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GOP Platform Mistakenly Attributes Rabbi Hillel Quote to Reagan

David Streeter — August 22, 2012 – 12:29 pm | Republicans Comments (3) Add a comment

Republicans have long idolized former President Ronald Reagan but now, according to Buzzfeed, they seem to be confusing him with one of Judaism’s important sages - Rabbi Hillel. According to Buzzfeed:

The Republican Party’s 2012 platform misattributes a quote from Hillel the Elder, the Mishnaic sage, to former President Ronald Reagan.

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell read the platform’s preamble after the conclusion of the platform committee’s business on Tuesday: ‘We must answer Ronald Reagan’s question: If not us who? And if not now, when?’

But Reagan was loosely quoting Hillel the Elder’s guidance in the Jewish text of Pirkei Avoth (Ethics of the Fathers).

‘If I am not for myself, who will be? And when I am for myself, what am “I”? And if not now, when?’


Mosses Goldman | August 25, 2012 – 10:39 am

That is a problem with Republicans. They steal Jewish identity

Neil Aronoff | August 27, 2012 – 2:03 pm

Isn’t that just like republicans??  They cannot do or get anything right.

TBVigilance | September 21, 2012 – 10:37 am

This may seem odd, but why would you expect anyone that isn’t Jewish to know the Jewish texts? Catholics get this kind of thing all the time (in just about every movie and book ever published by a non-Catholic, and even some of those too), we just correct people and mark it as ignorance rather than malice. Which is exactly what it is in nearly every case. Why do you feel the need to get indignant about it?

Would it not make more sense, and probably garner more support from the general populace, to correct people on misinformation they have rather than getting angry over it?

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