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Monday, November 14, 2011

The Jewish American Democrat - Philly Burbs

I’d like to discuss with pure objectivity why American Jews overwhelmingly vote Democrat no matter what. This seemingly reflexive behavior is one that often confuses and I’ve not yet heard a compelling case from anyone.
This topic has been on my mind for awhile and discussed at length by many. The main goal is to clarify my own thoughts and possibly encourage some positive discussion.
Being a politically Conservative Jew can be pretty lonely at times. Running for public office in a predominantly Jewish town takes it to another level. One of my fellow Jewish Conservatives sensed my inner turmoil, took me aside and said (with a tone of seriousness), “Don’t worry about it. These people would vote for Hitler if he were a Democrat.”.
I was initially stunned by that comment, but then took a closer look. Was there any truth to that taboo sentiment? Hitler was appointed (and not elected) in 1933, but what was the support to his façade of “for the good of the people” legislation?
What was the Jewish community like before WWII and what was it like after that period? Has it changed and, if so, how?
This brings us back in time to some of the uprisings in the Vilna forests, the Warsaw Ghetto itself and the Treblinka Death Camp. Each of these areas is a separate discussion, but they had the common theme of a turning point where unawareness became awareness. They were places where leaders like Mordechai Anielewicz understood that passive obedience could have devastating consequences. They were all places where salvation could only be found through violence.
Although most died many did so on their feet and not on their knees. What would have been if 6,000,000 Jews had resisted the easy path of obedience? Easier said than done, but the Nazi environment didn’t happen overnight. One of the most honest historical perspectives can be found in “The Ominous Parallels” by Leonard Peikoff. I read it several years ago before my comprehensive abilities kicked in and it’s next in my cue to read (again).
Having traveled the world a bit I’ve seen firsthand how societies have evolved from specific actions of years past. Jews were exterminated, in many cases, in a hierarchy of independent thought. Those who questioned authority were often the first to go while those who were the most “useful” were kept around a little longer.
My Jewish Community has now evolved without the influence of intellectual honesty (which we seem to fear and avoid) regardless of how many advanced Ivy League degrees we have. We saw for ourselves what can happen when authority is questioned. In all fairness our primary duty is and has always been to our families, but we have to shake ourselves into understanding what our real Jewish values are and how to truly preserve them forever. Fortunately we now live in a nation where the authority is every citizen, but many fail to realize this foundation of the American fiber. We still, sadly, have big-government ingrained into our consciousness. It’s as if we promote equality in weakness as we seek the easy approval of others who also lack the courage to question.
If I’ve accomplished anything it’s in presenting a message that must begin at home. Our synagogues have to be restored to places of God from their current state of golden-calf-worship and intolerance that are morally obscene and spiritually bankrupt. There’s a definite reason why synagogue membership is down to 30% of the Jewish population or less. Our very survival depends on reawakening our integrity and rediscovering who we really are as Americans and as Jews.
History can be a terrible thing, but ignoring and repeating it is worse. “Never Again” means never-again and not again-and-again.

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