Friday, December 01, 2006

Oliver Cromwell Redevivus

I keep thinking about Oliver Cromwell, the Lord Protector of England (1599-1658).

According to Wikipedia (a remarkable tool when used critically):

In 1653, after learning that the Rump Parliament was attempting to stay in session despite an agreement to dissolve, and having failed to come up with a working constitution, Cromwell’s patience ran out. On April 20, he attended a sitting of Parliament and listened to one or two speeches. Then he stood up and harangued the members of the Parliament in a speech which has often been quoted as "You have sat too long for any good you have been doing lately… Depart, I say; and let us have done with you. In the name of God, go!"

Cromwell was a controversial figure. However, his exasperated words ring true. Israel's Ashkenazi elites are tired. They're tired of fighting. They're tired of being Jewish. They just want to have fun. They mask their moral relativism and intellectual fatigue with a dogmatic, superficial liberalism that Charles Krauthammer can disembowel in his sleep. They are, as a result, irresponsibly endangering the Jews of the State of Israel.

So Messers Schocken, Yehoshua, Oz, Grossman, Olmert, Livni, Negbi, Samet, Benn (and the list goes on)....if you so hate it here, if you only care for your perks and your positions, your influence and your supercilious paternalistic stance toward the rest of us, then consider the world of the Lord Protector:

"You have sat too long for any good you have been doing lately… Depart, I say; and let us have done with you. In the name of God, go!"

[Don't worry about us. We'll be fine.]

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

If the Grossman you are referring to is the writer who lost his son in the recent Lebanon war then I must take great exception. Someone who makes this kind of sacrifice does not hate it here, and has proved it through horrible, tragic circumstances. He loves Israel enough to tough it out despite all. He and I may differ sharply on a great many issues, but he has my greatest respect and gratitude for his sacrifice.

Ari Kinsberg said...

"Israel's Ashkenazi elites are tired . . . They're tired of being Jewish."

my impressions (as a visitor to israel and what i see of the yoredim here in america) are that this is no longer an ashkenazi-only phenomenon. the younger generation of the edot hamizrah are not masorati (with a lower case mem) like their parents. they are just as hiloni as their ashkenazi peers and know just as littledontforget10.

Nachum said...

Speaking of Wikipedia, I see you're involved in the page(s) on the Beit HaMikdash. Is there a way to keep this guy from posting his wacky theories within the main body of the page, instead of his own section? I tried editing, and he basically reverted.