I’m a minor league philanthropist. I donate modest amounts to animal shelters, wildlife preservation, children’s hospitals, my local public library, the Simon Wiesenthal Foundation, and several other organizations and institutions. I don’t give to universities, lest they think I’m encouraging their wanderings out of their true mission – though I’ve considered donating $5,000 to Northwestern University, where I taught for 30 years , and to earmark the money to be spent exclusively on a Jewish tight end for the footy team.
I have never given money to politicians or political parties. Still, I’m about to send a check for $200 to Liz Cheney for his campaign for Congress in Wyoming. Ms. Cheney, who trails by more than 20 points in the polls against the Trump-backed candidate Harriet Hageman, looks all but certain to lose her congressional seat in the Aug. 16 primary. She says she has been unable to campaign openly due to credible death threats made, it is assumed, by ardent Trump supporters. The Republican Party in her home country abandoned her. He not only endorsed Ms. Hageman, but adamantly refuses to recognize Ms. Cheney as a Republican.