He declined an invitation to go speak at the Jews Who Rule America, I mean AIPAC, Convention probably because the Likudniks there would grab him and drag him off the stage.
Bernie Sanders is a Jewish Cold War liberal. His foreign policy is about the same as what my father’s was. My father was also a Cold War liberal and a member of Americans for Democratic Action, a group made up of the left wing of the Democratic Party back in the 1940’s and 1950’s.
My father was great on domestic policy but terrible on foreign policy. Sanders is about the same. Keep in mind too that Sanders was Jewish. My father was as good as Jewish. He was a Judeophile who had all but converted in his mind. I was brought up with endless stories about how great Jews were from both of my parents who were each Judeophiles for much the same reasons.
I really could care less that Sanders is Jewish. So what! So he’s a Jew. So? Is there something wrong with that? Antisemites don’t get that there are good Jews and bad Jews.
Yes, a lot of Jews act like scumbags and spend most of their lives lying, cheating and stealing for a buck, for power or for the Hell of it.
Why they are so morally obtuse is not known, but it may have something to do with their primitive tribal religion, which is pretty nasty and amoral as far as religions go. A Jew who spends his whole life lying, cheating and stealing could very well still be a good Jew according to the Jewish religion as long as he did not lie to, cheat or steal from his fellow Jews. If he did these things to Gentiles, that is no great moral matter. In fact, it is of no concern whatsoever!
However, there is an other tendency in the modern version of the Jewish religion that has sprung up in the past 200 years. This is of tikkun olam, the duty of the Jews to be a guiding light to the Gentiles of the world, to lead the way for them towards making the world a better place. This is where all liberal and leftwing Jews are getting their ideology from. It is from this very liberal strain of Reform Judaism that Sanders gets his religious ideology.
However, Israel is the Achilles Heel of almost all US Jews. No matter how liberal or leftwing they are, they throw it all out the window when it comes to Israel. They have a total progressive blind spot when it comes to Israel. And so it is with Bernie Sanders, and it is here that the fact that he is a Jew is important. Nevertheless, he is the least pro-Israel candidate for President out there.
Here are the highlights, or rather lowlights, of his speech:
- Support for regime change in Libya on grounds of removing a brutal dictator
- Support for regime change in Iraq on grounds of removing a brutal dictator – I suppose this means support for the Iraq War, right?
- Support for regime change in Syria on grounds of removing a brutal dictator.
- Supporting for arming the Saudis to they can help us go into Syria to “fight ISIS.” Except when we give those guns to the Saudis, they will turn right around and give them to Al Qaeda, ISIS and the other idiots fighting to overthrow Assad.
- Repeatedly states his support for “our good friends the Saudis” as being essential to “the war on ISIS.” Great, except for one thing. The Saudis are not fighting ISIS. The Saudis are the main support entity for ISIS.
- Still committed to getting rid of Assad in Syria. First ewe need to take out ISIS (except our allies are supplying and supporting the group) then we need to force Assad out. So Sanders remains committed to regime change in Syria.
- Support for the Saudis in their insane war against Yemen.
- Support for “Israel’s right to defend itself.”
- All parties must support Israel’s right to exist (as a racist, apartheid, ultranationalist National Socialist state).
- All attacks on Israel are unacceptable! Why is that? Actually it is the other way around. I think all attacks on Israel are acceptable. They are getting what they deserve. When I read about Israel’s continuing activities in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, I think that if I were a Palestinian, I would grab a knife or jump in a vehicle and try to kill some of those Jews myself.
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Trump endorsing Hillary Clinton in her run for Senate.
You might say that their first loyalty is to the 1%, and that loyalty “Trumps” (wink) any other loyalties that they may have to party, ideology, nation, faith, morals, allies, really anything.
In other words, the 1% is the 1%.
There is the “Democratic” 1% and the “Republican” 1%.
There is the “liberal” 1% and the “conservative” 1%.
But at the end of the day, they’re all just the 1%, and I assume that they are all holding hands with each other, going to same conferences, endorsing each other, plotting together, partying with one another, marrying each other, etc.
Marx would say that these people have one loyalty and one loyalty only: they are loyal to their class interests, and everything else be damned. Marx would be right. People don’t read him enough.
Found on the Net:
For example, Eric Holder watched the large banks steal trillions from the American people; his Department of Justice employees compiled at least 30 major lawsuits nailing the banks. Holder did not bring a single suit and destroyed all the evidence before he went back to officially working directly for the same banks he protected indirectly while in office.
I believe that all of this is completely true. Anyone else have any opinions on this statement? Is this the way it went down?
I do remember at the time that the FBI said that they were not going to prosecute anyone due to the scandal because there were just too many people to prosecute. The fraud was all encompassing and permeated the whole industry. The FBI stated that if they were going to go after everyone all of the criminals who broke the law leading to the market crash, they would have to put half of Wall Street in prison. Personally, I think that would be a great idea, but the FBI said it was just not doable.
“Nelson thought he was coming, but he was going.”
