[published in The American Thinker 11-11-12]
[Excerpt from full Commentary]
Sometimes the best
explanation to a complex question is the simplest explanation. In
the face of conservative hand-wringing, investigating “what went wrong?”
and worrying whether another conservative ever again will be elected
President in our lifetimes, it may very well be that the anomaly of
Obama being reelected, despite all his shortcomings and the colossal
failure of his policies through four years, comes down to a simple
outlier fact that pundits universally have ignored: . . .
. . .
American Jews and Conservatism: Up from Liberalism - The Maturing of an American Community from Knee-Jerk Voting Patterns [published in The American Thinker 07-15-12]
from full Commentary]
. . . . Once liberalism had set in among American Jews, they naively
passed their liberalism down to their kids, much as a century of
Southern Democrats passed their Party affiliation to their kids.
Initially, Southern Democrats had voted Democrat because Lincoln, the
first Republican President, was their arch-foe when they tried seceding
[published in Jewish World Review 01-11-11]
[Excerpt from full Commentary] In the aftermath of the tragic and evil shooting of United States Representative Gabrielle Giffords in Arizona, American Jewish news sources have entered the conversation by noting that Rep. Giffords is Jewish and that her attacker, Jared Lee Loughner, has associated with extremist hate groups. The suggestion: her tragedy is an act of anti-Semitism. I respectfully beg to differ. [¶] Jared Lee Loughner is a nut. He has earned by dint of his own merit the privilege of being deemed a 100% crackpot. Yes, he may have had an interface with a hate group whose name I choose not to publicize further, possibly because that group hates Latinos or African Americans or perhaps even people from a distant planet where Loughner perhaps thinks he once lived. (For that matter, perhaps his anger stems from a perception that he has friends living on Pluto, which has been stripped of its planet identity without its input.) Regardless, the search for truth and understanding is not helped by searching endlessly for a Jewish angle in every cockamamie and outlier news event.
Anita Hill and Ginny Thomas: Learning to "Let Go" and to Leave Justice to the True Judge, Judgment to the True Justice [published in Jewish World Review 10-20-10]
[Excerpt from full Commentary] If we fail to let go, we emerge with an embarrassing dogfight or catfight between people who have attained prominent positions of achievement in our society. If we fail to let go, we cannot reach the zenith of our potential. We cannot perfect our souls to their apex. Warm and loving people around us shy away, while we attract bitter and vengeful friends who listen patiently to our bitterness in exchange for enjoying our audience to hear them rant about theirs. No one enjoys the stereotypically curmudgeonly man or bitter woman. [¶] By contrast, as we let go — yes, remembering and knowing what was done to us and who did it; but moving on with love, warmth, and humor — we attract the kinds of people we most would cherish as friends: people who victories and joys we celebrate, even as they rejoice in our achievements and great moments. And we leave it to G-d Almighty to reckon accounts with a Perfect Justice that only He can mete.. . .
[Excerpt from full Commentary] In "J Street," we have yet another gang of Jewish idiots who are more-off, yet moron, in their fulminations against the Jewish State of Israel, a polity they claim to like.
[Excerpt from full Commentary] There is not a more anti-Jewish industry of publicly traded corporations than the companies who produce Hollywood's entertainment. They mock Judaism, hold our people and religion to ridicule, and find fault in Israel and everything else we hold dear. But they get away with it . . . because they are Jews. Well, it's good for a laugh.
[Excerpt from full Commentary] The Two-State Solution is indeed the most immoral suggestion of them all. It is a lie built on lies. And, with it now having been sanctified in the President's Cairo Speech in Egypt, it can be termed The Grand Pyramid Scheme. . . .[The Commentary consists of ten sections:] (1) The Bigotry of Banning Jews from Living in a Region . . . (2) "Palestine" Is Another Name for Israel, and That Entirety Is the Land that "Palestinian Arabs" Want for Their "Palestine" Country -- Not a "West Bank" Without a Name . . . (3) "Palestinian Refugee Camps" and Logo Images Now Worn by Their Terror Groups Remind That the Goal Remains Now As When the "P.L.O. -- Palestine Liberation Organization" was founded in 1964: to "Liberate Palestine" by Conquering and Destroying Israel . . . (4) Zionism Humanely Avoided the Moral Failings of America -- the Greatest Beacon of Freedom Ever Created -- by Seeking to Build Fraternally Alongside Landed Neighbors Rather than to Force-and-Death-March Them into "Reservations" of Internal Exile . . . (5) Only One Jewish Homeland: Passionately Loved Without Interruption and Yearned-for Through 2,000 Years of Exile . . . (6) In an Era of Mass Population Exchanges, the Arab World Hatefully Drove out 700,000 Jews and Confiscated All Their Property and Assets, Even as Israelis Pleaded with Their Arab Neighbors to Remain and Build a New Western Democracy Together . . . (7) The Cynicism of the Fabricated "Palestinian Refugee Problem" . . . (8) . . . And the Cynicism of Imposing on Israel a "Two State Solution" Proffered by Three Ambitious Politicians Who Would Abandon America's Long-Term Commitments to a Time-Tested Friend and Ally in Order to Advance Their Own Short-Term Career Goals . . . (9) Pressuring Israel to Abandon Her Security While Turning a Blind Eye, Deaf Ear, and Silent Tongue Towards a Concerted Vitriolic Hate Campaign Against Jews That Has Poisoned Children's Minds and Adults' Hearts Through the Next Generation, Even as the Hate Campaign Materially Has Breached and Thus Has Rendered Void and Nugatory Every Israel-Arab Treaty . . . (10) The Facts on the Ground: Every Israeli Retreat Has Invited Anti-West Arab Terrorists to Arm and Militarize, Rain Unprecedented Destruction, and Launch New Deadly Battle Fronts of Rocket Fire at Israeli Cities That Previously Had Been Secure . . .
