Friday, October 22, 2004
One of the key indicators of Bush's impending victory on November 2nd is a historic shift in Jewish voting habits. American Jews in unprecedented numbers will cast their ballot for a Republican president. Cliff Alsberg, a writer and television producer in Los Angeles, has written this compelling essay addressed to his fellow Jews still struggling with their reflexive compulsion to pull the Democrat lever. JW
I am writing to you today as members of my extended family my family of fellow Jews and fellow Americans with whom I most strongly identify and who I most cherish.
Never before have the stakes in a presidential election been greater for us; both here at home and abroad. Never before has there been a clearer choice between two candidates, and never before has so much depended on us-- both as Jews and as Americans.
I'd like to address six key issues that invariably affect each of us as both Jews and Americans. I urge you to read and to listen to these issues with an open heart and an open mind. If you are truly undecided, I implore you to dig deep within your heart to weigh the consequences of your vote. If you are already a staunch Kerry supporter, I respectfully ask you to remain open and intellectually honest for the duration of this letter.
Three Key Foreign Affairs Issues:
1. Were we right to invade <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Iraq?
If you argue that, to date, no weapons of mass destruction were found and, therefore, we were wrong to invade that country, you have won your point strictly on its debating merits, but you have missed the point entirely as a Jew. Why? Because as a people, we care far more about actions and results of actions than we do about intention. It is true that our own domestic intelligence agencies were wrong about Saddam's weapons, as were the intelligence services of the entire western world. But in the aftermath of the war, with over 3,000 mass graves discovered so far, it turns out that we have freed some 25 million Iraqis from one of the single most brutal, repressive and murderous tyrannies on earth.
A good result based on faulty intelligence.
By contrast, I'll give you the opposite scenario with an analogy that should strike much closer to home. During WWII, both Roosevelt and Churchill refused to bomb the crematoria at Auschwitz or the railroad lines leading towards them. This was the militarily correct decision at the time based on British and American intelligence correctly advising both countries leadership that since tens of thousands of elite German troops were busily engaged in the systematic annihilation of Europe's Jewry, why distract them from their work and free them up to fight our allied soldiers on the front lines?
A horrific result based on accurate intelligence.
Jewish compassion for others demands that we weigh results over intentions! As Jews, we must base our conclusive opinions regarding the Iraqi war on the inarguable facts that-- 1) Saddam was using weapons of mass destruction to commit genocide against his own people; 2) He was actively financing terrorism against our people by paying families of Palestinian suicide bombers $30,000 for each attack; 3) His decade-long refusal to comply with 17 consecutive UN resolutions ordering him to disarm made him an unacceptable threat to world peace, and -- 4) Given his Gulf War I scud missile attacks, Iraq was a strategically dangerous and demonstrably proven enemy of Israel in particular.
The President was completely justified in his actions against Saddam.
2. Which candidate best understands the true nature of the War on Terrorism?
Senator Kerry maintains that invading Iraq was a huge mistake and a costly diversion from our real goal of hunting down Osama Bin Laden the real threat to the world. This most current position of his has validity only so far as his underlying assumption is true i.e., worldwide terrorism is directed by a group of turbaned fanatics hiding out in caves somewhere along the Afghani-Pakistani border. It is a disturbingly myopic view that presents terrorism as a local, or, at worst, a regional problem.
But this underlying premise is both logically and factually false. Every day we are, quite literally, bombarded by reports of assaults in as far-flung and disparate locales as Saudi Arabia, Jakarta, Spain, Iraq, Bali, the Philippines, Russia, Africa and, of course, Israel. Rather than attributing these ongoing attacks to a single organization, the world community has come to identify this global threat by its true essence -- Islamic-Fascism.
This president fully understands the true nature of our present global conflict.
3. Which candidate would be a better friend to Israel?
Senator Kerry has repeated innumerable times his intentions to go to the UN as the final arbiter in international disputes and the final authority for our projection of US military power. As Jews, we are well aware of the unique history of the United Nations all-pervasive attitudes and formal resolutions passed vis-a-vis Israel. The UN has categorically proven itself to us Jews and to the world to be a morally bankrupt organization filled with bitter, repressive, anti-Semitic and anti-American nation-states who have, time after time, undermined virtually every strategic US foreign policy position.
