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This irrepressible liberal is focused in real life this morning on making nice with some of my oldest and dearest friends, many of whom are more right wing and radical than I ever knew or could have imagined. At dag, I'm more interested in poking those of you who, once again, may have presumed that Jews would abandon the more progressive candidate in this year's election.
Heck, I was down in Florida over the weekend and it wasn't just my fellow lefties who may have shared that presumption; Republican appeals to the Jews were loud and clear and really obsessive. But it was pathetic and futile--exit polls showed that seventy percent of Jewish Americans pulled the lever for President Obama and rejected the more conservative alternative. That's a higher percentage by far than any other "white" constituency in this country. And, while it may be difficult for some of you to understand and appreciate this simple truth, that makes this life-long lefty proud as all friggin' hell. So sue me!
Now some of you might rightfully focus on the fact that, in the end, there was little daylight between Obama and Romney concerning the Middle East peace process and Iran, and you will get no argument here. But, in fact, rightly or wrongly, many Jews who voted for Obama perceive a much wider gulf than you and I might perceive on such issues. And, again, those same folks still voted for President Obama--and here's the key point I implore each of you to take with you if you're still reading this:
American Jews voted for President Obama for the same reasons that other Americans voted for President Obama. We were just far more likely to do it than other white folks.
In short, American Jews did not vote for President Obama because of his positions on Israel. And that's because Jewish Americans are as American as our non-Jewish brothers and sisters. It forever pains me that, from where I sit, some of my most progressive brothers and sisters--even those born Jewish--appear to refuse to accept that given. And, unfortunately (and forgive me because I don't pull punches in this area), I fear it's not just those of you who choose to post the most vile and ugly speculative nonsense about, for example, how the zionists deliberately prompted the riots that led to the recent deaths of Americans in Libya.
So forward, yes, believe me I'm with you. But why, in the year 2012, do some of my progressive brothers and sisters continue to question my loyalty to country--simply because I choose not to hide my Jewish essence behind my progressive essence?
With pain and respect,
Bruce S. Levine
New York, New York