[Excerpt from full Commentary] Michael Jackson’s death set off a veritable panic. It took one of my family members, who works near UCLA, three extra hours to get home because the crowds outside UCLA Medical Center, where Jackson died, were so massive. On the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame, throngs placed wreaths and wept at Michael Jackson’s star on the cement – not realizing that they were mourning at the star of the wrong Michael Jackson, a radio talk show host. [¶] And so, as each element of our media-driven society – the cable news and celebrity-gossip programs in particular – endeavor to keep the stories running, it is worthwhile pausing to ask whether there is anything for us to learn from it all. [¶] There is. [¶] Life is short. So terribly short. [¶] Tomorrow is not another day. Tomorrow is a noun that means that today is lost forever. Yesterday, too. There is no tomorrow for even the greatest of celebrities whose time comes. Nor is there a today for those of us who would consume it watching and reading all about them. Our moments to realize our own dreams and hopes are today. . . .
[Excerpt from full Commentary]It was said of Lev Bronstein, a revolutionary in post-Czarist Russia who changed his name to Leon Trotsky: “It’s the Trotskys who make the revolutions, and the Bronsteins who pay the bill.” [¶] We Jews are such a profoundly ethical and honest community. How many prisoners in the federal prisons really ask for kosher meals? Five? Eight? Nine? [¶] Yet, there comes a point where it no longer seems or feels like only three out of 500,000 -- because this is the area of stereotype. It plays and feeds into stereotype. And therein lies the profound sensitivity.[¶] [W]e need to do something as a community akin to what Jews in America did 100 years ago to separate ourselves in the popular imagination from the likes of Arnold Rothstein and Bugsy Siegel and Legs Diamond and Meyer Lansky. And we did. To spit them out.
[Excerpt from full Commentary] In his latest ad hominem-based syndicated article, the resident radical-Left opinion writer at the Los Angeles Times, Robert Scheer, mocked the intelligence of Attorney General John Ashcroft. In a vertical screed, Scheer wrote the following: Ashcroft is "not the sharpest [tool] in the shed." He "managed to lose a Senate race to a dead man." He "was not picked for his smarts." He is a "Keystone Kop in charge of law enforcement." And, in the most telling comment, "Perhaps it is just too difficult for a stern, God-fearing fundamentalist like the attorney general to fully anticipate the dark side of religion's wrath.". . . [¶] Scheer's writing reflects the polemic arrogance monopolized by a Left that is convinced its ranks are just too smart for conservatives to fathom and that conservatives are just too troglodytic to be liberal. . . . . . .
[Excerpt from full Commentary]
1. Pollard did a terrible, terrible thing.
2. A terrible thing. Just terrible.
3. Horrible. And he messed up the position and status of Jews in American government. He fed into anti-Semites’ worst diatribes about Jews being of diverted loyalty to foreign powers. He had no right to imperil the Jewish position in this country and, thereby, to lend credence to haters elsewhere in the world who wonder about Jews and our loyalties in those countries. . . .
[¶] 19. A final word: I cannot emphasize enough that Pollard did terrible, terrible stuff. I am not impressed with some people's arguments that he needed to do what he did, that he gave Israel documents that America was obligated to share with Israel anyway, that he had to do it to save lives. But, for G-d’s sake, after 23 years in prison, his continued incarceration no longer is about him. It is about us -- it is about Jews.
[Excerpt from full Commentary]
England has a TV show comparable to "American Idol” – you may even
recognize one of the panelists . . . – called “Britain’s Got Talent.”
One or two years ago they had a plain-looking middle-aged cell-phone
salesman on, and everyone in the audience got ready for a good laugh,
the lesser side of the societal bell curve. And then he sang.
There is nothing in the world that holds any of us back from being
great, from making a difference in the lives of people around us, from
making a difference in the world. We have talents and gifts – each
of us – and we are surrounded by people who will support and
encourage us to succeed, to believe in ourselves. Hashem puts them in
our lives. [¶] Yet we also are surrounded by the
mediocrities, the nay-sayers, the negativists, the people who hear us
sing . . . or play a musical instrument . . . or who read a poem we have
penned . . . or taste a recipe we have cooked . . . and tell us to give
up. “You are too old.” “You are too young.” "You just are not that
good." "What makes you think that you are better qualified than others?"
