Thursday, March 23, 2017

What's the Difference Between a Liberal and a Progressive? Hint: This One's Gonna Kill You! (if you don't watch out)


I was startled to find a quote from Mark Steyn that, in referring to the rape in Rockville on a Fox television program, "This is the depravity of the political class. They’re basically willing to offer up their own citizens, 14-year-old schoolgirls and sacrifice them on the altar of diversity and virtue signaling and the shameless political posturing.”

This remark echoed and reinforced a theme I have been exposing for some months now and has led me to a new conclusion about my the waxing trend toward Human Sacrifice in the world today.

To explain this conclusion I need to take a step back and explain from the beginning.

The left acts as though it believes that human nature is naturally good and left to their own devices, people will be happy and content in a “natural” state. They ascribe all that is painful and even evil in life to flaws in “society”, “organized religion”, “morality”, “the culture” or any other target that exerts control over human behavior. This blameless image of the individual seems soothing and comfortable but the result is, anything but comfort. It leads to the idea that “freeing” the human spirit from those controlling institutions and forces is the way to achieve peace, health, enlightenment and happiness. Wishing only to make life better and more equal for all, they set about dismantling or (at the least, arbitrarily refashioning) all the structures and values that have evolved to maintain health, peace and equilibrium. 

Welcome to what the inverted logic of the left calls progress; they want to tear away the culture and safeguards and begin to replace them with socialism that resembles nothing so much as the egalitarian propertyless primitive hunter/gatherer groups in pre-tribal cultures. They want equality without considering that the outcome of equality is to bring all economic development to a standstill and redistribute wealth so that industrious and clever people earn no more than what the most indolent and incapable receive. They call this Progressivism. 

This is what fuels the zeal of “Progressives”. They feel they know what is needed and are willing to force people to agree to their view of things- whether they like it or not. When reality becomes impossible to ignore and the progress leads to conflict, chaos and inequality (as it inevitably  does in the real world), it is either blamed on individuals who are not progressing (kuffirs, counter revolutionaries or enemies of the state as the case may be), or it is blamed on whatever “system” is still in place. Revolution, suppression and barbarity often ensue. Any idea that contradicts the romantic egalitarian principles is suppressed - made politically incorrect. All collectivist governments are leftist; and they are all to some degree quite literally, murderous, totalitarian and nihilistic.

The right, on the other hand, behaves as if they think that human nature, and indeed the larger natural world as a whole, is the source of chaos and evil as well as good and harmony. They acknowledge that society, religion and culture are all merely tools that have evolved to put the individual into a condition whereby he and the larger society can prosper and be safe. Different cultural systems may have more or less success in the attempt to control and channel whatever energy, chaos and evil exists into productive or, at least, harmless endeavors. 

These opposite views of human nature and the nature of the world are the invisible but omnipresent forces that pit left wing and right wing against each other. There has been, a sort of compromise that was arrived at in Western Civilization. I refer to the particularly American brand of what I think of as Classical Western Liberalism- not to be confused with what is called Liberalism today. The founders of the United States were all liberals of some stripe in that they all believed in something that they called Liberty. This idea of human dignity and responsibility through Liberty found its expression in our revolution against tyranny and the nation that emerged from that revolution. Today,The Constitution of the United States stands alone in the history of humanity as the one concise system that has given rise to the freest, most prosperous in all human history.

So what is the difference between the liberals who founded our country and those who have inherited the name? There is confusion around the inexact application of the table “liberal” because there is a fundamental lack of understanding of where liberalism ends and progressivism begins.

The key difference between liberalism and progressivism is that progressivism requires the acceptance even the advocacy of human sacrifice as part of the “progress" toward the  “new (and improved) world” they imagine that they have the wisdom and mandate to force us all to “evolve into. 

This sacrifice takes many forms. Among these are:
  • The acceptance of terroristic atrocities as “the new normal”
  • The refusal to take and steps to prevent rapes and murders by stopping illegal immigration (as in Rockville)
  • The willful ignorance of the connection between Islamic scripture and modern Jihad.
  • The abandonment of U.S. officials and employees to danger and death in order to insulate the higher officials - esp during political campaigns (eg Benghazi).
  • The swallowing up of private relationships that are central to well-being and happiness by stifling bureaucracies (Obamacare)
  • The insidious growth of a dual standard of justice in which progressive politicians and their administrative lackeys (eg, Lois Lerner)are less subject to media exposure, law enforcement investigation and prosecution when they harm and betray citizens.

