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The Jewish Dilemma of Barack Obama
Pruden & Politics ^ | July 31, 2012 | Wes Pruden

Posted on 07/31/2012 2:36:37 AM PDT by pistolpackinpapa

The Democrats have a Jewish problem, and his name is Barack Obama. Reluctantly, many Jews, loyal Democrats by birth and tradition, have concluded that he’s not The One they thought he was.

With even greater reluctance, the White House has concluded that their Jewish problem is real, growing, and they better do something about it.

Mitt Romney’s dramatic declaration Sunday in Jerusalem that preventing Iran from building a nuclear weapon is America’s “highest national security priority” and military force should not be excluded, and that he regards Jerusalem as the true capital of Israel, puts in stark relief the difference between what the two candidates think about America’s only real ally in the Middle East.

Mr. Romney is willing, even eager, to give heartfelt, emphatic, unadulterated, full-throated support for the Jewish state in its hour of greatest peril since the founding. Mr. Obama can’t do that because he doesn’t “feel the love.” He sprang from a culture of radicalism where Israel was regarded as illegitimate, if not evil. He gives the clear impression that he doesn’t like Jews very much.

Mr. Obama repeats only empty, bland assurances that everything is OK, that the friends of Israel shouldn’t worry because the messiah from Chicago is on the watch. U.S.-Israeli ties, he told a rally the other day in Palm Beach, are stronger than ever. That’s bunk, as Sen. John McCain bluntly told a television interviewer: “Everybody knows that relations with Israel have never been worse.”

Bland assurances are no longer enough to satisfy betrayed true believers; the monolithic Jewish support for Democrats, any Democrat, is fraying around the edges. Merely telling skeptical and suspicious Jewish voters not to believe their own eyes and ears is no longer effective. No one expects Mitt Romney to win a majority of Jewish voters on Nov. 6, or anything close to it. He doesn’t have to. If he can peel away three or four percentage points in certain swing states, particularly Florida and Ohio, that would change the game.

John McCain spent a lot of time, attention and money to attempt this four years ago. George W. Bush made such an attempt in 2004. Neither worked. But 2012 is a different ball game.

Jewish voters, like others of various passions and persuasions, have had four years to confront buyer’s remorse. Four years of Barack Obama have taught even slow learners to pay attention.

The proof is that a group of the slow learners, Jewish liberals still in love with Mr. Obama even if he isn’t in love with them, are putting together a campaign to answer the Republican Jewish Coalition’s successful work to get the friends of Israel to wake up and sniff the odor of harsh reality. This is not, a Democratic operative told Politico, the Capitol Hill daily, a case of Obama being “swift boated.” Nobody is telling stories about the president. His Jewish critics are merely laying out what everybody who has been half-awake during the past four years already knows.

Aaron David Miller, who has worked for several Democratic presidents over a quarter of a century, warns Democrats of “turbulence ahead” in a commentary in Foreign Policy magazine that has shaken up Jewish assumptions. “I’ve watched a few presidents come and go on this issue,” he writes, “and Obama really is different. Unlike [Bill] Clinton and George W. Bush, Obama isn’t in love with the idea of Israel. He has a harder time making allowances for Israeli behavior he doesn’t like. . . the president doesn’t emote on many policy issues, with the possible exception of health care. But on Israel, he just doesn’t buy the ‘tiny state living on the knife’s edge with the dark past’ argument.”

Alas, the knife’s edge is exactly where Israel lives, like it or not, and Israel must act accordingly. Mitt Romney, like his constituents – some Jewish, most not, and many of them evangelical Christians – understands that. Mr. Romney, like that constituency, is not embarrassed to “emote” about it. Barack Obama can’t “emote” because to him Israel is not a natural friend and ally, bound to America by considerations of blood, faith and circumstance, but a nuisance. Why can’t Israel just go away? This is hard for Jews, who have been voting Democratic since their grandfathers rallied to FDR and the New Deal, to accept as the new reality. It has been easier to pretend there’s no problem. But now there is a problem, and it’s too big to hide with convenient pretense.


TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012issues; jewishdilemma; jewishvote; muslimvote; obamajews; pruden
To lose Jewish support for a Democratic candidate means a loss of money and campaign donations, which is more "crippling" to a campaign than the number of lost votes.
1 posted on 07/31/2012 2:36:53 AM PDT by pistolpackinpapa
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To: pistolpackinpapa
Mr. Obama can’t do that because he doesn’t “feel the love.” He sprang from a culture of radicalism where Israel was regarded as illegitimate, if not evil. He gives the clear impression that he doesn’t like Jews very much. __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Ya think???
2 posted on 07/31/2012 2:39:23 AM PDT by pistolpackinpapa (Why is it that you never see any Obama bumper stickers on cars going to work in the mornings?)
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To: pistolpackinpapa

Any Jew who votes to reelect obama...isn’t...no matter what they call themselves.


