The Democrats have a new hero who's heavily favored to take over running the Democratic National Committee (DNC) He's none other than Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN). He's a leading member of the Progressive Caucus in Congress, a black, a Muslim and a member of the Democratic Socialists of America. I support him totally and hope he gets the job.
His background alone makes him a natural, and I'm glad to see that prominent Democrats like Senator Elizabeth Warren and Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer are supporting his candidacy.
And his background? Simply perfect for the job he wants as the new voice for the entire Democrat party. Let's look at it, shall we?
Keith Ellison was born in 1963 in Detroit and raised Roman Catholic.At age 19, while attending Wayne State University, he converted to Islam. When the Nation of Islam split into the American Society of Muslims (a group modeled on classic Sunni Islam led by Elijah Muhammad's son Warith Deen Muhammad) and the breakaway reestablished Nation of Islam led by Louis Farrakhan, Ellison went with Farrakhan's group.
Ellison later attended the University of Minnesota Law School where in his third year, 1989-90, Ellison wrote two columns for the Minnesota Daily under the alias “Keith Hakim.” One column lauded “Minister Louis Farrakhan,” one of America's premier racists and Jew haters as well as defending the views of a well known Nation of Islam spokesman Khalid Abdul Muhammad, famous for a vicious speech he made to a Kean College, New Jersey audience that referred to Jews as people whose ancestors were cannibals who “crawled around on all fours in the caves and hills of Europe” and “slept in [their] urination and [their] defecation ... for 2,000 years.” He characterized contemporary Jews as “slumlords in the black community” who were busy “sucking our [blacks’] blood on a daily and consistent basis.” He said that Jews had provoked Adolf Hitler when they “went in there, in Germany, the way they do everywhere they go, and they supplanted, they usurped.”
Muhammed, who later went on to form the New Black Panther Party was also a good friend of another Democrat icon, the Rev Al Sharpton. Sharpton was at Muhammed's bedside when he died in 2001 and paid for Muhammad's $10,000 funeral.
In his second column, Keith 'Hakim' Ellison demanded reparations for black Americans and an all-black, geographically self-contained “homeland.” Two things to keep in mind - Ellison was not some punk kid when he wrote this stuff but a mature young man of 27, and second, as we'll see, the timeline and his writing doesn't jibe with his later claim of being involved with the Nation of Islam for only 18 months and being unaware of the racial bigotry and anti-semitism.
In February 1990, Ellison participated in recruiting Kwame Ture (aka Stokely Carmichael) to speak at his law school on the subject, “Zionism: Imperialism, White Supremacy, or Both?” Ellison certainly can't say he wasn't aware of who Ture was or what his views were.
In 1995, Keith Ellison continued his involvement with the Nation of Islam, helping Louis Farrakhan organize the Million Man March, along with another one of Farrakhan's friends, a young community organizer named Barack Hussein Obama. While newspapers mainly reported only the most general details the alphabet networks only aired a few very carefully edited snippets, I taped the entire thing courtesy of CSPAN. It was one of the worst public exhibitions of racism and outright Jew hatred in recent American history.
Ellison not only participated in this, he appeared onstage with Khalid Abdul Muhammad, who gave the kind of vicious speech you would expect Khalid Abdul Muhammad to give at that kind of gathering. Ellison was there for the whole thing.
In February of 1997 Ellison, who continued to serve as a local NOI spokesman (with the new name of “Keith Ellison-Muhammad”)attended a public hearing concerning Joanne Jackson of the Minnesota Initiative Against Racism (MIAR). Jackson, like Ellison a supporter of Louis Farrakhan and the NOI, was under fire for saying to a group meeting held in Temple Israel Synagogue of Minneapolis that she considered Jews “Jews are among the most racist white people I know.”
Ellison of course defended her, saying, “We stand by the truth contained in the remarks attributed to [Ms. Jackson], and by her right to express her views without sanction. Here is why we support Ms. Jackson: She is correct about Minister Farrakhan. He is not a racist. He is also not an anti-Semite. Minister Farrakhan is a tireless public servant of Black people, who constantly teaches self-reliance and self-examination to the Black community.”
