Saturday, July 14, 2018

A fight for the soul of the Democratic Party

Liz Wagner

A fight for the soul of the Democratic Party is underway, with the far left minority coalition poised to make it the party of socialists.

Jews have been tolerated in this coalition up till now, but our presence has been contingent on our cooperation in the undoing of Israel.

Had Jews fought ferociously, as we should have, against the lies that form the basis of the anti-Israel position of the far left—for example, that Israel is “white,” colonial, expansionist, apartheid and guilty by association with American imperial power—we would have been booted from the coalition long ago.

We maintained limited rights within the coalition through weak resistance to, and sadly for many the active embrace of, every one of those lies. Jews like Greenblatt remain desperate and deluded enough to think they can earn us a place at the new power table that is forming. But there is no place for Jews there.

We failed to fight, and now the Palestinians and Islamists are displacing us.

The only thing that might stop what is happening is for Jews to mount our own campaign of resistance, both inside and outside the Democratic Party.

Unfortunately, Greenblatt reflects the state of Jewish leadership on the left.

Completely co-opted, with little if any understanding of what is happening from a Jewish point of view that isn’t diluted to meaninglessness.

34 comments:

  1. You go out for an evening on the town and begin drinking. You've just finished your 3rd drink and you're feeling so good you order a 4th, not realizing that the 3rd one hasn't yet caught up to you. An hour and a half later you are violently puking into a toilet.
    The point is that no matter where you think things are at the moment, they have actually gone much further than you thought.
    There must be a full out frontal assault on the fallacious "Palestinian narrative" resembling Sherman's march to the sea.
    The "Palestinian cause" (Arab cause) is antisemitic.


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  2. add in there how ungrateful the Democrat Party is for how we Jews HAVE BEEN the funding of the party: https://www.jpost.com/US-Elections/US-Jews-contribute-half-of-all-donations-to-the-Democratic-party-468774 Too many (IMO) of the newspaper columnists who articulate progressive positions are Jewish or of Jewish heritage, and we can't get thanks??

    It's probably because as socialism becomes more popular, people stop accepting the reality that a capitalist society's political parties need money to operate. The left then says "Jews, we mean Zionists, are the reason it's so rigged." But they forget that in a party of downtrodden, you NEED money, unless you want a communist dictatorship.

    Also, instead of being resigned to the fact that whites are the national majority (as adults are), the left now thinks its morally wrong that the national majority is white, and because most American Jews are white-skinned Ashkenazim, we're part of the problem.

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  3. As much to do with Ben-Ami and other Jews that target Israel as with the Greenblatts of the world. Sadly, they give cover to the antisemites.

    Many Jewish Democrats have walked away from their liberal roots to a progressive reality that rejects the reality of human experience, and the Jewish experience. If they can return to their liberal roots, they will once again speak out for actual human rights, including for themselves.

    It's a micro version of the macro happenings going on, as we all transition into a new and uncertain age.

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  4. I agree, Liz. There are 2 camps of Jews on the left. One camp is the moderate liberals, the old guard, the old left, the Unitarian-Jews who are quietly upset and are moving away from the party without much protest. The other camp is the the SJW far left Jews who never saw a Nazi or a terrorist they didn't like.

    The first camp is like a strainer. As many Jews who join that fact, assimilate out. Every 'secular' or 'cultural' Jew is maybe one generation from not being Jewish. The composer Felix Mendelssohn was the grandson of the founder of Reform Judaism. Felix and all his siblings were baptized Lutherans.

    The second camp is trickier because while they're not really Jews either, they say they are. It's their brand. The brand of antisemitic Jews; the Trotskities. The New Red Guard. And like the Trotskities they quickly abandon their own silly pretense that they are Jews in the pursuit of their revolution. It very soon becomes irrelevant that they used to call themselves Jews. It's actually an obstacle to them. They can't go to the meetings with the Nation of Islam or CAIR or the PLO or SJP. They can't even go to JVP meetings anymore because the J in JVP is no longer functional, it's a placeholder, like calling the magazine "Forward" a Jewish publication.

    My suggestion for them is to take back, aggressively, violently, the brand of "Jewish". They are not Jewish they are people who have at one point, Jewish ancestors. They don't get to use that brand any more than you or I get to claim citizenship in Poland or Russia or Belarus or wherever. We can't let them use our identity in their cause. They don't get to claim it. It's our birthright and they gave theirs up just like Esau. They stayed behind with Pharaoh, they followed the Shabbatai Zevi and converted to Islam with him. They became assimilated Lutherans. Not us, THEY did.

    So if they want to march around screaming for another holocaust, that's fine. That doesn't bother me. Lots of people do that. But we need to strip them of their name. Their opinions are no more interesting that the opinions of CAIR or Hamas or the Iranian government. All they have to do is drop the moniker "Jewish" and they can stay in the Democratic party as long as they like.

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  5. Keith Ellison, an anti-Israel Muslim, became Deputy Chair of the Democratic National Committee by a UNANIMOUS VOICE VOTE of DNC members, according to Wikipedia.

