Several unmistakable public themes emerged from the primaries through the general election. Trump’s astonishing victory was carried by a wave of populist enthusiasm for an exotic concept of government interested in its own people. For sovereign borders, domestic industry, and a lengthy pause in the Fibonacci war sequence.
For perhaps the first time in a generation it seems Republicans have heard what their constituents have been screaming. And so with those plaintive cries still vibrating their eardrums, the Senate last week–without a murmur of dissent–sprung to the people’s cause in passing a bill to prohibit…anti-semitism. That’s what historians should memorialize about this historical election year. For years members of the scorned white working class have yearned for imprisonment when they vex powerful networked jews. 2016 was the year someone finally listened. Who knows if they’ll get that, but this clarification of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964–which bans discrimination on the basis of race, color or national origin by educational institutions that receive federal money–would ensure no unkosher topics ever percolate unpunished on an American campus.
Here’s how democrat co-sponsor Bob Casey described the bill.
A recent FBI crime report notes that 58.2 percent of religiously-motivated hate crimes were due to the offender’s anti-Jewish leanings, and the Anti-Defamation League found that the number of anti-Semitic attacks at colleges and universities doubled in 2015. Currently, the DOE’s Office for Civil Rights has stated they will not tolerate incidents such as these, but has not issued firm guidance on what constitutes anti-Semitism. The Anti-Semitism Awareness Act would codify the definition as one adopted by the U.S. State Department’s Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism.
Plainly congress has taken heed of the public’s temperament. And it’s always gratifying when the bureaucracy’s blind mole rats emerge from their subterranean DC labyrinths to pronounce upon what they “will not tolerate.” It would be even more gratifying to see them try to enforce their demands without the collusion of large armed mercenaries. But at least we can count on receiving accurate agenda-free figures on jewish suffering from the ADL.
So what are these newly codified definitions?
Examples include, among other things:
Calling for, aiding, or justifying the killing or harming of Jews
Accusing the Jews as a people, or Israel as a state, of inventing or exaggerating the Holocaust
Demonizing Israel by blaming it for all inter-religious or political tensions
Judge Israel by a double standard that one would not apply to any other democratic nation
Alright, I’m back. Readers would have had no way of knowing that your host has spent the last eight hours in ICU after suffering a near fatal swoon. This after being dumbstruck by the anvil of irony that jews do not at all appreciate a double-standard in regard to Israel. Once the attending physician has removed my feeding tube, I shall again try to describe the superhuman audacity required to complain of double-standards after a people erect their own remorseless ethno-nationalist state with border walls to Jupiter while their diaspora meticulously (and with interminable moralizing) deconstructs the ethnic core of every western country, including those that supply it with billions in aid and pro bono submarines. If I’m even able to walk to where the local rabbi last painted a swastika, it will be a miracle.
And by the way, I’d keep criticisms of China’s trade policy to yourself if you want to avoid similar anti-asian hate accusations.
Though the essence of the bill is simple. Don’t call for hurting another people, don’t demonize another people, and don’t be hypocritical about another people. And if you do act exactly like jews, that’s ANTI-SEMITISM.
But you don’t have to just listen to me.
The Anti-Semitism Awareness Act is supported by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the Anti-Defamation League, the Jewish Federations of North America, and the Simon Wiesenthal Center.
All kinds of people in jewish advocacy organizations support the bill.
And while a critic might conceivably question the tension between criminalizing things jews don’t care to hear with alleged protections suggested by the First Amendment, there’s really nothing to worry about.
This act is not meant to infringe on any individual right protected under the First Amendment of the Constitution.
Thank Yahweh for that!