The "New Man”, the Caliphate and the "perfected societies" of Mohammed, Marx, Lenin, Hitler, Mao, Pol Pot and all the other promised utopias that were really dystopian houses of horror had that one thing in common with our American Progressive movement. Stretching back to Wilson (supporter of the KKK and popularizer of the concept of the “living constitution”), Sanger (Eugenesist) and Roosevelt (socialist nationalizer of private business) and led more recently by Obama (Open borders enabler and Islamist apologist) and Clinton (all of the above and “what difference does it make now anyway?”).

Their Ultimate Sacrifice, if we do not stop them is The Constitution and our Republic.

Here are my other two posts on this subject:
How my Little Girl Almost Became a Human Sacrifice
Human Sacrifice in the 21st Century- Surprise, it is Us!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Shelby Steele on The Exhaustion of the Liberals


Shelby Steele’s wonderful article in the WSJ this past Monday is a masterwork. And yet I feel there is one thing I would presume to add to his insightful and honest analysis. That "shame of the past" needs to be looked at with that same honest insight. We all know that Mr Steele refers primarily to the two "grand sins" of American history, slavery and the taking of the continent from the indigenous peoples. Mr Steele seems content to let those pass into history as well they should. However, there needs to be a common understanding of them in order to keep those self styled "liberals" from wanting to replay them and spoil the future on their account. Those who have a compulsion to deny they are part of our shared history will always find a way to posture that feeling. In doing so they denigrate the rest of us.

Slavery was, indeed, an atrocity and should never be forgotten, although the bloodbath of The Civil War, the Emancipation Proclamation and the past century of (sometimes sincere, often courageous) civil rights activism should count for something. There is no way to repair such a horror but there has been a price paid. All the same, it is not possible to counter-balance the past horrors but it serves no useful purpose to only look backward and feel nothing but regret. By his example but not in any explicit way, Shelby Steele leads the way into a future in which we can acknowledge the sins of the past and still benefit from the great honor and advantage of citizenship in this great country.

The Indians are actually a different kind of question. As I have written in an older post,

"When the white man came to “The New World” he was not, as some …would have it, invading a pair of continents that had been under the stewardship of a single people, living peacefully and in harmony with nature for thousands of years. He was stepping onto a perpetual battlefield where the inhabitants had arrived in successive waves of occupation, conquered and re-conquered each other, committed repeated savagery upon each other and had already permanently changed the character of the environment. Human sacrifice, slavery and constant low-intensity warfare (that often featured torture and rape) were universal across both North and South America before the Europeans arrived. The Europeans who trickled in for the first three hundred years and then poured in in immense numbers in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries came to escape religious persecution, political domination and limited economic prospects in their home countries. They came here and founded the greatest experiment in liberty, prosperity and self-government ever seen on earth. Without their descendants and The United States of America, the national socialist and communist monsters of the twentieth century could not have been defeated and would have dominated the earth. You can, as I do, feel compassion and even nostalgia for the American Indians but you can only lament their replacement as the dominant culture in the Americas if you believe that life on earth would be better had they not been conquered.”


Did I say “conquer”? Yes, I know that the word “conquer” is out of fashion these days. It makes most people very uncomfortable because it is redolent of violence, greed, slavery and colonialism. In this post-colonial age. The West has a very guilty conscience about all of that and its not that we don’t deserve it. Conquest is a messy and spontaneous process and it gets exceedingly ugly at times. Conquest by force is bloody, and even conquest by cultural conversion can look very harsh. The fact remains, to paraphrase D.H. Lawrence, when cultures that are as different (from each other) as Western Civilization and the American Indians meet, one must prove fatal to the other.”

Mr Steele has done us all a great service in his article by not just eschewing the shaming and moral posturing but also pointing out the damage that the liberal establishment dwelling on the guilt to excess has done. Rather, he strikes an optimistic, even heroic note and calls upon us all to recognize American Exceptionalism and its benefits. He also reminds us that, in the end the guilt and shaming has only been used to consolidate and manipulate political power and that minorities are much better served by allowing them achieve and strive without the enervating, will-sapping, family-destroying liberal creations of welfare, affirmative action and low expectations. As Steele puts it, liberalism has been,  “…about white esteem rather than minority accomplishment…,”.


No nation has ever been perfect but The United States was born reaching for perfection and has striven always, as it is written in the Preamble to the Constitution, for “ a more perfect union”. To keep striving, it is necessary to confront and understand that both of those “sins” are history and belong to history. The fact that America is the finest, fairest and most productive nation yet inhabited by humans on this planet must be kept in the present and future. Furthermore, unless the schools begin teaching history and civics free from the disingenuous harping on imperfection, the left will always be able to distract us all from the greatness of our nation and drag our young people out of their rightful future and into the darkness of the past.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Liberals Will Build the Wall!