Is this the organization an American president should turn to? Would this policy be in Israel's best interests, let alone America's? Senator Kerry has told the Arab-American League that Israel's fence was completely unjustified and humiliating to the Palestinian people. We don't need another obstacle to peace! was his famous line from that rather infamous speech. Two weeks later he told a group of Jewish leaders that Israel had the right to defend itself and that the fence was, indeed, justified.
By contrast, our President has never wavered. He has, instead, proven time and again to be the best friend Israel has ever had. He has supported Sharon's more popular stands against the Palestinian insurrection as well as his less popular policies such as targeted assassinations of terrorist leaders and the proposed unilateral Gaza troop withdrawals. And, unlike his predecessor, President Bush has never met face-to-face with Arafat not once!
Whether the President's unique bond with Israel is forged by his close, personal friendship with Prime Minister Sharon, his appreciation of the strategic importance of Israel as a staunch, U.S, ally in a Middle Eastern sea of tyranny or his deep, religious conviction that Israel has a special, sacred destiny to forever remain the physical and spiritual homeland of the world's Jews, President Bush has inarguably proven to be Israel's best American friend.
Three Key Domestic Issues:
1. The economy: Has it improved over the past four years?
One could successfully argue that it is a miracle that we're not locked in the throes of a total depression! There is no way to spin this economy as bad Given the post-dot.com recession the President inherited from the previous administration combined with the devastating attacks of 9/11, our economy is in stunningly robust shape by any objective, quantifiable yardstick. National unemployment is stabilized at approximately 5.4%, inflation is stabilized and, as a direct result, interest rates remain at an all-time low. Monthly housing starts continue at a dizzying pace, the dollar is strong, corporate investment (inventory, hiring and physical expansion) has grown steadily for the last twenty consecutive months, the Dow remains at or near a firm 10,000 and the average American family has seen its income tax burden lightened significantly. In terms of gross national product (our total economic output as a country), we have out-produced the entire European Union by a growth rate of ten to one!
By all accounts, any president who could so successfully steer our economy through such treacherous, catastrophic circumstances deserves our utmost respect, gratitude and support.
2. Domestic security: Is our country any safer?
Theories, rampant rumors, sobering punditry and wild, speculative fiction aside, the unassailable litmus test remains Have we suffered any additional attacks on U.S. soil since 9/11? This is not as simplistic and tautological a question as it might sound. After spending billions of dollars on security, ramping up our intelligence-gathering resources at breakneck speed, prosecuting two consecutive wars some ten thousand miles away, interdicting and seizing terrorist funds worldwide and making numerous arrests around the world, we are now reaping the benefits of massive strategic planning and brilliant execution, coupled with our leadership's unflagging commitment to utilize every available global resource. Fully two-thirds of the Taliban have been destroyed or captured, as have vast segments of the Al Qaeda network. Yes, we are truly safer, and we sleep far better at night knowing the caliber and superiority of our Armed Forces and our leadership.
3. Have we managed to maintain our distinctly American moral compass?
Here's the tough one, the elusive yardstick by which we judge our conduct here at home and around the world. This is our litmus test, after all, since it is we Jews who have taken the Almighty's moral directives and passed them on to a dark and desperately flawed world.
Which candidate comes closest to adhering to our own Torah standard? In whose hands would you trust the future of our children? There are emotionally charged issues to consider when pondering these questions. Is our nation better off sanctioning homosexual marriages and rampant abortions? Are we a better people both as Jews and as Americans for refusing to label evil as evil and good as good? Does denying the application of standards of decency in our speech and in our actions somehow morally elevate us?
As members of the five million Americans whose ancestry gave our nation its moral identity as a Judeao-Christian society, I would hope and pray that we all agree that President Bush has evidenced strong character, remarkable clarity and great moral courage in his steadfast leadership.
On a final note, given our traditionally Democratic backgrounds, casting our Jewish votes for a Republican is not an easy choice to make. It seems to fly in the face of every political value we were raised with Republicans never care about the little guy, they're only looking out for the rich!, They're a bunch or racists and anti-Semites and we can't even get into their #@*!!* country clubs!, etc. We've all heard the same lines, I'm sure.
