If American Jews are so smart, why they have allowed the Democratic Party to take their vote for granted since the days of FDR? According to Politico.com, since 1988 only 25 percent of the Jewish vote has gone to Republicans.
In June a poll by the Berman Jewish Policy Archive at New York University announced that 68% of the one thousand Jews polled would support Obama. The number fell by 10% from the Jewish vote for Obama in 2008. If it turns out that those polled all lived in New York, the results are no surprise. They are the most politically liberal to be found anywhere north of Miami or west of Los Angeles.
Why people obsess over who the Jews will vote for comes from the doubtful mythology that surrounds Jews as being smarter or controlling the media and Wall Street. They are, in addition, frequently major figures in politics, business, and the culture. Blindly voting for every Democratic candidate is arguably not smart no matter what success one has achieved.
Nobody “controls” either the media or Wall Street–two enterprises that come close to the definition of chaos—though it is true that the media is nauseatingly liberal and Wall Street denizens of any or no faith tend to throw money at anyone who holds public office by way of buying protection.
I can remember a time when being Jewish was not an advantage. In the years leading up to World War Two if you were Jewish there were a lot of places that did not extend membership, universities with quotas, and a variety of practices that mirrored the exclusion that Blacks experienced, though not as blatantly. It was more of a benign bigotry.
If Jews blindly vote Democratic, then how smart are Blacks that do the same? It’s not about religion or race; it’s about a mind-set that is undeterred by facts. How can Blacks either not know or forget that it was Democrats that blocked civil rights legislation until the assassination of JFK?
As Tevi Troy wrote in an April edition of Tablet magazine, “Jews seem to be everywhere in politics these days—as candidates, strategists, officials, fundraisers, commentators, and more” noting that this “high level of Jewish involvement in national politics would have been unfathomable in the 19th century.
People wonder why some Jews gravitated toward the media. It is rooted in the ancient need of Jews to know what was happening where they lived because not knowing could get you killed. The Jewish involvement in banking has its roots in the early Christian prohibition against charging interest—deemed usury—for loaned money. When some Jews grew wealthy, the prohibition went away.
The focus of concern for Jews in the modern era has its roots in the World War Two horror of the Nazi Holocaust, but it picked up momentum with the establishment—actually the re-establishment of Israel as a Jewish state in 1948. It had been the Jewish homeland since 1310 BC until they were exiled by Rome in 70 AD.