“What’s the use? What’s the point?” “What are you trying to prove?”
Hashem puts them in our lives, too. [¶]
And if you find yourself surrounded by nay-sayers who would take away
that dream, that confidence – well, who has compelled you to surround
yourself that way? Find new friends, friends who see your greatness and
who encourage you to be great. Take a moment and think back to Paul
Potts and Susan Boyle. And then go-ahead and be great. . . .
[Excerpt from full Commentary]
K’vod HaBishop Richard Williamson
speaks of his perception that (i) no Jews died in gas chambers, and (ii)
“only” 200-300,000 Jews died in concentration camps. [¶] I never before
actually have heard someone discuss this thinking. I do not shiver or
quake or get shocked by most anything, so my default reaction to this
kind of thing is pure fascination. I am struck with fascination by the
interview because the guy is so well spoken, so ostensibly
knowledgeable. A very nice accent, sounds and looks a bit like
Commissioner Gordon on the old "Batman" TV series. Ya just gotta trust
Commissioner Gordon. [¶] I have written about this in the
not-too-distant past: My thesis is that I believe it more anti-Semitic – more an act of
Jew-hatred – to deny Y’tzi’at Mitzrayim and Ma’amad Har
Sinai than to deny that six million died or that Jews died in gas
chambers. When you take away from me Y’tzi’at Mitzrayim and
Ma’amad Har Sinai, you are taking away from me everything that Jews
ever had to live for: the Torah, our unique relationship with HaKadosh
Barukh Hu, our role as a Mamlechet Kohanim and an Am
S’gulah, our essence. . . .
The Holocaust is
not our essence. Ma’amad Har Sinai
is our essence.
[Excerpt from full Commentary] I did not vote for Obama, instead choosing to vote as the exit polls told us that most Jews in Orthodox circles did. Still, I view Obama's election with fascination and a touch of wonder.[¶] . By the natural course of events, Obama should never have been elected or, frankly, even nominated. Historians will not understand it. Nevertheless, he now is the President-elect, and we will recite the same blessing in Shul for his welfare and that of his Government as we have recited for his predecessors. [¶] I am long past predicting who among the princes of flesh-and-blood is good for Israel and who bad. I vote based on commonsense natural analyses, but I know I can be wrong because good politicians can fool you, and so can bad ones. I know that all we can do is vote based on what we reasonably expect. But, in the end, it is all in Hashem's hands. Politicians often surprise.[¶] Our parents' generation bullet-voted for FDR, whom they regarded as the best American friend that Jews ever had in the White House. Turns out he and his State Department were not our best friends. Rather, they hated us and in some real measure were accessories to the mass murder of six million of us.[¶] Democrats-Republicans. We don't know. Nixon rushed weapons to Israel in an full-blast urgent airlift. Bill Clinton gave us Oslo and Arafat.[¶] Shalom Chaver.
[Excerpt from full Commentary]A week has passed since a Ninth Circuit panel held that the Bill of Rights bars the government from requiring children to pledge their allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands, one nation, under G-d, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all (4 U.S.C. § 4). As the intense public reaction to the panel's decision in Newdow v. U.S. Congress begins to settle, it is important to focus on the deeper crisis in our federal appeals courts arising from the Senate Democrats' campaign to obstruct President Bush from empanelling new appeals-court judges. . . .
[Excerpt from full Commentary]As our nation compromises aspects of our financial and political independence, by standing on line for overpriced Saudi oil, in deference to the caribou, too many among us know preciously nothing about why we risk aspects of our security and financial independence. Ask your neighbor whether “caribou” is animal, vegetable, or mineral. Yet, by passively delimiting exploratory access to our expansive domestic oil sources without concomitantly reducing our energy demand to accommodate Tom Daschle’s concern for the caribou, we partly finance the economy of a country like Saudi Arabia that breeds in its children a deadly hatred against our civilization of freedom. . . .
[Excerpt from full Commentary]Unexpectedly, I found myself traveling on the freeways most of last Wednesday, when the Michael Jackson story erupted into a media feeding frenzy. No matter the talk station, the conversation was salacious, incendiary, and vicious. . . . [¶] So I do not know whether Michael Jackson dunnit. And, on a much deeper level, I do not care. I do not associate with Michael Jackson; odds are I will never meet him. The chances that he would invite my pre-adolescent son to spend a night at his ranch are less-than-nil. And — most important here — the chances that, if invited, my son actually would spend a night at Neverland were, are, and always will be, never. . . . [¶] And that's the discussion the media should be having about the Michael Jackson issue. What parents would allow their child, in the aftermath of prior scandalous allegations and a mega-million-dollar out-of-court settlement, to spend private time with Michael Jackson? . . .