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The Sotomayor Nomination: More Glimpses of Jewish Activism — and a Warning to Republicans

May 30, 2009

By Kevin MacDonald

The campaign by some Jews with access to the media to get Elena Kagan nominated for the soon-to-be vacant Supreme Court position failed —but will probably be resurrected the next time around. VDARE.com’s Patrick Cleburne has also noted the Jewish angle to the pro-Kagan campaign — suggesting that the article by Jeffrey Rosen questioning Sotomayor’s intellectual qualifications was really an attempt to promote Kagan by default. In a follow-up article, Rosen stressed the need for the next Supreme Court nominee to be “not merely impressive but absolutely stellar.”

You can see where this is going: Kagan = brilliant — despite her less than lackluster record of academic scholarship en route to the most prestigious position in legal academia.

Writing in the LA Times, David Greenberg does his part, describing Elena Kagan as “manifestly brilliant,” and also agreeing with Cleburne that criticisms of Sotomayor were motivated by the desire to promote people like Kagan.

Of course, Jews need not fear that Sotomayor would disappoint them in her voting. Representatives of Jewish groups were actively involved in consulting about the nomination. And even though they may have preferred Kagan, they doubtless had no objections to Sotomayor.

Gary McCoy Cartoon

Indeed, Sotomayor has long been courted by Jewish groups. Part of the full court press style of Jewish activism is that any person who is influential or who may at some point in the future become influential will be socialized to be sensitive to Jewish issues. And they will be scrutinized in the process, so that when the time comes, Jews can be confident that people of influence will be on board with their concerns.

In 1986 Sotomayor was invited to participate in Project Interchange, an undertaking of the American Jewish Committee aimed at providing “current and emerging United States and international leaders with an enhanced understanding of, and perspective on, Israel and the pursuit of Middle East peace through introductory educational seminars in Israel” (links in original). The people invited on these junkets are quite diverse — including members of the US military, editors of student newspapers in American universities, presidents and chancellors of American universities, French Muslim civic leaders, Pentacostal Latino clergy, and Indian-Americans.

The only thing they have in common is that at some point they may be able to influence policy toward issues important to the organized Jewish community, even if that time is a long way in the future.

Project Interchange isn’t the only such organization. The Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs has long promoted ties between the US and Israeli military establishments. JINSA pays for trips to Israel for retired U.S. generals and admirals who then write op-ed pieces and sign letters and advertisements championing the Likudnik line. JINSA also has programs for sending US law enforcement personnel to Israel and for providing speakers at US military academies.

Since her 1986 visit to Israel, Sotomayor visited Israel again in 1996 and participated in a recent U.S.-Israel forum on immigration. She is also close friends with Project Interchange founder Debbie Berger and her husband, Paul.

Such courting of future leaders is doubtless an important aspect of Jewish activism. Whenever someone is mentioned for high office, Jewish newspapers report on his or her Jewish connections. In effect, there is a vetting process based on issues of importance to the Jewish community. And a critical part of that process is first hand, face-to-face relationships with Jews who are well-known and trusted by the wider Jewish community. In effect, Debbie and Paul Berger are vouching for Sonia Sotomayor.

The JTA article “Life story, trips to Israel tie Sotomayor to Jews” is also of interest because it sheds light on how Jews think of themselves and their role in ethnic politics in America.

The story of her life — the daughter of a Puerto Rican single mother from the Bronx, N.Y., whose ambitions knew no bounds — resounded with a community that has made the story of immigrant triumph over struggle a template of Jewish American success.

“It was impossible not to moved by her personal story,” said Mark Pelavin, the associate director of the Reform movement’s Religious Action Center. “To see her mother sitting there and think about what this says about her and her country — the combination of someone who grew up in a housing project, who has been on the bench for a long time, but who has been a prosecutor as well, that combination is very powerful.”

“It was thrilling,” said Sammie Moshenberg, the Washington director of the National Council of Jewish Women.

These comments are quite similar to what Jews say when asked about why they support African Americans. As noted by historian Hasia Diner, Jews “believe that Jewish concern for black people was ‘natural,’ growing out of parallel experiences of suffering and oppression.”

There is an element of self-deception in this. The Jewish rise from immigrant poverty to elite status has virtually nothing in common with the rise of people like Sotomayor who are the beneficiaries of the post-1960s affirmative action culture of America. Whatever Jewish self conceptions of their role in American ethnic politics, the only consistent thread has been to oppose the interests of the White, European-derived majority. In addition to favoring massive non-White immigration and promoting programs that pathologize White identity and interests, making alliances with other minority groups has been a critically important part of that effort.

