By David Wanetick
During the same week that his administration diluted the commitments required from newly naturalized Americans, President Obama in word and deed baited the scorning of American Jews. Let’s take a look at these issues one at a time.
On July 21, 2015, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services modified its naturalization policy to allow immigrants to become citizens while refraining from committing to military service if the country called upon them. With the stroke of a pen, the standards and obligations for becoming an American were lowered. Maybe the intention was to foster a bigger melting pot. A melting pot, the administration would like us to believe, where all Americans will be treated equally. A melting pot where no religious or ethnic group will be the target of government invective and stereotypes. A melting pot where no group will have its, even heretofore higher standards of, loyalty to the United States questioned solely as a function of their religious convictions.
The Obama Administration does not consider American Jews as part of the fabric of our nation. In ramming through its treaty with Iran, the Administration is trying to mute the voice of American Jews by playing into some of the longest-held and most repulsive stereotypes of Jews. (Oops, if we called it a treaty, a two-thirds majority in either House would be sufficient to prevent the Iran deal from going into effect. Because of its maneuvering and refraining from casting a treaty as a treaty, a two-thirds vote in both Houses will be needed to block the Iran deal. At least the American Jewish community shares its marginalization with Congress.)
In his recent appearance on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, Obama said that he hoped the American public would respond positively to the Iran treaty. “If people are engaged, eventually the political system responds,” said Obama. “Despite the money, despite the lobbyists, it still responds.” The President casts those American Jews who dare to oppose the deal as being separate from the recently elastized definition of American citizenry. As if there were any doubt that the president meant to label Jews as villainous money handlers and manipulative lobbyists, just look at how the administration is playing the Jonathan Pollard card. Putting the possible commutation of Jonathan Pollard’s jail sentence back in the news during the window that Congress has to deliberate the Iran treaty is meant to delegitimize Jewish opposition by reminding the American public that Jews are traitorous.