An Orthodox Rabbi’s View: This Election Was NOT About the Economy, Stupid!

November 11, 2012 3:56 am 50 comments

2012: The decisive issue was not the economy

As long as political pundits everywhere – particularly those on the right – are conducting post-mortems on the election, I might just as well throw in my two cents. My perspective is not one that stems from a deep understanding of politics; it is from the perspective of a clergyman, specifically that of an orthodox Rabbi.

The key to understanding Romney’s loss (and conversely of course, Obama’s win), is the following shocking and telling statistic: Romney’s campaign managed to generate roughly 3,000,000 less Republican votes than the singularly lackluster campaign of John McCain in 2008. While it is perfectly understandable why the final 2012 vote tally for Obama was way down from 2008, there was every reason to believe that Republican voter enthusiasm would have exceeded that of the previous election. Those votes would have spelled victory for Mitt Romney.

What emerges from all this – as the title of this article makes clear – is that this election was not really about the economy. Obama’s economic policies are by any standard dismal failures. If that was the electorate’s primary focus, not only would Mitt Romney have won, he would have won decisively. This election was about the fact that despite a miserable and floundering economy, a frightening 16 trillion dollar debt, the threat of a nuclear Iran, Obama’s shameless cover-up of the Fast and Furious and Benghazi scandals, his flagrant disregard for U.S. Immigration Law, the immoral decision of Eric Holder not to prosecute the transparent voter-intimidation of the Black Panthers (the black community’s version of the Klu-Klux-Klan), and the even more outrageous, politically-motivated labeling of the murder of 13 American soldiers in the Islamic terror attack at Ft. Hood as “workplace violence,” thus depriving the wounded of crucial benefits; that despite the fact that Mitt Romney is a highly intelligent and articulate individual, an accomplished businessman and politician with a proven record of executive experience, in short an excellent GOP candidate, and a very decent human being to boot, Republican voters could not be bothered to get up from their comfortable couch-potato positions and vote in the most crucial election of our times. Obama’s people did get off the couch and vote. What motivated them while apathetic Republicans stayed home?

3,000,000 Republican voters stayed on the couch and failed to vote

Right-wing pundits in part blame media bias, that the mainstream media covered for all of Obama’s glaring deficiencies. Whether or not this is true is painfully beside the point; it does not answer the truly important question: Why did Republican voters stay home? This is a question that screams out for an explanation. I would suggest that if we are prepared to think a little bit outside-the-box, the answer is rather simple.

One thing about Barack Obama that is clear to me – but rarely, if ever, noticed or acknowledged by his antagonists on the right – is that he is a deeply spiritual person. This spiritual quality comes through in everything he says. His is connected to goals and ideals much greater than himself. In fact, he radiates transcendence. Conservatives may find the Greek columns amusing and even laughable; they may smirk at the “fired up, ready to go, let’s change the world!” rhetoric and the messianic-like imagery of the “moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and the planet began to heal,” but progressives, liberals, Democrats, and leftists do not find them amusing at all. They are mesmerized and inspired. Chris Mathews was deadly earnest when he announced that he “felt a thrill going up my leg.”

Barack Obama possesses that rare quality and ability to generate excitement by his very presence at the podium, by the timbre of his voice. In fact, Obama generates the same excitement among Conservatives and those on the right. There, however, it is manifested as intense antipathy. What is so appealing to those who adore him is not so much the message he brings to the table, but rather that Barack Obama is the message that he brings to the table. The only political figure in the Republican camp that can do the same is Sarah Palin. (It might also be worth considering that one factor which was present in both 2008 – with its 3,000,000 extra Republican votes – and the Republican surge in the 2010 elections, and was conspicuously missing in the 2012 campaign, was the participation of Sarah Palin.) People believe in Obama, so much so that they are prepared to overlook his litany of failures and get themselves off the couch to vote. All of the above are manifestations, and the consequences of, the deep spirituality that resonates within Barack Obama.

Chris Christie: Charming and Charismatic

It is important to distinguish this from charm or charisma. Bill Clinton and Chris Christie are both quite charming and charismatic. However, if one were asked to describe their qualities, I don’t think that the words “spiritual” and “transcendent” would leap to the forefront.

