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It’s totally natural for Americans and people all over the world to feel immense sympathy and sorrow for the ongoing fighting in the Middle East. This region has been a hotbed of conflict since Biblical times and shows no signs of slowing anytime soon. While feelings on these distant matters may vary, we can universally agree that the murder of innocent people and brutal acts of Islamic terrorism should never be condoned or celebrated by any civilized society. And though the temptation to pick a side—be it Israel or Palestine—can be tempting, it’s crucial that our leaders remain focused on the most important priority: America.

Unfortunately, it seems that many of our lawmakers are losing sight of this and are very distracted by the unrest in the Middle East, and as a result, they’re drifting further from the “America First” agenda that prioritizes we, the people, over government bureaucrats and political elites.

For more than a week, we’ve witnessed impassioned social media posts and speeches from politicians about the Israel and Palestine conflict, empathizing with the victims and condemning terrorism. But where are the fervent speeches addressing the rising death toll in liberal-run cities or the homeless veterans sleeping on the streets while illegals are put up in nice hotels?

And why did we spend days discussing the Palestinian flag outside Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib’s office? All while many Americans struggle to afford basic groceries, thanks to Biden’s faltering economy. Clearly, it’s not appropriate to showcase another country’s flag in the esteemed halls of Congress, especially when America is facing such challenges.

But it’s not just Rashida who’s guilty of this. Rep. Brian Mast wore his Israeli military uniform inside the Capitol as a form of “protest” against Rashida’s Palestinian flag. Good Lord, what on earth are we doing here? If you ask us, the best way to protest a foreign flag is to remind people what country they’re in and hand them an American flag. Meanwhile, a United States congressman wearing another country’s military uniform inside the Capitol building—ally or not—isn’t the answer.

Perhaps individuals serving in Congress shouldn’t hold dual citizenship if they can’t maintain their focus at home. It’s time for every member of Congress to set aside the flags of other nations, remove the foreign uniforms, and refocus their attention on America and the laundry list of challenges and problems we face here at home. Lord knows we have enough turmoil and chaos to keep us occupied for the foreseeable future.