When I was a school aged child in the sleepy little mountain community of Wheeling, West Virginia, (West by God Virginia as the natives call it,) we had in our fifth grade class a genuine honest to God bully. The bully liked commanding other children, and he liked those around him to be afraid. Nature however, played a cruel joke on the bully. During my seventh grade year, I grew five inches and gained forty pounds, none of it fat. I was not the only kid to grow in this manner. Many in our class did so. Jimmy we’ll call him did not, and he was one of the few. Not being too bright, Jimmy continued to act like the bully he was, and failed to notice that his once formidable size advantage had disappeared. Most were now his size. One day, Jimmy decided to announce, mostly to me, that he hated all Jews. I took exception, and for the first time, Jimmy received the royal ass kicking he so richly deserved. Not being anywhere near the toughest thing on the block, others took note, and Jimmy’s beatings at the hands of his former victims became a regular ritual during any type of down time the middle school afforded us.
What occurred next was a sad display of a failed bully striking out regularly at anyone and anything in order to regain what he felt was his rightful place as the bully of the playground. When thinking back on Jimmy, pathetic is the word that comes to mind. A sad little creature, who never learned to develop any other skills than bullying. He never learned the lessons of searching in the mirror for the answers as to why his life had turned into a torrent of humiliation and smack downs. By the ninth grade of course, I, along with most of my class mates, were much taller, heavier, and stronger than Jimmy, whom nature decided to keep from growing in the slightest. He kept his bullying attitude though, and rather than beatings, he received jeers and derision from the rest of us. He was no longer worth the candle so to speak. One day, towards the end of the year, Jimmy looked at me with real tears in his eyes and proclaimed that his life those previous two years would have been sweet, were it not for those evil Jews. I guess that since I, a person of the Jewish faith, having been the first to get truly tired of Jimmy’s baloney, and exposed him as nothing more than a bully, he decided that my entire religion should bear the brunt of his rage. Jimmy felt as though all of his troubles started not in the mirror, but with Abraham circumcising his first son on Mt. Moreh some 4450 years ago.
When I look at the current President of the United States today, I see something eerily familiar in his stump speeches. When he levels blame upon everyone else in the universe for the failure his policies have met with, I see that pathetic little boy flailing about the playground looking for anything weaker than himself to beat up on in order to regain his lost crown as the world’s toughest bully. During every one of his speeches, he has been able to tell us all quite eloquently, what classes of Americans the rest of us should hate. We should hate rich people. We should hate bankers. We should hate oil company executives. Most of all though, when all else fails, blame the Jews!
The Obama administration is blaming Israel for the recent rise in global crude oil prices, according to a Sunday in The World Tribune. The rise in fuel prices is deemed as harming the U.S. economy and has also hurt Obama in the polls as he seeks re-election in November.
While we all sit here and ponder the fact that the true antisemitism in our world today resides firmly on the political left, don’t misunderstand the meaning that I place on the concept of pathetic. Great harm has been done to the world by pathetic dictators who were little more emotionally speaking than bullies flailing about on the playground looking for others to bully. Napoleon, Kim Jong Il, Idi Amin Dada, Hitler, all fit into this category. We Jews have always been a target, not because we pose an actual threat to anyone, but because we are a big enough group to notice and not so big that we can combat the stupidity. Being a half of a percent of the worlds population, there literally is no way in which we can compete with the white noise so thoughtfully invented by Joseph Goebbels.
I will admit however, that I never believed that post WWII, we would have elected a man as President who would have willingly joined that illustrious list of pathetic evil. It also shows me something else, and this actually gives me a little hope. Blaming the Jews for everything is usually the last resort of desperation. If it has come to this, his internal polling numbers are no where near as rosy for him as the endless stream of CNN, Time, Reuters, or PPP polls are showing this moment. We are seeing the last gasps of a little boy who once was the most feared kid on the playground. Swiping desperately at the only child left whom has not been in a fight with him yet. He has picked every other class in America to beat up upon, and while he was tough once, he is no more.