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If the Republicans keep giving bupkes to immigrants, that’s what we will keep getting from incoming minorities. I’m sure that if the Republican Party could produce an iota of evidence that we welcomed the Jews more, or shunned them less than the ugliness of the Democrats as alleged by Felder & Mason, it would have received much attention by now. But I fear we can’t, and that’s the bottom line.p>I sympathize with the frustration of Felder and Mason, as well as the dangers to Israel. But fully understanding the history, especially as it concerns what the Republican Party did and did not do is important. Democrat big wigs may have behaved like disgraceful pigs, but what did we do to counteract or capitalize on that? I enjoyed and largely agreed with their gripefest, but Mason and Felder could have offered some constructive ideas as well as a little more balance in their chronicle of the how and why. On the brighter side, world events and the increasingly dishonorable radicalism of the leftward tilting Democrats may well accomplish for us what our Party neglected for so long. Let us all hope it will not require the loss of too many human lives. br> — Christopher Keefe (print subscriber) br> Riviera Beach, Florida /p>
Your authors’ generalization about the double-edged Jewish fixation on the Democratic Party and hostility towards the Republican Party stands up well as a generalization. I hope they don’t imagine that they discovered it. It is in every book of political enquiry on the shelf.
But the savage, mindless, diatribe against the most decent President of the twentieth century is off the wall.
As one who has researched thoroughly the record — not the gossip, but the record — of the Truman-Jacobson connection I am appalled by this slanderous caricature. Only someone who has read nothing of the record of the wall-to-wall contempt for Zionism within the whole Foreign Policy establishment — including the principal Cabinet Offices responsible — could display such total ignorance of the significance of Truman’s heroic efforts on behalf of the Jews of the world. Harry Truman’s devotion to the Jewish people in their hour of greatest need followed from humane instincts nourished in his childhood in his father’s home and in his Sunday School.
“It is a historical fact,” say your authorities, “that Truman never invited his partner to his home.” The historic fact is that Harry Truman didn’t have a home until after he left the Presidency. Through all the years of his friendship with Harry Jacobson, he lived in the home of his mother-in-law, who set the terms for admission through the front or back doors. Every standup comic that ever was knows that you don’t denounce a man for the vices of his mother-in-law.
They say: “He [Harry] never even asked him [Eddie] if he was happy or healthy… etc.” Comedians don’t do their own research, as we know. But our scholars could not so much as glanced into the large box of Truman-Jacobson correspondence, covering about thirty years and which is on deposit at his Presidential Library. Every page illustrates a frank, affectionate, tone; every letter ends with enquiry into the health of wife, mother, daughter, etc.
Where do they get this stuff about “the vulgarity of the language with which Truman reacted to Eddie Jacobson’s pleas for the recognition of Israel [which] would add up to enough filthy words to produce five pornographic movies?” Where is any of this written? I have read every word of the record, and I defy my learned friends to give me the box and file number. Truman never uttered a pornographic word in his life. In all of Truman’s published correspondence the researchers, trying as hard as they can, have found only a couple of offhand lines reflecting a weakness for racial stereotypes that drifted around rural Missouri at the turn of the century. He regretted these remarks the moment they were out of his mouth.p>And who is Jackie Mason, of all people on earth, to impugn anybody, living or dead, for an occasional, offhand, racial slur? br> —
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?