A business friend of mine told me earlier this week that President Elect Trump has "...announced his plan for paying the cost of the wall and It is not Mexico."

"Yes", she said, on Friday, when he is finally inaugurated, all the 70 million or so liberals, socialists and anti-Trumpers who voted against him are going to shit a brick."

Which brings me to my thoughts on the state of mind that has moved more than 60 Democrat legislators to put their hands over their ears and eyes (if only they would do the same with their mouths) and withdraw their august presence from the inaugural proceedings.

Is this the best way for them to represent their constituencies? Are they displaying any kind of courage or intelligence in doing this? Even an honest opponent would have the guts and decency to show up and listen to what the election results are telling them.

Not that I care, it will only keep them uninformed on and powerless to reverse the reasons the Democrat majorities in both houses of the national legislature have evaporated in the past eight years. It will, I hope extend the Democratic loosing streak in state and local politics as well.

What will Elizabeth Warren's calls for "necessary trouble"net for the Democrat's cause? Warren, who has also claimed to be the "intellectual" founder of the "occupy movement" has resolved to hide from the proceedings and appears to be encouraging the occupy scum to disrupt them. This is , increasingly,the Democrat way.

Much has been made this past week of Mr Trump's pre-inaugural approval rating. Putting aside the fact that he has not had the opportunity to do anything of an official nature yet, it reminds me of another Republican President-elect who entered office having garnered only 39% of the vote in his first election. He went on to become one of the two greatest Presidents in history.

Speaking of Inaugurations, even John Wilkes Booth showed up at Abraham Lincoln's Inauguration as this picture shows. If anything goes wrong in all those seats that the congressional cowards are leaving empty at the ceremony, we will know who is to blame. Necessary trouble? You ain't seen nuthin' yet!



Friday, January 13, 2017

The Amusement Elite and Their Lesson for You

Meryl Streep, Martin Sheen, Rosie O’Donnell and a legion of their fellow Hollywood illusionists, have taken their stand against Donald Trump. Standing on their credentials as artists, they tell us what is good for us, politically. As in all artistic endeavors, they aspire to reveal a truth. The irony is, the truth they are exposing is their own moral and intellectual bankruptcy. 

How fitting, really! This self-important clown troupe of make-believers, fantasists, and jesters, who pretend to be someone other than themselves for a living, inspired by the purveyors of fake news in the mass media, have formed themselves up as a pathetic Maginot Line in an attempt to resist the ferociously honest guy who couldn’t pretend to be someone else if he wanted to. At some level they must see how imbecilic they appear but they can’t help themselves. The terror of having a leader, unfettered by the shackles of political correctness who will address reality and mock their willful blindness to it has them in full panic.

From all this, I take a core lesson: These Liberals start with a false premise. The Left assumes that human nature is basically good and that people can be changed. All leftist systems posit or, at least, imply that the evil that people do and the flaws in human character are due to outside influences, such as, bad economic systems or established religions or faulty laws.  They also imply that with a progressive approach and a “new order” the innate good can be realized and the world will be healed – or, at least, much improved.

Of course, this has proven to be a deadly trap in every historical case! Nazism (National Socialism!), Chinese Communism, Russian Communism and Chavez in Venezuela were/are all collectivist systems claiming to aim at a more egalitarian society.  They also promised some form of “new man” who would be of a higher and more selfless character. This is the Progressive anthem.

Progressives particularly resent the Constitution of the United States because, explicit in its conception and structure, is the assumption that human beings are not necessarily good or bad but are creatures with both potentialities. With that as a founding principal, the Constitution exquisitely balances safeguards which enable the enterprise and ambition of all, while, at the same time, keeping balance, opportunity and order through the competing branches of government with equal but countervailing powers. It's less pure and noble sounding than the leftist view, but it is reality. 

Progressives imagine that human nature is “nice” and infinitely malleable.  They “reason” that, left to their own devices, people will be happy and content in a “natural” state. They ascribe all that is painful and even evil in life is the result of flaws in “society” including “organized religion” or “morality” or “the culture” or any other target that exerts control over human behavior. This blameless image of the individual seems soothing and comfortable, but the result is anything but comfort. It insinuates that “freeing” the sweet angel of the human spirit from those controlling institutions/forces is the way to achieve peace, health, enlightenment and happiness. Wishing only to make life better and more equal for all, liberals set about dismantling or, at least, arbitrarily refashioning all the structures and values that maintain health, peace and equilibrium. In order to “free the angel” inside us, they liberate the whole panoply of angels, including the dark jinn of evil which also resides in the human heart. 

