Keith Ellison-Has the Democratic Party Lost Its Way?

Dr. Joseph Frager,

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Dr. Joseph Frager
The writer is a leading American pro-Israel activist who sponsors and coordinates many Zionist events. He is clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine (Gastroenterology & Liver Diseases) at the Einstein School of Medicine as well as a practicing physician.

Despite having lost the Presidential Election to Donald Trump, the Democratic Party has decided to move in the opposite direction of what most rational thinkers would advise. The reasons the Democrats lost is subject to some debate.

One could blame it all on Hillary Clinton as a flawed candidate but that would be overly simplistic. The same people who blame it all on Hillary are the ones who maintain incorrectly that Bernie Sanders would have won. Both approaches are delusional. It really misses so much of what Americans care about. It really underestimates the intelligence of the American voter. Americans are most concerned about jobs. Yes, the election was a rejection to some extent of establishment Washington political correctness but it had a lot to do with the economy and the assault upon the middle class this past eight years.

Obamacare which has influenced every election in favor of the Republicans since its inception in 2010 played a larger role than the media let on. Skyrocketing insurance premiums with less and less coverage has hurt the middle class tremendously. The terrible Iran Deal and ever increasing radical Islamic Terrorism also played a larger role than the media would admit. Americans no longer felt safe and secure with a Democratic President. Republicans always do better on security with the American Voter.

The Democratic Party seems to have rejected most of these notions or analyses by pushing Representative Keith Ellison (also known formerly as Keith E. Hakim and Keith Mohammed while in Law School at the University of Minnesota) to be the next Chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

Although Mr. Ellison in his candidacy to become the first Muslim Congressman in American History in 2006 while speaking in a Synagogue said, "I wasn't proud of my work with the Nation of Islam" his statements prior were most shocking and disturbing to say the least. In defending Kwame Ture (aka Stokely Carmichael) in 1990, Ellison accused the University's President of chilling free expression of Black students. Stokely Carmichael had said on the University of Minnesota campus that Zionists had collaborated with Nazis in WWII and "Zionism must be destroyed".

Ellison wrote in response, "concerning Zionism and Ture's speech, the ASCC's (African Student Cultural Center) is simply this: whether one supports or opposes the establishment of Israel in Palestine and Israel's present policies, Zionism, the ideological undergirding of Israel is a debatable political philosophy." Ture said in his speech on UM's campus that the "Zionists joined the Nazis in murdering Jews, so they would flee to Palestine." A clear disawowal of these statements never came from Ellison. Even the ADL which has moved considerably Leftward since Abe Foxman retired came out in opposition to Mr. Ellison's candidacy, citing remarks he made in 2010.

At a fundraiser for his re-election to Congress in 2010 Mr. Ellison asserted that the "United States foreign policy in the Middle East is governed by what is good or bad through a country of seven million people" referring to Israel. The Democratic Party for its own good and the good of America should think long and hard before they choose Mr. Ellison to lead them back from the jaws of defeat.