Mark Greenberg
Life-long Progressive Who Got Woke

A Tale of Two Presbyterians

Reverend Susan Rothenberg
Reverend Susan Rothenberg

I have been radio silent during the final weeks of the “midterm” campaign here in America, as I have observed Donald Trump barnstorming across the United States here from deep in the heart of Texas where Robert Francis O’ Rourke has spent $60 million trying to unseat Count Ted Cruz, who does apply a bit too much pomade to his hair and looks more like Bela Lugosi than George Clooney in “Oh Brother Where Art Thou”.

Of course, in the midst of this campaigning, the nation had to endure the tragic murder of elderly Jewish worshippers at the Etz Ahaim Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh.

Everyone was quick to point out that this was the actual neighborhood of the fictional Mr. Rogers, this archetype of tolerance and acceptance, featured on the Public Broadcasting System, a non-profit broadcaster and creator of content for “educational” television stations. But Fred Rogers was not a fictional character; he was a Presbyterian minister and the practice of generosity and kindness that he tried to convey to children was a belief he embraced through a lifetime.

In addition to their embrace of Mr. Rogers, there was a rush of equal urgency to blame the repugnant tragedy at the feet of Donald Trump. He was either an unapologetic white nationalist, an unabashed racist who favored building a Wall to keep Brown People (Democrats) from diluting the White dominance (Republicans) of the political establishment or, worst of all, a blatant Anti-Semite who…….hated Jews because he loved white nationalists……..I don’t know what the hell these people were talking about.

Love ’em or hate ’em, the man who would be right at home in Squirrel Hill because he wears one on his head, Donald Trump is the most pro-Israel, pro-Jewish President in my lifetime. Despite the risky and brave decision made by Harry Truman to recognize the legitimacy of the State of Israel upon its creation, the uncomfortable fact is that Harry was born in 1884 and grew up in Independence, MO. He never came in contact with anyone Jewish before he served in Europe during WWI. He grew up in a different America and he would say things like describing Miami as nothing but “hotels, filling stations, Hebrews and cabins.” He could refer to a Jew as a “kike” and think nothing of it because that’s what people did in those days.

But he was the same guy who traveled to Chicago in 1943, at the height of WWII, to deliver a speech before a huge rally to urge aid for besieged Jews in Europe, implicitly criticizing his boss, Franklin Roosevelt, for not doing enough.

There is nothing racist, white nationalist or anti-Semitic about Donald Trump, and those who attempt to smear him with those libels will receive a swift karmic kick at some time, at some point. What about Charlottesville, they point out? Say what you will, but he did not condone anything that occurred there. And do you have the cojones to compare that in any sense to moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem? Blowing up the JCPOA? Re-imposing sanctions on Iran? Unblinking support for Israel at the UN? Withdrawing US funding for UNRWA? Passing The Taylor Force Act? Defending Israeli strikes against Iranian hard targets in Syria against vacuous Russian retaliation?

Where did you people acquire a sense of balance and proportionality?

When Donald went to Pittsburgh to pay his respects to those who died that day, to pay his respect to the rabbi and the congregation, to go to the hospital to meet some of the wounded congregants and the first responders who had been wounded trying to save those who were honoring Hashem that Shabbat, I saw a video of a wild woman screaming at the President’s motorcade.

“We welcome everybody here!”, she yelled, for no one’s benefit but her own. “You are not welcome here!” This woman was a Presbyterian minister, like Mr. Rogers, a student of the Old and New Testaments, in which we are taught to love our neighbor, to treat others as we would wish others to treat us. But her love for Progressivism and her unhinged hatred for the President had exceeded any devotion she may have had for Hashem and Jesus, and she really did not seem to have any love in her heart for those lost souls at Etz Ahaim.

She didn’t seem to have anything in common with Mr. Rogers or his neighborhood.

This was, in many ways, an encapsulation of the midterms for me. After George W. Bush left office, were there many occasions when he appeared in public criticizing his successor or campaigning against him, even though Obama couldn’t hide his disdain for him, at one point exclaiming, “…we now have over $9 trillion of debt that we are going to have to pay back – $30,000 for every man, woman and child. That’s irresponsible. That’s unpatriotic.”? He said that in July 2008. When Barack Obama left office, the federal deficit stood at $19.947 trillion.

However, during the midterm campaign which just ended, Obama indulged in the type of hypocrisy we normally associate with the likes of Calypso Louis Farrakhan: so exaggerated, so extreme that only True Believers whose hypothalami have ceased to function would deem reasonable.

“…Politicians have exaggerated. But what we have not seen before in our recent public life is politicians just blatantly, repeatedly, baldly, shamelessly lying. Making stuff up.” That is absolutely fascinating. I mean, into whose mirror was he looking?

I can only compare that to this statement from Rev. Termite: “I never led a chant that called for the death of America or Israel….To say otherwise is a blatant falsehood and an attempt to paint me as an enemy in a very dangerous time….I asked a question about how to pronounce the chant in Farsi during my meeting with Iranian students….American democracy, unfortunately, has always leaned toward and protected the interests of the White, the Rich, the Powerful.”

Like Rev. Rothenberg, for Obama and Farrakhan, the ends will always justify the means. It is okay to sit in a pew with your wife and family for twenty years and listen to an anti-Semite spew his filth and hate, claim you just ditched out for a smoke during the sermons, have the syncophantic press who love the crease of your slacks cover your slick behind and away you go. Boom! No consequences.

Obama and the Congressional Black Caucus do not shy away from associating with the Termite King because to do so would be dangerous to their cred and standing in the African American community. It would begin to imperil the generational interdependency between Democrats and Blacks. So, to tamp down any “discomfort” with the King’s anti-Semitism, these photo ops are suppressed by a co-opted media who play for the same team. The Obama-Farrakhan photo was not seen for eight years. The homage that Obama paid to his Palestinian friend, Prof. Rashid Khalidi, a tape of which is in possession of The Los Angeles Times, has never been released.

Was it a slip of the tongue that the Professor was concerned in an interview he gave to WBEZ in Chicago in 2017, the lunatic hometown he shared with Obama, Farrakhan and Jeremiah Wright, that the Trump Administration would be “infested” with Jews? What kind of person says stuff like this?

Wait, wait, I know – a radical, lying, hypocritical Palestinian, friend-of-Barrack’s, whose anti-Semitism is suppressed by the Press and an Armani suit. But that President from Queens with his orange face and that squirrel hair and that stupid MAGA hat who pretends to like the Jews who stole that election from Hillary nominating that rapist to the Supreme Court – that’s a big freakin’ problem.

I don’t know how to break this to you, Trumpophobes, but don’t let Jewish and African American Progressives break out their insecticides searching for anti-Semites. That just ain’t at the top of the hit list right now.

 

About the Author
Professionally, Mark Greenberg comes out of the world of New York Media. He was a member of the management team that started MTV. He turned down a job at ESPN to move to Austin to raise his family of four boys in a more rational atmosphere. He was also a member of the bicoastal media elite that he critiques on a regular basis.
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