3 posted on 07/31/2012 2:46:16 AM PDT by MestaMachine (obama kills)
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To: pistolpackinpapa
If given half a chance, Obama will put Israel to the sword. The rise of the Muslim Brotherhood and the Greater Caliphate fostered by Obama is an existential threat to Israel, and Obama is doing everything possible to spread transnational Islamic radicalism.
4 posted on 07/31/2012 2:55:42 AM PDT by Truth29
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To: pistolpackinpapa
Why don't Jews vote Republican? Its the Jesus Christ

" Medved nails it when he says "The answer is that distinctive religious attitudes among Jews play a greater role in shaping voting behavior than ideology, education levels, income, or any sense of ethnic solidarity.[..] "The voting behavior of American Jews conforms closely to the preferences of the irreligious and the unaffiliated precisely because so many of them are, in fact, theologically unaffiliated. He goes on to say that Jews "cringe" at the thought of a believer in Jesus Christ becoming President. They will never get in bed with Christ believers no matter how much they love and want to protect Israel. This is in fact visceral for them. Secular Jews have no trouble embracing Muslims, who hate and kill Jews, but don't believe in Jesus Christ. "

I greatly respect Michael Medved, and I believe he is about 90% correct in his assertion. Now, is Romney a Christian? No. The beliefs of Mormons are just that - Mormonism. They are 180 degrees out of shift with Biblical Christianity. Will that matter to many Jewish voters?

No.

People MUST understand this; to many Jewish voters (clearly the majority), here is the equation that matter above all else:

Republicans = Jesus' Followers

And that's it. Nothing else matters to them. Not Israel, not economics, nothing.

I love the Jewish people. I have never felt more at "home" than when included in a big family Jewish wedding. I love Israel. The Jews have contributed more to science, medicine, philioiphy, physics, ehemistry, mathematics, law, and literature than any other people on the face of the earth.

But, for the majority, Christ remains the great stumbling block that they cannot overcome.

5 posted on 07/31/2012 3:29:14 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: SkyPilot

.....Yet, it is the very followers of Jesus who SUPPORT Israel.


6 posted on 07/31/2012 3:46:17 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: SkyPilot
Why don't Jews vote Republican? Its the Jesus Christ...

Respectfully,but having many years behind me as a Jew, and naturally with lots of Jewish relatives and friends over the years, that is absolute hogwash.

Also for you to extrapolate Medved's comments into your own distorted analysis is unconscionable.

As to the questions will Jews care about Romney's Mormonism? For most, about as much as you would care about whether a Jewish candidate is Reform or Conservative. Yes, I know many Christians don't consider Mormonism Christian but the point is I really couldn't care less.

7 posted on 07/31/2012 4:08:27 AM PDT by expat1000
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To: pistolpackinpapa
This is also a generational issue. Younger Jews are far more likely to be Republican than their parents and grandparents because they have no memory of either Roosevelt or the radio evangelists of that time. The Father Coughlin’s and Aimee McPherson's were very scary to Jews. Also, don't forget how some Baptist groups tried a decade ago to organize a ‘Jewish conversion’ period. These are the things that drive Jews bonkers. The best way for evangelicals to sway Jews to be Republican is to NOT TRY TO CONVERT THEM. Then the natural alliance of Judeo-Christian values and beliefs can flourish side-by-side. When you attempt to convert you are basically saying you are not worthy of our support.
8 posted on 07/31/2012 4:29:50 AM PDT by LRoggy (Peter's Son's Business)
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To: expat1000

“the point is I really couldn’t care less.”
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Thank you for expressing it in standard English rather than the common absurdity that is almost always used.


9 posted on 07/31/2012 4:35:28 AM PDT by RipSawyer (Free healthcare is worth FAR LESS than it costs.)
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To: pistolpackinpapa
No Democrat has ever won a presidential election while getting less than 68% of the Jewish vote. The polls have been “up and down” on the Jewish vote but this could very well be pollster manipulation. If a pollster wants to show Jews are solidly in support of Obama he will call Jews in Forest Hills Queens. If he wants to be honest he will also call Jews in Brighton Beach Brooklyn. Nevertheless, Obama does have a problem with the Jewish vote and this is good for us.
10 posted on 07/31/2012 4:51:43 AM PDT by jmaroneps37 (Conservatism is truth. Liberalism is lies.)
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To: pistolpackinpapa

This author is writing wishful thinking.

I have seen no polls that show Romney has the advantage with Jews in America. All polls I have seen show the opposite by a big margin. That is one of the reasons why Romney went to Israel. We will see if it works.


