Loyal Jews

Joseph Aaron

In the 2016 presidential election and in the 2018 midterm elections, 75 percent of Jewish voters voted for the Democrats.

Which means I guess that 75 percent of American Jewish voters are bad Jews.

That’s a whole lot of bad Jews, but it must be true. After all, the king of the Jews told us so.

Yes, Donald Trump is the king of the Jews. He is also the second coming of god and the chosen one. We know all this because he has said he is. Even though I always thought Jews didn’t believe in the second coming.

But who am I to question the king of the Jews? After all, I’m a Democrat and so we now know a bad Jew.

Just for the record, in case you think I am making all of this up and need to increase the dosage of my meds, let us examine the source of these facts.

First, we had the president of the United States tweet how “very nice” were the words of one Wayne Allyn Root and thanked him for them. Indeed, Trump found them so very nice that he retweeted them.

“President Trump is the greatest President for Jews and for Israel in the history of the world, not just America, he is the best President for Israel in the history of the world … and the Jewish people in Israel love him … like he’s the King of Israel. They love him like he is the second coming of God … But American Jews don’t know him or like him. They don’t even know what they’re doing or saying anymore. It makes no sense!”

Yes, clearly it is American Jews who don’t know what they’re saying and who make no sense.

This from Wayne Allyn Root, who says all four of his grandparents are Jewish and that his DNA shows him “99.5” percent European Jewish and says he “took Jesus Christ as a savior” about 30 years ago, but still considers himself Jewish.

And so, who more qualified than him to tell us who are good Jews and who are bad, and to tell us that Trump is the king of Israel and the second coming of god.

If only the Jews had the sense to realize that. Of course, some Jews do, Jews who are super right wing and, irony of ironies, those who are super Jews religiously. They are charter members of Team Trump and in total agreement with Wayne Allyn Root, Trump and Jesus lover.

So Trump relied on Root to let us know that he is the king of Israel. But Trump all on his own let us know that “any Jewish people that vote for a Democrat, I think it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty” and that “if you vote for a Democrat, you’re being disloyal to Jewish people and you’re being very disloyal to Israel.”

That’s right, 75 percent of American Jews are disloyal to the Jewish people and very disloyal to Israel.

Never mind that if you look at the history of presidents since 1948, when Israel was established, you would find it is the Democratic ones who have been strongly on Israel’s side.

It was a Democrat, Harry Truman, who recognized the new state of Israel 11 minutes after Ben-Gurion proclaimed it.  It was a Democrat, Jimmy Carter, who made peace between Egypt and Israel, a peace that lasts to this day, that ended the threat to Israel from Egypt and that has given Israel a strong Arab ally in fighting terror from Gaza. It was a Democrat, Bill Clinton, who made peace between Israel and Jordan, who ended the insane fantasy of pretending the Palestinians don’t exist. It was a Democrat, Barack Obama, who gave Israel the Iron Dome defense system, who signed the largest aid package in American history, assuring Israel of more than $36 billion over the next 10 years, who ensured that Iran would make no progress on its nuclear program for at least 10 years. JFK and LBJ, the other Democratic presidents, were strongly pro-Israel.

Meanwhile, let’s take a look at the Republican presidents. Eisenhower threatened to strip the tax exempt charitable status of the UJA, then the biggest Jewish fundraising organization in the country and a major financial supporter of the new Jewish state. Nixon was a virulent anti-Semite as his tapes clearly show. Yes, I know he provided Israel with vital military equipment during the Yom Kippur War, but he didn’t do it to save the Jews but to make sure the West bested the Soviets in a Cold War confrontation. Reagan sold AWACS spy planes to Saudi Arabia, very much against Israel’s wishes, and when Israel protested, Reagan made a public statement saying a foreign country, meaning Israel, should not be dictating American foreign policy, a classic anti- Semitic trope. Bush the father gave a press conference lamenting that a thousand Jews were lobbying Congress on Israel’s behalf, saying of himself “I’m one lonely little guy” fighting the invading Jewish hordes. His secretary of state James Baker, said “f— the Jews, they don’t vote for us anyway.”

Speaking of presidents, after Trump said what he said about the Jews who vote for Democrats, very much to his credit, Israel’s true leader, President Reuven Rivlin called House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to stress that Israel’s relationship with the United States is not dependent on one political party.

