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02 September 2008

Obama Camp: Tasteless Rumors and Truisms

Turns Out, The Devout Republican Evangelical Governor Of Alaska Has A Soft Spot For Israel - Mere Rhetoric

A few weeks ago, APRPEH wrote in a post titled Obama and Carter Party in Denver, I opined that understanding liberal logic was finally possible

The modern liberal/democrat must be able to ignore truth for vision. Vision of course, without truth is fantasy. But that doesn't stop the left. When fantastical beliefs in new ideas emerge, ideas which are based upon fantasy more so than observation, on idealism more so than realism, on a slavish connection to a misnomer casting away thoughtful analysis, then you have liberal thought.
Since last Friday, we have had the following contributions to American political history and decency erosion from the left, proof texts for my theory:

  • Bristol Palin is actually the mother of the 4 month old Downs baby "reported" to have been delivered by Governor Palin

  • Todd Palin is the father of Bristol Palin's baby in utereo

  • Governor Palin was a supporter of Pat Buchanan's presidential bid in 2000

While some of this utter nonsense has arisen like a monster in a horror flick from the bowels of the leftist bloggers and kossacks at Daily Kos, one has been perpetrated by knee jerk Jewish congressman Robert Flexer of Florida who saw revenge in his eyes for all the justifiable criticism of Obama's antiJew connections and assisted by the leftist media. Flexer saw read meat and his eyes forced his ego to override his brain in order to believe the story that Governor Palin supported Buchanan. The need to avenge his socialist presidential candidate and party standard barer negated any need to check the authenticity of the report. Had he done so, a great embarrassing mistake would have been avoided. A simple call to Chabad of Anchorage (see the VIN story at the bottom) or even AIPAC would have sufficed to make an intelligent comment instead of the bitter, angry and of course inaccurate comment that he made. To remind readers, Wexler's quote was {the selection of Palin was a "direct affront to all Jewish Americans"}. Oy Vey, please notify me when wacky Wexler apologizes.

Meanwhile, on to some real Jewbaiting, Ed Lasky has again produced a story of more of the same from the Obama campaign. Prominent Obama endorser criticizes "Israel Lobby"

Andrew Bacevich, described in the Lasky piece as one of the first prominent conservative endorsers of Barack Obama, wrote in an LA Times op/ed that the demonic brain washing carried on by the Israel lobby will again derail all hopes for peace in the Middle East by influencing for evil the easily deluded American policy makers.
And the Israel lobby will oppose attempts to chart a new course in the Middle East. If the past provides any indication, advocates of the status quo will mount a tenacious defense.

To be fair, Bacevich tried every way possible to look legitimate. He drew in the favorite bogeymen "big oil", "military industrial complex", and "Detroit". But the clincher is the conclusion that any reader must draw that those evil Jews are so strong it doesn't matter who the president is, American foreign policy will be derailed. So equal in influence to the oil industry, the auto industry and the defense industry is the insidious Israel lobby it deserves mention with industries that employ probably millions of Americans and worth mega-billions in value. What's wrong with this picture or if you are a young reader, 'One of these things is not like the others'.

What would happen if Bacevich had his way and each of these greedy groups caved in to his fantasy? American policy would be defined by interests which are what? Wholesome, honest, decent? American policy would somehow be transformed overnight into a force to establish American power based-hegemony over the world all provided Israel gives away the store to the barbarians, (I suppose this is Bacevich's new course in the Middle East). After all, three of these powers are domestic policy issues and one is foreign policy. Bacevich says that the vested interests of these groups work to "stalemate" policy making. Never mind that in the good ole USA people with common interests have a right to band together to promote differing interpretations as to what American interests are and should be.

To merge the "Israel lobby" with those faceless, shadowy and selfish connivers (/sarc), speaks volumes. And as the only "lobby" amongst the four he mentions that concerns another country, the foreign policy focus must be upon the Jews.

In Bacevich's view, even the Obamamessiah will not be able to bring peace to the world all because of the Israel lobby, oh and those others. Toss in the neo-cons who will derail McCain just for good measure. BTW, Lasky points out that Bacevich endorsed Obama (verified by Historians for Obama).



McCain camp rejects Buchanan claims - JTA
The McCain camp rejected claims by Democrats that Sarah Palin once associated with Pat Buchanan.

"Governor Palin has never worked for any effort to elect Pat Buchanan -- that assertion is completely false," Michael Goldfarb, a spokesman for the presidential campaign of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), told ABC over the weekend in discussing Palin, the Alaska governor and vice presidential choice.

On Aug. 29, the Democratic Party issued a release quoting U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler (D-Fla.) as saying that McCain's pick was a "direct affront to all Jewish Americans" because of reports of Palin's past associations with Buchanan, who has long postulated that the pro-Israel lobby is inordinately influential and that Hitler might have been contained through peaceful means.

Wexler's comments appear based on a 1999 report that Palin wore a Buchanan button during Buchanan's visit to Wasilla, the town she then led as mayor. At that time, however, Palin had written a letter to the local paper explaining that she wore campaign buttons as a matter of courtesy when candidates came to visit the town.
Palin was an official of the campaign of Steve Forbes, who like Buchanan was contending for the Republican presidential nomination.

