Trump and Kavanaugh: A post-Yom Kippur question for liberal Jews
LOUISVILLE: Yom Kippur 5,779 (2018) is in the books. Many Jews spent Wednesday atoning for their sins and promising to be better people going forward. For politically liberal Jews, serious questions deserve to be asked.
When you apologized, did you mean a word of it? Are you truly sorry for your transgressions, or did you just show up to temple at night for some free bagels?
Take the questions seriously. If politically liberal Jews are truly sorry and want forgiveness from God, they need to ask themselves a pair of additional hard questions.
Is losing a political election a justification for political violence?
Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in a legally held election based on a set of rules that both sides knew about in advance. Mrs. Clinton chose to rack up huge margins along the coasts while completely ignoring much of Middle America.
Mr. Trump visited states that Mrs. Clinton ignored, creating cracks in the “blue wall.” In the closing weeks of the campaign, Mr. Trump worked far harder than Mrs. Clinton.
He did multiple events per day. She did not. Her coastal strategy won her the popular vote.
His Middle America strategy won him 30 states and 306 electoral votes.
Rather than accept the results, Democrats have fomented violent liberal mobs.
The first rally came one day after Mr. Trump was sworn in as president. Liberals vowed to “resist.” What were they resisting? He had not done anything yet. The only logical conclusion is that they were resisting the election itself.
Destabilizing the Trump presidency to overthrow the government was justified because they disliked him.
Since he has been sworn in, the mob violence has reached epic levels. Congressman Steve Scales was shot. Senator Rand Paul was beaten within an inch of his life. North Carolina GOP headquarters were firebombed. Another state GOP headquarters had bricks thrown through their windows. Another one had Nazi insignia painted on it.
Rudy Peters, a California congressional candidate was stabbed.
In every single case, there was a violent liberal acting out against conservatives.
There is no conservative equivalent. Liberals will point to Charlottesville, but that would also be a lie. In Charlottesville, right-wing nationalists marched. They had a legal right to do so. Leftist mobs in the form of Antifa could have held a counter-rally on a different day.
Instead, they deliberately confronted the right-wing nationalists to provoke violence.
Mainstream conservative speakers are routinely shouted down on college campuses. That is when they are not being disinvited. Conservatives are accused of fomenting hate speech, which liberals seem to define as anything a liberal disagrees with.
This forces liberals to answer a much tougher question.
Do the ends justify the means? Is a political issue so important that it justifies wanton destruction?
The liberal’s political issue is abortion. The Supreme Court case that made the issue famous is the 1973 Roe vs Wade decision.
When a Republican wins the presidency, that Republican is likely to nominate conservative judges to courts. This is natural and reasonable. There is always a chance that a majority of Supreme Court justices could overturn Roe vs Wade. This would not automatically make abortion illegal, but it could lead to states imposing restrictions currently not allowed under Roe.
Connecting the dots, the question remains.
Is passion over the abortion issue a justification for destabilizing society?
On the right, the answer is absolutely not. When Eric Rudolph bombed abortion clinics in the 1990s, he was hunted by law enforcement until he was found. Pro-life leaders overwhelmingly condemned his actions as those of a murderer. The ends did not justify the means.
On the left, the answer is an absolute yes.
It has caused liberals, including many liberal Jews, to think, believe,
say and do things that defy rational behavior.
It is this irrationality that has liberals insisting that President Trump is a puppet of the Russian government. They are convinced that Russia meddled in the 2016 election, but cannot say what the Russians did or how they did it. Liberals have convinced themselves that Trump had a secret plot with Vladimir Putin, even though the two men had never met before the election.
It is this irrationality that tells liberal Jews to compare Trump to Hitler.
Trump moved the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. He withdrew from the horrid Iran deal. He closed down the PLO offices in Washington, DC. These are pro-Israel actions. Trump is with Israel. He is against abortion.
Politically liberal Jews conflate these two completely separate issues. If Trump is against abortion, he has to be against everything good. Otherwise, the irrational liberal narrative collapses.
It is this irrationality that tells liberal Jews that it is acceptable to personally destroy any individual who may limit the right to abortion.
It is this irrationality that tells them that it is allowable and necessary to destroy a human being with a lifetime of honorable behavior. The ends justify the means.
Judge Brett Kavanaugh is practically a saint.
His family resembles something out of Family Circle magazine. He is praised by everyone who knows him. In his spare time, he donates to his local church shelter. He is intelligent, personable and likable. He is also a possible fifth vote to overturn Roe vs Wade.
After sailing through his confirmation hearings, Kavanaugh was days away from confirmation. Then at the last moment, a leftist political activist with a history of opposing Trump accused Kavanaugh of attempted rape. Of groping..
Dr. Christine Blasey Ford cannot remember when the event took place, where it took place, why she was there, and other relevant details. Kavanaugh does not ever recall ever meeting this woman. The witnesses to the act identified by Ford, deny being there.
Senator Dianne Feinstein received a complaint but sat on the information until the last possible moment.
Do liberals even care that this woman has no proof? Or that an innocent man is having his life destroyed? Do they care that he may never get his good name back?
For politically liberal Jews, abortion is so important that it justifies burning our institutions, and Judge Kavanaugh, to the ground.
It may be hard for liberals including liberal Jews to accept, but many Americans, including Jew, just disagree with them. We disagree with their policies. In 2016 we legally showed up to vote and chose a different direction than liberal Jews wanted.
We won the House, the Senate, and the White House. And over 1,000 legislative seats since the 2008 election. We won these elections legally, honestly and peacefully.
So I again ask liberal Jews the same questions.
Is one political issue such as abortion so important that it justifies political violence, personal destruction, and societal destabilization?
Do you really believe the ends justify the means?
Are you ever going to accept that people can disagree with you politically and still have noble intentions?
Or are you just zealots drowning in ideological bigotry?
Liberal Jews Yom Kippur Oath
On Yom Kippur, Jews took a binding oath to Hebrew God Hashem. We took an oath to truly try and be better people. We begged God for forgiveness for our transgressions. Nowhere in our Torah or Siddurs (prayer books) does it create exemptions for those who hate Republicans, conservatives, and pro-lifers.
Far too many politically liberal Jews have turned as obstinate as Palestinians. Peace is impossible when one side refuses to accept that the other side has a right to exist. Palestine wants the annihilation of Israel. Liberal Jews (and liberals) want the annihilation of Conservatives.
Conservatives have a right to exist.
We have a right to vote. We have a right to win elections. When we win, we have a right to govern. We even have a right to overturn Roe vs Wade.
Liberals have every right to peacefully try and prevent these occurrences. They have zero right to political violence. Verbal violence is still violence. Smearing an innocent man’s name is still violence.
Wanting something to be true does not make it true.
President Trump is not a Russian puppet. Judge Kavanaugh is not a rapist.
Deep down, liberal Jews know this. The issue is whether their blind irrational hatred of all things Republican and pro-life overwhelms their humanity.
Liberal Jews Yom Kippur hypocrisy
Yom Kippur has nothing to do with abortion. Yom Kippur is not pro-choice or pro-life. It is pro-decency. It is hypocritical to pledge decency on a Wednesday only to return to viciousness on a Thursday.
Well, liberal Jews? Do you want to be better people or not? Are you willing to accept that the ends do not justify the means?
If not, then your Yom Kippur vows meant absolutely nothing.