By Dave Schechter, CNN
The following may cheer those who complain that Jews exercise too much influence in the American political system.
“The massive overrepresentation of Jews on Capitol Hill, long a source of pride for the community, has been shrinking in recent years and could drop in the coming election cycle from 41 to the mid 30s, a level last seen 15 years ago,” Nathan Guttman recently wrote in The Forward, the Jewish newspaper.
Perhaps a golden age of sorts is coming to an end.
“It is the drawing down of a generation that believed in civil service,” Jacques Berlinerblau, director of Georgetown University’s Jewish civilization program, told Guttman, citing generations of post-World War II American Jews who, as Guttman phrased it, “saw special value in entering public service and also in reaching beyond the interests of their own community.”
Berlinerblau expanded on the subject in The Chronicle of Higher Education:
In my own writing I have referred to this half century as the era of 'secular Yiddishkeit.' It was the moment when the children of immigrant Jews of Eastern and Central European appeared to take over the world. They excelled in art, science, politics, journalism, academe, etc., and they did so in numbers completely out of proportion to their actual size. Of late, Jewish population growth has stagnated somewhat. The great generation of secular liberal Jews is graying. This may be one reason why we are witnessing a substantial, though not necessarily alarming, decrease in Jewish representation in many fields.
A January report by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life on the religious makeup of Congress notes that Jews were barely 2 percent of the 87th Congress in 1961-62, so the generations that came of age after World War II did indeed make their mark.
Today, Jews make up more than 7 percent of the 112th Congress while being just 1.7 percent of the U.S. population.
There are 13 Jews in the Senate and 28 in the House, all but one a Democrat; the lone Republican is House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. Since the 112th Congress convened in January, two Jews have resigned their seats: Jane Harman of California (to head the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars) and Anthony Weiner of New York (you know . . . those photographs).
Of course, the vagaries of electoral politics play a role.
When Republicans are ascendant, such as in the 2010 election, the Democrats lose seats, including those held by Jews. Indeed, seven Jewish lawmakers lost seats in the last cycle. Already there are concerns that redrawing the lines of congressional districts in California will eliminate a House seat currently held by a Jewish Democrat. Of course, Democratic fortunes in 2012 will hinge, in part, on the strength of President Barack Obama’s electoral coattails.
But there are also irrefutable demographic trends at play.
“While experts disagree on the short-term significance of shifts in Jewish political representation, all point to the likelihood of a long-term decline," writes Guttman. "Growth in Jewish population is stagnant and composes an increasingly smaller portion of the population in general.”
Kurt Stone, a political science professor at Florida Atlantic University and author of two books on Jews in Congress, told The Forward that the decline in Jews in Congress "won’t matter much in terms of the Jewish agenda.”
Peter Beinart set off a firestorm in some Jewish circles last year when he wrote about a declining affinity among younger Jews for the “Jewish homeland.”
“Among American Jews today, there are a great many Zionists, especially in the Orthodox world, people deeply devoted to the State of Israel," he wrote in the New York Review of Books. "And there are a great many liberals, especially in the secular Jewish world, people deeply devoted to human rights for all people, Palestinians included. But the two groups are increasingly distinct. Particularly in the younger generations, fewer and fewer American Jewish liberals are Zionists; fewer and fewer American Jewish Zionists are liberal.”
Beyond Israel, Guttman notes that, “On social issues that are dear to the community, much depends on the broader makeup of Congress, since Jewish priorities on domestic issues are largely aligned with those of the Democratic Party."
Indeed, coalitions are the way policy is made on the Hill. If your share of the population is not growing, it’s best to align with someone whose is.
Reports Guttman: “Changing demographic realities are pushing Jewish activists to seek a political partnership with Latinos, America’s fastest-growing minority group, for help in supporting the U.S.-Israel relationship.”
Despite the Jews being less than 2% of the total population (although higher % in some parts); they still have the most control and own the media, banks, congress, money and much more. Even CNN is owned by Jews!
A reason is because they are educated and strong. Jews help each other a lot.
Why don't stores and signs greet "Merry Christmas" and "Happy Easter" anymore? Because of the Jews.
Why don't we have more Christian holidays, other than Christmas? Because of the Jews.
Jews have lots of power and influence in America....
"A bit" is the understatement of the last couple of millennia.
"Why don't stores and signs greet "Merry Christmas" and "Happy Easter" anymore? Because of the Jews.
Why don't we have more Christian holidays, other than Christmas? Because of the Jews."