Please do not misunderstand. I do not equate spirituality with goodness. There is also a dark side to spirituality. Jeremiah Wright and Louis Farrakhan come to mind. As far as I’m concerned, the spiritual vision presented by Barack Obama to the citizens of the United States is a dark one indeed. It is an Americanized version of the socialist/communist dream of a utopian society; where the wise and almighty State trumps the individual, who is prepared to accept his role as a subject in return for having all of his or her needs taken care of. Pay your very high taxes and let the State do the rest. This freedom from the yoke of personal responsibility coupled with government encouragement to satiate one’s sexual appetites – “we will educate you to accept any and all expressions of sexuality, give you all the contraceptives you want, and if there is a problem we’ll pay for the killing of the unwanted, unborn baby!” – can be quite appealing. When couched in noble language it gives people a sense of spiritual fulfillment inasmuch as they feel part of an enlightened and idealistic worldview while simultaneously granting them license to indulge in physical pleasures.

"Not a hunger for bread, nor a thirst for water..."

It is high time for Conservatives to stop the smirking and to start engaging in some serious soul-searching. It is not just about superior ideas, sound economic policies, or skilled politicians anymore.  “Behold days are coming…and I will send a hunger to the land. Not a hunger for bread and not a thirst for water, but to hear the words of God.” (Amos 8:11) Human beings hunger for spiritual fulfillment, they hunger for transcendence; and in the presence of a spiritual vacuum will take whatever is available. We need a spiritual visionary of our own, a visionary who is the message, and we need him or her very soon. It’s worth praying for.

Rabbi Moshe Averick is an orthodox rabbi, a regular columnist for the Algemeiner Journal, and author of Nonsense of a High Order: The Confused and Illusory World of the Atheist. It is available on Amazon.com and Kindle. Rabbi Averick can be reached via his website. If you wish to be informed when new articles appear, send an email to moe.david@hotmail.com with the email address and the word “Subscribe” in the subject line.

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  • r u confident that is accurate?

  • Moshe wrote:

    “While it is perfectly understandable why the final 2012 vote tally for Obama was way down from 2008, there was every reason to believe that Republican voter enthusiasm would have exceeded that of the previous election. Those votes would have spelled victory for Mitt Romney.”

    The votes keep getting tallied, and Romney is now less than 300,000 votes down on McCain. In California, where turnout fell by 2 million compared to the record highs of 2008 when Proposition 8 was on the ballot, Romney lost 600,000 votes alone. With depressed turnout in thee wake of Sandy, in New York Romney was down 500,000 on McCain, and New Jersey also down by 250,000. Those three states are deep blue, and Republican enthusiasm counts for little there.

    In the other 47 states, Romney’s up by a total of over 1 million votes on McCain. Romney got a higher number of votes than McCain in Florida, Colorado, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Iowa, Virginia, and Nevada. The only state Romney targetted but underperformed McCain in was Ohio (and Pennslyvania by a tiny margin that may yet flip).

    So it’s simply not true to say that if Romney had just garnered at least the number of votes that McCain did he would have won. Pretty much everywhere it counted, Romney DID outpoll McCain. But Obama was elected by a very comfortable margin in 2008, and Romney’s vote gains merely turned Obama’s landslide against McCain into a very solid win against Romney.

    Voters considered the economy, as they always do, and simply decided that Obama’s recovery, as weak as it may be, was preferable to four years of Republican presidency, no doubt on the grounds that every Republican president since Reagan (and including Reagan) has massively increased government spending, especially on Defense. For all their rhetoric, Republicans are a party of big government, even if much of that spending is done through contractors. America simply can’t afford a Republican president right now.

  • {}{}“Human beings hunger for spiritual fulfillment, they hunger for transcendence;”{}{}

    That is a contradiction. In reality, it is one or the other, but there is no way to get both “fulfillment” and “transcendence.” The whole point of religiously transcending reality is to avoid the task of working for fulfillment in real life.

  • Counting continues. Republicans are now only 800,000 votes down on 2008, but Obama’s margin has grown to 3,500,000 votes.

    Hey, Moshe, though, I’m prepared to admit that Romney ending up with 47% of the vote may be evidence for the existence of a God with a sense of humor ;)

  • OBAMA IS THE DEVIL AND ROMNEY THE MORMON FIGHTER.
    I THINK SOMETHING WENT WRONG THIS TIME.
    AH, MAYBE GOD GETS IT RIGHT NEXT TIME.

