Monday, August 15, 2011

Perry replaces Pawlenty. GOP field becomes even crazier.

Over the weekend Tim Pawlenty, one of only two sane people contending for the GOP nomination dropped out of the race after finishing third in the Ames Straw Poll. Absurd, right? I mean, what does an over hyped little gathering of bored Iowans really tell us about anyone's suitability for high office?  Pawlenty should have stayed and fought, instead of allowing his future to be determined by the population of a NYC subway at rush hour. Then again, if a handful of farmers can scare off Pawlenty, perhaps he isn't the best man to stare down Al Queda.

Rick Perry prays no one will
notice his low opinion of Jews. 
Meanwhile Rick Perry entered the race promising to give us jobs and morality. He says he can do this based on his record as Governor of Texas, where he morally presided over more than 250 executions in under 10 years, and where the majority of  the jobs he created with a magic wave of his gubernatorial wand were the most moral kind: minimum-wage jobs, with no benefits. Texas is also a state with a budget deficit that is as bad as California's, so it shows some guts for Perry boast about his track record as a responsible financial steward.  

All of this is academic, however, because Perry as zero chance at getting my vote. This is because he's either a Jew-hater or a fraud. I say this because he invited extremist mega-preacher John Hagee to attend last week's day of prayer. Among other crimes against decency and common sense, Hagee believes God sent Hitler to chase us to Israel. And at the prayer gathering itself, Hagee repeated the words that led directly to Auschwitz after which Governor Perry said amen:
If you live your life and don't confess your sins to God almighty through the authority of Christ and his blood, I'm going to say this very plainly, you're going straight to hell with a nonstop ticket," Mr. Hagee said during a service interspersed with religious and patriotic videos.

Asked afterward at a political rally whether he agreed with Mr. Hagee, the governor said he didn't hear anything that he would take exception to.

He (Perry) said that he believes in the inerrancy of the Bible and that those who don't accept Jesus as their savior will go to hell. 
This is how a commenter on Yeshiva World News talks. The smugness, certainty, and glib expression of prejudice are all familiar as is the Governor's simplistic, damn-the-intelectual-consequences recitation of dogma. Someone who wishes to be taken seriously in the company of serious men does not speak this way. Yet, outrageously, such bad behavior is normally accepted by serious Jew and serious gentile alike.

Why? A non-Jews would never tolerate a candidate who espoused chauvinistic remarks about Christianity. The candidacy of someone like Nate, who cheerfully tells all who will listen that gentiles are inferior and in possession of imperfect souls, would be dead on arrival. So why does any Jew with an ounce of self-pride accept a candidate who thinks we are all irredeemably sinful? If, as some argue,  Perry doesn't really believe what he says, then he's a liar, a panderer and a fraud;  if he does believe it - if Perry sincerely thinks Jewish blood is tainted, and that our souls lack something essential - how can he be trusted to protect us or to think of us as his fellow Americans? We wouldn't trust the average OJ Goy-hater to stand up for gentiles, would we?  The man who thinks black people carry Ham's curse, or believes that he's permitted by Jewish law to steal from gentiles is someone only a real "goyishe kup" would count on. For a Jew to trust Perry is no different. 

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