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Stuart Schwartz
The View From Normal USA

The View from Redneck (Read: Normal) America: How About Them Jews?

Question: How about them Jews?

Normal America answers: Well, what about them?

America’s self-anointed elites answer: Get rid of ‘em…

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Antisemitism is on the rise in the United States (and the world, but that’s a topic for another day). The world’s oldest hate fueled by a power-hungry, immoral mix of influential US voices: politicians, educators, vile and ignorant agitators financed by leftist foundations, corporate media, and ambitious leftist politicians, to name but a few. You know, the usual suspects.

But not everywhere in the United States,  not in Normal USA, where students go to school to learn, some educators remain sane (not DEI-crazy), and we go about our various pursuits. In the smaller enclaves of flyover country sanity reigns, as do the traditional values of work and respect that are much maligned by our elites.

Elite opinion has it that here, for example, in largely rural southwest Virginia our shirts are spittle-flecked from the hate spewing from our mouths for Jews and Israel, African-Americans, etc. Not so—the only mouth-watering we do is, say, over a good steak or biscuits-and-gravy. Hate Jews, hate people of color? Who has the time or inclination when there’s life to be lived?!

Talk about spittle-flecked—have you seen the scenes from America’s campuses lately? The purveyors of socialist rot continues in USA education and, as they invariably do, turn on the Jews. And so, this new outbreak of antisemitism in the United States is largely an urban and academic elite phenomenon. They share a desire to rip the social fabric of the world’s most successful country—openly founded on Judeo-Christian principles, principled and prosperous—into a mob-ruled dystopia. These self-privileged segments share many characteristics, but most notable among them is…antisemitism. Get rid of the Jews, the “Judeo” in Judeo-Christian, culture. Death to Jews, death to America come the chants orchestrated from and by our fascist elites.

Watching the morally bankrupt politicians, academics, and paid anarchists parade through our streets and mainstream media, you’d think that we’re only a step away from fascism. Not so—we’re still quite a few steps away, because most of the USA lies outside the boundaries of our power-hungry and breathtakingly ignorant, easily manipulated elites.

In other words, Normal USA. For example, the southwestern Virginia town where I live, comfortably distanced from major coastal cities is a place where Jews are us, individuals who are part of the totality of individuals that comprise our population. Here, crime is declining (more than ten percent over the last two years, and double that in key quality-of-life categories), the police department is strong and well-managed, and morality is not just something for demagogic politicians and activists to rail against. Morality is here, on the ground and practiced every day, somewhere somehow in this non-urban world of R’n R: Rednecks and Rubes.

Yes, much of USA corporate media,  and elite academia arrogantly tell a different story, working hard to orchestrate something, anything that will push anger, division, and hatred for Israel and Jews. But in Normal USA, as they say in San Francisco, that turd won’t float. Do we have problems? Absolutely and, as the years go by, the cultural decay fostered by the nation’s elites has worked its way here.

In survey after survey, poll after poll Americans support Israel, approaching 80 percent in a recent poll, and an even larger percentage in flyover country. Here in Normal USA, Jews are a welcome and just another part of life. Israel is respected, admired even. Churches, not drugged-out zombies, dot the landscape; people still take a smile-please-thank you approach to living; and faith is not just the first name of a famous country music artist (Faith Hill). Trite but true: we’re too busy living to hate. Real Ten Commandments stuff.

You mean there’s no antisemitism? Of course there is–do bagels have holes? For more than 3,000 years the powers-that-be or trying-to-be have made room for the world’s oldest hatred. After all, wherever there are people there are ignorant people, vicious people, and power-hungry people. But in almost forty years of living in Normal America, I was only once called a “f**king Jew”—and that by an individual so marinated in alcohol he couldn’t come up with a more creative insult.

A recent march for Hamas in our major commercial area managed to draw less than 30 sad individuals, desultorily being led around by their nose rings as they mimicked the newest Ivy League craze. And that in an area with more than 260,000 population. That doesn’t mean, of course, that the easily-led and ignorant can’t have an outsized impact just by picking up a phone and letting loose with a few threats; that’s a standard part of the organizing tactics of these groups.

Well, what about Christian antisemitism? We’re home to one of the world’s largest evangelical universities, so doesn’t that breed hatred for the Jews? Unfortunately for the haters…no. In my decades on the faculty as a believing Jew (Jew+Christian, a story for another day), I had to deal with Jew hatred—pushed by political machinations and ignorance—less than a handful of times. The difference is that on the elite campuses of the USA antisemitism is entrenched; here in Normal America—where support of Israel is solid and Jews are part of a diverse landscape—it’s a bug, not a feature of both Christian and secular schools.

In order to do right you have to think right, a lesson that’s part of the upbringing of your average six year-old in Normal America. Outside of the liberal bastions, we Rednecks & Rubes generally think right, as our six-year-olds think and act more sensibly than your average Harvard student, faculty member, and administrator.

Problems ahead? Yup, there can’t help but be bleed from the turmoil fostered by the elites. But generally, there’s a whole lot of common sense–one can only hope it continues.

Not bad for Rednecks and Rubes, huh?!

About the Author
Stuart H. Schwartz, Ph.D., is a retired dean and award-winning professor at Liberty University, the largest evangelical school in the world. He came to the university after a 25-year career as an executive with media and consumer merchandising organizations. In addition, he was a popular blogger for a leading political/cultural website, talk radio guest, and the author of a number of books, including Be Still and Know: Psalm 46 and the Stinkin' Stuff of Life. He can be contacted at stuartschwartz89@gmail.com
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