WaPo columnist: That insane pilot sounds kind of like a tea partier, huh?

posted at 5:27 pm on February 18, 2010 by Allahpundit

Dedicated to my pal Michael Roston, who thought it was silly of me to cite examples at dKos and DU of people blaming this on tea partiers. Those are mere partisan echo chambers, after all, and such nonsense is to be expected.

Fair enough. Should we also expect it of WaPo contributor Jonathan Capehart?

Joseph Stack was angry at the Internal Revenue Service, and he took his rage out on it by slamming his single-engine plane into the Echelon Building in Austin, Texas. We now know this thanks to the rather clear (as rants go) suicide note Stack left behind. There’s no information yet on whether he was involved in any anti-government groups or whether he was a lone wolf. But after reading his 34-paragraph screed, I am struck by how his alienation is similar to that we’re hearing from the extreme elements of the Tea Party movement.

Follow the link and note the parts of the manifesto quoted by Capehart. Yes, of course the anti-Bush rhetoric and screeching about health care is omitted, but something even more revealing is omitted too. Here’s how Stack’s manifesto actually ended:

Well, Mr. Big Brother IRS man, let’s try something different; take my pound of flesh and sleep well.

The communist creed: From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.

The capitalist creed: From each according to his gullibility, to each according to his greed.

Joe Stack (1956-2010)

02/18/2010

And here’s how Capehart quotes the ending:

Well, Mr. Big Brother IRS man, let’s try something different; take my pound of flesh and sleep well.

Joe Stack (1956-2010)

02/18/2010

What’s missing?

Capehart’s not the only offender. Reader Craig S. is e-mailing me new examples every 20 minutes or so. New York magazine’s Daily Intel feature slides this into a post on Stack just ahead of another long quote from the manifesto omitting the less narrative-serving parts:

5. He was mad at the IRS, and left what CNN reports was a suicide note on a local website, detailing his trials with the agency. In fact, a lot of his rhetoric could have been taken directly from a handwritten sign at a tea party rally.

Yeah, it could, although I confess to not having noticed a strong “capitalism is for suckers” vibe at rallies that are, let’s face it, driven mainly by laissez faire libertarian impulses. Meanwhile, Time magazine, while mentioning the anti-Bush passage, slipped the following hyperlink into its story on Stack:

According to news reports, 199 IRS employees work in the building, and all are accounted for. Toward the end of what appears to be his final note, Stack wrote, “Well, Mr. Big Brother IRS man, let’s try something different; take my pound of flesh and sleep well.” (See the making of the Tea Party movement.)

The irony of all this is that violent IRS-hating cranks have been around for decades, long before tea parties were a twinkle in Rick Santelli’s eye. The NYT, to its credit, puts today’s attack in context by highlighting a few examples from over the years — while also taking care to note that a firebomb set in 1990 came packed with a tea bag. (Wink wink.) And a bonus irony: Taxes have actually been a surprisingly minor issue for tea partiers thus far, due in part to the fact that Obama and the Dems haven’t made any aggressive moves on that front yet. The tea party, in my experience, has focused much more heavily on cutting spending, ending bailouts, and auditing the Fed than dismantling the IRS, let alone flying planes into it.

Exit question: Isn’t part of the problem here that tea partiers haven’t decided yet precisely what they stand for in concrete terms, making it extra easy to associate them with disaffected nuts of all political stripes? Revisit this WaPo piece from a few weeks ago. Quote: “I am coming to realize at this convention that we are very, very different in terms of our beliefs.”

Update: PoliPundit supplies a lengthy, yet perhaps not complete, list of everyone Joe Stack was mad at. It wasn’t just the IRS.


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With it’s corporatist leanings the Nazi Party was anything but left wing.

harry on February 19, 2010 at 6:50 AM

Am I wrong in assuming the above statement implies that the term ‘corporatist leanings’ means that somehow corporations and/or big business ran, controlled, and/or operated the Nazi Party and thus Nazi Germany? Not only would that display an awful understanding of history but an unacademic view of what corporatism actually is (and was in Nazi Germany).

anuts on February 19, 2010 at 8:21 AM

The relatively recent window dressing Congressional regulations on the IRS have proved irrelevant in real practice.