11 posted on 07/31/2012 5:01:46 AM PDT by sickoflibs (Romney is still a liberal. Just watch him. (Obama-ney Care ))
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To: expat1000
Respectfully, before you use words such as "hogwash", "distorted", and "extrapolate" - it would be wise to at least read the very words of Michael Medved quoted in the link.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-religion/2811449/posts

This isn't something I made up.

The facts here vis a vis what Medved said are not even in a gray area. There can be no confusing what his opinions are on this matter. I didn't "distort" or "extrapolate" anything.

I linked to a FR thread that discussed this, and within that thread is a link to Medved's original thesis.

What gives? If Israel isn't the factor that impels most Jews to vote differently from their Christian neighbors, then what is? The answer is that distinctive religious attitudes among Jews play a greater role in shaping voting behavior than ideology, education levels, income, or any sense of ethnic solidarity. The most recent National Jewish Population Survey found only 27% of American Jews attending synagogue even once a month, compared with Gallup polls showing 53% of Americans in general (and 61% of Republicans) who attend church at least that regularly. Only 59% of American Jews bother to fast on Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year, compared with the more than 95% of Christians who say they celebrate Christmas. By every measure, American Jews are less involved with religious organizations and observance than their Catholic or Protestant neighbors. As Gallup regularly reports, religious outlook plays a profound role in shaping political preferences. In 2008, those who attended religious services every week gave McCain a big advantage of 12 percentage points while those declaring they "never" attended church (16% of the population) went for Obama by an even more lopsided margin: 67% to 30%. It shouldn't come as a surprise that the Jewish community, where only a minority chooses to worship even monthly, mirrors the political attitudes of the secular community of "no affiliation" far more closely than it reflects the outlook of any other religious faith. The voting behavior of American Jews conforms closely to the preferences of the irreligious and the unaffiliated precisely because so many of them are, in fact, theologically unaffiliated. This means that Republican identification as the more viscerally, consistently pro-Israel party won't attract American Jews as powerfully as they'll feel repelled by the GOP image as the more outspokenly religious party — and particularly the political home of enthusiastic Christian Evangelicals. Given their prevailing disconnection from observance or religious affirmation, many Jews characterize themselves not by what they believe but what they don't believe: We're not Christians. This is the single shared religious conviction (or non-conviction) connecting secular atheists such as Woody Allen and Orthodox believers such as Joe Lieberman. It's also why "Jews for Jesus" or self-styled "Messianic Jews" are ultimate outcasts in the Jewish world, recognized by no mainstream organizations. By embracing Christian doctrine, such groups defy the very essence of Jewishness for big majorities of American Jews who maintain no affiliation with religious institutions, but nonetheless reject claims of Christ's divinity.

Gee, a lot of ambiguity by Medved there, right? I mean, I "distorted" and "extrapolated" what he said about Christ being the issue among Jews, didn't I? No, I didn't.

Medved went on to say:

"When Pastor Robert Jeffress told the Values Voter Summit last month that he preferredRick Perry because the Texas governor was "a genuine follower of Jesus Christ," Jewish voters cringed, understandably. Jeffress' formulation for an ideal candidate might have left Mormons out (a matter of hot dispute, depending on whether Mormonism counts as a form of Christianity), but it most certainly excluded Jews like me. Such incidents leave many Jews poised to vote on fears of Christian intolerance rather than hopes of Christian love for Israel."

As to the issue of Mormonism, you said you don't care less - but that point is essential among Christians. To many Jews, Mormonism is simply another "He's Not-Jewish" category - but to Christians, Mormonism is an apostate cult. Even Medved addresses the issue of Mormonism being rejected by many Christians in his article.

As an Evangelical Christian, I am on your side. I am on Israel's side. I am on the side of Jews against Islam. I am gladly on the side of Jehovah who made a covenant with the Jewish people that is still valid today.

However, it is clear that many, many Jews reject Republicans because they associate Republicans with following Yeshua, who they reject as the Messiah.

One of the greatest Jewish men to ever walk this planet was Paul - who became the greatest Christian evangelist the world has ever known. He wrote:

"But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumbling block, and unto the Greeks foolishness." 1 Corinthians 1:23

12 posted on 07/31/2012 5:02:59 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: expat1000
Medved’s suggestions are bizarre, to say the least.
13 posted on 07/31/2012 5:18:46 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (I didn't post this. Someone else did.)
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To: SkyPilot

I once tried to make this point and was put in time out for a month. To differentiate between practicing and non practicing I used the terms Jews and jews.

The former are religious, the latter are not but have a practicing heritage.


14 posted on 07/31/2012 5:26:14 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Present failure and impending death yield irrational action))
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To: SkyPilot
This isn't something I made up.