  • I never believed in the multiverse theory until last week. Then it was proved that there really is a parallel universe in which the dim-witted fools who re-elected the Manchurian candidate live. In their parallel universe, wishful thinking is the Grand Unified Theory. For those who get all their news from the Daily Show and MSNBC, facts don’t matter. I laughed out loud when, after the election, Barry said he was going to reduce the deficit. If anyone really believes that, call me. I’ve got beachfront property in Arizona for sale.

    In the above column, Rabbi Maverick is right AND wrong. It was the economy that was the No. 1 issue in the election. However, while the majority of voters stated that the economy and jobs were most important and Mitt Romney was more qualified to fix both, most voters also believed Obama “cared” more about them and was more “in touch” with them. Just like in 1960 when Nixon beat Kennedy in the debate on issues; Kennedy beat Nixon on appearance and style. So we ended up with Kennedy and subsequently LBJ! The 2012 election is another example of how shallow and superficial the electorate is in this country.

    So while Obama continues his “caring”, the national debt will balloon to $20 trillion by the time he leaves office. Then he’ll go on the speaking circuit like Bill Clinton making tens of millions of dollars and become one of the 1% that simple-minded liberals despise so much.

  • []“… the deep spirituality that resonates within Barack Obama.”[]

    By any rational standard, Barack Obama has all the “deep spirituality” of a dead fish. Perhaps you are thinking of somebody like Elmer Gantry as your paradigm of “deep spirituality.” Or maybe Nixon.

  • []“… the deep spirituality that resonates within Barack Obama.”[]

    By any rational standard, Barack Obama has all the “deep spirituality” of a dead fish. Perhaps you are thinking of somebody like Elmer Gantry as your paradigm of “deep spirituality.” Or maybe Nixon.

  • Rabbi, if people are attracted by Obama’s spiritual qualities, how do you think Republicans should counter that. Do you think that we need to choose a more evangelical candidate? Because once Obama’s time is up in 2016, a generic Democrat against someone like Santorum or Palin could make for a very interesting contest. Maybe Santorum would have done better than Romney this time around. Do you agree?

    • Olivier,

      I don’t think Santorum generates much excitement in people no matter you think of him as a person.

      • Hmmm, well then maybe it’s something other than spirituality that excites people in a candidate. Maybe it’s something odd and unexpected, like policy.

  • Hey, Moshe, do you want to have a second try at replying to my comment, this time without making such easily refuted arguments that you need to delete not only my reply but even your own comment?

    I mean, I like the fact that you’ve moderated Steve out of existence, but you seem to have used the opportunity to delete all dissenting opinion, or inconvenient fact, and that’s a shame. And telling. Have more self-respect.

    • OK, I’ll admit I was wrong. You haven’t moderated Steve out of existence, and my suggestion that you have seems to have sparked him into posting everything under two names. I’ll be off now, this is about to get seriously dull.

    • JP,

      You are caught up in conspiracy theories. I have stated many times in my replies to complaints like yours that I have no control at all over the comment section. IT is done by someone on the editorial staff and I have no idea who is responsible. Perhaps the reason that STeve was moderated out was because his motto was that if one comment is good, a hundred comments is even better. If my reply was easily refuted then try again, maybe this time do it without the nasty attitude. I don’t even know what you wrote.

      • Since I am replying here to your articles, Rabbi Averick, I follow your motto that “if one article claiming life needs a supernatural explanation is good, then a thousand are even better.” I have a long way to go to catch up to you in that respect — even though, in logical terms, I’ve already debunked your position.

      • Well, you wrote that if the economy had recovered to the extent that I said, Obama would have won easily. I pointed out that he HAD won easily, as the polls had projected throughout the campaign, winning 332 electoral votes to 206 and prevailing in every swing state bar NC, becoming the first president since Reagan to win twice with over 50% of the popular vote, and only the sixth ever to do so.

        You also said I’d merely repeated Democratic talking points talking about things like the jobs recovery. I pointed out that not everything was “talking points”, some things were simply reality, like the job market recovery. To back this up I posted the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics report ftp://ftp.bls.gov/pub/suppl/empsit.tab4.txt which shows an increase of 1,963,000 private jobs (and a fall of 14,000 federal government jobs) from October 2011 to October 2012.

