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  • The New Party Line

    Posted by Sgt. Mom on March 14th, 2019 (All posts by )

    So, as of this last week, as per the sparkly new members of the House, the Democrat Party line is now one of unapologetic and hard-line anti-Semitism. Not that this should surprise anyone with a grounding in history: in the 19th century, the Democrat Party was the party of slavery and secession, in the 20th, the party of segregation and Jim Crow. And now, in this faintly-tarnished 21st, they appear to have become the party of socialism, anti-Semitism, and the fanatical belief that OMG-The-Planet-Earth-Is-Gonna-Fry!
    The Horrendous Climate Change thing is bad enough on its’ own. Look, I have been paying attention long enough to remember when Massive Global Cooling was all the Panic du jour, then followed by the Massive Global Warming – all this human and/or industrial caused. I am so not falling for the scam of the successor to this panic – that of Massive Global Climate Change!!Eleventy!! It was warm enough in Roman times to grow wine grapes in England, warm enough in Medieval times for subsistence farming in Greenland, cold enough in the 17th centuries that the Thames froze over at London, enabling midwinter jollities to be held on the ice. The monumental Cliff Dweller settlements in the American Southwest flowered and flourished until the thirteenth century, when widespread drought and subsequent unrest drove the Anasazi from their aeries among the cliffs. The volcanic explosion of Mt. Tambora in 1815 in the East Indies brought about the following “year with no summer” in the northern European continent and the eastern US – all this when industry was in infancy and automobiles a dream in the mind of whatever madman was doing science fiction at the time… so, not buying anthropogenic global warming or the Green New Deal for a hot second.

    But that kerfuffle is a small thing, next to the revival of anti-Semitism, now apparently a key Dem party feature, with the new kids on the block – Ilhan Omar, Cory Booker, AOC and others apparently having no problem with publicly, unapologetically expressing sentiments regarding Jews that wouldn’t have been out of place in a publication like Der Stűrmer. Anti-Semitism in the United States was, I always thought, not nearly as virulent a feature in the social landscape as in, say, Imperial Russia (with frequent vicious pogroms and generation of the ever-green Protocols of the Elders of Zion forgery) or in Belle Epoque France, with the Dreyfus affair. Certainly, anti-Semitism existed in the US, but in a paler, social-snobbery kind of way. One has the impression, in surveying a wide selection of contemporary 19th century American readings, that generally American intellectuals and thought leaders knew of anti-Semitism, but didn’t really feel anything about it, one way or the other. Growing up in Southern California in the 1950s and 60ies, anti-Semitism was even farther off the table: it was tacky, ignorant and completely unacceptable. Besides, our family had friends – some of them very dear friends – whose’ lives had been impacted by the Holocaust. It was an uncomplicated path between Jew-hate and loading your fellow-citizens into box-cars for that one-way trip; this, everyone seemed to know and understand … then.

    But not now, apparently. The same old Jew-hate staggers back to horrid zombie-life among people who ought to know better, but don’t. And why? The necessity for having a scapegoat for personal and societal failure, I assume. Catastrophic failure in socialist regimes (see Venezuela, the latest example), the sink-hole of dysfunction in the inner-city urban black community, and the slow-rolling disasters that are countries ruled by strict Islamic principles (Pakistan and Somalia immediately come to mind) simply must be the fault of other forces or agencies. Someone or something else must be to blame when it all comes crashing down, as socialists have only the best intentions, the urban black communities are wholly innocent, and Islam is perfect. So the ancient hatred of the successful by the un- shambles forth, once again. Your thoughts?

     

    39 Responses to “The New Party Line”

    1. Grurray Says:

      I think it finally hit me when reading David Brooks’ bizarre New York Times column last week endorsing slavery reparations. He repeated the modern Secular Calvinist dogma that slavery is America’s original sin, therefore we are in a state of perpetual and total depravity that can only be atoned for by giving away all our money to descendants of slaves or anyone else who might share the same complexion.

      It makes sense that this new-found quasi-religious fervor has led to antisemitism since Luther himself was very hostile to Jews. This hostility reinforced the doctrine that Jews and Israel have no role in God’s plan of salvation. Since racial and economic equality have now become the Liberal Fascists’ definition of salvation, Israel and Jews are the same old target.

    2. Joe Wooten Says:

      they appear to have become the party of socialism, anti-Semitism, and the fanatical belief that OMG-The-Planet-Earth-Is-Gonna-Fry!

