Wednesday, October 09, 2019

Impeachment rationale is a Jewish joke

Harvard Psychology professor Steven Pinker writes in a NY Times op-ed:
Two decades ago the impeachment of a president hinged on what the meaning of “is” is. This time it may depend on the semantics of “I would like you to do us a favor though.” ...

His supporters insist he should be taken “seriously but not literally.” Yet this time it may be the nonliteral meaning of his words that proves his undoing. ... The word “though” signals a violated expectation.
No, Clinton's impeachment did not hinge on the meaning of "is". That was just how he obfuscated a question.

This time it appears to be about the word "though", and this Jewish joke:
Announcing an undesirable state of affairs is a classic stratagem for asking the hearer to rectify it without the rudeness of an imperative. In an old joke, a couple is lying in bed and the wife says, “Murray, it’s cold outside.” Murray gets up, closes the window, and says, “So now it’s warm outside?”
I am not sure what makes this a Jewish joke, but I will accept Jewish authority on this. (Pinker describes himself as a Jewish atheist.)

Chief Trump persecutor Adam Schiff has his own goofy paraphrased interpretation of Trump's words.

So Trump is to be put on trial, not based on what he said or did, but on how his words can be translated into Jew-speak?

Pinker and Schiff seem to be arguing that whenever someone talks, there is always an ulterior motive, there is always a quid pro quo, and there is always an attempt at personal profit. They do not even recognize the possibility that Trump wanted information to be public for the good of everyone.

I guess I need to learn more Jewish jokes to understand this thinking.

According to the transcript, Trump said "I would like you to get to the bottom of it." To most people, that means Trump wants him to get to the bottom of it.

Almost everyday, the NY Times gives some bogus re-interpretation of Trump's words. Sometimes it gives the exact quote, so you can see for yourself that the newspaper is lying about the plain meaning of the words.

Trump is hated by Jews on the Left, and Mormons on the Right. Maybe next I will address why Mormons hate Trump.

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