is completely unreformable. And, furthermore, any political system which cannot adapt to new realities and reform itself is simply condemned to a sudden, catastrophic (and often violent) collapse.
This being said, Gabbard is still the only running candidate who wants to legalize cannabis (at least as far as I know), she wants to reform what is justly called the “US Gulag” system, and she backs Medicare For All. I still think that she is very likable and probably sincere. But she sure does not have what it takes to tackle what is by far the worst problem of the United States: they are just a subservient and voiceless colony of the last openly racist state on the planet, and that is a moral issue. This is the type of issue in which no compromise is possible, at least for an honest person. Gabbard chose to compromise on that, and this makes her useless to those who want to free the United States and restore in full their full sovereignty.
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