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Cantor’s Richmond Office Shot At

A rising star, the House’s only Jewish Republican

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Cantor today.(Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

No news beyond the basic facts of it yet, but the campaign office of Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Virginia) in Richmond was shot at Monday morning; the bullet went through a window. Cantor, the House Minority Whip, is the only Jewish Republican in the House or the Senate. Several Democratic legislators have received death threats in the wake of the health care law’s passage, which they supported; Cantor, of course, was staunchly opposed.

Cantor Says Campaign Office Was Shot At, Accuses Dems of Exploiting Threats [Fox News]

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Unfortunately, the left has had many years of practice with hate speech, vitriolic publications and movies, so that now we have this as a norm – on the part of both left wing and right wing extremists. The media seems “shocked” by it when so-called liberals are the targets and blames it on the Tea Baggers etc. but seem to overlook it or even revel in it when it is on the left with the likes of Michael Moore or Cindy Sheehan.

gary says:

Rep. Cantor’s portrayal of the incident involving the window of an office he sometimes uses borders on Lashon Hara. Reports from the Richmond Police state that the bullet was on a downward trajectory and was most likely the result on a gun fired randomly into the air. Rep. Cantor’s attempts to establish a false equivalency between the actions of Republican and Democrats. The Republican leadership has consistently played to the most violent elements of its base using language ladened with violent metaphors. Show me one similar example from the Democrats. Rep. Cantor needs to put the well being of this country before his desire for partisan victories. The Republican leadership needs to unequivocally denounce all acts of violence and repudiate those of its followers who advocate violence and hatred.

Will Edwards says:

A Jew? He maybe a Hebrew but he’s just a collaborator. Shame on him

nyc1 says:

To Gary, who said that Democrats don’t use the threats of their own fringe: how about Maxine Waters’ “No Justice No Peace” comment/threat? Done. I could easily add the Black Panthers and Al Sharpton. BTW, the basic message of the Democratic Party is that if the middle/upper class don’t concede to egregious taxes/wealth redistribution, the lower classes are going to rise up and take by force. Sounds like Marx, Das Kapital, and the Communist Manifesto to me. Need I go on?

In fact, it is Democrats who need to put the fiscal well-being of this country in front of their own desires to buy votes by rewarding bad behavior by paying off poor people for nothing, before we end up with insurmountable pension obligations and we all end up having to learn Chinese. There is just so long that you can spend money you don’t have to pay people for nothing.

We have seen the future, and the future is the currency crisis in Greece, Argentina, Germany, and many other countries before.

I find it interesting that the same people who try to argue in favor of failed American welfare policies are the same ones who criticize them in Israel for Ultra-Orthodox Jews; maybe it has something to do with the fact that in Israel the recipients are:
a). Jews
b). Religious
c). Politically conservative

BTW, in this context hatred means disliking people for who they are, not what they have done; I think this Republican leadership (very rightly) criticizes those for which the Democrats try to curry sympathy: people who are what they are because of what they do, because of their behavior. That is, they are in general poor (because they don’t value education), unhealthy (because they don’t prioritize health), and irresponsible (because they have children out of wedlock, don’t emphasize the institution of marriage, and don’t take a communal stand against toxic problems like drug use and gangs). Because the criticism is for behavior, it does not qualify as hatred, and you should retract your remark.

Take any ghetto or slum in America and I will show you an Ultra-Orthodox Jewish or Chinese neighborhood elsewhere that is just as poor, without the crime, gangs, drugs, and illiteracy. So, is the problem “oppression”, or values?

B. Newsom says:

The performance of mitzvot are ingrained in the Jewish psyche.

Clearly, not in Eric Cantor’s.

He makes me ashamed to be a Jew.

martha says:

The fringe left has brought the world the greatest evil of all: Socialism and its brutal older brother, Communism.

POLITICS DOES NOT MAKE SOMEONE A JEW – you are a secular Jew is you believe that – and THAT IS A SHAME.

What do you know about anyone’s mitzvot – are you privy to his personal life – you hypocrites. You parade your words AS IF that was mitzvot.

Forcing Americans to accept socialized medicine is tyrrany. Cantor is a patriot.

nyc1 says:

Anyone who thinks that Moses would have been a liberal today clearly is Jewishly illiterate.

The Torah prescribes a literal theocracy, a country run by Jewish law, the death penalty for capital crimes, a regressive tax system (!), a ban on homosexuality, forced servitude for criminals, and parental legal liability for the behavior of their children.

Show me where that makes Judaism equal to the Democratic party + holidays.

gary says:

to nyc1, I will not retract my remarks, nor will I cede to you the right to speak for me. Define the tolerance for bigotry and hatred shown by the leaders of the Republican party as you will for yourself. It has no validity for me. Your so called response to me contains so many issues and falsehoods having nothing to do with my remarks. I’m sure that I do not wish to provide you with any further opportunity to present your twisted view of reality. Though I’m sure you’ll find an excuse to continue without me. Let me leave you with a few old slogans of my youth. Increase the peace, Peace Out, man

B. Newsom says:

Hey Martha, learn how to spell.

It’s tyranny, not tyrrany.

You can’t be Jewish. Jews know how to spell.

With the passage of health reform, 30 million plus people now will have health care. That’s one really big mitzvah, baby. So stop thinking with a small conservative mind.

See Salon for the truth about Cantor’s phony story and how he used it to disrupt the real stories of Dems being terrorized http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/joan_walsh/politics/2010/03/26/phony_eric_cantor_story?source=newsletter

“So let’s recap: AP said Thursday that at least 10 congressional Democrats now have reported threats and menacing harassment, including incidents at their offices in New York, Arizona and Kansas. Others, including antiabortion healthcare supporter Bart Stupak, have received death threats, and an undisclosed number of lawmakers have been given increased police protection. Into that climate of real danger, Cantor inserted his own easily disproven claim of violence. And that’s not all he did: He accused Democrats of increasing the risk of violence against themselves by complaining about it. “By ratcheting up the rhetoric, some will only inflame these situations to dangerous levels,” Cantor claimed. “Enough is enough. It has to stop.”

That part Cantor is right about: It has to stop. But don’t look to any GOP leaders to make sure it does.”

nyc1 says:

To Gary:

You ask for a similar example, I give you one. You ignore it. Were you ever being honest, or was that just political posturing?

To B. Newsom: define “mitzvah”, if you can.

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