It’s All About the Benjamins Baby

“The last thing we need to do is to monkey this up by trying to embrace a socialist agenda with huge tax increases and bankrupting the state.”

-Ron DeSantis

According to many media outlets and politicians, this statement clearly proves that Ron Desantis is a racist.

“It’s all about the Benjamins baby.”

-Ilhan Omar

According to many media outlets and politicians, this statement clearly proves that Omar is anti-Semitic.

Anyone who agrees with either of these declarations of judgement has an intellectual disability.

Did you cringe at all when you read “intellectual disability”? I was going to type mentally handicapped, but then I searched the internet for, “what is the new word for retarded?” and I discovered that it is “intellectual disability.” It’s the law so now you know, in no uncertain and very safe terms, what I am talking about when I say intellectual disability.

Maybe we should have cringed when I used the proper term in that way, because I certainly implied to have an intellectual disability means, that the target is “less than.” I was using a challenge in life as a comparison to denigrate anyone whom might think differently than me. That was my intention. Just like the insertion of the word “retarded.” Even though I wasn’t making a comparison in the use of that word, I threw it out there just to be offensive, because it’s on the list of words that may not be used. My intention is to be offensive and I am making direct reference to a word known and accepted to be of great offense. However, when it comes to the use of “intellectual disability,” I am free to use this comparatively to disparage another because the sterilized denotation is a safe clinical term.

It’s the game with words and their sometimes desired or sometimes accidental connotations and how that may change over time. In the case of Ron Desantis’ statement, what he had been loosely referring to, is the colloquial use of “monkey business”, as in- how a business goes all out of whack if it were to be run by monkeys. They fling shit at each other you know. That’s the obvious and desired connotation. But nah, Some people have referred to African Americans as monkeys, so CLEARLY he’s a racist.

If you want to look at the etymology of the originating phrase to find some way in which you can yet declare DeSantis a racist based on this statement, despite the obvious, you’re in luck.

“The origin of the idiom ‘monkey business’ can be found by learning about an earlier term: Monkeyshine. This word was coined in 1832 and meant “disreputable behavior;” it was used in the Jim Crow song which derided African-American slaves.”

Congratulations. You’ve found an extremely thin reason upon which to be offended or offended on behalf of someone else. You need a fucking medal.

Whether or not DeSantis is actually a racist, I have no idea as I haven’t looked into it. If he is, it’s not because of this statement and this statement gives no credence to the label even if he has a history of racist statements, because the term “monkey business” and “monkey it up” are firmly rooted in the lexicography as meaning -to screw shit up. So if he ever uses any word at any time that someone else has used as a racist trope, it’s not reasonable that he is automatically implying a racist idea, especially if in context it is clearly intended to the contrary.

Think of every single word or phrase that could be used as a racist trope and try to cut out of your vocabulary every one of them. Good luck.

Ilhan Omar had responded to Glenn Greenwald’s tweet:

With this

So how did we come to the conclusion that Omar is anti-semitic from this?

The musical note emoji definitely indicates Omar is references the Puff Daddy song of the exact same name, “It’s All About the Benjamins Baby”. Now…I just watched the whole video and there definitely isn’t an anti-semetic vibe going on. I honestly don’t know what’s going on in that video, but there ain’t no Jews or references to them. Nope. So it’s not that.

Is it the word “Benjamins” that’s an anti-semetic term that I wasn’t aware of? Nope. You check. I checked. It’s not that. I’m not stupid, I knew she was referring to a Political Action Committee’s money spent on influencing lawmakers. I couldn’t remember the name. It’s- American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

Ahhhhhh. I honestly couldn’t figure out how this teeny tiny tweet was an anti-semitic trope though. I’m not kidding, I had to look it up. Most every article you find doesn’t describe what the offense is here, it’s implied and apparently so dirty that it’s unmentionable. This article from Jewish Telegraphic Agency does a great job to explain it.

It’s not that people have often derided Jews in the past for being “of money,” it’s that there has been anti-semitic remarks made in the past regarding Jews trying to influence lawmakers with money.

Okay…really?

Let’s set aside how previous, unrelated statements are somehow mysteriously connected to Omar’s quote of a rap song. Let’s set aside that she apparently “should have been aware,” of how this tenuous connection would be made.

The reason we are setting those aside is because the American Israel Public Affairs Committee is not a Jewish organization, it’s a political organization comprised of Jews. No more Jewish than George Soros’ money is Jewish money. If you have a problem with George Soros’ effect on legislation via donations, that’s absolutely your fucking right and I will stand up for your right to criticize whatever you may believe is against your or society’s best interest, even if I personally like the legislation. You know why? because this government will never work like it should until money is taken out of politics.

If you call Soros a dirty jew or promote ridiculous conspiracy theories or incite violence, then all bets are off.

You know what I do have a problem with? This piece of legislation being pushed by the AIPAC, the Israel Anti-Boycott Act:

https://www.aclu.org/blog/free-speech/rights-protesters/congress-trying-use-spending-bill-criminalize-boycotts-israel-and

This type of legislation should be reserved for a time of war. Are we at war with the Palestinians?

It is arguable exactly how much money AIPAC itself spends directly to influence lawmakers. Perhaps in that light, Omar’s tweet could be questioned as being mostly inaccurate if she is implying that the PAC individually spends tons of money. They do directly spend 3.5 million which isn’t a giant amount, but if anyone wants to split hairs, aside from contributions, they also spend $10k per person on Congresspeople and family, multiple times a year for the perennially favorite Israel trip.

It should also be noted AIPAC is the voice pushing for this constitutionally questionable legislation sponsored by Democrat Ben Cardin, but not the sole Israeli PAC donating big bucks to Congresspeople.

The congresswoman does not own or refer to any other comment made by others in reference to Jews and their money. The Congresswoman does not overstate the ill effects of money on politics in general, although a shitty argument could be made for the specific.

Well, there’s her history of anti-semitic statements, for which she did apologize in some cases.

Omar, of Minnesota, referred to Israel at a “progressive town hall” at the bookstore and restaurant Busboys and Poets last week, saying. “I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is OK for people to push for allegiance to a foreign country.”

“I want to ask, ‘Why is it OK for me to talk about the influence of the NRA, or fossil fuel industries or Big Pharma, and not talk about a powerful lobbying group that is influencing policy?’” she added.

I have no problem with this in the least. As a matter of fact, I strongly agree with the statement. Also, there’s nothing fucking antisemitic about it.

And the infamous tweet from 2012:

Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel.

This is clearly anti-Israeli. You could argue it’s anti-semitic if you like.

Considering the dreadful pro-Israeli legislation under consideration and after hearing all the bullshit from Congresspeople on both sides of the aisle, and the improperly created PC propaganda and hand-wringing from every major news outlet today regarding how, “It’s all about the Benjamins baby,” is clearly a racist trope, after all that, I’m going to go ahead and say that this statement which originally looked very poorly worded even if the sentiment might be arguable…

At least as far as the US is concerned, I think she’s fucking right.

We’re hypnotized.

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This poster, in the West Virginia State House, with House Rep. Omar’s face on it, is an actual issue. This is what Islamophobia looks like:

…and the sham resolution currently being orchestrated in the House to call out against anti-Semitism clearly aimed at Ilhan Omar, although not in name, is a message to all Congresspeople and all citizens of the US, hand-in-hand with the Israel Anti-Boycott Act, that whatever is done for Israel is not to be questioned.

Added: The resulting House resolution (<—please read) has been amended to condemn most forms of hate.

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