Well, we could start with the 'clearly a majority'

People MUST understand this; to many Jewish voters (clearly the majority), here is the equation that matter above all else:

Someone just posted that Medved's suggestions are bizarre. I agree completely. Listening to conversations on politics and Judaism through multiple family generations and never having heard anything like this being sentiment being expressed, I indeed find them bizarre.

Not only anecdotally. Steyn did a piece on this subject a while ago that was more on the mark. Norman Podhoretz has a thoughtful analysis also in a new book. Why are Jews Liberals. Daniel Greenfield has written on the subject a number of times. None of them agree either. Indeed, a bizarre theory, especially the suggestion that it's applicable to the majority of Jews.

I understand you feel you are 'on my side'. I feel you are too, but I wonder if you have ever talked to a Jewish person - even here on FR about this, - ever experienced anyone actually expressing this sentiment.

15 posted on 07/31/2012 5:50:19 AM PDT by expat1000
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To: SkyPilot

I think a big part of the distrust and nervousness Medved espouses is due to history.

Just like many American Blacks can’t seem to get over the “effects” of slavery, even though they may never have experienced slavery themselves, American Jews seem to have a “racial memory” of historical mistreatment by Christians, and this will probably be the case for a couple more generations, but as was mentioned, younger Jews tend to be more open-minded.

The problem has been that many European Jewish immigrants have handed down their stories of mistreatment by Christians, Catholics, or Russian Orthodox, though for some reason, they overlook the communists. I recall my grandfather telling me to never trust a Christian, and that was directly from his experiences in Poland and Russia around the turn of the century, before the Russian Revolution.

Mark


16 posted on 07/31/2012 5:57:58 AM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: dennisw; Cachelot; Nix 2; veronica; Catspaw; knighthawk; Alouette; Optimist; weikel; Lent; GregB; ..
Middle East and terrorism, occasional political and Jewish issues Ping List. High Volume

If you’d like to be on or off, please FR mail me.

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17 posted on 07/31/2012 7:27:20 AM PDT by SJackson (I used to eat a lot of natural foods until I learned that most people people die of natural causes)
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To: expat1000
"Bizzare." Why bizarre? I think Medved's rationale and thought process was well laid out, well presented, and based on a logical foundation.

Well, we could start with the 'clearly a majority'

Clearly a majority of Jewish voters support liberalism and reject Republicans (both through financial support and in the ballot box).

Why is it so hard to accept a direct correlation between a rejection of Republican candidates (by the majority of Jewish voters), and the established history and fact of Jewish apprehension regarding Christ and Christianity?

I have spoken to some of my Jewish friends and work colleagues about this very subject. Here is my experience (and note - I am clearly saying this is my own take from my own observations). Among the more devout "religious" Jews (i.e. those who attended Synagogue regularly, read the Torah, knew the Rabbi personally, etc) - among those Jews I have found them much more agreeable towards Christianity and Christians. Medved himself is very agreeable towards his Christian callers and guests. Is being a Jew ethnic or religious? I believe it is clearly both. Those Jews who are Jew by ethnicity but completely reject Judaism and are themselves openly atheistic or secular express much more hostility towards the notion that Christ is the Messiah but embrace the notion that Christians are out to harm the Jewish people.

I would say you and I can agree to disagree on this.

For the most part, I don't peruse threads here to engage in open war with Jews. To the contrary. The Jewish people and Israel in particular are today under siege by the Obamas, the Muslims, and the generally evil segments of our world. One only has to read the torture that Jewish hostages endured during the attacks in India several years ago to realize we are dealing with pure evil at work.

One thing I will mention. I was attending a large dinner party last week. The lady across from me was an Italian-American. Italians are wonderful supporters of the family concept. They simply revel in each other. She mentioned that only the Jewish people seem to exceed that notion of communal love within their own. I can attest to this. I once attended a Hawaiian luau party, and was "adopted" by a group of Jewish tourists (from the states and Israel). I have rarely experienced such gracious and unabashed friendship from people that I hardly knew.

In my opinion, if it were not for Israel and the Jewish people, there would be no "Western Civilization." Why is the notion of Western Civilization so superior to all others? I believe it is because of God's blessing.

18 posted on 07/31/2012 9:31:48 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: MarkL
Fair enough. If there is any group of people in the world who could make the case that they have been (and are) besiged, it is the Jews.

My own theory is that the Jews are attacked because Satan hates the Jewish people. They are key to God's plan of salvation, and His plans for the future.

19 posted on 07/31/2012 9:34:54 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: pistolpackinpapa
This is hard for Jews, who have been voting Democratic since their grandfathers rallied to FDR

Which shows the absurdity and self-destructiveness of the "average" Jew living in the middle part of the 20th century. Though FDR was probably quite careful in how he dealt with "the Jewish Question", some of the people he surrounded himself with during the White House years were quite apparent in their feelings on the matter.

