Americans used to believe that politics stopped at water’s edge. America’s allies were her allies; her enemies were her enemies.
Today, Democrats clearly believe America’s allies are her enemies, and her enemies are her allies. How else to explain a new Morning Consult survey showing that Democrats now view communist Cuba more favorably than they do our democratic ally Israel?
According to the poll, 51 percent of Americans view Israel favorably, but that number skews toward the elderly – 68 percent of those above age 65 view Israel favorably. Only 40 percent of those aged 18-29 do. Just 41 percent of Democrats say they view Israel favorably, compared with 39 percent who do not; among Republicans, that split is 68 percent in favor, 19 percent against.
Pro-Israel Americans had better adjust to the shifting ground: Democrats, particularly young Democrats, are infertile ground for those who love and support the Jewish State.
When it comes to Cuba, those numbers reverse, as Stuart Stevens points out. Gallup found in January that 45 percent of Democrats are favorable toward Cuba, compared with just 28 percent of Republicans. That same Gallup poll showed that 16 percent of Democrats approved of Iran, compared with just 5 percent of Republicans. The same holds true with regard to China: 30 percent of Democrats view China favorably, and 56 percent view it unfavorably; 71 percent of Republicans disapprove, as opposed to just 18 percent who approve.
Why do Democrats tend to favor America’s enemies more than Republicans? Because Democrats and Republicans do not have the same vision of America anymore. We don’t all want the same thing: Republicans want a stronger, more virile America, dominant on the world stage along with its ideological allies. Democrats believe that America has bullied the rest of the globe, including Cuba (Obama actually apologized to dictator Raul Castro in his first phone call to him, just as he apologized to Europe and the Muslim world after his election for supposed American arrogance and intransigence).
When your first priority in life is equality of outcome, and that principle holds true even internationally, you tend to blame stronger countries for the fate of weaker countries. America is only powerful, in this view, because it puts its boot on the neck of Cuba; Israel is strong because it must have exploited Iran. That’s why the left despises Western foreign policy: it turns out that capitalism and freedom tend to result in success internationally, but that success does not descend equally on those who do not embrace capitalism and freedom. Inequality is evil. Thus, the West must be evil.
For years, groups like the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee have justified issuing invitations to anti-Israel Democrats on the grounds that support for Israel cannot become partisan; on those grounds, they’ve maintained silence on issues like the burgeoning Iran nuclear deal until too late. These polls show that making Israel a partisan issue wasn’t AIPAC’s decision: it was Democrats’ and Barack Obama’s.
The decision has been made. Pro-Israel Americans had better adjust to the shifting ground: Democrats, particularly young Democrats, are infertile ground for those who love and support the Jewish State.