After commenting in a recent Blog on the July 22 story by Jane Mayer in The New Yorker about Al Franken, I then came across an opinion column from Maureen Callahan in the NY Post the following day critical of that story. There are other similar stories as well.
I am not going to get involved in deciding who gave the more accurate picture of Al Franken, but I feel it is a matter of urgency to decide who really should be sitting in Congress at the moment – Al Franken or Omar. And then when elections come, Al Franken can run again.
Since Al Franken has been out of public life for more than one year, it is difficult to assess where he is holding at this moment regarding the possibility of his return to serve in Congress.
According to the picture painted by Jane Mayer, it seems that Al Franken would like the opportunity to regain a place in Congress. According to Mareen Callahan, Al Franken “has no place in the Senate, or in any form of public life.”
Normally I would not get involved in such a challenging question as to which story is the most accurate assessment of Al Franken. But under the current circumstances Congress is facing, I feel I must voice my opinion.
When comparing the current occupant of the seat representing Minnesota’s Fifth Congressional District and former Senator Al Franken, in my opinion, that Al Franken should be there and Omar be forced to resign with immediate effect.
You might challenge me on my request, but when considering what came out of the Jane Mayer interview, there is no doubt that my request should be considered urgently. After all, if Chuck Schumer has the right to demand the resignation by 5pm the same day that he spoke to Franken, then it follows the same treatment should be given Omar.
Al Franken was never given a hearing which he requested, nor was there any other opportunity given to Franken to prove his innocence. The only evidence to charge Franken was one picture and many stories which certain women came forward with. And based on that one picture, and those stories Schumer felt justified in demanding Franken resign immediately. According to Mayer’s article, most of those who wanted Franken to resign have now changed their minds.
In the case of Omar, for no more than six months we have been listening to her distaste for Israel, Jews and the US. She confirms she backs terrorist organizations and watches terrorist videos. And based on the latest information to now come out these past few weeks, the name Omar might not be her real name. With regard to her marital status, she refused to clarify the charges against her that she married her brother to enter the US. When asked by the media many times to clarify, she refuses to answer.
So this is really a simple case like the one I studied in Business Law at the University of Minnesota. It’s not directly related because I studied Businesses and this is with regard to individuals. But the idea is basically the same, like a job interview, where you have two individuals who are candidates for the same or similar job.
You must look at the candidates past experience, qualifications, work history, how he or she gets along with co-workers, willingness to show respect for your fellow workers and the most important of all is not to disrespect the boss.
I have weighted the above qualifications when comparing these two individuals and in my opinion Al Franken gets my vote beyond any shadow of a doubt.
I say this is a matter of urgency that Congress should now take action to remove Omar from her seat immediately because it is my understanding her request for a trip to Israel has been approved.
Let me just tell you what I have learned since our whole family made Aliyah to the Absorption center in Mevaseret Zion just outside of Jerusalem on Parshat Lech Lecha in 1996.
On the Absorption Center there were families from all over the world, mostly from France and other countries as well as roughly ten American families. Our seven children who were ages ranging from three to 16 at the time were able to make friends with other children very easily. All of us, and I mean all of us at the absorption center taught our children one basic principle, and that is to have respect for not only your fellow Jew but also your fellow human being.
So when we went on family trips together, we were a network of Jews who all held by those principles. It did not matter from which country any of us came from, we respected each other and helped each other where we could.
An absorption center is where we had a chance to get used to the new country we would all be living in; we were used to helping each other whenever and wherever we could. If someone was short of eggs, milk, sugar and all the basics that any large family runs out of from time to time, then instead of thinking to run right to the store, we always went to our neighbor’s apartment and if they had, they gladly gave us.
If we needed anything else in the middle of the night, we knew we could count on all of our neighbors to be there for us so if we were short of a blanket, pillows, towels etc., everyone would pitch in and help. We were grateful to the great State of Israel for making our new home as comfortable as they could and grateful to all of our new neighbors for making an effort to help us when they could.
We still keep in contact with some of those neighbors from time to time and we always are interested to hear how they are doing, how their family is, especially the family members that helped us when we first came to our new country. After all, we all are Jews and stick up for each other which has now resulted in the population of the State of Israel going over 9 million according to the latest statistics and the Jewish population rising above 6 million.
Now think about it, all of us who now live here represent the same number of Jews that were murdered by the Nazis via torture, hanging, firing squad, gas chamber just to name the ones I am aware of. I am sure there other ways but I’m not interested in learning about them.
My main point to you Congress is that by allowing Omar to come visit my country, and I repeat my country, you will be allowing someone who is wishing for the day of our destruction.
Omar is supposed to represent my birthplace where Hubert Humphrey was the politician that we all looked up to. Everyone loved him, no one had a bad word to say about him and HHH never had a bad word to say about anyone either.
And despite Omar claiming she is a graduate of the school bearing HHH’s name, Omar never said anything and I repeat anything about the education she received from that school leading me to believe she never really attended classes there in the first place. Omar has never said anything about how much she was helped by my fellow Jews, relatives and cousins who still live in the Fifth District who most likely helped her when she first came to Minnesota. That to me is a big slap in the face.
At the ceremony marking the unveiling of the Statue of Hubert Humphrey, there were two Minnesota Senators who delivered two of the most impressive speeches that I have ever heard regarding the late Vice President. U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar and U.S. Senator Al Franken in August, 2012, both spoke and clearly understood what it means to be a Senator representing the State of Minnesota.
But in Omar’s case, she only speaks of her love for the Palestinian people, of her hate for Jews, her hate for Israel. That is not a person who represents Minnesota.
In the words of Squad member AOC which I quoted before but will quote again when referring to President Trump-
“If he wants to choose who he wants to be President to, then that’s not a President”. Well AOC must mean that since Omar is choosing who she wants to be Congresswoman to, she also should not be a Congresswoman in the first place and let President Trump “Send Her Back”
But furthermore, not only is Omar not doing her job, Congress has not its job either in sending her packing. Why is Omar getting such special treatment when Al Franken was booted out on to the street with less than 24 hour notice without the right of a hearing. There is no excuse for this.
I have been following this story since I began blogging and now its time to declare that Omar should be given a time limit of 8am Eastern Time tomorrow to submit her resignation. There is too much evidence against Omar to justify that she stays in her seat any longer.
I have now renamed my Iron Dome Mitzvah Missile Flight 93 Memorial to become a memorial to those brave souls who lost their lives on Flight 93 at the hands of a group that Omar most likely supports. Why she is still allowed to be in Congress is beyond belief.
Unless Omar resigns by that time, those missiles will be launched shortly before Shabbat and to all of you who would like to supply the fuel for those missiles to reach their target, I encourage you to light candles, say prayers and do a good deed in the name of all those who perished.
I will try to post results of the launch on my Blog tomorrow here before Shabbat, or Motzei Shabbat here in Israel. It is my intention to launch similar missiles in the coming week in memorial to other brave men and women who lost their lives at the hands of those people the Squad members in Congress support.
With G-d’s help that will send a strong message to Congress create a law to insist that anyone sitting in Congress must abide by the laws of our Country. And anyone found to have evidence that makes it obvious that lawmaker broke those laws be removed without a hearing immediately just like Al Franken was.