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Why Do Most Jews Stay with Obama?

When will American Jews finally realize that the endgame of Obama’s "Progressive" dream will be their nightmare?

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Arnold Steinberg

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August 12, 2014 - 12:06 am
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It was implausible to me that Barack Obama never knew Rev. Jeremiah Wright hated Jews. At best, Obama made a deal with this anti-Semitic racist, who helped Obama launch his political career.

Still, back in 2008, Jews — displaying the cognitive dissonance of a captive Democratic voter bloc — gave Obama the benefit of the doubt for the same reason most Jews continue to support him: he’s (half) black. Jews favor underdogs and victims (though really, Obama is neither).

As many Jews assimilated into America over the last century, some downplayed their Jewish identity — changing names, intermarrying and, most of all, converting… to the secular religion of liberalism. Although Jews became leaders in the civil rights movement, black anti-Semitism persists; leftist Jews don’t see to care that the Congressional Black Caucus is largely anti-Israel, as was the last Democratic National Convention.

There is a double standard. Obama’s first foreign policy act was his “apology tour” to the Arab world. Obama then favored the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and opposed its moderate successor government. Secretary of State John Kerry similarly snubbed moderate Arabs countries and bypassed the Palestinian Authority to curry favor with Hamas. Imagine if Secretary of State Jim Baker had done the same thing during George H.W. Bush’s presidency.

Following World War II, the myth had persisted among Jews that FDR was a bold leader who helped save Jews, when, in fact, he was a feckless polemicist who was indifferent to the Holocaust. Republican Sen. Robert Taft’s principled opposition to the ex post facto Nuremberg trials was misinterpreted. That same older generation of Jews also thanked Democrat Harry Truman in 1948 for recognizing Israel and faulted Republican Dwight Eisenhower for pressuring Israel during the 1956 Suez crisis.

To this day, few Jews recognize that at Israel’s greatest time of existential threat — the 1973 surprise attack known as the Yom Kippur War — Republican Richard Nixon saved Israel: his friend, Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir called in the middle of the night; Nixon unilaterally overruled the Pentagon to airlift massive military supplies to our beleaguered ally.

More background — the Holocaust itself had produced a postwar disaffection among Jewish baby-boomers who were raised by parents in permanent recovery mode. These Jews, now middle-aged and older, tacitly rebelled against Judaism; how could God permit the extermination of millions of their pious ancestors?  At the risk of irreverence, I would suggest that Jews in Europe should have been less trusting and better armed, and maybe God now wants American Jews to support the Second Amendment and oppose gun control.

Jews have long been seduced into generational mythology. It’s true that many European Christians hated Jews and collaborated with the Gestapo, as did many Polish Catholics, and the Polish government which oppressed Jews. But the Christian tradition in America is different, and also Catholics here are not hostile to Jews. Given the support for Israel among evangelical Christians, conservatives still cannot understand how “prayer in schools” sent alarm bells to some Jews who irrationally saw the slippery slope of a theocracy.

Also, how convenient for liberal Jews to forget that Nazis were national socialists who defamed the free market as Jew-profiteering and that Mussolini’s fascism was a corporatist state, much like what Obama envisions with his crony capitalism. In fact, the European “far right” and American conservatism are mutually exclusive. Indeed, a free market economy in a pluralistic society is uniquely hospitable to Jews, but many Jews, despite the Jewish roots of Ludwig von Mises, Ayn Rand, Milton Friedman and an array of Jewish free market economists, do not yet get it.

In the last generation or two, many younger, alienated Jews, raised in post-Holocaust cynicism and ignorant of Mideast history, have fallen victim to the propaganda that Zionists are colonialists and racists who unjustly occupy Palestinian territory. At some point, hopefully not too late, they will learn that Islamists (as the Nazis did) want to kill all Jews, even politically correct Jews who are Israel-bashers. The silver lining is that perhaps the attacks on Jews in Europe will awaken Jews here to their heritage and its political derivative, American conservatism. After all, many of the major American figures in libertarian philosophy and the conservative movement were Jewish.

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Great article on a complex issue. In 19th century German the
Reformist movement began and for all practical purposes Faith in
G-d was replaced with Faith in man. And so it began. How ironic that
The Holocaust also began in Germany. True enough that many Jews
Were in the forefront of leftist movements. The maternal grandfather of
Karl Marx was a Dutch Rabbi. Of course, Marx later turned on Judaism
With a vengeance. The Torah relates that after coming out of Egypt and
Witnessing G-d's miracles the Jewish people built an idol, the golden
Calf, to worship. But according to the Sages this rebellion against G-d was
Instigated, not by Jews, but by the 'mixed multitudes', the many non-Jews from
Egypt who followed alongside them out of Egypt. So it has been ever since.
Leftist 'Jews' like Marx and many in the Ranks of Secular Jewish Reformism
Are these same 'mixed multitudes', but they're Jewish in
Name only and worship not the G-d of Abraham, Issac, and
Jacob, but the Golden Calf of Secular humanism.
Let's get that straight.
18 weeks ago
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Don't overlook the most common reason for such an attachment: the inertia that stems from habit, reinforced by the reluctance to admit that you've been wrong. A great many people, independent of their heritage or faith, would rather admit to murder.