      In other words, they literally have become the NDSP. The official Nazi platform was government control of the economy, environmental protection, and jew hate. Also, in between global cooling and global warming, there was the acid rain panic that was gonna destroy all forests……

    3. Mike K Says:

      If reparations are being passed out, I would like to add a word for my two great uncles that died as members of the 55th Illinois Volunteer Infantry. One died of wounds incurred on May 22, 1863 in Grant’s last assault on Vicksburg. He left a wife and two children.

      His brother died of measles in an army camp. Measles was the Spanish flu of the Civil War.

      A good bit of the anti-Semitism is coming from the Muslim members of the Democrats.

      The other share is coming from blacks that have a long history of anti-Semitism, in spite of the role of Jews in the Civll Rights movement.

      In photos of the famous Selma civil rights march, Jews have been airbrushed out.

      Some of it is envy as most of the small shops in black neighborhoods were run by Jews. Lately, at least in Los Angeles, those small shops are now run by Koreans, who are now as hated as Jews.

    4. Subotai Bahadur Says:

      “It was an uncomplicated path between Jew-hate and loading your fellow-citizens into box-cars for that one-way trip; this, everyone seemed to know and understand … then.”

      It used to be known and understood. Now, it is just being realized, by those who are awake; that those on the Left, Democrats and their Socialist allies would happily load us onto the boxcars and send us to the camps. And to be honest, when the GOPe gets snapped up with us, once they get the look of shocked surprise off their face they will be lining up to sign up to be Kapos so that they can at least maintain status over us Deplorables.

      I am an old man. I have been active politically and as a writer on politics, military and naval and history for decades. My dad, though he never talked about it, I found out that he liberated the last concentration camp in Nazi hands. I have known people who survived those camps. I am Chinese, and I known from family experience about the Communist Chinese camps. And I had the honor of knowing a man who fought the Communists as a cadet in the Tsarist Army, and later the Nazi’s as an officer in the Royal Yugoslav Army. I have seen and heard enough to recognize the signs of wanna-be totalitarian mass murderers.

      When the time comes, you cannot just talk them out of doing what they want to do to anyone who disagrees with them. You have to be ready to deal with them kinetically. Which requires a level of physical and mental preparation. Might be something to look to.

      “And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand?… The Organs would very quickly have suffered a shortage of officers and transport and, notwithstanding all of Stalin’s thirst, the cursed machine would have ground to a halt! If…if…We didn’t love freedom enough. And even more – we had no awareness of the real situation…. We purely and simply deserved everything that happened afterward.”

      We have more than axes, hammers, and pokers.

      Subotai Bahadur

    5. CapitalistRoader Says:

      What’s the Dem’s motivation? The number of Muslim voters will overtake the number of Jewish voters? The numbers of both are small. Jews are the worst capitalists? Jews made up about half of the CPUSA’s membership in the 1930s, and they still lean left. I don’t get it. Why would Dem’s pander to an idiot, anti-Semitic Somali and an idiot, anti-Semitic Detroiter?

    6. OBloodyHell Says:

      As Subotai says… but much shorter:

      “Molon Labe”.

      I do like the term “Cold Civil War”. That is what this is.

    7. Bill Brandt Says:

      Massive Global Cooling -> Massive Global Warming => “Climate Change”.

      The focus changes but the religion remains the same.

      … The same old Jew-hate staggers back to horrid zombie-life among people who ought to know better, but don’t. And why?

      I have wondered about that for years. My best explanation is that the Jews have always valued education (look that the percentages of Nobel Prize winners who are from that tiny group), many rise to the higher echelons in business, law, and medicine, and they are as a rule, a bit clannish.

      All adds to resentment. Easy to blame.

      The other day someone mentioned to me the number of Jews in Hollywood, and I had to remind him that many Jews started the film industry there.

      We are lucky to have them here.

    8. Anonymous Says:

      The amount of Jewish hatred is becoming concerning. We should not call it anti “antisemitism” because that term is both misleading (Arabs are Semites too) and too distanced, too much of a euphemism, too white washed. No one knows a “Semite.” No one hates a “Semite.” They hate Jews. Let’s call it what it really is.

    9. PenGun Says:

      It is true, that for most of the inhabitants of that area, do have good reason to both fear and hate the state of Israel.

      The Zionist experiment is a failure. You will have fight for them soon, as they will not win the next one by themselves.

    10. Brian Says:

      “It is true, that for most of the inhabitants of that area, do have good reason to both fear and hate the state of Israel.”
      You really can’t help yourself, can you? You are a bad person.

