Published August 31, 2009
On Monday, 31 August's show, Mahoning County Probate Judge Mark Belinky was my guest.
My objective here is NOT to talk further about the issues 'tween the Mahoning County Commisioners,Vindicator editorials,emailers,etc and the probate judge. I DO want to deal ,briefly, with the response to the question "Why negative comments and editorials re: Judge Belinky" ACTUALLY-I want to deal with the "anti-semitism" response to that question---the "why Judge Belinky" question.
I've had many,many emails that say,almost, the same thing : " Louie, do YOU believe it's anti-semitism ?"
Well, in a word : NO.
No, I do not. Worse than that, I feel that the accusation of anti-semitism , like the accusation of racism, when mis-used here IS dangerous-for these reasons.
#1: In this case, there is NO evidence or reason to believe that the Vindicator, any of the county officials, my emailers or callers, or letter writers[to me or the Vindicator] are anti-semitic.
#2: Lest we forget-Judge Belinky WON the Mahoning County Probate race over a "REAL GENTILE",Scott Hunter, by an overwhelming margin.
#3: The over-use of the accusation of anti-semitism actually dilutes the awfulness of anti-semitism. REAL anti-semitism, like REAL racism-IS awful.
#4: The result of crying "anti-semite" or "anti-semitism" can actually CREATE anti-semetic feelings when over or misused.
So,again, in THIS case, I don't see, am aware, have heard or believe that George Tablack,Anthony Traficanti,David Ludt,Atty John McNally,Todd Franko and the Vindicator et,al or ANY of the "other county officials" are anti-semetic. They may or may not like Judge Belinky-but I believe that the charges of anti-semitism-HERE-are WRONG and should NOT be validated by the Judge or any member or the Jewish community!
Jewy b. Free