Should Jews Support the Tea Party Movement?

Dear Bintel Brief,

I am a Jew who rarely delves into political matters, but I can’t help but take notice of the Tea Party movement. They are all over the news with their anger and rebellion. I’m attracted to some of the things that they stand for, like constitutionally limited government, and fiscal responsibility, but they also oppose taxes and health care, which I think is wrong. And didn’t the Obama Hitler comparison come out of their town hall meetings this summer? Their values don’t appear to be Jewish ones at all.

Can one be both a Jew and a Tea Party supporter?


Ariel Levy responds:

New Yorker staff writer Ariel Levy has profiled the intersex South African runner Caster Semenya, the fashion designer Marc Jacobs, the director Nora Ephron, and Cindy McCain, wife of former Republican presidential hopeful Senator John McCain. Previously, Levy wrote for New York magazine for more than decade. Her work has been anthologized in “The Best American Essays” and “The Best American Crime Reporting.” Levy is the author of “Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture” (Free Press, 2005).

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