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A few years ago, David Horowitz and I sat down for lunch in Pico Kosher Deli, the best kosher deli in the known universe. I knew that David used to be a high-profile leftist who, somewhere along the line, reexamined his politics and his values and became a conservative. When I asked David what made him lose faith in liberalism, David pulled a classic silent movie double take, almost spilling his matzo ball soup.
“I was not a liberal,” said David.
“Um, but I thought…”
“I was a communist.”
Indeed, David Horowitz was deep red, an activist who, tragically, came to see the radical left for what it was: ardent true believers who will not hesitate to break a few eggs in order to make an omelette. The broken egg, in David’s case, was Betty Van Patter, a bookkeeper who, on David’s recommendation, worked for the Black Panthers. When she discovered irregularities in the Panther books, she was murdered.
David knows that the party of John F. Kennedy is dead. It is now the party of socialist progressives, the party of Barack Hussein Obama. And unless Republicans understand that they are engaged in a life and death struggle cultural and political, America will decline and collapse into one-party, Democrat-Socialist rule.
I am a Jew from Brooklyn, New York. Thus, like virtually all baby boom Jews, I was reared as a lever-pulling Democrat. We were told that Democrats were for the poor and Israel and Republicans were rich people who hated Jews.
It was that simple, that simple-minded.
I don’t think I met a Republican until well into my 20’s when a Jewish movie producer with whom I worked let slip that he belonged to the Republican party. I smugly told myself that that made sense since this producer didn’t even go to synagogue on Yom Kippur and was quite wealthy. But as I got to know him, his ideology came into focus and I realized that his arguments were far superior to mine. In fact, I sounded like an uninformed, petulant child.