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Geller: “The Jews in Forest Hills have to pay their dues,” in support of some philosophical concept that he has. He doesn't care about that poor guy who spent his whole life taking his family to Forest Hills in order to get out of Brooklyn, which was falling apart, or the Bronx, which was falling apart, and give his kids a better life. He doesn't care about that -- Stanley Geller. No. What he cares about is some Utopia down the road. That's what the reformers and the liberals are talking about. They don't care what's happening to you at the immediate moment in a whole host of substantive areas -- the schools, which we can talk about if you like, are particularly poignant now.

Anyway, the regulars and the conservatives are more understanding of human frailty and human error. They'll accept disagreement. They'll say, “Oh, sure he's wrong on this, but he's right on that.” “Ah, I understand why he did this -- he had all those pressures. Next time he'll be better.” Reformers and liberals never do that. They never excuse human frailty. They have absolutes that everybody has to meet, an absolute test. But that changes from day to day. That's the point. It's not “What did you do yesterday?” No. It's “what are you doing today?” You may be with them on a hundred issues, and then on a single issue you will not be. The other gets wiped out. They don't care about that. That is expected. I don't really like them. Whereas with the regulars, loyalty is so important. There is

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