Powerless Jews

Guy White is doing a series on Jewish power. In light of his well known tendency to censor his critics, I will be running a series of parallel threads here at Occidental Dissent. I’m not going to let him pollute the blogosphere with philo-Semitic disinformation. I will be checking his facts, criticizing his reasoning, reviewing his conclusions. The commentariat is encouraged to join the fun.

There will be little in the way of censorship in these threads. I have always preferred the give and take of open debate. I will only censor out abusive and/or moronic comments. Although I doubt they will show up, G.W. and his choir of philo-Semites are invited to participate. They will be given the chance to confront their critics in an open forum.

Jewish sources can be cited on Occidental Dissent. These often include the best, most penetrating insights into the nature of Jewish power in the United States. Jewish authors cannot easily be accused of “anti-Semitism” either. Feel free to comment on all aspects of Jewish power in every thread. G.W. isn’t allowing this at this blog, but I see no reason to censor such comments here. They may potentially lead to new veins of fruitful inquiry.

The Facts: Jews

In 2009 …

1.) Jews are 1.7% to 2.2.% of the U.S. population.

2.) Jews are 15% of U.S. Senators. (Bernie Sanders, Al Franken, Michael Bennet, Ted Kaufman, Ben Cardin, Charles Schumer, Ron Wyden, Russ Feingold, Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, Joe Lieberman, Herb Kohl, Frank Lautenberg, Arlen Specter, and Carl Levin.)

Ted Kaufman identifies as Roman Catholic, but has a Jewish father, so we will include him. 13 of 15 Jewish U.S. Senators are Democrats. Bernie Sanders is an Independent Socialist. Joe Lieberman is an Independent Democrat. It is reasonable to say that the Jewish Caucus pulls the U.S. Senate significantly to the Left.

3.) Jews are 7.58% of the House of Representatives (33 of 435 members). (Henry Waxman, Barney Frank, Gary Ackerman, Howard Berman, Sander Levin, Eliot Engel, Nita Lowey, Illeana Ros-Lehtinen, Bob Filner, Jane Harman, Jared Nadler, Steve Rothman, Robert Wexler, Shelley Berkley, Jan Schakowsky, Brad Sherman, Anthony Weiner, Eric Cantor, Susan Davis, Steve Israel, Adam Schiff, Allyson Schwartz, Debbie Wassermen Schultz, Steve Cohen, Gabrielle Giffords, Paul Hodes, Steve Kagen, Ron Klein, John Yarmuth, Ed Perlmutter, John Adler, Alan Grayson, and Jared Polis.)

31/33 Jewish representatives are Democrats; 2 are Republicans. As with the Senate, Jews are overrepresented and their inclusion gives the House a leftward tilt.

4.) Jews are 8.97% of Congress (48 of 535 members). This is up from 6.9% in the 109th Congress (2005/2006).

5.) Jews are 6% of Governors. (Ed Rendell D-PA, Jack Markell D-DE, Linda Lingle R-HI).

6.) Jews are 22% of the Supreme Court. (Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Stephen Breyer). Jews pull the SCOTUS to the Left.

7.) Jews are 9% of the Obama Cabinet. Rahm Emanuel (Chief of Staff) and Dave Orszag (Office of Management and Budget). There are a number of other important Jews in the Obama administration. Of these, the two most important would be David Axelrod (Senior Advisor to the President) and Ron Klain (VP Chief of State)

8.) Jewish mayors: Michael Bloomberg (NYC), David Cicilline (Providence, RI), Jerry Abramson (Louisville), Oscar Goodman (Las Vegas), Beverly Hills (Jimmy Delshad).

The Facts: Episcopalians

In 2009 …

1.) Episcopalians are 1.7% of the U.S. population.

2.) Episcopalians are 7% of U.S. Senators. (Evan Bayh, Michael Bennet, Saxby Chambliss, Kay Bailey Hutchison, Blanche Lincoln, John McCain, Sheldon Whitehouse).

