Advocacy And The Real Issues
May 2, 2011
Contributed By Ted Belman, Israpundit.com
What follows below, indented, is an email I received and then my responses.
Iím sorry Ted,
You caught my attention with some article a while back that I thought was interesting, but your incessant right leaning blog isnít 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 doesnít believe that he was born in Hawaii isnít 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 certificateóuntil this week.
In all my posts I say that the ďbirtherĒ issue is a lot more than where he was born. Itís whether Obama is constitutionally eligible or has committed a fraud. I guess you havenít been reading. Furthermore, the bottom line for me is to fight against Obamaís 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 administrationís policies towards Israel, I can easily see merit there. The problem is that when you attack from the rightÖ 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 anyoneís 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 marshal the facts and arguments. You canít fight from the center. You are suggesting the Left is unable to select the wheat from the chaff or that they canít 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 Obamaís constitutional eligibility not a ďreal issueĒ? I donít 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.
Iíll make it clear that I donít like the current lack of a clear policy towards Israel right now, nor do I like the fact that our President hasnít been to Israel during his term, while he has been to countries like Egypt. Itís not that I donít think he had a right to give a speech in Cairo, itís that he hasnít found the time to get to Israel yet. Maybe Netanyahu doesnít want him to comeÖ
I donít 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? Whatís unclear about that?
Glenn Beck may stand up and say that he ďStands with IsraelĒ but his overall pro-hate message is finally gone from the mass airwaves.
Give me an example. Besides, whatís wrong with hating the bad?
Hereís a suggestion. Stay in Israel and promote Israeli issues. Stay out of American Politics. You arenít convincing and your bias only seems to create more polarization at a time when we should be moving towards each other.
Sorry, canít oblige. Whether I am convincing or not is irrelevant. Whatís 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. Itís one or the other.
As there isnít 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 doesnít win, it will because she has been demonized by the Left, by the MSM and even by the GOP establishment. For that matter Israel is also demonized by the Left 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?