AnninCA

Joe Stack wouldn’t show up for a Tea Party, either. Liberals just take the law into their own hands and dish out murder, like Stack and the Ivy League alumnus denied tenure.

Stack joined a band representing “a beautiful mash-up of longing, misadventure, and what-the-hell fun” because “life’s pretty easy till you mess it all up.” These guys practiced, sang and drank together in a relationship together for 5.5 to 6 years. Now everyone is clamming up, “I know nothing” in pathetic CYA fashion, as if they all didn’t joke in jest.

Not all Leftist’s are as brazen in deed as Bill Ayers and Joe Stack. A lot of socialists wash their hands of violence by smearing their own guilt on scapegoats. Media Marxist puppets and paid per comment readers revise reports from fact by inserting their own CYA opinion.

No band makes a go of it on Austin’s Sixth Street music scene unless they fit into the liberal Leftist Democrat bias that not only strongly supported Obama but expected Obama to lower their taxes.

So far as Stack is concerned, he previously made his threats known to the IRS who already had 6 special FBI agents from Dallas assigned to his case in the Austin IRS bldg. along Hwy183 where witnesses reported how “fortunate it was” that the Fire Dept. and Hazmat happened to be located in a parking lot across the highway at the time of the plane crash.

Stack had been dodging paying his taxes throughout his life, and the IRS had been on his case all along from CA where you reside, Annin. No college graduate with years of business experience and previous IRS confrontations can legitimately claim ignorance this year that adults must file tax returns even when there is no income to report. Only a Big Brother’s Nanny Statist liberal would claim that the IRS must contact him prior to deadlines of his failure to meet the deadline. According to the Joe Stack “rant” he was enraged that laws applied to him, he thought he was as “special” as Geithner. It takes a radical liberal Left-brain to believe that you are so “special” that laws simply don’t apply to you.

Joe Stack was a liberal who not only dodged taxes, but also purchased his well to do home, autos and private plane without the income to pay his bills.

Conservatives demand the Constitution be upheld, separation of limited powers, rule of law, law enforcement, that ALL persons be treated equally under the law, and that the rights and responsibilities of citizens be maintained sovereign and separate from liberal expectations from non-US citizens residing stateside illegally.

maverick muse on February 19, 2010 at 8:23 AM

Exit question: Isn’t part of the problem here that tea partiers haven’t decided yet precisely what they stand for in concrete terms, making it extra easy to associate them with disaffected nuts of all political stripes.

This also has the effect of making it extra easy for disaffected nuts of all political stripes to associate with the tea parties.

hicsuget on February 19, 2010 at 8:26 AM

The first day of the trip was all politics. Obama campaigned Thursday for Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado in Denver, then held a $1 million fundraiser for Democrats in Las Vegas.

So Obama is out fund raising for democrats while almost 10 years after 9/11, people are still able to crash planes into buildings……

……..”Yes We Can!!!”

Baxter Greene on February 19, 2010 at 8:36 AM

anuts on February 19, 2010 at 8:21 AM

Wilson and FDR, statists whom Mussolini and Hitler envied, were strong proponents of corporatism, even while FDR envied Stalin who cut to the chase by the Soviet government simply eliminating the capitalist corporate middle men.

Today, corporations have successfully dissolved employee loyalty to one’s nation, seeking profit by looting one’s nation. There has been a radical destruction of the norm that previously regarded allegiance to one’s nation the distinction of being civilized. That allegiance has been smeared as “nationalism” to be made extinct. Yet if we detach our perspective to study ourselves, today’s powers play the loyal patriots to bleed out on battle fields under the suicidal Karzai 12 Rules of Engagement while the government’s egoist Washingtonians remain detached from responsibility for having sold out America.

/Stack’s “rant” is no excuse for what has happened, that he himself with evident LIBERAL SELFISHNESS set into motion. Who has to pay for his audacity? WE DO. Who profits from his audacity? Statists, progressives who must make a scapegoat of conservatism in order to excuse themselves of their own flaws and irresponsibility.

maverick muse on February 19, 2010 at 8:45 AM

Hm. I wonder how Capehart would be “struck” by Amy Bishop’s political contributions. Wonder what they look like.

curved space on February 19, 2010 at 9:09 AM

We could clear this all up in a flash.

