Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Israel in the Aftermath of USA Election

Nadene Goldfoot
It's finally over.  Like 4 year old Abigael Evans who sobbed, "I'm tired of Bronco Bamma and Mitt Romney," we're all tired of the politics that have been raging for so long.  It seems like 3 years to me. How do our politicians ever work when they are they constantly campaigning?  Oh, I know.  Cell phones!

The results showed that just about half the nation voted for Romney, so this country has a lot to contend with; for one the January date of facing the deficit.

Israel is still worried more than ever now about Iran.  "In Jerusalem on July 29, 2012, Mitt Romney gave his backing to a unilateral Israeli military strike against Iran, insisting he would not stand-by while the “ayatollahs in Tehran” threatened to wipe the Jewish state “off the map.”  Romney went on to say that “The threat it [Iran] would pose to Israel, the region and the world is incomparable and unacceptable.

President Obama, according to the NY Times (September 13, 2012) “rejected an appeal by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to spell out a specific ‘red line‘ that Iran could not cross in its nuclear program, deepening the divide between the allies over how to deal with Iran’s nuclear ambitions.” Obama was unwilling to agree on any specific action by the US even if Iran reaches a defined threshold on nuclear material or fails to adhere to a deadline on negotiations."  
He left the impression on citizens that are not concerned with Israel that he would back Israel when threatened.  Considering other promises that have been broken, I think Israel feels shaky about this one.  Israel knows that they usually have to rely on themselves and not others to stay alive.  Only 5% of the voters were concerned about  the USA's foreign policy being the biggest issue America is facing.  
In this race 59% of voters said the economy was the biggest issue facing the country.  This was the same % of voters in 2008, and the economy has gone from bad to worse.  Health care was an issue that 18% said was our biggest issue.  Obamacare was about to be overhauled by Romney.  Only 15% thought the deficit was our biggest issue. That just happens to be tied into Obamacare and businesses that are not hiring.   I wonder what the senators think their biggest problem facing them is?  
The USA had all sorts of problems.  In today's era of TV and cell phones, the giant media has biases which helped to shape the voting of the citizens.  Political judgements are being made, such as Benghazi's terrorist attack in Libya and how that could affect voters.  Then there's election-day tampering that we knew was happening in Egypt.  It happened right here in "River City" as well, only not in just one city but many.  Our free elections need to be watched better.  Is voter fraud a sign of maturity?  It would help if people knew what they were doing.  In Florida, one of the last states to get the votes counted who had long lines after the deadline, robocalls told voters they had until Wednesday to vote.  62% of voters back in 2008 believed that electoral fraud was common.  82% favored photo ID laws. Then there's Detroit where police were called when a Republican observer at a polling venue was chased away by a man claiming to have a gun.  Let's not forget the mural in a voting precinct insisting on voting for Obama in Philadelphia where a judge had to put out an order to cover it.  
Oregonian newspaper 11/7/12 page B8: Worst Presidential Race Ever by Kathleen Parker; Our system sucked the goodness from the candidates.  
Investor's Business Daily newspaper, page A14, Corruption Day, 2012? 

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