Thursday, June 21, 2012

Joe and Jews

Yesterday the print media reported a statement made by congressional candidate Joe the Plumber to the effect that "German gun controls contributed to deaths during the Holocaust because Jews didn't have firearms to defend themselves."

Apart from any other Jews, anywhere in World War II Europe, surely the Jews of the Warsaw Ghetto could have put guns to good use. 

The article continued: "[Joe's] comments quickly drew strong rebukes from Democrats and Jewish organizations."

Why?

Certainly not because Joe was wrong on the facts.  He wasn't.

Why, then?  Why "rebuke" someone who spoke the truth?

In this case, only because the notion that Jews could have defended themselves--with guns, no less!--was anathema on the Upper West Side, on K Street, and elsewhere one finds "Democrats and Jewish organizations" who lack what the Hebrew (or Yiddish) translation is for cojones.