As a resident of Florida's 8th Congressional District in the Greater Orlando area, and a former New Yorker who grew up in the Bronx a few blocks away from the childhood home of Congressman, Alan Grayson, I cast my ballot last week in early voting to help defeat a man who rightly deserves the title of "America' s only Stalinist Congressman."
Grayson's attack on Republican candidate Daniel Webster whom he labels "Taliban Dan" includes the now infamous video that follows the technique perfected by Stalin's henchmen and lackeys of splicing, editing, wiping out, skipping and superimposing images and words to convey the polar opposite of reality and historical truth. To see how it was done, take a look at "The Commissar Vanishes; Falsification of Photographs and Art in Stalin's Russia" by David King, Metropolitan Books, Henry Holt & Co. Inc. 1997) and to see how Grayson perfected it just go on the internet.
No other political ad in American history has sunk to this level and Grayson revels in it proclaiming at the end that I am Alan Grayson and I approve this ad." Sixty years ago in my youth, Jews felt a deserved pride that "our politicians" and jurists such as Governor Herbert Lehman, Senator Jacob Javits and Justices Brandeis and Frankfurter were models of honesty, integrity and decorum. In today's political scene, we have descended into the gutter with the likes of former disgraced New York Governor Elliot Spitzer, political "activists" Rahm Emanuel and David Axelrod (advisor to disgraced former Senator John Edwards) and Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal (who dishonestly claimed to have served IN Vietnam). All of these have been put into the shade by Grayson.
Grayson's auto biography on his website makes Obama look like the very model of humility and would make P.T. Barnum ("a sucker born every minute") green with envy - yes, President Lincoln, you CAN fool some of the people all of the time. I feel a special anti-affinity for Grayson having come from a similar background in probably the most Jewish section of the Bronx in one of America's most liberal districts in the Melrose-Morrisania and Grand Concourse-Tremont sections.
On Grayson's official website, you can read what must be the most self promoting unabashed, breath-taking self-glorification of any politician now in the Congress...
"Alan grew up in "the projects" in the Bronx. He heard the squeal of the wheels of the elevated trains, every five minutes, all day and all night. At the age of 12, he took the subway to school, by himself. At the age of 11, a bully threw him under a moving bus. He lived. Six years later, he took the standard test for 12th graders in New York. Almost 50,000 students in the Bronx took that same test. Alan received the highest score. Alan was accepted to Harvard College. He cleaned toilets there, and worked as a night watchman. He graduated in three years, with high honors. Then he went to graduate school at Harvard. In only four years, he received a law degree (with honors), he earned a master's degree in Government, and he finished the course work and passed the general examinations for a Ph.D."
I kid you not. There is so much B.S. in this auto-biography, it is difficult to know where to begin. I know the neighborhood where Grayson grew up very well.It was where I grew up. I also know very well the kind of economic and social status of someone like him, both of whose parents were tenured and members of the teachers union (VERY well paid and well pensioned) in the New York City school system. His background was VERY AFFLUENT compared to mine and any of my friends on Morris Avenue five blocks away from the regal apartment buildings with doormen on the Grand Concourse, described by Grayson as "projects." To say that he scored the highest grade of 50,000 students taking the Bronx High School of science entrance examination is also nonsense. There is no way this can be documented. With a total of 50,000 students taking the exam, many would have achieved "the highest score". His story of cleaning toilets to get through Harvard is grotesque (perhaps he is already planning whom to cast in the role for a future Hollywood blockbuster). I too took the subway to go to school by myself. The story of being thrown under a bus by a bully, yet "he lived." sounds like a messianic achievement but we are given no details.
Grayson did make a name for himself and acquired some deserved praise for combating the war profiteering of Iraq contracting firms that had defrauded the government but his megalomania is a contributing factor and symptom of the ever increasing leftward (and suicidal) drift of the Democratic Party that capitalized on sentiment against the war in Iraq but has since gone viral in its defamation of all those who oppose the Obama-Reid-Pelosi Agenda.
His auto-biography goes on to refer to him in these terms....."And so Alan found his calling - like an Avenging Angel for the taxpayers and soldiers, he has sued the war profiteers in the name of whistleblowers, and forced them to disgorge their ill-gotten gains."
