We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
That was a huge billboard, many years ago, as you approached NYC from Yankeeland, via the Bruckner Blvd. Levy's rye bread. Good bread, with the whole flavorful caraway seeds in it. The perfect bread, for us gentiles, for ham and swiss cheese, with plenty of mustard!
That old sign was up there for 15 years or more. As a kid, it seemed exotic: I never had met a Jewish person.
Later, they ran ads like the one on the right, in the newspapers. A sort-of precursor of Benetton.
You do not have to be Jewish to find Nathan's Aliyah Diary interesting. Check it out, if you haven't.
Israel is serious about citizenship: it is not a right - it is a hard-earned privilege. Requiring a Jewish doctor/professor from America to work in the persimmon orchards, and to clean the horse stalls, says it all.
Would your doctor do that?
What would you or I be willing to do to become an American citizen?
It just happens that Maggie's Farm has no Jewish staff (except for our guest author Nathan, who posts willy-nilly from various points in Israel). However, we support Israel - not as a US puppet - but as a democratic, free, civilized, peace-loving state which has become the scapegoat of the Middle East, and their favorite hate-object with which they maintain power.
I wouldn't trust a doctor or professor who didn't willingly do manual labor when necessary. All my Yankee relatives were raised to. Israel doesn't have a monopoly on rebublican virtue. Most of us grew up working hard outdoors even if (gasp) we were also intellectuals and future professionals. We didn't consider ourselves superior to working people, and in fact were often humiliated that despite doing well in school we were at best average at carpentry, mechanics, complicated horticulture...
A problem with our beloved Yankee land today is that so many of our smartest most professionally accomplished people are not ashamed of the fact that they hire illegals to do most of the yard and housework and child care in their families...
I admire many things about Israel and the Israelis, but I will never support them until they progress past eye for an eye. When the words of the prophet Isaiah are finally fulfilled. Of course if God can choose and love such a bunch there is hope for all the rest of us miserable sinners.
Guess mostly I am always on the side of small nations whose heroism and hubris makes a mark on the world. Like the nations of Great Britain (a far more civilized place).
A man needs to be able to fix things. No matter what his profession, a man needs to be able to work with his hands. That's one of the things that makes him a man.
My boyfriend graduated from college when he was 19 years old with a BS in electrical engineering (summa, I think). He's one of the smartest people I know. But one of the things I respect the most about him was that the time my washer and dryer both broke the same day, he drove to Chicago from Milwaukee, got on a plane, flew to Memphis, and repaired them for me.
I don't respect a man who pays other people to do his manual work for him. If he can't do it, how's he going to take care of me and our family when there's a hurricane or an earthquake or even the power goes out and we need to rely on ourselves?