Sunday, April 10, 2005

Reflections on the (Possible) Revolution...

With apologies to Edmond Burke....

I've just returned from the wedding of the son of close friends, and the break gave me a chance to mull over the things that I've been grappling with (on and off posting) today. So, here is more food for thought...

It occurred to me that Barnea's and Yatom's intemperate, vicious and paranoid comments might actually signal something positive. Let me explain. A few months ago, a neighbor of mine who is very well-read (as opposed to most Israeli journalists and self-appointed pundits) told me that he had recently re-read Arthur Schlesinger's, The Age of Jackson. In the work (which is somewhat passe) Schlesinger notes that John Marshall created the doctrine of judicial review (Marbury vs. Madison) as an attempt to make the Supreme Court the bastion of power for the declining Virginia elite, which created the United States (with a lot of help from New England-JRW) but which had long ago lost the White House and the Congress to the western rabble. My neighbor suggested, that Aharon Barak, who is an avowed admirer of Chief Justice Marshall, may well be trying the same tactic with his judicial activism. Certainly, when you look at the religious reverence with which the court is held on the secular Left, and the fairly homogenous composition of the court, the observation seems apt.

So, it might be that the hysterical peronouncements of Yatom, Barnea and other Leftist avatars may well be the swan song of the Ashkenazi secular elite, facing the advent of multi-cuturalism in the form of Sephardim, Religious Jews and Russians. [This was one of the points made by Amnon Lord in the article I cited below.]

4 comments:

Tzemach Atlas said...

An interesting idea but a stretch. Did not he mention specifically religious revolt? Also in light of Terri Shiavo case and the past election the question of the Supreme Court interference if very much on the agenda today in America.

Oysvurf said...

The secular ashkenazi left will sink the whole ship and close the basta during their swan song. A wounded animal is more dangerous than a frightened animal. A shooter who's shooting hand is injured will spray bullets indiscriminately rather than with aim.

There is nothing positive about this. The only possible positive thing is that Israel will be destroyed sooner rather than later, and there might actually still be remnants of a generation of Religious Zionists who will still "remember the temple" dream and perhaps try and rebuild soon (i.e. 70 years for Bar-Kochba) rather than reading philosophy and literature and waiting 1,800 years

Jeffrey said...

Al Tiftah Peh La-Satan...

Oysvurf said...

that's a cop-out. The great failure of the Jewish leadership in Europe - Chassidic, Lithanian, Modern Orthodox, Reform, Bund, General Zionists, etc. etc. (basically everyone except Jabotinsky) was that theye didn't know where they were in the situation; or worse they did know and chose to ignore or even mis-lead there followers. True leadership DEMANDS stating that we are in a dangerous situation that can get worse and what steps need to be taken. Love and tefilla are just not enough.