The "Jewish Vote"- Perpetuating an Insult

Obama has not only turned his back on an ally, he has insulted the Jewish voters who supported him.

Within the minds of pollsters and pundits, individuals have no identity; they are simply components of monolithic voting blocks that are typically identified by religion, ethnicity or a combination thereof. Whether analyzing election results or predicting them, the monolith theoreticians ascribe a candidate’s success or failure to “the Catholic vote”, “the Jewish vote”, “the Hispanic vote”, “the black vote”, “the evangelical vote” or any number of the other voting blocks they have identified.

To accept that voters cast their ballots according to the monolith in which they are placed, is to deny that these voters are individuals, with unique priorities. Therefore, it’s unreasonable to expect that one person will have the same values and expectations as another simply because he or she shares an ethnic or religious background.

On the other hand, sometimes “monolithicist” theory is eerily close to being a precise reflection of actual election results. Such was the case in the 2008 presidential election. According to some pollsters, approximately 78% of “the Jewish vote” was cast for Obama. Even if that percentage is grossly optimistic, it begs the question of why any person of the Jewish faith would vote for a candidate who is not only anti-Israel, but is also a supporter of Israel’s enemies.

The easy answer is that many Jews have had a long-time affiliation with the Democratic Party. That affiliation dates back decades, to a time when Republicans were often viewed (on some occasions with a fair amount of accuracy) as being anti-Semitic. Many Jews see themselves first and foremost as members of a faith that has been persecuted for thousands of years. As such, they have an affinity for, and feel a connection with, members of other minorities who have also been victims of prejudice.

The fault in that logic is the assumption that any victim of discrimination shares a bond with all other victims, irrespective of the factors upon which specific discriminatory actions are based. Prejudice, and the discrimination that arises from it, originates from fear fueled by socio-economic difference. While the discriminator many identify race or religion as the objectionable aspect of a particular individual, his or her true antagonism arises from fear-- fear that a person of a particular description is a threat to his or her social or economic status.

The stereotypical attributes of one monolithic group rarely have much in common with those of another. Consequently, one group that has been the victim of discrimination may fear and disdain another group as much—or more—than members of the general “non-monolithic” population. That’s a concept that Jewish voters must accept, and any doubters need look no further than Obama’s numerous assaults against Israel. Here we have a Democrat, who was overwhelmingly supported by Jewish voters, putting forth proposals that are not merely harmful, but potentially devastating to Israel.

Some liberals do understand that Obama’s proposal for Israel to surrender all of the areas captured in its war of 1967, (except for land swaps) will erode the Jewish monolith. Whether they truly care about Israel, or are simply posturing to minimize the effects of a backlash is another matter entirely. Ed Koch, former mayor of New York City is one long-standing Democrat who gets it. Koch has stated he’s ready to break with his party in the upcoming presidential election as a result of Obama’s Middle East policies.

New York senator Chuck Schumer also gets it. He has been critical of Obama’s position on Middle East affairs in the past. A staunch supporter of Israel, Schumer, like many Democrats is now between the proverbial rock and a hard place. If he backs Obama’s Middle East agenda, he loses the support of New York’s Jewish voters; if he objects to Obama’s foot-in-mouth escapades, he risks repercussions within his own party. Although Schumer has been openly critical of Obama’s stance on Israel in the past, as election day approaches, he has avoided making statements about the administration’s position.

That may bring Schumer’s primary allegiance into question, but there’s no doubt as to Obama’s. This isn’t the only time he has thrown Israel, and consequently Jewish voters under the bus and it won’t be the last. Voters of all faiths should remember that when they enter the voting booth in November. Obama has toned down the rhetoric during his campaign, but the fact remains, he has abandoned Israel. In so doing, he has not only turned his back on an ally, he has insulted the Jewish voters who supported him.

