Why I’m a Democrat

This post is in response to the debate opened yesterday on whether Jews should vote Republican or Democrat, or which party is better for the Jews. To submit an article to this series, email stephen@gatherthejews.com

The author of this piece wishes to remain anonymous.  The author is a former Hill staffer for senior Democratic members of Congress and still resides in Washington, DC.

Recently, I was challenged as to why, as an American Jew, I don’t look outside of “traditional” Jewish thralldom of the Democratic Party. I’ll answer that here: because on the Republican side I see a party that only cares about people from conception to birth; because I see a party that wants to discriminate on the basis of race, religion, gender, and sexual orientation; because I see a party that wants to keep gay people who love America from fighting in the armed forces; because I see a party that wants to criminalize behavior between two consenting adults; because I see a party that claims to be for fiscal discipline yet spends heavily on its priorities; because I see a party that has no problem taking campaign cash from foreign companies; because I see a party that has strayed far from the roots of its founder, Abraham Lincoln; because I see a party beholden to corporate interests; because I see a party that would tear down the wall between Church and State; because I see a party that wants to dismantle the 14th, 16th, and 17th Amendments; because I see a party that claims to want immigration reform and border control yet does nothing to punish the businesses that benefit from cheap labor; because I see a party that believes everyone for themselves is good economic and social policy; because I see a party that engages in intellectual dishonesty and listens to blowhards like Beck and Rush who stir the pot while lining their own pockets; because I see a party that claims to support the troops but tries to cut benefits to veterans when they return or deny them health care; because I see a party full of chicken hawks with no problem sending other people’s children to die in order to line the pockets of their donors (I could go on)…

Is the Democratic Party perfect?  No.  But in my eyes, it is the only real choice an American Jew has.  The Democratic Party’s philosophy is much closer to tikkun olam than the Republican’s “everyone on their own” motto.  It is a very Jewish concept to concern ourselves with the welfare of our neighbors, our community, and those less fortunate.

To me, as a Jew in America, voting Democratic is the only logical choice.