This election cycle has given us a classic example. No matter what else happens, you can be sure that at least 60% of the Jewish vote, if not more, will go to Barack Hussein Obama and the Democrat ticket.
It's passing strange that this should be so, to say the least.
Barack Obama's past associations, not to mention his present ones ought to set off warning signals to most Jews equivalent to a three alarm fire in a crowded city.
Here we have a presidential candidate who's avowed hero and role model was the renowned anti-Semite Malcolm X; who's spiritual mentor at the church he chose to belong to for two decades was a vicious Jew hater and racist named Jeremiah Wright, who supports Jew-hating Louis Farrakhan, the Nation of Islam and Hamas; and who's long time associate and benefactor, black separatist and radical Islamist Khalid al-Mansour provided Obama's close connection to both the Nation of Islam and the Saudis.
None of that seems to be a warning signal to the majority of American Jews. And neither is Obama's instant flip flop on Jerusalem, his endorsement by Hamas, Louis Farakhan, Ahmadinejad, Hezbollah and virtually every other Islamist on earth, Obama's observation that ‘Nobody is suffering more than the Palestinian people’or the quaint little fact that just about every prominent member of his foreign policy team (with the exception of the newly arrived Dennis Ross) is overtly hostile to Israel and considers the Jewish State the 'problem' that's needs solving in the Middle East.
Mere details. Total silence. Besides, to these people, there's a truly dangerous person running for the White House..Sarah Palin.
Now, there's someone worthy of being demonized.
Never mind that Sarah Palin and Senator McCain are both fervently pro-Israel, and that both Palin and McCain are outspoken on the need to stand with Israel against Iran and prevent a second Holocaust and refuse to consider dealing with Iran until they drop that little item from their agenda.
No matter that Sarah Palin has an Israeli flag in her office, that every Jew with personal knowledge of her from the head of Chabad in Anchorage, Rabbi Josef Greenberg on down has praised her support of Israel and the Jewish people.
None of it matters. To listen to the screams of outrage from certain quarters, you'd think that Sarah Palin was der Führer reincarnated as a yahoo redneck from America's outback.
This insanity has included obscene rants from completely secular Jews like Sandra Bernhard,and has even extended to successful pressure from the Jewish Left to exclude Sarah Palin from speaking in solidarity with the Jewish people at an anti-Ahmadinejad demonstration in front of the UN when Iran's president and resident Holocaust denier-in-chief visited New York City...an amazingly short-sighted insult towards someone who might one day be a heartbeat away from the presidency.
What's going on, cousins, is that the majority of Jews in America have been hostages of the Democrats for so long that they will willfully ignore their own real interests,side with their captors and adopt their interests as their own, no matter what. Classic Stockholm Syndrome.
All we have to do to prove this is to look at what Sarah Palin's biggest crimes are in their eyes.
For starters, Sarah Palin is an Evangelical Christian.That alone is enough to start these people salivating about burning her at the stake.
The idea of Jews demonizing Evangelical Christians, who are beyond a doubt as a group the most fervent non-Jewish supporters of Israel and the Jewish people might seem odd, even self-destructive until you realize that for a lot of secular Jews on the Left, Israel is far down the list of important issues, if it even appears on the list at all.
For most of these people, abortion, homosexual marriage and mouthing the catechism of the Left to keep favor with their ideological captors are far more important. I remember a conversation I had a couple of years back with Natan Sharansky during a university tour he did here, and I'll always remember his shock at how little so many Jews he ran into knew or cared about Israel and why it should matter to them personally.
They simply don't get it.
The absurd thing is, a lot of Leftist Jews try to justify this attitude by claiming that Evangelicals only support Israel so that all the Jews can be gathered there and either convert or be destroyed at the End of Days. To understand how ridiculous this is, you actually have to read Scripture and look at the Bible and the Gospels to understand where the Christian Evangelical regard for Israel and the Jews really comes from.....but then again, that's something almost none of the people regurgitating this urban legend have ever done in their lives.
Then of course, there's abortion.
It's abortion in particular that makes a lot of Leftist Jewish women froth at the mouth, to the point where poor Sarah Palin might as well have a huge scarlet "A" pinned to her chest. Imagine this trailer trash breeder, with five kids.. and not only that, one of them is a baby with Down's Syndrome that not only didn't she abort but says she feels blessed to have given birth to. The nerve! How dare she not endorse Obama and the pro infanticide ticket? Is she trying to shame us and make us look bad?
Given their attitudes on Israel and on these social issues, it's no wonder spokesmouths of Leftist secular Jewish opinion like Ira Foreman and Sarah Silverman continue to whine that Sarah Palin is 'totally out of step’ with American Jewish public opinion. And of course, they're largely correct..at least when it comes to secular Jews on the Left. Most of them would vote for Hermann Göring himself if he had a small 'd' after his name, made some vague, innocuous remarks about supporting Israel and embraced the abortion sacrament.
There's a verse in Deuteronomy 30:19 traditionally read at Yom Kippur services that says: "I call heaven and earth to witness against you today that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Therefore choose life, so that you and your descendants may live."
The current election underlines the divide between those Jews who've embraced a culture of life and those who've embraced a culture of death and continue to be hostages to their Leftist captors, no matter how many betrayals have occurred..always to their intense shock and surprise, when they finally realize it.
And yes, I realize what a harsh statement that is.
This goes beyond mere party identification and cuts to the core of whom someone is and what they believe in their heart of hearts.
And the most bitterly ironic joke of all is that someone like a Sarah Palin or a Pastor John Hagee would be demonized by people who claim to represent `Jewish values' but who almost always lack even a remote clue as to what those values actually are, ('tikkun olam', anyone?) and have little or no understanding of their past.
Instead, they eagerly embrace and articulate the values of people who mean them no good whatsoever and thus are condemned to repeat the cycle.
Like I said, classic Stockholm....