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Dave Emanuel September 12, 2012 at 09:54 PM
George- It's time for your medication.
George Wilson September 12, 2012 at 09:56 PM
Netanyahu's attempt to interfere in the U.S. Presidential election is stupid and repugnant and it will seriously compromise Israeli image and influence in the U.S. Netanyahu is profoundly ignorant of the attitudes of American voters if he thinks he can blackmail the President and dictate U.S. foreign and defense policy. When I was young and naive I thought Israel was a beacon of freedom and tolerance in the Middle East. No longer. Israel is an apartheid state. It brutally mistreats the Palestinians within its borders. The Israeli government tolerates, even encourages, the worst sort of discrimination and violence against Palestinians trapped within the conquered territories. Freedom to own property, educate your children, have access to health care, even to move about the country freely are all seriously compromised by official Israeli government policy. We hand over to Israel every year three billion dollars. If there is one government program that should be privatized, foreign aid to Israel is it. Maybe Sheldon Adelson,a big contributor to Republicans, would like to pick up the tab. The views stated above are held by many jewish people,according to their newspapers.It seems like they have a left and a right just as we do in this country.
George Wilson September 12, 2012 at 09:58 PM
@ Dave Emanuel Just can't resist a cheap shot!
Dave Emanuel September 12, 2012 at 09:58 PM
George, it's time for your medication.
Elizabeth Lee September 12, 2012 at 10:09 PM
I vote Democrat because the party's platform is more in line with what I am supposed to be worried about - fixing the world in preparation of the afterlife. I was not commanded to worry about Israel and Israel alone.
Crystal Huskey (Editor) September 13, 2012 at 01:48 AM
George, if you would like to write a rebuttal, blogging on Snellville Patch is available to anyone.
Tammy Osier September 13, 2012 at 10:40 AM
I think we might need to explain to some folks WHY it's imperative to keep our allies happy. Your allies are your friends. They defend us and we defende them. Next time radical islamists decide to hit us (God forbid they get a nuke), we kind of want the other country that has nukes to be on our side. If you're not for Israel, then you are for the muslims that want to kill us? How much sense does that make?
Jamie Dempsey September 13, 2012 at 01:02 PM
Is everyone overlooking the Iran Nuclear Summit? The leverege that can be gained by our enemies if a panel in Geneva allows Iran to have, and then force Russia to build, nukes on their behalf? Or am I oversimplifying it?
George Wilson September 13, 2012 at 02:06 PM
@Tammy Osier It is equally important to keep the United States happy as an ally. The Israelis have allowed the building of illegal Jewish settlements on Palestinian land despite out repeated objections. This has stood in the way if a peaceful settlement of the Palestinian problem and the peace process. Let us not forget that Israel has over 200 nuclear weapons and they are capable of defending themselves. The 3 billion dollars that we give them each year is needed here. Maybe their attitude towards a peaceful settlement would be a little more focused if we withdrew that money. It would also help out standing in the Arab world. My point of view is also held by many Jewish people.
George Wilson September 13, 2012 at 02:08 PM
@JamieDempsey This makes no sense at all.
George Wilson September 13, 2012 at 02:40 PM
@all The Republican election strategy is very simple to discern. Show a few minorities, Latinos /Hispanics and women at their convention in an attempt to peel off a few votes from these traditional Democratic voting blocs. Because there are not enough angry white males like Dave and old Dixiecrats now Dixie Republicans to put them in office. Put in Voter ID laws that suppress the votes among students,minorities,and the elderly, make it difficult to vote by changing voting locations and times , collect big dollars from their wealthy corporate friends(thanks to the Citizens United decision) and run negative and untrue ads. Even attack the policy differences between a right wing Israel leader like Netanyahu as an attempt to peel off a few Jewish voters .This is a policy of cynical and desperate men who offer nothing to the American people in the way of solutions it's just more of the old failed Bush economics that got us into this mess. Ryan and Romney are desperate as this strategy starts to come apart as evidenced by recent polls as intelligent people see through this hocus pocus.
