Rabbi Steven Pruzansky is the spiritual leader of Congregation Bnai Yeshurun in Teaneck, New Jersey. The following are excerpts from an article written by Rabbi Pruzansky for THE ISRAELI NATIONAL NEWS. Sanityandsense.com finds many sane and sensible comments in the article.
” The most charitable way of explaining the election results of 2012 is that Americans voted for the status quo….
Romney lost because he didn’t get enough votes to win. That might seem obvious, but not for the obvious reasons. Romney lost because the conservative virtues-the traditional American virtues- of liberty, hard work, free enterprise, private initative and aspirations to moral greatness- no longer inspire or animate a majority of the electorate.
The simplest reason Romney lost was because it is impossible to compete against free stuff.
Every businessman knows this; that is why the “loss leader” or the giveaway is such a powerful marketing tool. Obama’s America is one in which free stuff is given away: the adults among the 47,000,000 on food stamps clearly recognized for whom they should vote………..; those who-courtesy of Obama-receive two full years of unemployment benefits (which, of course, both disincentivizes looking for work and also motivates people to work off the books while collecting their windfall) surely know for whom to vote. The lure of free stuff is irresistible…… Almost half of the population has no skin in the game………They just want the free stuff that comes their way at someone else’s expense. In the end, that 47% leaves very little margin for error for any Republican……….During his 1956 presidential campaign, a woman called out to Adlai Stevenson: ” Senator, you have the vote of every thinking person!” Stevenson called back: ” That is not enough, madam, we need a majority!” ……………… Obama also knows that the electorate has changed- that whites will soon be a minority in America……………… For Jews, mostly assimilated anyway and staunch Democrats, the results demonstrate again that liberalism is their Torah. Almost 70% voted for a president widely perceived by Israelis and most committed Jews as hostile to Israel………………… If this election proves one thing, it is that the Old America is gone. And sad for the world, it is not coming back. “