For those of you in Rio Linda, check out Secretary of State Cordell Hull and Ambassador Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr.

20 posted on 07/31/2012 10:03:12 AM PDT by ssaftler (11/6/2012: Time to repeal our One Bad-Ass Mistake, America.)
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To: pistolpackinpapa; ml/nj; ExTexasRedhead; Marie; Blennos; Pharmboy; rmlew; juliej; firebrand; ...
...many Jews, loyal Democrats by birth and tradition...

More accurately, "...many Jews, loyal Democrats by brainwashing and addiction..."

21 posted on 07/31/2012 2:19:03 PM PDT by justiceseeker93
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To: Biggirl
.....Yet, it is the very followers of Jesus who SUPPORT Israel.

This is true only of American-style Fundamentalist Protestants and (to an extent) moderate Catholics. Outside that orbit the vast majority of chrstians--Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Non-Chalcaedonian, Non-Ephesene, liberal/mainline Protestant--are at best indifferent to Israel and at worst downright hostile. And no chrstians are more hostile to Israel than Middle Eastern chrstians. Naive American politicians spend a great deal of time lamenting the fate of ME chrstians at the hands of moslems but those ME chrstians tend to be pro-islamic themselves and certainly have no use for Judaeophilic American-style chrstians.

22 posted on 07/31/2012 2:29:23 PM PDT by Zionist Conspirator (Ki-hagoy vehamamlakhah 'asher lo'-ya`avdukh yove'du; vehagoyim charov yecheravu!)
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To: LRoggy
The Father Coughlin’s and Aimee McPherson's were very scary to Jews.

Father Coughlin maybe, but if Aimee Semple McPherson was anti-Semitic this is the first I have ever heard of it. In fact, I've heard that she was close to Jack Benny and had an affair with either him or Milton Berle.

Also, don't forget how some Baptist groups tried a decade ago to organize a ‘Jewish conversion’ period. These are the things that drive Jews bonkers.

No one is more opposed to chrstian prosylitization of Jews than I am, but so long as Fundamentalist chrstians remain Fundamentalist chrstians they will be trying to convert everyone, Jews included. As insulting as it may be (and it is), it's nothing to be afraid of. Just say no. No one's going to force anyone to convert and Fundamentalists don't work that way.

23 posted on 07/31/2012 2:35:18 PM PDT by Zionist Conspirator (Ki-hagoy vehamamlakhah 'asher lo'-ya`avdukh yove'du; vehagoyim charov yecheravu!)
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To: Zionist Conspirator

The ironic thing though, is that it is the SAME Israel that has gone out of its way to PROTECT the major Christian shrines very dear to these same Chrstians.


24 posted on 07/31/2012 2:49:18 PM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: ssaftler; ml/nj; expat1000; Yaelle; Sarah; Sarah Barracuda; Free ThinkerNY; Shellybenoit; ...
Which shows the absurdity and self-destructiveness of the "average" Jew living in the middle part of the 20th century. Though FDR was probably quite careful in how he dealt with "the Jewish Question", some of the people he surrounded himself with during the White House years were quite apparent in their feelings on the matter.

Yes, Roosevelt's administration's performance on the "Jewish Question" (which translates into doing what was possible to save the European Jewish victims of Nazism from genocide) was abysmal. This is documented in a book by Arthur D. Morse published back in the 1960s titled "While 6 Million Died," as well as the film "Voyage of the Damned."

For those of you in Rio Linda, check out Secretary of State Cordell Hull and Ambassador Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr.

In addition to Hull and Kennedy, perhaps even more damaging in that regard was an an Undersecretary of State named Breckenridge Long.

25 posted on 07/31/2012 2:50:16 PM PDT by justiceseeker93
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To: SkyPilot; wideawake
"When Pastor Robert Jeffress told the Values Voter Summit last month that he preferredRick Perry because the Texas governor was "a genuine follower of Jesus Christ," Jewish voters cringed, understandably.

I'm not chrstian (nor Jewish either), but that was nothing to cringe at. Naturally chrstians would prefer a "real chrstian" to be president. That's only natural and there's absolutely nothing hateful about it whatsoever.

As to the issue of Mormonism, you said you don't care less - but that point is essential among Christians. To many Jews, Mormonism is simply another "He's Not-Jewish" category - but to Christians, Mormonism is an apostate cult.

To non-Orthodox Jews mormons are just another "he's not Jewish category," but to Orthodox Jews and Noachides like myself chrstianity itself is an apostate cult. I'm not offended by chrstians fighting against what they regard as a false form of their religion but I wish they would try to understand that to some of us the whole spectacle is just one bizarre apostate cult condemning a small subset of its members for being too bizarre. How would you feel if you lived in an area with a high moslem population and the candidates were arguing about who was a "true" moslem and who was an "apostate," when to you they're both wrong???

