November 4, 2006


Lieberman gets boost from ministers< (Mary E. O'Leary, 11/04/06, New Haven Register)

U.S. Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman, D-Conn., reiterated his support for faith-based initiatives Thursday as he spoke outside the Second Star of Jacob Christian Church in New Haven and accepted the endorsement of a statewide group of Latino ministers. [...]

Lieberman, who interspersed his press conference with Biblical quotes in Hebrew and Spanish, said it was difficult in campaigns to talk about the relationship of church and state, but said America has found the right balance between the two. "I think anyone who tries to separate faith and God from America is trying to do something unusual. It is the source of our strength, even as we respect the diversity of ways people approach God," he told the group.

For those reasons, Lieberman said, he tries "to find constitutionally-based ways for the government to support faith-based initiatives."

Hernandez said the ministers were impressed by Lieberman’s immigration proposals and his stance against gay marriage, but mainly his experience.

"We do not have the luxury of allowing an unknown novice to remove an experienced person who currently occupies such a vital position," he said.

Hernandez said the group also believes the country can’t afford to "cut and run" in Iraq.

Note the issues that Orthodox Jews and Latinos can agree on.

US Jews, reconsider support for left: Jews must be constantly on guard to oppose anti-Semitism wherever is rears its ugly head, even in places where we least expect to see it (Rabbi Levi Brackman, 11.03.06, YNet)

In an attempt to explain why most Jewish Americans are liberal and vote Democrat, a friend of mine sent me Philip Roth’s award-winning book entitled The Plot Against America (2004). [...]

If indeed this book is representative of Jewish–American fears about the Republican Party in 2006, I am rather perplexed. [...]

Traditionally the terms right and left, used in the political sense, referred to different political philosophies in which the left defended the interests of the working class and the right defended and looked out for the interests of the wealthy and the aristocrats. According to this definition, Judaism is very much a left-wing religion.

However, most agree that this characterization no longer adequately defines the modern-day difference between right and left. The fact is that many who claim to have a right-wing ideology will champion the cause of the minorities and many self-proclaimed left-wingers will trample upon them.

In fact, the German Nazis considered themselves socialists and the Soviets held extreme left-wing ideologies but this did not stop the Nazis from killing Jews, gays and gypsies or the Soviets from killing and enslaving their working classes.

During the Holocaust, left-wing President Roosevelt himself could have done more to help the plight of European Jews but for political considerations decided not to.

Portnoy's Complaint explains their ideology better.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 4, 2006 5:39 PM

Lieberman is the new Moynihan - talks an independent game but then votes the Dem party line.

Posted by: AWW at November 4, 2006 9:19 PM

AWW - Right you are.

Posted by: erp at November 5, 2006 12:14 PM