Michael Bennet is counted as a Jew on Wikipedia, but as an Episcopalian in this tally. 4 Episcopalian Senators are Democrats; 3 are Republicans. Unlike the Jews, Episcopalians are a mixed bag.

3.) Episcopalians are 6.8% of the House of Representatives. (Aderholt, Andrews, Biggert, Bonner, Boustany, Burgess, Cooper, Crenshaw, Farr, Frelinghuysen, Griffith, Hensarling, Kingston, McDermott, Mica, Miller, Norton, Peters, Platts, Putnam, Rehberg, Roskam, Scott, Sensenbrenner, Shadegg, Schrader, Slaughter, Van Hollen, Walden, Young)

18 Episcopalian representatives are Republicans; 12 are Democrats. Unlike the Jews, Episcopalians give the House a rightward tilt.

4.) Episcopalians are 6.9% of Congress (37 of 535 members). This is down from 7.9% in the 109th Congress.

5.) Episcopalians are 10% of Governors. (Mike Beebe D-Arkansas, Jodi Rell R-Connecticut, Beverly Purdue D-North Carolina, Mark Sanford R-South Carolina, Dave Freudenthal D-Wyoming)

6.) Episcopalians are 0% of the Supreme Court. David Souter (Episcopalian) was replaced by Sonia Sotomayor (Catholic).

7.) I can’t find any information on Episcopalians in the Obama Cabinet.

Response to Guy White

1.) Guy White used outdated data in his post. It was drawn from the 109th Congress, in the Bush years, not the 111th Congress, which is now in Washington. It took me a little more time, but I had no problem tracking down the relevant information.

2.) Guy White claimed that Jews were “limited to back-bencher roles in Congress.” This is false. In the U.S., a “backbencher” is a new member of Congress. In the 111th Congress, there are 3 new Jewish Senators; 3 new Jewish Representatives. The rest are incumbents, not backbenchers.

Several Jews are the chairmen of powerful committees: In the Senate, Carl Levin – Armed Services, Barbara Boxer – Environment/Public Works, Ethics; Joe Lieberman – Homeland Security, Chuck Schumer – Rules and Administration, Economic Committee; Dianne Feinstein – Intelligence, Library, Printing; Herb Kohl – Aging.

In the House, Bob Filner – Veterans’ Affairs, Henry Waxman – Energy and Commerce, Barney Frank – Financial Services, Howard Berman – Foreign Affairs.

3.) Guy White used data from the entire span of American history to inflate the influence of Episcopalians and Unitarians. For example, the Unitarians haven’t elected a president since William Howard Taft. Kent Conrad is the only Unitarian in the Senate. In contrast, there are 13 to 15 Jews, depending on whether you include Kaufman and Bennet.

4.) Guy White claimed that Jews appear to be “permanently excluded” from the leadership of both parties. Is this an accurate description of Eric Cantor – the Republican Whip in the House? Does it describe Joe Lieberman – Al Gore’s Vice Presidential candidate? Is it an accurate description of Chuck Schumer and Rahm Emanuel – the Jewish tag team that led the Democratic Party to victory in 2006 and 2008?

5.) Jews haven’t been less successful than Episcopalians or White Protestants in U.S. politics. Review the statistics above. In the last five years, Jewish influence has risen; Episcopalian influence has declined. The decline of Anglo-Protestant influence has been even more dramatic. Now that Souter is gone, the aging John Paul Stevens is the only Protestant left on the Supreme Court.

6.) As I have shown, the Episcopalian Caucus in Congress isn’t “very liberal.” It actually leans to the Right. The Jewish Caucus leans overwhelmingly to the Left.

7.) I can’t find any information on Episcopalian voting patterns. It is irrational to draw inferences from unrepresentative samples. Pointing to a few wealthy Episcopalian liberals proves nothing. It is equally irrational to assume the laity holds the same political views of the Episcopalian clergy.

