It’s All about Local Politics

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The year of the 2012 election has officially begun. I am drawn to the quote from the former Speaker of the House.

I take “local” to mean pertaining to self-interest.

Now, we in America will be forced to decide what is in our best interests. To stay on our current path or head in a new direction that will lead to a more prosperous and stronger America.

Of course there are those whom would argue the point with me rather voraciously. For what is in the best interest of one, may not be the opinion of another.

But in the upcoming election is this really the case?

Or is it in everyone’s best interest to understand the good of all is at stake, and it is the same for *all*.

I hear so many people, including American Jews, discount Israel’s survival as an important issue in their lives.

After all, how can a country across the globe affect our problems in America? A country that has missiles aimed at it from seven different countries? What are their odds anyway of actually surviving, so who really cares?

On the surface this might be a reasonable assumption, but it is far from reason or sanity. It is a total denial of all that confronts us nationally and internationally.

If we look at the current global picture it is the most frightening in our history.

The United States is under attack on all fronts. I do not mean battlefields per se. I am referring to our economic, religious and personal safety fronts.

Our enemies have become a bloated mass of tyrants determined to make our country irrelevant.

They are succeeding.

Russia, who changed its PR image, is essentially as evil an empire as fifty years ago when it attempted to send arms to Cuba.

It just dresses better these days. Russians are Russians, you can dress them in fancy Armani suits, but their evil intent cannot be covered or disguised.

They are having a field day watching as a weak America self-destructs, and they, like birds of prey, will swoop down and divide up the rotting flesh.

When they attempted to bully the United States in 1960 however, our fledgling president, although inexperienced, had something our current leaders lack: strength of character.

John F. Kennedy was a war hero. He had a strong sense of patriotism and faith in God. He wasn’t an ideologue, but an American. This made all the difference when we were threatened.

Now we face a deadly threat not only from Russia, but also from Iran, Syria, and others across the globe sensing our newly weakened position in the world.

We have a president who is more at home in Indonesia than in New York City or Las Vegas.

Unfortunately for him what happens in Vegas doesn’t necessarily stay in Vegas and the message he sent was clear.

So how does this threat pertain to Israel? Simple. Israel is the first duck in the shooting gallery row.

It is the first to be taken out to get closer to the stuffed bear behind the counter. As Israel goes, so goes western civilization.

Oh sure the Pope may sit in his beautifully appointed suites in the Vatican, far from the problems of “those Jews” in Israel, but he is in the proverbial fool’s paradise.

I dread to think of that beautiful Sistine Chapel and magnificent dome in St Peter’s under attack, but under attack they will be.

The war has begun and no one is even fighting back. How amusing that mankind is so oblivious even while under assault.

What are the French doing to prevent the destruction of their way of life?

They are killing Jews.

What are the English doing?

They are espousing hatred and anti-Semitism against Israel.

What is the United Nations doing to unite the world?

It is holding Durban conferences to malign and ostracize Israel and create more anti-Semitism.

What is the United States doing?

Calling Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a pain in the butt and a nuisance to deal with.

Wonder how effective all these actions will be at the moment of reckoning.

Not much I suspect.

Divisiveness aside, economically we are toast. The current economic policies of the US have weakened our ability in the marketplace.

China waits salivating over our decaying system like a vulture. Just circling for the attack while we keep printing more money and weakening the dollar more every day.

So *in the end* what has Israel to do with any of this?

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*In the end* is the appropriate phrase.

Once Israel is gone, the entire Middle East will be under extreme Muslim rule.

The Muslim Brotherhood is preparing to take over Egypt and all points east and will do so effectively, and with very little resistance. They are the Trojan Horse in Troy, and they have already entered the city gates.

And back to politics.

I am not endorsing any candidate in this piece.

I have no illusions left that any politician is saintly or morally better than another.

I do however firmly believe politics is local.

I want a president who understands the power of strength, militarily and economically.

I want a president that understands Israel’s strategic position in the Middle East is vital to American interests.

I want a president who does not exhibit weakness to other countries or bow to the threats or wishes of Mother Russia. One who answers those threats with a tough line and even, if need be, actions to show American resolve.

I want a president who places the economic stability of this nation before any insane ideological beliefs.

That believes American growth and job creation is critical, and creates opportunities for Americans to once again avail themselves of the magical entrepreneurial spirit that built and sustained this great nation.

I want a candidate who understands the values that built our country were based on strong moral beliefs and good Judeo-Christian values, whether one believed in God or not.

I want a president that believes this country must work for every American or for no one at all.

When that person runs, I will vote for him or her.

Of all the moments in history when politics must be local, the most urgent time is now.

Let us pray Americans vote locally in 2012 and restore America to greatness once again.

Norma Zager is a Jewish woman who lives in the USA.

In the series “Postcards from Israel,” Ari Bussel and Norma Zager invite readers throughout the world to join them as they present reports from Israel as seen by two sets of eyes: Bussel’s on the ground, Zager’s counterpoint from home.

Israel and the United States are interrelated – the two countries we hold dearest to our hearts – and so is this “point – counterpoint” presentation that has, since 2008, become part of our lives.