DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz had a Sophie’s Choice moment. What does she sacrifice? President Barack Obama’s idiotic Iranian nuclear “executive agreement” or the future of Israel and American lives. She chose the Democratic Party over her own people.
Holding back tears, Wasserman Schultz said that in her op-ed, she talks about her "Jewish heart and how important this [decision] was to me ... as a Jewish mother."
"In weighing everything, all the information, I've concluded the best thing to do is vote in support of the Iran deal and put Iran years away from being a nuclear state," she said. The Obama administration secured enough votes this week to ensure the deal will survive efforts to kill it.
Once again, Americans witness the Jewish conundrum of overt support for progressive ideology over basic self-interest. Books, symposiums and countless articles have tried to solve the Rubik’s Cube of the American Jews counterintuitive support for socialism and/or communism and the evils therein. After all, how many times have they, as a people, suffered at the hands of these two ideologies?
National Review published an article on this very topic. Here is an excerpt:
In my opinion, Jewish attraction to liberalism flows in part from a basic survival instinct that over time evolved into an emotional yearning. Jews, since the ghetto walls began to crumble during the Age of Reason, estimated that survival would be contingent upon acceptance among the broader populace. For the better part of the past two centuries, acceptance, particularly in Western Europe, was thought to have been subject, first and foremost, to the abandonment of some, if not all, aspects of Jewish identity. Depending upon time and place, the abandonment of Jewish identity — and the Torah as a heavenly document — ranged from modest acculturation to total assimilation. This strategy was, overall, an unmitigated disaster. Take the micro cases of Karl Marx and Alfred Dreyfus and the macro cases of the Soviet Union and the Weimar Republic.
In America, Jews decided that if fully erasing Jewish identity was still not enough to eliminate anti-Semitism, it was time for a novel approach. During the civil-rights era and the rise of identity politics, Jews bet on progressivism, figuring that by loving everyone else, they would cause everyone else to love them forever in return. (Or at least, if times ever got truly hairy again, they would have adequate allies to rush to their defense.)
This approach too necessitated deserting faith in the Torah as divine. For if one believes that the Torah is divine (i.e., not created by man) and that failure to observe its teachings involves eternal repercussions, then one cannot easily support gay marriage or abortion. These are just two examples that show that to unwaveringly stand for the Torah is to inescapably stand against, oppose, and — God forbid — offend others. For Jews who have thirsted to be applauded as “open-minded,” “tolerant,” and “cosmopolitan,” liberalism, to a degree, had to replace Judaism as religion. There is no way to be fully in tune with popular culture and, at the same time, to believe that the Torah is directly, word for word, from the Lord of Hosts.
Did Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz really have a choice? I’m sure she and George Soros have a lot to talk about.