Why the Jews Vote for the Democrats, anti-Semitism, totalitarianism, Russian czars, Holocaust, Israel, Six Day War, 1960s counterculture, Exile behavior, Haym Solomon, Netanyahu
When the Great Depression struck in the 1930s, the Jews, the same as pretty much everyone else in the United States followed the “Hope and Change” candidate of that time, Franklin Delano Roosevelt into the modern Democratic Party of handouts and government spending, and have effectively never left. Even blacks began to leave the GOP, which had been the party that had freed the slaves. For the Jews, FDR promised equality in addition to economic opportunity with non-discriminatory New Deal hiring. That was a big deal considering that most big corporations in the United States would not hire Jews into the 1960s and 1970s. By the 1940s and 1950s, the Jews had become an important minority voting bloc that could swing both state and nationalelections. But Jews who vote Democrat in the 21st Century are effectively voting for FDR, just as their great-grandparents did.
After the Holocaust in Europe, anti-Semitism diminished in the United States as racial prejudice became a less-acceptable attitude. Then Little Israel, the State of Israel, scored a dramatic “Six-Day” victory against the Arabs in 1967 and in so doing Americans saw a new Jew, confident, strong and an ally, and Israel an outpost of liberty in the Cold War. In 1965, Vatican II removed the charge of deicide against the Jews from Catholic Church canon and Jews could no longer be hated as part of the Catholic Church’s teachings. The Jews since the Second World War were being welcomed into American life at an unprecedented level. Barriers to Jewish integration into America were crumbling.
From a deeper perspective, Jewish Democrats are demonstrating “Exile” behavior. Exile behavior is identifying with your oppressor and looking to your oppressor for solutions. In Biblical times, it was said that 80 percent of the Jews that were slaves in Egypt remained in Egypt rather than make the difficult journey to freedom and liberty to the Holy Land with Moses. After the Jews established their own country in the Land of Israel, they had two Holy Temples destroyed, and subsequently they have been in exile for the last 2000 years. Part of that exile has included relying on governments to protect them fromChristian anti-Semitism, protection that often never materialized. As they say in the State of Israel today, a Jewish country with Jewish leadership, “You can take the Jew out of the Exile, but you can’t take the Exile out of the Jew.” So in the United States, with the exception of the Orthodox Jews, who identify with conservative family values, Jews that vote Democrat are essentially expressing more faith in government than in Divine Providence.
However, many less-blind Jews who voted for Obama in 2008, had buyers remorse and weren’t so comfortable with the out-of-control spending and Obama’s tone on Israel. While these Jewish Democrats probably wouldn’t assert that Obama is anti-Israel, they do question whether he holds the Jewish State in much esteem. It is significant to know that Obama is very unpopular in Israel and he has never visited there during his presidency.
So at the end of the day, for the Jews who vote Democrat, they live out their religion by being a liberal and voting Democrat.