Why Jews Should Not Be Liberals

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"Timely, convincing, and sharply argued."
-Paul Johnson, historian and author of Modem Times and A History of the Jews

"This is a must read for all Jews."
-Dr. Laura Schlessinger, coauthor, The Ten Commandments: The Significance of God's Laws in Everyday Life

"Persuasive, important, and politically incorrect."
-Michael Medved, author, Right Turns: Unconventional Lessons from a Controversial Life

"The basic beliefs of Judaism are one thing; the ...

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Overview

"Timely, convincing, and sharply argued."
-Paul Johnson, historian and author of Modem Times and A History of the Jews

"This is a must read for all Jews."
-Dr. Laura Schlessinger, coauthor, The Ten Commandments: The Significance of God's Laws in Everyday Life

"Persuasive, important, and politically incorrect."
-Michael Medved, author, Right Turns: Unconventional Lessons from a Controversial Life

"The basic beliefs of Judaism are one thing; the way Jews vote is very different. Jews and Judaism prosper in a world of economic and human freedom. The Jews in the United States overwhelmingly vote for measures designed to limit economic and human freedom. Mr. Sternberg gives an extraordinarily clear and simple analysis of this situation and urges Jews to re-examine their voting position."
-Dr. Milton Friedman, 1976 Nobel laureate, author, Capitalism and Freedom

This book makes a powerful argument that the principles of Judaism, its laws, traditions, and commandments, are at odds with the realities of liberalism today. Modern liberalism, with its reliance on the powers of government to solve all of society's problems, its downgrading of the importance of morality and ethics, and its insistence that people are not really responsible for their own actions, is a distinct departure from traditional Jewish teachings. Larry F. Sternberg chronicles how President Roosevelt invoked the Jewish tradition of charity to woo Jews to the liberal cause during the Great Depression. The author then uses verses from the Bible and the Talmud, as well as documented historical evidence, to prove that Jews are better served by America's conservative leadership, despite his coreligionists' almost unanimous support of liberal politicians. Topics discussed include government interference, gun control, abortion, affirmative action, and healthcare.

Larry F. Sternberg served in the United States Navy and received bachelor's degrees in accounting and business from the University of California at Los Angeles before beginning his career as a certified public accountant and an accounting executive. An active member of the Republican Jewish Coalition, Mr. Sternberg currently resides in Santa Ana, California.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
In his first book, politics and religion enthusiast Sternberg, an active member of the Republican Jewish Coalition, argues that the principles of Judaism are at odds with the practices of liberalism today. He employs Bible and Talmud verses and draws on history to show that Jews are instead better served by America's conservative leaderships. Topics he covers include government interference, gun control, abortion, and healthcare. The chapter on affirmative action argues that it is more just to reward on the basis of merit rather than because of a political agenda and points to the injustices of punishing one generation for the wrongs of a generation decades past. While a collection of philosopher Leo Strauss's writings appears here under the title "Liberalism Ancient and Modern," it would have been nice to read even more about the neocon ideas he's influenced. Allan Bloom's The Closing of the American Mind, with its condemnation of liberal Beat-generation influences, also should have been cited by Sternberg to add further substance to his claims. Recommended for public libraries, political science collections, and think-tank political policy organizations as well as for libraries with interest in conservative politics.-David B. Levy, Ner Israel Rabbinical Coll. Lib., Baltimore Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Booknews
Arguing that the unconstrained expansion of the free market system is an objective good and that liberals wish to use state power to squash freedom, Orange County CPA Sternberg argues that "liberalism in its modern form holds to positions that are contrary to Jewish law and tradition," while American conservatism is a perfect match. Sternberg applies this insight to such issues as capitalism, abortion, education, affirmative action, gun control, "class warfare," universal healthcare, and the Religious Right, finding that on every issue, God's laws are in accord with the conservative agenda. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589803831
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/5/2006
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 1,289,928
  • Product dimensions: 6.62 (w) x 8.76 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

A native of Chicago, Larry F. Sternberg served in the United States Navy and received bachelor's degrees in accounting and business from the University of California at Los Angeles. In addition to his career as a certified public accountant and an accounting executive, Mr. Sternberg has run unsuccessfully for the United States Congress and for the California State Assembly. An active member of the Republican Jewish Coalition, Mr. Sternberg currently resides with his wife in Santa Ana, California.
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Table of Contents

Introduction ix
Why American Jews Are Still Liberals 1
Wealth, Guilt, And Its Political Effects 9
Anti-Semitism And The Religious Right 17
Jewish Charity, A Liberal Exclusive? 29
To Be Just Like The Christians 37
Jews And The Free Market (Capitalism) 47
Jewish Voting Patterns 61
Liberals' Belief In The Magic Powers Of Government 69
Jewish Leadership 83
Who Are The True Friends Of The Jews 91
Liberals, The Jewish Family, And Abortion 99
Education, The Liberal Influence 109
Jewish Liberals, And Morality 119
Jews, Liberals, And Individual Responsibility 127
Affirmative Action (Race Preference) 141
Liberals, Guns, And Jews 149
The Politics Of Class Warfare 157
Liberals And Universal Healthcare 163
Importance Of Jews Changing Their Political Positions 169
Other Issues 175
Socialism, Liberalism, And American Jews 183
The 80/20 Principle And Politics 189
The Possible Downside Of A Political Change 195
Conclusion 201
Post Script - 15 December 2000 209
Selected Bibliography 215
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2002

    Excellent book by a wonderful person ¿ important ideas for everyone in America

    First, I must confess, I¿ve been acquainted with the author since 1988 when I met him through mutual political interests. That being said, Mr. Sternberg is a class act ¿ honest, forthright, devoted husband and father, military veteran, deep thinker, hard worker ¿ and someone who embraces his faith, Judaism, with fullness of mind and heart. The latter quality, of course, is what inspired Mr. Sternberg to labor away at writing his tome as a sort of lifetime rebuttal to many of his coreligionists ¿ and what a treat for us all his effort is. Mr. Sternberg¿s central premise is that the Jewish people in America should not be political liberals because modern liberalism runs counter to the core of the traditional teachings of the faith (one can make a similar argument about Christianity ¿ but in America, cultural Christians, i.e., the body of Christians who actively worship as well as those who don¿t, are split fairly evenly between political liberals and conservatives). Further, that freedom is the most important requirement for the Jewish faith to flourish ¿ specifically, freedom from large, all-powerful government. The author¿s most poignant paragraph on the issue appears on page 187: ¿Beyond all of this there must be the realization that socialism, and its twin liberalism, by granting more and more power to the state, by looking to the state to solve all of our social, economic, and even personal problems, in effect makes the state the ¿God¿ whom all should worship. By elevating the state to this supreme position, socialism or liberalism by definition, does thereby demote the eternal and One God, to an inferior position. In so doing these philosophies defy the Second Commandment, when God thundered to Moses and the Israelites on Mt. Sinai, `Thou shalt have no other gods before me.¿¿ This, then, sums up both the essentially spiritual nature of American liberalism while also explaining why liberals cannot be dissuaded from their beliefs with data and logic ¿ for them, liberalism is faith ¿ faith in a brighter tomorrow by applying raw government power in the service of theory. In explaining this, and in imploring his readers to personal spiritual renewal, Mr. Sternberg has done a service for people of all faiths who may think of politics as a route for the salvation of Mankind on Earth, not simply those who follow the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

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