Thursday, May 7, 2009

Things That Make You Go WTF?

Or at least me, anyway. I don't normally read Atlas Shrugged, but Pamela Geller has had some interesting stuff up lately, like this chilling pointer to an essay on how Obama is changing the country from one ruled by law to one ruled by men.

He's not the first, of course. This has been ongoing for longer than we've been alive. But the brazenness is noteworthy. Just as disease acts as a stressor to a body's systems, attacks like those noted--dismissing contract law to favor a political ally--are a stressor to the country's systems. The effects will be bad; the only question is how bad.

But that's not what made me go WTF. This did. It's a poll showing what percentage of Democrats and Republicans blame the Jews for the financial crisis.

Wait, what? Blame the Jews? Yeah, it's awful that such a large percentage (32%) of Dems do, but it's no great shakes that 18.4% of Reps do, either. And those are just the moderate-to-great blamers! 38.4% of non-Jews blame the Jews at least a little!

Why, in this most PC time, is this even imaginable? Do people blame The Blacks for crime? The Whites for slavery? The Men for domestic abuse? Wait--some of those are okay to do, I guess.

Maybe that's the clue.

The problem with having protected classes and unprotected ones--saints and villains--is that it's easy to move a class from the saintly to the villanous as circumstances arise.

Still, you'd think the Jews would get a little long respite, what with the Holocaust and all.


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  2. The researchers noted that the greater tendency among Democrats than Republicans to blame Jews is “somewhat surprising, given the presumed higher degree of racial tolerance among liberals, and the fact that Jews are a central part of the Democratic Party’s electoral coalition.

    Not surprising to anyone who's been paying attention.

  3. Yeah, I know. It seems like some of the most anti-semitic people around are...Jewish?

    I dunno. I have a hard time keeping track of the various kinds of prejudice and bigotry, but isn't "Neocon" a code-word for "Jew" for some people?

  4. Yes, I have heard accusations that some Leftists, when they say "neocons" are basically saying "Jews." I once asked a friend who lives in NYC and travels a lot how men treated her in the middle east. She immediately said, "well you know who I have trouble with, the Hasidic Jews on the subway!" Then she went on this long diatribe about how they'd undress her with their eyes. She is someone who (sadly) has become very antisemitic as she's gone farther & farther left over the years.

  5. My husband and I have had many conversations about this. What is the deal with the Jew hating? Why? Where do people get this? You can usually figure out where and how people's logic has gone awry into illogic, but not seeing it here. What's the mental map look like for this? We have yet to figure it out.



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