Adapted from the latest Radio Derb, available exclusively on VDARE.com
Ms. Omar has been rather free with remarks about how Jews are too fond of money, use their money for disproportionate influence in our politics, have dual loyalties and in some cases dual American and Israeli citizenship, and so on.
As I noted in the February 15th podcast, this is Third-Rail stuff, like talking openly about black crime rates. Also like that other Third Rail (which I guess is then a fourth rail … whatever), there’s some truth behind what she says—truth rooted in group differences.
Ashkenazi Jews have high average intelligence, so they do disproportionately well in free societies like ours. I don’t know that they are any more fond of money than the rest of us—I’m pretty fond of the stuff myself—but they make more of it per capita because of their success. And yes, U.S. foreign policy is tilted towards Israel more than it would be if none of that was the case.
This is one of those zones, along with global warming and the vaccination controversy, that I don’t venture into much. In part that’s because, like those other zones, it’s inhabited by way too many shrieking monomaniacs of one faction or another. Mostly, though, I just don’t think it’s a big deal.
If Egypt attacks Israel I assume we’d take Israel’s side, with diplomatic and material support, but we’re not under any obligation to do so, and it’s highly unlikely we’d send an expeditionary force. I would certainly be against sending one.
If I’m going to lose sleep over foreign commitments, I’m going to lose it over these crazy, absurd, outdated treaty obligations we have to come to the defense of countries that are rich and populous enough to defend themselves, either alone or in local alliances.
The thrust of our foreign policy should be to press the Europeans, the Koreans, the Japanese, and the rest to be as militarily self-reliant as the Israelis are.
goes not abroad in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own.
That’s where we stand with Israel, isn’t it? If it’s not, it’s where I would want us to stand. I’d also want us to stand there in respect of other free, independent nations. I really like that ideal.
So I’m not much disturbed by Ms. Omar’s indiscretions. I’ll even raise one cheer for them. She’s talking about group differences, after all. We have a taboo on talking about group differences, and I think that taboo is dumb and counter-productive.
Shouting down all talk of group differences with screams of “bigotry!” “prejudice!” “racism!” “antisemitism!” doesn’t help us towards a fairer and more harmonious society, whether the group at issue is Jews, blacks, or Somali Muslims.
And on one of Ms. Omar’s points, I heartily agree. Dual citizenship is a simply terrible idea. I don’t know why we tolerate it.
No, wait, actually I do know. We tolerate it because of a 1967 Supreme Court ruling, Afroyim v. Rusk. That’s something Congress could fix, though, if Congress were capable of doing anything more than passing vapid virtue-signaling resolutions.
When I got U.S. citizenship I heard a lot of advice from other British expats about how I could keep my U.K. passport—in effect, be a dual citizen. My stock reply to them was: “You only have one mother, you only have one country.” My old passport has long since expired, and gathers dust in a memento box in my attic. I’m an American.
We should outlaw dual citizenship.
Of course, the really fun thing about Ms. Omar’s indiscretions has been the quandary in which they put the Democratic Party.