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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Clever With Numbers But Often Obtuse

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“In my own view, even bolder thinking would reach the conclusion that it is long past time for the Jews of America to join the side that has come to side with them, and to stick with it unless and until this ceases to be the case. [...] The great issue between the two communities turns on how they feel about the nature of American society. Again with all exceptions duly noted, I think it fair to say that what the Left mainly sees when it looks at America is injustice and oppression of every kind — economic, social, and political. By sharp contrast, the Right sees a complex of traditions, principles, and institutions that have made it possible for more freedom and — even factoring in periodic economic downturns — more prosperity to be enjoyed by more of its citizens than in any other society known to human history. It follows that what liberals believe needs to be changed or discarded is precisely what conservatives are dedicated to preserving, reinvigorating, and defending against attack.”
— by Norman Podhoretz (Author), Why are Jews Liberals?
Most readers of my blog think I'm a conservative (or, even more specifically, a Republican). I am not. I am what might be called a "temporary conservative". Temporary because no one knows what a typical conservative will stand for a decade from now, nor what conservatism, let alone liberalism, will even mean a decade from now.

I certainly have no allegiance to any political party. I loath political parties, but at the same time I recognize that they happen to be the way the system provides us with choices for elected office. My only abiding allegiance, ever since I was old enough to swear allegiance, has been and will forever remain to the United States of America. Do I really have to explain why that is so? Shouldn't that be obvious to any thinking American? Wouldn't that also be what every American would want from any of their elected officials, most especially their President?

Juice had been famously characterized by God as "a stiff-necked people" in the Old Testament. If you are not familiar with God's characterization, you are probably more familiar with the pejorative characterization "clever with numbers" or its more Jew-baiting version "clever with money". This is a reference, albeit a disparaging one, to Jewish "street smarts", for how else could they have survived millennia of persecution by Jew-haters. The latter were not only not-as-clever with numbers, or mathematics in general, but wouldn't deign to besmirch their souls with filthy lucre, which is why extending credit (i.e., banking, for those of you who think The Obama is going to pay off your credit card debt) was one of the very few activities made available to Jews to make a living among their holier-than-thou superiors. But I digress, as is often my wont.

Of course, God's characterization was correct, and its modern colloquial equivalent is "pains in the neck". Juice are, by and large, "street smart" (for how else could they have survived, etc.), but sometimes they just can't see what's in front of their noses (spare me, I've heard all those disparagements too; I've got one for you: can you see Uranus through a telescope?). If they could, they probably wouldn't have the patience to figure out which side their bread is buttered on.

So the Juice blindly follow, in the tradition of yellow-dog Democrats (NOT blue dogs; read up on your color codes, dude), whichever Kennedy happens to come along for his or her tithe. It never occurs to them that all the Kennedy's who have come along since 1968, most especially including Teddy, have had nothing in common with Jack or Bobby, except for that hereditary name.

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