This Week in the Narrative: Keith Ellison Is an Anti-Semite??

Keith Ellison is a raging anti-Semite, haven’t you heard?

At least, according to the corporate media and billionaire donors of the Democratic Party.

It is entirely unsurprising the establishment would attack Keith Ellison as he seeks to become the Chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC). After all, Ellison is an unequivocal progressive and grassroots hero.

In fact, there is perhaps a legitimate attack which can be levied at Ellison for being too progressive by those who would prefer to see the Democratic Party continue to focus on the needs of corporate donors.

But “anti-Semite” follows a different and much more nefarious line of attack, one which represents an inherent and pressing danger.

Consider representatives of the so-called ‘alt-right’ being universally written off by the establishment narrative as racist, sexist, and xenophobic, yet, curiously, also being largely made up of those opposed to corporate trade deals like the TPP, the proliferation of the surveillance state, and other things which would put them in agreement with the progressive left.

By positioning Ellison as an anti-Semite, the establishment attempts to stop what they are against — namely a shift of the Democratic Party towards progressive politics and grassroots involvement — without even having to engage in the debate.

Ignore for a moment that the attack is unfounded; based on Ellison’s support for a peaceful two-state solution in Israel — a position supported by the majority of Americans and an overwhelming majority of Democrats.

Forget even the devastating irony of Democrats and establishment media who are so vigorous in their professed opposition to Islamophobia seeking to subvert a well-respected and eminently qualified American-Muslim politician using a fictitious narrative.

By positioning Keith Ellison as an anti-Semite, and, by association, implicating those who would challenge this narrative as anti-Semitic, debate is stifled, nuance subverted, and, most importantly, political opposition is made politically incorrect.

Here the danger is revealed.

When 60-plus million Donald Trump supporters are portrayed as universally racist and their often legitimate qualms made irrelevant, or when the alt-right is portrayed as “fake news,” their “right to exist” rejected, a mechanism of censorship is created which if used against these groups can be used against any group which challenges the establishment narrative.

Speaking of which, let’s play a quick game.

Can you spot the fake news?

It is interesting and certainly telling that this tactic of ‘delegitimize and disavow’ moved so quickly and seamlessly from Steve Bannon and Alex Jones to Keith Ellison.

Keith Ellison is not an anti-Semite. He is simply a person seeking a position of leadership within one of America’s two major political parties with an ideology that a handful of billionaires find distasteful.

Remember:

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out — 
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out — 
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out — 
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me — and there was no one left to speak for me.

-Martin Niemöller

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