Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Personal Aside: If Anybody Can Tip the Requisite One Juror to Spring Rod, Patti Can…Jews, Brilliant, Creative People, Who Vote Like Puerto Ricans.


Patti B.

Watching Patti Blagojevich in the jungle of Costa Rica, I decided that if anyone can pollute the jury panel and spring Rod, Patti can. It was fate that caused her to take the trip rather than her husband. If Rod had gone there and appeared on “I’m a Celebrity—Get Me Out of Here!” he’d have sealed his doom with his crazyness. Not so Patti.

Looking at her critically the other night, I saw a sometimes cheery, sometimes teary courageous lady who has an innate charm that overshadows all the other contestants. And that’s what it’s all about, after all—swinging a juror…only one is required…to scotch a conviction of her husband.

I still wonder why her father, Dick Mell, isn’t…with his wealth…taking over the costs of educating his grandkids. But maybe Patti has declined his doing so. But her trip to Costa Rica, I can say definitely is the best news the couple has had in a long time. I began watching as an un-objective, biased viewer—but that didn’t last long. I like her stuff. That doesn’t mean I’d vote as a juror to free her old man…but it DOES MEAN that somebody on that panel—probably a woman—will have a tough time ringing up an unanimous verdict.


As probably the only living American who has read Obama’s Cairo speech through four times, I come away amazed…and have always been…at the studied contempt for Israel contained therein. His linkage of the Holocaust with Palestinian displacement when most of the Palestinians displaced were done so because of the Six Day War they and their allies lost. And this is equivalence?

My amazement continues when I note that a full 78% of American Jews voted for Obama—knowing totally from the campaign where he’s coming from. True, 54% of Catholics voted for him largely because that figure contains many Christ-ers…people who go to Mass on Christmas and Easter, either unaware or negligent of this man’s responsibility as the most pro-abortion candidate who ever ran. But as personal as this is, unborn babies are largely hidden. I would imagine…not being a Jew myself…that the fate of Israel would predominate with Jews. But not so.

This Catholic octogenarian recalls the excitement when in the late 1940s after 1,900 years there came the foundation of the Jewish homeland on the eastern shores of the Mediterranean. Now there is a deepening chasm between the Jewish “haves”—those attached to Judaism—and the “have nots,” the seculars. So wise and cognizant of so many issues, these seculars vote bloc-step—far left—like Puerto Ricans. Jan Schakowsky for example. Tell me why anyone in his/her right mind would vote for that far-left radical non-patriot. Tell me they don’t vote for her simply because she’s Jewish. God almighty.

There’s an interesting article in this month’s “Commentary” magazine by Jack Wertheimer about it. He says there is mounting evidence that suggests “that the liberal camp with which so many American Jews identify, harbors sizable numbers of Americans with little sympathy for Israel.”

He concludes: “An American Jewish community that once moved mountains in support of Israel now seems paralyzed in the face of internal forces that are weakening engagement with the Jewish state and eroding the vitality of its own culture.”

I have more knowledge of the Catholic vote than I do the Jewish, of course. But perhaps this sad answer may pertain to both. I remember well in the latter days of the Depression and the bad times of World War II when the Catholic churches were filled with people going to daily Mass, going to novenas, saying the rosary. They were suffering. With the end of the war and the coming of relative prosperity, Catholics gravitated from their faith. By all odds, Catholics should not even consider voting for Obama or anyone else in his party who espouses abortion. I can’t blame it entirely on the cavalier insouciance of the liberal bishops among us. It is the human condition. Once there is poverty and war, people come flocking back to the churches. I hope it doesn’t take either to get them back—but I’m not so sure it won’t.

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