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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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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