By Ted Belman
What follows below, indented, is an email I received.
I’m sorry Ted,
You caught my attention with some article a while back that I thought was interesting, but your incessant right leaning blog isn’t really any better than the nonsense that comes out of lots of other places.
The birther issue is a stupid place to focus. This is all just a red herring to distract from the real issues. Anyone who at this point doesn’t believe that he was born in Hawaii isn’t really worth the time to read. A number of reputable news outlets have reviewed his actual birth certificate and have deemed it valid. MOVE ON!
No news outlets, reputable or not, have seen his long form birth certificate.
In all my posts I say that the “birther” issue is a lot more than where he was born. Its whether Obama is constitutionaly eligible or has committed a fraud. I guess you haven’t been reading. Furthermore, the bottom line for me is to fight against Obama’s reelection. I believe that harping on his lack of disclosure, I am contributing to that. When a person says MOVE ON, I am reminded of MOVEON.ORG. Is there any association?
If you want to question the administration’s policies towards Israel, I can easily see merit there. The problem is that when you attack from the right… and you do all the time, you weaken your overall argument. The ones you need to influence are the people on the left who support Obama. You will not succeed in changing anyone’s mind on the left when you constantly attack and promote what in a lot of cases are fringe, highly biased authors.
I have no intention of swaying the left. I want to sway people in the center or the Independents. Inherent in any attack is the need to take a side and marshall the facts and arguments. You can’t fight from the center. You are suggesting the Left is unable to select the wheat from the chaf or that they can’t evaluate the facts and arguments because they come from the Right. The Left I am sure includes you.
Obama supporters must be deaf, blind or stupid. Instead of attacking my credibility because I present arguments from the right, why not defend your faith in Obama by making your case. Why refuse to listen to my case with an open mind.
Why is Obama’s constitutional eligibility not a “real issue”? I don’t limit myself to that issue, not by a long shot. I fight against multilateralism, multiculturalism, big government, big spending, big unions and multitudinous czars. I fight against his kissing up to Islam, Muslims and the Brotherhood. I fight against his policy of engagement and his world view. And most important, I fight against his attack on Israel.
I have flexibility on the question of “taxing the rich” but not without a massive cut in spending. I even believe that society should provide a basic level of healthcare to the needy. I believe there has to be some rationing. Society can’t afford to provide the nth degree of healthcare to all. So the question for debate is how much care do we owe the poor. As for the “rich”, they should be able to buy whatever care they can afford. Now who is to decide who is entitled to what? The people, that’s who and not some elites who want to impose their values on the people
I believe that the government is incapable of being efficient. That’s what the private sector does best. People should be able to get insurance for gold plated healthcare or minimum healthcare depending on what they can afford. The government should be responsible for the safety net in health care. It should provide what it can afford.. Since its revenues come from the people, the people, not the government, should ultimately decide what they are willing to pay for. It can either be financed by a tax on income or a tax on insurance premiums. That’s for debate.
Even your lead article below by Rabbi Zucker really makes no sense. No one really foresaw the revolutionary winds blowing in these countries and if our State Department did, do you really think they should have been sounding the alarms to you or the general public?
Why does the rabbi make no sense. He gives his arguments and makes perfect sense to me. It has nothing to do with whether people saw it coming though there is evidence that various American NGO’s have been hard at work getting Arabs organized to revolt. Zucker’s point is that Obama should not have undermined there dictators because they will be replaced by worse so far as American interests are concerned. Where do you stand on this. What about the dictators like Assad that should be brought down, yet Obama declined. Where do you stand.
I’ll make it clear that I don’t like the current lack of a clear policy towards Israel right now, nor do I like the fact that our President hasn’t been to Israel during his term, while he has been to countries like Egypt. It’s not that I don’t think he had a right to give a speech in Cairo, it’s that he hasn’t found the time to get to Israel yet. Maybe Netanyahu doesn’t want him to come…
I don’t want him to come to Israel. It is a non issue. All I care about is his actions. A trip to Israel is cosmetic. Besides he has a very clear policy towards Israel You are simply in denial. He wants to screw us, to force us to capitulate, does he not? What’s unclear about that?
Glenn Beck may stand up and say that he “Stands with Israel” but his overall pro-hate message is finally gone from the mass airwaves.
Give me an example. Besides, what’s wrong with hating the bad?
Here’s a suggestion. Stay in Israel and promote Israeli issues. Stay out of American Politics. You aren’t convincing and your bias only seems to create more polarization at a time when we should be moving towards each other.
Sorry, can’t oblige. Whether I am convincing or not is irrelevant. What’s wrong with polarization. At election time, one pole will win. The people will have a clear cut choice. Between right and wrong or good and bad, there is no center. Its one or the other.
As there isn’t yet a viable candidate on the right here that can actually win, I would suggest you put your efforts towards raising awareness of Israeli issues with those in power today who can actually make a difference.
I believe that Gov Palin is a viable candidate. She has a proven track record of leadership, character and patriotism. If she doesn’t win, it will because she has been deligitimated and demonized by the Left, by the MSM and even by the GOP establishment. For that matter Israel is also demonized by the Left and and the MSM to say nothing of the Muslims.
I am curious. Do you want Israel to be pushed to capitulate or supported so she can make the choices which are best for her?