Lycidas – Not that long ago, Christmas decorations filled every public square and people wished each other "Merry Christmas". Nobody was offended and few people saw it as a "state endorsement of religion". Today, Christmas decorations are barred from the public square and people have been trained (mostly through corporate policy at department stores) to say "Happy Holidays" instead of Merry Christmas.
Jews have always been at odds with the Christian majority in America. They feared (perhaps rightly) that any state-endorsed expression of religion could be used to oppressed them. Over the years, they have aggressively fought any public expressions of Christianity. They have used the ACLU (A Jewish organization with lots of money and legal firepower) to sue any city or small town with Christmas decorations, crosses or images of the 10 commandments.
Legal challenges against school prayer are almost always done on behalf of "atheists" who claim to be offended, But if you examine all the major legal cases over the last 40 years, you'll see that the majority of these "atheists" actually have Jewish surnames.
@Bannister- Sounds like you are talking about atheists that come from a Jewish cultural background. I see nothing that makes them different than athiests that come from a Catholic background, Irish, Scot, English, German, African...etc. One's background does not define them.
My dad told me in the early '40s that they would cause the ultimate downfall of our economy.
I'm guessing that your dad denied the holocaust existed and/ or was related to hitler.
Digusting that people like you who speak of such hatred exist.
And btw silver hair, Angelo mazillo ran countrywide at the time of this country's mortgage crisis and I am guessing that he was not Jewish. I guess your dad would blames Jews for what the priests did?
Hopefully for your Dad's sake, he was dead before the 60s, as I'm sure the events of the civil rights era would have been too much for his fragile state of mind.
The state of Israel is not judaism. It's Zionism!
Is there something wrong with Israel?
Zionism is simply the political notion that the Jews should have a state to call home, just as the French have France, and the Italians have Italy, and the Russians have Russia. "Zion" in the bible is referred to as the land of god, thats why this political notion was not called "Israelism" or something of that nature.
You forget that there is a place called Mt. Zion.
it is almost comical that 5 million jews in a nation of 307 million people control congress, banks, media, congress, etc what are you smoking or cut back on your meds
Let us please make clear that there is a distinction between jews and zionists. Not all jews are zionists and not all zionists are jews. It is the zionist agenda which is out of balance in terms of influence in the US gov't. Judaism is a religion. There is no jewish religious agenda for the US. Zionism is a political ideology and there IS a zionist political agenda for the US.
1st of all, Jews are a race. Simple DNA testing proves this, but so too does their aggressive policy in Israel of maintaining a "Jewish state" (while hypocritically pushing "multiculturalism" off on the rest of us).
Also, Jews, not "Zionists", have been expelled 109TIMES for repeating this (destructive) pattern of behavior all throughout history. Long before there was a state of Israel, JEWS were poisoning wells, destroying economies/empires, warmongering, and much much more. So unless you blindly believe and take it upon faith that the "Chosen" people were "always innocent" and that people from across the planet and throughout the ages all suddenly came down with a case of "antisemitism" (after allowing Jews to live amongst them in the 1st place), then you must see and admit that the Jews (not the "Zionists") were THE common denominator.
Bob, your post is exactly why I said what I said. You are actually wrong in most of what you said. You are mouthing the classic antisemitic lines. Zionism is a really messed up ideology. Judaism is the basis out of which zionism sprang, no doubt, but they are not one and the same. That's like blaming all christians for the crusades. Your thinking is dangerous because it is black and white. As a person of jewish ethnicity I find posts like yours to be very threatening. And by the way I do not own or work in a bank. I don't own much of anything actually...a 12 year old car. So please learn not to think in black and white, otherwise you are the perfect patsy for fascists, including zionist fascists.
My friend recently converted to Judaism so she could marry a Jewish man. I had no idea people could change races!
Quick! "Report Abuse"! Cry foul! Alert the Jew censors at CNN!!!! Too much truth for the Goyim to see or for the Jews to handle.
Oy Vey! Wahh wahhh! Boohoo! We're being victimized again, but yet another "antisemite", who is torturing us with the truth.
Oh Bob, you simple simple man. Diseases does NOT equal proof to anything racial. Would you call the Amish a race? They have certain diseases more than other groups.
