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Judaism’s advice to the Democrats

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25.11.2020

“Survey the course you take,” Proverbs urges, “and all your ways will prosper. Do not swerve to the right or the left.” (See Proverbs 4:26-27.)

In Deuteronomy, we are told to “not turn aside to the right or to the left” (see, for example, Deuteronomy 5:19 and 28:13), and this applies even to the king (see Deuteronomy 17:20), and by extension, to all leaders of the people.

Both political parties need to keep these and other Jewish teachings in mind as they go forward, but the Democrats need to pay special heed. The lesson in Election 2020 is that an overwhelming majority of voters want no part of the political extremes—right or left.

The Democrats should have swept a huge majority into the House of Representatives, but instead they lost seats in the one part of the federal government that was purposely designed to be the most sensitive to voter opinion. That voter opinion this year was that people did not like the direction they were told the Democrats were taking. That is true, as well, of the Senate. Democrats should have wrested control of the upper chamber from Sen. Mitch McConnell and his Trump-struck Republicans, but the best they can hope for now is a 50-50 split if the two still-to-be-decided Georgia races break their way in January.

Joe Biden should have swept into the presidency in a historic landslide. While he did rack up a convincing win (well, everyone else is convinced that he did, even if his opponent and Rudy Giuliani are not), for many who voted for him, it was more a vote of no-confidence in Donald Trump and his increasing tilt to the far right.

The Grand Old Party also leans to the far right. That should be enough to push it off to the political sidelines, but the GOP effectively sold many American voters on the notion that the greater threat was coming from the Democrats, who supposedly were shifting to a far-left, socialist agenda bordering on communism. Trump said as much when he told Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo during the campaign that Biden’s running-mate — now Vice President-elect — Kamala Harris is “a communist. She’s not a socialist. She’s well beyond a........

© The Times of Israel (Blogs)


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