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Sunday, February 03, 2013

Ed Koch and Liberalism

Koch’s headstone: ‘My father is Jewish, my mother is Jewish, I am Jewish.’

The New York Daily News says Koch wanted his identity as a jew to be a central and lasting part of his legacy, citing Koch's HuffPo article from Jan 2011, What's on My Tombstone, and Why:

The United States, France and Israel ought to form a special unit devoted to running each of [Daniel Pearl's] terrorist murders down and target them for execution. The Israeli Mossad did exactly that with the Munich murderers of the Israeli Olympic team killed in Munich in 1972.

On my tombstone, which awaits me at the Trinity Church nondenominational cemetery at 155th Street and Amsterdam Avenue, I had inscribed the last words of Daniel Pearl -- uttered at his publicly viewed murder -- which were, "My father is Jewish. My mother is Jewish. I am Jewish." I believe those words should be part of the annual services on the Jewish High Holiday of Yom Kippur, and should be repeated by the congregants.

Koch was not only speaking for or about himself. He was speaking to fellow jews, for their benefit.

Though Koch came to fame as the mayor of New York between 1978 and 1989, in recent years he made it increasingly obvious that he was most obsessed with the narrow interests of jews. When he expressed his opinion in public, it was often plainly in this context.

On at least two occasions (see here and here) Koch identified others as bigots. As is typical of jewish bigotry, in both cases it was more a reflection of his own hyper-sensitive ethnocentrism. As is also typical, nobody of any stature in media or politics dared criticize "liberal" Koch for his increasingly blatant illiberalism.

While many of the obituaries and editorials I have surveyed remarked with some circumspect on Koch's queer brand of "liberalism", only a few noted Koch's jew-first priority, and none put the two together in critical terms. John Podhoretz, a jew more often identified as "conservative", opined glowingly at the New York Post that Ed Koch was a liberal who defied left on ‘nuts’ ideas. Though Podhoretz shares the same very jewish concerns which animated Koch, he made no mention of it. Instead Podhoretz focused entirely on an earlier era, casting Koch's legacy in partisan political terms which make even less sense today than they did at the time. What Koch's career best demonstrates is how jewish identity transcends silly partisan affliations.

Contrast this with Robert Byrd, who even before death was regularly condemned as a "racist". When Byrd died it wasn't hard to find "conservatives" complaining, for example, that Byrd's KKK History Shows Partisan Double Standard.

Of course, the most glaring double standard isn't partisan, it's jewish - it clearly distinguishes jews from Whites. The idea is that nobody, and especially not tolerant "liberals", should tolerate White bigotry. If you are now or ever have been a member of a special unit devoted to serving White interests, like the KKK, that's considered inexcusable grounds for exclusion, censure, condemnation, etc. On the other hand, as we see with how the former so-called "King of New York" is treated, openly advocating for the best interests of jews, even to the point of calling for murder squads to hunt down and execute your enemies - well, jews will be jews. Nothing special. Not even for "liberals".

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Blogger FlippityFloppity said...

This one has too many to quote:

In context with your post:
He [Koch] understood that to be a proud and assertive Jew meant never being able to leave a sigh of relief and say “it’s over, we are at peace, we can now put down our guard and relax.”

He knew that the struggle for Jewish self-determination never stays won.

When Shakespeare’s Jewish character, Shylock, is asked at the end of The Merchant of Venice whether he accepts Christianity, he responds “I am content,” thus proving he is no longer a Jew.

Ed was never content. He lived and died as a real Jew, always pursuing the never-ending quest for justice. •

2/04/2013 07:21:00 AM  
Anonymous DJF said...

Koch and Podhoretz show that once you get pass the thin layer of rhetoric such as “liberal”, “conservative” , “right wing”, “left wing” that Jews spout you find that the Jews are the same and their only real concern is “what is good for the Jew”.

2/04/2013 10:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One of my yuppie relatives used to be friends with an Arab. Middle class, white wife, business owner. One night over dinner there was a discussion in which someone mentioned Jews. Someone, I think my aunt, brought up that "Jews know how to take care of their own." And the Arab very quickly added, "...and they know how to make everyone else take care of them too!"

2/04/2013 06:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anon Z said...

America’s headstone: ‘My news is Jewish, my entertainment is Jewish, I am dead.’

2/04/2013 06:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Phalluster said...

Ed Koch, Fiercely Secular Jew, Takes Unique New York Style to Grave

generous helping of funny quotes from a jew-frenzied periodical that monetizes an 800-word slurping blowjob by parsing it into thirds:

Ed Koch was a shellfish-eating guy from the Bronx. In the hospital, he once carried a picture of Cardinal John O’Connor so that if his back pain somehow disappeared it would count as a miracle on O’Connor’s path to sainthood.