Was the man a member of the Tea Party movement?

That’s a yes/no question.

jeff_from_mpls on February 19, 2010 at 9:26 AM

Exit question: Isn’t part of the problem here that tea partiers haven’t decided yet precisely what they stand for in concrete terms, making it extra easy to associate them with disaffected nuts of all political stripes? Revisit this WaPo piece from a few weeks ago. Quote: “I am coming to realize at this convention that we are very, very different in terms of our beliefs.”

– Allahpundit
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Yeah, typical AP, blaming the victim. Why would the media treat them any different if they came out with a platform? How naive of you AP.

fossten on February 19, 2010 at 9:30 AM

Let’s see. . . if the crazy pilot sounds like a tea party guy then what must the crazy leftist hose bag that shot up the college faculty lounge be?

kens on February 19, 2010 at 9:35 AM

All I can do is put the facts in front of you. If you choose not to accept them, it’s not my problem.

crr6 on February 18, 2010 at 7:53 PM

You post on Hot Air and you are definitely on the left.

Johan Klaus on February 19, 2010 at 9:36 AM

We could clear this all up in a flash.

Was the man a member of the Tea Party movement?

That’s a yes/no question.

jeff_from_mpls on February 19, 2010 at 9:26 AM

The man lived in Austin, the Berkeley of Texas.

Johan Klaus on February 19, 2010 at 9:40 AM

The man lived in Austin, the Berkeley of Texas.

Johan Klaus on February 19, 2010 at 9:40 AM

Over 64% of Austin residents voted for O’bama. Fact.

Stack not only lived in Austin, but worked as a musician there. Fact.

The majority of Austin musicians are far-Left. As I said yesterday I have actually met several of them, and they all parrot the exact same talking points.

The fact that the Left is desperately trying to paint this guy as a Tea Party person shows they know he isn’t. Meanwhile, Saul Alinsky is looking up and smiling at their efforts.

Del Dolemonte on February 19, 2010 at 10:05 AM

Definitely right wing terrorism. I mean, facts are facts.

Constant Parrhesia on February 19, 2010 at 10:24 AM

Oh well. Let them think it’s a Tea partier.

Be afraid. Be Very afraid.
muahahahha

bridgetown on February 19, 2010 at 10:28 AM

If the press thinks that poking at the Tea Party movement with a sharp stick will make us go away, they’re very much mistaken.

hawksruleva on February 19, 2010 at 10:40 AM

Baxter Greene

I enjoy reading your posts.

BadgerHawk on February 19, 2010 at 10:41 AM

We could clear this all up in a flash.

Was the man a member of the Tea Party movement?

That’s a yes/no question.

jeff_from_mpls on February 19, 2010 at 9:26 AM

Now you just hold on a minute!

You think the press is going to ask questions like that? No sir! Why, if they asked questions, people might expect them to report on the answers to those questions. And that really reduces the room they have to shape the story.

hawksruleva on February 19, 2010 at 10:43 AM

Stack has a lot more in common with Tim Geithner than he does the Tea Party movement.

hawksruleva on February 19, 2010 at 10:47 AM

Hmmm…integrity and the Left; that would be a new pairing. It matters not what Stack’s political leaning was; what matters at the bottom line is that he decided to commit violent acts on his family, the targets of his hatred, and also to himself, all so he wouldn’t be seen as crazy by repeating the same actions he did in the past. This is just the actions of an very emotionally disturbed individual.

I love how the Left wants to connect non-existent dots here but when it comes to someone shouting Allahu Akbar, we’re told not to jump to any conclusions. You know, that too sounds pretty crazy to me.

mbabbitt on February 19, 2010 at 10:54 AM

Stack has a lot more in common with Tim Geithner than he does the Tea Party movement.

hawksruleva on February 19, 2010 at 10:47 AM

No doubt! The man definitely had all the qualifications to fill an Obama cabinet position. He really had the “blame everyone in the world but yourself” thing down pat.