8.) On immigration, the Episcopalians are a mixed bag: pro-amnesty in the Senate, pro-restriction in the House. The Presbyterians are the strongest advocates of immigration restriction. Guy White’s comparison fails: the Jews are strongly pro-amnesty in the House and Senate.

9.) If I believed in conspiracies, I would point out that Barack Obama’s closest advisors – David Axelrod and Rahm Emanuel – are Jews. Joe Biden’s Chief of Staff – Ron Klain – is Jewish. Instead of claiming Axelrod and Emanuel are Obama’s “handlers,” which I don’t believe, I will just say that powerful Jews have the ear of the President of the United States. In 2006 and 2008, Schumer and Emanuel were in charge of the Democratic Senate and House campaign committees.

10.) Guy White’s claim that successful politicians are all Ivy Leaguers, top lawyers, or wealthy businessmen is a stereotype. Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, Charles Rangel, Lamar Alexander and countless other national political figures aren’t Ivy Leaguers. When you get down to state reps, this becomes even more obvious.


Jews are overrepresented in our political system. In recent years, they have done better for themselves than other intelligent, highly educated groups like the Episcopalians, Presbyterians, and Unitarians. There are key players at all levels of government – in the Senate, Schumer, Feinstein and Levin; in the House, Frank, Berman and Waxman; in the White House, Axelrod, Emanuel and Klain; in the Supreme Court, Ginsberg and Breyer. Collectively, they exert massive influence and pull America in a leftward direction.

The direct Jewish impact upon public policy is only one aspect of Jewish power. Arguably, it is the least important. Jews influence our culture and political system in many other ways. In subsequent posts, we will address the many other aspects of Jewish power and dispel the myth of poor, powerless Jews that Guy White is attempting to create.

Update: In the comments, I have responded to G.W.’s SCOTUS thread.

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  1. Who Controls the Council on Foreign Relations?

    Richard N. Haass(Jew)

    Board of Directors:
    Carla A. Hills(Jew) – Co-Chairman; Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Hills & Company
    Robert E. Rubin(Jew) – Co-Chairman; Former Secretary of the U.S. Treasury
    Richard E. Salomon(Jew) – Vice Chairman; Managing Partner, East End Advisors, LLC
    Richard N. Haass(Jew) – President, Council on Foreign Relations
    Peter Ackerman(Jew) – Rockport Capital, Inc.
    Fouad Ajami(Arab) – M. Khadduri Prof. of Middle Eastern Studies, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University
    Madeleine K. Albright(Jew) – Principal, The Albright Group LLC
    Charlene Barshefsky(Jew) – Senior International Partner, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
    Henry S. Bienen(Jew) – President, Northwestern University
    Alan S. Blinder(Jew) – Gordon S. Rentschler Memorial Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, Princeton University
    Tom Brokaw(White European) – NBC News
    Sylvia Mathews Burwell(White European) – President, Global Development Program, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
    Frank J. Caufield(Jew) – Co-Founder, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
    Kenneth M. Duberstein(Jew) – Chairman and CEO, The Duberstein Group, Inc.
    Richard N. Foster(White European) – Managing Partner, Millbrook Management Group LLC
    Stephen Friedman(Jew) – Chairman, Stone Point Capital
    Ann M. Fudge(Black) – Chairman and CEO, Young & Rubicam Brands
    Maurice R. Greenberg(Jew) – Honorary Vice Chairman; Chairman & CEO, C.V. Starr & Co., Inc.
    J. Tomilson Hill(Jew) – Vice Chairman, The Blackstone Group
    Alberto Ibargüen(Jew) – President & Chief Executive Officer, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
    Shirley Ann Jackson(Black) – President, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
    Henry R. Kravis(Jew) – Founding Partner, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.
    Jami Miscik(White European) – Vice-Chairman, Kissinger Associates, Inc.
    Joseph S. Nye, Jr.(Jew) – Distinguished Service Professor, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
    Ronald L. Olson(White European) – Senior Partner, Munger Tolles and Olson LLP
    James W. Owens(White European) – Chairman & CEO, Caterpillar Inc.
    Colin L. Powell(Mulatto) – United States Army (Ret.)
    David M. Rubenstein(Jew) – Cofounder and Managing Director, The Carlyle Group
    George E. Rupp(White European) – President and CEO, International Rescue Committee
    Joan E. Spero(Jew) – President, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
    Vin Weber(White European) – CEO and Managing Partner, Clark & Weinstock
    Christine Todd Whitman(White European) – President, The Whitman Strategy Group
    Fareed Zakaria(Jew Wife: Paula Throckmorton) – Editor, Newsweek International