The main Jewish organizations taking a leadership role in building alliances with non-White groups are the American Jewish Committee, the Jewish Community Council of Greater Washington, and the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding. For example, the FFEU was cofounded by Rabbi Marc Schneier, president of the North American Boards of Rabbis; Russell Simmons of hip hop fame is the Chairman of the Board of Directors. The FFEU is closely tied to the World Jewish Congress, which cosponsors the Foundation’s Washington, DC office and several of its programs.

These Jewish organizations have sought close relationships with Latino organizations such as the National Council of La Raza and the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC). For example, one project of the FFEU is to organize an annual meeting of the NAACP, the National Council of La Raza, the World Jewish Congress, and the National Asian Pacific American Legal Consortium.

Quite clearly the various non-European ethnic groups are developing close ties, and Jewish organizations are taking the lead in this effort. As Paul Gottfried said about minority groups opposing dominant cultures (and I agreed), it’s not that Jews are unique in playing this game. They are just better at it than others.

I point out this rich tapestry of Jewish ethnic activism to give some idea of what those who advocate for White identity and interests are up against. Like the Obama presidency, the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor is exactly the sort of thing favored by the activist Jewish community because it is yet another marker in the march toward the dispossession of Whites in America.

Finally, it’s interesting that the standard line from some party strategists is that Republicans need to be very cautious in their opposition to Sotomayor because Latinos are an emerging political force. Of course, this is the same advice that these strategists give on immigration: Don’t do anything to anger the Latinos.

But of course, the reality is that Latinos are never going to be attracted to a Republican Party that is in any sense conservative, much less oriented to the interests of Whites in a way that is comparable to how the Democratic Party is oriented to the interests of non-Whites. Polls in California show that Latinos favor high levels of government services and are willing to raise taxes to get them. California is now in a historic budget crisis in which government services to its ever-expanding population of poor and uneducated — fueled massively by legal and illegal immigration — simply cannot be sustained without huge increases in taxes. But massive tax increases will drive out businesses and White taxpayers in droves — indeed they have already done so.

White people might well be willing to pay higher taxes if the beneficiaries were people like themselves. But most Whites are not going to vote for higher taxes when the main beneficiaries are Latinos and other non-White poor — a straightforward result of our evolutionary psychology, as Frank Salter (see also here) and J. Philippe Rushton have shown. Instead, Whites voted overwhelmingly for a ballot proposition that would have denied services to illegal immigrants — only to be thwarted by the courts and other political elites.

Like all the great social trends, the Third Worldization of America begins in California.

A far better strategy for Republicans is to realize that their only long term hope is to become a party that explicitly (or at least implicitly) favors White people and their interests. A critical part of that process is to acknowledge that ethnic identity politics is not just for people like Sotomayor (who is a member of La Raza), Obama, and the Democratic Party.

Nate Beeler Cartoon

Sotomayor is quite blunt about the role of ethnic identity in influencing judicial temperament, famously stating “I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life.” This is from someone who owes pretty much her whole career to her ethnic identity and the willingness of American elites to ease her path into Princeton, Yale Law, the Circuit Court of Appeals, and now the Supreme Court of the United States.

We have to adopt the same explicit sense of White identity and interests. The Republicans seem bent on committing suicide rather than abandoning their principled hostility to ethnic identity politics for Whites. But, as Peter Brimelow notes, if that is the policy of the Republican Party, another party must and will be formed that do exactly that.

Kevin MacDonald is a professor of psychology at California State University–Long Beach. Email him.

Source: The Occidental Observer.

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7 Responses to “The Sotomayor Nomination: More Glimpses of Jewish Activism — and a Warning to Republicans”

  1. Kyle Albrecht on May 31st, 2009 4:18 pm

    I have spent 20 years studying three subjects. Money and economics, the founding fathers of this nation, and the Constitution. None of these subjects were available to me in public high school. All I have learned about these things has been on my own, out of a burning desire to know. With that, I have come to some conclusions.

    As for the United States, face it, the country is cooked. There is no way to unseat this kind of behavior from power without a bloody revolution and most of us (myself included) are unwilling to die as useless cannon fodder for the majority of apathetic whites who are too cowardly to lift a finger to do anything about it. They like their chains, and they are unwilling to part with them. They have no idea what the foundation of liberty is, and worse yet, do not even care. The Jew has transformed them into hedonistic materialistic dumbed down slobs who’s only worth is how much profit they can bring to the Jew. We should throw ourselves on the sword for the likes of them? I think not.

    Yes we outnumber the Jews in power, but as enlightened whites our numbers are miserable, and our ability to do anything about it within a system that is obviously geared to prevent us from doing exactly that is dismally impotent. I realize this sounds defeatist, but I have been trying to get the message out and do something about this for the last 30 years, and look where we are today. After 30 years of disappointments and false hopes, I have come to realize and understand that our numbers are and always will be too small. That is, the numbers of us who really care and wish to see things set to properly reflect the values and beliefs of our founders. Now that the Jews have flooded the nation with the non-whites who know nothing and care nothing of the founders, like this absolute freak Sotomayor, any thought of a change through voting or party politics is a joke at best. Come on, admit it. You know in your heart that it is so.

