This rant from U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh, Republican from Illinois, cracks me up in a sad, melancholy kind of way:
” … where is the outrage from the American Jewish community? Don’t they understand that the president is not pro-Israel? Aren’t they troubled by his history of pro-Palestinian writings, speeches, and actions? The short answer is that most American Jews are liberal, and most American liberals side with the Palestinians and vague notions of “peace” instead of with Israel’s well-being and security. Like the president, the U.N., and most of Europe, too many American Jews aren’t as pro-Israel as they should be…”
It’s just delicious: A Catholic politician from Illinois, berating and lecturing Jews because they aren’t as pro-Israel as he thinks they ought to be, being Jews and all. And of course, he gets to define what being “pro-Israel” means.
It’s similar in subtext to conservatives who lecture black Americans about “staying on the Democratic plantation,” thus implying that black voters who vote Democratic are just too stupid to know what is really good for them. Those who issue such lectures have no idea how the condescension just drips from their lips as they utter such remarks.
– Jay Bookman