When Saying “Sorry” Just Isn’t Enough.   Leave a comment

Quote Number Two.

“Give the go-ahead for U.S.-based Mossad agents to take out a president [President Obama] deemed unfriendly to Israel in order for the current vice-president [Joe Biden] to take his place and forcefully dictate that the United States’ policy includes its helping the Jewish state obliterate its enemies.”

Andrew B. Adler, January 13, 2012.

My immediate, visceral reaction to Mr. Adler’s directive to Mossad was “What The Fuck!”. Not the one we recall from the film Risky Business,  and not even close to the contemporary derivative: “whatever”. While not often the case, once I heard my voice speak “What the fuck”, I was at a loss for words. Adler is an American citizen, a Jew by self-declaration, the publisher of a small Jewish-centered weekly. He also should know better than to threaten the life of the president.

You know, since Obama won in 2008, the anti-Obamas—mostly GOP and Tea-Partyers—have become more and more hard-core in their opposition. However, some truly believe—as evidenced by Adler—that envisaging some crime on the duly elected leader of our government is appropriate and necessary. For me, it moves so far beyond the pale that in my opinion, a simple apology won’t suffice. It’s time that one of these idiots faces his or her crime.

It was a sufficient affront when that idiot (yes I mean idiot) congressman Joe Wilson from South Carolina yelled “You Lie” at Obama’s September 2009 Health Care address. A classless outburst from a South Carolina Republican. In that case, and ignoring the reality that Wilson’s premise was all wrong, Wilson wanted us to believe that the outburst was spontaneous; his emotions just got the better of him. However, shortly before the speech he was cited on Twitter as planning the “spontaneous” outburst.

Some people using Twitter suggested that Wilson’s retort was planned and pointed to a comment the lawmaker posted on Labor Day: “Happy Labor Day! Wonderful parade at Chapin, many people called out to oppose Obamacare which I assured them would be relayed tomorrow to DC,” the tweet from Wilson’s account said. However, on the way to his office [the day after the speech], Wilson said his outburst wasn’t planned. “It was spontaneous. It was when he stated, as he did, about not covering illegal aliens, when I knew we had those two amendments, and I say that respectfully,” Wilson said. . . . Shortly after Obama’s speech, Wilson called the White House and issued a statement apologizing for his “inappropriate and regrettable” comments.

To borrow a phrase from a real Republican*, “Sorry don’t get it done, Wilson.” And the same goes for Adler. The threatening nature of the GOP and their many sympathizers needs to be reined in. America is not, contrary to the belief of many conservatives, the Wild West. Differences, like elections, are settled within the law. If you, Mr. Adler, can’t handle the relationship our sovereign government has with the sovereign state of Israel, perhaps it’s time for you to seek asylum. Leave the comforts of Georgia and move to Israel, join the IDF or Mossad, and prepare to give your last full measure to whatever it is you believe in. But calling for the assassination of the legally elected leader of our country is treachery. Put up or shut up. Surrender and ask to be prosecuted for your little moment, or leave the country. Now.

*”John T. Chance” (John Wayne) spoke the line to Dean Martin in Rio Bravo, after being punched by Martin’s character “Dude”.

Prior: Corporations Are Not People Unless Someone Kills One
Next: Forget Mossad. I’ll Ask God To Do It.
David Steffen

© David Steffen 2011

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