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Much has been written in the progressive press about how Connecticut Sen. Joseph Lieberman has betrayed, first, the party that elected him to the senate in the first place (and protected his seniority in the second place, when he got himself reelected to the senate as an independent); second, the Obama agenda that he supported as a candidate; and, third, the cause of universal health care and/or any health-care reform. Indeed, he is vulnerable on all of these counts.
But he is also guilty of a fourth betrayal. And it is this fourth betrayal that, in my view, accounts for much of the anger aimed at Lieberman, anger greater than that expressed at the Republican opposition, which has cynically voted as a bloc to block any health-care reform emanating from the Democrats. Lieberman’s fourth betrayal is the betrayal of his Jewish heritage . . .If Lieberman were a gentile, it would, for many Jews, be a mere political disagreement. But Lieberman being Lieberman, the feeling is that he should be ashamed of himself. And by the way, he should.
My brief response:
Can we got off of this liberal trip that Modern day progressive moors are a Jewish imperative? If the Torah itself has an ethos of its own, and if it does, do they translate to modern standards is up to debate. But to make a question of a betrayal of one’s Jewish heritage is ridiculous.
More so, it's overlooking other Jewish precedents - such as persecution of heretics, massacring our enemies, Animal Sacrifices etc. etc. That's a whole 'nother discussion if they are acceptable . . . but progressive and liberal they aint - any argument the other way is revisionism.
If we are indeed to take a lesson from Jewish precedent, we would organize health reform on a community level (something a community organizer should be familiar with), based on the rule that the poor of one’s own city come first - not a bloated national system.
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