        As far as nasty attitude goes, I think I simply suggested that you move outside seeing everything as narrative, and pay more attention to reality.

        If you think that I my comments were deleted because of a nasty attitude, then you might also ponder that your own comment was deleted ;)

  • Esther Sarah Evans

    b”H
    In my previous submission I noticed – too late – that I had made a spelling error. In any case, I am sorry to register that even the “Algemeiner” is afraid of libel suits or worse, since the word “terrorist” is no longer allowed by the re-elected …What the rabbi sees as spirituality is more likely fear of the terrorists pulling his puppet strings (which are, of course, not supposed to show). If he were spiritual, he would have the guts to trust in G-d (which the Americans assert on their money that they do) and tell these thugs to shape up or ship out – fast and also get rid of their training camps. His repugnant attitude towards Israel is an outlet for his aggressiveness that is naturally not just permitted, but highly encouraged by the terrorists. This hoodlum-like, with a smile, “Oh, I have nothing against you,” and then slit our throat approach will never recommend him to any decent people. Thick-skinned, thick-headed people who fall for what they falsely interpret to be spirituality will cause much damage to themselves and all decent Americans. He can change, but only if he is convinced that G-d is stronger than any of the thugs for whom he works.

  • Yes, it could be that Obama won a second term because he generates excitement and motivated his constituency to get out and vote. And it could be because the left promised their voters “a sense of spiritual fulfillment inasmuch as they feel part of an enlightened and idealistic worldview while simultaneously granting them license to indulge in physical pleasures.”

    However, it could also be because the right:

    - Denies science. Every one of the Republican presidential candidates in the primary raised their hand denying evolution. Candidates in other races denied that rape can cause pregnancy, and claimed astrophysics is a lie straight from Satan himself.

    - Denies climate change. This after record-breaking hurricanes and drought, both affecting huge portions of the U.S. and causing untold millions of dollars in damage.

    - Denies the failure of the current healthcare system. One doesn’t have to support Obamacare to accept that the current U.S. healthcare system is a failure, but instead the right continues to spout the lie that our system is the best in the world. Instead of providing a coherent or appealing alternative to the poor and middle class, for whom healthcare is one of the greatest expenditures in their budgets, all the GOP promised was to repeal Obamacare, preserving the medical benefits for all those above age 65, and paying for it at the expense of those under age 55. And all the Republican presidential candidate could offer was sending the poor who are in need of medical care to emergency rooms.

    - Denies their role in debt and deficit. The Democratic administration previous to Obama’s left with a balanced budget. George W. Bush squandered that by getting us into two wars, refusing to pay for them, and lowering taxes. Yet the GOP claims to be the party of fiscal responsibility. And the Republican ticket promised more of the same – increased tax cuts and increased war-mongering.

    - Finally, frankly, unkindness. Rightwing media spent the last four years demonizing Obama, and demonizing all who disagreed with them. They filled the airwaves with hatred and (again, frankly) filth – barely veiled racist terms for the president (Kenyan, lazy, welfare-loving, etc.) and ugly terms for others (sluts, parasites, illegals, etc.) Even your presidential candidate himself, in his infamous “47%” comment, relegated nearly half of the population to free-loading status, despite almost all of those 47% being employed citizens who merely did not make enough to qualify to pay income taxes (but who indeed payed into the system in the form of payroll taxes). The public heard all this, and you may not want to hear it, but this poisonous outpouring from the right has a devastating effect on the voters – they either don’t show up or vote against you. People *do not* want to vote for hate, no matter how cogent one’s arguments otherwise might be.

    I’m not one of the post-election analysts who believe that the GOP has to drastically change in order to appeal to today’s electorate. You don’t have to become fiscally or socially intemperate, but I do believe that the right has to cease denying facts (e.g. science, climate change, CBO reports re: e.g. the Romney/Ryan budget, etc.) and *stop the hatred*. Just a suggestion…

    • []“Denies climate change.”[]

      The climate has been changing for millions of years. There is absolutely nothing we can do about it. The climate is going to keep on changing, and humans are not going to effect it. Period.

    • []“Denies climate change.”[]

      The climate has been changing for millions of years. There is absolutely nothing we can do about it. The climate is going to keep on changing, and humans are not going to effect it. Period.

