Monday, November 5th, 2012
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David Mamet Reaches New Low

"Will you tell your children that a liberal government will increasingly marginalize, dismiss and weaken the support for and the safety of the Jewish state?… Will you explain that whatever their personal beliefs, tax-funded institutions will require them to imbibe and repeat the slogans of the left, and that, should they differ, they cannot have a career in education, medicine or television unless they keep their mouths shut?… Most importantly, will you teach them never to question the pronouncements of those in power, for to do so is to risk ostracism?"
Right-wing "convert" David Mamet appeals to American Jews' sense of parental guilt as he encourages them to live up to the all the worst stereotypes in an essay he published yesterday at The Jewish Journal. Be tribal, selfish, greedy and penny-pinching, he says (I'm paraphrasing but only slightly.) And ambitious in your social climbing as you try to manipulate your children into becoming doctors or lawyers or media-world "macherim." Be conniving and duplicitous as you lie to save face in polite society afterward. Don't worry. It's okay (just between us)… lots of Jews do it.

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James Mitchell (#7,735)

He's no Chuck Woolery.

oudemia (#177)

@James Mitchell Now please rhyme that with "tomfoolery."

Dave Bry (#422)

He's no Chuck Woolery
But full of tomfoolery
You need the word "Jew" to make the word "jewelry"

Oh, snap, Dave Bry!

I could see Ghostface saying that.

IBentMyWookie (#133)

Please tell me he has a Twitter.

BadUncle (#153)

In a competition for ideas, that doesn't even get the set of steak knives.

Astigmatism (#1,950)

The comments to that article are _delicious_.

"Thank you for saying what to many of us is obvious – I was sitting on a tour bus into Yosemite yesterday and a man boarded the bus with a shirt emblazoned with 'Obama' on it – I immediately reacted by giving a thumbs down gesture and wondering how much longer one would be allowed to express their opinions openly."

LondonLee (#922)

How much longer? They'll be carting you off the FEMA reeducation camp on Wednesday.

A Good Question (#182,018)

@Astigmatism

I immediately reacted by giving a thumbs down gesture and wondering how much longer one would be allowed to express their opinions openly.

Not much longer, so please try to do a better job while you still can. Or not.

City_Dater (#2,500)

If only he would confine his reductive, reactionary bullshit to his plays. Much smaller audience than The Jewish Journal.

Mount_Prion (#290)

And here I was assuming the reason people are paying attention to his plays all of a sudden was that he died.

I'm not voting for Romney. That said, I'd like to think I could set out my reasons for doing so without being called a "tribal, selfish, greedy… penny-pinching… conniving and duplicitous" Jewish stereotype. (I'm paraphrasing Dave Bry here, but not by much.)

Dave Bry (#422)

@Chris Farnsworth@twitter That is by much. In fact, that's a misreading. I'm not attacking anyone who votes for Romney in those terms. I use those terms only because I feel like Mamet is writing on a particularly ugly code in his essay. I feel like that is in fact what he is saying. But, sure, I would imagine that lots of people who vote for Romney will be doing so for reasons that I think are well-meaning and in good faith. I will think that they're mistaken. But, you know, of course.

alorsenfants (#139)

As with Joyce Carol Oates and the like, my immediate reaction whenever I see his name is: "AGAIN?!"

"Later, Joyce Carol Oates will be out to read from her wonderous new work of fiction, her first novel in well over a month."

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