Much electoral behavior is inherited, which intensifies the effect: to switch allegiances is to imply that not only have you been wrong, but that your parents were, as well.
18 weeks ago
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These liberal Jews are not Jews in any meaningful sense of the term, about as Jewish as Obama, which is why they have no problem voting for him. Their god is modern liberalism no matter what. Yet the failure lies as much with their parents who have nothing to teach them about anything that matters and so Leftism/progressivism fills the void. It is nothing new. American Jews behaved, with exceptions, cowardly in the 1930s; and German Jews in the late nineteenth century and beyond were more German than the Germans. See where that got them.

What's little pointed out - maybe because it's so obvious - is that we see where the poisoned fruits of Jew-hating Leftism now get us, the Obama administration is so far the end point of all that. The Jew-hatred of the Left has real world consequences, Obama is that consequence, the embodiment of all that more than anybody alive (the Muslim-liberal alliance that is, merged and united).
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a. Obama's words, “does not worry about Israel’s survival” is no slip at all, Freudian or otherwise. He simply doesn't care.

b. American left-leaning Jews I know are saying that they American first. That is, they'd rather have other roots (not Jewish), and hope that non Jews would accept them as such. Boy, are they in for a surprise.
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The surest sign of a substanceless argument is citing antisemitism, holocaust denial, and racism. It means the position has no legs to stand on has to resort to name calling and censorship.

The author is ignorant or more likely dishonest. Jewish culture has always been one of subversion and contempt for its hosts. Name a culture where Jews lived as a diaspora where Jews didn't engender enmity. "Persecuted" in Egypt, victims in the Middle East, "oppressed" in Eastern Europe where its Bolshevik atrocities against Christians murdered many millions yet Jews refuse to concede as Germans concede nazi crimes incessantly, earning such love in Southern Europe that they drove Jews into Northern Europe, and now, the Protestant world of Northwest Europe and the WASP world get the Rosenbergs, Pollard and coerced multiculturalism.

In return for Northwest European Protestants giving Jews asylum from the Catholic Inquisitions, Jews as always provided subversion and attacks on the culture via the invention of Communism. In return for saving Jews from Catholic Fascism, Jews returned British and American salvation with attacking WASP liberty via the NAACP for remove white Christians' rights, the ACLU to outlaw Christianity, the founding and disproportionate representation in Leftist groups to destroy America and the West, imposition of multiculturalism, creating of anti-Christian and anti-free speech Jewish supremacist groups like the ADL, Southern Poverty Law Center, Mikey Weinstein's attempt to ban Christians from the military and calling for violence against Christians.

Americans and other WASPs save Jews from the Holocaust. In return: the Rosenbergs to sell America's nuclear weapons to the Soviets implementing Jewish-invented Communism, attacking attacked the USS Liberty, killing American sailors, on which Israel refuses substantive cooperation on any investigation of that matter - withholding audio and essential documentation to this day, killing American Rachel Corrie with an IDF bulldozer and refusing substantive cooperation to this day, selling American military secrets to the Chinese, conducting espionage and stealing US military secrets to sell to any country hostile to America, seeking to ban American free speech via Jewish supremacist NYU Law Prof Jeremy Waldron, whose book "The Harm in Hate Speech" advocates for elimination of America's First Amendment Free Speech guarantees - under the guise of preventing hate crimes, of course. Know that hate crimes legislation will only be used to persecute Christians, never protect them.
18 weeks ago
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@postmerrick --- I find your post, to be offensive and leaning more to the White Supremacist thinking and teachings , as written. There is nothing wrong with having pride in your faith or country. Patriotism is all about that and then some.

Plus, you need to get some of your facts about World War II straight. Many, many Jews fought in World War II, in both the European Theater and the Pacific Theater. Yes, during that time, the war was separated into two theaters, as they were called. I see, that you are sighting several Jews, who have not been good to the USA ... Why, didn't you sight some Christians that have not be good to the USA??? There have been many, throughout America's history!

I also, remember a time, when Americans were fearful of having a Catholic President and that was used against John F. Kennedy during his campaign. It was probably the main reason, that it was an extremely close race, between Nixon and Kennedy, in Nov. 1960. In fact, Nixon won the popular vote, by a very slim margin, but, choose NOT to contest, unlike Gore. America survived having a Catholic President and JFK is one of the most beloved Presidents, that the USA has had in modern times!!!