Another issue with me personally is the notion many evengelicals have that the USA is THE special, chosen holy country, chosen specifically to be ruled by evengelicals as the "true religion." Unlike most non-chrstians who point out that most of America's founders weren't orthodox chrstians, I don't take any joy in pointing that out. We'd probably be better off today if they had been orthodox, at least in the evengelical Protestant way. But this notion that G-d chose or created the USA just so Baptists could create a "city on a hill" to show the rest of the world the "true religion" is a form of "identity" chrstianity--not as nasty as the neo-Nazis, but "identity" just the same. It is a parallel narrative to the election of Israel and that just won't wash.

Furthermore this type of national religion doesn't take long to degenerate into idolatry. "God" soon morphs from the Universal True G-d into a local deity, an idol. Evangelicals who think G-d inspired the Constitution (which is actually a mormon belief) are no different than those Black nationalist chrstians who think J*sus was one of them--Soul Brother Number One, J*sus X, the First Revolutionary.

This radical localization is not at all unique to American evangelicals, however. Traditonally chrstian nations have always localized G-d. Each chrstian nation likes to think it is the "new Israel." Why do the Ethiopians claim the Ark of the Covenant? Why do the Armenians believe that "the chrstian race is the Armenian race?" Why do Greeks insist that only Greeks can truly understand chrstian theology since it was originally formulated in Greek? American evangelicals are no worse than these other groups (in fact they're a considerable improvement), but it's still frustrating to see the same old story ("we're Israel now!") repeating itself.

Pinging wideawake to this post simply because he understands what I'm trying to say here and nobody else probably will.

26 posted on 07/31/2012 2:55:29 PM PDT by Zionist Conspirator (Ki-hagoy vehamamlakhah 'asher lo'-ya`avdukh yove'du; vehagoyim charov yecheravu!)
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To: pistolpackinpapa; CaptainAmiigaf; Netz; kabumpo; eddiespaghetti; Impala64ssa; Blennos; sf4dubya; ...
Mr. Romney is willing, even eager, to give heartfelt, emphatic, unadulterated, full-throated support for the Jewish state in its hour of greatest peril since the founding. Mr. Obama can’t do that because he doesn’t “feel the love.” He sprang from a culture of radicalism where Israel was regarded as illegitimate, if not evil. He gives the clear impression that he doesn’t like Jews very much.

That pretty much sums it up, as far as the relationships of the major candidates to Israel and the Jewish people as a whole are concerned. No surprise that Zero's favorability rating in Israel is near Zero.

Wes Pruden might have also added that Romney is willing to attribute the superior performance of the Israeli economy vis-a-vis the Palestinians' economy to superior cultural values, at the risk of offending the Obots.

27 posted on 07/31/2012 3:26:48 PM PDT by justiceseeker93
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To: SkyPilot

Highly doubtful.

Every Jewish person I’ve ever met is well-aware that some kind of Nazarine is going to be the President of the USA, and what kind matters very little, unless it is the kill-the-Jooos kind that Obama is.

Is the jam-Jesus-down-your-throat type (who also so often happen to be Republican) stomach churning in their annoyance-factor? Sure.


28 posted on 07/31/2012 3:37:20 PM PDT by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Medved’s suggestions are bizarre, to say the least.
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Medved himself is bizarre. I quit listening to him long ago. He’s the type of person I’d like to buy for what he’s worth and resale him for what he thinks he’s worth.


29 posted on 07/31/2012 6:18:22 PM PDT by pistolpackinpapa (Why is it that you never see any Obama bumper stickers on cars going to work in the mornings?)
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To: justiceseeker93

Zero’s favorability rating in Israel is near Zero.
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Someone correct me if I’m wrong, but, didn’t Romney raise some campaign cash during his Israel visit? If so, I wonder how much he received.


30 posted on 07/31/2012 6:26:52 PM PDT by pistolpackinpapa (Why is it that you never see any Obama bumper stickers on cars going to work in the mornings?)
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To: SkyPilot
Why is it so hard to accept a direct correlation between a rejection of Republican candidates (by the majority of Jewish voters), and the established history and fact of Jewish apprehension regarding Christ and Christianity?

That's an easy one. Because I've never, ever, at least that I can remember, experienced it. That is why I find I find it so bizarre and can we leave "established history" prior to say the last 50 years out of it? We are discussing current events, after all.

Those Jews who are Jew by ethnicity but completely reject Judaism and are themselves openly atheistic or secular express much more hostility towards the notion that Christ is the Messiah but embrace the notion that Christians are out to harm the Jewish people.

