My Great Good Friends,
On July 20th I scribbled a brief parry-ripost to the news 43 Senators and 247 House members backed a bill (S.720 / H.R.1697) to criminalize American citizens support for BDS.
Within one week they had been backed down. As the kids say: “You couldn’t make this stuff up”.
Drafted by AIPAC, the legislation mirrored a ‘Basic Law’ recently passed by the Knesset. Unfortunately for the zionists, our country is a secular representative democracy not a segregationist theocracy like the country they are truly loyal to, and the bill was crushed.
The number of Representatives and Senators who walked back their typical knee-jerk support of anything AIPAC feeds them (e.x.; J. Kennedy III, Gillibrand, Cantwell, Wyden, McCaskill, Bluementhal) turned into a stampede when an op-ed in the Washington Post by David Cole and Faiz Shakir (respectively Legal and Political Director of the national ACLU) appeared stating the bill was unconstitutional.
The pols hypocritical retreat was hysterical, however none more cringe evoking than that of the bill’s lead author Senator Cardin who said; “We thought it only dealt with civil penalties, not criminal penalties… .” Jesus Bill, read your own legislation much or just shovel AIPAC ghost written bills onto the Senate floor?
There was a time when just stopping a zionist anti-American initiative was considered a victory. Today we expect and receive more. For example Senator Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY) was questioned at a town hall meeting in NYC (of all places) on the bill and in addition to saying she was ‘reviewing’ her support added a strong criticism of Netanyahu whom she said “had no vision for peace in the region” and concluded with “I do share concerns about the current government of Israel“.
These are great days for freedom.