Navonim - The Ramblings of Garnel Ironheart

Navonim - The Ramblings of Garnel Ironheart
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Sunday, 22 November 2009

Just Ignore The Facts

There are two historical facts in Canadian politics.  One is that Jews vote en masse for the Liberal Party.  The other is that the Liberal party wavers between quiet and open anti-Israel hostility.
That Jews vote for the Liberals isn't much of a surprise.  Just like in the States, most non-religious Jews (and frankly, too many religious ones) really believe that Judaism supports socially liberal policies like open access to abortion, gay marriage, unfettered immigration from the seediest parts of the world, etc.  As a result, they vote according to what they think their Jewish consciences tell them to - Liberal.
On the other hand, the Liberal party in Canada has always been quite savvy about knowing where to direct its resources.  Knowing that the Jews will vote for them no matter what, but that some immigrant communities like the Muslim ones might not, they generally concentrate their efforts on the possible votes, not the certain ones.  If that means being anti-Israel, they'll do it.  At the same time, the Conservatives have been identified as the anti-Jewish party and suffer for it at the polls each time.  As I've said for years, the Liberals could run Hitler, y"sh, as their prime minister candidate and the Jews would still vote for them because they're worried that the Conservatives are the real anti-Semites.
Let's review the Liberal party's history, shall me?  During World War II they worked to ensure no Jew would find refuge in Canada.  Since that time their support of Israel has been, at best, luke warm.  If they didn't advise the Canadian UN representative to vote against Israel, they generally advised abstaining.  It was very rare for a Liberal government to openly support Israel wihtout some precondition.  Appearing "balanced" was always the higher priority.
The Conservatives, on the other hand, have had the thankless task over the last couple of decades of actually being pro-Israel and suffering for it vote-wise amongst Muslim voters while gaining nothing from the Jewish community.  Stephen Harper, the current prime minister, has gone further to support Israel than any other Western leader, especially the current occupant of the White House (that people don't want me calling Hussein anymore).
And so, in what seems to be the interminable leadup to the next federal election that doesn't look like it is going to happen for a while, the Conservatives have finally decided to point that out.  And naturally the Liberals are all upset.  After all, as the Liberal party they're the more Jewish, aren't they?
Perhaps Canadian Jews will finally sit up and take note of the track record

15 comments:

seekingJustice said...

Come on, Garnel, this is nothing new. How about the self hating jews in US that give money to Palestinians to rebuilt the greenhouses that they themselves destroyed after Israel evacuated the settlements? Or about pro arab, pro palestinian J-Street? Or many other Jews that will farther support a Palestinian than a his fellow Jew?

Garnel Ironheart said...

Oh I agree completely. I just think it's interesting that with such a track record (remember Gino Valeri rushing to Lebanon to hug Nasrallah after the CRA took away Hezbollah's charity number?) they can even start to accuse the Conservatives.

David said...

Yeah, one thing I'll say for (most) frummies, is that their politics are far better than those of their less observant co-religionists. By the way, did you see Podhoretz' recent article on this?
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203440104574402591116901498.html

Garnel Ironheart said...

Thanks for the link, David. Good article. It's also similar to what I said in the post. Non-religious Jews really believe that Judaism is identical to secular liberalism. And why do Jews support secular liberalism? Because before the original secular liberalism became the guiding force in Western society, we had to deal with ghettos, pogroms, discrimination, forced conversions, etc. Secular liberalism, by reducing the power of the Church in society, ended that thus earning our gratitude and I do think we should be grateful to it for doing that. However, the next step - embracing it as the new Judaism - is going a bit too far.

David said...

"However, the next step - embracing it as the new Judaism - is going a bit too far."

Amen!

Off the Derech said...

Garnel is a ZioNazi.

David said...

Well, then a big "Sig Heil" to Garnel for this article!

Obersturmbannfuhrer David

Uber Krieger Garnel Ironheart said...

Hang on, is that above or below a Stabskapitänleutnant?

Ah hell, let's just go with Herrlich und schön Führer!

Uber Krieger Garnel Eisenherz said...

Wait, is that above or below Herrlich und schön Krieger?

David said...
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David said...

I don't know. As long as I get my daily allowance of schnitzengruben.

Garnel Ironheart said...

Mit ein bisschen Krautsalat und Kohl auf der Seite?

Shalmo said...

Tsk.

the reason Canadian Jews are scared of conservatives is because during Holocaust the forebears of these people (similar to Republican support for Nazism in the US) were pro-Hilter.

David said...

Shalmo:

Never say "the reason is because." It's poor grammar. It's also the least of the errors in your post. Nazis were in favor of a big government that runs every aspect of society, and determined who was worthy of having a voice and who was not. Frankly, that's exactly the opposite of conservative views, and a great deal more consistent with the views of those on the left.

Garnel Ironheart said...

At the extremes, everything merges. Russian Communism and German National Socialism were quite similar.

And even if conservatives were bad to us decades ago, it's the liberals who have been against us for the last several. How slow are we?