October 4, 2005


American Jews Unprepared For Attacks From the Left (Richard Brookhiser, NY Observer)

[T]the fringe itself, including the Jew-bashing fringe, is perilously close to the center. Who else in the Democratic Party has passion, or ground troops, these days? [...]

Think of the word “neocon” and its current usage. The actual neocons were Jewish intellectuals who began thinking outside the Great Society box in the 70’s. Some of them—Irving Kristol, Norman Podhoretz—became conservative Republicans. Others—Daniel Bell, Nathan Glazer—remained liberal Democrats. Pat Moynihan allowed the neocons to say that they weren’t all Jewish. But none of that is what “neocon” now means. “Neocon” now means hook-nosed Nosferatu-the-vampire warmongers who plotted the invasion of Iraq, and the dumb goyim they manipulate. When Mick Jagger sings about “sweet neocon,” or when Maureen Dowd uses the word, every other paragraph or so, that is what they evoke. They evoke it, I am afraid, even if they don’t intend to, for the words we use can carry their own freight, and we are not always in charge of packing and unpacking them.

Who likes Jews now? Jews certainly don’t like themselves. The situation of Israel, and their imagined complicity in it, is an emotional dilemma for them, impossible to resolve. Who is left? Back comes the answer: evangelical Protestants. A few years ago, I wrote a song (half tongue in cheek) based on the old Roy Acuff country hit “Precious Jewel,” to explain the new alignment of forces:

Oh my precious Jew,
You bring on the end-times.
We’ll fight for your country from A-rabs to save.
And when we are through
We’ll meet you in Heaven
Where you will take Christ in your hearts so depraved.

It’s a long way from reading Walter Benjamin. The humiliation must be unbearable. The average American Jew would rather be blown up in a pizza parlor than shake hands with such people. But here we are, and I don’t seeing it changing anytime soon.

It was fascinating to watch how repulsed the neocons were by the Harriet Miers nomination, with Bill Kristol & David Frum leading the charge. For all the chatter about neocons running the administration, the reality is they've never adjusted to the fact that the party rejected John McCain and went theocon in 2000.

Here's why folks like Mr. Frum are horrified, Religious conversion redefined nominee's worldview (Julia Duin, October 5, 2005, THE WASHINGTON TIMES)0

Late Sunday night, the Rev. Ron Key and his wife, Kaycia, got a mysterious phone call from longtime friend Harriet Miers.

"She talked with my wife and asked us to pray for her," the 57-year-old Dallas pastor said. "She said, 'You know, I cannot tell you why, but please pray for me.'

"Harriet is like that. She is very careful about doing the right thing. Of course, I did pray for her, and the next morning woke up to find out with the rest of the nation that she had been nominated for the Supreme Court."

While the rest of the country debates the merits of Miss Miers' judicial qualifications, her Christian friends and confidants says she is a solid believer who, like President Bush, had a religious conversion in her 30s.

This was in June 1979. Within a few days of her decision, she was baptized at Valley View Christian Church, a conservative Protestant congregation in north Dallas with 1,200 members. The church is not affiliated with the similarly named Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), a liberal mainline denomination.

"The whole basis for becoming a Christian is that you've made mistakes," said Mr. Key, who was pastor of the church at the time. "Obviously, at that time in her life, she became aware of the fact that she needed Jesus, and she committed her life to Him."

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 4, 2005 10:22 PM

David Frum is a neocon? That thought never occurred to me. Aside from that, just as I don't understand anti-Semitism, so I don't understand why Jews still support the Dhimmicrats in such large numbers. Like many people they are flummoxed by GWB's breaking the mold of the last sixty years which got us to mess of the world today.
The Miers nomination is brilliant. Don't take my word for it, read what Thomas Lifson has to say in American Thinker.

Posted by: ligneus at October 5, 2005 6:38 AM