Sunday, May 22, 2011
Obama Meddles in Israel
A good starting point for the idea that our government shouldn't try to fix everything, is foreign policy, which is even harder than economic policy. It's important to know what is and isn't our Federal government's business.
Jimmy Carter and Noam Chomsky are perfectly consistent when they argue for UN Security Council Resolution 242 because they believe in redistribution of money and power based on inequalities they believe are the result of illegitimate expropriations. The rich, in general, are the beneficiaries of previous injustices.
Historically American Jews have voted Democratic, and exit polls showed 77% voted for Obama in 2008. It certainly is politically beneficial to present yourself as a persecuted minority if you can, and just like African-Americans Jews are a minority. In the long run, this won't stand because Jews are relatively successful, and so via inevitable liberal logic they are a hegemon who needs to share their wealth. Obama's call for a return to 1967 borders seems a consistent stand within the Democratic party, and especially the very progressive US State Department.