“Look, I’m basically a social liberal, I know nobody will believe that,” Mr. Adelson said, as Dr. Adelson nodded.“Number one, I’m supporting stem-cell research,” he said, pointing to a chart of the new Adelson medical research foundation that is funding some stem-cell based science.“I’m pro choice,” he said. Republicans are pro-life, but he and his wife are not pro-life in politics, he said.“You can take your own religious beliefs …and live your life with your own beliefs. But to make it a portion of the government’s policies?” He shook his head.“Abortion shouldn’t be brought up as a political issue,” he said.Mr. Adelson continued on his list of liberal leanings.On immigration: “I’m pro-Dream Act, I’m pro the Dream Act. My parents were immigrants to this country,” he said. “What are we going to do ? Listen, I’m sure a lot of my parents generation …..snuck onto the ship and they came into the country.http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2012/12/05/sheldon-adelson-im-...Yet, he spent tons of money supporting the anti-choice, anti-immigrant, anti-science party. How can you explain this other than that his greed trumped his core moral beliefs?Adenovir
So, to recap:Sheldon Adelson -- the billionaire casino magnate who gave tens of millions of dollars to the campaigns of Gingrich and Romney -- believes in the following:* Pro-choice abortion policies,* Legalization for current illegal immigrants,* Socialized (single-payer) medical care.Yet he has supported the Republican Party since 1988, when he and his wife left the Democratic Party. What happened in 1988?1988 was the year when the pro-Palestinian faction within the Democratic Party finally managed to win convention approval of a plank in the platform that endorsed a Palestinian State. This event came as a seismic shock to the pro-Israeli faction of the Democratic Party. It led immediately to the founding of the National Jewish Democratic Council, a group that would work outside the Party, not within it, to serve as a voice for pro-Israeli Jews. [details: www.pjvoice.com/v24/24400groups.aspx]Adelson was among a group of people who were even more offended than those who founded the NJDC. He abandoned the Democratic Party entirely. Adelson's move was almost certainly reinforced by his ongoing battles with unions in Las Vegas. Those battles have been so bitter, and so relentless, that Adelson is now among the most virulently anti-union billionaires in the world (and that is saying something).Loren
1988 was the year when the pro-Palestinian faction within the Democratic Party finally managed to win convention approval of a plank in the platform that endorsed a Palestinian State. This event came as a seismic shock to the pro-Israeli faction of the Democratic Party. It led immediately to the founding of the National Jewish Democratic Council, a group that would work outside the Party, not within it, to serve as a voice for pro-Israeli Jews.As someone who was raised Jewish, I always found the pro-Israel faction of my faith as the hardest to get along with. They weren't why I consider myself to be an atheist Jew, but they certainly helped. I'm not about to start a Jews for Palestine group, but those folks have rights too and we need to honor their right to exist.Adenovir
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