America watched the radically transformed leftist Democratic Party take control of the House of Representatives last week. It was an ugly spectacle.
“We’re gonna impeach the MotherF***er,” declared new Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (D-Michigan) in an obscene attack on President Donald Trump.
Almost as shocking, newly re-elected House Speaker Nancy Pelosi refused to condemn this vulgar, hateful assault.
Fifteen Democrats voted against Pelosi for Speaker, but Tlaib and her fellow Democratic Socialists of America comrade Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez cast their ballots for her. Such extremist votes are the narrow margin by which Pelosi clings to power and the speaker’s gavel with shaky hands.
So who is Rep. Rashida Tlaib? She is a 42-year-old divorcee and mother of two sons. She was born in the U.S. to two Palestinian immigrants. The media originally heralded her as the first Palestinian-American member of Congress, but two prior Republican Congressmen, John E. Sununu of New Hampshire and Justin Amash of Michigan, have Christian Palestinian-American fathers.
Rep. Tlaib is the first female Palestinian-American in Congress and a Muslim. She planned to take the oath of office using former President Thomas Jefferson’s own Quran – changing her mind after she may have learned that his copy of Islam’s holy book helped persuade Jefferson to launch all-out war against the Islamist Barbary pirates.
One of Rep. Tlaib’s first acts as a national lawmaker reportedly was to modify a world map in her office to replace “Israel” with a state named “Palestine.”
As a radical community activist, Tlaib supports BDS, the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement by which the left is trying to destroy Israel economically. She also favors slashing U.S. aid to Israel.
And her activism has not been limited to foul-mouthed insults or extremist policy ideas. In 2016, for example, she was arrested for blocking a public street and defying police orders to cease doing so.
How did a leftist Muslim from the Detroit area win seats in the Michigan legislature and now in Congress? Michigan has roughly 300,000 Arab-Americans, the highest proportion of any state, and two-thirds of them live in the four counties of the Detroit area.
This ethnic population is a magnet for more Arab immigrants, and a money magnet for Democratic candidates such as John Kerry who come fundraising and in search of Arab-American votes. Kerry, for example, gave a targeted speech to this audience condemning Israel and its wall that has successfully thwarted terrorism.
Henry Ford recruited “as far abroad as Iraq and Syria to find enough workers to assemble his cars,” Craig R. Smith and I wrote in our book “The Great Withdrawal,” and “imported the ancestors of today’s sizable Michigan Arab-American population.”
Ford also fomented the kind of virulent anti-Semitism voiced by Tlaib’s close friend and ally Linda Sarsour and the Nation of Islam’s Rev. Louis Farrakhan. This is documented in Neil Baldwin’s 2001 book “Henry Ford and the Jews: The Mass Production of Hate.” A majority of Tlaib’s Arab-American voters are apparently not driven by anti-Semitism, because in 2016 they voted for socialist Senator Bernie Sanders, who is Jewish.
Tlaib was elected in Michigan’s 13th Congressional District, the third-poorest district in the United States. For 53 years it was represented by radical leftist Democrat John Conyers. Conyers’ website included a button that instantly translated everything from English to Arabic to serve his large ethnic voter base; Tlaib’s congressional website will almost certainly do likewise.
How far left will Speaker Nancy Pelosi go, and how zealously will she pursue impeachment of President Trump, to keep the support of key Democrats such as Rep. Rashida Tlaib?
As this column led the nation in discussing last Sept. 2, by again becoming speaker, Nancy Pelosi has opened a frightening possibility.
If Pelosi can facilitate the removal from office of not only President Trump but also simultaneously of Vice President Mike Pence, then the Constitution’s chain of succession comes into play. The office of president would go to the third person in this chain.
The third person, who would succeed to the presidency if Trump and Pence were both suddenly legally or illegally removed, would be the Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.
Right now, Nancy Pelosi is only two heartbeats away from becoming president of the United States. Her being speaker depends on radical socialists in Congress such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib.
The little girl who learned strong-arm politics from her father – the Democratic boss of Baltimore – might be anointed President Nancy Pelosi of the United States. No Democrat would oppose her reelection in 2020.
Lowell Ponte is a former Reader’s Digest Roving Editor. His articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and other major publications. His latest book co-authored with Craig R. Smith, “Money, Morality & the Machine,” reveals how bad money drives good morals out of society and how you can protect your family from the future of “Star Trekonomics.” For a free, postpaid copy, call toll-free 800-630-1492.