Hat tip The Mike Report
I would call this, "creeping Anti-Semitism". Slowly but surely, we are seeing Jew-hatred become mainstream and accepted in our discourse. In the US, we see it on our campuses in the name of "Justice for Palestinians'. Now it has even crept into local government issued voter ballot guides.
Now comes a man named David Blomstrom, who is running for a school position in King County, Washington (which includes Seattle). He makes an anti-Jewish screed in his "statement" on the ballot guide list of candidates. The county hacks actually publish it. Now, when a Jewish citizen calls it to their attention, they are "deeply sorry".
How in the world does a kook like this get on a list of candidates for public office? And only three other people to oppose him? And how does the county government let a reference to the "Jewish Mafia" pass when it prints their pamphlet? Just who is the Jewish Mafia? Could it be a reference to Meyer Lansky, perhaps? (He is long-dead.)
But it's free speech, right?
To be sure, Mr Blomstrom will not be prosecuted for what he has written, nor should he be. But what is the obligation for King County to include this in the voter ballot guide? What if he had said that if elected, he would insure that no Jewish children would be allowed in King County public schools? What if he had said that if elected, he would advocate for the deportation of all Jewish people from King County, or Washington State, or the US?
Should, as one reader in The Mike Report commented, Blomstrom's comment be published but with a disclaimer from King County that they abhor the language and the idea expressed?
Let's play devil's advocate.
Suppose a candidate for DA in Los Angeles County promised that he would take on the Mexican Mafia? Such a thing does exist. It is a criminal organization that calls itself by that very name. Or how about the Italian Mafia in New York? I would vote that for candidate. But is it the same thing? Only if you can show that there is, indeed, such a thing as a criminal organization in the US called the Jewish Mafia. It does not exist-especially in the context that Blomstrom imagines- a cabal of people trying to influence public, national, or international policy in a criminal way.
If I were on the King County board that approved this screed and had the final say, I would have told Blomstrom to clean up his rhetoric before his candidate statement was printed. On the other hand, had he taken me to court, he probably would have won. He probably would have even prevailed over any county disclaimer abhorring his statement. I understand that.
But let us all beware the creeping anti-Semitism.