Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Conservatism

Michael Lumish

One of the primary ways of thinking among twentieth-century American conservatives was a close-mindedness. Even a religious close-mindedness.

In the 1950s and 1960s, when conservatives held some power in American politics, they were widely mocked by the growing counterculture and the Beats and Kerouac and Ginsberg and Kesey -- and all that jazz -- led to the rise of The Movement. 

The Movement.

It was the 1960s. It was anti-war. It was second wave feminism. It was the rise of the New Left and people like Abbie Hoffman and Jerry Rubin and Bobby Seale of the Black Panther Party. It was also the rise of environmentalism and the movement to protect the planet, not to mention space exploration and people like recently passed Apollo 11 astronaut, Michael Collins.

These were people, whatever their political affiliation, who refused to be close-minded.

The Republican Party of the 1950s, with perhaps the exception of people like William F. Buckley, was rigid and close-minded and represented just the kind of people that liberals are pushing back against today.

The contemporary-left in the US today is just as close-minded and rigid and boring and authoritarian as were many Republican in the 1950s.

We will stand up against them today, just as we did yesterday.

27 comments:

  1. "These were people, whatever their political affiliation, who refused to be close-minded."

    Plenty closed minded, actually, and no less uncertain and absolute than wokesters of today who think they have the ONLY answer.

    Was just about to send a RIP to the site.

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    1. I'll be in and out and you are always a friend to this blog.

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    2. And as for "plenty close-minded," if we are talking about liberalism and the counterculture of the 1960s and 1970s, I will partially agree. Certainly the American Left at the time saw itself as fighting against the authoritarianism and closed-mindedness of the old racist American right-wing.

      Anyway, please do not write a "RIP" to Israel Thrives... not yet.

      I am actually pretty amazed that you guys kept it going this long.

      We've seen many blogs just disappear into the aether, but somehow not this one.

      This blog was born, along with a few others, from Maryscott O'Connor's "My Left Wing" which, itself, was born out of Daily Kos... but you know that.

      I will always remember our meet-up in SF, right at the gates of Chinatown.

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    3. Yes, really Mike, keep this thing going. As you have seen yourself, the possibilities for free speech at joints like FB are rather limited and controlled by those who are willing to subvert democracy and step all over our G_d given rights.

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    4. Jeff, I am on a thirty-day FB ban for writing "White Men Are Bad." It's pretty hysterical because the comment was meant to be ironic. In the meantime, 350 rockets shot into Israel from Gaza. Were I Netanyahu I would eliminate Hamas.

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    5. I got 24 hour suspension for I don't know what.
      As for Hamas, everyone I talk to says to eliminate them NOW. I think you know that I have been of that opinion for 3 or 4 wars now. To reiterate, these rounds of warfare can only get worse over each cycle. Hamas will get better and better armaments to use against innocent Israelis. This now has got to be acknowledged, because the data is in. I think Israel has now got to end Hamas. Rub it in. Completely humiliate them. Show them as catastrophic losers. Kill the motherfuckers. Be ruthless. Go all Soviet Union on their asses.

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    6. I have been suspended from FaceBook for 3 days because of the following comment:


      Here's the thing about the "Palestinians"; they lie. They lie a lot. They have been caught lying again and again. Their credibility should be in tatters by now, because after the world buys their lies, it always comes out later that they were lying. Yet they are given instant credibility by the left, and frankly, the world at large. Yes, they have little or no credibility, because they lie all the time. Nor is it a secret that they have treated Jews with utter contempt for centuries and think of Jews ideally as Untermenschen, and that they call any piece of land administered by Jews "Palestine", and that they would like to kill the Jews or at least drive them completely out of Jerusalem, and destroy Israel and replace it with an Arab state, yes, another one. Now look who supports them wholeheartedly and without reservation. These are more than just enemies of the Jewish people and the Jewish state. These are the enemies of Truth, Honor, Integrity, i.e., a combo I find far more compelling than the cheap "diversity, inclusion, and equity (DIE).

      Welcome to Facebook, comrades!

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  2. In Lod and elsewhere we see the REALITY of the notion of Israeli/Arab co-existence. It is like a wisp of smoke.

    "The sight of the pogrom in Lod and the disturbances across the country by an incited and bloodthirsty Arab mob, injuring people, damaging property and even attacking sacred Jewish spaces is unforgivable." Rivlin

    They are waiting to kill Jews in their sleep, first real chance they get. And that's beyond Hamas; that's everyday next door Arabs. Some Jewish leaders are upset that some "Jewish extremists," are fighting back and attacking Arabs. Pfffttttt. Bloodthirsty Arabs calls for bloodthirsty Jews at some point.