    MacDonald hit a point when he mentioned that the ridiculous situation in California is driving whites out. Those whites are going *somewhere*. I foresee a time when the white people begin to gravitate towards one or more states, probably northern ones like Idaho and Montana, possibly others, and then after enough time passes, ultimately secede from the Union all together. This of course would not happen over night but I think as things get more ridiculous, the idea of congregating in one region will be very attractive to the point where secession would become entirely feasible. When this could possibly happen I could not say. But I think it can happen, because it appears to me to be the only viable solution to the predicament we find ourselves in today.

    From a religious point of view, it’s pretty obvious that these people are doing the work of the Devil. It seems to me that the AntiChrist is all but in our faces at this point. The next 30 years ought to be very interesting.

    From an economic point of view, let’s face it. The house of cards is caving in. Whether they want it to happen or not, it is going to happen. Best advice at this point is to get out of the city, and begin to stock plenty of non-perishable food, guns, and as much ammo as you can. Items of value like cigarettes, soap, TP, and tampons will be very handy for use as barter. You think I am kidding, I’m not. The guns and ammo aren’t for use against this corrupt government, but instead to defend and protect what you have. This because when the welfare raised non-whites get cut off from their hand outs, they will take anything they find in their paths. They have been raised to believe that they have a right to take what they want and need, and won’t hesitate to take what is yours unless you can defend it, and are perfectly willing to use deadly force in order to do so.

    I think these things are a realistic point of view. I would like to believe a third party could gather enough power to dominate the national scene, but I am very skeptical of it. The Jews are very good at weaseling their way into any organized form of opposition and poisoning it from within.

    As for congregating into a region like several northern states with the ultimate intentions of secession, I think that it will be easier to keep these roaches out with DNA testing and verification. Any white man who would wish to join that region after secession would have to prove his DNA. Any Jew there before secession would be allowed to leave, and if necessary, forced to do so. Yeah, it does start to sound like Nazi Germany. But when you realize what they were faced with then, and what we are faced with now, it’s pretty obvious that it was the only solution. If they had DNA back then, who knows. I am not so much opposed to SOME non-whites, especially professionals, those that work, don’t expect welfare, and don’t cry about how unfair life is. But I would be absolutely opposed to any Jews. I have seen only very RARE examples of Jews who are patriotic and loyal to the USA. I can count them on my right hand and have fingers left over.

    Maybe even a regional congregation with intentions to form a new nation is not practical. I don’t know. I know what is destroying this nation, and I know that solutions to curing the problem would require a despotic regime such as the Third Reich. The Jew never leaves willingly. He always has to be forced out. If we lack numbers with which to do so, then we must find other approaches to ensure that our white children will not become slaves to the Jew. There is only two ways that can be possible. One- Force the Jews out as Germany attempted. Or Two, we the white people leave and form our own coalition and refuse to let the Jew in.

    These are my sincere thoughts on the matter. I do not suppose that they are all correct or possible. I put them out here to provoke thought along those lines, and perhaps better minds than my own can come up with better solutions. As always, I am always open to better ideas. We all have to be.

    My last thought is that what we are doing here is a good thing. Voice of Reason is good, and very much worthy of our support, and writing thoughts and opinions like Kevin MacDonald, myself, and others like us who are concerned and want to spread opinions and ideas that deal with our concerns, the concern of White and Christian (not “Judaic”) people and values. We have to have a focal point and a forum of common cause.

    Thanks for reading my rant.

    Rem

  2. Igor Alexander on June 3rd, 2009 4:11 am

    “I would like to believe a third party could gather enough power to dominate the national scene, but I am very skeptical of it.”

    I agree. Even in Europe, where the right-wing parties are hugely popular and where the electoral system is much more fair, I see their chances of getting in power as slim, at least as long as the present system stays in place (all bets are off in the event of a total collapse).

    The game is rigged. We’re not going to beat the house by playing by its rules.

  3. Igor Alexander on June 3rd, 2009 4:25 am

    “I think that it will be easier to keep these roaches out with DNA testing and verification.”

    I don’t think there would be any need to even go that far. Simply declaring the nation off-limits to Jews and backing it up with a good dose of anti-Semitism would be enough to keep them out.

    I’m not convinced that Jewishness is something that can be entirely boiled down to a DNA test anyways.

  4. Igor Alexander on June 3rd, 2009 4:29 am

    (I tried posting this message before but it seems to have disappeared into a virtual black hole; sorry if it turns out to be a duplicate.)