Please, go back where you came from and wallow in your own hatred.
17 weeks ago
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To me being Jewish is just the dad-gum best thing in the world -- the only thing better is being Israeli. There's something about being Israeli that gives you such a personal feeling of doing something important just in that act. I wish I could figure out how to hug my county.
18 weeks ago
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In other words, you're a bigot. God forbid someone substitute "Christian" or "white" for "jewish" or "israeli." That would be racist. Protestants created, fought and died for the America that's provided Jews sanctuary from the countless cultures that Jews angered to the point of eviction, yet Jews have run a ceaseless campaign to outlaw Christianity in America and persecute Christians. Israel being a country for Jews and only Jews, raining white phosphorous artillery down on Palestinian civilians, bulldozing Gentiles' homes without due process, racially cleansing Arabs by the hundreds of thousands is something to cherish. Simply win every argument by screaming "antisemitism" and "holocaust denial".
2+2=5. If you disagree, you're an antisemite.
18 weeks ago
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I think that you are mixing Jews with ACLU. True enough, there are Hews in ACLU, or at least people with Jewish roots, but they aren't the majority.
This being said, as a Jew myself, I can't thank Christian Americans enough.
17 weeks ago
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Tablet Magazine interviews Marine La Pen of the Front National of France.

http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-news-and-politics/181075/frances-toxic-hate-4-le-pen
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Will Jews support a strong Nationalist European Christian party in France, or continue to support the Commie Socialist Fascists who support mass immigration of Muslims into France?

We all know the answer to that, dont we?

Which American Conservatives condemn Lieberman's Nationalist Party (in coalition government with Likud).....none. They are supportive.

And so it goes. The double standards and tribalism continue...from the Jews.
18 weeks ago
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Well, what have we learned in this lively discussion?
18 weeks ago
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Check out Jews and the Communist Party USA, a speech by Harvey Klehr

http://www.cjh.org/pages.php?pid=45&evID=1966
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40% of known Americans who spied for the Communist Soviet Union were Jews.
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Rom 9:6 For not all who are descended from Israel belong to Israel,
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HEBREWS UNWELCOME!

Remember the story about the governmental official of a small nation with a small, Jewish population? A reporter asked him, “Do you have much anti-Semitism in your country?” The official replied, “Oh no! We never let many in.”

No, Israelis, the world has not lost its mind . . . it made up its mind centuries ago. Since the writing of the Christian New Testament then the publishing of Mohammed’s The Recital (aka/The Koran), the world has made up its mind to embrace anti-Semitism . . . an historical attitude that most Jews refuse to accept despite its innumerable, homicidal expressions over the centuries. Plainly put, in this world, Hebrews are unwelcome. Yes, a pro-Semite can cite the mountain of benefits Jews have conferred upon humanity . . . in science, mathematics, medicine, art, music, and literature. Yet, the world forgets the Einsteins, Sabins (polio), Mendelssohns, etc. Instead, it remembers the bankers, lawyers, and rabble-rousers.

In behavioral science from the biobehavioral orientation, there are two classes of behavior . . . instrumental and verbal. Each is sub-served by a different area of the brain.

Instrumental is behavior that acts upon the world. Verbal comments upon the world, whether by voice or movement (including writing).

Verbal behavior is low cost and high risk. Low cost because it requires little time, effort, or money to emit. High risk because it’s manipulated easily. Every demagogue knows this truth intuitively. Worse, data suggest that people choose to hear favorable lies, knowing that they are lies, rather than unfavorable truths. Good luck, Israel!

The anti-Semites are manipulating the verbal behavior of the world to influence the instrumental behavior of Israel . . . they’re succeeding . . . and they likely will continue to succeed irrespective of facts and logic. They look at the situation this way: Context: Worldwide anti-Semitism. Antecedent: The birth of Israel in 1947. Behavior: Direct military actions against Israel in 1947, 1967, and 1973. Consequences: Failure.

So, what’s an anti-Semite to do? Attack Israel indirectly by using anti-Semitism as the weapon. No shortage of ammunition there.

So, what’s a pro-Israeli to do? Behavioral science tells us that it’s all a matter of context and consequences (www.inescapableconsequences.com). In 1967, the context and consequences favored Israel, but Israelis failed to capitalize on the moment. Now, in 2014, they’re paying the price of that momentary but monumental behavioral deficit.

To survive, Israelis and their allies need to analyze the context and manipulate the consequences to their favor. It seems unlikely that the world ever will welcome Hebrews. Even so, the Israelis can force the anti-Semites of the world to respect them. How? By controlling the consequences of acting instrumentally against them . . . not just via punishment but via positive reinforcement.

There’s a lesson here for the USA, as well. Learn it or perish.
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"since the writing of the Christian NT"???? The only friends the jews have left are the evangelical Christians. Are you batshit looney?
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Excellent article. I have never been able to understand why my Jewish high school friends, are so liberal/leftist, some to the point of being vehemently anti-American.
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