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Wed September 19, 2012
Paul Elisha: On Israel and the 2012 U.S. Presidential Race
For those of the Jewish Faith, Rosh Hashannah – the start of a new year – is also a time to clear the air of misunderstandings and settle differences… clear one’s conscience for new and more hopeful achievements. That said, it is shocking and hurtful, that the present Israeli Prime Minister has contaminated a pure and practically endless stream of friendship and support from the United States, with harsh complaints of dissatisfaction and veiled threats of blackmail, unethically and mischievously inserted for the first time ever, into American Presidential politics, by an ungrateful beneficiary.
Jewish Americans, who’ve been almost almost unanimous in their support for Israel, should be rightfully insulted and correctly disdainful of such unfairness and gratuitous lack of respect. They should also be mindful, that in the coming election, their understandable concern about Israel’s future must be overshadowed by concern over what is best for the future of the United States and all of its citizens.
With the Presidential nominations now completed and the election campaigns under way in earnest, certain issues have become of greater concern to voters. One of the most evident of these is ‘trust;’ a quality mentioned more and seemingly of greater concern than others. This commentator is totally mystified by a seeming neglect in evidence of trustworthiness in character, by some of the most vociferous spokespersons of the religious right-wing, in the Republican leadership.
Having made “Pro-Life,” (their term) a key issue of criminal justice proportions… especially in cases of Birth Control, and Abortion, it is astounding to see and hear key campaigners like Rick Santorum, Vice-Presidential nominee Paul Ryan and an array of state officials in the Religious Right, call for prosecution and punishment for despoilers of human life (as early as spermatizoic form). Yet these same proponents stand mute, in silent support of priests and church officials who are guilty of or facilitate the depraved indifference to the willful destruction of young lives entrusted to their care. Participation in such breaches of trust is, in itself, a most heinous offense, equal to those of the offenders themselves.
These are but a few of the more serious incidents in which issues of trust should capture and hold our interest, as we consider candidates who seek it, in the crucial days ahead.
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