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    “In January, Pew reported that liberal Democrats side with the Palestinians over Israel by a margin of nearly two to one. Conservative Republicans support Israel over the Palestinians by a margin of more than 16 to 1.”

    SOURCE: Heeding Dem Warnings by Caroline B. Glick, 2018 May 25
    www.jewishworldreview.com/0518/glick052518.php3

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    “…leading members of the Democratic Party like Keith Ellison and luminaries like Linda Sarsour openly espouse anti-Jewish sentiments and propagate anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, Democrats ignore, whitewash, deny and minimize the significance of the swelling chorus of anti-Semitism within their ranks.”

    SOURCE: The peril of Politicized Anti-Semitism by Caroline B. Glick 2018 June 22

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    “Rising stars in the Democratic Party, including Rep. Ellison and Women’s March leaders Tamika Mallory and Linda Sarsour along with the Congressional Black Caucus embrace Louis Farrakhan, and defend his notorious, virulent hatred of Jews.
    They demonize Israel and its Jewish supporters.”

    SOURCE: The peril of Politicized Anti-Semitism by Caroline B. Glick 2018 June 22

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    www.algemeiner.com/2017/03/23/with-only-two-democrats-voting-in-favor-senate-confirms-david-friedman-as-next-us-ambassador-to-israel/

    http://sultanknish.blogspot.com/2017/04/how-senate-dems-went-anti-israel.html

    www.jns.org/opinion/losing-the-democrats/

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    Who are the Palestinians?

    https://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2018/06/who-are-palestinians.html

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  6. Why are there Jews in America? Jews need to return to their true homeland of Israel. Where they can have some real political fun and games. Where you can raise your children as real Jews and have them marry a Jew of stead of a Shiksa (non-jew).

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    1. Or perhaps children of Jews, no matter, should be welcome as Jews if they so choose, to grow the people, rather than rejected as not "real."

      This is one aspect of the religion that should evolve.

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  7. The Democratic party is joke. It should be allowed to die.

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  8. Want an answer, see:

    https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2018/7/15/1779880/-The-map-that-shocked-Obama

    The antisemitism is blatant. It's an echo chamber. That's what liberal Democrats face from the illiberal progressives.

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    1. oldschool,
      Did you see the story at EoZ which I left a link for on a previous post?

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    2. Not sure what you are referring to. Saw it at the site. Such bigotry, pretending that Palestinians are blameless when they are the primary cause of their situation.

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    3. It's about the same story.

      http://elderofziyon.blogspot.com/2018/07/how-obama-state-department-lied-with-map.html

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  9. There is a certain wing of the Democratic Party for which this is true. That does not make it true for the entire party.

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    1. The party is poised to split apart. There will be no wings. There will be the hard left and everyone else will be purged, free to either form their own party or join some other. In a way it will make the Jews' choice simpler since they will be shown the door whether they like it or not.

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  10. "Every single day, I find myself asking: what do the Russians have on @realDonaldTrump personally, financially, & politically? The answer to that question is that only thing that explains his behavior & his refusal to stand up to Putin."

    Nancy Pelosi.

    ANOTHER reason to never elect a Democrat again. They are batshit crazy as well as being anti-Israel.

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    1. We need to hook her up with some Bond Villain-Level Medical Science to keep her alive for another hundred years. She is the best thing to happen to the GOP in decades.

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  11. OT
    Just going through some old emails and I missed this one from Hunter Lewis at Food & Wine.

    Dear Jeff,

    Thank you for your feedback. To dismiss Reem Assil and Reem’s based on the mural of a divisive figure is to deny the full impact of this restaurant, its role in the Oakland community, and its place in a global social and political conversation. We stand by our decision because we see intrinsic value in widening our readers’ understanding of the foodways of the Middle East and expanding the chorus of voices we empower to tell that story.

    What a bunch of California 'progressive' gobbledygook.
    Needless to say, if Reem's were offering authentic Louisiana cuisine with a mural of David Duke, you know she wouldn't be getting restaurant of the year honors.

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    1. I respect the cultural diversity of firebombing the place and shooting everyone who runs from the flames. It's my culture. Respect it.

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  12. In my crabbier moments I would argue that the party does not and never had a soul to fight over. Neither does GOP for that matter.

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  13. Doodad said:

    "ANOTHER reason to never elect a Democrat again.
    They are crazy as well as being anti-Israel."

    my resonse:

    Agree 100%!

    The Democrats have granted official Victim Status to all minorities, EXCEPT FOR THE JEWS, even though Jews are the most persecuted minority in history.

    The Democrats are always on the side of The Underdog, EXCEPT FOR THE JEWS, even though Jews are the #1 underdog in history.

    If the Democrats gain enough power [G*D forbid], they will ban all travel and all trade between the USA and Israel.

    But even after that happens, the Leftist Jews will still continue to vote for the Democrats.