      There is not a single person among “the inhabitants of that area”, not one, literally not a single solitary person, for whom Jews (which is what we’re talking about, not “the state of Israel”) are at the top of the list of those who threaten their safety and well-being.

    11. PenGun Says:

      LOL. A bad person. ;)

      The Lebanese who the Israelis invaded, both hate and fear Israel. The Palestinians certainly have many reasons to both hate and fear Israel. The Iranians who are threatened every day certainly have reason to both hate and fear Israel.

    12. Brian Says:

      Every single Lebanese is far more likely to be killed by Hezbollah than by Jews. Every single Palestinian is far more likely to be killed by Hamas or Fatah than by Jews. Every single Iranian is far more likely to be killed by the thugs of the mullahs than by Jews.

    13. PenGun Says:

      Hezbollah is both a social and war fighting organization. If you live next to Israel that’s what it takes to provide social benefits.

      Hamas mostly controls Gaza. A classic ghetto in the spirit of the Polish oppression of the Jews. People are killed almost every day protesting this gross crime.

      As the Iranians have only fought Israel with proxies, and are far away, you might even be right about your third point. Slice and dice.

      The coming war which no one I have read, does not think is inevitable, will produce carnage on a new level for the Israelis. They nearly lost the last one and their opponents are much stronger now. Hezbollah has been hardening its fighting forces in Syria. They have learned modern war from the Russians at the same time and are much better equipped.

      The Iranians are good at missiles. The nuke thing was a red herring and now you seriously regret not trying to kill that baby in it’s crib. As the deal was not useful for that, Trump killed it.

    14. Mike K Says:

      This is more nastiness than we have seen from Pennie since before Trudeau stepped on his d**k.

      If you live next to Israel that’s what it takes to provide social benefits.

      What a liar ! Can you even imagine how prosperous the Palestinians would be if they had made peace in 2000 ?

      Dennis Ross had a column at the time and said that there were people “lined up” to invest in the West Bank.

      Gaza has always been a hellhole. Mort Sahl had jokes about it in the 50s. The Egyptians would not take it.

      As the deal was not useful for that, Trump killed it.

      Another lie., You are just an angry leftist who gives various stories about your career, from garbage truck driver to computer programmer.

      “On the Internet, no one knows you’re a dog. “

    15. Sgt. Mom Says:

      Bill, and Mike — I’d not be surprised in the least if that pure envy and jealousy weren’t the reason: in southeast Asia, the Chinese entrepreneurs are hated by the locals for pretty much that — for being clever, successful and a bit clannish. If the average Ashkenazi Jew is about ten points on average above the standard IQ (as are Chinese and Japanese) and if it is true generally that the average African and Middle Eastern Arab is a good few points on the IQ scale below the standard … that would account for a lot of resentment. Those who are as dumb as a bag of hammers — and whose culture yet tells them over and over that they should be the kings of their patch of earth naturally get angry when someone from another racial-cultural group swoops in and outclasses them in every way possible.
      Shouldn’t be surprised in the least if the Israelis put a man on the moon in the near future. And the Islamic world will promptly come unf**king unglued. More than they are already, of course.

      Another thought – two thousand years of persecution, pogrom and poisonous envy – and all it did was make stronger, wilier and more determined Jews. Just like fifty or sixty years of the various US animal control authorities war on coyotes … all that did was make a stronger, wilier and more wide-spread coyote.

    16. Anonymous Says:

      Scattered pointless attacks. So do you lot think there will be a war fairly soon?

    17. Mike K Says:

      Back almost 20 years ago,. Anthony Cordesman predicted the results of an Israel Iran war.

      He estimates Israeli casualties at “between 200,000 and 800,000 Israelis dead.” Iranian casuaties would be far higher at “some 16 million to 28 million Iranians dead within 21 days.” His analysis of the outcome ?

      “It is theoretically possible that the Israeli state, economy and organized society might just survive such an almost-mortal blow. Iran would not survive as an organized society. “Iranian recovery is not possible in the normal sense of the term,” Cordesman notes. The difference in the death tolls is largely because Israel is believed to have more nuclear weapons of very much higher yield (some of 1 megaton), and Israel is deploying the Arrow advanced anti-missile system in addition to its Patriot batteries. Fewer Iranian weapons would get through.”

      He predicted it would be the end of the “Oil Age” as the middle east would be destroyed.

      That is no longer true, at least for us.

