Sunday, November 18, 2012

November 18, 2012

Along Comes Hamas - We’re already seeing the wages of November 6
by Andrew C. McCarthy
November 17, 2012

For over 30 years, the United States government and the institutions that drive public opinion have made like Susan Rice when it comes to the ideological threat that Islamic supremacists pose to freedom, fabricating reasons to remain in denial. Thus inured, the American people have elected, and now reelected, a president notoriously fond of America-bashing Islamists. The attraction would not be hard to understand if we were not so ideology-averse — GOP strategists having made Obama’s radicalism a subject nearly as off-limits as Islamic supremacism, helpfully leaving the Left to fill the canvas with their portrait of Mitt Romney: “Where Gordon Gekko Meets Michael Vick.”

The president is a movement leftist who sees in our society a condemnable legacy of racism, imperialism, and economic exploitation that cries out for “fundamental change.” That is not meaningfully different from the Islamist perspective of America: The Brotherhood’s self-proclaimed mandate to “eliminate and destroy Western civilization from within” by “sabotage” is, in effect, a cognate summons to “fundamental change,” even allowing that Islamists are driven to statism by sharia rather than Marxism. The Brotherhood’s American mouthpiece, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, brags that the president nabbed 85 percent of the Muslim vote on November 6 — larger even than Obama’s lopsided share of the Hispanic vote, which has GOP strategists hyperventilating. You wouldn’t want to take CAIR claims at face value, but their ardor for Obama, like the Brotherhood’s, is palpable. And as we’ve seen for four years, it is not an unrequited love.

So along comes Hamas. Just days before the presidential election, the terrorist organization — begotten by the Brotherhood and serving as its Palestinian branch — spearheaded an Islamist offensive, firing in just a few days over 120 rockets into the Jewish state from its home base in Gaza. You may not have heard about it until a few days after the election. Like Iran’s act of war in shooting at a U.S. drone in international waters, it signaled a further dangerous unraveling of the Middle East that undercut the media narrative of Obama as foreign-policy chess master, so it was tucked under the rug. But it could not be ignored forever, for it is not just another spike in the ever-thrumming Gaza border skirmish. It is the renewal of an unending war — an existential one for Israel, which is expected to fight “proportionately,” with both hands tied behind its back, yet blithely accept, as the international community has, the barbaric Islamist claim that nothing short of Israel’s destruction will be satisfactory.

By its own declaration, Hamas will be at war with Israel until the latter’s demise. Toward that end, the jihad has now been taken to population centers such as Tel Aviv. As of this writing, the Israeli death toll stands at three, kept low only by the crudeness of the jihadist weapons and tactics.

By the calculation of terrorism analyst Ryan Mauro, the onslaught begun last week brought the yearly total of missile attacks on Israel to about 700. That is, while the Obama administration has been facilitating the Muslim Brotherhood’s rise in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, and soon Syria — with Obama drawing ever closer to Turkey’s Islamist prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, even as Erdogan champions and funds Hamas — Gaza’s jihadists have been emboldened to step up their terror campaign.

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We Pray for President Obama
by Robert Morrison
November 18, 2012

There’s a scene in the Broadway play, “Fiddler on the Roof.” The Jews in the little village of Anatevka in Russia earnestly ask their rabbi: Is there a blessing, or prayer, for the Tsar? The Tsar is an open anti-Semite whose troops menace the peaceful inhabitants of this little shtetl. Of course, the rabbi says. “May G-d bless and keep the Tsar – far away from us!”

We can also pray for President Obama. We can pray for his safety and for his family.

We can thank God for the peaceful and orderly way in which our elections on November 6 were conducted. No tanks in the streets. For all good government we can give thanks.

And we can pray for our country. Mr. Obama has won re-election in 2012 the way Harry Truman won re-election in 1948. Truman’s campaign was an ugly one. Truman waged class warfare. He blamed Wall Street for his economic woes.

Media accounts of Truman’s come-from-behind campaign in 1948 focus on Truman’s improbable victory. What they don’t tell us is that Truman’s next four years were a misery – a trial for the country and for him. The nation was racked by conflicts over the Korean War, the failing economy, corruption in government and Communist infiltration. Truman’s approval rating in his second term fell to 23 percent. Although he was not covered by the Twenty-Second Amendment that limited a president to two terms, President Truman announced early in 1952 he would not run for a third term. He didn’t dare.

Journalists show a grinning Truman the morning after the election holding up the Chicago Tribune: Dewey Defeats Truman!  That photo is on permanent display at Washington, D.C.’s Newseum. It’s unintentionally funny: The picture shows how the media got it all wrong.

This Republican defeat was predictable. GOP strategists let President Obama have

14 states and 183 Electoral Votes, virtually without a contest. This is more than 2/3 of the total he needed to be re-elected, and he barely had to spend a penny.

The architect of this disaster put up no fight for Maine (4), Vermont (3), Massachusetts (11), Connecticut (7), Rhode Island (4), New Jersey (14), New York (26), Maryland (10), Delaware (3), Illinois (20), Washington (12), Oregon (7), California (55) and Hawaii (4). Not only did this give Obama an insurmountable head start, it also killed the GOP as a party in those states.

By pouring all their resources into just ten or eleven states, and leaving the others untouched, those strategists failed to craft a national majority. Even if they had won the race for Romney-Ryan, these red state/blue state alignments threaten the nation’s unity and taint a winner’s legitimacy.

Values Voters went all out on election day. What might have been a total wipe-out for Republicans was averted only because Values Voters loyally trooped to the polls. These voters care deeply about religious freedom, the right to life and the defense of marriage. Many political groups seek government favors. This coalition seeks only to be left alone by government. They want to live their lives in peace and quiet in all godliness. They don’t cost taxpayers anything.

Today, of course, we hear the predictable calls for getting rid of values issues. Some Republican “strategists” will tell us they would have won if only, if only Romney and Ryan hadn’t been so pro-life or taken such a hard line stance on marriage.

This is untrue. Show us one ad done by the Romney-Ryan campaign or by the Republican National Committee that highlighted their support for unborn life and their defense of true marriage. Show us one ad that fought against President Obama’s unprecedented threat to religious freedom – the HHS Mandate for Obamacare.

We can show you many ads run by the winning Obama-Biden ticket that were targeted to pro-abortion, anti-marriage voters. When one side openly avows its positions and the other seems almost ashamed of its convictions, the result is not hard to predict.

If the Republican Party now listens to the siren song of the Beltway-based architects and the TV talking heads, if it abandons the Values Voters, it will go the way of the Whigs.

If they reject us, we will give our support to a new conservative party – a broader alliance with the Tea Party that will embrace minorities – especially Hispanics – and welcome other legal immigrants. They share our beliefs on religious freedom, the sanctity of life, and the importance of marriage. A new majority can be built from such varied elements – Evangelicals, Catholics, Mormons, Lutherans and Orthodox Jews. FDR’s disparate coalition lasted for half a century. Ronald Reagan victories were gained with the solid support of Values Voters. If necessary, we can do this again.

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