Buchanan said he recalls meeting Palin at a 1996 fund-raiser in Alaska, but no record of her donating or supporting Buchanan at that time has surfaced.


Palin Supported Forbes Not Buchanan - YidwithLid

Democratic Rep.: Palin pick is 'direct affront to all Jewish Americans' By Haaretz Staff
Last update - 20:47 31/08/2008
Tags: Sarah Palin, Jewish Democrats

Democratic Congressman Robert Wexler of Florida lashed out Saturday at John McCain's choice of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate, accusing her of supporting "Nazi sympathizer" Pat Buchanan, and branding the move an "affront to all Jewish Americans."

"John McCain's decision to select a vice presidential running mate that endorsed Pat Buchanan for president in 2000 is a direct affront to all Jewish Americans," said a statement by Wexler.

"Pat Buchanan is a Nazi sympathizer with a uniquely atrocious record on Israel, even going as far as to denounce bringing former Nazi soldiers to justice and praising Adolf Hitler for his 'great courage'".

Wexler went on to accuse McCain of having "failed his first test of leadership."

"At a time when standing up for Israel's right to self-defense has never been more critical, John McCain has failed his first test of leadership and judgment by selecting a running mate who has aligned herself with a leading anti-Israel voice in American politics. It is frightening that John McCain would select someone one heartbeat away from the presidency who supported a man who embodies vitriolic anti-Israel sentiments."

The National Jewish Democratic Council also issued a statement Saturday saying that McCain's judgment appears "lacking" in choosing Palin.

"Prior to today's selection, Palin apparently has never spoken publicly about Israel," said a statement by the group's Executive Director Ira N. Forman. "Moreover, on a broad range of issues - most strikingly on the issue of women's reproductive freedom - she is totally out of step with Jewish public opinion.

The Republican Jewish Coalition, however, welcomed Palin's nomination.

"As governor of Alaska, Palin has enjoyed a strong working relationship with Alaska's Jewish community. She has demonstrated sensitivity to the concerns of the community and has been accessible and responsive," said coalition Executive Director Matt Brooks.


Palin support of Buchanan is 'propaganda by Democrats,' says Fla. Republican
Last update - 02:26 02/09/2008
By Natasha Mozgovaya, Haaretz Correspondent, and Haaretz Service
Tags: Pat Buchanan, John McCain

The Republican majority leader of the Florida House of Representatives on Monday dismissed Democrats' criticism of John McCain's vice presidential nominee's prior support for the controversial television pundit and presidential candidate Patrick Buchanan.

In a surprise move, McCain tapped Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate, drawing fire from liberal Jewish leaders who cited her past praise for Buchanan.

"It's propaganda invented by the Democrats, and it?s unfortunate they were trying to make these accusations without any factual basis," said Adam Hasner, who represents the Boca Raton district in the Florida legislature. "It has been verified she never endorsed Buchanan, never worked for him and I think that those democrats who were making those accusation owe Gov. Palin an apology."

Democratic Congressman Robert Wexler of Florida lashed out Saturday at McCain's choice of Palin as his running mate due to the latter's support of a "Nazi sympathizer" (Buchanan), and branding the move an "affront to all Jewish Americans."

"John McCain's decision to select a vice presidential running mate that endorsed Pat Buchanan for president in 2000 is a direct affront to all Jewish Americans," said a statement by Wexler.

"Pat Buchanan is a Nazi sympathizer with a uniquely atrocious record on Israel, even going as far as to denounce bringing former Nazi soldiers to justice and praising Adolf Hitler for his 'great courage'".

Wexler went on to accuse McCain of having "failed his first test of leadership."

Hasner predicted a strong turnout of Jewish voters in favor of McCain in November, thanks to the Arizona senator's long record of supporting Israel.

"One of our secret weapons is Senator Joe Lieberman," Hasner said. "He?s a tremendous advocate for Senator McCain, and we believe that we?ll have a very strong turnout for the republican ticket."


Alaska - Chabad Rabbi: Sarah Palin a Great Friend To The Jewish Community - VIN
Alaska - In light of recent media reports attempting to connect Republican VP nominee Gov. Sarah Palin with controversial historian and Nazi sympathizer Pat Buchanan, VIN News has learned that the Alaska governor has demonstrated strong support for Alaska’s Jewish community. In particular, Gov. Palin signed a resolution in June of 2008 recognizing Israel’s 60th anniversary and the unique relationship between Alaska and the Jewish State, especially the fact that Alaska Airlines played a critical role in the rescue of 40,000 Yemenite Jews in 1948 and 1949.

Chabad of Anchorage’s Rabbi Yosef Greenberg had this to tell VIN News:

“Gov. Palin signed this resolution in the presence of Alaska’s Jewish community leaders. This bill was orchestrated by members of the Alaska Legislation and heavily supported by Speaker of the House, Representative John Harris…

Gov. Palin has established a great relationship with the Jewish community over the years and has attended several of our Jewish cultural gala events. Gov. Palin also had plans to visit Israel with members of the Jewish community, however, for technical reason, the visit has not occurred yet.

I was personally impressed by Gov. Palin’s remarks of hope and faith when she gave birth to a child with special needs. We all feel that the Governor is a remarkable, energetic, and good person.

Having said that I like to reiterate that As a Lubavitcher rabbi, I would like to note that we do not endorse any political candidate.

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