Gang-of-One on February 19, 2010 at 10:55 AM

Am I wrong in assuming the above statement implies that the term ‘corporatist leanings’ means that somehow corporations and/or big business ran, controlled, and/or operated the Nazi Party and thus Nazi Germany? Not only would that display an awful understanding of history but an unacademic view of what corporatism actually is (and was in Nazi Germany)

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No I’m pointing out that the Nazi party was corporatists in nature, can you read.

Fascism, is a political ideology that seeks to combine radical and authoritarian nationalism with a corporatist economic system.

That being said, it in no way resembles either the right or the left in the US.

But you knew that right?

harry on February 19, 2010 at 11:36 AM

The big difference is, we use pitchforks (voting ballots), he used an airplane to kill. Our goal is to vote them out of office, he attempted (and succeeded) in ending life. This should be the end of that stupid finger pointing exercise.

long_cat on February 19, 2010 at 11:39 AM

Well guess what media…CONSIDER YOURSELF PLAYED!

Austin Tea Party director Greg Holloway told Newsmax that Stack was not a member of the Austin Tea Party.

“His name does not appear on any of their contact lists, Holloway says. He does not know of any tea party leader who ever met him,” writes David A. Patten.

Asked his reaction to media reports linking the tea party movement to the tragedy, Holloway told Newsmax, “I think it’s just the whole notion of a few people in politics, and I’ll include some of the media, that everything is about political process rather than about people. Here you’ve got a terrible tragedy involving so many people, and the first thought is: ‘How do I use this to forward my own agenda and to try to attack someone else’s?’

National tea party leader Everett Wilkinson also poured cold water on any links to Tea Party groups. “As far as I know, Joseph Andrew Stack was not a member of the tea party movement,” he said. “The movement is not involved in protesting the IRS, but rather government spending. Our best wishes go out to the families and people involved.”

In addition, despite efforts to portray Stack as a political extremist, friends told CBS News that Stack “talked politics like everyone but didn’t show any obsession.”

People who knew Stack said he was an easy going guy, a view backed by Infowars producer Rob Dew, who knew Stack from the Austin music scene and said he was a reserved, soft-spoken, well-dressed man. Dew expressed his shock that Stack could have been capable of flying a plane into a building.

The picture that emerges from all this is not of a violent terrorist hell-bent on destruction to further his paranoid political agenda, as many in the media have attempted to portray, but a man driven to the edge of sanity as a result of his personal disputes with the IRS.

That didn’t stop controlled shill Glenn Beck comparing Stack to Osama Bin Laden and fitting him in to his fairytale delusion about terrorists being within Obama’s inner circle ready to kill the President. Beck even threw the people he claims to represent – Tea Party members – under the bus by saying Stack could be a “radical constitutionalist,” which is how a lot of Tea Party members would describe themselves.

BobAnthony on February 19, 2010 at 12:06 PM

Definitely right wing terrorism. I mean, facts are facts.

Constant Parrhesia on February 19, 2010 at 10:24 AM

BobAnthony on February 19, 2010 at 12:06 PM

You’re dismissed. Better swig some Maalox, your screen name gives us all the runs.

Del Dolemonte on February 19, 2010 at 12:22 PM

Exit question: Isn’t part of the problem here that tea partiers haven’t decided yet precisely what they stand for in concrete terms, making it extra easy to associate them with disaffected nuts of all political stripes?

Come on, AP . . . that’s more than a little over the top!

Because they haven’t defined precisely what they are for, they are therefore fair game for being slandered, and should expect it?

The point you had already made was that propagandists like Capehart never let the facts get in the way of an intentional misrepresentation. That last comment serves to undo your well-founded point.

Why would clearer definition of Tea Party goals detract from Capehart’s fundamental level of dishonesty? Or, why would it blunt the fundamental dishonesty of all of those on the left who intentionally misrepresent all Tea Party activists by calling them racists . . . are they not some of the same one’s who have all along been so fond of tagging all Republicans or conservatives as right-wing thugs, or crazy, or some other common pejorative categorization?

