Sorry, I was going to take the weekend off from writing about politics, but late last night I saw video of a TV conversation which changed that.
Readers here will recall my several articles about former baseball pitcher Curt Schilling and his off-the-ledge, beyond far-right-wing hate-filled postings -- as well as my brief Twitter exchange with him, which I wrote about here. Schilling has recently discussed his interest in running for the U.S. Senate and was discussing this and other topics on CNN with Jack Tapper. And then he got around to this...that's so bad even other networks were covering it --
Before I dive into some more detailed comments about the fellow, a few brief matters to clean up and get off the table first .
Curt Schilling asks -- You're Jewish. Why are Jews Democrats? Democrats hate Israel.
Hey, Curt Schilling, I have an even better question. You're human. Why are humans Republican? Republicans hate humans.
Or another question for Mr. Schilling. Why are women, minorities, the poor, non-Christians, and the college-educated Republicans? Republicans hate women, minorities, the poor, non-Christians and people who are college-educated.
Oh, and an even better question still. Jesus was a Jew. Why aren't Republicans Jewish?
But let's be fair to Curt Schilling, a courtesy he doesn't always grant those who have opinions different from himself. After all, Curt Schilling asked a question and no doubt reads these pages, waiting longingly for an answer -- Why are Jews Democrats? And Democrats, you note (hi, Curt!), hate Israel.
Well, for starters, you should understand, Curt, that most Jews tend to have a deep-seated, long-standing, and natural aversion for associating with white supremacists. So, that makes joining the Republican Party profoundly counter-productive to their safety, security and general welfare.
Also, by your own statement, many Jews are Democrats, so that means by your very logic -- that Jews do necessarily support Israel -- clearly Democrats do not hate Israel.
And your premise is not only wrong but ignorant. Democrats do support Israel. Always have. Just because so many religious-right Republicans support The Rapture, which is why they want to see Israel protected, that isn't the same as supporting the people and the state of Israel. Belief in The Rapture is not support of Israel. It's support of far right Christian doctrine.
Many Jews are Democrats because -- like the Democratic Party -- they believe in helping and protecting the needy, believe in government using its significant, collective resources to bring a greater good to society that individuals can't do alone, and believe greatly in education for everyone and higher education which raises us all and helps become the antidote for helping wipe out stupid idiot IGNORANCE, not only throughout society but often so brutally displayed on television interviews.
And as Jake Tapper notes, he doesn't speak for The Jews. Nor do I. Nor does anyone who is Jewish. Not only are most groups of people made up of a great many viewpoints, but in particular Jews seem to have a rabbinical and Talmudic heritage to ask questions and argue and therefore, perhaps more than most, likely have as many viewpoints as possible. And so, to ask a person "practicing the Jewish faith" what Jews think would most generally bring a proper answer of -- I can tell you some possible reasons out of the many there are, but it's far better if you think for yourself and come up with some ideas that we can then discuss. Because right now, it does't seem like you really do want to learn, but to accuse.
What an small, nasty, ignorant, intolerant piece of work Curt Schilling is.
I do wish that Jake Tapper had a better response to Schilling, although I do understand he was put in an incredibly awkward position, trying to be an objective journalist, rather than telling Schilling what a small, nasty, ignorant, intolerant white supremacist he is.
Later in the day, Schilling was on MSNBC with Chris Matthews, and unfortunately Matthews was at his sloppy worst and bumbled around, letting Schilling dominate the conversation and go into his "poor, little attacked-me, who is only asking questions because I just want to know, and liberals are pigs, most especially Hillary Clinton who is disgusting."
At one point, Schilling said, "I'm apparently an anti-Semite now because I had the gall and the audacity to ask someone of the Jewish faith why, or how they believed people of the Jewish faith could vote Democrat."
Spare us, you hate-filled, small-minded, paternalistic, little excuse for a human life force. No, you are not apparently an anti-Semite now. You appear to have been an anti-Semite for decades. And a racist. Maybe even a misogynist. All for much of your life, since these shriveled attitudes don't tend to just pop up out of people on a whim.
And no, sorry, shrug and nod as you might, your questions aren't just naive inquiries for answers. If you were actually serious about running for the United States Senate, you would have a mind that looked at the realities of the world around you and come up with at least a semblance of some answers to why many Jews do vote Democratic. The fact that you pretend not to know means either that you are deeply disingenuous or you indeed are as ignorant as you appear. Someone who is an adult and tries to think should at least have a clue as to why, and most especially someone who wants to be a United States Senator most definitely should -- I'd think it's almost a requirement for the job. That's why so many people watching your comments are sharp enough to grasp that, rather than (shrug, gee whiz) just asking question, you were instead suggesting All Jews Think as One and that Jews should only have a single issue to care about and that Jews are too stupid to understand what is best for them as defined by you stalking on the outside. And the giveaway to all this that makes your mock-innocence too blatant -- and, yes, so galling and audacious -- is when you try to suggest that Democrats, the Democratic Party supposedly "hates Israel." It's a groundless Big Lie that so many Republicans love to repeat endlessly, it's smarmy, it's self-righteous, it's close-minded, it's pathetic and it's ignorant.
Put that all together and, yes, it was anti-Semitic. And just generally hate-filled beyond all that. And ignorant. But no, don't worry, it's not something people think about you all of a sudden "now."
It's been thought a very long time.
"Now"??? I hope you're not suggesting these are suddenly new thoughts you've begun having, rather than churning in your bile since, as you put it to Mr. Tapper, you were a youth. It's all part of why you finally were fired from ESPN. And why so many consider you a disgrace of a human. So, whine away, poor little victim you. It appears to be a far-right habit.
You just haven't figured out, it seems, that when you spit in people's faces, they actually push back.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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