    • Martha,

      1. Science: Please see the following website:
      http://www.dissentfromdarwin.org/
      Hundreds of scientists with PHd’s signed a petition calling for open discussion on the problems with Darwinian Evolution.

      2. Climate Change: It is clear to me that one’s political affiliation heavily influences scientists and laypeople on climate change.

      66% of Democrats believe in the warnings about Global Warming as compared to 31% of Republicans

      6% of US scientists are Republican and 55% are Democrats
      I don’t take the whole thing seriously at all, perhaps because I am older than you. I lived through the big evironmental scares of the 70′s when “scientists” predicted a new ICE AGE! By the year 2000 there was supposed to be massive starvation in the United
      STates. Take it with a semi-truck filled with salt.

      3. Agreed. George Bush spent like crazy, and was only outdone by President Obama [read: teenager gone wild with a credit card.]

      4. Please don’t play the absurd, nonsensical race-card. The same people who oppose Obama love Allan West, Bobby Jindall, Thomas Sowell, Mia Love, Marco Rubio, Condoleeza Rice, Clarence Thomas, etc. Race has nothing to do with it. As the poster of one black Romney supporter read: “We oppose you not because of the color of your skin, but because of the content of your policies” The only racists are the Blacks who mindlessly vote for Obama simply because of the color of his skin and the White voters who vote because they feel guilty.

  • Sorry, Rabbi, yet your political erudition does not match the scientific. Your autopsy of the “election” misses the most important points.

    1) America fell very low. This is a matter of not recent 4 years, but of the recent 100 years: http://www.resonoelusono.com/2008vs1917.htm For near half of this America, everything that you list as an abysmal record of the impostor Obama is considered as his achievement! The entire one-wordl-socialist-government cabal has elected this impostor: http://www.resonoelusono.com/AmericaSoiledPants.htm

    2) The usurper/impostor Obama/Soetoro/Soberkach was constitutionally illegitimate in 2008 and 2012. His true name was never certified. All his produced and uncoverd docs are counterfeit. His social security number is invalid. His is an identity thief – all that already in judicial records. A mere presence of his name on ballots invalidate the election turning it into an ugly farce.

    3) Since 2008, here is no true oppositional party in this nation.

    In 2008 Repoobs and McCain knew that a person born to a non-US-citizen father cannot possibly be a natural born citizen, yet McCain chose to gamble, to ignore the Constitution, actually playing a con candidate set to lose.

    Romney knew what McCain knew plus much more, namely that the opponent is an identity thief, forger and fraud, with all docs counterfeit. Yet Romney chose to gamble, to ignore the Constitution, and to ignore even the basic law and order, actually playing a con candidate set to lose. Both betrayed their duty, playing for their own defeat, ORCHESTRATED DEFEAT.

    4) by no means Romney (even if elected) deserves the panegyric sung by Rabbi. Romney is an amoeba almost in all respects, plus a person who lost his human decency by gambling with the notorious thief.

    5) No surprise, many voters were disgusted and refused to “legitimize” this farce by their participation. I for one torn the ballot into pieces.

    I hope against all hope, that this is not yet the end of the story. States are waking up and discuss the secession. This nation has deserved a blood bath, and it will get it.

    • Alexander,

      I do not see how anything you wrote refutes my thesis, in fact I think your words strengthen it. This problem has been brewing for a long time. We have reaped what we have sown.

      I do not agree that Romney abandoned his human decency, he simply did not have what it took to win the election. I did not say he was the Messiah.

      It is nice to hear from you.

      Moshe

  • The Rabbi’s comments should be forwarded to the Mormon Church. They surely will add his name to the list of their baptized Jews. I’m sure the Rabbi is aware the Mormons are the original Jews. They have a large Star of David on their main terbernacle in Salt Lake City. Their church in Hawaii is an exact replica of the Temple in Jerusalem. In their own households. the descendants of the original Mormons pass down the names of the original 12 Hebrew tribes they belong to.Jesus came to talk to them in America.(The Mormons were the first settlers here). Jesus was a man and became a God because he had the right stuff. Any man so endowed can also become a God. All of Mitt Romney’s fellow Bishops and close circle declared ‘he’s the one’. (Right stuff=God). There’s much more that anyone can find on WIKI or other search engines, but I know the Rabbi is aware of everything concerned with the Mormon Church and I wish him well in his adulation of the soon to become God (or maybe not because Mitt didn’t achieve the plum of US president.
    I myself found it impossible to vote for GOD as president of the US. As an aside, I really don’t think the Mormons are Jews. The posthumous baptisms of Jews also gives me a lot of adgita. To each his own.

