August 4, 2006, - 8:17 pm

Not Like Father, Like Son: On Israel/Hezbollah, John Dingell, Sr. is Turning Over in His Grave (My Grandfather Knew)

Many have noted Democratic U.S. Congressman John Dingell, Jr.’s outrageous comment, Sunday, on a local Detroit political TV show, that he did not oppose Hezbollah (video here and here).
But to those of us who live in the Detroit area and have been following his way-too-long in Congress, his statements are hardly shocking. In fact, Dingell has for a long time.
Dingell’s comments lauding Hezbollah–which murdered over 241 U.S. Marines and civilians–are nothing new. He will do or say whatever is necessary to hold onto his perceived base of extremist Muslim voters. It is not out of principle. He doesn’t really believe these things–he’s just a political prostitute. And that’s far more scary.

Artwork by David Lunde

Evidence of this is that Dingell wasn’t always this way. Before the whiny Islamic community of Dearborn and beyond was perceived as powerful (their purported numbers of voters are highly exaggerated from reality and actually still very small), Dingell wasn’t a strong supporter of Islamofascism.

Artwork by David Lunde

And the Dingell apple falls far from the tree. Dingell’s father, John Dingell, Sr., who preceded him in Congress, was very pro-Israel. So was the entire Michigan Democratic Party–which today is the domicile of the Islamofascists.
Below is an article from The Detroit Times, from November or December of 1948, not long after Israel became a State. It is about a pro-Israel dinner hosted by my late grandfather, Irving W. Schlussel, a lawyer, Detroit Jewish Community Council President, and President of the Jewish National Fund (which reclaims swamp and rocky land in Israel and plants trees on it). John Dingell, Sr. is one of the honorees, and he is pictured in the photo with my grandfather. Dingell, Sr. was inscribed in the JNF’s “Golden Book” for his support for Israel. His statement (some of which is unfortunately cut off in the only copy in my possession) is very pro-Israel. Today, he is probably turning over in his grave, at the disgusting actions and statements of his terror-apologist son.

Also, below, is another article from The Detroit Times from 1951. It is about a dinner, also hosted by my grandfather, Irving Schlussel.The dinner was in honor of then-Michigan Governor G. Mennen “Soapy” Williams and Lt. Governor (later U.S. Senator) Phil Hart. Although he is not mentioned in the article or pictured in the photo, John Dingell Sr. was in attendance, because, again, he was a strong supporter of Israel, unlike his terror-apologist son, who has been in office 50-years too long. At this dinner, the Williams-Hart Forest in Israel was established.

Because of my grandfather’s (and grandmother’s) efforts, the State of Israel also established a forest in honor of him and my grandmother, the Irving W. and Marilyn D. Schlussel Forest (note the old plaque which mistakenly says he is from New York–in those days, they thought all American Jews were from New York). That is me in 1991 (with my original ’80s brunette hair) planting a tree in the forest along with my sisters at a forest rededication ceremony.

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15 Responses

Awesome information about your family Debbie! We want to know more. What did Dingell Jr. say though? Did he say why he doesn’t oppose Hezbollah?

Eric on August 5, 2006 at 7:27 pm

If he just said “I don’t take sides for or against Hezbollah…” then I’ll take that as a defacto endorsement of Hezbollah. How in the Hell could you be a U.S. Congressman at a time like this and be neutral on Hezbollah?!
Sorry, I’m beginning to believe my friends from Traverse City that Michigan is really F’d up politically.

Eric on August 5, 2006 at 7:38 pm

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Test Test on August 5, 2006 at 10:18 pm

Well, here is what he says now:
For what its worth, here is what he said on the Floor of the House:
I suppose he sings a different song among his financial supporters. Not to be trusted it appears. But very slick in his approach and mannerisms. I will now begin my fasting and prayers for Michigan.