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  14. All the crazy erupting today over the Trump Putin summit is breathtaking. Apparently, the traitor Putin puppet Trump believes Putin over his own intelligence sources. You know, the ones trying to convict him of collusion and paying for info about pee tapes etc etc etc. Go figure. ;)

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    1. To which the only response to the left is ‘show me your evidence, your actual evidence’. Not silly indictments that make broad and bizarre claims that will never see a court room but hard evidence.

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  15. Mr. Cohen: What of your brethren in Tennessee, a perfect example of the points raised here.

    Amazing how the Democrats, who ask the people to trust their decisions, are charging like a speeding locomotive toward the cliff. Smart people don't get hysteric over the smallest item and manifest hate so publicly. Would not trust them to decide whether or not to put the seat down, let alone actual policy.

    No one knows for sure, but that seems like where it's going. The progressives are finally showing they are the extremists. They will pay when people cast ballots. If it goes their way, and people believe the type of shrieks heard today, the countdown to 1984 will speed up.

    Trump is no saint, and had a variety of flaws, but he reminds of the boy in the room who inconveniently says what others think, but are afraid to, and in the process brings actual change in matters neglected for appearance sake.

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    1. One reason it continues and grows worse may be because to admit being wrong about Trump is to admit being wrong about everything. Not easy for elites to accomplish, though in the end they may be forced to swallow reality, especially if people stop buying their narrative.

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    2. The Democratic Party has always been a confederation of dissimilar factions held together by organization and brute force. None of these factions are ever strong enough to stand alone and none of them would ever work together except for the common goal of victory. What we have here is one of the factions struggling for supremacy over all the others. The far left faction doesn’t know whether it can rule over all the factions or if it succeeds, will have to purge them all. No one knows how that will play out. All of us not in and of the party should work to keep their infighting at maximum level. Work to ensure they tear themselves to pieces. The more they rape kill and eat each other the better it is for the rest of us.

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    3. They seem to be tearing themselves to pieces all by themselves. Worse is the damage done to the rest of us by how they poison society by abusing the megaphone to sow unparalleled hatred. If the progressive faction wins, there seems little doubt they will exercise power coercively, and probably exempt themselves with the hardships they put on others.

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    4. Just like the freakin commies did oldschool. Progressives are the latest incarnation.

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  16. How the Anti-Defamation League (ADL)
    became a branch of the American Democratic Party:


    www.jns.org/opinion/whatever-happened-to-the-adl/

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  17. Agreed that dispelling the lie of the "Palestinian narrative" is existentially crucial.

    And a suggestion: Stop using the imprecise counterproductive euphemism, "antisemitism." Use the terms that accurately describe it: anti-Jewish bigotry and genocidal anti-Jewish bigotry. Words matter.

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  18. I think that many Jewish people don't know or underestimate how ineffective and counterproductive using the term "antisemitism" is. Although the term "antisemitism" means and has always meant anti-Jewish bigotry, the term "antisemitism" is a euphemistic imprecise term. Anti-Jewish bigotry exists. Many people in Western societies hold low-level antipathetic prejudiced views toward Jewish people. They (consciously or subconsciously, and to various degrees) think of Jewish people as being powerful, wealthy, and deceitful. I think that if they've heard of the term "antisemitism," they, in many cases, (consciously or subconsciously) think of it as a meaningless term used by Jewish people as a ploy to stifle "criticism" of Jewish people. And now, Arab people who hold antipathetic bigoted views about Jewish people say, "Arab people are semites too" in response to the term "antisemitism" being used. And now, "Pro-Palestinian" non-Arab people who hold antipathetic bigoted views about Jewish people (largely because of the widespread ubiquitous propagation of libels against Israel) also say, "Arab people are semites too" in response to the term "antisemitism" being used. Using the precise accurate term, anti-Jewish bigotry, describes the phenomenon accurately and precisely and I think that it might make people actually think about what that term means.

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    1. I heard a talk by culturally Muslim, pro-Jewish, liberal-minded, Tarek Fatah in which he said a similar thing, and in which he advised Jewish people to stop using the term "antisemitism" and to use a more accurate and more precise term instead. And he said something like: "Why do Jewish people use the term 'antisemitism?' Because Jewish people like to make things more complicated."

      Making things more complicated and therefore more difficult to understand when trying to dispel bigotry which is caused by ignorance and propagation of lies is not good.

      Using euphemistic terms which have counterproductive contextual meaning to many people when trying to dispel bigotry which is caused by ignorance and propagation of lies is not good

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    2. The only people I have ever heard say "Arabs are semites too" as a response to the term "antisemitism" were either being completely disingenuous about the word's meaning or completely ignorant, (Westerners cannot be excused for not knowing the meaning of the word or giving succor to non-westerners who might not). Yes, antisemitism began as a euphemism - an antisemitic one. That is part of the poison and describes the malevolence of anti-Jewish bigotry quite well, i.e., the term itself is a lesson 101 in how Jew-hate it works.

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    3. People who say it are antisemites looking for excuses for their antisemitism. Short and simple.

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