14 reasons to vote for the Republican candidate (Israel does not make the list!)

A few weeks ago, a Facebook friend (we’ll call him Josh) asked me a very direct question regarding my support for President Donald Trump: “Can you help me understand how you can, as a rabbi, support a man who so clearly violates just about every Jewish value? Because it deeply saddens me and I have been wracking my brain trying to figure this out.” I responded by asking him why he thinks I support President Trump. I added a caveat, though – I told him that I supported him even before he moved the US embassy to Jerusalem, so that was out as a reason. (I did not think he would actually do it, just as none of his predecessors had.)

Josh responded: “Truthfully, I cannot come up with any conceivable explanation outside of supposed economic progress pre-COVID.”

Josh’s challenge really got me thinking: Why do I support President Trump? There’s an easy answer to the “[but he] violates just about every Jewish value” question: I’m not voting for a morality leader, nor a religious leader, nor for a model person for my children to look up to. If I were, then Donald Trump would not be my first choice. Or second choice. (Come to think of it, probably not my tenth choice. Or seventeenth choice…) I’m voting for a political leader, whom I believe will do the best job for the welfare of the United States.

In my view, the Democratic Party has been taken over by far left elements, most embodied by the Squad (Reps. Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, Tlaib, and Pressley) and Bernie Sanders. Even though Sanders lost the nomination to Biden, his supporters represent a significant portion of the Democratic Party’s base.  This election is between two radically different views of where America has come from, where America is, and where America is going. It goes well beyond the two candidates themselves. Donald Trump is, at times, loud-mouthed, vulgar, insulting, childish, petty, unpresidential – I could go on. But I consider much more than character; besides, Joe Biden is no choir boy.

Here, then, are fourteen reasons to vote for the Republican candidate over the Democratic candidate. They happen to be named Trump and Biden, but the following list refers to the general worldviews of each party today. The issue is not whether Donald Trump supports every position, nor whether Joe Biden opposes every position.

  1. If you believe that, to ensure world stability, it is better for America to be feared than for America to be loved, vote for the Republican candidate for president.
  2. If you believe that being born with American privilege is far more consequential than alleged male privilege or white privilege, vote for the Republican candidate for president.
  3. If you believe that having stable, two-parent families is critical for a healthy society, vote for the Republican candidate for president.
  4. If you believe that, despite their flaws, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and the other Founding Fathers should be respected for laying the foundations of one of the greatest societies in the history of mankind, vote for the Republican candidate for president.
  5. If you believe that America has the right (duty?) to regulate who enters its borders, both for visiting and for immigrating, vote for the Republican candidate for president.
  6. If you believe that family and community should be a first resort for those in financial difficulty, with government being a last resort (but a resort nonetheless), vote for the Republican candidate for president.
  7. If you believe that a baby in the womb is, at the very least, a potential human life, not just a clump of cells, whose value is not solely determined by its mother, vote for the Republican candidate for president.
  8. If you believe that, regardless of how they view themselves, it is unfair for biological men to compete against biological women in athletics, vote for the Republican candidate for president.
  9. If you believe that a judge’s role is to adjudicate based solely on: the evidence presented, precedent, and what is written in the Constitution, and not based on the identity of the litigants, nor on the judge’s personal views on the subject, vote for the Republican candidate for president.
  10. If you believe that citizens have the right to keep as much of their honestly-earned income as possible, vote for the Republican candidate for president.
  11. If you believe that businesses can benefit themselves and society more if there are as few government regulations as necessary, vote for the Republican candidate for president.
  12. If you believe that strong police departments are the surest way to ensure the protection of citizens from criminals, vote for the Republican candidate for president.
  13. If you believe that while there are (and always will be) racists in America, America is not a racist society, vote for the Republican candidate for president.
  14. If you believe that, with all of its flaws, there is no better place than America for any minority group to live (whether they be women, blacks, Hispanics, LGBTQ, Jews), vote for the Republican candidate for president.

There you have it. And I didn’t even mention anything about the Republican candidate’s Middle East accomplishments.

God bless Democrats. God bless Republicans. And God bless America.

About the Author
Rabbi Aryeh A. Leifert is originally from Teaneck, New Jersey. He served as an Assistant Rabbi and Judaics Studies principal in San Antonio, Texas from 2006-2009. In 2009, he moved to Israel with his family, where he works as a licensed tour guide for individuals, couples, families of all ages, groups, schools, and religious institutions. He also offers Virtual Tours of Israel through the internet. He may be reached via his website, WalkingIsrael.com.
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