Jews & Antisemites
Over the years, the one question that has been asked of me most often is why do so many Jews insist on voting for and donating to Democrats.
There’s no single answer. But we can begin with tradition. Starting with the wave of Jewish immigrants in the early 20th century, Jews have seen Democrats as their protectors. Later, they came to see FDR as their savior during World War II and Harry Truman as the defender of Israel.
On top of that, Jews are often drawn to professions that benefit from left-wing policies, including the law, teaching and social work.
They have also made their mark in the arts, journalism, TV, movies and finances. As a result, they have enjoyed influence that far exceeds their numbers.
As with all, or nearly all generalizations, there are numerous exceptions, but, as a rule, we Jews don’t pursue careers in the military, professional sports or law enforcement. You will far more often find us defending criminals in court than arresting them on the street.
Because, historically, they have often been persecuted and oppressed, they tend to regard themselves as underdogs, which helps explain why they so often side with others they perceive to be victims, even when most of those laying claim to their sympathy (urban blacks, illegal Latino aliens, Muslims) often despise them the most. That fact doesn’t necessarily elude them. Rather, it tends to make them feel even better about themselves, as it suggests that they are able to rise above it all. It’s possible that the virtue-signaling that has in recent times become all the rage was invented by Jews.
I am certain that there are some Jews who would take the preceding as the screed of a self-hating Jew, but they’d be mistaken. I don’t hate Jews, I hate the political beliefs of the 70% who will support any of the 3,750 Democrats who are seeking the presidential nomination in the hopes of sending Donald Trump back to Manhattan. In other words, I hate the sin, not the sinner.
It’s never easy counting Jews because there are many who have no connection to Judaism as a religion, but feel themselves cultural Jews, which might mean they enjoy corned beef sandwiches or that they subscribe to the N.Y. Times. But, however you count us, we constitute less than two percent of the nation’s population. However, we make up 8% of the current Senate and 7% of the House. And none of the eight senators and only two of the 27 House members, Lee Zeldin of New York and David Kustoff of Tennessee, are Republicans.
As if that’s not bad enough, many of the 35 Jewish members of Congress are high-profile and extremely influential, including Chuck Schumer, Dianne Feinstein, Richard Blumenthal, Bernie Sanders, Ben Cardin, Jerry Nadler, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, Brad Sherman and Adam Schiff.
It doesn’t speak well for them that some of them side with Arabs and Muslims against Israel and share Rep. Ilhan Omar’s contempt for the Jewish state, and, moreover, went along with passing the watered-down resolution condemning Omar’s spewing of anti-Semitic speech to a antiseptic call for respect of all races, religions and, in fact, of everyone except President Trump and those of us who support him.
The fact is, if Israel didn’t exist, those on the Left would have had to invent it so that devout anti-Semites ranging from Vanessa Redgrave to Ms. Omar could pretend they didn’t hate Jews, but merely opposed the policies of the Jewish state on, of all things, humanitarian grounds.
So far as I know, I only have two liberal subscribers. I very rarely hear from one of them. I only hear from the other when he has some niggling bone to pick with me.
So it came as no surprise that when I mentioned that Jews make up a sizable portion of the readership of the L.A. Times., he challenged me with an email that read: “Gotta ask you, Burt, ‘the majority of Times readers are Jewish’?? You are, I am, but you think more than 51% are?”
I replied: “I didn’t say a majority of the paper’s readers are Jewish. I wrote that although a large portion of their coverage involves positive stories about urban blacks; Latinos, legal and otherwise; and the sexually bewildered, the majority of its subscribers are white, heterosexual, largely Jewish and middle or upper middle-class.
"Do you actually doubt that a sizable portion of its readership happen to be Jews living in Beverly Hills, Westwood, Brentwood, Santa Monica and the upper strata of the Valley? Why do you seem to take a passing reference to Jews as insulting? God knows there’s a lot about Jewish politicians that I find offensive, but the fact that a great many L.A. Jews read and take seriously what appears in the Times is merely troubling.”
He replied: “Just to clarify, I definitely don’t take a reference to Jews as insulting. I merely doubted the statistic because we are such a low percentage of the citizenship of the country and of L.A.”
I wrote back to state: “True about the country, not true about L.A., Frank. The city’s population is 3.8 million, 520,000 of whom are Jewish. That’s about 13%. Do you really doubt that they don’t come close to constituting a near-majority, if not an actual majority, of Times subscribers?”
After Lebron James, the vastly overpaid star of the mediocre L.A. Lakers, called President Trump a bum and declared Barack Obama the greatest president ever, it took a letter written by former Houston news reporter Hal Lundgren to set him straight.
He opened with “Dear Mr. James: No one in my circle discusses French Modernist artists. That comforts me. Such a discussion would expose me as an illiterate on French Modernism, just as I am an illiterate on cooking and many other things. When I know nothing on a subject, my mouth stays closed. That’s at least one difference between us. You are an economics illiterate. The dishonest ‘reporters’ who cover you want to be your buddy. They won’t embarrass you by being honest journalists and treating your words as economics illiteracy. When you call Trump a bum, none of them will tell you that statistics rank him as one of our best presidents for black Americans.
"His tax cuts and freeing us from absurd regulations have resulted in — after only 24 months – the lowest unemployment numbers EVER for Hispanic and black Americans, and one of the lowest numbers for women.
"During those 24 months, Trump’s policies created about four times more manufacturing jobs than were created during the entire Obama administration’s eight years!!”
Lundgren’s open letter to the 7-foot lout, who has obviously bumped his head once too often walking through doorways, goes on for several more pages, presenting facts of which most of you are already aware.
The only point Lundgren and I disagree about is when he suggests that the local reporters are withholding tough questions from the basketball star because they want to suck up to him. That would surely be the case if they were any smarter than Mr. James, but they’re not.
That’s because a lot of them work for and get their news from the same ultra-partisan, toxic source he does; namely, the L.A. Times.