Chris September 13, 2012 at 03:19 PM
Really George? Your same ole copy and paste rhetoric plays like a scratched record over and over. Do you have any new material? Maybe you can entertain "@all" by telling us Obama's plan. So far just a lot of unemployment, foreclosures, green energy bankruptcies, millions more on welfare and disability. The Arab Spring is going swell due to Obama's policies. Anything else exciting for America to look "Forward" to?
George Wilson September 13, 2012 at 03:54 PM
Chris Really, sorry you are bored .You might try reading the "AMERICAN JOBS ACT" By Obama. This is being held up by the do nothing Republican congress. Even better, tell us what Romney's big plan is on jobs,healthcare,cutting excessive defense spending,education.Most people don't know where he stands on the issues and this would be a revelation. I'm eagerly waiting and so is the nation!
Chris September 13, 2012 at 04:17 PM
George, I think you misunderstood my request. "New Material" Meaning not the same as yesterday's post. For you to mention the AMERICAN JOBS ACT is hilarious. Obama never intended for that bill to pass which is exactly why is was written the way it was. You know, SOS, more wasteful spending. If $5.4 Trillion in wasteful spending hasn't helped anything, we sure don't need to borrow more so he can pass it along to his supporters. You know. Those like Solyndra? America was attacked again this week by Islamic Terrorists in a well planned invasion. The Obama administration plays it off blaming a YouTube video so Obama continues his hope and change campaign in Las Vegas instead of being the Leader Of The Free World. What a major disappointment this guy.
George Wilson September 13, 2012 at 06:53 PM
@Chris Don't even mention Solyndra without mentioning our state Republicans giving millions in tax breaks and loans to the failed attempt in south Georgia to make fuel out of wood chips.
Chris September 13, 2012 at 06:59 PM
George, I am unaware of your rumor and I refuse to believe it. Oh... and I am not going to research it either. Romney 2012! : )
George Wilson September 13, 2012 at 07:11 PM
@Chris You could call it George W. Bush's Solyndra. "Instead of claiming to turn cylindrical solar cells into energy, Range Fuels said it would squeeze fuel out of woodchips. Late last week, we learned the government was liquidating this failed, heavily subsidized undertaking. Range Fuels a cellulosic ethanol company backed by as much as $156 million in U.S. loans and grants from President George W. Bush’s administration, is being forced by the government to liquidate its only factory after failing to produce the fuel. To turn wood chips into ethanol fuel, George W. Bush's Department of Energy in February 2007 announced a $76 million grant to Range Fuels for a cutting-edge refinery. A few months later, the refinery opened in the piney woods of Treutlen County, Ga., as the taxpayers of Georgia piled on another $6 million. In 2008, the ethanol plant was the first beneficiary of the Biorefinery Assistance Program, pocketing a loan for $80 million guaranteed by the U.S. taxpayers" " Republicans who have lathered the subsidies on Soperton and celebrated them -- Gov. Perdue, President Bush, Sens. Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss. " I rest my case.
Elizabeth Lee September 13, 2012 at 07:29 PM
This - "I am unaware of your rumor...I refuse to believe it...and I am not going to research it either" - is what bothers me most about American voters. Instead of caring about actual facts, we (a proverbial we) rely on talking points spoon fed to us by the media and the like. We complain that our politicians allow their votes to be bought by lobbyists. How is not educating ourselves and going with what we're persuaded to do any different?
Elizabeth Lee September 13, 2012 at 07:33 PM
The trendy thing to do is to dismiss the application date of Solyandra and only look at the approval date. It's one of the many things I've seen my conservative friends and family members passing around.
Chris September 13, 2012 at 07:37 PM
"Last Week"? Well let me axe you this: Why in your example are we discussing millions and Obama's failures Always start in the billions? Of course we've already covered the Trillions figure. I really don't care who started pushing Ethanol or who continues to require it in our fuel but I think it's a terrible waste of our food supply and apparently damaging to the engine. Of course I'm going to assume it's those wacko, environmentalists liberals but like I said, It needs to go.
George Wilson September 13, 2012 at 08:11 PM