    18. Brian Says:

      Western leftist morons obsess about The Joooos so much that they don’t realize that it’s not actually the sole focus of people or governments in the Middle East. There is not going to be a war between Israel and Iran, no. Iran is far more focused on their ancient intra-Islamic Shia/Sunni struggle, as are the Saudis. It’s more likely that the mullahs will be overthrown in a violent revolution than that they will start a shooting war with Israel.

    19. Anonymous Says:

      Its unlikely Iran will start it, but I’m pretty sure they will join in. Anyway the big problem is Hezbollah and the besieged of Gaza. Assad wants the Golan back as well.

      Once the Russians take the lid off the pot it will over-boil. The Israelis act tough but they do know that an aircraft leaving the ground in Israel is monitored by Syria’s S300 system. As that is tied into Russia’s S400 system its a very potent anti air system.

      I would not do it, but I think they will.

    20. PenGun Says:

      Can you not fix this thing Jonathan?

    21. Sgt. Mom Says:

      Penny – you can’t be bothered to fill in your info on commenting? Sheesh. (Rude bathroom suggestion considered, and then omitted, unposted.)

    22. Sgt. Mom Says:

      Oh — and I don’t think Assad is in the position to demand back anything, Penny – let alone the Golan Heights.

    23. Miguel cervantes Says:

      Hezbollah was largely a Iranian proxy, with their most effective operatives, mughniyah and muddredine being graduates of Arafat’s force 17, now there is something to the fact that it was Iraq sponsored Abu Nidal that did target ambassador argov, but the Lebanese govt at the time was tied with Israel despite the fact that the former prime minister, called the squirrel in innocents chozr poorly in inviting the Palestinians in mass after the black September rising

    24. Miguel cervantes Says:

      No the gulf states, sans Qatar are much more concerned about Iran, that’s why the Possum congresses action re Yemen yesterday was very foolish

    25. Miguel cervantes Says:

      But as the times of Israel noted that last instance of rocketry from Gaza was a fluke.

    26. Bill Brandt Says:

      Sgt Mom – you may be on to something. Years ago, I got quite a lesson in Fijian politics. I had toured the South Pacific for almost 3 months, wandering around, and other than Hawaii, Fiji was my last stop.

      There are 2 groups there: The native Fijians and the Indians.

      The Indians were brought in by the British to harvest the sugar cane because the Fijians weren’t interested (can’t blame them there).

      But the Indians built small businesses to the resentment of the Fijians. I would say that today they dominate the Fijian economy.

      When I was there (1986) they had just had a coup – or were about to have one, and if I am not mistaken, it was the 2 groups at odds with each other.

    27. Francis W. Porretto Says:

      It was foreordained. Socialists need “enemies of the revolution.” Without them, how would they explain their failures to deliver on their promises? And of course, the best nominees for such a role will be small, helpless, easily identified, segregated, and persecuted groups.

      The Democrats’ toughest hurdle will be keeping American Jews in the coalition. After that, they’ll struggle to keep their donor class in line. Stay tuned.

    28. Grurray Says:

      The story goes that when Israel first invaded southern Lebanon the Shia villages met them with flowers and parades because they hated the Palestinians. Also at the time, Israel was secretly supporting Iran in their war against Saddam, who they saw as a greater threat. At one point in the mid-80s the main Shia militia was fighting the PLO after the Israelis withdrew from Beirut.

      Things then fragmented and shifted, as they tended to do during that confusing war.

      Hezbollah came about when there was a mini-civil war among the Shia within the greater war. They eventually became proxies of Syria and Iran, but at their start Hezbollah had ties to the PLO.

      When Miguel says the Lebanese government had ties to Israel, that was partially true. Some Christian factions had Jewish members, when Jews still lived In Lebanon, and those factions were close to Israel. Supposedly Lebanon’s Christian president in the 50s was believed to be descended from Jews or Jewish Christians or something like that. There was a lot of overlap back in the day.

      I just read a great book on the subject Lebanon’s Jewish Community: Fragments of Lives Arrested.

    29. Sgt. Mom Says:

      Exactly my point, Francis – the various progressive parties most desperately need a scapegoat for when their perfect plan turns out to be less than perfect.

    30. pst314 Says:

      It was foreordained. Socialists need “enemies of the revolution.” Without them, how would they explain their failures

      They also need enemies in order to justify revolution and tyranny in the first place. Otherwise not enough of the populace will support them, since few are so motivated by hate as they are. (Our Penny, of course, is as motivated as can be.)

    31. Trent Telenko Says:

      Sgt Mom,

      I don’t see these Socialists & Social Justice Warrior types as “dumb” as a lot of these people are indeed smart.

