Two interesting foreign polls have been released regarding the election between Obama and Romney. Only 22% of Israelis favor Obama while over 80% of Europeans favor Obama. Obviously, Israelis have had four years to see the inner Obama, which not only is hostile to the Jewish State but clearly in affinity with Moslem/Arab goals. They understand that Obama’s antipathy goes beyond his poor relationship with Prime Minister Netanyahu to the very idea of Zionism itself: a robust Jewish state with an undivided Jerusalem and a sovereignty to make its own defense decisions without dangerous counter pressure from Obama.
And, naturally, the Europeans, who have never missed an opportunity to pressure and vilify Israel, and have maintained a decades-long appeasement of a multitude of Moslem demands, prefer Barack Obama.
But the European sentiment goes way beyond the issue of Israel. It has to do with socialism and appeasement itself. Europeans believe in socialism, so much so that after World War II England cast out Winston Churchill, the man of non-appeasement who saved them from Nazism, because they wanted to institute socialism, a philosophy opposed bitterly by Churchill. Modern-day France was founded on Rousseau socialism, and Germany, Holland, Italy, Spain, Portugal, and Belgium have lived by it.
One would think their decline and near bankruptcy would alert them to the mammoth deficiencies and dead-end of socialism. But human nature being what it is -- its proclivity to opt for guarantees however meager over great rewards not guaranteed minus personal effort -- people often choose the easy way out: socialism and mediocrity. It is the battle within man as to which instinct shall prevail: laziness and envy or initiative and optimism.
For Europeans, Mitt Romney is as strange and distant as was Ronald Reagan: a proponent of free enterprise, liberty, strong defense and the willingness to use that power instead of appeasing and sitting by while staff and soldiers are murdered. Romney and Reagan represent a morality foreign to Europeans who long ago discarded the Judeo-Christian ethos in favor of the amorality of socialism and cultural leftism.
All of this should be a trumpet call to Americans. America has been successful because of a unique and true understanding of human nature and man’s possibilities, understood by our Founders and the Judeo-Christian ethos that guided them. Virtually all of Europe, Africa and Arabia think differently. America is a unique outlook.
Unfortunately, too many Americans think our prosperity, willingness to fight evil, our ability to discern between right and wrong, and that individual destiny be shaped by meritocracy is guaranteed even if we become socialist, European-like. Truth is, however, all we have taken for granted as Americans is threatened if we become socialist as opposed to American. Yet, two generations have not been taught this fundament in school.
A top-down society does not believe in people on the ground -- be they soldiers, Seals in Benghazi, or small businessmen -- making their own decisions. American can-do-it-ism is anathema to Europeans and Obamaites who arrogantly reserve most decisions to themselves, the self-proclaimed “smarter” ruling clique.
Recently, I spoke to a group of college students. To them, I said: “The future of this country is in your hands. Our future success depends upon continuing what has historically made America successful. Don’t let professors and others ensnare you into the ethos of socialist envy, the control by the few. There is no merit in throwing over the greatest system in the world just so that your generation can ‘brag’ that it transformed America into France.”
Editor's Note: Rabbi Aryeh Spero is author of Push Back: Reclaiming our American Judeo-Christian Spirit and president of Caucus for America.