I would like to respectfully help you understand the left and dispel the myths that have lead you to believe our very existence is a threat.
This should be good news to you because according to Pew 38% of Americans describe themselves as independents (the majority leaning left), 31% are Democrats and 26% call themselves Republicans.
That means the majority of the country leans left.
And if the majority of the country hates you and hates the country we’re all in trouble.
The good news is that’s not true.
So lets clear up some things that the powerful elite are continuing to misinform you about:
COMMUNISM… is an ideology which believes ALL property should be "publicly owned".
SOCIALISM… means a range of things depending who you ask but in general, modern day socialists believe government should provide basic services to every citizen in exchange for citizenship and taxes.
Not so scary.
Some like Bernie Sanders use the term "democratic socialist" to make sure you know that's what he's talking about — not a system where all property and income are under authoritarian control.
Powerful elites like to use COMMUNISM and SOCIALISM interchangeably to strike fear into the hearts of anyone fearing government over-reach into every aspect of their lives.
The good news is NO DEMOCRAT IN CONGRESS NOR ANY PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE SUPPORT COMMUNISM NOR EXTREMIST SOCIALISM. Not Pelosi. Not the Squad. Not Bernie Sanders, Not Elizabeth Warren, not me, nobody.
Elizabeth Warren is considered one of the democratic candidates furthest to the left by your party. But she is hardly radical.
Regarding immigration she is for “cost-effective border security”. That is a quote.
She does NOT support "OPEN BORDERS." In fact you should be pleased to hear that no democrat in government supports “open borders”.
Warren proposes a nuanced legal change that removes the requirement for law enforcement to unnecessarily put illegal immigrants in detention centers or separate them from their children.
But illegal immigrants could and would still be deported. The intention is a more efficient, more orderly, more humane system with less government costs. Smaller government. NOT an open border.
The only losers under a Warren plan would be private detention centers making profits off misery and lobbying you to believe we need the army and that democrats want open borders.
Thank goodness it’s not true.
Another item to relax your fears is that undocumented immigrants slipping past our borders do not increase crime. The Marshall Project compared Pew Research Center and FBI numbers to satisfy this concern. You can look up this data.
And you will be happy to know Elizabeth Warren has proposed: “focusing the agencies’ [Customs and ICE] efforts on screening cargo, identifying counterfeit goods, and preventing smuggling and trafficking.”
Very sensible. Whether you agree or disagree with the nuance of her policies she is for efficiency of government and restoring order to the border. More good news.
I am not endorsing Warren — but I’m also not afraid of her nor think she hates America. That would be false and keep us divided.
Moving on to the issue of anti-Semitism.
You should know that ISRAEL has a government which provides universal healthcare paid for by taxes, government subsidized college, legal (often free) abortions and that the majority don't accept Jesus as the messiah.
Most republicans oppose those policies... so would we say Republicans are anti-Semitic? No.
In fact, Republicans supported $38 billion in military aid to Israel in 2016 — the largest in our history. Does that mean republicans support abortion and the rest? Not intentionally!
Many democrats criticize Israeli government policy. Bernie Sanders for example.
Bernie is Jewish. I also criticize the Israeli government. Half my ancestors are Jewish.
Half of Israeli's disagree with their current Prime Minister. They aren’t anti-Semitic either.
Now let’s talk about who loves so-called Islamic radical terrorists.
In May, the Trump administration tried to make an $8.1 billion arms deal to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan without congressional approval.
I assume you remember that 15 of the 19 terrorists who attacked us on 9-11 were from Saudi Arabia, and 2 were from the United Arab Emirates.
And we should all be clear that Saudi Arabia is a monarchy which follows a radical distortion of Islam that violates basic human rights, does not support what we think of as freedom and has killed at least 6500 civilians in Yemen as of August.
Saudi attacks have hit homes, markets, hospitals, schools, places of worship, weddings and funerals. Some call it a humanitarian disaster and some a genocide.
And you are aware that Christianity is not allowed to be practiced openly in Saudi Arabia?
Does that mean Trump supporters knowingly support the 9-11 attacks, genocide or hate Christianity? I’ll let you answer that.
Does democratic opposition to the Saudi arms deal mean democrats hate America? Of course not.
We should be allowed to disagree over policy without fear that we want to destroy each other.
But thinking that way is surely a self-fulfilling prophecy.
The president is continuing to accuse Minnesota Congresswoman Omar Ilhan of hating America. And he is making up stories to convince you that’s true.
Of course she has condemned terror and violence calling them “evil acts”. Of course she condemns anti-Semitism while disagreeing with some Israeli policies and political groups.
