Finally, a Real Election (Well, Sort Of)

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  1. Bob Miller says:

    There are gradations of both goodness and badness, even among politicians and their movements and cronies.   If we can’t sort out one level of venality or ideological radicalism from another and begin to call things clearly by their right names, we stand no chance to survive as a republic.  As it is, the government has been largely emptied of honest public servants and largely filled with the opposite.  We have a personal duty to sort things out as adults and vote accordingly.

  2. joel rich says:

    You might find it interesting to try to correlate historical candidates positions on various issues and the actual policies they pursue once elected.  I’d suspect that the correlation would be somewhat weak.  Most of the undecideds I know are trying to decide which candidate’s personal flaws are less likely to endanger the Union.  Perhaps HKB”H is trying to remind us that as comfortable as we might feel in this great medinah shel chesed, we are still in galut. Our forefathers have heard the same tune before.



  3. Yehoshua Friedman says:

    I here give thanks to the Almighty for having led me 46 years ago to come home to the Torah and Eretz Yisrael. Whether you reckon us to be in the historical position of end of the exile or beginning of the redemption, I will not quibble. Nor will I (hakattan) attempt to take a halachic position on the applicability of the mitzvah of living in Israel at this present moment, however you interpret that moment. But we believers in the Torah, who are given (and rightly so) to look at the world in terms of absolute religious categories, must realize that we are in a period of fast and violent change. America of one or two generations ago and Israel of one or two generations ago are not the same as they are today, and they will not be the same tomorrow. Perhaps a great leader can help America for the moment to slow the forces of decay, but it is hard to deny that they are occurring. We are also in a cultural struggle here in EY for the soul of the land and people. We need all the best hands on deck for that. Vote your conscience (so will I), but pack your bags and come home. The future of the Jewish people is here and only here!

  4. David Ohsie says:

    “This sorry situation engenders a most ironic result: This election must be decided on the issues rather than on the personalities.”

    How does this follow?  If both candidates were very qualified for the job, then issues can come to the forefront.  The more unqualified they are personally, the less important the issues are (and as Joel Rich points out, the less likely their positions mean anything).  This is not ad hominem, as we elect people to the office, not position papers.

    I would also say that the balance in this post is a little artificial.  Your link to Hillary’s “emails against minorities” is to an incoherent youtube video, while Trump’s own defense for his alleged sexual assault as “locker room” talk is accepted unequivocally.    Something tells me that if Clinton the person were the Republican and Trump the Democrat, then this post would look very different.

    The problem is not the “‘schmutz’ (filth) of the present US election”, but the horrifying flaws of at least one candidate which the press is properly reporting.

  5. Formerly Orthodox says:

    Regarding the Orthodox Jewish support of Trump, how could the “holy people” ally themselves with a person of such despicable middos?  What happened to being a moral beacon to the world?  I’m sad to think that perhaps derech eretz is no longer a basic value of the right wing Orthodox.  Orthodox Jews may consider him a “safe” choice because he is not an anti-semite, but if the American people are inclined to elect demagogues, then perhaps the next time we won’t be so lucky.

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