Klavan On The Culture

Dumb Jews

There used to be a saying that “Jews earn like WASPS and vote like Puerto Ricans,” the idea being that no matter how successful Jews become they still retain a sense of themselves as minority underdogs and vote accordingly.

Today, however, I think that saying needs to be changed to “Jews think like Einstein and vote like fracking idiots.” Because while Jews are widely viewed as an intelligent race of people who hold learning in high regard, a recent poll still shows a majority of them planning to vote for Barack Obama’s re-election — and that’s just plain stupid.

Here are three reasons.

1. Obama’s policies are actually bad for the underdogs and minorities.

The notion that big government helps the poor is a false one. Some government programs may help some poor people in the moment, but the long-term effect of such programs is well proven to be disastrous. Look at Detroit, New Orleans, and Chicago — all Democrat strongholds since forever. Why do you think blacks are moving out of the northern cities and back to the south?

Under Obama, the poverty rate has swollen, real unemployment (including those people who have despaired of finding work) has skyrocketed, and government dependency has increased a stunning 23 percent. All these numbers are worse for black people. Conversely, the supposedly greedy and racist policies of Ronald Reagan brought poverty down every year for the last five years of his presidency and improved the economic lives of blacks more than any other group.

Dumb people vote for what looks good. Smart people vote for policies that work. Assuming Jews truly care about helping minorities and underdogs, Jews who vote for Obama are dumb Jews.

2. Obama appeases Jew-hating Islamists.

The idea that Obama is secretly Muslim is ridiculous. It is well-documented that Obama believes in the America-hating, racist form of non-Christian Christianity preached by Jeremiah Wright. I only wish Obama were Muslim so you could reason with the guy! However, his policy of apology and appeasement to Islamists is giving strength and incentive to a world-wide movement of jihad that has the destruction of the Jews as one of its primary goals. As a recent example: After terrorists murdered our ambassador and military men in Libya, Obama’s people refused to call terrorism terrorism and instead blamed the pre-arranged 9/11 assault on a silly YouTube video. To avoid confronting the Islamists, the administration went so far as to pressure YouTube to remove the vid (YouTube courageously refused). And at the very least, the administration inspired (if they did not actually encourage) law officers to drag the filmmaker from his home at midnight for “questioning.” Encouraged by this sort of puling weakness, Islamist protests have spread from Libya to more than a dozen countries worldwide.

Obama’s failure to understand the nature of the Islamist threat has led to his bungling of the Arab spring. Despite his narcissistic belief that his personal life experience would help him reach out to the Muslim world, tension between Islam and civilization is on the rise. Even Obama’s strutting pride at having personally killed Osama bin Laden with his bare hands is indicative of the fact that he misunderstands that the Islamist chant is true: “Listen, Obama, we’re all Osama.” Terrorism isn’t crime; it’s warfare.

Jews don’t always have to vote for what’s “good for the Jews.” But Jews who vote for policies that encourage their own annihilation are dumb Jews.

3. Obama is no friend to Israel.

It’s insulting to think that American Jews care more about Israel than they do about their own country — they don’t. But the lives of 5 million Jews in the Middle East should be of Jewish concern as should the health of a Jewish homeland. Against the fact that Obama has treated Israel’s prime minister with disdain and disrespect, has been meddlesome on the issue of Jewish settlements, and has offered to give away the Israeli farm before negotiations with Israel’s enemies even began, friends of the administration argue that Obama’s behind-the-scenes practical support for the Jewish nation remains strong. There’s some truth to that — though I’m not sure his administration could have survived any other approach. But Obama’s appeasement of Islamism, his identification of Israel with colonialism, which he hates, his delusional notion that jihad is a matter of sporadic crimes committed by outlying individuals, and his resulting mishandling of the Arab Spring and Iranian nuclear threat constitute a long-term danger to Israel’s existence.

Smart Jews know that Israel is important not just for their own survival but for the freedom of the world.

Jews who vote for Barack Obama are dumb Jews.

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