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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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