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Why Can't We Understand That Pat Toomey Represents Torah Values?

November 24, 2010 By:
Bob Guzzardi and Bob Sklaroff
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Depending on the poll you scrutinize, only 23 percent to 31 percent of Jewish voters voted for Sen.-elect Pat Toomey. This is an oddity, given that his policies emanate from our Torah and talmudic principles -- that every individual life is a life worth living, sacred to the Sovereign of the universe, recognizing principles of individual freedom and free will, and honoring a personal and divine responsibility for ourselves and our community.

Conversely, 62 percent to 71 percent voted for Joe Sestak, a former admiral who was endorsed by the Obama administration's front organization, J Street, and signed the J Street-endorsed "Gaza 54" congressional letter letter accusing Israel of the "de facto collective punishment of Palestinian residents of the Gaza Strip," while, in reality, the Israel Defense Force was engaged in a defensive incursion into Gaza against genocidal radical Islamists.

As America heads toward insolvency and a devalued dollar, can't we Jews understand that Pat Toomey's economic policies -- centered on fiscal common sense, free markets and limited government -- are necessary and reasonable? Can't Democrats recoil, even slightly, at Sestak's "big-government statism" that empowers a few to rule the many?

The welfare-state notion of collectivist and coercive redistribution of wealth is antithetical to Torah, Talmud and the Jewish sense of personal responsibility. So how can those who must have been touched by endemic unemployment continue to donate to and vote for failed economic policies?

How could Jews support a man who endorsed NPR's firing of Juan Williams for exhibiting freedom of speech when he expressed feelings that are shared by Jews and non-Jews?

Do we not think that communities are built on communication, collaboration and cooperation, and not on coercion and control from the commanding heights?

Are we Jews not bourgeois, family-oriented, independent, productively employed and patriotic? Are we not -- even if not vocally Zionists -- at least sympathetic to the only free nation and reliable American ally in the Middle East?

This contradiction between how we live, what we believe and how we vote tells us something about ourselves -- and what God wants of us.

Bob Guzzardi is a lawyer and semi-retired businessman. Bob Sklaroff is an oncologist and Republican committeeman.

 

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