      They are credentialed, not educated…but they sure have a lot of participation trophies.

      This gives them too much unearned self-esteem to accurately assess reality.

      In a real sense, they were made to be hide bound and ideological reactionary children in adult bodies.

      What the rise of immigrant anti-semitism means is that if things get violent, lot of Secular Jewish Leftists would complain they are pro-Muslim immigration progressives during the next pograms.

    32. Mike K Says:

      I think it is interesting and chilling to consider that “Manifesto” of the New Zealand killer.

      This is a pretty good discussion of it and the implications.

      Remember, these people did not die or kill themselves like so many mass murderers. They are a sort of collective Ted Bundy,

      Tarrant identifies himself as an “ethno-nationalist eco-fascist.” He says he was first a communist, then an anarchist, then a libertarian, and finally an eco-fascist. He’s 28. This is not a stable person.
      He despises conservatives for having conserved nothing. “Conservatism is corporatism in disguise, I want no part of it,” he writes. He adds, in all caps, “CONSERVATISM IS DEAD, THANK GOD.” He also despises France’s National Front, or whatever it’s called today. He calls them “milquetoast.” He praises the emergence of Trump as a sign of hope, but mocks Trump too. He says his idea leader is Oswald Mosley, the 20th century British fascist. Point is, the idea that Tarrant has any meaningful connection to the mainstream right is nonsense. The man is true radical.

      He is not inane. He is more of an anarchist.

      Here’s the chilling part: Everything Tarrant identifies as qualities of a disintegrating Western civilization is true. You may think that declining numbers of ethnic Europeans is a good thing, or something that has no particular moral meaning. But it really is happening. So are all the rest.

      In no way do I see “radicalization,” at least not remotely in the violent terms conceived of by this mass murdering scum, as the answer to the disintegration he identifies. There is never, ever any justification for what he did. But if we are going to figure out how to stop these things, we have to take seriously the roots of it — this, in the same way we have to recognize the roots of Al-Qaeda and ISIS in specific experiences of Arab Muslims in late modernity. In fact, what Tarrant did, and what the Islamist terrorists do, intersect insofar as they are responses to the profound displacement of peoples and traditions in the modern world.

      I think that article is worth reading. These people are going to be talking next year as that is why they surrendered,

    33. Mike K Says:

      Insane, not “inane.”

    34. David Foster Says:

      Trent…”I don’t see these Socialists & Social Justice Warrior types as “dumb” as a lot of these people are indeed smart. They are credentialed, not educated…but they sure have a lot of participation trophies.”

      The writer Andre Maurois remarked that people who are intelligent, but not at all creative, tend to latch on to intellectual systems and to apply them more rigidly than the creators of those systems would have.

    35. Brian Says:

      Richard Fernandez had a great tweet a few days ago:
      “Though it may sound counterintuitive the absolute worse thing politicians can do is react by collecting guns, imposing hate speech restrictions and announcing open borders. If they don’t understand why that is bad they don’t understand the problem at all.”

    36. Brian Says:

      Circling back to yesterday’s back-and-forth with Penny:
      https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/palestinians/.premium-gazan-sets-himself-on-fire-amid-protests-against-high-cost-of-living-1.7023612
      “A Palestinian man died on Saturday after he set himself on fire as protests against the high cost of living in the Strip entered their third day. Ahmed Abu Tahoun, a 32-year-old resident of Jabalya refugee camp, set himself ablaze after Hamas closed his shop to punish him for participating in the protests.
      Saturday’s protests were smaller than those of the previous two days, which drew thousands of people in multiple locations in southern and central Gaza. Nonetheless, it was marked by fierce clashes between Hamas security personnel and hundreds of young demonstrators.”

      Like I said, and like anyone with eyes to see knows, Palestinians have far more reason to hate and fear Hamas than they do any Jews.

    37. Deep Lurker Says:

      “He is more of an anarchist.”

      He’s an admirer of Communist China and North Korea. Calling him an anarchist is as silly as calling him a free-marketeer.

    38. pst314 Says:

      He’s an admirer of Communist China and North Korea. Calling him an anarchist is as silly as calling him a free-marketeer.

      Perhaps Mike K meant that in the sense that so many communists call themselves anarchists–much as so many leviathan-loving leftists call themselves liberals.

    39. Miguel cervantes Says:

      The squirrel was Suleiman franjieh who invited the PLO after black September in retrospect I realized that the old man who was ramlawi salameh mentor was haj Amin husseini Arafat’s uncle.