@Chris You can run but you can't hide the fact that I've got a boatload of examples like the Range Fuel deal that have occured under Republicans at the state,local and federal levels. Would you like to hear about more?
Dave Emanuel September 13, 2012 at 08:35 PM
George-- you skipped your medication yesterday, and it looks like you're doing the same thing today. Call that a cheap shot if you like, but the fact remains, you continually post the same old liberal pablum, regardless of the subject of a particular post, you never deal in unmassaged facts and never document your statements with anything credible. In your world, a Republican has never done anything right and a Democrat has never done anything wrong. That means you're either delusional, or purposely choose to distort the truth.
George Wilson September 13, 2012 at 08:44 PM
@Dave Emanuel Show some imagination and come up with a better attempted putdown.This one is getting a little stale. Argumentum ad Hominem is a fallacy in logic.
Chris September 13, 2012 at 08:50 PM
Actually George, I can't run. The concept makes me vision a warm spring day with cool air running through my hair. Well, at least if I still had hair. I am sure though that you not only could but would love to, in fact probably will, give me more examples of how the Republicans screwed up. We could probably grow old swapping examples (or in your case turn to dust soon - no offense) of how the other side screwed tax paying Americans (and let's not forget the ones that don't) over the years. I think, and I hope you will agree, now is the time to think "forward". As little as I want to consider another Obama term, I owe it to myself to prepare. Food, cash, ammo.. you know. The potential necessities of a future under a ruler. Oh and lots of toilet paper.
Elizabeth Lee September 13, 2012 at 09:11 PM
Dave - On a personal note, I think it's despicable that you're in a public position and resort to ad hominem. I honestly don't care what side a person is on, when they resort to such measures, all credibility goes out the window. The upside is that it's a reminder to people like me to remember that local politics are very important to cast votes on, too. In regards to the article, how many Jews did you consult in writing it? I know there aren't a ton of us around these parts.
Chris September 13, 2012 at 09:29 PM
Lighten Up Francis! It was in jest. Might I suggest you take some Valium and get some rest? Good Grief! Speaking of Tourettes!
Dave Emanuel September 13, 2012 at 09:45 PM
Elizabeth- I sincerely appreciate your comments. The ad hominem complaints are wearing a bit thin.Every time someone like George sees something with which he disagrees, he ridicules it and often the person who posted as well. I've tried a number of times to illicit a response from George that addresses facts and figures. He continually comes up with the same responses that wander all over but never address the issues. George continually attacks and denigrates Republicans, and I've had all of it I want. He refuses to engage in credible conversation, and address issues with conveniently altered "facts". The fact that I hold a public office, I tend to be direct and speak openly. That's probably a kiss of death for anyone in the political arena, but I believe and practice total transparency. Your personal note comment is well noted, but I don't consider my comments to be "ad hominem" because they address what I believe to be a valid issue. However, I will refrain from similar statements in the future.. As for the number of Jewish people I spoke with-- quite a few. Many of them do not live in Gwinnett County. But keep in mind, the blog is an expression of personal perspective. I'm sure there are many Jewish people who agree with it, and many who disagree. That fact that we have the option to express opinions and to agree or disagree with those of others is one of the greatest rights available to citizens of this country. I believe it is also one of the most endangered
Chris September 13, 2012 at 10:00 PM
Uh George... you might wanna leave out the Hominem fallacy logic bit when accusing someone else of lacking imagination and using stale remarks. Besides, we all want you to live to see Romney as President so reminding you of your meds is sort of our way of hoping you see that day.
George Wilson September 14, 2012 at 02:29 AM
The information on the Range Fuels debacle was full of facts as are all of my posts. Maybe my cold facts are too disconcerting to true believers.
Chris September 14, 2012 at 02:39 AM
Well George, Thankfully, we can all rest assured that you have for sure taken your medication. "full of facts as are all of my posts" I love it! Good night big guy. Sweet dreams.


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