It may very well be true that the Tea Party participants will need to more clearly define themselves, their positions and their goals in order to attract a significant number of votes for a candidate or candidates they run, but that was not what you were saying.

By the way, if you go to the Capehart post in the WaPo and read through the comments thread, you’ll see that he did not get away with it.

Notwithstanding a few very minor exceptions, the comments do a real number on both his intellectual dishonesty, and on his barely masked racial snark at the end to boot.

Trochilus on February 19, 2010 at 12:22 PM

harry on February 19, 2010 at 11:36 AM

No chicken is safe from this fcker

daesleeper on February 19, 2010 at 12:26 PM

No I’m pointing out that the Nazi party was corporatists in nature…

harry on February 19, 2010 at 11:36 AM

And what does that mean to you?

anuts on February 19, 2010 at 12:46 PM

Exit question: Isn’t part of the problem here that tea partiers haven’t decided yet precisely what they stand for in concrete terms, making it extra easy to associate them with disaffected nuts of all political stripes?

Stack obviously was mad at a whole range of things. Seems pretty idiotic to link a guy with the political left or right when he was really fighting a battle with his own head. The lack of a manifesto is not a bad thing nor does it leave the ‘tea party’ movement open to association with this particular act.

lexhamfox on February 19, 2010 at 1:17 PM

Definitely right wing terrorism. I mean, facts are facts.

Constant Parrhesia on February 19, 2010 at 10:24 AM

Yes, facts are facts–but what does that have anything to do with the other thing you said.

Here’s a “fact” I heard last year: Tea-partiers == Medical Insurance/Drug Company shills. Meanwhile Stack hates both. As a teapartier, I was not paid to hate Medical Insurance and Drug Companies.

Now, tell me when the press did their mea culpa or the investigation into the Dem accusation that TPM was company shills. When did the press admit they/the dems were wrong in this assertion?

Axeman on February 19, 2010 at 1:18 PM

No I’m pointing out that the Nazi party was corporatists in nature, can you read.

Fascism, is a political ideology that seeks to combine radical and authoritarian nationalism with a corporatist economic system.

That being said, it in no way resembles either the right or the left in the US.

But you knew that right?

harry on February 19, 2010 at 11:36 AM

Corporatism is nothing more than high-school level marxist doublespeak for “uh, they’re nothing like us, man, we swear”, and your specious definition of fascism is the same one that marxists at the college level have been pushing since the 1940s in another attempt to distance themselves from their political allies. Fascism is nothing more than Italian socialism.

But you knew that, right?

fronclynne on February 19, 2010 at 1:24 PM

Joe Stack was a liberal who not only dodged taxes, but also purchased his well to do home, autos and private plane without the income to pay his bills.

maverick muse on February 19, 2010 at 8:23 AM

Could this also be said about many members of Congress?
Hmmm….

Badger40 on February 19, 2010 at 1:56 PM

Ann Coulter said it: Liberalism is a form of mental disease.

LarryG on February 19, 2010 at 2:15 PM

Uh, no. In fact, most Jews are liberal. Anti-semitism has traditionally been the province of the right.

crr6 on February 18, 2010 at 7:19 PM

Boy I hope somebody’s already thundered over this pile of garbage.

rayra on February 19, 2010 at 2:33 PM

God you are an idiot. A totalitarian ideology is neither representative of center right or center left. The fact the socialism exists in the name means nothing.

After WWWI and the ensuing depression, Germany rejected both liberalism and conservative thought and sought an alternative.

This alternative bears no resembalance to either party that exists in America today. As much as the far left screamed it from 200-2008 and morons like you are sceaming it now, neither party is as evil, and repulsive as the totalitarian ideology that ruled Germany in the 30’s and 40’s.

To make that comparison disrespects millions of dead.

harry on February 18, 2010 at 8:28 PM

Here’s another liar and his steaming pile.

Nazis is a colloquialism for NSDAP. Which is an acronym for the Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei. Which in english is The National Socialist German Workers’ Party.
I won’t belabor the point with the litany about health and food purity, service to the state, eugenics, mass murder and all the other garbage the LEFT always does once they gain power.

