- - Sunday, August 4, 2019

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The second round of Democratic primary debates between 20 officially announced candidates should make both Jewish and non-Jewish voters concerned about the future of our great nation. Candidates refused to criticize fellow Democrats who equate holding facilities for illegal immigrants with the Holocaust. Six million of my Jewish ancestors did not voluntarily attempt to enter into Nazi concentration camps. They did not offer to dress in rags, be slowly starved to death, perform voluntary slave labor and be gassed to death in crematoriums.

Too many candidates onstage over two nights also supported the continued expansion of government-run insurance, health care for illegal immigrants, open borders, free college tuition, forgiveness of student debt, reparations for slavery, increasing income redistribution and paying a guaranteed monthly income. They said nothing about dealing with future insolvency of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, nothing about asking our NATO allies to contribute their fare share toward mutual defense, nothing about indoctrination camps in China for the several million who practice religion there, and nothing about all lives — not just black lives — mattering.

Mainstream moderate Democrats from decades ago, such as the late Sens. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, “Scoop” Jackson, Sam Nunn and Joseph Lieberman would not recognize their own party today.

LARRY PENNER

Great Neck, N.Y.



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