April 26, 2009
by Jack Kemp (not the politician)
In American Thinker today, Dr. Stuart Schwartz wrote an article called "Singing the Jews Blues," http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/04/singing_the_jews_blues.html about growing anti-semitism in America and the world. Why I agree with much of what he said, the sad fact is that it is harder for Jews who want to support their own kind when they have to deal with actions and associations in people's minds of things done by culturally powerful Jews who have abandoned any support of Jewish religious or cultural values.
Besides such obvious examples as Nazi collaborator George Soros, who do I mean by this?
In Dr. Schwartz's piece he mentioned,
"Anti-Semitism in America has become as ubiquitous as McDonalds. Thirty years ago the pronouncement by one of the nation's most respected liberal magazines that violent entertainment in Hollywood comes from "Jewish executives (who) worship money above all else" would have outraged our mainstream elites. However, now our leaders simply shrug: Move on, nothing to see here..."
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Clicking on the link marked "comes" in this paragraph, we find the full text about the criticism of Hollywood Jewish executives:
"Corporate sidelight: Kill Bill is distributed by Miramax, a Disney studio. Disney seeks profit by wallowing in gore--Kill Bill opens with an entire family being graphically slaughtered for the personal amusement of the killers--and by depicting violence and murder as pleasurable sport. Disney's Miramax has been behind a significant share of Hollywood's recent violence-glorifying junk, including Scream, whose thesis was that murdering your friends and teachers is a fun way for high-school kids to get back at anyone who teases them. Scream was the favorite movie of the Columbine killers.
Set aside what it says about Hollywood that today even Disney thinks what the public needs is ever-more-graphic depictions of killing the innocent as cool amusement. Disney's CEO, Michael Eisner, is Jewish; the chief of Miramax, Harvey Weinstein, is Jewish. Yes, there are plenty of Christian and other Hollywood executives who worship money above all else, promoting for profit the adulation of violence. Does that make it right for Jewish executives to worship money above all else, by promoting for profit the adulation of violence? Recent European history alone ought to cause Jewish executives to experience second thoughts about glorifying the killing of the helpless as a fun lifestyle choice. But history is hardly the only concern. Films made in Hollywood are now shown all over the world, to audiences that may not understand the dialogue or even look at the subtitles, but can't possibly miss the message--now Disney's message--that hearing the screams of the innocent is a really fun way to express yourself."
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Speaking as a Jew, I have to agree with this criticism and not consider it anti-semitic. In fact, the criticism stands up for Judeo-Christian values. If Michael Eisner and Harvey Weinstein had any consideration for standards and what a movie like "Kill Bill" is teaching the young people of the world about standards of behavior, they would not have given it the platform it got at the Disney Corporation. It culturally cheapens the value of life for Jew and Gentile alike in all communities, even those living in Beverly Hills behind gates and with private guards. The same thing can be said - and has been said by Bill Bennett and C. DeLores Tucker of the Parents Television Council - of Gerald Levin of Time Warner for his past promotion and selling of vulgar gangsta rap music with its misogynistic attacks on black women in particular.
Recently I heard Evan Sayet's 2007 talk on "How Modern Liberals Think" on YouTube, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaE98w1KZ-c Sayet, a Jew who has worked in Hollywood for years and who became a "9/12" conservative, criticized the left for their embracing of indiscriminate "value free" multicultural thinking. The examples I gave above would fit perfectly in Mr. Sayet's speeches. One cannot excuse criticism of the behavior of "value free" Jews as being anti-semitism. As Sayet said in his first Heritage Foundation speech, "this modern liberalism is nihilism."
Glorifying nihilism and sadism in a movie like "Kill Bill" doesn't shield a Jewish executive from criticism because he Dr. Schwartz has indirectly take up his cause and claimed the criticism of Hollywood Jews is anti-semitism. I contend that the filth coming out of Hollywood IS inherently the anti-semitism Dr. Schwartz is deploring.
