NJJN’s front-page headline “Increasing threat from extremists on the right” (Jan. 31) is what readers saw and will remember most. It is only after reading further do they see that extremism on both sides is a threat. In fact, I submit that extremism from the left is a much greater threat than from the right.
The ADL attributes almost all of the racially-inspired murders in the U.S. to right-wing extremists. While these incidents, of course, are horrific and unacceptable, they are committed mostly by crazed, hate-filled individuals and are not part of a well-organized national network. In contrast, left-wing extremism, while not as violent, is more widespread and rampant within all segments of American life and poses a greater existential danger to the future of Jews in America. The media, entertainment industry, and university campuses — which all have enormous influences on the general public — are infused with leftist sentiment. Anyone expressing a conservative viewpoint often does so at the risk of their career, potential ostracism, and yes, even physical violence.
Today’s Democratic Party is influenced by the likes of Louis Farrakhan, Keith Ellison, Bernie Sanders, and, of course, the new darlings, the up-and-coming, Israel-hating Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, and Ilhan Omar, who are being touted as the future of the party. And now Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) has announced his run for the presidency. The same Booker who was famously photographed proudly holding a sign saying, “From Palestine to Mexico, all the walls have got to go.”
These developments should send shockwaves through the Jewish community as harbingers of things to come, and represent a greater existential threat to American Jewry than the reprehensible, but isolated, acts of some demented haters.