Friday, December 01, 2006

Neocons, fear-mongering, and Jewish tradition

This is very difficult to write, but I have come to the inescapable conclusion that all of the sorry events over the past 6 years, from the erosion of our liberties due to the "War on Terror," to the ill-advised and disastrous war on Iraq, have their roots in the Jewish tradition.

No, of course it's not the "Fault of the Jews," indeed, the vast majority of American Jews have opposed the Bush Administration's foolish policies.

But the Jewish neocons, the followers of Leo Strauss, have tapped into Jewish tradition to rule through fear:

It is the way of the Sages to scare people with punishments which will befall them from the Heavens. For, they feel, without fear -- of a flesh-and-blood ruler or of the rule of the Heavens -- society would degrade to the level of Sodom and Gomorrah.

The American Right Wing has not faith in the judgement of the masses. The feel only they have the knowledge to decide what;'s right and what's wrong. And look where they have lead our country!! Look where they have led the world!! And they did this based on an insight gained from Jewish tradition.

Fear is the way of Jewish tradition. Fear and also guilt. Isn't it time to remold the Jewish tradition? Isn't it time to make our observances rational and to accept the joys and responsinities for freedom? Isn't it time to tell the fear-mongers to take a hike?

Amen, Selah.

Good Shabbos.


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