In Jim Cook's Archive


In Minneapolis, we have a large population of immigrants from Somalia. One neighborhood, known as little Mogadishu, lies within a congressional district that just reelected the leftist Ilhan Omar. This harsh critic of America immigrated form a country notorious for its corruption, lack of security, armed conflicts and humanitarian crises. The Somalis often suffer from famines, malnutrition and starvation.  Abuses against children and sexual violence against women and girls are commonplace. How fortunate are these Somalis who were able to leave this failed nation and come to America? Do they give thanks? Not so you’d notice. By electing Ilhan Omar, the majority reflect an appalling ingratitude.

Now comes Ilhan Omar’s 18-year-old daughter to announce that she is a communist. Her Twitter bio shows a hammer and sickle. It used to be “liberal parents, radical children.” Now its radical parents, communist children. Ilhan Omar’s daughter, Isra Hirsi will attend Columbia this fall, a particularly good place to worship Chairman Mao and other murderous revolutionaries. Her stated goal is to eliminate capitalism.

An economist once said if you wish to see the results of capitalism then all you need do is look around you. Then look at Cuba where they are still driving 75-year-old cars. To be a Marxist today you have to ignore a century of history, 100 million murders and the elimination by capitalism of great swaths of poverty and growing prosperity worldwide. The countries in Africa, like Ethiopia, that have embraced capitalism are beginning to experience explosive economic growth. Countries like Somalia are becoming welfare states that are going nowhere.  All of this is lost on Ilhan Omar who is more interested in depicting America as unjust. Her homeland would be a better place to look.


I have an Asian granddaughter who graduated from high school this week. My son and his wife went to China seventeen years ago to get her. One of the nurses at the orphanage selected her for them to bring home and adopt. She turned out to be a wonderful, intelligent, poised and beautiful young lady. She graduated with honors and received an award from her class. Among the audience were families of the other graduates, representing several ethnicities. Asian, African and Hispanic kids both biological and adopted stood with their families. Everybody was all smiles and feelings of good will prevailed. It was the best graduation ceremony I’ve ever attended.

This is the America I know, not the one the left and the media promote. I have never heard any racist slurs or bigotry directed toward Asians that the left now claims to be so prevalent. I see no signs of this prejudice emanating from anyone I know or anyone I have ever known. The vast majority of Americans are not racist. They are accepting of all races who like them are striving for a good life. The radicals are trying to paint us as something they can sneer at and feel superior to. We can only continue to love and respect others as we of today’s generations always have.

Start typing and press Enter to search