The rank-and-file left’s favorite political bogy is the Koch brothers. The right’s is George Soros. Yet neither of these addresses the real driver of American presidential politics and influencer of American foreign policy: the Zionist lobby. But the poverty of the soul or mind of its representatives cannot be contained with wealth or power.
That’s because whether Democrat or Republican, it doesn’t matter in the United States: Politicians run to Israel’s side like dogs to fresh meat. And the pro-Israel lobby pours millions of dollars into campaign coffers on both sides of the aisle and controls most U.S. mainstream media and the think tanks that distribute foreign policy papers and lobby the American people through the mainstream media for more foreign wars.
For Democrat politicians, it’s for the votes as much as it’s for the money. By and large, Jewish voters vote Democrat. But for Republican politicians it’s for the money contributed by a small number of rich Jews and activists and to appease the evangelical right which believes — based on an errant view of Holy Scripture, as I explained in “Israel, ISIS and the end of days” — that Israel deserves some sort of divine dispensation from the U.S. In fact, polls show that American Christians hold a more favorable opinion of Israel than do American Jews. Most Personal Liberty® readers, I’ve found, have a great tolerance of our criticism of U.S. government and its leaders; but let me or one of our writers criticize Israel or U.S. policy toward it, and the long knives come out.
Now with the campaign season in full bore, GOP candidates are parading to kiss the ring of the man who seeks to be the Republican kingmaker, Sheldon Adelson (at age 82, health problems hamper Adelson’s mobility, so candidates must run to him and readily do so).
The Republican primary — at for least those trying to catch up to Donald Trump — has become less about attracting American voters and more about attracting the lion’s share of Adelson’s billions of dollars. In 2012, Adelson single-handedly kept Newt Gingrich’s campaign going long past its expiration date, thanks to an infusion of $20 million in campaign cash; and GOP contenders want that same crutch to lean on. When the Gingrich campaign finally flamed out, Adelson dumped $30 million into Mitt Romney’s campaign coffers. Reports are that all told, Adelson spent some $100 million opposing Barack Obama’s re-election in 2012.