By Norman Berdichevsky
On November 7th, the political landscape will have changed and the Democrats will no longer have the Jewish community sewn into their back pockets. This is a healthy development and one that bodes well both for the political process because no ethnic group is cast in stone.
Before 1928, many Jews traditionally voted Republican or even Socialist rather than for the party identified in large parts of the country until the 1960s with Sunday “blue laws,” discrimination against blacks, and segregation.
Even as late as 1948, American Jews were still sufficiently sober and proud to give a deserved slap in the face to the Democrats in the run up to the presidential election of 1948 in spite of their idealization of FDR. By early 1948, Truman had been cowed by his State Department advisers to abandon the partition proposal for Palestine and were preparing to announce that U.S. preferred “international trusteeship”– meaning no Jewish state.
White House adviser Max Lowenthal urgently warned Truman that if a Jewish state were proclaimed without U.S. recognition, Republican candidate New York Governor Thomas Dewey, and the newly formed leftwing Progressive Party under former Vice President Henry Wallace would lead a chorus of protests and capture the Jewish vote. The administration would pay a high political price in Jewish votes for it is especially important in the upcoming presidential election.
Truman received crucial phone calls from Bronx Democratic leader Ed Flynn and former Jewish New York governor Herbert Lehman, warning about the electoral repercussions in New York if he abandoned the Jews. A Congressional vote in the Bronx had already unseated a veteran Jewish Democrat to fill a vacant seat and Truman realized he had to make good on his original pledge of partition and recognition of Israel.
The proud Senator Lieberman whose nomination on the Democratic ticket in 2000 caused waves of ecstatic jubilation among many Jews, also refused to support Barack Obama in 2008 and spoke at the Republican National Convention.
Many American Jews need to be reminded that the most outstanding, talented Jewish individuals in public life uniformly saw the obvious dangers of an Obama presidency and warned against it. Even those prominent Jews who argued strongly for Barack Obama in 2008, former Mayor of New York City, Ed Koch, the country’s most well-known trial lawyer Alan Dershowitz, now New Jersey Republican congressional candidate Rabbi Shmuely Boteach, and publisher and editor Mortimer Zuckerman, have since removed the Obama stickers from their cars and are now pleading ignorance or betrayal or continue to flip-flop in confusion.
In September, 2011, Republican non-Jewish candidate Bob Turner captured the seat vacated by long-time Democratic Representative Anthony Weiner, upsetting Democrat David Weprin (a Jew). Turner had 54 percent of the vote to Weprin’s 46 percent in probably the heaviest Jewish congressional district (New York 9th) in the country where Democrats outnumber Republicans by a 3-to-1 margin. The district hadn’t had a Republican congressman since 1923.
Republicans – as well as former Mayor Ed Koch, a Democrat – worked to paint Weprin, an observant Jew, as an undependable backer of Israel. Turner’s supporters said a Republican win would “send a message” to Obama on his policies toward Israel. It has.
Jewish liberals may swallow any insult, carry water for the Democrats and proclaim that Jewish values mean same sex marriage, and unlimited abortion, or argue that Israelis “have to” trust an Obama second term but Jewish support for Mitt Romney in the coming election will equal or surpass that given to Ronald Reagan.
Yet, we’ve witnessed the same repetitive tired dinosaurs such as Democrat National Party chairwoman Debby Wasserman-Schultz calling upon Jews to repeat their robotic behavior in pulling the lever for the same party, that at their national convention in Charlotte, openly scorned the ties of affection that have only worked in one direction only, binding Jews to an anachronistic loyalty.
Black Congressman Alan West (R-22, Florida) and Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-20 Florida) were involved in a heated exchange of views and personal attacks in June 2011 that attracted media attention because both are from Florida and both are recent migrants to the state.
As a Black and a Jew, their constituencies represent the two strongest components of the Democratic coalition in Congress. Their conflict reflects a much deeper cleavage – one between No-Nothing Northern carpetbagger ultra-liberal ignorance and deeply held prejudices against the South on the one hand, and West’s symbolic image as a return, after a gap of a hundred years, of the historic ties of common interests between African Americans and the Republican Party.
On the eve of the Civil War, countless editorials in Southern newspapers referred to the probable election of Abraham Lincoln as the candidate of “The Black Republican Party” using “Black” as a symbol of evil and as a sign that the black slaves looked to that party and its candidate Abraham Lincoln as the source of eventual betterment.
