Mort Laitner
Mort Laitner

It’s the Jews

I watched the evening news, as Melanie Rettler addressed the Arizona, Chandler Unified District Board of Education on critical race theory and vaccinations.

“Every one of these things, the deep state, the cabal, the swamp, the elite — you can’t mention it, but I will — there is one race that owns all the pharmaceutical companies and these vaccines aren’t safe, they aren’t effective and they aren’t free,” Rettler said. “You know that you’re paying for it through the increase in gas prices, the increase in food prices — you’re paying for this and it’s being taken from your money and being given to these pharmaceutical companies and if you want to bring race into this: It’s the Jews.”

Boy oh boy, Melanie Rettler, a middle-aged, dirty blonde, a veterinarian with crazy in her eyes or maybe an actress from right out of central casting, had said a mouthful.

She even got a smattering of applause.

I wondered, “What’s her take on international bankers and Hollywood?”

I love conspiracy theories as much as the next guy, so I asked,

“Had some right-wing, fascist organization hired Melanie to perform those lines?”

If so, they had gotten their money’s worth.

Worldwide coverage to feed the brains of conspiracy-minded anti-Semites.

Redundant.

Aren’t all anti-Semites lovers of conspiracies?

No doubt about it.

And I have no doubt that you learned that racists know the words that almost always follow “cabal.”

“It’s the Jews.”

Bigots know that “pharmaceutical companies” is racist code for “The Jews.”

But I was surprised when the media called Melanie’s speech a “tirade.”

It wasn’t a tirade.

It wasn’t long and its tone wasn’t angry.

It was a well-performed speech with points of inflection, dramatic flair and even a pregnant pause.

I pictured Melanie practicing her lines in front of mirrors, friends and fellow racists.

I saw her diploma from the Joseph Goebbels’s School of Hate and Acting hanging on her bedroom wall, next to a swastika flag and a portrait of Adolf.

Would I next find Melanie lecturing on the German, Austrian and American, “We Hate Jews Tour”?

Would this vet be talking about economics, vaccines and our tribe?

Maybe.

I know you can’t mention it, but I will—people like, Melanie Rettler, are dangerous.

The hateful, lying crap that they spew has and will continue to lead to death and violence.

And if any race knows this—It’s the Jews!

About the Author
Florida's Jewish short-story writer, speaker, film producer and retired attorney. He has authored, "A Hebraic Obsession", "The Hanukkah Bunny" and "The Greatest Gift." He produced an award-winning short film entitled, "The Stairs". Movie can be viewed on my TOI blog. Mort is a correspondent for the Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel Jewish Journal.
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