You also should know that the Arabic word for “God” is Allah.
Arab speaking Christians and Jews also use the word “Allah”. The word was used as the name of God before Islam existed. It is a contraction from al-ilāh, which means "the one and only God", and is related to El and Elah, the Hebrew and Aramaic words for God.
Aramaic is the language scholars believe Jesus and his disciples spoke.
So you do not need to fear when people use the word “Allah”. They just mean “God”. It’s as harmless as when people say “hola” to mean “hello”.
And you don’t need to fear Islam (the religion of 24% of the planet in various forms).
Religion historian Philip Jenkins did fantastic exhaustive research for us and to his “surprise, the Islamic scriptures in the Quran are actually far less bloody and less violent than those in the Bible”.
Violence in the Quran, he and others say, is largely a defense against attack.
In any case, the good news is that most Muslims are peaceful people who believe in Jesus and God and getting along and not judging. Just like most Christians.
More good news is America celebrates freedom of religion.
Our Islamic congresswoman Ilhan Omar is a normal American citizen democratically elected and representing Americans in Minneapolis.
She's an advocate of a living wage, affordable housing and healthcare, student loan debt forgiveness for ALL Americans. She also believes we should treat immigration with less focus on law enforcement to increase order, efficiency, and better treatment of human beings.
While you may disagree with some nuance of how she wants taxes spent she does not wish you harm.
And I’m going to be more direct.
The left wing in government does not hate white people.
They do not hate men. They do not hate Christians or Jews. What they hate, is hate.
From Congresswoman Ilhan’s mouth: “Every single statement we make is from a place of extreme love for every person in this country… we are fighting every single day for a more perfect union.”
To pretend she hates America or is a communist are not only blatant lies, they are lies designed to make you fear Americans who want to love you and represent you and your interests to unite us all against tyranny.
When people fear each other they say and do horrific things.
People in power will also say and do horrific things to get people to fear each other.
Let’s really think about what makes someone anti-American.
Anti-American is if you when you have prejudice or antagonism directed against other Americans because they are a different race or outlook on life because you think you are superior.
That is also the definition of racism.
If republicans feel superior they should bear in mind that left-leaning Americans make up over half the country. That is by definition, anti-American.
Anti-American is also when you imply “real” Americans only come from Europe or Norway. Or are white. Or Christian.
We all know Trump would never tell Bernie Sanders to go back to Poland. Or to go live in Israel. And Bernie would never tell Trump to "go back to Germany".
We all know when Trump says “go back to your original country” he is telling the democratically elected representative of Massachusetts, Ayanna Pressley (born in Chicago, Illinois) to go back to Africa — a continent Trump previously referred to as a “shithole”.
I think you can understand this would be offensive to most of America now.
That is why most on the left also criticize the word NATIONALISM.
Nationalism does not mean you love your country. Loving your country is lovely.
Nationalism means identification with one's own nation ESPECIALLY to the exclusion or detriment of other nations. It’s the superiority complex that leads to mistreatment of our fellow human beings.
You know our country has an ugly tradition of racism and nationalism.
Not just the devastation of Native Americans. Not just the building of our economic superpower on the backs of a brutal African slave trade.
The people of the USA did not welcome Jewish refugees from Europe when World War 2 started against the Nazis.
In 1939 (the start of the war), 83% of Americans were opposed to the admission of refugees.
Leaders like Father Charles Coughlin, known as “the radio priest,” the Christian preacher who reached millions of people with each broadcast and accused Jews of manipulating financial institutions and conspiring to control the world.
Industrialist Henry Ford was another anti-Semite.
I could go on… but even now the problem remains that the United States is filled with people who think their religion, political philosophy, way of life is not just superior but makes their own value as a human being superior and “other people” value-less.
The reality is the left and right want the same things: a good and peaceful life.
And the argument most “far left” progressives WANT to have is over policy — meaning where our tax money goes.
The left thinks tax dollars should be invested in people’s success and that the free market leads to a kind of social Darwinism where a tremendous amount of people are taken advantage of by the super wealthy.
Do you think that means they hate you or hate America or want to abolish private property? It does not.
The reality is that human beings need each other. We need to work together and in harmony. If we do that we can accomplish anything.
Is there corruption in the democratic party? Of course! Most of us want to root it out.
The squad wants to root it out.
We can go over details but we can’t accomplish anything if you continue to believe the propaganda campaign we’ve just debunked above.
And that is why we condemned the words of the president. And that's why a majority of Americans want him impeached and removed (according to the latest FOX News poll).
Remember this fine concept: One nation with liberty and justice for all. We’re into it. You down?
Our survival depends on it.