    Officers and Directors Emeriti:
    Leslie H. Gelb(Jew) – President Emeritus and Board Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
    Maurice R. Greenberg(Jew) – Honorary Vice Chairman, Council on Foreign Relations
    Charles McC. Mathias, Jr.(White European) – Director Emeritus, Council on Foreign Relations
    Peter G. Peterson(Jew Wife: Joan Ganz) – Chairman Emeritus – Council on Foreign Relations
    David Rockefeller(White European) – Honorary Chairman, Council on Foreign Relations
    Robert A. Scalapino(White European) – Director Emeritus, Council on Foreign Relations

    Of the president and the forty(40) members of the Council on Foreign Relations board of directors, twenty-four(24) are Jews or have Jewish spouses. This is a numerical representation of 60%. Jews are approximately 2% of the United States population. This means that Jews are over-represented on the Council on Foreign Relations board of directors by a factor of 30 times, or 3,000 percent. This extreme numerical over-representation of Jews on the Council on Foreign Relations board of directors cannot be explained away as a coincidence or as the result of mere random chance. You must ask yourself how such an incredibly small and extremely unrepresentative minority ethnic group that only represents 2% of the American population could so dominate this important and influential think tank.

  2. Who Controls the Bilderberg Group? (2009)

    U.S. Attendees of the 2009 Bilderberg Conference:

    Keith B. Alexander(White European) – Director, National Security Agency
    Roger C. Altman(Jew) – Chairman, Evercore Partners Inc.
    George David(Jew) – Chairman and former CEO, United Technologies Corporation
    Niall Ferguson(White European) – Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History, Harvard University; William Ziegler Professor, Harvard Business School
    Timothy F. Geithner(Jew) – Secretary, U.S. Treasury Department
    Donald E. Graham(Jew) – Chairman and CEO, The Washington Post Company
    Richard C. Holbrooke(Jew) – Special Envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, U.S. State Department
    James L. Jones(White European) – U.S. National Security Advisor
    Vernon E. Jordan, Jr.(Black) – Senior Managing Director, Lazard Freres & Co. LLC
    Robert Kagan(Jew) – Senior Associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
    Henry A. Kissinger(Jew) – Chairman, Kissinger Associates, Inc.
    Marie-Josee Kravis(Jew) – Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute, Inc.
    Jessica T. Matthews(Jew) – President, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
    Craig J. Mundie(White European) – Chief Research and Strategy Officer, Microsoft Corporation
    Richard N. Perle(Jew) – Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
    David H. Petraeus(White European) – Commander, U.S. Central Command
    David Rockefeller(White European) – Former Chairman, Chase Manhattan Bank
    Dennis B. Ross(Jew) – Special Adviser for the Persian Gulf and Southwest Asia, U.S. State Department
    Barnett R. Rubin(Jew) – Director of Studies and Senior Fellow, Center for International Cooperation, New York University
    Lawrence H. Summers(Jew) – Chairman, National Economic Council
    Peter A. Thiel(Jew) – President, Clarium Capital Management, LLC
    Paul A. Volcker(Jew) – Chairman, Economic Recovery Advisory Board
    James D. Wolfensohn(Jew) – Chairman, Wolfensohn & Company, LLC
    Paul D. Wolfowitz(Jew) – Visiting Scholar, American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
    Fareed R. Zakaria(Indian) – Editor, Newsweek International
    Robert B. Zoellick(Jew) – President, The World Bank

