This may sound funny coming from me.
Because I don’t think it makes much difference whether we vote Democratic or Republican.
Their rhetoric may be a little different, but their actions are not.
However, I was struck by the results of an L.A. Times poll on Americans’ views about the conflict in Lebanon published yesterday.
This was the way the Times reporters wrote the story: “Most Americans consider Israel’s bombing campaign in Lebanon justified, but they are divided about what role the United States should play in the crisis and how closely the nation should align itself with the Jewish state, a Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg poll has found.”
But I see a much different story in the raw statistics – a much more shocking story, one rife with political significance.
Here’s the real story: The Democratic Party, which has owned the Jewish vote for as long as anyone can remember, has abandoned Israel and, if this poll is right, fails to see much moral difference between the Jewish state and the terrorist organization Hezbollah.
Let’s look at the numbers.
The poll finds 59 percent of Americans think Israel’s actions are justified.
But only 49 percent of Democrats do – and nearly half of those consider Israel’s actions excessively harsh.
By nearly a 2-to-1 ratio, however, Republicans believe Israel’s actions are justified.
It gets worse. Listen to this.
Overall, 50 percent said the U.S. should continue to align with Israel, while 44 percent backed a more neutral position. But Democrats supported neutrality 54 percent to 39 percent. Republicans supported alignment with Israel by a margin of 64 percent to 29 percent.
Imagine that. Democrats are conflicted about who is right between Israel and Hezbollah. They can’t see right and wrong between these stark contrasts. That’s because, as I’ve pointed out many times, they can’t see right and wrong on any issue. Period. End of story.
But why did the Times ignore the most stunning news of all from its poll? My guess is that the Democratic Party partisans who run the paper and write the stories don’t really want the public to know the truth about their constituency.
Can anyone give me one reason a Jew would continue to vote Democratic in light of this stunning information about the direction of the party’s grass-roots?
It doesn’t surprise me that the leftist elite of the party long ago decided to take an even-handed approach between the Jewish state, fighting for its survival amid a sea of anti-Semitic hostility and violence, and the terrorist Jew-haters. But I do find it a little surprising that this position is held by a growing contingent of Democratic party voters.
Personally, I don’t think Republicans or Democrats truly get it when it comes to the Mideast. The last U.S. president who comprehended Israel’s value as an ally against Islamo-fascism was President Reagan.
But there is a marked difference between the way Republican voters see the conflict and the way Democratic voters see it.
Let’s face it. If it wasn’t for the evangelical component within the Republican Party, U.S. politicians probably would have sold Israel down the river already. As it stands, we’re getting closer all the time.
Democrats are ready to jump ship by a significant margin. They strongly favor a position of neutrality between right and wrong, good and evil.
As for me, I continue to believe there is no middle ground between good and evil, there is no compromise with wrong.