The “poisoning the well” canard came up in a recent Wuerker cartoon. In another cartoon (about which other people complained and to which they brought my attention on Twitter), Wuerker used S.S. costuming to link verification of voters’ rights to Anti Semitism. The fellow tweeters and I called out Wuerker, and I even told him about the history regarding Jews and Republicans. We all even called the ADL to chastise Wuerker and POLITICO, and they didn’t do so.
The best that we can all do, then, is:
- Know the facts. For example (as I stated in my post re the Brown-Ulman ticket), Jews voted Republican until the 20th Century. Also, FDR was an ardent Democrat and extremely Anti Semitic. Even the Los Angeles Times conceded that FDR was an ardent Anti Semite, by the way.
- Follow the current trends, whether or not we become a part of them. For instance (since a 2014 Election Trends article gave only snide politicizing and no statistics; so, I had to find the next as-current-as-possible source), 2012 trends suggest that “Orthodox Jews are…more likely to be Republican” (as I figured—since, for example, I have two Facebook friends who are Orthodox Jews and Republicans; and Zev Chafetz once quipped that Reform Judaism is “the Democratic Party with holidays”. Incidentally, Zev Chafetz can get away with that; since he is Jewish—thus, an insider—and has no questionable intent—unlike Glenn Beck, an outsider, as far as everyone knows.).
- Look at individual and other (including familial) histories (and history at large) in light of current events, and vice versa. (I can think of one example in my own family history.).
There are other things that we can do, I am sure. However, these three things—knowing the facts, following current trends, and knowing histories and the current times in light of each other—suffice—at least for a way to start confronting Anti-Semitic revisionists like Wuerker.
Postscript (and addendum): לשבוע טוב ומבורך לכולם. (I’m linking to it, too, because I know that many Jews do not know Hebrew; and not knowing that I am Jewish, I did not learn Hebrew for a long time. אני ממשיכה ללמוד עברית.)