After Sayet's follow-up 2009 Heritage Foundation speech, "Hating what's Right," a question was asked from the audience:
"(Steve): Well my name is (Steve) I'm an intern at the Heritage Foundation and my manicured campus is American University. But my question is regarding the anti-Semitism of the left. And I know you mentioned it briefly. But I have always wondered why so many Jewish Americans are active loyal supporters of the Democratic party when the far left base, particularly the Answer Coalition and the Anti-War movement.
I remember seeing a rally where a lot of the anti-war protestors were protesting across the street from a group of pro-Israel protestors. And these Answer people were saying go back to the oven.
Evan Sayet: That's right. That's really vicious. Hatred for the Jew is endemic to the dominant force in today's Democratic party. Anywhere you find leftism whether it was national socialism, Nazism, whether it was communism, whether it was socialism now in Europe or whether it was in the Democrat party today. Not all Democrats but the modern liberal force within the Democrat party, Jew hatred is endemic to modern liberalism.
So why do Jews support it? Two basic reasons: one, there is something very attractive to people who have been persecuted to the notion that nothing will be judged, because if nothing is judged, then they can't judge the Jew. The Jew can't be evil, the Jew can't be put in an oven. There is just something attractive about that.
The second salient point is if you're called a Jew is different than any other religion that is out there. To be called a Christian you have to believe something. You have to believe that Jesus Christ is your Lord and Savior. And from that belief stems other beliefs, other practices, cultural things, behaviors, rights, and rituals.
To be called a Muslim you have to believe something. You have to believe that the Koran is the final testament of God and Mohammed is perfect messenger. From that belief stems certain rights, and rituals, practices and behaviors.
To be called a Jew you don't have to believe anything. All you have to do is plop out of the Jewish womb, they call you a Jew. All right, so lets call these people the plopping Jews. It is the plopping Jew that votes Democrat. And as you go down the line to first the reform Jew who is basically a plopping Jew with a better social calendar.
All the way up to Conservative and Orthodox, that's people who actually have Judaism as part of their moral cultural upbringing, not just an accidental Jew. The more Jewish you are by practice, by choice, not just by accident, the more likely you are to support the Republicans. And not just the Republican candidate, but down the line on every single issue. The Republican Party and the practicing Jew shares values."
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Mr. Sayet, has got it right. Dr. Schwartz should not be grouping those "Plopping Jews" who practice few, if any, aspects of Judaism and want to be respected as Jews while claiming an attack on them is an attack on Free Speech and also Judaism. No, it is an attack on low-life "values" and amoral, nihilistic and anarchic behavior.
In the 1980s, I went to a meeting of adult children of Holocaust survivors (of which I am one) where another man in his thirties claimed to be an Orthodox Jew. He did not wear a Jewish skullcap and he was also clean shaven (or perhaps he used a depilatory as a technical device to get around the Biblical prohibition on putting a blade to one's face). In other words, he wanted the rest of us to greatly respect him as a religious Jew while he refused to be be seen as a Jew in public. Needless to say, the other people in the room would not do that and we all turned rather cold towards him. He left the room within minutes.
Dr. Schwartz, when he defends Hollywood while placing the the details of the incident involved in a far away link to another story rather than posting the full text of the criticism of the Jews involved, is essentially defending the hypocrisy of "Plopping Jews" and others who do not practice what they claim to be. A former liberal like Even Sayet is much more honest in who he is than the example of the Jews from Hollywood that Schwartz alluded to in his article's link.
Years ago, I read a book about assimilation in which a woman went to a rabbi to complain that her son was marrying outside the faith. My recollection of the exact wording is rusty, but is a close approximation. The rabbi asked her, "Did you light candles of Friday night? Did you attend synagogue? Did you ever take him to Israel?" The woman answered "no" to all these questions. The rabbi then stated, "Well, what did you expect?"
Yes, what did you expect, Dr. Schwartz, from the producers of Kill Bill and gansta rap? An increase in respect for Jews? Think again.
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