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March 6, 2014 8:18 am

Jewish Liberals Should Admit They Were Wrong on Obama

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President Obama delivers his 2014 State of the Union address. Photo: Screenshot.

The Jewish community overwhelmingly supported President Obama’s re-election campaign in 2012, despite his previous track record as being terrible on Israel. As Obama and Kerry continue to pressure Israel extensively, I wonder if Jewish liberals look around and regret their support of Obama. With Obama’s countless foreign policy mistakes, the economy struggling to recover, and the fact that there has never been a time when America has been less respected by the world“Ž, any regrets at all?

While we constantly hear about President Bush’s perceived failures, I have yet to hear a single Jewish organization stand up and say that “dumb” former Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin predicted the current crisis in the Ukraine less than six years ago. During the 2008 presidential campaign, Palin warned that if then-Senator Barack Obama was elected president, his “indecision” and “moral equivalence” may encourage Russia’s Vladimir Putin to invade Ukraine. “After the Russian Army invaded the nation of Georgia, Senator Obama’s reaction was one of indecision and moral equivalence, the kind of response that would only encourage Russia’s Putin to invade Ukraine next,” Palin said.

In 2012, Obama mocked Mitt Romney for referring to Russia as “our number one geopolitical foe.” Obama said, “The 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back because the Cold War’s been over for 20 years.”

With numerous media reports asserting that Jews are in danger in Ukraine“Ž, one wonders if the liberals will say yes we were wrong.

Barack Obama is tough on only one country in the world: Israel.

Norman Podhoretz proclaimed some years ago that “liberalism has become much more than a set of political opinions for political Jews: It has become a religion in its own right, with its own Torah of liberalism and its own set of commandments.” For them, “The new Torah will always trump the old.” And indeed, Obama will go down in history as one of the worst Presidents ever – in part thanks to the support of the liberal Jewish community.

The American Jewish community overwhelmingly stood with Obama.  Liberal Jewish organizations have strengthened President Obama’s hand, thus weakening American interests worldwide. From the Middle East to Ukraine, can anyone claim that the Jewish people or the Jewish State is in a better position with this Administration’s foreign policy?

It is time to say that choosing Obama was not good for the Jewish – or the American – people.

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  • Mark G

    I voted for Obama in 2012 with the hope that his newly discovered resolution to bring about a 2 state solution where Israel could remain a Jewish state in peace and security. I also supported and continue to support some of his environmental policies.

    I regret doing so and have since changed my party affiliation.

    Ove the past few weeks we’ve witnessed Obama fan the flames of anti-Semitism by

    *not showing solidarity with French Jewish community in the wake of the attack on Jews shopping on Friday afternoon in preparation for Shabbat by reluctantly identifying the victims. The defamation read like a denial of Jewish nationhood ironically reminiscent of Napoleon- “It is entirely legitimate for the American people to be deeply concerned when you’ve got a bunch of violent, vicious zealots who behead people or randomly shoot a bunch of folks in a deli in Paris.”

    * Fomenting hatred towards Netanyahu who had legitimate cause to make a case to the American people and Congress regarding the genocidal impact a bad deal with Iran might mean for Israel by quietly giving the nod to members of the Black Caucus and other Democrats to boycott Netanyahu address before Congress. Despite what Obama and some liberal Jewish political survivors may think Bibi is the prime minister of Israel and thereby the closest thing we have to a representative of the Jewish people

    *Cynically using last minute electioneering campaign rhetoric to justify leaving Israel to dangle in the wind before the UN. Ironically, it is not as though he has not used fear tactics to fan voter turn out in American election.

    Over 70% of American Jews voter for President Obama and some provided him the necessary funding and technical support to run and apparently he has decided to sell us down the river.

    I remain liberal any many domestic issues, but the Democrat party must prove to me that they care about Jewish people and understand the fragility of Jewish existence around the world before I vote for another one.

  • Voted4O

    I voted for Obama twice. Friends intended to vote for McCain the first time but decided otherwise when he took Palin for VP. Decisions like that show stupidity combined with hubris and immediately disqualify a person for office. Unfortunately he continues in the Senate.

    I voted for him the 2nd time because the policies of Romney and the other GOP candidates running for office would destroy the social and economic fabric of the USA while enriching a very few beyond anything healthy. For me the choice was “do we destroy the USA now, or not?” I chose what I thought was not and had hoped it would be “never”.

    Unfortunately, the GOP was (and still is) willing to destroy things (of course they deny it) although they do have a better foreign policy.

    But …. how does the GOP expect to maintain the Armed Forces, an economy to support them and a reasonable foreign policy when their policies the US domestically?!

    The GOP ruins the middle class, raises tuition, lowers educational standards (except for the wealthy), sends US jobs and technology abroad, etc., etc., ad nauseum and shouts about their loyalty and praises service men and women. Not too many people on Fox news or their relatives have served but they do like to proclaim how loyal they are.

    Obama is a huge disappointment. However, if the GOP had supported a candidate less crazy than those who ran, they’d have won.

    The GOP has only themselves to blame. When the choice is “bad” vs. “worse”, it is not always clear which is which.


    Unfortunately, the US is becoming a banana republic.

  • Hussein Obama the name he used in his swearing in is naive corrupt pro muslim.Nothing more nothing less.He laughed at Romney and Palin when they said Russia would be a great adversary.Now Putin spanks like a little boy. He’s actually as dumb as he looks.

    • Jane Pomerance

      And the Neocons are as stupid as they sound!

  • jane Pomerance

    You have nothing nice to say about your own rulers – Why should you like President Obama? Maybe if you stopped calling him Hussein?

    Why can only can get interviews with the worst of US pols such as Bachman and Cruz and Cantor?

    The Israeli and US Israeli press sucks. So much for your “Jewish Values”.

    • Rulers since when did Barack Hussein Obama become a RULER.In the U.S. we have no rulers ,least of all dumbo.
      I know you leftist love rulers.He’s nothing but an incompetent who can’t get his signature legislation ‘obamacare’to work.

  • E Pluribus Wombat

    Jewish liberal Obama supporters would rather see another Holocaust first than admit the Sun God is fake.

  • Ben Kramer

    Obama is good for the rest of the world.

    • BH in Iowa

      Indeed. There has never been a better time to be an adversary of the US.

  • ImaLindatoo

    They can’t, they’re LIBERAL. They are incapable of admitting they were wrong and then also admitting they are liberal, which means they are ignorant and soft, nothing like they’re conservative origins.

  • Steve Butman

    At both elections, I did not vote for Obama; that said, I could not bring myself to vote for either of his opponents.

    I believe that the “Jewish Left” supported him because they are NOT one-issue voters. The Left believes in environmental protection over business interests, they are pro-choice, pro-gun control, pro-human/personal rights/freedoms, etc.

    Of course the “Jewish Left” loves Israel, but they voted for what they felt was the lesser of two evils. I can’t say that I disagree…hindsight is always 20:20.