Democrats Anti-Jew?

Ben Shapiro, who had a syndicated column as a teenager at UCLA [Annoying little twerp! – ed.] argues that it’s time for his fellow Jews to give up on the Democratic party.

For the last two decades, American Jews have shirked common sense and logic in the interest of an ideology that deserted them long ago. American Jewish leftism cannot be overlooked or excused. And in a world teetering on the brink of disaster, blind loyalty to a false cause can no longer be afforded.

Jews have a long history of liberalism in America, dating from a day when conservatives were “country-club Republicans” and Franklin Delano Roosevelt was deified. Those days are long past. Elderly Jews should realize that FDR is dead and that his party no longer stands for tolerance.

It was Rep. Jim Moran, a Democrat from Virginia, who claimed that a Jewish cabal stood behind the Iraq war. It was former Rep. Cynthia McKinney, a Democrat from Georgia, who took money from anti-American and anti-Israeli terrorist supporters during her candidacy for Congress. It was Vermont’s Howard Dean, a Democrat, who labeled Hamas members “soldiers.” It was Sen. Robert Byrd, a Democrat from West Virginia, who was once Grand Kleagle in the Ku Klux Klan. It was Sen. Ernest Hollings, a Democrat from South Carolina, who blamed the Iraq war on pro-Israeli interests. Beyond all the rhetoric about Jewish relatives, the Democratic Party stands for a thinly veiled hostility toward Judaism and Jews.

Jewish resistance to the Republican Party also has roots in an inordinate fear of American Christianity. Many American Jews fear motivation more than action. Though it was Jerry Falwell who powerfully defended America’s pro-Israel policy the night of Sept. 11 on national television, American Jews largely fear the idea that, according to some Christians, Jews will go to hell for their rejection of Jesus. So they fight American Christianity tooth and nail. They champion the idea of complete separation between Judeo-Christian ethics and American politics. They join the American Civil Liberties Union and the Americans United for the Separation of Church and State. Down deep, American Jews fear another Holocaust — and they’ve been told that all Holocausts come from the right.

While I agree that many of the reasons that cause American Jews to overwhelmingly support the Democrats are outdated, I disagree that, outside of some crackpots, the party as a whole is anti-Semitic. It is true, however, that Zionism has few friends more steadfast than evangelical Christians and that there is a large faction within the Democratic base that is anti-religion.

American Jews–and all Americans, really–should periodically re-examine their party allegiances to make sure they are based on the current reality. But neither party is, in the main, extremist in its views on race or religion. The nature of our system is to force the parties to the center. Both parties are pretty close to that center. The differences are important but they aren’t chasmic.

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  1. Josh Sines says:

    Lesson from history, the Nazi’s (National Socialists) started out as a left wing group, with liberal tendencies

  2. Fersboo says:

    The party of the Explodydopepalenstininnies? Come on, the Dems have have too many multicultural groups to appease. They let thier true feelings known a long time ago. Ben’s explanation of why American Jews have continued to support the Dems is the best I’ve found. With what I do know, and it isn’t much, I never could understand thier support.

  3. Fersboo says:

    ‘With what I do know, and it isn’t much, I never could understand thier support.’

    Fruedian slip. Could be, or it could be an honest assessment.

  4. Hal says:

    Ben “I write lies” Shapiro? Geesh. Bottom of the barrel, James.

    And as for that comment by herr Sines: Bite Me. Read some history, dude.

  5. James Joyner says:


    I came across the column via Memeorandum and noted that it had drawn interest. And I disagreed with his premise. Shapiro is obviously quite bright, although giving a kid a national column is rather strange. I’ve only read him once or twice before, coming across him via

  6. McGehee says:

    Mr. Sines is correct. And certainly Hitler was a left-winger early on. Bite yourself, Hal.

  7. Hal says:

    Wow. So because he started off this way and then switched over to the right that makes liberals budding nazis? As opposed to those who are already on the right?

  8. Hal says:

    James: 🙂 Just keeping perspective. . .

  9. Bryan says:

    Godwin’s law really worked quickly on this comment thread.

  10. Rhesa says:

    “Wow. So because he started off this way and then switched over to the right that makes liberals budding nazis? As opposed to those who are already on the right?”

    Being a liberal does not equal “left-winger,” so you shouldn’t jump the gun on Sines’s comment.

  11. DANEgerus says:

    Respectfully… you are way off… as are America’s Jews.

    Truman(D) fiddled while British-disarmed Jews faced British armed professional Arab armies bent on genocide in ’48 and ’49

    He also did nothing when 800,000 Jews were ethnically cleansed from EVERY SINGLE middle-east nation and driven to Israel like dogs… the ‘so-called’ UNRWA Pali refugees left by choice at the request of the incoming genocidally intent professional Arab armies…

    That got beat.

    Ike(R) got a pass as the Anglo-French siezed Suez in ’56.

    LBJ(D) caused ’67 by pulling a Truman(D) and refusing to bother…

    Nixon(R) took us through the Arab oil Embargo in ’73…

    The next time some whining pissant cries ‘they hate us’ its only because they are lying by refusing to admit the Arab oil Embargo.

    Carter(D) wet himself before the Iranians and fondled Arafat…

    Reagan(R) put American lives on the line in ’82

    Bush-41(R) put American lives on the line in ’91

    Bush-43(R) put American lives on the line in ’02

    I saved Clinton(D) for last because he was the worst… he interfered in Israeli elections to shove Oslo and the resulting carnage right down Israel’s throat.

    Thousands dead… the (D)’s negligence or interference at fault every time… for 55 years.

  12. Josh Sines says:

    Understand one thing Hal, Facist parties do not have a place on the political spectrum, they start with policies that the masses will relate to, to garner support and when they are in power, BAM, they do as they please and leave the political spectrum, becuase there is no political spectrum, it’s been abolished, the Nazi’s stated on the left and later became apolitical. I’m not saying that any American political party/America will go that way, but Europe with it’s spoon fed imbecilic society, inherent melthing pot of hatred and liberal/left wing governments/peoples is moving back that way.