Those Jews, in my experience, have probably never even thought about the concept of Christ the Messiah and most likely wouldn't have the faintest idea what was being discussed (I have little, myself). This is where I think Medved is out in left field somewhere. It's not hostility so much as apathy. OK, if you ask them on a survey if they are 'hostile' to the concept, they'll take 5 seconds to respond as that'll be the first and last 5 seconds they will spend on it.

Also I think a lot of Christians overstate how much Jews really think or care about Christian beliefs and principles. It's true (much less so now than a few generations ago) than some Jews, not all that many, feel threatened by Evangelicals but that fear is of their actions, not of Jesus or worship of Him. I've had relatives - we're talking generations ago - say some negative things about Christians, but about Jesus Christ? Can't recall His name being mentioned once.

I would say you and I can agree to disagree on this.

Certainly. Good way to leave it - I just wanted to clarify where my thoughts on this subject come from.

31 posted on 07/31/2012 7:55:35 PM PDT by expat1000
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To: jmaroneps37; ml/nj; rmlew; juliej; firebrand; ari-freedom; Free ThinkerNY; OddLane; All
The polls have been “up and down” on the Jewish vote but this could very well be pollster manipulation. If a pollster wants to show Jews are solidly in support of Obama he will call Jews in Forest Hills Queens. If he wants to be honest he will also call Jews in Brighton Beach Brooklyn. Nevertheless, Obama does have a problem with the Jewish vote and this is good for us.

As I've posted here before, due to the geographic distribution of the diverse segments of the Jewish community, it is extremely difficult, tedious, inefficient, and time-consuming to come up with and implement a strategy calculated to get an accurate estimate of the true national Jewish vote.

You mentioned Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, which is an area dominated by relatively recent Russian Jewish immigrants and their descendants, a subset of the Jewish population which undoubtedly will vote overwhelmingly GOP for president this year. But you can be assured that just about every pollster trying to estimate the "Jewish vote" will undercount or underweigh this subset in their sampling, largely because of language and social and cultural barriers. These people, because of their recent history in the USSR, will be relatively unlikely to be forthcoming with pollsters or even to participate as a polling interviewee at all.

32 posted on 07/31/2012 9:43:20 PM PDT by justiceseeker93
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To: LRoggy; Zionist Conspirator; ml/nj; MadMax, the Grinning Reaper; juliej; firebrand; ...
This is also a generational issue. Younger Jews are far more likely to be Republican than their parents and grandparents because they have no memory of either Roosevelt or the radio evangelists of that time. The Father Coughlin’s and Aimee McPherson's were very scary to Jews.

Please, let's not distort history as Democrats like to do. Father Coughlin publicly endorsed Democrat Franklin D. Roosevelt running against Republican Herbert Hoover for president in 1932. In 1936, he endorsed the Union Party candidate running against Roosevelt and Alf Landon. So to imply that Coughlin was a Republican is a huge stretch. And it turns out that Henry Ford, also very scary to Jews, ran unsuccessfully once for the US Senate as a Democrat.

BTW, Hoover compiled a significantly better record on Jewish matters than Roosevelt did over their respective careers, with Roosevelt's Administration being marred by its multiple failures to aid European Jewish victims of Nazism. (Please see my post # 25).

33 posted on 07/31/2012 10:03:47 PM PDT by justiceseeker93
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To: justiceseeker93

Never confuse liberal Jews with facts. Voting Democrat is about grievance, not logic.


34 posted on 07/31/2012 11:35:14 PM PDT by rmlew ("Mosques are our barracks, minarets our bayonets, domes our helmets, the believers our soldiers.")
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To: justiceseeker93

If you are going to claim I am distorting history then don’t distort what I wrote. I did not say Coughlin was a Republican, I said that the Jews of that time found him threatening to them. This has been handed down to me by relatives (I am Jewish) who lived through the time. It has nothing to do with Roosevelt how they felt about Coughlin and McPherson. Many people who endorsed Roosevelt in 1932 turned against him in 1936.

And believe me, Jews remember Roosevelt’s actions on Jewish victims, they just decided the US economy was the bigger issue in the elections. And unfortunately most of them gave him a pass on it because of WWII, and even gave him a pass on the Schechter court case for the NRA.

But that doesn’t mean ANYTHING when it comes to their feelings of Coughlin and McPherson.


35 posted on 08/01/2012 5:16:38 AM PDT by LRoggy (Peter's Son's Business)
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To: rmlew
Never confuse liberal Jews with facts. Voting Democrat is about grievance, not logic.

Grievance against what or whom, and why? If there's any historical grievance, it should be against Franklin D. Roosevelt, not in his favor.

