With the November U.S. Congressional elections approaching, it may be instructive to examine why the approximately 80% of Jewish Americans who voted for Obama in 2008 did so. Thus, below are ten major reasons. They are not in any particular order, but the reader is invited to assign rankings based on his experience with these voters.
Some of the reasons are obviously related to each other, and most of these voters chose him for a combination of these arguments:
- “Obama will support Israel and be good for Israel.”
- “He will screw Israel, but that will be good for Israel.”
- “I don’t care about Israel.”
- “If McCain wins, he will pack the courts with right wing extremists like himself (the Democrat Senate, whose approval would be required for confirmation notwithstanding). And that would be a grave blow to “Jewish values” such as homosexual marriage and abortion on demand.”
- “Obama is so cool; everybody I know is voting for him.” (He can read a teleprompter.)
- “He is the Democrat. I have always voted Democrat. What, change now?”
- “He is black!”
- “Not voting for him would be racist!”
- “It’s a vote towards tikkun olam. That stems from my inherited yet possibly subconscious socialistic proclivities, so obviously shared by Obama (e.g. more ‘spread the wealth around’).”
- “The media I follow (major newspapers and radio and TV networks) blessed him. (See The New American Jewish Bible.) They said he’s kosher. In fact, even better than kosher – he’s great! They revealed no skeletons in his closet of any kind.”
Voters throughout the world often make choices for fatuous and superficial reasons. (Isn’t it interesting how often the candidate with the best hair wins?) The 2008 U.S. elections were a good example of superficial decision-making by voters. Perhaps enough of them have seen the tragic results for American liberty and prosperity (not to mention Israel’s security — e.g. think “Iran”) to help stem that negative tide with their next votes come November.