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    1. If it's unforgivable, what is Rivlin going to do about it?
      I say, if they believe they are really "Palestinians", even though historically that's bullshit, then perhaps Israel should arrange for them to live amongst their own outside of Israel, a 1st rate country. Let them see what Mahmoud Abbas or Hamas has to offer them in terms of freedom and a good life. "Palestine" is about as old and rock solid a colonial name as exists in history.

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  3. From Australia about the war and the anti-Israel/antisemitic Left:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&v=SgIGNTiCo9c&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR1pIrl7ZTu3C6bSZK103AwzkE3-9mFx1FwzMi-2-GXQGfT27Gp1-OjR42k

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  4. Ceasefire. Hamas lives to fight another day.

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  5. What have we learned:
    1. American Progressives passionately hate Jews
    2. Third World Muslim immigrants bring their Jew hatred with them
    3. Intersectional minorities are not our friends
    4. Ditto Democratic party
    5. Israeli Arabs are a fifth column
    6. "Respected" news organizations are willing participants in a war against the Jews
    7. US is rapidly changing demographically and culturally, within a decade it's government will become an active enemy of Israel
    8. We are on our own

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    1. Can't argue with any of those Jacob. Countries around the world should bar entry to antisemites and deport any that show their true colors after obtaining entry.

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  6. Lara Trump just said that anti-Israel is antisemitic. It's starting to look that way. Trump also said some very strong words.

    Will the wave of antisemitism wake up American Jews? Too many have no qualms seeing Israel among the worst, and demanding Israel live by a higher standard of norms than anywhere else. While rockets are fired at Israel and Palestinian voices there and in America stoke hate. Shame!

    Obama did not teach people enough about the realities of progressive ways. Biden is needed to drive in the final stake. Things like open antisemitism, and other policies of wokeism, will make people awake. The counterculture is underway, and extremism of the illiberal progressives and cowardly Democrats, who let Omar and Tlaib's antisemitism skate at the start, will convince the silent observers that they are the ones to be repudiated.

    Wishful thinking perhaps, but the people revolting against the Covid deceptions are pro-Israel and not antisemites, even if looked down on by American Jews and the "elites" who love the science and pretend to have complete understanding.

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    1. They are fakes and liars. The "anti-Zionist" left has been pushing antisemitism for a long time. This is no different from the countries of the eastern bloc during the Cold War. California is already becoming a one party, eastern bloc type state. The Dems want to do the same to the rest of the United States, and they have the power and are dead serious. The Left can taste Socialist power.
      Here is someone who has been sounding the alarm for a long time:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7MasSwNIwM&list=PLEbhOtC9klbBR3q4AO9AdVjeC9r5RyZFP&index=2

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    2. And an hour interview with Ben Shapiro. There are enough nuggets to make it worth the watch:
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Jx1ENR2lNI&list=TLPQMjQwNTIwMjEEcWjZLf5kDg&index=3

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  7. Hopefully leftist anti Zionist progressive Jews are getting a good lesson now on why we need Israel.

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    1. They can all go jump in the lake as far as I'm concerned. Fools and idiots.

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  8. Kapow!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&v=AZffBpuXOsM&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR1XhVcoK3sHls1iXZixN2N-87mNc1gzMJaXUokwnVZNDccYqvpB_vOMaIA

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  9. Anti-Zionism is antisemitism

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=isUT8lKHvXk

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    1. Have you read the comments to this video?
      This is what millenials believe. Within a decade, next Dem administration will "unrecognize" Israel and start military aid to "Palestine". Hopefully by then patriotic Americans will be cancelled out of the woke and transgendered US Army.

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    2. Jacob,
      You might be right, but I wouldn't take that on a sample of youtube BTL commenters. Those people are motivated. How many ordinary and uninvolved people are looking at that video? Our task is to simply keep putting out the right information, facts, and appealing to people's capacity for reason and morality. And the PNM is awash with lies. Lies can be debunked, although that is the reactive stuff being done now. It's alright, but not enough. A good offense is needed, and we have one - the truth. Get it out there early and often. That's the true path forward.
      I saw a comment from an "anti-Zionist" this morning in which he stated how "Jewish human rights groups" agree with his take, and you know, UN Resolution 2334. Our work is cut out for us, for sure.

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  10. CRT 101

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCkx_x9FLJ8

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  11. More fun with Balestine:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=satmE0RNN2Y&list=TLPQMTAwNjIwMjFlAeB0eymW6w&index=1

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  12. On the virulently antisemitic muslim supremacist, Ilhan Omar:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tSWU3EKLI4I&list=TLPQMTMwNzIwMjEZPOCdAGzf4w&index=4

    It's a hoot.

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    1. I'm not surprised that she got elected given her district, I am disgusted with Nancy Pelosi, tho.

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