Majority of American Jews will continue choosing their progressive values over their survival as Jews no matter how anti-Semitic the Democratic party becomes
Being as we are on the eve of Passover, the major Jewish holiday that commemorates the Jewish exodus from Egyptian slavery to independence in the Promised Land, we may ask ourselves whether it may be possible that American Jews will free themselves from being slaves to the Democratic Party and choose freedom in the arms of the Republicans.
The answer to that, my friends, is a resounding no. There are many reasons why seven out of ten American Jews are democrats and these reasons are as valid today as they have ever been. Jews live in liberal coastal cities. They are educated and wealthy. In short, they fall squarely into the Democratic demographic. American Jews are, to put it mildly, not fighters. While they are happy to send their less fortunate, less educated, less wealthy, and much more Christian countrymen and women to fight, they themselves abhor firearms. Having the wealth to live in low-crime protected areas, they don’t need them either. So American Jews are stridently anti-gun. It is important to remember that American Jews are Ashkenazi diaspora Jews. In their DNA there is a powerful collective fear and loathing of all things Christian because of the centuries of murderous persecution of Jews by Christians in Europe. American Jews, needless to say wrongly, draw a direct line between American Evangelicals and the Christians in Poland or Ukraine that murdered their great grandparents.
These are powerful reasons why the vast majority of American Jew are Democrats, but now we come to the issue of Israel. Traditionally, the Democratic Party was much more supportive of Israel than the Republicans were. Democrats had their base of support in coastal cities where most Jews resided at a time when there was little to no other “diversity”. They relied on the Jewish vote, while Republicans, with their power base in the oil rich states of Texas and Oklahoma were much more aligned with the oil-producing and anti-Israeli Arab countries. The Bush dynasty, always hostile to Israeli interests, but very close to Saudi Arabia, is a good example of this phenomenon. So the equation was simple: to gain Jewish support, politicians had to pass the Israel support test administered by AIPAC. Democrats passed it, Republicans did not.
Today, however, we find ourselves in a totally different universe, one in which the old equation is completely gone in reality, but lingers in most people’s consciousness. To begin to understand the new reality, we must acknowledge that the influx of Latino, Asian, and Middle Eastern immigrants, most of whom Muslim, made the Jewish vote irrelevant for Democrats. Next, it behooves us to finally acknowledge that Israel is supported, not opposed, by the oil producing Gulf states, even if said support is hidden from public view for now. Finally, Israel has abandoned its socialist ways nearly 30 years ago, a move that made it immensely more powerful and economically successful. The end of the Cold War and the fall of the Soviet Union brought to Israel a million Soviet Jews, all of whom, from bitter experience, are stridently anti-socialist, but more than that, they are also strongly nationalist.
From a socialist, poor, secular, and largely Ashkenazi country thirty years ago, grew the modern successful, capitalistic, powerful, nationalist, and traditional Israel. This new Israel is closely aligned with the new Nationalist wing of the Republican party, but it is unrecognizable and frankly horrifying to most American Jews. This is why Trump’s strident pro-Israeli stance does not buy him any additional American Jewish votes: Trump loves Israel, but seven out of ten American Jews abhor it. So now there is a new equation, and it is an equation from which American Jews are simply absent. They have written themselves completely out of power in American politics. Democrats don’t need them and Republicans can’t get them.
The 70% of American Jews that vote Democrat do not perceive the stridently anti-Israeli and anti-Zionist rhetoric of many Democrats including Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, and Tlaib as directed against them. On the contrary, they are eager to participate in the deception that there is a difference between being anti-Semitic and anti-Israeli. As long as the Democratic leadership pays the slightest lip service to “fighting anti-Semitism”, even if they lump it together with Islamophobia and every other type of bigotry, the majority of American Jews will stay Democratic.
These progressive american Jews are indeed slaves, just like our ancestors were in Egypt. They are enslaved by their own ideology, one that demands that they self-annihilate via the rejection of Jews as a nation and subsequently intermarriage and assimilation. The Egyptian exodus was made possible by Jews, over many centuries, not mingling with the Egyptians, but rather maintaining their distinct ethnic, national, and religious identity. There will be no American exodus, because American Jews do not wish to remain apart, to maintain their separate identity, and to acknowledge Israel as their ancestral homeland, regardless of who is currently in office there.
Trump and the 30% of Jews who are free from progressive dogma should, needless to say, do everything possible to peel away, to “red pill” as it were as many of their brethren as they can. It is politically savvy and is also a “mitzvah, a good deed, because as our Sages have said: he who saves a single soul, has saved the world. But let us not entertain the illusion of a massive exodus of Jews from the Democratic party; most of them will never choose to be free or in fact even remain Jewish. And that is just fine.
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