So take that bilious nonsense about who the Nazis ACTUALLY were and try to sell it somewhere else.

rayra on February 19, 2010 at 2:45 PM

Trying to link the exisiting Democratic Party to the Nazi’s is sick.

But hey, have at it.

It makes great quotes on other sites, pointing out the lunacy of some posters here.

harry on February 19, 2010 at 6:50 AM

How about Rahm Emanuel’s brother’s plain statements about death panels?

Or maybe the left’s rabid veganism and psychotic obsession with what other people eat, a la Hitler and his party pals?

Or the Nazi’s 1938 Weapons Control Laws that stripped firearms ownership from their intended victims, just as the DEMOCRATS did in the antibellum south with their Jim Crow laws, so they could lynch blacks with impugnity? And their STILL trying to disarm us all, in contravention to their oaths of office.

Or maybe Chris Dodd’s senator father, who participated in the Nuremberg trials, proposing and incorporating portions of that 1938 Nazi gun law into our OWN 1968 Gun Control Act?

/
People like “harry” are the very embodiment of evil / useful idiots on the internet. Sowing poison & madness.

rayra on February 19, 2010 at 2:55 PM

Uh, no. In fact most Hews are liberal. Anti-semitism has traditionally been the province of the right.
crr6 on February 18, 2010 at 7:19 PM

Uh, no.

The old patented “up is really down” leftist moral inversion.

From Theodore Dalrymple’s 2002 essay…

“It was no accident, as the Marxists used to put it, that Marx himself, though Jewish, was a ferocious anti-Semite who accepted the ancient stereotype of the Jew as a bloodsucking usurer. Socialist and anti-Semite alike seek an all-encompassing explanation of the imperfection of the world, and for the persistence of poverty and injustice: and each thinks he has found an answer…”

And this isn’t even touching the issue of leftist Jewish self-hatred, as in Chomsky, Finkelstein and the rest of the Jewish academic effluvium of antisemitism.

http://www.city-journal.org/html/eon_7_23_02td.html

rrpjr on February 19, 2010 at 3:03 PM

With it’s corporatist leanings the Nazi Party was anything but left wing.

harry on February 19, 2010 at 6:50 AM

Program of the Nazi party from Wiki: “the program championed the right to employment, and called for the institution of profit sharing, confiscation of war profits, prosecution of userers and profiteers, nationalization of trusts,communalization of department stores, extension of the old-age pension system, creation of a national education program of all classes, prohibition of child labour, and an end to the dominance of investment capital.”

LOL yeah how could we get a crazy idea that Nazis were left-wing. Hitler started as being straight Marxist, and later added white/german supremacism to the mix. He was one of yours. In fact he was probably farther to the left than you do. Sure he hated “marxists”, “communists”, “stalinists” but only cause they were hostile to his white power stuff, and surely not because of beliefs they shared: like total disrespect for market freedom and hatred for Christianity.

Alexey on February 19, 2010 at 3:34 PM

Re: crr6 on February 18, 2010 at 7:19 PM

. . .
Anti-semitism has traditionally been the province of the right.

Sure. Tell that to Leon Trotsky! Joseph Stalin was a rather virulent anti-semite. He sometimes talked a “good” game in public, but he was a ruthless anti-semite.

The left is about ideology, and to that extent Communists, and in particular the Soviets, always made it their business to liquidate any religious organizations (with the exception to some extent of the Russian Orthodox Church), in any of the nations they gained control of.

That included all Jewish religious organizations behind the Iron Curtain. Jewish cultural organizations suffered a similar fate. And even though Stalin supported the creation of the state of Israel in ’48, it did not take long before he decided to openly delcare that all Jewish nationalists were really just agents of American imperialism.

Perhaps you should read the Edvard Radzinski biography of Joseph Stalin. And perhaps you should learn about the many other instances of anti-semitism throughout many of the Soviet bloc nations. Learn about the Night of the Murdered Poets, the so-called Doctor’s Plot . . . it went on and on for decades.

Far from being the “traditional” province of the right, as you so ignorantly put it, anti-semitism cropped up in the excesses of the left on numerous occasions.

