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Sunday, December 25, 2011

The oh so tolerant progresive Left

Pity Josh Block.

On Friday, Block was summarily dismissed from his position as something called a Truman fellow for having the audacity to criticize the Center for American Progress for breaking with Clinton Democrats' traditional staunch support for Israel.
"I'm glad we all know where everyone stands, even if they've decided to do it on Christmas Eve so nobody would notice," Block said. "Siding against people who raise concerns about this kind of speech clearly delineates where these progressive organizations are coming from."


"This has nothing to do with your policy views, and is a decision solely made on the basis of the need for this community to privilege the ability to debate difficult topics freely, without fear of mischaracterization or character attacks," she said in the email. "Your actions outside the community have caused too many to fear conversation within the community. That fear is not baseless, given your own actions. As the point of the Truman Fellowship is to help the next generation of leaders think about hard topics together, we need people to feel that they can debate with security."

Kleinfeld's concern about open debate comes after decades of heated and sometimes personal debate inside the Democratic Party on questions of the Middle East. That argument has long run in both directions, and Truman is choosing a side here.
The original Truman - Harry - must be rolling over in his grave. He, like me, grew up believing that the Democratic party stood for free speech. As it happens, he was also the President who defied the State Department to make the United States the first country to recognize the nascent state of Israel. But the Democrats have replaced free speech with politically correct speech and insisted that all keep to the party line.

Professor Jacobson comments:
Block was fired, according to the Smith story, for calling out progressives for using inflammatory terms like Israel-Firster which prey upon ages-old anti-Semitic stereotypes of Jews being stateless and disloyal. I have pointed out the origins and use of “Israel-Firster” term many times before with regard to Glenn Greenwald, who stands by the term.

It would be easy to dismiss this incident as meaningless Beltway cat fighting, except for the fact that the nasty cats are the ones who seek to alter the historic relationship between the U.S. and Israel.
For decades we were told that the Democrats were the party that was pro-Israel, and that it was the Republicans who were in bed with Arab oil interests and could not be trusted. That has now come full circle.

What could go wrong?

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At 11:00 PM, Blogger AmPowerBlog said...

The Democrats are the party of hate and anti-Semitism. I used to vote Democratic. Never again.

Happy Holidays!

At 12:13 AM, Blogger Sunlight said...

As an example, i posted on Facebook the Washington Times link to a report that Hamas, Hezbollah, and al Qaeda flags are being flown at OccupyDC,


One of my lefty friends, who was in D.C. last week, objected that the protestors they saw are peace loving, respectful, respectable and patriotic Americans and that progressive change happens because of them. Didn't see any of the rodents or terrorist flags that others would have you believe are out there. So I contacted Atlas to see whether she might be able to get the Wash Times to release photos of the H/H/aQ flags so my lib friends will believe it. She suggested giving up on the lib friends' ever believing anything like that, even with photos. And then I hear David Horowitz:


David Horowitz is an amazing speaker... I relate to what he says because I was in SoCal while he was doing his New Left thing and I actually met some of those people (Herbert Marcuse, etc.) so I know what he is saying is accurate. BTW I stopped listening to Glenn Beck when he, like every progressive person I know, called us racists for considering voting for someone he doesn't like. I'm truly sick of this angle of attack (because we better be consider voting for everybody who isn't a Dem at this point) and was ever so disappointed to hear GB say it. But listening to David, I'm thinking to reconsider. Maybe to not throw out the baby with the bathwater.

At 2:25 AM, Blogger Empress Trudy said...

Thank you for point out Greenwald. But I'd also point out that Greenwald is truly satanic in the classic sense of the word. He coyly refuses to call himself a liberal while aligning himself with far far right wing voices like Pat Buchanan, Lyndon Larouche and honest to god neo Nazis. And the liberals in the blogosphere eat it up.


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