Thursday, March 15, 2012

Just How Low Can the Attacks Go?

Last week I wrote in some detail about Rush Limbaugh’s faux apology and the smearing of law student Sandra Fluke. As I pointed out then, Fluke’s testimony to Congress about birth control was primarily focused on the cost of birth control to treat medical issues and not for birth control purposes. And as I also pointed out, her testimony was about other women. Fluke did not testify about her own needs or about her own sexuality. But that hasn’t stopped Rush Limbaugh and others on the right from ripping into Fluke and making all sorts of jokes about her sex life (how many times have you heard the comment that she’s having so much sex that she can’t afford her birth control?).

Well, one blogger has not decided to take this line of attack even further into … are you ready? … an anti-Semitic attack on Fluke’s boyfriend and his family.

Seriously.

Now, before reading what this blogger has to say, remember one important thing: Because Fluke was not testifying about her own sexuality, the identity or character of her boyfriend (let alone his family) is completely and totally irrelevant.

So, here is the post Sandra Fluke’s Boyfriend, Adam “Cutie Pants” Mutterperl, And His Radical Socialist Family from blogger Brooks Bayne. Go read it, if you dare, but as you do so, try playing the following game: See just how many anti-Semitic tropes you can find. But should you choose not to waste your time reading this drivel, let me at least highlight a few of my “favorite” parts (and, as you read them, also ask yourself what any of this has to do with whether women should be entitled to birth control medication as a part of their insurance). I’ve omitted internal links:

Anyway, on to Adam’s “typical Democrat family”. The term BIll O’Reilly used to describe Bill Mutterperl is “Democratic stalwart”. However, as soon as I heard his name in a story about Sandra Fluke, I almost choked, due to my sudden epiphany. Why? Because anyone familiar with Boston and New York political history knows about the wealthy Mutterperl family’s long tradition of supporting the typical Jewish variant of socialism. Bill Mutterperl’s family are much more than Democratic stalwarts.

The Mutterperl family, via Adam’s great grandfather Sol’s handbag fortune, established the “Mutterperl Scholarship Endowment Fund” in 1951 for Brandeis University. This school, as some people call it, is named for Louis Brandeis, a secular Jew, Zionist, and United States Supreme Court Justice appointed by Woodrow Wilson. Brandeis was a self-proclaimed socialist. Herbert Marcuse, the famous Frankfurt School Marxist, came to Brandeis in 1954, three years after the Mutterperl fund was created. Brandeis University is one of the nation’s leading petri dishes for anti-American and neo-Marxist thought.

Sol was also supportive of unions and was the Director of the United Jewish Appeal (now The Jewish Federations of North America) a Jewish “social” organization. From the JFNA website:

The Federation movement, collectively among the top 10 charities on the continent, protects and enhances the well-being of Jews worldwide through the values of tikkun olam (repairing the world), tzedakah (charity and social justice) and Torah (Jewish learning).

There’s that “social justice” code word again. Jewish Socialism is linked to a very progressive concept of the above tikkun olam. New Bedford, MA, where Raphael Mutterperl ran the family’s manufacturing arm, was a hotbed of  Marxist trade-unionism in early 20th century America. Why? It was easy to “sell” radical trade-unionism to a whole people group who were brought up in the lap of Weimar Marxian ideology, because New Bedford had many new eastern-European Jewish immigrants living there at the time, including, of course, the Mutterperl family.

Oh, as a complete aside, check out Adam’s grandpappy, Martin Mutterperl, hanging out with Cass Sunstein’s, (another Obama appointee, Regulatory Czarina, and overall radical leftist) great-uncle, Alexander Cass Sunstein, and Samuel “Subway Sam” Rosoff, the guy who killed one of his detractors over a labor union spat, in Palm Beach back in 1965, at the Ambassador Hotel …. Purely coincidence, I’m sure, since they’re all associated with Marxists, socialists, and trade-unionists of Eastern-European, Jewish, descent. There are some other interesting names in this list. Can you spot them?! Just kidding. Move along. Nothing to see here, hobbits.

Apparently, this is what now passes for discourse on the wingnut fringe.

And I thought far-right Republicans were supposed to love Jews? Oh, wait. Sorry. I forgot. They love Israel. They love the idea of “Greater Israel”. They love the idea of everything Israel stands for … except, well, you know … all those things Israel stands for (like equality). And they love the idea of Jews going to Israel so that we can help bring about Armageddon before we are “perfected”. Loving Jews who stand up for democratic principles of equality and fairness here in the US? Eh, not so much. And I guess it’s OK for people like Mitt Romney and Donald Trump to make lots of money, but not “socialist” Jews. Nope.

And that’s apparently why we should discount Sandra Fluke’s testimony about why women need access to birth control. Who knew?

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