I am a Jew from Brooklyn, New York. Thus, like virtually all baby boom Jews, I was reared as a lever-pulling Democrat. We were told that Democrats were for the poor and Israel and Republicans were rich people who hated Jews.
It was that simple, that simple-minded.
I don’t think I met a Republican until well into my 20′s when a Jewish movie producer with whom I worked let slip that he belonged to the Republican party. I smugly told myself that that made sense since this producer didn’t even go to synagogue on Yom Kippur and was quite wealthy. But as I got to know him, his ideology came into focus and I realized that his arguments were far superior to mine. In fact, I sounded like an uninformed, petulant child.
The Democrat party of my childhood, the party of John and Robert Kennedy no longer exists. If you read their speeches they sound like Conservative Republicans.
The Democrats destroyed families and enslaved the American poor via Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society. It is Republicans who labor to break the shackles of dependancy and entitlements.
Further, the love and support for Israel embodied in such towering Democrat intellectuals as Daniel P. Moynihan and Henry “Scoop” Jackson are now extinct among Democrats. It is Republicans who champion Israel and recognize Islamic terrorism as the major threat to freedom across the globe. Democrats are preoccupied with so-called global warming/climate change/green energy, all false flag operations whose real purpose is to increase taxes, regulations and diminish America’s sovereignty. In fact, a good part of the Democrat party are anti-Israel who have hitched their fates to J street, an Obama front financed in large part by George Soros.
My friend Carl in Jerusalem who runs the fine blog Israel Matzav has a fascinating story about Robert Kennedy’s passionate Zionism and his subsequent assassination by Palestinian terrorist Sirhan Sirhan, a reminder that Democrats once proudly stood with the Jewish State.
Many of you may recognize the street scene between the King David Hotel and the David’s Citadel Hotel. Some of you may even recognize the man in the picture – Robert F. Kennedy – who was assassinated by a ‘Palestinian’ terrorist and died 44 years ago today, June 6. But this picture is much older. It’s from 1948, and Bobby Kennedy had ridden in a Haganah convoy to get to besieged Jerusalem where the picture was taken. He had suffered the wrath of his father for coming here (Joe Kennedy was a notorious anti-Semite), and his fiancee broke their engagement over the trip (he married her sister Ethel instead).
To read the full story, please go to Israel Matzav.