Liberals despise you, the working people of America. That is why they feel it their duty to “educate” and “uplift” you. They snigger at you and your ethics and morals. But you know that you need to work at being good. You know that your church or synagogue has played a role in making you honorable. You thank God and the founders of America for the liberty and opportunity to work, live and thrive here. You know that life is not balloon parties, unicorn festivals and trophies for showing up.  You know fantasy when you see it.

Their idea of progress is to tear away the proven culture and safeguards and replace them with a socialism that pretends to supplant equality of opportunity with equality of outcome, otherwise known as universal misery. In the name of “equality” and protecting the planet, they want to bring all economic development to a standstill, redistributing wealth so that industrious and clever people earn no more than the most indolent and incapable. They call it “progress” but it is really a corrupt ideology.

The zeal of progressives springs from their feeling that only they know what is correct and needed. They are willing to force people to agree to their view of things - whether they like it or not. When reality becomes impossible to ignore and their “progress” leads to conflict, chaos and inequality it is never blamed on Progressivism. Hitler blamed the German people for not being strong enough, communists blame capitalist counter-revolutionaries, and everybody blames “The Jews”. Revolution, suppression and barbarity often ensue. Any idea that contradicts the romantic egalitarian principles is punishable. In Nazi Germany, they were known as crimes against The Reich.  In Soviet Russia, Red China and Castro’s Cuba, they are called counter-revolutionary. If you were imprisoned or exiled for those things, you were getting off lucky! And now, led by the brilliant pretenders and charlatans of amusement and the “infotainment” aristocracy, we are being urged to euthanize The Constitution through modernization and interpretation. They want to bowlderize the very constitutional system of government which created the finest, richest and most just nation in history. And for what? For a collectivist government led by people who are so sure that they are correct in everything that lawlessness, fiat and intentional ignorance are acceptable tools for wielding political power?
So, let's have a big round of applause for the pretentious aristocrats who have made it plain what we really should fear. They lay bare the arrogance and febrile imagination of Progressivism and what it is trying to do to our culture and constitutional politics.

When one side proclaims itself inviolably correct, and there are no safeguards for those who disagree, you have totalitarianism. Only imagine, if you dare, the murderous, totalitarian and nihilistic rage that would prevail if the liberal elite had their way. Ruthless totalitarianism always ends up requiring re-education camps, the punishment of retrograde (counter-revolutionary) ideas.  Those dangers lurk just behind their smug, superior smiles and their righteousness.


Thanks, Meryl, et. al., for the reminder of who you are and who we are.  We made America great.  With Donald Trump as our leader, we will make America great again, and I am with him.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Jackie Evancho Goes to Washington!

Every time I wonder if the dream of taking back our country with something better and purer could be any more promising, it seems that I get even sweeter omens of things to come.

I have known about this young lady since her first appearance on America's Got Talent at ten years old. Here is her audition:



She was an absolutely lovely little girl and an obviously, naturally and transparently genuine human being. Her voice is pure and gorgeous and she is growing up to be an artist and young lady of accomplishment and, we now discover, patriotism! At just sixteen, she is one of the few, and certainly the greatest performer who would agree to perform at the upcoming inaugural of Donald Trump. Let's not spend any time or thought on the cowardice and feckless nihilism of the refusers, let us relish the beauty and style of Jackie!

I could never see and hear this young woman without getting tears in your eyes! Now I know why, she possesses courage and loyalty equal to her talent, beauty and charm. I am so looking forward to seeing her at Trump's inauguration!

Please buy her music from your favorite source! You will love it and you will be showing the world that sometimes nice guys finish first!

Here she is at age thirteen! I hope she does both of these in January...



Wednesday, November 30, 2016

A Jew Says Merry Christmas- Again!

Here is my (nearly) annual edit of this piece - It needs to keep up with the times even though the message never really changes.

I am a Jew. I find that after many years of conflicted feelings, I have come full circle on being wished (and wishing others) “Merry Christmas”. No, I am not loosing my Jewish identity; on the contrary, I am very sure that it is stronger than ever. 

I grew up in an observant Jewish home ( I am observant still) in which we greeted Christmas with a mixture of fascination, respect and a little irritation. At some point I became fond of expressing my ambivalence by quoting Jackie Mason, who once said: 
“I don’t understand something about Christians; maybe you can explain this to me? Why is it that this time of year you bring the trees inside and put the lights outside?” 

That line, for many years summed up the bemusement that I affected about the whole public Christmas celebration. 

My feelings were mixed for a variety of reasons. My Dad had a retail store so the weeks leading up to Christmas were always a time of tension and brutally long hours of work. The traffic on the roads, crowds in the stores, and the saturation of television (especially in those pre- cable times) and radio airwaves with Christmas programs and music were overwhelming. I found the frenzy mentally punishing, the free-floating goodwill unsettling and the talk about Jesus (in whose divinity I was not supposed to believe) uncomfortable. 
It left me very glad to have it over on December 26th. 

