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Gingrich further tarnishes himself in Shea’s mind by receiving financial support from billionaire Sheldon Adelson, who experienced anti-Semitism while growing up in Boston and donates to numerous Jewish organizations.
“Sheldon Adelson finds in Newt Gingrich the best foreign policy money can buy,” Shea wrote Feb. 3. “Get ready for more rhetoric encouraging the deathless neoconservative faith in the Immaculate Conception of the State of Israel and its preservation from all sin, both original and actual.”
Contempt for Israeli concerns about survival and the American political system permeate Shea’s approach.
“And in further insane world news, American troops to be deployed to Israel. What could possibly go wrong?”
Shea couches his contempt as support for American soldiers, whom he portrays as victims of their own government. This Jan. 10 post, “George Carlin, Call Your Office,” provided an example:
“There are now eight words you cannot say on television: ‘Israel is more than capable of defending itself,’ as Cpl. Jesse Thorsen learned — Ron Paul supporting soldier speaking out against the wars cut off on CNN.
“The business of our troops is to go suffer and die for our damp-handed chickenhawk Ruling Classes and their End to Evil theories, and then return to joblessness and Congressional schemes to strip them of their benefits (if they live) or be dumped in landfills (if they don’t). Actually speaking out about the latest mad scheme to send troops to Israel or whatever war is being planned next is not permitted.”
The next day, in “Romney the Chickenhawk,” Shea not only mocked Romney’s support for military action against Iran — but subtly advocated rebellion in the armed forces:
“What brave and self-sacrificing leaders we have. It will be far more than they deserve if our abused and exploited troops don’t mutiny against them someday.”
Compare Shea’s rhetoric with Pound’s (all punctuation, capitalization and spelling are original):
“Will you look at the age of the chief war pimps? Roosevelt now says he saw war coming back in 1937. In 1937, there was no necessity of war. Roosevelt did all he could to make it inevitable. There is no record of a single act of Roosevelt’s in the spirit of staving off war.” (Oct. 6, 1941, two months before Pearl Harbor)
“The United States has been led down the garden path and may be down under the daisies. All thru shuttin’ out news….” (Jan. 29, 1942)
“… any man who submits to Roosevelt’s treason to the public commits a breach of citizen’s duty….There is no patriotism in submission to the prolonged and multiple frauds of the Roosevelt administration….” (April 23, 1942)
“You are in black darkness and confusion. You have been hugger-mugged and carom-shotted into a war, and you know NOTHING about it.” (July 13, 1942)
“Just which of you is free from Jewish influence? Just which political-business groups are free from Jew influence, from Jew control?” (March 19, 1943)
“What are you doing in the war at all?…Every day of war is a dead day as well as a death day. More death, more future servitude, less and less of American liberty of any variety.” (May 4, 1943)
At best, Shea is a curmudgeon who shoots from the hip and fails to understand the implications of his ideas. At worst, he is a bigoted fanatic who hides behind his religion to indulge in pro-Iranian agitprop — accidentally or otherwise.
In either case, does Shea’s behavior represent the standards EWTN expects?
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