    • Mildred,

      You may very well opine that Mormon theology has its weirdness, I don’t see why that is the salient point here. It doesn’t bother me at all that the Mormons baptize Jews, even holocaust survivors. This usually bothers secular Jews because they have a very shaky sense of Jewish identity. Most mormons are very hard working, decent people with strong family values. I don’t see what’s wrong with that.

      In my opinion, it is the values of the Mormon religion that would most influence Mitt Romney if was President, not the theology.

  • Rabbi Averick is right about one thing: He does not have a deep understanding of politics. Mitt Romney might have been “a highly intelligent and articulate” individual, except that he was never able to articulate where he stands, because he himself never knew where he stood; he was forever flip-flopping on the most fundamental issues – climate change, health care, taxes, gun control, immigration, gay rights, abortion, etc. His “executive experience” was belied by the colossal mismanagement of a campaign that should have been successful. When Rabbi Averick calls Barack Obama a “socialist/communist,” he reveals his need to study socialism, communism, and American liberalism.

    • Diogenes,
      you did not read the article carefully. I did not say that Obama was a socialist/communist. I said that he is presenting an Americanized version of the “dream of a utopian society” that socialist and communists tried to sell.

  • JP: the next 2-4 years will no joyride for you; you will begging to be a republican by then.

  • Moshe-Have you read “How the Irish Became White” by Noel Ignatiev ..How the Irish after generations in America finally came to be accepted.
    It was the same with Jews -almost totally “outsiders” through the 1950s(except a very few urban neighborhoods-let alone cities)..through the 1960s..especially in Mississippi..
    Let me tell you Reb as much as you would like to speak from the inside..in much of America –not yet- if ever.. Reb -You just ain’t White in large swaths of America and most of that area is colored Red.

    • Jerry Hersch,

      I happen to think that there is a lot of truth to what you say. That is why I rarely write about anything having to do with politics. Even this article was about human nature where it intersects with politics.

  • Reb Moshe…Uh-uh…NO
    What scares the pop out of people is the map.
    That red bloch across America…match that map up to the historic strength of the Klan county by county-community by community ..nothing has changedm-just the rhetoric has been morphed.
    That Red finger of Indiana that sticks up represents the historic strongest point of the Klan.
    For fifty plus years I followed all 3100 counties..families,groups and churches -from 1920 on ..following the morph -from mainline church..to fundamentalist and independent..from Democrat to the subversion of the Southern Republican Party.
    The changes in semantics and rhetoric.Two generations later -still the same game..except now the sheep’s wool is tailored.
    In the hinterland of America away from the ears of Jews – it is still recognizably palpable.
    It is this core-which is the main core of the Republican Party that people fear and reject

    • Jerry,

      I’m not saying that there is no merit in your theory, the truth is I don’t really know, but I think you have wildly exaggerated the problem. Almost all the people who voted against Barack Obama would love to see Allen West as President. He is not half black and raised by White grandparents, He is a 100% Georgia born and bred black man.

  • Dear Rabbi: Please stay out of politics, spend more time in the Beit Knesset, read the Torah and pray for divine guidance and healing for the insane Jews who voted for Hussein Obama, an enemy of Israel and world-wide Jewry.
    Respectfully, rofedoc

    • Rofedoc,

      Don’t worry, I have no plans to get involved with politics. Even this article is not strictly about politics, it is about human nature and spirituality where it intersects with politics. I think you are correct in your approach.

  • a false assumption is that this was a fair election; not so. colorado had more votes than citizens. somalies were noted to have voted multiple times in southern ohio. undercover reporters were bused to vote in multiple states. who is barry soetoro. how many social numbers does he have? why did Bill Ayrhees go on record to indicate that he wrote “dreams of my father?” why were automatic weapons sold to mexican mafia? why are our southern borders dismantled? why are the “president’s” executive orders permitted to overrride the constitution? what is HAARP? did it influence or create the hurricaine that destroyed new york? why did FEMA and the red cross do nothing for those that lost their homes? why are anglos being herded into an unused prison in NY for “protection?” what is UN Agenda 21 and who in the US government supports it?