That was one quip following the news that Nelson Rockefeller — New York’s four-term governor, former vice-president of the United States, and the most prominent scion of America’s most famous wealthy family — had succumbed to a heart attack at the age of 70, while in his midtown townhouse with his 25-year-old assistant, Megan Marshack.
Preferred joke: How did Nelson Rockefeller die? Low blood pressure: 70 over 25.
Before there was Warren Buffett and his secretary, there was Rockefeller and his. Autres temps, autres mœurs.
The official story quickly broke down.
He had not been in his office working on a book about his art collection but in his townhouse.
He had not been with his security guard but with his security guard and his chauffeur. Okay, security guard, chauffeur, and a young blonde woman in a black evening gown.
He died instantly. Actually, he died one hour after he was stricken.
The blonde called 911, and that’s all she did. Well, first she called her friend, TV personality Ponchitta Pierce, and it was Pierce who called 911.
Where was Marshack? Out of town, replied the family spokesman, though when reporters had reached Marshack by phone a few hours after the death, she explained that she was with the family spokesman.
Eager for closure, the family allowed no autopsy and had the corpse cremated, hastily absolving everyone involved of any negligence or malfeasance — 4 Rockefeller Children Say All at Hand Did Their Best read the good-natured headline in the Times.
Wow, everybody lied. Everybody. Screw these “official stories.” I wonder how many other “official stories” like this there are.
I think one reason humans refuse to learn from the past other than just being too dumb to make analogies is that the past is depressing. The lessons of the past are usually depressing ones. We are supposed to take some depressing truth from the past and apply it to the present. But people don’t want to do that because it’s depressing, we are genetically programmed to be a bit optimistic, and plus depression is no fun.
Everyone wants to think that this time it’s going to be different, that the rules of history have been overturned (the run-up to the Internet stock boom), or that history itself is now dead and there is no more history (the neoconservatives). Yes, humans are often blind, but that is because they choose to be. Being blind feels good. Opening your eyes is painful, like a mole thrust into the light. That shining sun of history is awful bright when you are used to having your eyes closed. It hurts to squint at it. Better close your eyes again, look at the pretty patterns and pretend they are real.
From Antiwar.com, a great site if you can get past the Libertarian bullshit ideology that permeates the entire site. In their defense though, I will acknowledge that in recent years, the site now has many leftwing and liberal commenters too. They seem to have moderated their views and are now willing to enter into an anti-intervention coalition made up of the Libertarian (and Trumpist) Right and the liberal-Left anti-interventionists and better yet anti-imperialists.
It’s a crazy coalition, but many coalitions are pretty nutty. Two winged movements representing two very different colored birds look at each other, find a small group of feathers that match and unite into one political avian species on that basis. As much as I hate Trump, he is correct when he says life itself is “the art of the deal.” If you can’t make deals in life, you will get nowhere. Even my own father, very much a hardline Cold War liberal ideologue something along Bernie Sanders lines, used to shrug his shoulders and say, “politics is the art of the possible.” I say let them flower. When it comes to coalitions that advance our cause, let a thousand coalitions bloom.
Israeli hawks prefer ISIS, Al Qaeda, and Hamas to Saddam, Assad, and Arafat, because the people of the West are less likely to be willing to co-exist with the former than the latter. Especially as terrorist attacks and refugee crises mount in the West, the rise and reign of the terrorists may finally overcome public opposition to troop commitment, and necessitate the Western invasion and permanent occupation of the Greater Middle East, followed, of course, by its perpetual exploitation by, among other Washington favorites, Israel and Israeli corporations.
The West may become a Global Israel, forever occupying, forever dispossessing, forever bombing, and forever insecure. And the Middle East may become a Global Palestine, forever occupied, forever dispossessed, forever bombed, and forever desperately violent. That is how war is realizing the Israelizing of the world.
Pretty interesting. All of the West will become “Global Israel,” forever occupying, dispossessing and bombing Arabs and in turn making itself forever insecure. The Arab World itself will become Global Palestine, forever occupied, dispossessed and bombed by the New Israel (the West) and in turn becoming itself desperately violent.
The first sentence in the quote is not really true though. Yes, Israel much prefers Hamas to the PLO because the PLO seems somewhat reasonable and foreigners might be inclined to work with them to try to force a deal on Israel. The one thing Israel does not want is a peace agreement. Instead of a peace agreement, the Israelis feel that they should just fight a war are against the Arabs forever or until the Arabs are finally defeated.
This mindset is nothing new.
And the reason Israelis prefer Al Qaeda and ISIS to Saddam and Assad is simple.
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The latter were heads of very powerful states, and the former are simply transnational terrorist groups with no state behind them. Sure, ISIS has a state of sorts, but it cannot exist like Iraq and Syria did. For years, those two states lived in peace with the world, and no one was waging war on them. As long as ISIS exists, much of the world will be attacking it.
The Israelis fear states and semi-states. They do not fear isolated non-state terrorist groups. Hezbollah is now so heavily armed that it is more or less the armed forces of Lebanon, so this state within a state is an Israeli enemy. Israel does not fear Al Qaeda and ISIS because they think they can handle them. Whereas states like Syria, Iraq and Iran and de facto states like Hezbollah pose a real threat.