September 10, 2005

THE ANTI-JUDAISM OF THE JEWS:

The Russians Are Coming: The newest Jewish immigrants vote Republican. (TONY CARNES, September 9, 2005, Opinion Journal)

Pity Larry Lowenthal. His job as executive director of the Boston branch of the American Jewish Committee (AJC) includes finding and training leaders from among the 700,000 Russian Jews who have immigrated to the U.S. in the last 30 years. Mr. Lowenthal has fared well: Today there are Russians helping to guide a number of major Jewish organizations, like the one called Boston for Israel. But now these immigrants turn out to be . . . oh no! Republicans!

To judge by his public statements and writings, Mr. Lowenthal's idea of a faithful Jew is someone who opposes the nomination of Judge John Roberts to the U.S. Supreme Court, supports gay rights, abortion and euthanasia, and demands a strong separation of church and state. After all, as Mr. Lowenthal concluded approvingly in a July op-ed for the Jewish Advocate, Jews are "the most liberal" and "the least religious people in America."


Odd to celebrate that which spells your people's doom more surely than its foes ever dreamt.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 10, 2005 7:09 AM
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It's not odd when you realize that their people aren't Jews, their people are liberal Democrats and they're just using the AJC as front for their leftwing agenda.

Posted by: erp [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 10, 2005 3:15 PM

I think it demonstrates my thesis that the jewish attachment to the Democrats is a statement of ethnic solidarity rather than religiously based political commitment. Being republican is a declaration of independence by the russians who resent the condecension of the establishment, especially the "professional jews" like Lowenthal.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 10, 2005 5:45 PM

Just watched a Curb Your Enthusiasm episode where Larry David gets an approval from his Rabbi to sleep with a woman other than his wife, since she's allowing it for an anniversary gift. I don't know the relevance of this observation, but what the heck.

Posted by: RC at September 10, 2005 8:00 PM

Somewhat analogous to what occurred in Israel with the loss of support for the Labor philosophy.

Posted by: ed at September 10, 2005 8:31 PM

One of the favorite fantasies of those people on the other side has been that the "new Americans"--recent immigrants--could be relied upon to join with professional minorities and other malcontents into a "minority-majority" coalition.

Of course it hasn't panned out. New Americans are very much like the old Americans: having come here to get away from oppressive government we are not looking to reimpose it on ourselves.

My urban gun club is experiencing a healthy influx of Russian and Asian* immigrants. Sometimes their English is a bit shaky, but we understand one another just fine.

*I had to catch myself--almost having typed "other Asian"--sorry, it's a Polish thing.

Posted by: Lou gots at September 11, 2005 12:20 PM
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