Frederick III: a Model for What Biden Should Do

 

Frederick III was Emperor of Germany and King of Prussia for the very short interval of 99 days during 1888.  The son of Emperor Wilhelm I and father of Wilhelm II, his reign was cut short by throat cancer.  Prior to his accession to the throne, the then Crown Prince was disturbed by an upsurge in anti-Jewish agitation. Having fairly liberal beliefs (in the older sense of the term), Frederick made his own position clear.  Clad in the uniform of a Prussian field marshal, Frederick, together with his wife Victoria, attended a synagogue service in Berlin in 1880 to show support for tolerance.

Shortly afterward, he gave a speech denouncing the anti-Semitic movement in Germany as “a shameful blot on our time”, adding that “We are ashamed of the Judenhetze [agitation against Jews] which has broken all bounds of decency in Berlin, but which seems to flourish under the protection of the Court clerics.”  In 1881, Frederick and Victoria again attended a synagogue service, this time in Wiesbaden “to demonstrate as clearly as we can what our convictions are”and  followed this up by giving a speech in which he spoke out for “poor, ill-treated Jews” of Europe.

It would be a good thing if Biden followed Frederick’s example, specifically denouncing the upsurge of anti-Semitism in America and not covering up the message in generic platitudes.

Reference on Fredrick here.

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  1. Jim McConnell Member
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    Thank you for that bit of history; it would be great if we had leaders like that now in the United States.

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  2. Arahant Member
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    Jim McConnell (View Comment):

    Thank you for that bit of history; it would be great if we had leaders like that now in the United States.

    Agreed.

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  3. David Foster Member
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    History would have been very different had Frederick lived. There would probably have been wars of some kind…he wasn’t a pacifist..but likely nothing of the dimensions of the First World War.

     

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  4. Nohaaj Coolidge
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    The chameleon can simply retell his fabled story of how he was raised attending services every Sabbath when he grew up in a Jewish neighborhood,  with his surrogate Jewish parents. 

    Pffft.  Like anything this liar says publicly matters to anyone,  much less the antiSemites so obviously entrenched in the Left today. 

     

     

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  5. DaveSchmidt Coolidge
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    Given his proclivities and his advisors, Biden would probably choose to attend Muslim services. 

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  6. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    Thanks for the story, David. It’s comforting to know that even back then, there were generous and enlightened people.

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  7. Chuck Coolidge
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    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Thanks for the story, David. It’s comforting to know that even back then, there were generous and enlightened people.

    Just never forget that regardless of disagreements, regardless of perhaps significant differences, although some of us may not be quite so intelligent nor quite so moneyed, you are not ever alone.

    One whose words I try to consistently follow said that he “will never leave you nor forsake you.”

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  8. Steve C. Member
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    I prefer the President, Vice President, Speaker, Senate leaders, the entire cabinet and their families.

    That will send a message. 

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  9. David Foster Member
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    Steve C. (View Comment):

    I prefer the President, Vice President, Speaker, Senate leaders, the entire cabinet and their families.

    That will send a message.

    Also the mayors of certain cities.

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  10. David Foster Member
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    Today in NYT

     

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  11. DaveSchmidt Coolidge
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    David Foster (View Comment):

    Today in NYT

     

    Notice the Soros/Obama/Antifa “organizers” directing the crowd.  

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  12. Nohaaj Coolidge
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    DaveSchmidt (View Comment):

    David Foster (View Comment):

    Today in NYT

     

    Notice the Soros/Obama/Antifa “organizers” directing the crowd.

    It is hard to grasp the level of anti-Semitism and hatred of this crowd. In my head I rationalize that these are just the same “rent-a-mob” jerks that riot for illegal immigration, antifa, BLM, abortion, and now murdering jihadists. In my head I want to believe that the protestors (Soon to be Rioters) don’t have belief of conviction, rather, attending demonstrations is their paid, Soros funded occupation. 

    Either way, this seems surreal. 

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  13. Hartmann von Aue Member
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    Nohaaj (View Comment):

    DaveSchmidt (View Comment):

    David Foster (View Comment):

    Today in NYT

    Notice the Soros/Obama/Antifa “organizers” directing the crowd.

    It is hard to grasp the level of anti-Semitism and hatred of this crowd. In my head I rationalize that these are just the same “rent-a-mob” jerks that riot for illegal immigration, antifa, BLM, abortion, and now murdering jihadists. In my head I want to believe that the protestors (Soon to be Rioters) don’t have belief of conviction, rather, attending demonstrations is their paid, Soros funded occupation.

    Either way, this seems surreal.

    Surreal? Try Germany being one of the countries in central Europe to remain, so far, most steadfast in its support for Israel since Oct. 7th. Czechia, too. But…good grief have France, Belgium, Spain, and the Netherlands been terrible in varying degrees.

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