Final totals of House vote condemning anti-Semitism.
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This column today might sound familiar, as I have reported similar examples numerous times before (See previous essays here, here, here, here, and here). Yet, it is important to document the inability of the modern Democratic Party to unequivocally condemn bigotry, because so much of its base and membership are actually are in favor of such things.
Yesterday the House passed a resolution condemning the horrible rise of anti-Semitism seen nationwide and globally, mostly expressed during pro-Hamas demonstrations that have often descended into violence and calls for the murder of all Jews in Israel.
The resolution [pdf] is quite clear. After listing numerous examples of harrassment and violence against Jews in the U.S., Australia, Israel, and globally, it condemned such behavior, and made it clear that the term “anti-Zionism” is simply a euphemism for anti-Semitism.
The final vote totals are shown in the screen capture to the right, taken from C-SPAN. As you can see, except for one nay vote and four not voting at all, the entire Republican caucus voted in favor of this resolution.
The Democrats however were not so unanimous. While a little less than half of the Democrats in the House voted in support of this amazingly simple resolution, half voted “present”, following the instructions of Congressemen Jerry Nadler (D-New York), Dan Goldman (D-New York), and Jamie Raskin (D-Maryland) (all members of the Democratic Party House leadership). These Congressmen opposed the resolution because it is…
…just the latest unserious attempt by Republicans to weaponize Jewish pain and the serious problem of antisemitism to score cheap political points. … This resolution is therefore redundant of ones we have all supported and is instead intended to waste important floor time to use the rise of anti-Semitism as a political wedge issue.
In order to stop the Majority from playing these political games, we will vote Present, and we urge our collegues — regardless of their substantive views of the resultion — to do the same.
Let’s translate this statement into its real meaning:
The Repubicans are forcing us to vote in favor of an resolution against bigotry, and if we vote in support of this position we will antagonize our radical Marxist base that supports Hamas, the destruction of Israel, and all the racial quotas being imposed by critical race theory in academia and the corporate world.
And if we vote against this condemnation of bigotry, it will show the public where our party really stands.
We therefore suggest you vote “present” to try to hide our real position.
Democrats: The party of genocide and bigotry
Obviously, this approach fails entirely. By voting present the Democrats prove that when the real battle against tyrants needs to be fought, they will either run like hell in fear or eagerly join up with tyrants. And we know many Democrats are eager to join tyrants and bigots by the thirteen Democrats not afraid to publicly oppose this resolution.
This behavior by Democrats is typical. They have resisted similar resolutions repeatedly in the past decade. Sometimes they do so merely for blind partisan reasons, unwilling to give an inch to anything the Republicans propose, even if they agree with it. More often it is because they fear or support their increasingly radical and bigoted base, and thus act to block such resolutions.
Either way, the Democrats in Congress continue to tell us how bankrupt and corrupt their party has become. That this party continues to garner votes from at least 40% of the American population speaks as badly about those voters. It isn’t the party here that is to blame, but the people who continue to either willingly or blindly support it, as it increasingly descends into authoritarian politics now often inspired by outright bigotry and anti-Semitism.