Normally I wouldn't respond to your disgusting vitreol, but I want let anyone who reads this stuff aware of all of your fallacies. So you think that since the jews were the ones that were exiled, that it must have been their fault in the first place? It's the jews fault that they were keenly aware that they were not "natives to the host country" as you put it and so stayed in their own shtetles for fear of being ostracized and killed. Oh wait, that didn't matter either because every so often pogroms would happen and people would go into Jewish villages and murder everyone anyways, and for what exactly?
You also also seem to think that the diseases you mentioned apply to all jews, WRONG! They apply to eastern-european jews. This is because jews in eastern-europe specifically tried to separate themselves from the governement of the specific country and so only passed genes between themselves rather than mixing with the people in Russia, Ukraine, ect..., this is because everytime they tried to become part of the country, they would get run out of town because they were always supposedly jews first and nationality second. The hardest lesson learned in that example is Germany 1938. Many jews stayed in Germany even after the horrible anti-semitic laws being passed because they considered themselves Germans, to their folly.
Your bile only stokes the fires of hate and conspiracy that's been around for time immemorial, so please go read up on your history without the lens of "The Elders of Zion" on please.
I won't lie and say jewish people are always the victims and have done no wrong, but the sad truth is they have been attacked and scapegoated more often than not because it was easier than owning up to a current problem.
I'm voting for Rammin Bull Cook for President. See him on YouTube.
Is he the same a Ramen Noodle Monster?
Cnn now complains about the international Jewish conspiracy....
Reading these posts, it seems that both Liberals AND Conservatives are confused by the "Jewish Agenda" They don't understand this agenda because it falls outside the traditional Left / Right political spectrum.
When it comes to the Jewish homeland, American Jews (at least up until this current generation) have been aggressively pro-Israel and have used the pro-Israel lobby to promote wars in the Middle East.
But in the United States, Jews have been AGAINST any kind of white homeland or Christian homeland. For years, they have used their political influence to support illegal immigration and open borders. They deliberately sought to change the ethnic balance of the United States because they believed that a more diverse "multicultural" population would make America "safe for the Jews".
In a nutshell, Jews have been "right wing" when it comes to Israel but "left wing" when it comes to America. That is one reason why the "Jewish Agenda" is so confusing to people.
For further information, I highly recommend reading Kevin MacDonald's book The Culture of Critique.
Locke, Israel has accepted wayyy more immigrants than almost any other country in the world. (To respond to your specific criticism.) Also, as a Jew, I have never once thought of the immigration issue in terms of "helping me stay safer." You are what we like to call a "white supremacist" and the mythology that you regularly espouse about our founding fathers trying to make "christian white nation" is totally historically inaccurate. Of course, why I bother talking with someone who is overwhelmed with racist discriminatory crap and doesn't have the critical thinking skills to see through it is beyond me.
Also, I might want to mention that since you are indirectly talking to a Jew through the internet, this might be the first time that you have actually communicated with one in any manner! Get out in the world. Meet people and learn what the world is really like. Stop being a bigot.
Sorry not Locke, Bannister.*
So all that liberal nonsense about "stereotyping" and "racism is all...crap.
That BS that liberals are "tolerant" of others is a load of poo too.
read the comments, its the most racist vial thing Ive read in years.
And how about admitting your war on religion, at least have the guts to admit your the REAL bigots
Vial??? You ignorant wretch, it is v-i-l-e, I guess you learned to spell in church... The war on religion? Have you looked around you lately? Tell me one war that does NOT have religion at its core???
Seriously Ian you need to learn to spell and learn when to conjugate it is you're as in you are not your
No one should listen to what you spew, you are seriously uneducated
Howard, go eat a bullet.
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Step away from the keyboard and show us your hands!
Well, it's a story anyway.
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Even if there are less Jewish members of congress, it does not change the money or influence of the Israeli lobby. Our congress may be less Jewish, but a majority of them are still in Israel's pocket. This change in demographics is insignificant. Public service is no longer needed to dominate the world, that's why you are seeing a decline.
Are you trying to say that the Arabs and Muslims in general are SO DUMB that they're unable to create a much more powerful lobby considering the amount of petrodollars at their disposal exceeds by far the wildest dreams of all Jewish moguls combined?
I must agree that the Jewish influence and desire to put Israel ahead of everything else has foten caused the needs and services of others to be neglected.
"Are you trying to say that the Arabs and Muslims in general are SO DUMB that they're unable to create a much more powerful lobby considering the amount of petrodollars at their disposal exceeds by far the wildest dreams of all Jewish moguls combined?"
As an arab, yes.