During Reconstruction, 1865-77, the term was used with even greater vehemence by white Southerners at the spectacle of liberated slaves serving as Republican Congressmen in Washington.
Nevertheless, to listen to the DNC chairwoman’s remarks linking the Republican Party to “Jim Crow”, one would believe that she lives in an alternative universe. She is apparently unaware that it was the Democrats who were characterized for more than a hundred years as the party of Slavery, Secession, Segregation and since the 1930s as the party of Socialism.
Only someone as colossally self-brainwashed as Democrat Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz could make the statements that ignore the salient fact that the Republicans were the most active in combating lynching and promoting voting rights for African-Americans during the period 1920-1960 and that Martin Luther King was a lifelong Republican.
This is obviously ancient history for her yet she went on to rewrite it by claiming;
“You have the Republicans, who want to literally drag us all the way back to Jim Crow laws and very transparently block access to the polls to voters who are more likely to vote for Democratic candidates than Republican candidates. Photo I.D. laws, we think, are very similar to a poll tax. Just look at African-American voters as a snapshot. About 25 percent of African-American voters don’t have a valid photo I.D … the reason it’s similar to a poll tax is because you’ve got the expense. You’ve got the effort.”
This remark came from a woman whose 20th Congressional District in Florida is the most gerrymandered in the country yet nobody has since ventured to ask the question why it is that the Democrats continually suppress the Military vote by not allowing ballots counted even though they were legal in the states that received the ballots yet always agitate for convicted felons in prison to be able to vote.
She also went on record with unconditional backing to disgraced fellow Jewish Democratic-Liberal Anthony Weiner, the “victim” of a “Republican Conspiracy” excusing his behavior until just before resigning under enormous pressure from fellow Democrats.
The Democrats thus feign ignorance about their own history in instituting and institutionalizing poll taxes, grandfather clauses, literacy tests, tolerating lynch mobs and simple strong armed tactics to prevent blacks from voting in most Southern states for almost a hundred years after the end of the Civil War as well as granting unconditional reprieve and clemency to any disgraced Jewish politician.
Wasserman Schultz made her incendiary comments on June 6, 2011 during an interview with Roland Martin, known for his regular CNN political commentaries, on TV-One. She half-retracted her comments the next day after someone probably referred her to an elementary book on the history of the United States.
The National Republican Committee Chairman released a statement in response charging that …”Wasserman Schultz will literally say anything,” and called the congresswoman’s statements “absurd accusations” and “offensive remarks” leading her to admit that she had “used the wrong analogy” (foot in mouth disease). This put her in the same category as the recently defeated and fellow Jewish bleeding heart Democrat (and millionaire) Alan Grayson, who claimed on the House floor that the Republican plan was for the elderly to die quickly and used the Holocaust as another ‘wrong analogy’ (for which he was also forced to apologize).
The real reason for the increased panic among Democrat activists including David Axelrod and Rahm Emanuel, who together with Wasserman-Schultz comprise a Jewish Liberal Dinosaur Triumvirate is obvious. The entire Democratic protective monopoly on the “minority voters” and the constant appeal of the Democrats to elderly voters posing as their protector is in mortal danger.
The President has always idealized the support of Blacks, Jews, women, and senior citizens for the Democrat Party even while throwing Israel under the bus and his whole hearted support for “affirmative action” will only serve to further disadvantage employment prospects for the children and grandchildren of many elderly Jewish voters. The specter of the loss of many Jewish voters in this election is the nightmare the Democrats have finally awakened to.
Norman Berdichevsky is a native New Yorker who lives in Orlando, Florida. He holds a Ph.D. in human geography from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1974) and is the author of The Danish-German Border Dispute (Academica Press, 2002), Nations, Language and Citizenship (McFarland & Co., Inc., 2004), Spanish Vignettes; An Offbeat Look into Spain’s Culture, Society & History (Santana Books, Malaga, Spain. 2004), An Introduction to Danish Culture (MacFarland, 2011) and The Left is Seldom Right (New English Review Press, 2011). He is the author of more than 200 articles and book reviews that have appeared in a variety of American, British, Danish, Israeli and Spanish periodicals such as World Affairs, Journal of Cultural Geography, Ecumene, Ariel, Ethnicity, The World & I, Contemporary Review, German Life, Israel Affairs, and Midstream. He is also a professional translator from Hebrew and Danish to English and his website is here.
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