From JewishWorldReview.com, 12 Oct 2012, by Caroline Glick:
American Jews to vote for Obama next month they must act against their economic
Obama's economic policies have taken a huge toll on the economic fortunes of
American Jews who invest disproportionately in the stock market. His
nationalization of the college loan business has given universities impetus to
raise tuition rates still further thus dooming more young American Jews to
starting their adult lives under a mountain of debt. And it isn't at all clear
how they will be able to pay off this debt since under Obama half of recent
college graduates cannot find jobs.
Obama's gutting of Medicare to pay for Obamacare has harmed the medical
choices for older Jewish Americans.
His war on tax deductions for charitable contributions has placed synagogues,
Jewish schools and nursing homes in financial jeopardy.
So with economics ruled out as a reason to support Obama we are left with
American Jewish values.
But is Obama really advancing those values?
What are those values anyway?
Well, there's civil liberties. American Jews like those. But Obama doesn't.
Take freedom of speech. Obama is the most hostile president to freedom of
speech in recent memory. He has advocated implementing the so-called "fairness
doctrine" for radio to stifle the free speech of his political opponents on talk
He has sought to undermine the freedom of the Internet through federal
regulations and intimidation of Internet companies like Google.
He has made repeated and outspoken attempts to intimidate individuals, groups
and businesses including Google to bar freedom of speech as relates to criticism
of Islam. He has purged the lexicon of the federal government of all terms
necessary to describe jihad, Islamic radicalism and terrorism and so made it
impossible for federal employees to examine, investigate, discuss or understand
the nature of the greatest national security threat facing the US.
Then there are women's rights. American Jews like those.
True, Obama has distinguished himself as the greatest ally of
abortion-on-demand ever. He even supported infanticide of babies who survived
abortions when he served in the Illinois legislature. But, we women are a bit
more than reproductive machines. We also work and raise families. And Obama's
economic programs hurt women as much if not more than they hurt men.
Aside from that, there are females who live outside of the US.
American Jews have long been outspoken champions of women's rights around the
world. But here Obama's record is arguably worse than any president in US
Obama has abandoned the women most at risk of gender based discrimination,
rape and murder - the women and girls of the Muslim world. Whereas the Bush
administration liberated the women and girls of Afghanistan from the maniacally
misogynist Taliban regime; the Obama administration is negotiating with the
Taliban and setting the conditions for its return to power. If the signature
image of the Bush administration's war in Afghanistan was that of women voting,
the signature image of Obama's war in Afghanistan is the photo of 14-year old
Malala Yousafzai. This week Yousafzai was shot in the head by the Taliban in
Pakistan for her defense of the right of girls to go to school.
Then there is the cause of good governance. American Jews like that.
But here too, Obama fails to live up to liberal values of clean politics.
Every day seems to bring with it another scandal related to the Obama
administration. This week we learned that the Obama campaign is illegally
soliciting funds from foreigners.
According to a report published by the Government Accountability Institute,
some twenty percent of visitors to the Obama campaign's fundraising site
"my.barackobama.com" are foreigners, barred by US law from contributing to
political campaigns. So too, the Obama.com website was registered by Robert
Roche, a US businessman living in Shanghai with ties to Chinese state-owned
companies. Roche is an Obama campaign bundler. 68 percent of the traffic on the
site comes from foreign users. Obama.com is currently managed by a Palestinian
rights activist in Maine.
Finally, there is the cause of Israel and US-Israel relations that American
Jews are assumed to care about. After the fiasco at the Democratic National
Convention when the widespread antipathy for Israel raging in the Democratic
Party was broadcast on primetime television, the Obama administration has
stopped even trying to hide its contempt for the Jewish state and its American
Whereas the US refused to walk out of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's
obscene address to the UN General Assembly last month, US Ambassador Susan Rice
chose to absent herself entirely from Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's
address before the body.
Adding insult to injury, last week Obama appointed Salam al-Marayati to
represent the US at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe's
annual ten-day human rights conference. Marayati is the founder and executive
director of the Muslim Public Affairs Committee. As Robert Spencer recalled this
week, on Sept. 11, 2001 Marayati gave an interview to a Los Angeles radio
station accusing Israel of being responsible for the jihadist attacks on the US.
He is an outspoken supporter of Hamas and Hezbollah.
And Obama appointed him to represent America at a major human rights
So what is it that drives over two thirds of American Jews to support Obama?
The only issues that come easily to mind are social issues -- particularly the
two flagship causes of American Jews these days - abortion and homosexual
marriage. While it is true that Obama shares their positions on these issues, it
is hard to believe that these two issues have become the cri du coeur ...of American Jews.
It isn't that it is wrong for people to support abortions on demand and
homosexual marriage. And it isn't wrong for people to oppose them. There are
reasonable, Jewish arguments to be made for a woman's right to abort her unborn
children. But there are also reasonable Jewish arguments for constraining that
right. There are Jewish arguments in favor of permitting homosexuals to wed. And
there are Jewish arguments opposing such unions.
Then there is the relative urgency of the issues. With the US economy in a
rut and American national security increasingly imperiled, are abortion rights
and gay marriage really the American Jewish community's top priorities?
...To be fair, there are some American Jews who have been willing to approach
politics with an open mind. For instance, Susan Crown, of the Chicago-based
Henry Crown business empire has transferred her support from Obama to Romney. In
an interview with Chicago Magazine Crown explained that she switched candidates
last May when Obama gave his speech calling on Israel to withdraw from
Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria and contract to within the indefensible 1949
armistice lines. Crown also said that her switch was due as well to economic and
foreign policy considerations.
...The most disturbing aspect of the surveys of American Jewish voters is not
that [many] are willing to vote for the most hostile US President Israel has ever
experienced in order to remain true to their party. The most disturbing aspect
of ...American Jewish ...devotion to Obama and the Democrats is that
it indicates that ...[many] American Jews have abandoned their
faculties for independent thought and judgment in favor of conformism and
slavish partisanship. They have rendered themselves unreachable.