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Sunday, September 18, 2011

The Whole Ball of Wax

The apotheosis of Jewish self-loathing

Henry Waxman, member of the United States Cong...Image via Wikipedia
Related source » The American Spectator : AmSpecBlog : Waxman Blames Rich Jews!
[This related source is recommended in its entirety.] h/t CN

“In what has got to be a prizewinning display of that peculiar skill that consists of joining chutzpah with execrable taste, California's Henry Waxman, a leading liberal, blames the loss of one of the safest Democratic seats in Congress on rich Jews. […] It does not strike [Waxman], perhaps, that voters might not want to be represented by a party that embraces sex maniacs and that is perceived as down on Israel.. […] Irving Kristol noted long ago that for all manners of historical and sentimental reasons, the Jews seem to be the only group -- if such they still are -- in America that votes against its own interests, and he reproached them for it. In a recent book [Why Are Jews Liberals?] Norman Podhoretz made the same case at somewhat greater length. […] Rep. Waxman, who represents California's 30th Congressional District, which includes Santa Monica, Malibu, Beverly Hills, and a few other proletarian neighborhoods, perhaps liked it that way because so long as Jews vote against their own best interests, they will elect the likes of Henry Waxman.”
— By ROGER KAPLAN on 9.16.11 (

He's the complete package — everything that people look for in a schmuck. In the section on Jewish identity of his Wikipedia biographical entry he is described, in part, as follows:
Waxman is proud of his "strong Jewish identity" and has drawn political conclusions from his exploration of the religion. "Judaism is about acting and doing the right thing, not simply believing in it or mindlessly following ritual," he said in a speech presented by the University of Southern California's Casden Institute for the Study of the Jewish Role in American Life. Waxman said he applies Jewish ethical values to his congressional service. [emphasis added]
So Waxman may think he acts in accordance with a "strong Jewish identity". But self-loathing was never part of Jewish dogma. I'm not a scholar of Jewish philosophy, but my basic understanding is that Judaism prescribes self-preservation, not self-loathing, as an imperative that even trumps religious observance. This is what Egypt miscalculated when it attacked Israel on Yom Kippur in 1973. Although Israel was surprised by the attack, the fact that it occurred on its holiest of days did not alter significantly Israel's defensive response. Only the intervention of the superpowers prevented Arial Sharon's army from demolishing the Egyptian army they had surrounded near the Suez.

Waxman and his supporters are an anachronism. Their mindset is stuck in pre-1948 thinking. They hope to win favor from Jew-haters by ingratiating themselves to their execrable intentions. There is no honor in and surely little admiration for anyone who turns on his or her own in return for an extra piece of bread or an extra vote. Even the Nazis eventually incinerated those Jews who disposed of gassed bodies in the ovens at Auschwitz.

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