  • David Makowsky

    Because of what it says about the American voter I hope your analysis is incorrect. However logic tells me your analysis is right on.

    Those who voted for Obama (or did not vote at all) will get the country they deserve. Unfortunately those who voted for Romney will get a country they do not deserve and will have to pay the price for the damage Obama will do to this country.

    As for your comment that had this election been about the economy Romney “would have won decisively”, I disagree. I agree that it should be that way, but I don’t have the faith in the American voter that you seem to have. In fact If you were to think about it some more I believe you would agree.

  • David Makowsky

    Because of what it says about the American voter I hope your analysis is wrong. Unfortunately logic tells me your analysis is correct.

    In the meantime those of us who did not vote for Obama are going to have to pay the price for those who did. Those who voted for Obama are getting the country they deserve. Unfortunately those of us who voted for Romney are getting the same country.

  • Although the Rabbi Maverick :-) and I would surely disagree over the status of Yeshua as the Jewish Messiah, I do enjoy his writings a lot, and generally agree 100% with his sentiments. And the above piece is no exception.

    As someone outside of the USA, my take is that conservatives (both in the USA and Oceania) do not have a clear vision for the future. This is in contrast to the liberals who are going “hell for leather” to proclaim and institute their future utopia. They want to change the world and have a vision for it, whether it is gay marriage, world peace by throwing Israel under the Islamic bus, or personal happiness for the masses via the blessed socialist state.

    So what is the conservative vision?

    I think this question also needs to be asked of the evangelical church. 100-200 years ago, the vision was much clearer — the visionaries and missionaries knew it, and they carried their message far and wide at huge personal cost. But where is the evangelical church headed today? And where are the leaders that are proclaiming this vision and encouraging the young people to embrace it?

    I wonder what the Rabbi’s perspective is on this, coming from a conservative Jewish frame of reference? What is his vision for the future, and how does it compare to the liberal utopian dream?

  • Rabbi Averick’s point of view about the 2012 presidential election seems to be spot on. The American society, from all appearances, seems to have forgotten where true spiritual inspiration comes from. The masses have turned to words of man while the words of the Creator have fallen on apathetic ears.

    Al Doane
    Sarasota, Fl.

  • Moshe, you’re damned right when you say you write from a position of ignorance of politics – that much becomes obvious when you say Obama’s been a failure on the economy.

    The auto industry rescue, a stopping the bleeding of the jobs market and turning it to steady growth (with a net gain over his term), a huge rise in the Dow: all good things given the trainwreck he inherited.

    Given that his second term starts on much sounder footing, economic recovery over the next 4 years is very likely to make life very difficult for the Republicans. Disgustingly, Republicans are likely to continue to attempt to stymie America’s recovery for this very reason, as they have used their House majority to do over the last few years.

    On top of that, the “fact” you base your article on is wrong anyway. Postal and absentee votes are still being tallied. At this stage the total Republican vote is down by 1.4m, not 3m. That shortfall is likely to shrink further as more votes are tallied, and may yet turn positive.

    But don’t ever let your ignorance stop you giving your opinion. Ignorant opinions are your stock in trade – without them you’d have no column, and we wouldn’t want you to starve for lack of work!

    • [][]“The auto industry rescue, a stopping the bleeding of the jobs market …”[][]

      Obama did NOT “rescue the auto industry.” Instead, he gravely damaged it.

      Obama did NOT “stop the jobs bleeding.” Obama unconscionably increased unemployment.

      Obama is like Bush on steroids. Obama has harmed American growth and prosperity for worse than even Bush did. And that is some serious harm, ’cause Bush really bad for the economy.

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    JNS.org – What would you do if you found out that you had only three more months to live? Gordon Zacks was a successful businessman, a leader of Jewish life, and a confidante and adviser to President George H.W. Bush. He knew that he had prostate cancer, but doctors advised him that it was very slow-growing and nothing to worry about. Then came the day when the doctors told him his cancer metastasized to his liver, and that he had [...]