And I was always more than a little unsure of how to respond when some well-meaning person would wish me a Merry Christmas. I was often caught between wanting to thank him noncommittally, try to summon a convincing Merry Christmas in return or to say,” Thanks Very much but I don’t celebrate Christmas and then have to deal with the uncomfortable silence or explanations and apologies. 
I am ashamed to admit it today but I was, at first, pleased when I saw, over the years, the ACLU and Multi-culti types pushing “Merry Christmas” out of the vocabulary of cultural discourse in favor of the more generic “Happy Holidays”. 

I’ve grownup, though, and I’ve grown into a new perspective on this whole question and, today, when someone wishes me a Merry Christmas, I have a new response. It’s really simple- 
I stop what I am doing. I don’t have any hesitation or second thoughts. I wish them a great big “Merry Christmas” in return. I would like to encourage all my fellow Jews, all Christian friends and anyone else who may be listening to join me in this.  
Here’s why: 

I have come to see quite clearly that even if there are politically correct, multi-cultural, morally relativistic, post-modern progressive busybodies who would like us to believe that our Christian friends’ and Neighbors’ spontaneous Christmas wishes are somehow injurious to us and our culture, they are nothing of the kind. A sincere “Merry Christmas is more American and better for the republic and her people than the blandest, most guarded “Happy Holidays” 

You see, the U.S. was founded by Christians. Not just any Christians. The early colonists were both devout and independent. They were fervent Protestants whose purpose in coming here was to leave the Kings, Priests, state religions and archaic laws of the Old World behind. Even if some of them were supersessionists and dogmatic, they were also egalitarian and self-reliant. They came here to build a country where every man could read scripture for himself and be his own priest- where he could be free to elect political leadership that he could follow gladly. 

By the time of the founders, a century and a half later, much of that initial fundamentalist fervor had evolved into a more complex mix of Mainline Protestantism, Masonic brotherhood and Deist spirituality. Hardened on the forge of a yeoman’s life, annealed by the day-to-day and season-by-season struggle to wrest a living from this still untamed land where God’s will could be imagined alive in the caprices of the weather, soil and the forests. They learned self-reliance and independence by daily practice. Above all, they came to know that it is not enough to expect, that to survive and thrive you must always study, be openminded, learn new things and, above all, be reverent. 
It was those fiercely independent Protestants who set the tone for the nation in which we now live. Their adamant spiritual presumption of the liberty of the human soul is, still today, the great central mast that holds the canopy of democracy and aloft. It is the very center of our sanctuary from the extremes of despotism and effete decay that afflict most of the rest of the world. 

The devotion of a deeply religious population and spiritually awakened souls like Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams are what have made the this country the true standard of self rule, prosperity and freedom in the history of the human race. They codified it and crystallized it all in the constitution that they wrote for us. 

At over two hundred years old, that constitution and the government that flows from it is still the one in the entire world that best honors the individual and guarantees most rights to any individual who accepts the constitutional responsibilities of a citizen. 

Among all their unique achievements, the decision that there should be no Official Religion in our country, shows that they understood that full human freedom means spiritual freedom too- Freedom of Religion. 

To honor their genius fully, we have to understand that Freedom of Religion must never be allowed to be a mandate for Freedom from Religion. As a Jew, I am exquisitely aware that freedom to practice my form of religion exists in this country because of those Christians and their vision of what a Christian country should stand for. 

This uniquely Christian openness is one of the reasons why America has become the destination of choice for any one wishing to escape repression or lack of opportunity elsewhere in the world- and it’s why Jews (and everybody else) have gravitated here for two hundred years. But we all (Christians, Jews, Muslims and Atheists) are in danger of forgetting how this all works and I think this whole “anti-Merry Christmas” thing is a symptom of that amnesia. 

My grandfather told me stories about life in turn-of-the(last)–century Eastern Europe so I have some idea of what he escaped by coming here in 1915. And its not just that, thirty years after he left for America, he was not trapped with many of his Aunts, uncles, and cousins in Zhitomir, his Ukrainian home town, when the Waffen SS slaughtered thirty six thousand Jews there in one day! That is a gift indeed, but it is in and of the past. No, it is the gift of equality and the opportunity to prosper that still lives on. It is that continuing gift that sustains the American dream and should call upon our constant love and loyalty. 

