Thursday, May 14, 2009

Having It Both Ways


Several months ago Cheshire (Connecticut) police raided a massage parlor that was operating in the back rooms of a manicure establishment. The manicure shop has reopened "under new management" and sans massage, but apparently business isn't exactly booming. We don't tolerate that sort of thing in our town.

More recently Eliot Spitzer, Governor of New York, was forced to resign after it was revealed that he regularly used the services of a call girl, which these days is defined as a prostitute who takes credit cards and has a web site, during trips to New York City and Washington DC. He quickly disappeared from view but is currently attempting to raise his public profile as an occasional political commentator. Which brings us to Dick Morris.

For those of you who don't remember Dick Morris, he was Bill Clinton's pollster and chief political advisor until he was caught in bed with…, you guessed it…, a call girl for whom it turns out he was a regular customer. The two most memorable things about his trysts was his proclivity for sucking her toes as well as his habit of letting her listen in on telephone conversations he had with the President of the United States. After his departure he turned against the Clintons and has made a full-time job of Hillary bashing, going to the extreme of writing an entire book refuting a book which she wrote. Unlike Gov. Spitzer and out local manicure parlor, he did not alter his habit of seeking professional companionship. As recently as 2007, he was on the list of the "DC Madame" as one of that outfit's high rollers. That has not prevented him from being a regular commentator on Fox News, the network which so regularly gets it wrong that it has by far the highest percentage of viewers of any network who falsely believe that Iraq was responsible for 9/11 (For you Fox viewers, Iraq was in no way involved in the 9/11 plot.).

So I found it very curious that, of all people, Mr. Morris would be invited to a local church in town to dish out his view of the world in general and the Obama administration in particular. Mr. Morris is one of the frenzied right wing mob that is screaming from the rooftops, or rather the studios of Fox News, that President Obama is a socialist whose goal is to dismantle capitalism and turn us all into economic slaves. It is ironic that a Christian church would have such a rabidly antisocialist guest speaker. After all, didn't the first Christians share their possessions and live more or less in self-imposed…socialism?

I guess there must be a new brand of Christianity since the church which invited him carries a prominent ad on its home page for a book about becoming wealthy by following Christian principles. On further investigation, however, it seems that those principles are actually Jewish ideas, or at least that's what John Muratori, the pastor who invited Mr. Morris to town says in his article in The Voice which you can read online at:

The Voice proclaims its mission to be "Advancing Christian Life and Culture" and it devotes its Winter issue to the evil Democrats (see the menacing cropped photos of Obama, Pelosi, et al on the cover) who are hard at work "dismantling capitalism." Pastor Muratori's article entitled "Thriving in a crisis economy," he advises us Western-thinking Christians to think like Jews. On page 34 he states:

"Today, Christians are facing panic and fear, wondering if they will survive this unstable

time, while at the same time Jews are praising God for the opportunity to thrive during this

economic crisis, as they have done in previous periods."


He goes on to say that this explains why for centuries Jews have always achieved fiscal superiority in any country they have settled in. This is very dangerous thinking. If such statements were coming from the mouth of an anti-Semitic agitator, they would show just how fine the line is between purported admiration and Kristallnacht. Indeed, the Nazi movement persecuted Jews on exactly the same grounds that the good pastor says he admires them. I would be very wary of this man as I am of all men who mix religion and politics. After all, all it took for Dick Morris to switch from working for Bill Clinton to despising him was getting caught with someone else's foot in his mouth.


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