In fact, the Soviets on occasion copied many of the ugly caracatures of Jews from the Nazis. There have been books written about it, one by a man named Abraham Cooper.

Your statement was rubbish.

Trochilus on February 19, 2010 at 5:33 PM

Your statement was rubbish.

Trochilus on February 19, 2010 at 5:33 PM

Indeed. And I didn’t mention the new anti-semitism on the rise through Progressive Europe, e.g, England, France, Holland, Sweden. Read Melanie Phillips, David Solway, Frank Furedi, Bruce Bawer and others examining this frightening phenomena. Or Europe’s drift toward dhimmitude, and the Left’s increasing alliances with radical Islam (they share a common enemy — the West and the Jew). Or Obama’s own associations with anti-semites, not only his infamous pastor but those such as Rashid Khalidi. Anti-semitism is rising and the Left is driving it.

rrpjr on February 19, 2010 at 6:25 PM

rrpjr on February 19, 2010 at 6:25 PM

The current rise of anti-semitism among progressives is indeed a subject well worth exploring.

In the introduction to the 2006 piece — Progressive” Jewish Thought and the New Anti-Semitism –written for the American Jewish Committee by Professor Alvin H. Rosenfeld, the committee’s Ex. Dir., David A. Harris identifies many of the offending trends identified therein, even among several leftish Jewish critics.

From the Harris Forward:

These leftist Jewish critics challenge not just Israel’s policies, but “its legitimacy and right to an ongoing future.” Their acerbic criticisms and negative rituals—such as renouncing a Jewish child’s right to Israeli citizenship under the Law of Return at his bris (ritual circumcision)—are documented here by Prof. Rosenfeld. There is the poet Adrienne Rich, who argues that the word Zionism is “so incendiary, so drenched in … ideas of blood and soil, in memories of victimization and pursuant claims of the right to victimized” that it “needs to dissolve before twenty-first century realities.” There is the hyperbolic British academic Jacqueline Rose, who says, “We take Zionism to be a form of collective insanity.” And there is Joel Kovel, a professor, writer, and Green Party politician who believes that “to be a true Jew,”Jews must “annihilate their particularism,” “annihilate or transcend Zionism,” and “annihilate the Jewish state.”

Unfortunately, the absolute refusal to recognize the anti-semitism of the left — both historic and current — is too frequently a reality that commenters like crr6 will not acknowledge.

Rosenfeld’s opening lines in his piece firmly expose that reality.

“German fascism came and went. Soviet Communism came and
went. Anti-Semitism came and stayed.”1 Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, the chief rabbi of the United Kingdom, offered these discerning words in response to a speech by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, in which the president of Iran denounced Israel as “a disgraceful blot” that should be “wiped off the map.”
. . . .

Trochilus on February 20, 2010 at 11:27 AM

Scary stuff Trochilus. Great comments from several folks on the true origin of anti-Semitism. Sorry harry, you’ve been thoroughly debunked. Consider it a privilege.

You’ve only criticized Bush’s spending after the fact. You didn’t criticize it when he was in office. You do so now, so that you can say “see we criticize Bush too!!!! We’re not hypocrites!!”.

crrrr6 on February 18, 2010 at 9:24 PM

I guess you missed the whole amnesty debate along with Harriet Myers. That’s okay. Nobody expects you to be honest. You are what your. A lying Leftist troll.

TheBigOldDog on February 18, 2010 at 9:34 PM

Your nose appears to be growing, crrrrrr6 is it?

RD on February 20, 2010 at 6:06 PM

Your nose appears to be growing, crrrrrr6 is it?

RD on February 20, 2010 at 6:06 PM

One would hope not so much that he is unable to read the papers about what is going on in the Swedish City of Malmö . . . which is governed by a leftist Mayor named Ilmar Reepalu. The Mayor recently declared in an interview, one that was published on International Holocaust Remembrance Day that Zionism is the equivalent of anti-Semitism, and has made other equally disparaging comments.

William Jacobson at Legal insurrection has a more full account.

No, I don’t think crr6 will be back to this thread!

Trochilus on February 21, 2010 at 8:34 PM

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