Last week, Karen and I were invited by close friends to a Shabbat meal at their lovely home. One of the nice things about Shabbat meals is that you never know who you’re going to end up sitting next to. Most luncheons are joyous affairs where old friends reconnect, and strangers become new friends.
Karen and I were seated next to a couple whom we had never before met. The standard introductions were made. We learned the couple were from San Francisco. She, a high-powered attorney; he a clever CPA. They were visiting friends in Los Angeles.
Always curious about people, I engaged the couple in lively conversation. As a screenwriter, you never know from where your next story will come.
But Karen, I immediately sensed, was pulling back from the give and take. I wondered what was showing up on my wife’s people-radar that was causing this negative reaction.
And then I found out.
The San Francisco couple informed us that:
1. Barack Obama is Israel’s BFF.
2. All politicians lie.
3. America should give ObamaCare “some time.”
Seraphic Secret makes it a rule to be a gentleman. Which, under the circumstances, translated into showing proper respect for our hosts and their gracious hospitality.
I could have shot down every absurd proposition set forth by the San Francisco leftists, but I just dug into my food like a man starving; swallowed not just salad, but my self-respect. The Shabbat table is no place for partisan politics. Perhaps, because the leftist couple are not Orthodox they do not comprehend the notion of a peaceful Shabbat meal. And even if they did, they, like all true believers, believe that because they are so correct in their ideological fervor, a peaceful Shabbat translates into an opportunity to enlighten the unenlightened.
This post is dedicated to the Jewish couple from San Francisco who displayed, not only incredibly bad manners at lunch, but also revealed the blind ideological fervor and heartlessness which is at the heart of the postmodern Democrat party.