‘Deal with It’

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John H. Wilcox (“No Doubt, Maryland Is a Southern State,” Dec. 18) is totally missing the point of the letter that I wrote Nov. 21 (“‘White Power’ Letter Is Insulting”). It was not meant to be an historical narrative. What happened in the Civil War has little to do with the events of the victory of Larry Hogan. The person who wrote the letter that I replied to is the one who dragged in the Civil War.

 
The comment about Maryland being a Southern state was related to Sen. Mary Landrieu’s comments. She lost her runoff election in Louisiana, making her another incumbent Dem-ocrat to lose last month.

 
As for my heritage, I have lived in Baltimore City and County for 65 of my 66 years. I’m sure that Wilcox is probably one of a handful of people who care where the silent cannons on Federal Hill or at Fort McHenry are pointed in this time in our lives.

 
The two letter writers to whom I have replied are from Annapolis and Laurel. Thankfully,  those of us in “Northern Maryland” are adapting to the election results better that these two gentlemen from “Southern Maryland.”  Deal with it. The election is over.

 

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  1. Now I have just about seen it all.

    Mr. Saks – a presumably Jewish individual- writing in a Jewish general circulation publication endorses anti-intellectualism, in the form of registering viscous contempt for learning and knowledge, virtually embracing (anti-Semite) Henry Ford’s benighted dictum, “History is bunk.” And the JT publishes it!

    As Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi emphasized in his magisterial work Zakhor, only in Judaism does memory- i.e., history- come to be elevated to a commandment.

    And as the greatest American novelist of all time, (Southerner) William Faulkner, famously observed: “The past is not dead. In fact, it is not even past.”

    Morris Saks asseverates that “What happened in the Civil War has little to do with the events of the victory of Larry Hogan.”

    Allow me to reposition and apply that dogmatic approach to the current Arab-Israel conflict: “What happened to the Patriarch Abraham 4000 years ago has little to do with today’s competing Arab and Israeli territorial claims to the Holy Land.”

    Mr. Saks slimes Mr. Wilcox, in asserting that “I’m sure that Wilcox is probably one of a handful of people who care where the silent cannons on Federal Hill or at Fort McHenry are pointed in this time in our lives.” This is nothing short of anti-intellectualism! Bottom line: facts that he does not like, Mr. Saks feels free to dismiss by maligning the character of the individual knowledgeable enough to be able to provide them. My grandmother’s response to such behavior would have been to decry it as that of a “goyishe kop.” Imagine what Mr. Saks would say about Talmud scholars who have for years immersed themselves in the arcane minutiae of the Temple sacrificial system.

    Attacking intellectuality and what is “reality (i.e., factually) based” is a long-standing FOX and right-wing trope. The JT should not be implicit in aiding and abetting it.

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