But in a volatile world like ours, facts on the ground often change quickly and dramatically. The world is a far different place now than what it was some fifty years ago, and the Democratic Party is definitely no longer the party of Scoop Jackson or Jack Kennedy. It is decidedly not the party our parents grew up with not unless our parents currently identify with the likes of Jesse Jackson, Ted Kennedy, Michael Moore, Howard Dean or Al Sharpton. As Dennis Praeger often remarks I never left the Democratic Party; the Party left me.
Our Talmud teaches us that we should consider each and every Mitzvah we perform as though the fate of the world hung in the balance. And as we've indelibly learned from the presidential election of 2000, every individual vote indeed turned out to be pivotal and decisive. Yet once again, the Almighty has placed us on the fulcrum of history a moment in time of such powerful and historical consequence that the way we consider voting on November 2nd could well determine the future course of Western Civilization. As Jews living in so-called battleground states, your votes might very well be the deciding factor.
It is a monumental challenge and an awesome responsibility. May we consider our actions wisely and may we go from strength to strength!
May G-d bless our nation, its armed forces and its leaders, and thanks to all of you for listening.
Los Angeles, California
... From the Jersualem Post yesterday : Top Israeli rabbi says Jews should vote for Bush
Well, some of them over here don't get it at all.
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MIAMI, UNITED STATES: TO GO WITH STORY BY PATRICK MOSER - US-VOTES-FLORIDA-JEWS: Elli Whittey, a jewish supporter of the Kerry-Edwards 2004 ticket shows her support during a rally in West Palm Beach, Florida where US Senator John Edwards spoke 06 October 2004 one day after he debated US Vice-President Dick Cheney. AFP PHOTO/ Roberto SCHMIDT (Photo credit should read ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)
BOCA RATON, UNITED STATES: A supporter of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry wears a button while waiting to hear former US President Bill Clinton speak at a synagogue 26 October 2004, in Boca Raton, Florida. Clinton, just seven weeks after major heart surgery, has joined the campaign trail on behalf of Kerry. AFP PHOTO/ Robert SULLIVAN (Photo credit should read ROBERT SULLIVAN/AFP/Getty Images)
An interesting speech to say the least, and one I'd like to share with my Jewish friends. But before I do so I'd like to know the source of this speech. Do you have a link for this article?
Pro Kerry Jews should read the essay.
I do not have a link. I got an e-mail. The author and publication is immaterial to the message. Get the message out.
I could rant for hours, but its pointless.
First off, Jews in this country are Jews in name only.
As such, 90% of the jews in this country are irreligious, amoral, socialist lefties concentrated on the east and west coast. The rest of the Jews (the ones that actually fear god) are your classic Jews, conservative, family values, religious, capitalist etc etc etc.
The ONE THING the Jews should have learned from history is LESS GOVERNMENT.
The ONE OTHER THING the Jews should have learned is that there is no greater security for jews than to be armed.
Yet the non-religious Jews of this country will do ANYTHING to fit in with the American intelligentsia, and that includes voting AGAINST what should be their most important needs, supporting gun-grabbing, high taxes, etc....
Google is coming up with www.tothepointnews.com/ but I can't seem to get the site to come up at the moment.
But the lefty Jews have this fantasy that with a large centralized government they will be the ones pulling the strings. The risk is, what if that doesn't work out quite right?
Kery is even more anti Jew than I am.
At least I think they should be allowed to defend themselves, and that the people that are suicide bombing them are the dregs of humanity.
A vote for sKerry is a vote for Arafat.
Once again, mixing Jews and Israelis... tsk tsk tsk.
I would think that any Jew with even the slightest awareness of 20th century history, would be reluctant to turn over their freedom and self reliance to any secular government; let alone one that seeks to exercise such control over their daily lives as the leftist Democrats do.
It's an understatement to say that the Jews suffered terribly under ultra right wing fascism, but just how well did the Jews fare under Soviet Communism? That's an area that the leftist elite in this country are loath to speak of, and for obvious reasons - it strikes too close to home.
