As an American Jew, I was mostly instilled with progressive values as a child. Rather, I was instilled with progressive, American values particularly those which aligned with liberal, Jewish ones. A love of social justice, human rights, equality. A disdain for racism, fundamentalism, colonialism.
My early love for progressivism was accompanied by a love for the State of Israel. At synagogue, we were taught that Jews were the ultimate underdogs, miraculously surviving the Holocaust and a history of oppression to create a contemporary "light unto the nations" which fought with dogged determination against evil and had a cool flag. And I was taught that I was vulnerable, that there were people who wanted me dead, and that Israel was a safe haven, a beacon, a garden to which I could always escape. read more
A Marine jet crashed into a residential area in a Southern California desert community Wednesday, exploding and setting two homes on fire. The pilot ejected safely, and there was no immediate word of any injuries on the ground. This was the second crash in a month of a Harrier jet from the Yuma air base in Arizona. read more