Councilman Deutsch raises an important point about the current political climate in the Jewish community — namely that Jews’ disaffection with the Democrats’ various agendas is causing us to shoot ourselves in the collective foot (“When Democracy Works – Part 1,” Prime, August 21, 2019).
Local government is the most responsive level of government, and the issues and candidates in the primaries reflect a wide range of political “flavors.” The councilman correctly points out that primaries are the time to vote. I’d like to agree emphatically. And this applies especially to the candidates who will run for Congress or will hold local city office.
I know at least one person who, when I reminded her to vote in a recent primary, told me, “I can’t, I’m a Republican.” That was one of those primaries where it was very clear that the opposition had no great love for Jews; for that candidate to win a primary and be on the ballot in November would indeed have affected our quality of life.
Here’s the thing: If it makes you happy to be a Republican because you object to what the Democrats say and to their policies, you can — most of the time. Just remember to change your party affiliation in time to vote Democratic in a primary.
To change party affiliations, you submit a request at least 25 days before a general election or by the date listed on the Board of Elections Voter Registration Deadlines. So, yes, it means paying attention to the dates.
And of course, you can vote for whoever you want on Election Day itself. (You can even write in a candidate.)
It’s very important that our community is seen as involved by our elected officials.
Back in 2004, there was a phrase going around, “Hold your nose and vote for Bush.” He was the less objectionable candidate in terms of Israel and in terms of religion.
It’s important to realize that the stakes are very high at this point. The extreme progressive agenda is one that most people probably do not want to live under. It’s already basically unlivable; do we want it even worse?
J. Eisenberger, Brooklyn NY