Rivlin thanked Pelosi, a Democrat, for her “unqualified commitment to U.S.-Israel relations and for being a true friend.” Rivlin also quoted John F. Kennedy, a Democrat, who said that “Friendship with Israel is not a partisan matter. It is a national commitment.”

Just for the record, Bibi said not one peep in defense of American Jews who vote for Democrats or for all the Democrats have done for Israel.

Also just for the record, there are 34 Jews in Congress. 32 of them are Democrats. Two are Republicans.

There are so many things so sickening about this. First are the 25 percent of American Jews who love Trump, who wet their pants in excitement about his moving the embassy to Jerusalem and killing the Iran deal, and so who agree with Trump that Jews who vote Democrat are disloyal to the Jewish people and to Israel.

That’s what they think of their fellow Jews. It’s kind of how they insist that all American Jews always back Bibi, never criticize Bibi, because Bibi is the prime minister of Israel and so it is our duty to support him. And indeed they show that kind of loyalty — as long as the prime minister is someone they agree with. They however showed no loyalty to, had much criticism of Ariel Sharon, hero of the Yom Kippur War, when he pulled the Jewish settlements out of Gaza. And, of course, most tragically, they showed no loyalty to Yitzhak Rabin, hero of the Six Day War, when he made his outreach to the Palestinians. Then they felt it their noble duty to label the sitting prime minister of Israel a Nazi and a traitor and used inciting language that inevitably led a religious right wing Jew to murder Rabin. Loyalty, it seems, only applies if they like the prime minister.

Truth be told, Trump doesn’t care if American Jews are disloyal to the Jewish people and to Israel. What he really was saying is that Jews who vote for Democrats are being disloyal to him. He truly can’t understand how 75 percent of Jews could vote for the Democrats when he thinks he’s done so much for us.

“I’ll tell you what,” Trump told Mike Huckabee last year, “I get more calls of ‘thank you’ from evangelicals, and I see it in the audiences and everything else, than I do from Jewish people. And the Jewish people appreciate it, but the evangelicals appreciate it more than the Jews, which is incredible.”

Not incredible at all, because what he doesn’t understand is that while Jews who vote Democratic care very much for Israel, it is precisely because they care, that they don’t think he did us such a favor moving the embassy, killing the Iran deal.  And what he doesn’t understand is that Jews who vote Democratic care very much about Israel yes, but they also care very much about the Torah.

Jews who vote for Democrats do it not only because Democrats have always been and still are strong and staunch supporters of Israel, but because those Jews don’t vote just based on Israel, though that is a very important factor. They also vote based on the Torah.

The Torah teaches us lessons that are clearly in line with the philosophy of the Democratic Party and not at all in line with the philosophy of the Republicans. Jews who vote for Republicans, especially religious Jews who vote for Republicans, are spitting in the face of the Torah.

The Torah which teaches us to ‘remember that you were strangers in a strange land,’ meaning remember that you were once immigrants to this country, that this country took you in even though you were different, even though many of you, like my father, had no skills, did not speak English, had no money. But my father, like so many Jewish immigrants, was willing to work hard, to love America, to make the most of the opportunities this country gave him. My father, a Holocaust survivor, was a loyal Democrat, a loyal American, a loyal Jew.

Remembering that we were once strangers in a strange land does not mean embracing the immigrant bashing of Trump, his caging of children, his attempt to literally rewrite Emma Lazarus’ welcoming words on the Statue of Liberty. 

The Torah also teaches us to engage in acts of tikkun olam, repairing the world, caring for and helping others, to do unto others as we would have done unto us. It teaches us to avoid lashon hara, evil language, to not call other people names, to not make fun of them, to not attack them. The Torah teaches us that ‘derech eretz kudmah l’Torah,’ that being a mensch, being kind, being empathetic is more important that even the Torah itself.

All those Jewish values — tikkun olam, no lashon hara, the primacy of derech eretz — are the exact opposite of how Trump talks and behaves and is. And yet, right wing and super Jew Jews love him so, embrace and worship this Republican.

And in so doing, they show they are the disloyal ones. Disloyal to the Torah they claim to hold so dear.

2 Comments on "Loyal Jews"

  1. I love this post and I love many of the writings of Emma Goldman. However, it was Emma Lazurus who wrote those inspiring words that grace the base of the Statue of Liberty

  2. So voting Republican is voting against the Torah. You sure you want to stand by that one Joe

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