Wednesday, October 23, 2019

As almost everyone in America now knows, the Democratic Party has swung far to the left and  its core agenda includes strong  anti-Israel and anti-Semitic sentiment. Everyone, that is, except the three-quarters of Jews who automatically vote Democratic, no matter what the issues or candidates are. They refuse to see today’s Democratic party as being led by the likes of Louis Farrakhan, Keith Ellison, Bernie Sanders and of course the new darlings, the up and coming, Israel-hating, Alexandria Octavio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar who are being touted as the future of the party. And now Cory Booker has announced his run for the presidency. The same Cory Booker who was famously photographed at a pro-Palestinian BDS rally proudly holding a sign saying “FROM PALESTINE TO MEXICO. ALL THE WALLS HAVE TO GO.”

These developments should send shock waves through the Jewish community, as harbingers of things to come, but they won’t. They will be ignored because they originated not with Republicans, but with racist Democrats who are fanatic Trump-haters and for most Jews that is the only thing that matters.

However, contrary to what they would like you to believe, this actually has nothing to do with Trump. He is merely a convenient scapegoat, a straw-man. Jews have been voting  Democratic seemingly forever, before Trump was even born. Their vision and overwhelming support of the Democrats goes backward from their latest saints, Hillary Clinton and Barack Hussein Obama, to at least as far back as the 1930s and 1940s with Franklin Roosevelt, that most beloved of all Jewish father figures. And just look at how the Jews in Europe fared under his benevolent watch.

The shift in anti-Israel and anti-Semitic feeling in the current Democratic party is so alarming even to some of its own party leaders, that they have taken the radical step of forming their own clique within the party to try to counter this trend. Right now it is only word, and probably as a sop to their Jewish donors. The actual results remain to be seen.

 This is the problem with so many Jewish voters. They are enamored more with flowery words than concrete deeds. They view history through a myopic lens and a distorted time frame. But it is the actions of the politicians that should hold sway, not their words. Unless, of course, when politicians say they want to harm me, my way of life and my homeland. That kind of rhetoric does get my attention.

Max Wisotsky

Highland Park

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