Democrats on Slippery Ground


The hijacking of the British Labour Party by elements of the radical anti-Israel left (“Problems with Labour,” Aug. 2) mirrors the meltdown of the Democratic Party in the United States. Like it or not, today’s Democratic Party is no longer the Democratic Party of our parents and grandparents. It is no longer the party of FDR or Harry Truman, of JFK or Lyndon Johnson.

Unlike their peers in the British Labour Party, the liberal Jewish establishment in the U.S. remains oblivious to the clear and present danger of the Democratic Party falling into the hands of radical anti-Israel activists. The need to confront that danger is urgent. I believe our local Jewish community in both Maryland and Virginia, having four key centrist Democrats representing us in the U.S. Senate, must prevail upon our senators to take an activist role in countering the slide of the Democratic Party into the anti-Israel left-wing column.

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  1. Rabbi Jack Moline (“Rediscovering trust in a future,” Washington Jewish Week, Sept. 8, 2011 ) zogt emes (told the truth) when he asserted that “While our community has always had its extremists, over the past 10 years those people have attempted to define the middle. …

    “Israel has become the surrogate for this culture clash among American Jews. It is safe to say that most of the combatants have no intention of making aliyah, thereby making the consequences of their certainty someone else’s problem.”

    A parade example of this is the bellowing boilerplate August 15 letter of Marc Caroff, former head of the Washington chapter of the Zionist Organization of America (an affiliation suspiciously omitted from his entry; why the lack of full disclosure?). Caroff contends that today’s Democratic party is “no longer the party of FDR or Harry Truman, of JFK or Lyndon Johnson.”

    Really? This is a prime instance of what psychologists call “projection.”

    For, in the words of MSNBC talk-show host and former GOP congressman from Florida Joe Scarborough: “I did not leave the Republican Party. The Republican Party left its senses. The political movement that once stood athwart history resisting bloated government and military adventurism has been reduced to an amalgam of talk-radio resentments. President Trump’s Republicans have devolved into a party without a cause, dominated by a leader hopelessly ill-informed about the basics of conservatism, U.S. history and the Constitution.” (Washington POST July 16).

    And for that matter, today’s ZOA of Caroff and the grody Mort Klein (FORWARD,July 28, “Financial Misconduct…”), with its fringe, far-right values, is the polar opposite of the heroic ZOA of Steven S. Wise and Abba Hillel Silver and Baltimore’s Jim Schiller.

    The prepackaged confefe ‘truth’ of today’s ZOA is a lie. Sad!

  2. If Marc Caroff triggered the ire of President Trump, POTUS would call him out as “Crooked (administrative) Judge Caroff,” because of his unprofessional behavior in office.

  3. There is a good reason Marc Caroff- former president of the Washington chapter of the Zionist Organization of America- did not sign his letter with the title (administrative court) Judge.
    Because he was forced to retire from that position to avoid being brought up on charges of unprofessional conduct.

    • This is the first time I have seen Richard Berman’s scurrilous remarks besmirching my reputation as a highly respected retired patent judge and former president of the ZOA Brandeis District chapter — a classic case of defamation. Suffice it to say it is not worth one second of my valuable time to sue the pants off such a despicable scoundrel as he!

      On a positive note, I would suggest that Mr. Berman seek the services of a professional therapist to work out his apparently deep-seated psychological problems.



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