Wow... why does everyone assume that jews are zionist. I've seen way more christian evangelical groups who spout Israel must be protected at all costs. If people want less pro-zionist sentiment, they should stop blaming american jews (whom polls show a majority do not support the zionism of israel) and start looking to evangelical christians. Evangelicals are way more destructive.
So you're saying once Jews are out of power, that isn't enough. That they must also been taken out of other key jobs. But that won't be enough. They must also be stripped of all wealthy, right? But that won't be enough either. They must be kept in communities enclosed and walled off, right? But that won't be enough either. It won't be enough until you get the green light to kill them off as you see fit, which is precisely why so many Jews seek the power to defend themselves and their families, and to protect Israel the only state with the power to do exactly that.
Its a shame I can't just live my life, but clearly you think i'm some blood sucking demon with horns on my head. Doesn't matter what I do good its always a "trick", and what I do bad is always part of some grander scheme to eat babies or something...
It's anything but a golden age for anyone. Jewish domination is one of the reason we are strangled by middle eastern wars.
You may consider that the US has TWO choices: side with the Jews and the Jewish State or, alternatively, side with Arab mass murderers like Al Qaeda, Hamas, Hezbollah and the like. Which one of these two options you prefer considering that IGNORING the conflict in the Middle East is not an option?
Thinker-Funny how everything has to be black and white (if you're not with us, you're with the enemy). In the Middle East conflict there are many shades of gray and the truth is that a real solution to it will make both sides unhappy. It is called compromise. However, the US has as a policy of appeasing Israel at any cost. Time for Israel to fight their own battles without financial, logistic, military or diplomatic help of the US.
David, I'd like to see Israel go it alone, but they wouldn't last long. There is no compromise with fanatics who think it's their holy mission to conquer the entire world, and who have been on that mission for more than 1000 years. In the face of this, Israel has shown remarkable restraint and has tried to compromise. Every agreement they have made with the fanatical Muslims around them has been broken. So much for compromise. If we wanted to end this and remove this scourge that troubles the world, we could, but continuous war is good business, so we continue to act as if compromise is possible.
Sorry, but why are there only two choices available? Why not just side with America and not get involved?
Who considers it a golden age?
Who is a Jew anyway i.e. "American Jew" v.s. Isralie American or how about just "American"–I do not recall Catholics calling themselfs American Catholics although we all can recall "Native American" yet "American Native" holds a different meaning–
I would hope people stop seeing themselfs as more or less than they are–if higher office calls–than that's what matters–do not go into office just to hold office–
Jews don't see themselves as different and their lobbying efforts are no different than Irish or Mexican American's lobbying for improved economic or immgration policies toward their countries of ancestry.
On the other hand, every Jew that gets elected in the eyes of many non-jews is part of a conspiracy......
That's the issue and this articple exemplifies my point.
"...I do not recall Catholics calling themselfs American Catholics ..."
Do you recall some people calling themselves Irish Americans? How about African Americans? Chinese Americans? The Jews are not only people of Jewish religion, they're people of Jewish ETHNICITY.
It is all about the number of voters. See below to see where the followers of Judaism rank:
Third place and gaining as we type:-----–
Christianity 2.1 billion
Islam 1.5 billion
Irreligious/agnostic/atheism 1.1 billion
Hinduism 900 million
Chinese traditional religion 394 million
Buddhism 376 million
Animist religions 300 million
African traditional/diasporic religions 100 million
Sikhism 23 million
Juche 19 million
Spiritism 15 million
Judaism 14 million
Baha'i 7 million
Jainism 4.2 million
Shinto 4 million
Cao Dai 4 million
Zoroastrianism 2.6 million
Tenrikyo 2 million
Neo-Paganism 1 million
Unitarian Universalism 800,000
Rastafari Movement 600,000
1.5 million Conservative Jews and there rabbis have concluded that Abraham, based on lack of text and architectural evidence, probably did not exist. Therefore Christianity, Islam and Judaism have no foundation and fail as religions moving irreligious, atheists and agnostics to the top of the list.
Reality... your figures bely the sudden decline of atheism in Europe where atheists are becoming Pagans....and only a few Rabbis in conservative Judeaism, not all conservative Jews, believe that... now go take your meds and get some rest...
. . . and you missed Scientology!
A decent article, here. I was curious about the reference to "the Jewish agenda". What exactly is that, in connection with polictics? I sometimes have felt that the U.S. have backed Israel in issues that I did not feel comfortable with but I don't think that the Jewish members of congress made much of a difference in that. Many conservative Christians seem to support Israel to the hilt. I really don't know all the reasons why, but I'm sure Israel does not mind, a bit.
