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Is there a Jewish blind spot in politics?

[ I am puzzled… Though the Jews are clearly gifted above all other nations, collectively they often seem to have a serious blind spot when it comes to worldly politics…. They just don’t seem to “get it.”  Read the article below as an example.

Perhaps this blindness comes (in part) from an ethos that encourages them to “see no evil” (i.e., the concept of lashon hara), or that promotes “tikkun olam” (the repair of the world), or from a worldview that equates divine favor with worldly esteem (the meritocracy embedded within Judaism).  Still, these overtly religious concepts don’t seem to entirely explain why 80% of American Jews voted for Obama — a man who was well known for his anti-Semitic (or more accurately, anti-Jewish) sentiments and for his radical communist connections (“Rev” Jeremiah Wright; AJ Ayers, etc).  How could the Jews forget Karl Marx’s anti-semitic rhetoric that bore its evil fruit in Stalin’s reign of terror? Or how did they miss the rise of fascism in the 1930s (a fascism that owes its origin to the philosophy of Hegel, another anti-Semite)?  With their tragic national history, it is a sheer wonder that the Jews are not the fiercest of libertarians who would be mistrustful of the power of the secular State….  Instead we often find them paradoxically enabling the evil of the secular government to their own hurt….  It just makes no rational sense.   “Am Yisrael Chai” – Amen – but Israel lives because of God’s grace and love alone. ]

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President a friend of Israel, reflects Jewish values

President Barack Obama is “good for the Jews” not only because he counts individual Jews among his closest advisers (including David Axelrod and Rahm Emanuel), but also because he is an unprecedented standard-bearer for values that we hold most dear.

President Obama’s Supreme Court nominations lead us further toward the ideal of an open, mobile, and inclusive society. For the current opening, he could have calculated that having two Jewish members of the Court (Clinton appointees Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer) is more than enough or that two women (Ginsburg and Obama appointee Sonia Sotomayor) are plenty. Instead, he selected Elena Kagan, an eminently qualified, pragmatically progressive consensus builder.

Moreover, his domestic priorities give voice to Jewish values. This president has been intensely supportive of scientific integrity and research. His efforts will extend healthcare to millions. We support women’s equality, and the first bill he signed into law was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.

We are fortunate that our country’s steadfast commitment to Israel’s security does not depend on which party holds the White House. While it is commendable that the CJN solicits a variety of views, support for Israel should not be cast as Democrat against Republican. We are all in this together.

President Obama is a proven friend of Israel. He stood in Cairo and announced forcefully that the bond between the United States and Israel is “unbreakable.” Following the Gaza flotilla incident, the Obama administration alone refused to buy the propaganda that a pro-Hamas group intent on violent confrontation had somehow become the spiritual descendants of Gandhi. Instead, the administration successfully used diplomatic engagement to protect Israel’s interests.

As The Jerusalem Post reported, following the incident Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren “praised the Obama administration for being sympathetic to Israel’s situation.” The American Jewish Committee wrote to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in “admiration for the U.S. diplomatic effort, under your direction, to restrain those governments that have sought punitive actions against Israel” and thanked her “once again for the Administration’s commitment to the … U.S.-Israel alliance.”

At home, Barack Obama is one of the greatest champions against intolerance and exclusion that this country has ever seen. Abroad, he stands with Israel – even when he stands alone. He embodies and shares Jewish values and aspirations, and we are right to support him.

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