And yet Koch, the New York City mayor who died last week at 88, stubbornly insisted on his own Jewishness, building a contradiction that followed him quite literally to his grave Monday.

A funeral at Temple Emanu-El on the Upper East Side was the mayor’s last stop before burial in a Christian cemetery in Washington Heights under a tombstone that says the word “Jewish” four times.

“A Polish Jew in an Episcopal graveyard in a largely Dominican neighborhood,” Mayor Bloomberg said at the service. “What could be more New York, or even more Ed Koch?”
Bill Clinton chats with Gov. Andrew Cuomo at Ed Koch’s funeral.
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Bill Clinton chats with Gov. Andrew Cuomo at Ed Koch’s funeral.

A sweet multicultural sentiment, maybe, but one that is more Michael Bloomberg than Ed Koch. Koch’s epitaphs, which he picked himself, are parochial enough to make one wonder whether Episcopal mourners visiting their own dead will be made uncomfortable.

“My father is Jewish, my mother is Jewish, I am Jewish,” reads the first, quoting slain Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl. The second epitaph is the Sh’ma, the third a paragraph that begins: “He was fiercely proud of his Jewish faith.”

Israeli consul general Ido Aharoni, who spoke after Bill Clinton at the funeral, essentially called Koch an Israeli.

“Ed Koch was one of us,” said Israeli consul general. Koch was “one of the most important and influential American Zionists of our time.”


Afterwards, Bruce Ratner, the mega-developer behind the Barclays Center, skipped out through a side door.

So did most of the New York notables and Koch administration alumni. The politicians, however, were stuck. They wanted to leave through the main exit, where they would pass in front of the flatbed NYPD truck packed with photographers. The civilians swept out and the elected officials waited behind, so it was largely notables who jammed in the bottleneck in the synagogue’s foyer.

City Council speaker Christine Quinn and former MTA chairman Joe Lhota, who might face each other in the New York City mayor’s race in November, waited near each other to walk through the front doors. New York City Comptroller John Liu, another mayoral hopeful, wasn’t far behind. City Councilman David Yassky, who Liu beat in the 2009 Comptroller race, was on the other side of the room. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who will likely run for governor someday, stood in the same pack as George Pataki, who has already held that post.

Today, Ed Koch wasn’t playing politics. Everyone would get one last endorsement.

Well, so long as 'everyone' played ball with the jewish lobby that affirmatively does not exist.

I once met up in person with a trustworthy and like-minded internet friend from the US' west coast on his first occasion to visit NYC (through work). Perfect first words, even before a greeting out of him: "So, we've been fighting wars for ten years because of this shithole, huh?"

2/05/2013 09:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Trinity Cemetery has a "Jewish" gate entrance. That isn't because gentile would object to Jews entering any gate they wish it is of course because Jews require a separate entrance. I see no reason to cater to Jewish requirements.

2/07/2013 01:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Apologies for being irrelevant, but I found your black text on white background link most interesting. A black or very dark background is easier on the eyes. But black or very dark text on a white background is most familiar and also attractive. Personal preference: I'm surprised to discover that I do favor the black background, and I wouldn't have thought that before seeing them side by side. (sidenote: the link doesn't work in reverse)

2/07/2013 04:58:00 PM  
Anonymous JMR said...

I think you should give a heads up for this modern martyr of the traditional Catholic Church i.e. not the post Vatican II church.
You should judge the power of an organisation to upset the jews by the efforts they have made to destroy it. After nearly 2,000 years they finally managed to infiltrate and destroy the Catholic Church at Vatican II; see Maurice Pinay "The Plot against the Church".
Because of Vatican II ,the traditional teaching of the Chuch about the jews was reversed and from "Christ Killers"that were to be avoided and shunned they became our "Elder Brothers in Faith".All the Popes after Vatican II have been crypto-jews.
After Vatican II a small group of priests and Catholics refused to go along with the new conciliar Church and formed an organisation SSPX which was set up to conserve the traditional Mass and teachings of the Church. But the jews couldn't even allow this tiny organisation to survive and have infiltrated it.
Now the traditional Catholic Church has been reduced to a few scattered priests and one bishop, Williamson.
The Catholic Church which for nearly 2,000 years was forefront in the effort to defend Europe from muslims and jews is no more.I can only see grimmer times ahead.

2/09/2013 02:05:00 PM  

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