Ellison started his political career in 1998, when he ran, unsuccessfully, for the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party nomination for state representative as “Keith Ellison-Muhammad.” In an article on his candidacy that appeared in Insight News, Ellison was still touting Farrakhan:
“Anticipating possible criticism for his NOI affiliation, Ellison-Muhammad says he is aware that not everyone appreciates what the Nation does and [he] feels there is a propaganda war being launched against its leader, Minister Louis Farrakhan.”
In February 2000, Ellison gave a speech at a fundraising event sponsored by the Minnesota chapter of a communist front group, the National Lawyers Guild, where he had he previously had served on the steering committee. The event was a fundraiser for Symbionese Liberation Army terrorist Kathleen Soliah after her arrest in St. Paul for the attempted murder of Los Angeles police officers in 1975. Aside from calling for her release, Ellison called her “basically … a black gang member” Ellison also spoke favorably of other high-profile murderers like Mumia Abu Jamal, Assata Shakur, and Geronimo Pratt.
This is the man who ran in 2006 as a Democrat for Minnesota's Fifth District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. He'd wised up, dropping the Mohammad from his name and glossing over his Nation of Islam background. When it did finally come up, he proved his fitness for head of the DNC by simply lying about it.
When Jews associated with the local chapter of the Jewish Community Relations Council, questioned his NOI ties, Keith Ellison wrote them a letter stating emphatically that his involvement with the Nation Of Islam only lasted 18 months around the time of the Million Man March, that he had no clue about the anti-semitic nature of the group and that he quit as soon as he found out.
As you can tell by the above timeline and history, he was lying in every respect about that, but the gullible Jews bought in and got behind him, and being that it's a safe Democrat district, he got in easily.
But wait there's more! There's also a whole other side to Keith Ellison's background. It involves his connections with Islamist, Muslim Brotherhood front groups like CAIR, the Muslim Public Affairs Committee(MPAC) and the International Institute of Islamic Thought.
And he's had some interesting backers, among them Nihad Awad (a self-identified supporter of Hamas who would have been jailed for material aid to terrorism if not for Obama's protection), who spoke at an August 25, 2006 fundraiser for Ellison. The likely head of the DNC accepted thousands of dollars in campaign donations raised by Awad.
And he also spoke at CAIR-Tampa's sixth annual banquet, where he urged his listeners to support Sami al-Arian, the former University of South Florida professor who had confessed two years earlier to material support for terrorism in raising money and performing other services for the Iran backed terrorist group Palestinian Islamic Jihad.
And there's Ellison commenting on America's military response to 9/11 in a July 2007 speech by comparing comparing it to how the Nazis had exploited the 1933 burning of the Reichstag in Berlin: “It’s almost like the Reichstag fire, kind of reminds me of that. After the Reichstag was burned, they blamed the Communists for it, and it put the leader [Hitler] of that country in a position where he could basically have authority to do whatever he wanted.”
How's that for combining conspiracy theory, calling Republicans Nazis and supine appeasement in one short paragraph? He's brilliant, I tell you.
He's also a radical eat-the-rich advocate who admitted in a February 2013 interview with Fox News' Stuart Varney that he thinks it is “fair” for the wealthy to be taxed at whatever rate is necessary to raise money for the provision of services to more deserving lower-income Americans.
There's a lot more, but Keith Ellison's qualifications to be DNC head are clear. Let's sum them up.
Ellison has continued to be close to CAIR and other Islamist organizations. He's a J-Street darling and a reliable anti-Israel vote in Congress. He's a far left uber progressive, and he's a member of two, get it two Democrat grievance groups, a Muslim and black. And to top it all off, he shown a proven ability to lie convincingly to Jews about his racist, anti-semitic associations! He's PERFECT and embodies the Democrat party's policies and new direction. He's exactly the right guy to head the DNC, and I congratulate them on their choice.