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The Atlantic: The Anti-Anti-Trump Right

Monday, February 13, 2017 14:43
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Peter Beinart wrote this in The Atlantic in December:

“A few days after Donald Trump won the presidency, my father told me a story about his childhood.

My father grew up in Malmesbury, a rural farming town in South Africa’s Western Cape. His parents were Lithuanian immigrant Jews. Growing up Jewish in Malmesbury was not like growing up in Cape Town or Johannesburg, where Jews were more plentiful and more prosperous, and the surrounding whites were mostly of English descent. …

Obviously, Donald Trump is not D. F. Malan. But ever since my father told me that story, I’ve wondered whether the clean break he thought he made when leaving South Africa for the United States is now no longer quite so clean.On election night, I tweeted that, “I’ve never felt less American and more Jewish.” The comment reflected my particularly American self-confidence. I assumed I could question my own Americanness without inviting others to do so on my behalf. I was wrong. Over the following days, hundreds of respondents on Twitter did question whether I belonged in the United States, often in crudely anti-Semitic ways. …

The lesson of my father’s journey is not that America in 2016 is South Africa in 1948. It is that moral progress is never the permanent possession of any one land. In different moments, different people carry the torch. As a young man, my father heard Robert Kennedy tell the students of Cape Town, who saw reason and liberty besieged in their own country, that they had allies halfway across the world. Today, I look at Mmusi Maimane, and feel the same thing.”

From Lithuania to South Africa to the United States, Peter Beinart explains how Jews haven’t changed and routinely find themselves at odds with Gentiles wherever they go.

Peter Beinart writes in The Atlantic this afternoon:

“At the other extreme sit conservatives like my Atlantic colleague David Frum (Jew), Johns Hopkins School of Advanced and International Studies Professor Eliot Cohen (Jew) and New York Times columnist David Brooks (Jew), who warned against Trump during the campaign, and believe he is now vindicating their fears.

For them, conservatism is about prudence, inherited wisdom, and a government that first does no harm; they see none of those virtues in Trump. They see themselves as the inheritors of a rich conservative intellectual tradition; Trump’s ignorance embarrasses them. And they believe America should stand for ideals that transcend race, religion and geography; they fear white Christian identity politics in their bones. They are, to my mind, highly admirable. But they don’t have much of a base. They can denounce Trump because they work for institutions that don’t primarily cater to his supporters. …”

Did you know neocons like David Frum, Eliot Cohen and David Brooks stand for prudence? For some mysterious reason, these Jews have a biological aversion to White Christian identity politics. Is it anti-Semitic to read Peter Beinart and notice what these Jews are saying?


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