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  • Blogs Theater 10 Things I Learned From My Play About Holocaust Denial

    10 Things I Learned From My Play About Holocaust Denial

    Last month, my one-man show Hoaxocaust! Written and performed by Barry Levey with the generous assistance of the Institute for Political and International Studies, Tehran ran in the New York International Fringe Festival, where it won an Overall Excellence Award. The play has now been selected to run in the Fringe Encores Series at Baruch College’s Performing Arts Center, for four performances which started on Thursday, September 11. Getting the play to the stage was not easy, however. Here are [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Israel Israeli Music Producer Racks Up Over 535,000 YouTube Hits – in Two Days

    Israeli Music Producer Racks Up Over 535,000 YouTube Hits – in Two Days

    Phenomenon: Tel Aviv-based musician and “sampler” extraordinaire, Kutiman (aka Ophir Kutiel) has hit another one out of the park with “Give It Up,” a fully-functioning song in its own right, assembled from hundreds of ameteur and instructional music videos. The Jerusalem-born musical prodigy is best know for his diverse online musical projects. In the latest video, uploaded to YouTube on Sept. 12th, Kutiel thanked most of the musicians and individuals he chose to include in the meticulously-edited clip, which opens with [...]

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  • Theater US & Canada Behind-the-Scenes Reel of Ridley Scott’s Moses Epic Shows Scenes Using 4000 Extras (VIDEO)

    Behind-the-Scenes Reel of Ridley Scott’s Moses Epic Shows Scenes Using 4000 Extras (VIDEO)

    A recently released behind-the-scenes reel of Ridley Scott’s upcoming film Exodus: Gods and Kings shows just how far the director has gone to portray one of the Bible’s most famous narratives. In the clip, which shows scenes involving up to 4,000 extras, the visionary director discusses what drew him to the biblical tale of Moses. “The Moses story was a massive challenge, which I really love. I wanted to explore the complexity of his character and I was stunned by [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity Turner Classic Movies Showcases ‘Broad Sweep’ of the Jewish Experience on Film

    Turner Classic Movies Showcases ‘Broad Sweep’ of the Jewish Experience on Film

    JNS.org – Since 2006, the Turner Classic Movies (TCM) cable and satellite TV network has hosted “The Projected Image,” a month-long showcase examining how different cultural and ethnic groups have been portrayed on the big screen. At last, after previously covering African Americans, Asians, the LGBT community, Latinos, Native Americans, Arabs, and people with disabilities, the annual series is delving into Jewish film this month. “The Projected Image: The Jewish Experience on Film,” whose first segment aired Sept. 2, runs [...]

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  • Book Reviews Jewish Identity An Inside Look at the Hasidim (REVIEW)

    An Inside Look at the Hasidim (REVIEW)

    The sight of young girls in pinafores and young boys wearing peyos – sidelocks – dangling over their ears is a sure sign that you have entered the enigmatic precincts of the Hasidim – the pious ones. Veteran New York Times journalist Joseph Berger’s new book, THE PIOUS ONES: The World of Hasidim and their Battles with America, takes the reader on a journey into the enclaves where various sects of Jews live a seemingly outmoded way of life in [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity How Jewish Television Pioneer Milton Berle Inspired Modern Comedy Stars

    How Jewish Television Pioneer Milton Berle Inspired Modern Comedy Stars

    JNS.org – Today’s comedy superstars, especially those whose careers are driven by television, may very well owe their success to pioneering Jewish entertainer Milton Berle. Born Mendel Berlinger in Manhattan in 1908, Berle became America’s first small-screen star. Aptly nicknamed “Mr. Television,” he influenced and helped promote the work of hundreds of younger comics. “Milton Berle was deceptively successful and very Jewish,” says Lawrence Epstein, author of The Haunted Smile: The Story of Jewish Comedians in America, published the year [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Sports Jewish ‘Hoops Whisperer’ a Secret Weapon for NBA Stars

    Jewish ‘Hoops Whisperer’ a Secret Weapon for NBA Stars

    JNS.org – Idan Ravin’s friends chipped in to buy him a humble but life-changing bar mitzvah gift—a basketball hoop his father attached to the roof of his garage. Little did his friends know that years later, he would be the personal trainer of National Basketball Association (NBA) stars Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, Dwight Howard, and Stephen Curry. Ravin’s new book, “The Hoops Whisperer: On the Court and Inside the Head of Basketball’s Best Players,” details his rise from a Jewish upbringing [...]

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