I published the oped in the preceding post and it has obviously set some of the pro-McCain Jews' teeth on edge.
I have been inundated with emails that are replete with all sorts of idiocy. They are, by and large, too stupid to recount.
There is a sense of real hysteria in them.
There may be good reasons to support McCain but these people are off the wall.
I have been told that Obama is:
pro-MuslimI have been told that I
pro-Farrakhan [that Farrakhan is a close associate of Obama]
a Manchurian candidate [this from a nameless person who was described as a top U.S. analyst in DC... ]
have spun and skewedThen today these folks really hit bottom: they sent an email out contending that the O people form with their two hands [it is akin to the three fingers people used to hold aloft as a sign of support for George W.] is the same as a Hitler salute.....
engaged in major distortions.
shown a lack of critical scholarship
offered arguments with no intellectual credibility [all of the above came with no examples of how I did so... just the charges]
am a self-hating liberal Jew
don't know Jewish law
This is hardly worth comment... are they suggesting that Obama and Hitler were in cahoots? Maybe they don't know that Hitler had been dead 15 years when Obama was born.... that neo-Nazis are behind his campaign???
Finally, many of these emails repeat [in exactly the same language... as if it came out of a mimeograph machine... if you remember what that is] that I told people to vote for Obama because he is Black.
Give me a break. Anyone who can read that into my last paragraph smells to me like a latent racist or maybe like someone who can't read.
Jews have prospered in this country in countless and unimaginable ways. America has given us tremendous opportunities. While no one should vote for Barack Obama because he is black, the fact that a black man is a nominee for the highest office in the land constitutes an affirmation of the fact that at long last, some of the final barriers of discrimination are crumbling. For Jews it is yet another reminder of the blessings this country has offered them and other minorities.I wonder if these folks will say the same thing about Gen. Powell's statement this morning on Meet the Press
And I can't deny that it will be a historic event for an African-American to become president. And should that happen, all Americans should be proud--not just African-Americans, but all Americans--that we have reached this point in our national history where such a thing could happen. It will also not only electrify our country, I think it'll electrify the world.What has happened to John McCain in this campaign is sad. He is a dim reflection of what he used to be. And these supporters of his do not do him proud. [Note: I say "these" supporters of his. I am not saying this about all his supporters.]
Now back to writing my book