36 posted on 08/01/2012 6:20:27 AM PDT by justiceseeker93
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To: LRoggy
This is also a generational issue. Younger Jews are far more likely to be Republican than their parents and grandparents because they have no memory of either Roosevelt or the radio evangelists of that time. The Father Coughlin’s and Aimee McPherson's were very scary to Jews.

I'm trying to see where you're coming from. You state, "Younger Jews are far more likely to be Republican than their parents and grandparents." I'd agree with "more likely" on that, but would quibble with "far more likely." But I'd say that the reasons behind that are more demographic than lack of bad experiences in youth with radio "evangelists." It's that younger Jews tend to be (1) less urban and more suburban and exurban than the immediately preceeding generations and (2) are and will continue to be increasingly more religiously observant as a group because of much higher birth rates and relative lack of assimiliation within the Orthodox subgroup.

I suppose you are saying that older Jews who had heard or been told about the "radio evangelists" of the 1930s are associating today's Christian Right with those old "radio evangelists" and thereby associating today's GOP with them.

Yes, Father Coughlin was very scary as an on-air voice of antisemitism during a time when Nazi Germany was on the rise in Europe, but I don't think he'd be called an "evangelist," but rather a rogue Roman Catholic priest. I never heard of Aimee McPherson being linked to antisemitism but I don't know all that much about her.

37 posted on 08/01/2012 7:03:07 AM PDT by justiceseeker93
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To: justiceseeker93
I suppose you are saying that older Jews who had heard or been told about the "radio evangelists" of the 1930s are associating today's Christian Right with those old "radio evangelists" and thereby associating today's GOP with them.

--- That's hitting it on the head. Even today my Dad's generation brings that up in conversations. I think both of your other points are pretty much accurate too. Don't forget that Jewish doctors are a pretty big subset too and they ARE FURIOUS with Obama. Some are clients and the conversations I have with them are almost vicious in their disgust.

38 posted on 08/01/2012 8:48:16 AM PDT by LRoggy (Peter's Son's Business)
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Don't forget that Jewish doctors are a pretty big subset too and they ARE FURIOUS with Obama. Some are clients and the conversations I have with them are almost vicious in their disgust.

Though the percentage of doctors that are Jewish is several times the percentage of the general population that is, and many Jewish doctors may be furious over Obamacare, the unfortunate facts remain that Jewish doctors as a group have never had much political clout within the Jewish community, and that doctors in general have been treated with contempt by the ruling left-dominated political class for many years because the profession as a whole is thought of as being politically impotent (except for the traitorous AMA, but that's another story).

If the medical profession was treated with any kind of respect by the leftist political class - anywhere close to the way the trial lawyers are - ObamaCare would never have come close to happening.

39 posted on 08/01/2012 1:05:38 PM PDT by justiceseeker93
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To: pistolpackinpapa

What “dilemma”. Life is full of self-imposed obstacles, unless you stop imposing them on yourself. There is no dilemma. Obama sucks. Don’t support him. If you feel guilty about voting against a Democrat, or supporting a Republican, don’t worry. Romney’s a RINO. Problem solved.


40 posted on 08/01/2012 3:36:52 PM PDT by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: Eleutheria5

Romney’s a RINO
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That’s not Romney’s only problem. He’s a Mormon and a lot of Fundamentalist Christians will NOT vote for him.


41 posted on 08/02/2012 8:07:36 AM PDT by pistolpackinpapa (Why is it that you never see any Obama bumper stickers on cars going to work in the mornings?)
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To: Eleutheria5

Romney’s a RINO
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That’s not Romney’s only problem. He’s a Mormon and a lot of Fundamentalist Christians will NOT vote for him.


42 posted on 08/02/2012 8:07:36 AM PDT by pistolpackinpapa (Why is it that you never see any Obama bumper stickers on cars going to work in the mornings?)
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To: pistolpackinpapa

And his opponent, a suspected Muslim, socialistic, gay-marriage supporting, suspected Kenyan, etc., etc., remaining in power is acceptable to fundamentalist Christians because...?


43 posted on 08/02/2012 3:44:24 PM PDT by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: Eleutheria5
I can't answer your question Eleutheria5. All I can say is, the State of this Nation and how dangerous this president is, apparently is not a concern to them at this time. But, the day will come........
I'm no Romney fan myself but I'd vote for a one-eyed, 3-legged, s**t eating dog before I'd help Obama stay in office.
44 posted on 08/03/2012 8:01:16 AM PDT by pistolpackinpapa (Why is it that you never see any Obama bumper stickers on cars going to work in the mornings?)
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To: pistolpackinpapa

A pity one didn’t get the nomination. Instead, there’s Mitt.


45 posted on 08/03/2012 8:03:56 AM PDT by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: justiceseeker93

The 0bots are offended by anything that doesn’t sing the praises of the Anointed One..


46 posted on 08/03/2012 11:26:15 AM PDT by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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