Friday, June 5, 2015

Lessons to Be Learned

Women, blacks, homosexuals and Muslims, are not subjugated in America. They merely pretend to be. Women pretend to be underpaid in what they continue to insist is a patriarchal society, although when they have the same education and work just as hard and as long as men, they are paid the same to do the same job.

Blacks pretend to be profiled and picked on by the cops, but statistics show that young black males are far likelier to commit serious crimes, including murder, than any other group. The fact that, in most cases, their victims are other blacks only serves to show how hypocritical the black community is when it takes to the streets to blame their plight on the only people risking their own lives to protect them, the police.

Homosexuals, who had not only achieved a special status, civil unions, which provided them with all the rights they claimed to have been denied – hospital visitations, the rights of inheritance and adoption, etc. – decided to undo thousands of years of tradition by demanding same-sex marriages. Worse yet, they keep trying to equate their status with that of blacks condemned by Jim Crow laws to separate and unequal lives. It would be as if I, as a Jew, were denied membership in a country club and insisted I might as well be living in Nazi Germany.

As for American Muslims, when half the world is being over-run by people burning, beheading and crucifying, in the name of Islam, listening to them gripe about the FBI investigating their mosques strikes some of us as self-absorption in the extreme. When you add that to the fact that hundreds, perhaps thousands, of them have been sneaking off to the Middle East in order to murder infidels in the name of Muhammad, and that even after 9/11, a great many of them continued to fund Hamas and Hezbollah through phony charities, occasional profiling strikes me as a rather benign response to a malignancy in our midst.

The more I hear the members of these four groups complain, the more convinced I am that they all suffer from the Munchausen Syndrome, a mental condition in which people feign disease, illness or psychological trauma, in order to garner attention and especially sympathy. When you realize that today all over the Middle East and North Africa thousands of women and girls are being turned into sex slaves and that Christians are being mutilated and murdered, these petty grievances are particularly unseemly. It’s the whine that doesn’t improve with age.

I realize that some will condemn me for my lack of tolerance and sympathy. But I like to recall that Victor Hugo once wrote: “Mirrors, those revealers of truth, are hated; that doesn’t prevent them from being useful.”

A friend, a movie reviewer, wondered why some talented actors seem so willing to devote their time and energy to over-bloated action movies unworthy of their talent. I responded: “Even if actors and actresses had any taste, which most of them don’t, there are only a handful of movies in any given year that are worth anyone’s attention – assuming they’re not teenage boys. And so long as Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Helen Mirren, Ben Kingsley, and a couple of others have dibs on those scripts, there will be nothing left for anyone else. So they may as well go for the big money and do cinematic shlock, as the very talented Robert Downey, he of the 'Iron Man' and 'Sherlock Holmes' franchises, has chosen to do.

I am not given to theological musings, but recently I found myself wondering why, if the God of the Old and New Testaments is the same entity, He would first make Jews His Chosen People, and then send Jesus down with the idea of creating a rival religion.

Moving from the sublime to the ridiculous, or the sacred to the profane, depending on how seriously you take your football, I keep wondering why so much was made of the air pressure in the balls Tom Brady was passing in the playoff game between New England and Indianapolis. I am against cheating of all kinds, and was particularly offended that through the use of steroids, the unsavory likes of Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, Alex Rodriguez and Mark McGwire, were able to delete Babe Ruth and Roger Maris from the baseball record books.

But isn’t it worth noting that Tom Brady and the Patriots won the game by a score of 45-7? Does anyone seriously believe that, short of saddling Brady with a bowling ball, the Colts had the slightest chance of winning that game?

I keep seeing polls that indicate Americans don’t want to see another invasion of Iraq, even if that’s the only way to rid the world of ISIS. I don’t buy it for a second. I think most of us are sick of seeing these mutants on the march, and would cheer an invasion that didn’t simultaneously try to rebuild the nation, a la George W. Bush, but merely had the mission of annihilating the bastards and sending a clear message to the other Islamic cretins in the neighborhood, including Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei, that we mean business.

What makes people so suspicious of Jade Helm 15, the military exercises planned to take place in the Southwest this summer, is that everyone, including the leaders of Russia, Iran and North Korea, know that Obama has no intention of waging war on our sworn enemies. His mantra is “No boots on the ground,” so why spend the time and money on a whole series of unnecessary exercises?

Although I disapproved of the way that George Bush conducted the war, as if it were part military engagement/part major construction project, he at least left Iraq better off than he found it.

Obama, on the other hand, simply left Iraq hanging, in what might well be the worst case ever of premature evacuation.

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