    “I would like to believe a third party could gather enough power to dominate the national scene, but I am very skeptical of it.”

    I agree. Even in Europe, where the right-wing parties are hugely popular and where the electoral system is much more fair, I see their chances of getting in power as slim, at least as long as the present system stays in place (all bets are off in the event of a total collapse).

    The game is rigged. We’re not going to beat the house by playing by its rules.

  5. Igor Alexander on June 3rd, 2009 5:31 am

    “White people might well be willing to pay higher taxes if the beneficiaries were people like themselves. But most Whites are not going to vote for higher taxes when the main beneficiaries are Latinos and other non-White poor — a straightforward result of our evolutionary psychology…”

    It’s that, but I also think that as a matter of principle, most whites aren’t cool with supporting parasitism, which is exactly what giving handouts to non-whites amounts to. I have yet to see any non-whites show any sense of embarassment at accepting charity the way a lot of whites do.

  6. Igor Alexander on June 4th, 2009 10:32 am

    “I have seen only very RARE examples of Jews who are patriotic and loyal to the USA. I can count them on my right hand and have fingers left over.”

    In an ADV broadcast a few years ago, I remember hearing about a Jewess who worked in a sensitive position related to national security. She was approached by the Mossad to spy for them, and not only did she turn them down, she even ratted on them.

    There’s also that Jewish professor in Virginia a few years ago that got shot to death blocking his classroom’s door to protect his students when some Chinaman went ballistic on campus. It’s hard not to admire that kind of heroism.

    But those are the only two I can think of. Like you say, one hand, with fingers left over.

  7. Kyle Albrecht on June 5th, 2009 6:30 pm

    What separates us from them?

    That’s a good question. I know what used to separate us from them- Pride and Dignity. Unfortunately as I previously pointed out, the Jew has managed to undermine that quality by turning us into greedy selfish people, especially with the garbage they push on us called the Federal Reserve system, supported by the Jew media which pushes the materialism that locks us into accepting and even desiring this malevolent monetary system.

    I think this quote says it all:

    “The extension of the prohibition to bills of credit must give pleasure to every citizen, in proportion to his love of justice and his knowledge of the true springs of public prosperity. The loss which America has sustained since the peace, from the pestilent effects of paper money on the necessary confidence between man and man, on the necessary confidence in the public councils, on the industry and morals of the people, and on the character of republican government, constitutes an enormous debt against the States chargeable with this unadvised measure, which must long remain unsatisfied; or rather an accumulation of guilt, which can be expiated no otherwise than by a voluntary sacrifice on the altar of justice, of the power which has been the instrument of it.”- James Madison, on the subject of forbidding bills of credit in the Constitution (debt based money, like FRNs) Federalist Papers #44

    We seem to have forgotten this once common and profound wisdom. As Madison clearly points out, the Federal Reserve system is instrumental in destroying our morals, pride, dignity and to a great extent, a decent way of life. It poisons everything, the work ethic, government, and society. It slowly turns us into greedy selfish hollow shells of human beings who only care about what they can get for themselves. In short, it turns us into crypto-Jews. That’s why we have nearly all scumbags in the halls of government. They *reflect* us, our desires and values. We put them there.

    White America is not to blame for sitting on their asses. They simply do not know any better. What now seems perfectly natural to them was once considered to be the worst of human character. Our people have been poisoned by the Jew and they have adopted the lust of materialism by this cursed Jewish system of fake money.

    This is how I know that Timothy McVeigh was a hoax, and he is probably somewhere in Alaska, alive and well. Any true Son of Liberty would not have attacked a stupid meaningless federal building in the middle of Oklahoma, but instead he would have directed his attack at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, where one of the TRUE evils reside. In doing so, he would have focused national attention upon the real target of the problem, instead of making himself a villain for the Jewish press to have a field day with.

    To sum it up, white people are smarter than the brown hordes. That doesn’t necessarily translate into being less ignorant and more educated on matters that affect us all. I think that is where any revolution is likely to begin. You can’t be unhappy to be a slave if you do not know that you are a slave, and who you are a slave to. Unfortunately I don’t have a practical solution for reversing the damage. In some ways I am inclined to believe it isn’t possible at this point. No one educated me on these truths. I learned them for myself because long ago I knew something was wrong and I was driven by an intense desire to find out what it was. I don’t see that desire present in the majority. It requires work to research, and there you need the work ethic, which they don’t have. It’s easier to watch “American Idol”.

    Federal Reserve Accounting Unit Dollars (F.R.A.U.D.s) are the chains that keep us (as a race and nation) ignorant and enslaved. It is the root of the Jewish weed that is poisoning us and ultimately killing us.

    A final quote:

    “None are more hopelessly enslaved
    than those who falsely believe they are free.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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