Jewish Democrats, stay home on Tuesday

Rochel Sylvetsky,

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Rochel Sylvetsky
Rochel Sylvetsky is Senior Consultant to Arutz Sheva's English site and serves as op-ed and Judaism editor. She is a former Chairperson of Emunah Israel (1991-96), CEO/Director of Kfar Hanoar Hadati Youth Village, member of the Emek Zevulun Regional Council and the Religious Education Council of Israel's Education Ministry. She has degrees in Mathematics and Jewish Education.

­­­­­­­­­­­­Jewish liberal Democrats should stay home on Tuesday and spend their time rereading the tale of George Washington and the Cherry Tree. The biography of Abraham Lincoln is another good choice for a read. And I am not being sarcastic.

Remember Honest Abe? George Washington who couldn't tell a lie?  These stories may be simply folklore, perhaps just legends, but they mean something. They are about people who are the stuff of legends, people who became part of American culture and its ethos.

Not because they spoke well, even if they did, not because they knew how to make money and deals, even if they did, but because once we respected other traits above everything else and they are what we wanted in a president.

"How have the mighty fallen." The mighty are us, as Pogo would have said.

Once we put honesty first, incorruptibility first. Transparency was an unnecessary word, it went without saying.

Think about it: If you are a liberal, you believe in humanism, equality and fighting to put an end to racism, misogyny, prejudice and a host of other ills, but you also must believe in standing upon the principles on which your country was founded.

You can't vote for a person standing on a rotten foundation (no double meaning intended) and expect to build glory upon it. 

Can you imagine Lincoln and Washington looking down on you if you vote for Hillary Clinton? Can you imagine their faces if you vote for someone involved in corruption, lies, compromising security and accepting donations from sponsors of terror?

It doesn't matter what else Hillary Clinton believes. It doesn't matter what she has done or will do, whether or not she did it well.

Honesty comes first. And honest she is not.

Truth comes first. And truthful she is not.

Forceful she is. Confident she is. The stuff of US Presidents the Founding Fathers wanted us to have she is not.

And don't call me naive. I am not. You can't run a system with over 2000 workers and be naive, and I have done that in my life.

The people who founded this great country were not naive either.

I have also run a school for 500 at-risk wonderful teenagers, kids of every color and persuasion - and I wouldn't be able to look them in the face if I voted Hillary. 

Once, long ago, our country told tales to our young people about great leaders, stories that extolled their honesty, morals, ethics. Is that out of style? politically incorrect? Not if you are a Jewish liberal, if you believe in the ageless ethics of Mosaic law. You cannot vote for someone who is the antithesis of everything basic that you stand for.

There is only one solution. Stay home and don't vote on Tuesday. Keep from having to find a way to live with yourself after perjuring your morals. Because there is no way to do that.

That way you will be telling Hillary Clinton that being a woman is not enough to get elected to run our beloved country – even though I would love that to happen.

That way you can tell your conscience it does not have to be ashamed of you.

That way you can live with yourself, which is much harder than living with a president you may not have wanted – Hillary or Donald, whoever it is.

Winning the contest is meaningless in this election. And no, I didn't say vote Trump. This is not about whom to vote for. This is about "to thine own self be true," as the Bard had Polonius say to Laertes.

­­­­­­­­­­­­Jewish Democrats: Stay home on Tuesday. It's the only way.