Haaretz: The Shaming of America
Thanks to the GOP, the only American “exceptionalism” the world is witnessing these days is our exceptional ability to thoroughly debase ourselves on the world stage by being utterly hateful and coming away looking like craven fascists instead of defenders of democratic principles. I can’t begin to express how disgusted & mortified I am.
We have so much, yet we don’t want to share—instead we slam the door in the face of those desperately in need. What spiteful, selfish bigots we must look like, especially when compared to the French who actually suffered the attacks—they’re keeping their door and arms open, despite the pain & trauma of their loss.
Unfortunately, Haaretz has seen fit to move this opinion piece behind their paywall, so don’t bother clicking unless you have a paid subscription.
My apologies—I’ll avoid using them as a source from now on.
Try this link google.com h/t philosophus invidius
The shock came from the appalling words of arrogance and hate and from the electoral rewards that they might reap.One attack, thousands of miles away, conquered the United States, or large parts thereof. Homicidal maniacs from ISIS murdered scores of innocents in Paris but the fallout from their assault traveled across the ocean, corroding America’s political discourse, debasing its principles, infusing the public sphere with racist incitement and tarnishing its image throughout the world. Ronald Reagan’s shining city on the hill was painted black by his would-be successors.
It wasn’t just the demands to stop accepting Syrian refugees and their Holocaust-era precedents, disturbing as they are. It wasn’t even a legitimate claim that might be made that alongside the campaign against ISIS, Islam needs to urgently heal itself. The shock came from the appalling words of arrogance and hate and from the electoral rewards that they might reap. It was a week of shame for America, of deep disappointment for its admirers around the world. […]
The democratic antibodies in Israel’s body politic may be getting weaker by the day but those in the U.S., it seemed this week, are virtually non-existent. Suddenly America is awash with its own homegrown version of far-right European leaders such as the French Marine Le Pen, who, like Marco Rubio, likens Muslims to Nazis, or the Dutch Geert Wilders, who promised to make sure Amsterdam “has fewer Moroccans” or Hungary’s Marton Gyongyosi, the deputy leader of its Jobbik party, who had the exact same idea as Trump, albeit with one small difference: He wants to “to see how many [citizens] are of Jewish origin and present a certain national security risk to Hungary.” […]
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