The loyalty Jews have for the Democratic Party is amazing, given that the party’s ideology does little to further Jewish interests.
As a group, Jews are in the upper income brackets. The Democrats’ redistributionist tax policies hurt Jews. Also, Democrats favor public sector programs which ought to be an anathema to Jews who are more likely than other groups to be self-employed.
Then there’s the Democrats’ support of so-called affirmative action programs. Racial preferences discriminate against Jews (and Asians) who are most often rejected at elite universities in order to admit less qualified “minorities.” When it comes to affirmative action, Jews and Asians are considered historically privileged.
Then there’s the issue of Democratic Party anti-Semitism. Not too long ago former Philadelphia Mayor Ed Rendell stood on a stage and held hands with Louis Farrakhan. This year, the Democrats welcomed Al Sharpton to the presidential primary race and gave him a platform at their convention despite the fact that Sharpton had a few years ago instigated the fire bombing of a Jewish owned store in Harlem, a crime which resulted in the deaths of store employees. Sharpton also roused the rabble in the earlier Crowns Heights pogrom where a rabbinical student was murdered and Jewish residents were terrorized for days.
Just imagine the reaction if the Republicans had invited a white supremacist to speak at their convention. Also imagine the reaction if a Republican mayor had held hands with David Duke. On the contrary, the Republicans read Duke out of their party and also forced out borderline anti-Semite Pat Buchanan. Rudy Giuliani, when he was Mayor of New York, refused to allow Yasser Arafat to attend a concert at Lincoln Center, about which the Democrats howled that Rudy had insulted a “partner for peace.”
This brings us to Israel. The Clinton administration placed unbelievable pressure on Israel to come to terms with Arafat, even going so far as to dispatch the hit team of Carville and Begala to run Ehud Barak’s campaign. I don’t remember any of the Democratic media criticizing Clinton for intervening so obviously in another country’s election. What would they have said if Republicans had sent their people to run Netanyahu’s campaign?
So Barak won and then proceeded to make concessions to Clinton and Arafat that caused Yitzhak Rabin’s widow to assert that her husband must be spinning in his grave. Did anyone accuse Barak of acting as Clinton’s hand puppet the way the Kerry campaign has described Iraqi Prime Minister Allawi? I don’t think so.
Arafat rejected the Clinton plan (which Barak accepted) presented to both sides in December, 2000. Then Arafat began the bloody terror campaign against innocent Israelis on the buses and in the shopping malls and restaurants.
Now Democrats criticize Bush for refusing to get involved in the “peace process”(read: pressure Israel to make concessions) until the Arabs decide they really want peace and choose leaders committed to that end. While Bush remains firm, the liberals engage in moral equivalence or blaming Israel outright.
Jews ought to realize the current Democratic Party, like Europe, is pacifist. They ought to understand better than most that they can’t depend on others to protect them from racist murderers, that it is foolhardy to make deals with or appease monsters.