I feel a certain bond to Judaism, in a relious sense, and am certainly not an antisemite, but I can separate the state of Israel from the religion of Judaism. One is a secular, manmade construct, while the other is a religion, ordained by the God of the Bible. I have little understanding of American Jews who can't seem to separate the two. If someone is opposed to an Israeli policy they are often times branded an antisemetic. This is not necessarily the case! In my most humble, non-scholarly, opinion, our support for Israel should be tempered by our firmly held American ideals, not idea of a buffer to radical Islam and before that a buffer to communist influence.
As for the decline in Jews be a presence in congress, I have no great opinion either way, really. Their are many groups, in this nation, and many have a lesser presence, so unless we weep for them also, we would be hypocrites, try to insure that it is changed soley for one.
This article reflects the typical Obama and friends chorus of throwing Israel under the bus, while coddling and embracing Muslims, who hate America.
Anti-Semitism is racism (hatred, discrimination, etc.) against the Jews. If the criticism of the Jewish State is based on the same principles and ideals other states are being judged then it's not anti-Semitism. If, however, the Jewish people or the Jewish State are judged differently then it's discrimination against the Jews.
Thinker23 – Absolutely correct!
Howard – Why do you think Muslims hate the U.S.? Could it be that we have backed opressive regimes in their countries and only bailed when that regime was about to colaspe? and you wonder why someone might hate us? I love this country, but I am a realist enough to know that we have made grave errors in our foreign policy and that those errors have led to much of our current problems. Vietnam, because we refuse Ho Chi Minh help(France was an ally), Iran because we backed the Shah, who was a dictator and extremely repressive to his people. The list could go on.
Jewish activists seeking political partnership with Latinos, who are predominantly Catholic?
Are they nuts? And why don't they respect our Constltution by keeping their religion out of our laws?
And why does this article sound like so many Jewish books I've read where the old Jewish Guard deplore the exigencies of the younger generations and say "Oy! We need to regroup against the coming pogroms!" while the children look on sullenly.
Like something by Potok where a thread-bare ghetto gradually empties of the young who go to live their own lives, leaving a few die-hards who find new purpose in facing the future together while rediscovering their roots. And so on.
I mean really. This sounds positively surreal. Get a clue people! And keep your religious rules out of our nation's laws!
Ted, being a Christian, and that may offend some, I have seen no overt attemps to insinuate Jewish laws into our legislation. Actually, I have seen more attemps by far right Christianity to do so, than nearly anyone else. This is unfortunate, as, I believe, true followers of Christ are not called to FORCE anyone to comform to His teaching. Honestly, militant action on the part of Christians to impart, by legislation, morals on the masses, is wrong mindedness and has no place or authority in doctrine. We are called to be salt and light, NOT force and might!
This counrty, any counrty for that matter, should have no laws that are hostile toward religion, any religion, as long as that religion practices are not in conflict with the rights of others. In point of fact, it would be preferable, that laws allow freedom of conscience if a broad way, not in narrowly defined ways, so as to limit free exercise. And there are some such, today.
So, yes, in so many ways, you are right, Ted, just not about Jews, inparticular.
Yet the surrealism remains. When you have heard and read the same underlying theme in so many places by Jews and no one else, you might start to wonder if their cultural indoctrination isn't laying it on a bit thick in the first place. I mean really.
As a Christian who professes ignorance in the post right above mine, I am not surprised at your knee-jerk defense of the "Jews", as this has escalated in the media recently.
I should add that Catholics are usually aligned with the Republican party, and thus I do not see how anyone but the uptight Orthodox segment would bother making common cause with them. And Republicans love Catholics, there being so many of them in the party who bring vast amounts of bribery and other forms of political influence to the table. Money is a big part of politics. A much bigger part than the poor would like to see, too.
As for the Jewish "agenda" it is going to be as varied as any rancorous debate in the Knesset, only in an American-oriented way, or so I would expect.
Ted, please read my post above. You are making the mistake many people make, not noticing the distinction between zionism and judaism. The world is not as black and white as your post indicates.
Ted M., your assertion "As for the Jewish "agenda" it is going to be as varied as any rancorous debate in the Knesset, only in an American-oriented way, or so I would expect" would only be true if members of Israel's Knesset were also members of the U.S. Congress.
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