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Anti-Semitism Becomes Respectable in D.C.

Evelyn Gordon, at Commentary:

Answer: Never, as proven by Exhibit B–the administration’s silence in the face of an anti-Semitic slur against some even closer allies that same week. I’m referring, of course, to New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman’s outrageous assertion that lawmakers are siding with Israel against Obama on Iran not “from any careful consideration of the facts,” but “from a growing tendency by many American lawmakers to do whatever the Israel lobby asks them to do in order to garner Jewish votes and campaign donations.”

Not only is this another classic example of the anti-Semitic “Jews control the world” trope, but many of the lawmakers whom Friedman accused of blindly obeying Jewish dictates rather than thinking for themselves are President Obama’s fellow Democrats, who have loyally shepherded his domestic agenda through Congress. Yet even so, the administration couldn’t be bothered to utter a word in their defense.

When an administration doesn’t see fit to condemn anti-Semitic slurs even against its closest allies–its negotiating partner abroad and congressional Democrats at home–you know anti-Semitism has attained the height of respectability. My only question is when all the American Jews who voted for this administration are going to wake up and start objecting.

This isn’t exactly the Coolidge Administration.  Obama, Holder, and their underlings have no problem popping off on just about any subject they care about, so their silence here isn’t accidental – it’s carefully calculated to marginalize Israel, and if that means marginalizing Jews or readmitting anti-Semitism to polite company, it’s just eggs and omelets.  Not like the President spent decades attending the sermons of an obviously anti-Semitic preacher, or anything.

It’s a commonplace to remember that William F. Buckley led the charge to rid conservatism and the Republican party of its anti-Semitic and paranoid elements, perceiving not only that they weren’t helping the cause, but that they were morally wrong.  It’s long past time for some Democrat or visionary on the Left to do the same thing.  The problem is, it’s hard to do this with a Progressive President in power, and when doing so would evidently offend so many other important client groups.

And unfortunately, we won’t hear much from Jewish Democrats about this.  Too many of them have already decided they’re more Democrat than Jewish.

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Daily Glimpse December 1, 2013

Daily Links From Glimpse From a Height

  • Creeping China
    We were always worried that the Soviets would use ‘salami tactics,’ pushing us far enough to provoke a crisis that needed to be resolved, and not far enough to provoke a war.  We put an effective end to that in Europe by standing by Berlin, eventually.  But China seems to have perfected the method: Here, […]
  • Good By Stealth
    Via Standpoint‘s Tom Gross: Which is one reason why one of the more remarkable stories coming out of the Middle East over the last two and a half years has been largely overlooked: the bravery of Israeli doctors and civilians who have gone into war-ravaged neighbouring Syria to treat the injured, and feed and clothe […]
  • Hot Stove League
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