The Passover story writ large in the elites’ approach to the Tea Party and the OWS movement

Over the years, I’ve written more than 10,000 posts.  (Yeah, that’s a scary thought, isn’t it.)  They do tend to run together in my mind, but there are a few standouts.  These are the posts in which I felt that I offered an insight or analysis that is genuinely helpful to considering a serious issue of the day.  One of my all-time favorite posts in this vein is Pharaoh, the Ten Plagues, and Iran.  In it, I tackled Mr. Bookworm’s complaint that Passover is a barbaric holiday, because it celebrates the massacre of the First Born Egyptians.  Certainly, the Pharaoh’s intransigence, despite the many plagues sent to bedevil his people (plagues that surely brought death in their wake) culminates with a mass die-off in Egypt.

The death of the innocent Egyptian first born is certainly tragic, but the Bible story, I said, has a much larger and more important point:

Sheltered in his lavish palace, Pharaoh might worry about a populace starving and frightened, but that was irrelevant as long as that same populace continued to fear and worship him.  The people’s suffering, ultimately, was irrelevant to his goals.  It was only when the price became too high — when Pharaoh’s power base was destroyed because his citizens were destroyed — that Pharaoh was convinced, even temporarily, to alter his evil ways.

From that point, I drew analogies to Nazi Germany, Imperial Japan, and current day Iran.

Today, Duane Lester found proof that, when it comes to the current crop of Leftist elites, in government and in the media, the same thinking holds true:  they do not care if the people suffer; they only care if the elites suffer.

So next time you hear some Progressive speaker go on and on and on about “the people,” ask him which worries him more:  massive mob violence on the street aimed at bringing down the capitalist system, or a single conservative loon who might get too close to someone in D.C.

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  • Danny Lemieux

    Hmmm, very thought-provoking post, so let me wade in…

    This was the point of Ann Coulter’s book, “Demonic”, that the Democrat party is the party of demagoguery and violence, with its roots in the blood-soaked streets of the French Revolution. 

    I would also add that most Democrat/Lefties have incredible filters when it comes to blinding themselves to information that does not fit their preconceived world templates. They are absolutely tone deaf!

    Here’s an example: the priest in our church is a very social-justice lefty, a man who will wax on and on with steaming self-righteousness about society’s (i.e., Republican, conservative) failure to donate to the needy and the supposed gap between the wealthy and the poor. Our parish is populated with people who have been slammed in the past few years with lost jobs, crashing house prices, devastated retirement savings and the always present inflation in food, fuel and college tuitions. Church income, understandably, was way down.

    Our priest is paid a salary that, if you include his health benefits and free housing, comes to about $160,000 per year. In addition, he enjoys a pension plan that I roughly value at $2.0-4.0 million (based on a 5% annual payout in terms of his annual retirement income drawn therefrom). At our business meeting last weekend, this man excoriated the parish for not having voted him a raise over the past four years. This, from a man comfortable in the 1% who excoriates the “99%” for not paying him enough. My neighborhood is full of people like this (I suspect the same for Marin County).

    Incidentally, our church warden told me that, as far as he was concerned, he was initiating the search for a new priest as of last weekend.

    This summer will see another event that I believe will be iconic for the Obama Administration: the simultaneous G-8 and NATO summits in Chicago (May). The Left has already announced that they will stage massive riots and violence at these events. I think that they will have exactly the same effect that the 1968 riots in Chicago had for the Democrat Party…it will turn public opinion massively against the Dems as people see the true face of the Democrat party as that of demagoguery and mob violence.

    What people like Chris Matthews and his fellow travelers don’t realize is that the mob will not spare them, in the end.


  • shirleyelizabeth

    And here I thought Passover was a holiday celebrating the Destroying Angel passing over the homes of the Israelites, not killing their first born because they had put the blood of the sacrificial lambs, representative of the blood of the coming Savior, over their doors.

  • Bookworm

    As with all of the best stories, it has many levels.  

  • Danny Lemieux

    Given what is happening in Egypt today, it looks as if the Egyptian people will soon have another massive “die-off” of Biblical proportions visited upon them.