    Of the twenty-six(26) Americans who attended the 2009 Bilderberg conference, eighteen(18) are Jews. This is a numerical representation of 69%. Jews are approximately 2% of the United States population. This means that Jews are over-represented among the American attendees of the 2009 Bilderberg conference by a factor of 34.5 times, or 3,450 percent. This extreme numerical over-representation of Jews among the American attendees of the 2009 Bilderberg conference cannot be explained away as a coincidence or as the result of mere random chance. You must ask yourself how such an incredibly small and extremely unrepresentative minority ethnic group that only represents 2% of the United States population could so dominate this important and influential international conference.

  3. Jews have occupied the position of chairman of the Federal Reserve System for the last 39 years, except for a brief period of a year and a half(George William Miller: 1978-1979). Here is a list of the Chairmen of the Federal Reserve System since 1970:

    Arthur Frank Burns(Jew) Feb. 1, 1970 – Jan. 31, 1978
    George William Miller Mar. 8, 1978 – Aug. 6, 1979
    Paul Adolph Volcker(Jew) Aug. 6, 1979 – Aug. 11, 1987
    Alan Greenspan(Jew) Aug. 11, 1987 – Jan. 31, 2006
    Ben Shalom Bernanke(Jew) Feb. 1, 2006 –

  4. The comparison of Jews to Episcopalians, Catholics or any other religious group is erroneous. Jews are a racial group and just because a Jew isn’t religiously observant doesn’t make him/her any less a Jew. So if Jews representation was compared to white gentiles you’d find the numbers even more eye popping.

    Sounds like Guy is placing heavy spin on Jewish presence in Congress by claiming they’re all newbies or water carriers for others. However, if all of the Jews serving lost their seats tomorrow it wouldn’t matter because the strength of their ethnic influence lies in the power of their numerous lobbying groups.

    Jim Traficant said it best on his recent interviews; Israel controls our foreign policy and also our domestic policy to a large extent. I was thrilled when he steadfastly refused to apologize or perform a mea culpa for Sean Hannity unlike so many other cowards.

  5. I’m not sure all of those personages are Jewish and some are only part Jewish but the overall picture of Jewish overrepresentation is clear nevertheless. I don’t believe Geithner and Volcker are Jewish off the top of my head. Seiler has done similar lists in the past.

  6. “The Arab Socialist Ba’ath Party is still in power in Syria — I bet most people didn’t know that Syria is a National Ethnosocialist nation!”

    Yes the Ba’athists are still around, but there is an active political organization in Syria that is even more closely related to German National Socialism… The Syrian Social Nationalist Party!


    And also, believe it or not, they have had members in the Syrian government, proof that National Socialism may indeed be a viable political force in contemporary times!

  7. Wrong. Timothy Geithner is at least ethnically half-Jewish(his father). But even if he weren’t ethnically Jewish, it wouldn’t matter anyway, because his wife is definitely ethnically Jewish(Carole Sonnenfeld). So it’s a moot point.

    We already know that Geithner doesn’t practice Judaism. He’s an “Episcopalian”. I’m not interested in what his religion is. I’m only interested in his ethnicity. There are many upper-class Jews whose families converted to the Episcopal branch of Christianity when they arrived in America at the beginning of the 20th century. A good example of this is the Sulzburger family, the owners of the New York Times. They are German Jews by ethnicity, but they are Episcopalians by religion, just like Geithner is.

    Don’t be fooled by this old Jewish conversion trick.

  8. The percentage of Harvard graduates is less than 0.2%, yet the number of Senators, Reps, Presidents, Nobel prizes, etc. from Harvard is about 30%.

    What does it say to you? That Harvard graduates are overrepresented?

    If Jews are traditionally hard working, hard studying people, it is only logical that their success rate is higher than others. The opposite would simply indicate that the American system was badly flawed.

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