I've never been able to understand why American Jews have consistently supported the very group that would be most likely to turn on them if that group ever attained absolute power. The extreme left would find the Jews to be just as disposable as did the Nazis, and for the same basic reason. As a people who are governed by their religious law over any secular law they could not be controlled by their overseers and would therefore constitute a threat. Totalitarianism requires complete control by the government and complete subserviance by the people. The Jews have never been, nor would ever be, compliant.
Didn't the Jews once value American freedom of religion, freedom of expression, and freedom of self-determination more than they do today? I wonder what happened to that independence of thought. Maybe it's dawning on them. Maybe they're beginning to understand. Maybe the healing has finally begun.
BTW: Thanks for the link Airwolf.
As a "psuedo-Jew" I have to warn some Jews of something! Psuedo-Jew? Yes my Nephews are Jewish, Sister in law (from Isreal) and also 2 best friends are Kosher JEws from Isreal via Iran. Because of my family affilations I realised I celebrated more Jewish Holidays in the last 7 years than Christian ones (except for Christman gift giving). Call it the inevitable result of living New york too long!! Anyhew, I also have one "evangelical" aunt as well. On the last thankgiving their was a big fight because we warned her to not "prothelatize" to the Jews. we should have put up a sign "don't tease the Jews"! MY point is this, Jews Beware who you chose as friends! In fact A lot of So-called Jews I met were'nt Jews at all! No shit! There is a movment among wacko-christians to become "jews for Jesus" They claim to be Jewish but were like born Polish Catholic or something. Did they convert using a Orthodox Rebbi? Nope. The whole way to do it accept Jesus was the Messiach! Then their whole mission is to convert all the Jews or most anyway, Destroy the Islamic dome of the rock, and rebuild the temple. Why? This will begin the "rapture" and apocylapse where all the Jews who have refused to become "born again" will be tossed into hell, and the "rightous" can gloat at the repentant Jews. In Isreal, they disguise themselves as Hasidim and try to get inside Jews home and leave them literature about a Savior. No crosses, no Gospels but a lot of hebrew and "prophecies" by Hillel and Midrash that seems to point to some "savior"
And hope that even 1 in 1000 will be curious. It is these people that are the new "supporters" of Isreal. Now I know that in this world the Jews need all the friends they can get, But make sure they are real friends! The ultimate goal of these people is not a homeland for Jews but their eventual extinction. Maybe in order to percipatate a war between arabs and Jews , They'll encourage Settlers to attack the dome or Do some other stuff that will be bad for the whole region. And I just think these Evangelicals who have Bush's ear might lead him to do something that will bad, really bad. Let my people go![
I don't even know where to begin with that last post, so I won't even start....
This may be your finest "work" yet.
Anyone else get the mailer from Ed Koch this week? Great stuff.
Oh - and check out this part of the Bush reelection website.
OK, OK, Don't take t-stox (the trolls ) word for it! It seems most of the Jews here are woefully misinformed. So here are some links about this "secret campaign" by evengelicals to nab unaware Jews.www.cultnews.com/archives/000747.html
note is says "like" meaning there are more than one.
That was a good read..well thought out. Let's hope it strikes a few chords in peoples hearts and minds. Bottom line, good to see more people are speaking out in thier respective communities and supporting the moral fiber that Bush represents.
I was on conference call with him yesterday, organized by RNC and my contacts at AIPAC.
Sent: Monday, October 25, 2004 3:14 PM
Subject: Ed Koch Conference Call
COME HEAR former NYC Mayor Ed Koch discuss why he as a democrat who
disagrees with President Bush on certain domestic issues, and as a Jew,
supports President Bush. There will be a 10 minute speech followed by a 10
minute session of Q&A.
Who: Former NYC Mayor, Democrat Ed Koch
When: Today Monday October 25th at 5pm Eastern time.
How: Dial 800 441 0022 and ask for the Ed Koch call.
If you know anyone who could benefit from this call and the rational for
putting security and Israel first, feel free to invite them as well. There
is no need to RSVP.
If you would like to get involved in the campaign or know any students who
do feel free to pass their information along.
Thanks so much,