“I am Spartacus-berg”

At Rhymes with Right, Greg tells about a peculiar interaction he had at a Democratic-themed blog, where his argument in favor of free speech earned an attack against him based upon his Jewishness.  Although Greg was flattered, he isn’t actually Jewish.   He concluded, that the claim that he is Jewish was meant to be an insult, and was aimed at deflecting the whole notion of free speech as something peculiarly (and evil-y) Jewish.

Scott Kirwin, who blogs at The Razor, left an excellent comment:

I take that [being called a Jew] as a compliment. Ever since Daniel Pearl said it before he was murdered, I view it as an act of defiance.

In other words, saying “I am a Jew,” whether or not one is, is giving an upraised finger to the forces of totalitarianism and tyranny.

Naturally, this led me one step further:  Just as the Danes (wasn’t it the Danes?) once upon a time, before they turned into a Muslim nation, deflected the Nazi’s genocidal attacks against their Jewish citizens by all proudly donning the yellow star, shouldn’t all of us, as free people, say “I am a Jew?”

Yesterday, I suggested that all of us, men and women alike, confess to affairs with John Boehner, a la the “I am Spartacus” scene in the eponymous movie.  Today, I suggest that we all say “I am Spartacus-berg” because, in the face of the oncoming darkness, we must all stand as Jews or accept the death of liberty.

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  • Alan Kellogg

    Funny thing, many years ago I was sort of adopted as a Kairite of sorts, thanks to a series of posts I made on the Soc.history.what-if Usenet Group featuring Kairite missionaries in Japan. So if that makes me Jewish, then I guess I’m Jewish.




    “I said, ‘Natan, what is the deal [about not supporting the peace deal. He said, ‘I can’t vote for this, I’m Russian… I come from one of the biggest countries in the world to one of the smallest. You want me to cut it in half. No, thank you.'”

    I responded, “Don’t give me this, you came here from a jail cell. It’s a lot bigger than your jail cell.”

    President Bill Clinton


    Posted too soon, here’s the link.


  • http://tastyinfidelicacies.blogspot.com Jewel

    I am a Jew(el)! All the way!

  • Charles Martel

    I was all of 21 before I learned that the proper response to sudden pain is not “Owie!” but “Oy!”

  • Ellen

    I’m Catholic and the pope always referrs to the Jews as our elder brothers, so I guess I’m a Jew by adoption.  Proud to be part of the family too.

  • http://photoncourier.blogspot.com David Foster

    Anti-Semitism was in heavy retreat in the U.S., ever since the end of WWII. It has been revived by the Left, and the “respectability” this has granted it likely means that sleeping anti-Semitism will be awakened into malignancy among segments of society *other* than leftists.

  • Spartacus

    Even had I any inclinations otherwise, I could not follow them:  I want all of the same enemies as enemies entirely too much.
    But as a side note, I must complain that this blog is becoming increasingly insensitive to the needs of those of us who are easily confused.  😉