The United States of America, as conceived by her Protestant founders, has been a miracle and a blessing to the entire human race. It has been especially important to the Jewish people. 
We Jews are barely over one percent of the population here. We (a lot of us anyway) take pride in our contribution to America’s dynamism. We point with satisfaction to the fact that the founding fathers of this country were inspired and informed by our holy book which they called The Old Testament. Thomas Jefferson (among others) others used to read from it every day in the original Hebrew, something few of us “modern” Jews can do. 

But why do I need to explain this? Why don’t we all accept the centrality of the Protestant ethic to the goodness of America? Partly, it’s because of a lack in our educational system. But it’s also because our media, whose responsibility it should be to make us aware of the important ideas, events and issues has other agendas. Our “Mainstream” media is often found to be doing just the opposite. 
In the media, America is assailed daily for her imperfections; and if not assailed, then damned by the faintest of praise. The media emphasizes the imperfections instead of the achievements- the discords not the harmony. 

Historical revisionism has been used by the joyless progressives, secular humanists and multiculturalists to sap the optimism, goodwill and meaning out of all religious practice including (or especially!) Thanksgiving and Christmas. 

It has even come to pass that from 2004 until now our President goes abroad and cannot seem to visit another country without some pathetic apology for America’s past- as if there is any country on earth whose history is so pristine that they are in a position to judge us.

I am only one Jew- not a Rabbi and not a spokesman for a community organization, just a simple Jew. Nevertheless, I would like to call on all Jews, indeed, all Christians, Muslims and whoever else will stand up with me and celebrate the blessing that The United States of America is to us and to the human family- and not just the nation, but all of the good people in it and their predecessors. Let us bow our heads together every Thanksgiving and resolve that instead of fretting about how saying “Merry Christmas” might make us an overly Christian country, we will thank our own, private God that we live in this country where “Happy Thanksgiving” and “Merry Christmas” mean what they mean here. 

We need to loosen up and get a perspective on this “Merry Christmas” thing. It is not the people who say “Merry Christmas” and mean it that we need to be discouraging in America at this time. It is the people who find something wrong and suspicious in the energy, enthusiasm and good-will that animates that “Merry Christmas” that we need to discourage. 

We must side with our fellow Americans, the overwhelming majority of whom are warm-hearted friends with morals and ethics or we will have become unwitting dupes to heartless enemies with no moral compass who think they can rationalize almost anything and undermine our great civilization with reasonable sounding, non-judgmental sophistry. 

By saying “Merry Christmas” in public we are not necessarily agreeing that Jesus was the son of God, we are just acknowledging that some very good people believe it. It also shows his followers that we see them as fellow countrymen, friends and brothers-in-arms in the defense of the highest ideals of our civil society and Judeo-Christian culture. 

What it boils down to is this: every human being needs something to have faith in. I am very much more comfortable with people who are cheerful, sincere and open than with those who are guarded, grudging, censorious and angry. That is precisely the difference between the people who have faith that there is a higher power or guiding force in the universe and those who believe that the greater good requires us to worship cold and arbitrary intellectual concepts. If there is no God or faith in your life you can become confused. You begin to think that freedom of religion leads to freedom from religion and that equality of outcomes is the logical extension of equality of opportunity or that tolerance means that you must accept the intolerable or that you cannot talk about things that are somehow verboten. Those are all deadly errors. So, give me a traditional, “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Thanksgiving” any day over a tense “Happy Holidays” any day.


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Why Jewish Progressives are Embarrassing Themselves


I was going to let this go because, at this point, I have had it up to here (insert hand gesture way above my head) with the "jewish reactions" to the President-Electhood of Mr Trump. If I feel that way I can only imagine how my christian and other friends must be feeling by now. But today one of my beloved but hopelessly liberal relatives sent me yet another of the hysterical articles by a progressive Jewish "journalist" andI could not help but rise to the bait. Here is a link to that article but you will be doing yourself a favor if you skip it. I wish I had. Most of them are pretty much the same anyway.

In the process I think I wound up giving a pretty good account of some of the dynamic we are seeing- especially from the Jewish point of view. You may have noticed that leftwing Jews are beside themselves to make this about Jews when is has almost nothing to do with us. 

Interestingly on of the hooks here is that Trumps daughter is an observant convert to Judaism and her husband is observant. You have to understand the internal baseball of Jewish life in America to appreciate that is why the leftist Jews are so worked up that they feel the need to for all the lying and character assassination we have seen. 

My wife and I, as Modern Orthodox Jews, have found that liberal, secular Jews often hate the thought that anyone, by choice, could be more observant and (whisper this very softly) “more Jewish” than they are. Even if we don't judge them in this way, they feel it nevertheless and it makes them feel like hypocrites. It is a sad irony that the thing that makes them hypocrites is not their lack of observance  nor is it the opprobrium that (as I have said) we do not have, it is the fact that they feel conflicted and guilty about it. They hate feeling that way so they sneer at us either openly or behind our backs. 

