Sunday, January 17, 2016

Obama Against the Jews

While Jewish New Yorkers are up in arms about a supposedly anti-Semitic innuendo by Ted Cruz, Caroline Glick allows us to look at the larger perspective. That would be, as I suggested in my last post, the actions of a man that Jewish liberals happily helped put in the White House.

Glick writes about one day in the anti-Semitism of Barack Obama on Facebook:

Wow. In one day President Obama screwed Israel, American Jewry and world Jewry.

1. He screwed Israel by implementing the Iran deal which gives our worst enemy $150 billion and nuclear weapons.

2. He screwed American Jewry by abandoning FBI officer Robert Levinson in Iran, sealing his death warrant and in so doing, made clear that Jews are second class citizens and not worthy of the same protection as all other Americans.

3. He reportedly agreed to pressure Argentina to stop prosecuting Iran for murdering 85 Jews at the AMIA Jewish center bombing in Buenos Aires in 1994.

This, on top of the fact that in his SOTU, he spoke at length about "Islamophobia" and hate crimes against Muslims, and said not one word about anti-Semitic hate crimes. He ignored anti-Jewish assaults despite the fact that Jews in the US are at least twice as likely to be attacked in a hate crime as Muslims are. Of course this isn't surprising from the guy who called the Jews murdered at the kosher supermarket in Paris, "a bunch of guys at a deli."


Ares Olympus said...

Some people might call this black and white thinking. Maybe Caroline Glick needs some CBT intervention?
We’ve all heard of negative thoughts, but have you ever heard of a thought distortion? What are “thought distortions” anyway?

Also called “cognitive distortions,” common negative thought distortions are how our minds convince us of things that aren’t actually true. Distorted thoughts are basically instances of inaccurate thinking we don’t realize are inaccurate.

They seem reasonable or rational on the surface, but negative thought distortions really only keep us feeling bad about ourselves. This “stinking thinking” generally reinforces pre-existing negative emotional states and keeps us trapped in shame, self-pity, fear, and resentment.

So how do we overcome common negative thought distortions in order to start feeling better? By using CBT.
The 5 Most Common Negative Thought Distortions

1). Catastrophic thinking — This is when we always imagine the worst. We expect disaster or tragedy to strike us at any moment and “what if” ourselves into a state of anxiety or panic.

◾“Catastrophic” thought distortion: “Driving on the highway will result in a terrible car accident! I must avoid highway driving in order to stay safe.”
◾Balanced, CBT-based thinking: “While it’s true that highway driving carries risks, it’s also true that millions of people do it every day without incident. It’s very likely that I can drive on the highway without getting into an accident.”

2). Polarized, black and white thinking — The main feature of this type of common negative thought distortion is there’s no middle ground. We cast ourselves, other people and situations into stark, “either/or” categories that allow for no shades of gray.

◾“Polarized” thought distortion: “Because I failed one class last semester, it means I’m a complete failure in school.”
◾Balanced, CBT-based thinking: “Even though I failed one class, I passed seven other classes last semester. I need to work on that one class, but I’m not a failure at school in general.”

3). Overgeneralization — We draw negative, general conclusions based on scant evidence. We see a single, unpleasant event as part of an overall pattern of defeat that’s inevitable and bound to occur over and over again.

◾“Overgeneralized” thought distortion: “My boyfriend broke up with me, therefore every boyfriend I will ever have in my entire life is going to break up with me.”
◾Balanced, CBT-based thinking: “This boyfriend broke up with me and I’m upset about it. However, there’s no way for me to foresee what will motivate the actions of any future boyfriends, so I don’t know how they will choose to behave. It’s unlikely all of them will chose to break up with me.”

4). Negative filtering — This is where we focus exclusively on negative details while discounting all positive aspects of a situation.

◾“Negative filtering” thought distortion: “I got so scared the last time I drove over a bridge. What’s wrong with me? I feel like such a freak!”
◾Balanced, CBT-based thinking: “I got really scared on that bridge, but I drove over it anyway, even though it was hard for me. I know that lots of people have driving anxiety. Being afraid of bridges does not mean I’m a freak.”

5). Jumping to conclusions — We assume other people don’t like us and are convinced their supposed negative feelings toward us are established facts.

◾“Jumping to conclusions” thought distortion: “My professor didn’t call on me when I raised my hand because he thinks I’m stupid. He’s going to give me a bad grade in this class.”
◾Balanced, CBT-based thinking: “I don’t know why my professor didn’t call on me. Maybe he didn’t see that I had my hand up, or maybe he was giving someone else a chance to respond. I don’t know what he really thinks of me and have no idea what grade I will get in this class.”

Ignatius Acton Chesterton OCD said...

Thanks for the terminology psychobabble, Ares. Makes sooooo much sense now.

How about we ignore what Obama says, and just follow his choices? Then we don't need psychobabble. We just see what they guy really thinks, and the worldview he takes action on.

Then we know.

Ares Olympus said...

IAC, I think any objective person will accept Caroline Glick has no interest in unbiased truth and is just expressing personal hysteria through a laundry list of unrelated questionable claims.

It's the same sort or victimology that the Black Lives Matter protesters make. The purpose can only be to feel self-righteously wronged by people in power.

The problem with "just follow his choices" arises is when you make yourself corrupt judge, jury and executioner of people you have no interest in judging fairly.


"Jews are second class citizens and not worthy..." - Overgeneralization and Polarized, black and white thinking, Jumping to conclusions

"He screwed.." - Negative filtering

"gives our worst enemy $150 billion" - Jumping to conclusions, Negative filtering

"abandoning FBI officer Robert Levinson in Iran" - Jumping to conclusions