Eric on August 5, 2006 at 11:08 pm

Debbie, great story about your grandparents! Where is this forest- in Israel? It would be helpful if you could let readers know where it is so they could stop by and pay their respects. Having had trees planted in Israel in memory of a friend and my late father (may his memory be for a blessing), I know how it manifests a bond between all generations and Israel that’s enduring and eternal.
As for John Dingell’s comments, my view is that’s moral cowardice. When it comes to a choice between good and evil, there is no such thing as neutrality. The failure to take a stand is in itself a choice – tolerating the existence of evil. When I am asked, I always make the right choice. I am for Israel and her survival and I am against Hezbollah and everything it stands for and wish to see that evil wiped off the face of the earth.
Its not hard. I’m not a moral relativist as is fashionable these days. I believe in the God Of Israel and He taught me to know the difference between right and wrong and to see what good and what is evil. I suppose that would make me biased and one-sided. Thus, I ask Hashem to guide me in the right path for His Name’s sake all my life and ward me from evildoers. Amen

NormanF on August 6, 2006 at 10:43 am


DollarsandCents on August 6, 2006 at 1:33 pm

Important history! Each pic = 1000 words.

Jeremiah on August 6, 2006 at 1:34 pm

“U.S. Congressman John Dingell, Jr” What a guy.
These arab apologist politicians in your area are just like all the illegal immigrant apologist panderers in my area (chicagoland, now known as chicanoland)that now need to be smoked out of the weeds and booted out of office.
If they remain, it’s only we, the voter’s faults.
BTW Great info on your deep roots there in Michigan. Thank you.

chicagoray on August 7, 2006 at 4:38 am

L.A. mayor apologizes to muslims leaders for not supporting terrorism and going to a pro Israel rally
Who loves pathetic weak willed leaders

Test Test on August 7, 2006 at 9:35 am

Good point, Debbie. One has to accept the fact there are people evil enough to do that to something you and your family worked so hard to create. One can wish the times were different. As you pointed out Islamofascists have a different take on the situation from the rest of us and it bears repeating here they’re not just against Israelis – they’re against ALL Jews, period.
There was a good discussion of Hassan Nasrallah’s anti-semitism on Frontpagemag this morning. A lot of details the mainstream press won’t cover. Come to think of it, we don’t get reminded how genocidal the people Israel and America are fighting really are.
I believe if people knew more about the enemy, they wouldn’t be inclined to be neutral. Then again, doing the right thing is matter of searching out the truth for oneself. It doesn’t fall in our laps from heaven.

NormanF on August 7, 2006 at 12:51 pm

Debbie: Which one is you in the bottom picture?

salt1907 on August 8, 2006 at 10:31 am

I believe Debbie is the one on the far left in the bottom picture. I think she is the oldest of the three Schlussel girls. I really like her natural hair color. Why do so many women dye their hair blond??!! I prefer darker hair myself. Debbie is a doll in those pictures. I must admit one thing though — I would have sworn Debbie had a bunch of brothers instead of sisters — as mean as she is sometimes (just kidding!).
I would love to know more about Debbie’s family history and I am sure her regular readers would too. I would rather have had this post just about Debbie and her grandparents. Instead, I got thrown off by Dingell’s outrageous comments! Anyway, maybe Debbie will tell us more about her background some other time. Inquiring minds want to know!

Mark on August 8, 2006 at 6:20 pm

I also think Debbie would be an EXCELLENT mother if she would ever have babies. That’s just my opinion. I’m just saying if she did.

Mark on August 8, 2006 at 6:55 pm

Me too Mark. I got so pis*ed off, I called Dingell’s office today and asked for a comment. His staff brushed me off. I’m going to keep calling and emailing him till he says something. I was stunned by this post!

Eric on August 8, 2006 at 9:07 pm

Mark: I agree about Debbie’s hair color. Brunettes rule. Down with dying!
Also down with Dingus Dingell!

DudeSteak on August 8, 2006 at 10:13 pm

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