That is the main reason that the Conservative Movement (which I belonged to most of my life and still love) is shrinking  both here and in Israel. It is being torn apart by the tension between those who love our religious and community practices and those who think themselves either above them or unmoved by them.  Jews are moving to Modern Orthodoxy and the secularists are going to Reform, Reconstructionism and other permutations. In the meantime they always feel as though they need to talk about “The Jews”, as this moron does, in the third person.

The entire article, in fact, is a fabric of out-of-context and unsubstantiated innuendo. For example, just read the way he writes about Israel: 
"So ultra-nationalists might admire Israel either because they see it as standing up to those they deem the Muslim enemy …,” 
Of course by "ultra nationalists" he means to connect anyone who does not have one of those stupid COEXIST bumperstickers on his or her Prius. Then he overlooks the fact that Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East and is surrounded by countries that vastly outnumber her and most of which still publicly call for her annihilation on religious grounds. Even so he apparently cannot forgive her for seeing Islam as an enemy, even though in most of those Muslim countries they teach their children to aspire to kill Jews and Christians - Israelis and Americans first of all as a high religious calling. So he curls up his little lip and says “…those they deem the Muslim enemy…”? He says it that way because he wants us to join him in thinking that this is as he calls it, “a nasty right wing…” thing to think. Its not, you know, its just true.

Anyone who is unconfused by their political prejudice or religious angst must come to understand that the accusations of antisemitism (and misogyny and all the other awful things they accuse them of)  against Trump and Bannon are ridiculous, dangerous and self-serving. 

Ridiculous, because they are so entirely untrue. Even ultra-liberal Hillary's and Obama's court Jew, Alan Dershowitz, agrees they are at best unfounded. Dershowita said, “ ...it is not legitimate to call somebody an anti-Semite because you might disagree with their policies.  Or because in one instance, like in the Bannon case, an aggrieved wife in a divorce may have said something which he himself has denied having said. I think you always have to have a presumption of innocence and of good faith. And so, I am not prepared to accept those conclusions based on the evidence that I have now seen..."

 Furthermore, every Jew who has worked with Bannon calls the allegations lies and distortions. One of the most commonly used quotes to make these allegations is the line about Bill Kristol being a “renegade Jew”. That line was written by David Horowitz (an observant Jew) about William Kristol a neo-conservative “Never Trumper”. Does is make Bannon antisemitic because he allows one Jew to have an argument with another Jew in his Media? I say no and, furthermore, I agree with Horowitz about Kristol. The Jewish neocon Never-Trumper were a counter productive and oh so precious roadblock which Trump pushed aside just as he did with all the phonies and politically correctists who tried to stop him.  

The only thing that makes Liberal Jews even more distraught than Jews who are more observant than they are, is Non-Jews who care more about Israel’s survival and strength than they do- and that is demonstrably the case with Trump Pence and Bannon. 

For example take these articles from Breitbart and tell me that there is a bias against Jews or Israel:

2 days ago ... TEL AVIV – The Palestinian ambassador to the UN on Friday warned President- elect Donald Trump that if he dared move the U.S. embassy to ...
Sep 16, 2015 ... In a recent segment on Palestinian television, two Palestinianboys revealed that their most prominent desire was to kill Jews.
3 days ago ... Before Donald Trump won the presidency, Democratic foreign policy circles hummed with talk that an outgoing President Barack Obama could ...
Jul 25, 2016 ... The Palestinian flag is symbol of barbaric Arab nationalism, the kind of which saw the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem meet with Adolf Hitler in 1941 to ...
Oct 18, 2015 ... Last Friday, MSNBC aired a segment featuring a Palestinianpropaganda map that is a total fabrication, a pack of lies that contradicts ...
Dec 29, 2014 ... A video being widely circulated in Palestinian social media networks teaches jihadists how to stab a Jewish person in a manner that ensures ...
Palestinian soccer team's players have posed for a photograph with a banner praising the Palestinian attacker behind a deadly shooting in Jerusalem.
Jan 17, 2016 ... TEL AVIV – In a horrific scene, a Palestinian terrorist broke into a civilian home and murdered an Israeli woman in front of her children.
Jun 9, 2016 ... TEL AVIV - Horrific security camera footage has been posted on the Internet showing two Palestinian terrorists dressed in suits opening fire on ...
Nov 17, 2015 ... Over 70 percent of Palestinians support an uprising against the Jewish people of Israel, a Palestinian polling institute found.
Aug 20, 2016 ... Celtic Glasgow has won praise after its fans flew Palestinian flags during a Champions League match against Israel's Hapoel Beersheba.
Aug 7, 2016 ... TEL AVIV – The Palestinian swimmer selected to compete in the Rio Olympics lied when she told the world that she was unable to train ...
May 25, 2016 ... TEL AVIV – The Secretary-General of the Palestinian Presidency delivered a speech this week on behalf of President Mahmoud Abbas ...
www.breitbart.com/.../palestinian-presidency-secretary-general-palestinians- will-win-love-death-life-israeli-aggressors-will-end-trash-bin-history...
Jul 19, 2016 ... JERUSALEM – The Palestinian Authority erected a monument on Sunday in honor of the mastermind behind the 1976 "refrigerator bombing".
Aug 22, 2016 ... Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said Russian Pres. Vladimir Putin was willing to host Israeli and Palestinian leaders for talks.
Nov 18, 2014 ... Two Palestinian men armed with a meat cleaver and a gun killed fourJews worshiping at morning prayers (Update: and one police officer) in a ...
Apr 13, 2016 ... CASABLANCA – The New York Times magazine published an article claiming that the Palestinians lost their homeland when Israel was ...
Oct 30, 2016 ... The Observer describes a recording in which Hillary Clinton seems to suggest rigging 2006 elections for the Palestinian Legislative Council.
Apr 26, 2016 ... A majority of young Palestinians reject cooperating with Israelis even if they share their neighbor's vision on the solution to the conflict.
Sep 20, 2016 ... Hillary Clinton's foundation is honoring a Palestinian teacher whose husband is a convicted terrorist on Tuesday evening.
Did you find any Jew-hatred or Anti Israeli propaganda? There isn’t any! Quite the contrary! They make a picture of a much more whole hearted support than any leftist Jew has ever mustered. They are, after all, full of qualifiers like "I don't have to agree with all of Israel's policies to defend her right to exist." and "I am not a fan of the Israeli government but Israel is necessary." Gee, Thanks a lot... I would like, especially to point out that last article in the list. See, you think Israel has not dodged a bullet with the election of Donald Trump? Why would the Clinton Foundation give award to a woman who teaches Jew-hatred to children and is the wife of a convicted terrorist? Hillary and her family trust are just as willing to sell out to Jew-hatred and terror as they are to sell America's Uranium supply to Russia or betray the devastated people of Haiti. And she doe it all without any coverage from the mainstream media. 

Here is an article from Austrailia that shows a clear understanding from a totally foreign perspective.


But don't take my word for it, maybe the best answer to the absurd charges of antisemitism comes from Daniel Goldman who writes under the pen name Spengler. Here is what he wrote:

H/T Dan Friedman and Josh Katzen

The hysteria in the Establishment is astonishing: today's email blast from the usually staid Financial Times begins, "Donald Trump has chosen Reince Priebus, the establishment head of the Republican National Committee, as his chief of staff, while naming Steve Bannon — his campaign chair who ran Breitbart News, a website associated with the alt-right and white supremacists — as his chief strategist and counsellor." To claim that Bretbart is associated with white supremacists is a despicable lie, but the FT feels compelled to say such things because polite opinion requires ritual anathemas of Trump. And the liberal Jewish website The Forward writes, "The reaction was quick and furious from Jews and anti-hate groups. The Anti-Defamation League, which stays out of partisan politics and vowed to seek to work with Trump after his election, denounced Bannon as 'hostile to American values.'" The Forward headline asks, "Will Steve Bannon bring anti-Semitism into Trump's inner circle?"
This again is a foul slander. I know Steve Bannon, and have had several long discussions with him about politics. I first met him when he approached me at a conference to tell me that he liked my writing, which is unabashedly Zionist. Steve is strongly pro-Israel, and it is utterly ridiculous to suggest that he is anti-Semitic.
The Establishment is floored and flummoxed. It doesn't understand what it did wrong, it doesn't understand why it has been evicted from power, and it can only explain its miserable situation as the consequence of an evil conspiracy. In short, the Establishment is having a paranoid tantrum, compounding its humiliation with a public meltdown. Sadly, that includes liberal Jews.
Trump's election is the best thing that has happened to Israel in many years. It eliminates the risk of a diplomatic stab in the back at the Security Council and sends a dire warning to Iran, the only real existential threat to the Jewish State. The security of the Jewish people in their homeland is vastly enhanced by the vote on November 8, and Jews everywhere should thank God that the head of state of the world's most powerful country is a friend of Israel with Jewish grandchildren. Instead of slanders, Jews should offer up prayers of Thanksgiving.