The Avenging Angel has continued to pull the reputation of Congress down into the muck with the most partisan remarks ever made within its halls since Reconstruction. He warned Americans that "Republicans want you to die quickly" during an after-hours House floor speech. Even many Democrats were appalled by this language but felt obligated to remain silent, as they did, even after his disgraceful manipulated video on Republican opponent Daniel Webster, whose name he even ridiculed as a throwback to the 19th century. Veteran Tennessee Republicans Jimmy Duncan and Marsha Blackburn abandoned customary reticence to criticize Grayson. ...."That is about the most mean-spirited partisan statement that I've ever heard made on this floor, and I, for one, don't appreciate it," Duncan said. "It's fully appropriate that the gentleman return to the floor and apologize," seconded Rep. Marsha Blackburn, another Tennessee Republican.
Grayson has also contributed significantly to exacerbating tensions between Jews and Christians. He is a notable JINO (Jew in name only). His "Bronx born appeal and manufactured rags to riches from the tenements" story is tailor made for more elderly Jewish voters who moved to Florida to enjoy their retirement years. It is full of invective against Evangelical Christians. Clearly, Grayson is counting on a combination of the young, university crowd, Liberal transplantees/carpetbaggers and the elderly, especially among Jews to help him edge out Webster in Tuesday's election.
In defense of Obamacare, Grayson argued from the floor of the House that the Republicans "want you to die quickly" if you get sick. When Republicans demanded a apology, Grayson used the classic JINO tactic of pulling on Jewish heartstrings by stating that "I would like to apologize,". "I apologize to the dead and their families that we haven't voted sooner to end this Holocaust in America."
Grayson's statement of a "Holocaust in America" on Sept. 30 was a response to criticism of his comments the previous day that the GOP position on health care reform was "Republicans want you to die quickly. Ah, the Holocaust!; yes, voting against Obamacare is the equivalent of the Holocaust. His sarcasm drew a swift rebuke from the National Republican Congressional Committee. "This is an unstable man who has come unhinged," NRCC spokesman Andy Sere said. "The depths to which Alan Grayson will sink to defend his indefensible comments know no bounds."
This had no affect but when finally censured by Andrew Rosenkrantz, the Florida regional Director of The Anti-Defamation League (ADL), Grayson fell back on the standard pose of a JINO to express his Jewish identity - and was finally forced to issue an apology. "I am Jewish and have relatives who died in the Holocaust. In no way did I mean to minimize the Holocaust. I regret the choice of words, and I will not repeat it." Rosenkrantz stated that Grayson's quip was ... "more than a poor choice of words" and using the Holocaust as an analogy for flaws in the current health care system is inappropriate and serves only to trivialize the murder of 6 million Jews and millions of others.
Apart from the claim that he had relatives who died in the Holocaust (this proves he's Jewish), I cannot find any strong defense of specifically Jewish interests and Israel in Grayson's record. Of course, he and other JINOS would have you believe that Liberalism and its agenda a la Obama are specifically Jewish interests.
Grayson has told reporters he's not worried at all about a backlash from the voters and believes on the contrary that his chances for re-election have been boosted. "It improves them," he said.... "People like elected officials with guts who say what they mean."I stand by what I said," I didn't violate any House rules. I didn't do anything inappropriate. I'm not under any pressure at all."
Even one of the Democratic Party leaders, Caucus Chairman John B. Larson of Connecticut, at one point publicly called on him to apologize for his Republicans Want You to Die Speech. "I wouldn't have used the words that Mr. Grayson has," Larson said. "I would encourage Alan to apologize."
But Grayson later queried whether Larson really meant what he said. "I spoke to him and he did not ask me to apologize," Grayson explained. He stated he hadn't used "exactly those words (also old Stalinist technique) until a reporter read his words back to him. Republican Study Committee Chairman Tom Price of Georgia drafted, but withheld from a vote, a resolution that would have expressed the House's disapproval of Grayson's remarks. Of course, just a few weeks earlier, Rep. Joe Wilson, Republican house member from South Carolina was disciplined by the House for yelling "You lie!" at the president during a joint session of Congress in September.
The Chairman of Florida's Republican Party, Jim Greer, has stated, "The people of central Florida sent Alan Grayson to Washington to work for them. Instead, he has become the laughing stock of the House of Representatives and a complete embarrassment to his constituents. What we have seen over the course of the last 24 hour[s] is a Congressman who is completely consumed with his own spotlight and has absolutely no respect for the citizens who elected him."