Friday, August 18, 2017
The Jewish reaction to Trump's statements about Charlottesville can be viewed within the larger political arena; The overwhelming majority of Jews are Democrats, and voted for Hillary Clinton. They join those who haven't gotten over the election last November, and bash Trump as the numerous opportunities arise. That said, people marching with torches shouting Jews Will Not Replace Us leaves quite a jarring impression.
As a political conservative of the Jewish faith, I have no delusions about anti-semitism. I think that it is everywhere, just under the surface. I think that many non-Jews share the misconception that there is some secretive Jewish network, helping Jews succeed at the expense of everyone else. If such a network exists, they must have misplaced my address. These misconceptions have existed for almost two thousand years, and I choose not to blame Trump for them.
Trump's presidency has been a series of poorly worded sound bites. His background in commercial real estate development didn't require political correctness. He was suggesting that everybody who was protesting against removing a statue of Robert E. Lee wasn't evil, and that not everyone favoring its removal was pure in their intent. He was not defending Neo-Nazis, or their hatred of Jews and blacks. In our current era, nothing elicits more reaction than an accusation of racism. Even Mitt Romney joined the drum-beaters this weekend. I didn't realize that he was interested in 2020.
Most of those criticizing Trump for not providing moral clarity last week would not be satisfied regardless of what he had said, or didn't say.
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Institutional politics are the current public relations rage. Amazon, which opened in the Lehigh Valley with horrendous working conditions in its warehouse, signed on to the agreement. We are a Sanctuary City and Starbucks pledged to hire immigrants. Years ago a coffee house charged a buck for a cup, and people talked politics. Now they charge $4.19, and pour their politics down your throat.
Friday, May 12, 2017
I have a liberal acquaintance who has no toleration for any humor that is at the expense of homosexuals. He is even offended when you're not up to date on current designations of the various gay groups and new subgroups. However, he wasn't offended by Stephen Colbert's homophobic remark about Trump and Putin. Of course, worst than these late night jokes, is that the Democrats are reduced to these previous second string comedians being their de-facto party leaders. In some cases they actually believed their act and ran for office, enter Al Franken. I see commercials for Samantha Bee, whoever the hell she is. In every one she is bashing Trump. What would all these comedians do had Hillary won?
Meanwhile, in the real world, Trump has been assembling a first rate team, like Rex Tillerson and Jim Mattis. The actions taken, such as the strike on the airbase in Syria, have been measured. Yesterday's decision to arm the Kurds again shows realistic analysis and resolve. However, regardless of accomplishment or facts, the liberals will wait up for the late night bashing.
Thursday, January 12, 2017
The Democratic choir in Chicago Tuesday night heard Obama concede that although the factory jobs are gone, we still need more unionization. In the same paragraph, he also advocated for a larger safety net. Old mantras die hard.
One of the most glaring reality checks about the speech is that Chicago is the murder capital of the world, with over 750 fatal shootings in 2016. Hope alone can't get you safely down the street.
As Obama's golden words soared away from practicality, he cited his effort to close Guantanamo Bay, and avail our terrorist enemies the benefit of our justice system in New York City.
The disconnect between empty words, no matter how well spoken, and current events, is why Trump is being sworn in next week.