Patriotism Still Matters

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  1. Andy Sinton says:

    I object.

    Many demonstrably false claims here:
    CLAIM: “Incidentally, every single independent recount showed President Bush receiving more votes in Florida.”
    FACT: I hardly checked them all, but the largest independent recount showed multiple methods of counting which could have tilted the election to Gore. This doesn’t even count the “Jews for Buchanan” butterfly-ballot issue.
    SOURCE: http://www.aei.org/docLib/20040526_KeatingPaper.pdf

    CLAIM: In the third paragraph, he claims that Sarah Palin is way ahead of Obama-Biden in the realm of energy policy because she supports nuclear energy over “inflating ones tires”.
    FACT: Obama’s energy policy calls for a goal of 10% renewable energy and also heavy investment in clean coal and nuclear technology. Incidentally, America could make huge gains just through greater conservation efforts (more efficient cars, etc.). I didn’t look for a source, but this is fairly widely agreed upon.
    SOURCE: http://www.barackobama.com/pdf/factsheet_energy_speech_080308.pdf

    CLAIM: “Not one word was heard in Denver of pride in what American troops have accomplished in Afghanistan and Iraq.”
    FACT: Two speeches were given by current Deomcratic congressman and congresswoman who served in Iraq (maybe one of them only served in Afghanistan). Read them.
    SOURCE: http://www.demconvention.com/representative-patrick-murphy/
    http://www.demconvention.com/tammy-duckworth/

    CLAIM: Its implied that Obama views “Western Europe as the ideal with which America must be brought into conformity or Europeans as the paragons of all virtue”
    FACT: I’m not aware of any statement Obama made to this effect. Feel free to enlighten.

    Let’s try to be a light unto the nations and at least be truthful in our political tirades.

  2. LAWRENCE KAPLAN says:

    I pretty much agree with Jonathan Rosenblum’s article. But he exaggerates in calling Canada a province of Europe in this regard. In a poll taken in 2006 the majority of English Canadians– to be sure a slim majority– suppported Israel’s incursion into Lebanon. On the other hand, 2/3 of Quebecers felt it was unjustified. The French Quebecois politcal elite is very ani-Israel and pro-Palestinian, very Eurpeanized. It is not the same for the rest of Canada, even with the terrible Human Rights Commissions.

  3. LOberstein says:

    Finally someone cares enough to write about our Presidential election instead of how little some of our co-religionists work.
    Jonathan, you are too intellectual , it isn’t all that complicated. Sarah Palin is the game changer. She has added some energy and likability to the campaign. Many women and men identigy with her as “one of us”. It’s coming down to a personality contest and we have a crush on Sarah. As long as McCain takes her with him, he will get crowds. Who cares what Joe Biden thinks? Obama still has trouble connecting to the average American. The liberals on TV have such a visable hatred of Sarah that it shows how scared they are of a “real person”,not a phony. I have no idea if she is the least bit qualified but she is the best thing to happen for the Republicans in a long time.

  4. Charles B. Hall says:

    “Those Americans have no wish for America to follow the path of an aging Europe, whose sclerotic economies increasingly depend on the labor of Moslem immigrants.”

    This is not true. No country in Western Europe has more Muslims than France, a country that is 88% non-Muslim. And many of those Muslims are born French citizens.

    Furthermore, a number of European countries are now wealthier than the United States, with more rapid growth rates over the past 8 years (especially if you value the economies in Euros). This despite high taxes and generous social safety nets (neither inconsistent with Torah principles).

    “try to imagine McCain consorting easily with William Ayers”

    I’m not worried about Ayers; he will never have any role in any US government. I’d be far more worried about McCain consorting with James Baker. Remember that McCain rushed to Texas to accept Baker’s endorsement and had spoken favorably as a possible middle east negotiator.

    “Or consider the success of ethanol, once touted as the solution for dependence on fossil fuels. Now it turns out that the production of ethanol produces more carbon dioxide than burning the fuels it was meant to replace.”

    The “Now it turns out” is a bit misleading. Many scientists had been pointing this out for a long time. But there isn’t much interest in listening to science today among politicians when scientific findings interferes with their ideology. Regretfully, the Orthodox Jewish world has not done been a light to the politicians on this issue.

  5. Bob Miller says:

    One doesn’t have to go so far as to look at advisors when one can look at the candidate. There is absolutely no sign from Obama’s pre-campaign past that he has had the slightest knowledge of or sympathy for Israel.

  6. mycroft says:

    “pretty much agree with Jonathan Rosenblum’s article. But he exaggerates in calling Canada a province of Europe in this regard. In a poll taken in 2006 the majority of English Canadians– to be sure a slim majority– suppported Israel’s incursion into Lebanon. On the other hand, 2/3 of Quebecers felt it was unjustified. The French Quebecois politcal elite is very ani-Israel and pro-Palestinian, very Eurpeanized. It is not the same for the rest of Canada, even with the terrible Human Rights Commissions.

    Comment by LAWRENCE KAPLAN ”

    Interesting that Canada like other countries has been split about Israel-Lester Pearson received a Nobel Prize for pressuring Israel succesfully to leave the SInai after 1956 war while John Diefanbaker wasso pro Israel one can see a forest named after him in Israel-one can see the sign fromRoute 1 on the way from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv on the right.

  7. Chaim Wolfson says:

    Mycroft,
    It is also interesting that Canada is the only country so far to publicly announce that they will not be participating in “Durban II”.

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