Too Many Jews On The Court?
05/17/2010 - 11:49
Jonathan Mark

Too many Jews on the Supreme Court? Heck, there are too many Jews on my local Beit Din. We can use some Protestants there, too.

More seriously, my favorite American mottos are "Don't Tread On Me," "In God We Trust," and "E Pluribus Unum." The latter two are under assault in modern America. For any politician or journalist to praise either ideal, God or Unum, would earn a slap on the wrist (or worse) from the Politically Correct Police. The last person who even said "E Pluribus Unum" out loud was the defrocked Wizard of Oz as he was about to get on the balloon taking him and Dorothy back to Kansas.

Anyway, we all can agree that according to curent liberal orthodoxy, and increasingly within even the conventional mainstream, diversity is one of the highest virtues. Some blacks, in fact, have been criticizing Elena Kagan, the  Supreme Court nominee, for her lack of diversity when hiring at Harvard Law School.

On the other hand, as Pat Buchanan points out, an American court with no Protestants, and so heavily tilted toward the New York-Boston axis, with almost no religious or geographic diversity that reflects the nation as a whole, raises legitimate questions for those Democrats with a diversity fetish.

Is diversity a modern commandment or not? The Democrat's diversity obsession has been small-minded and divisive, an often bitter and subversive assault on E Pluribus Unum, but if diversity is dear to you, then Buchanan is asking a serious and legitimate question. Or is diversity no longer a virtue when Snowball and Napolean have taken over the farm?

if diversity was ever an honest and serious virtue,  then Buchanan deserves an honest and intellectual answer, not lazy dismals that call Buchanan's question "anti-Semitic." Jews should remember that as a tiny segment of the population -- and shrinking -- we are best protected by a meritocracy, not by bean-counting diverse-o-crats.

This has been the case with too many revolutions in history. Cynicism replaces idealism. The pattern in leftist revolutions and evolutions is for Jews to be welcomed, then discarded. At the beginning, Jews are often what Lenin called the "useful idiots." But the more that a political culture attaches faux-moral distinctions to gender or racial or class or even sexual identity, Jews will be the losers. The core Jews, I mean, not the chameleons. The chameleons will do beautifully. But the core Jews do better with E Pluribus Unum, when we can be judged, as Martin Luther King said, "by the content of our character," rather than "the color of our skin."

Until then, "In God We Trust." And "Don't Tread On Me."

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