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Friday, November 4, 2011
To: Friends & Supporters
From: Gary L. Bauer
Where Is Jerusalem?
As a former Under Secretary of Education, I have often complained that the teaching of geography is woefully inadequate. But even still, I suspect that most Americans know that Jerusalem is in Israel. Unbelievably, our State Department seems to need a refresher course in remedial geography.
Months ago, The Weekly Standard discovered that the White House was scrubbing references to Israel from its website. For example, a photo of Vice President Biden meeting with Israeli President Shimon Perez was initially captioned "Vice President Joe Biden laughs with Israeli President Shimon Peres in Jerusalem, Israel, March 9, 2010." But within hours it read, "Vice President Joe Biden laughs with Israeli President Shimon Peres in Jerusalem, March 9, 2010."
One photo on the White House website might not seem like a big deal, but there's more. It was also revealed that the Obama State Department has started systematically purging "Israel" from other references to Jerusalem -- even going back and editing documents from previous administrations. Obama and his allies are so hostile to Israel that they are engaged in Orwellian censorship that would make the Soviets blush!
This old story has resurfaced because Politico reports that the Supreme Court is scheduled to consider a case next week brought by the parents of a child who was born in Jerusalem. Evidently Obama's State Department is refusing to list their son's birth place as "Jerusalem, Israel." It seems that Obama is making it official government policy to deny the obvious -- that Jerusalem is part of Israel.
Why is this being done? It is part of a much broader campaign to undermine the Jewishness of Jerusalem, and therefore the legitimacy of Israel's right to claim the city as its undivided capital, because the Palestinians are demanding half of Jerusalem as their capital. And if you can undermine the Jewishness of Jerusalem itself, then you have undermined the legitimacy of the entire Jewish state, which Mahmoud Abbas has repeatedly refused to recognize.
But the Palestinians don't want half of Jerusalem, they want it all. Just as they are not interested in peace with Israel or even a piece of Israel. They want it all. And the Obama Administration is playing along with their hoax to deny history.
Mixed Jobs Report
The economy created 80,000 jobs in October, significantly lower than some economists' expectations. But the administration today will be bragging about a slight dip in the unemployment rate, from 9.1% to 9.0%. The lower rate comes in part from big upward revisions in the number of jobs created in August and September.
Obama apologists are spinning these figures to suggest that the economy's general trend is positive. But 80,000 new jobs is the lowest number in several months, suggesting that the economy could be stalling. As one analyst said this morning, "We have to remind ourselves that things are so bad that this looks good."
They can put out whatever numbers they want -- I don't trust them. Obama's policies are all wrong. Most Americans know the country is on the wrong track. And if they are willing to deny that Jerusalem is in Israel, they are probably willing to manipulate the data any way they can to deny that Obama's economy stinks.
Union Boss Wants More Violence
Just when you think you've seen the worst from the Occupy Wall Street crowd (think Oakland), along comes Leo Gerard. Gerard was on the Ed Schultz radio show this week offering his advice to the Occupy Wall Street movement. Consider this excerpt:
GERARD: You're damn right Wall Street occupiers speak for us. They do in Pittsburgh, they do in Chicago, they do in Oakland, they do in San Francisco, they do all across the country. And I think what we need is, we need more militancy.
SCHULTZ: What does that mean, more militancy?
GERARD: I think we've got to start a resistance movement. If Wall Street occupation doesn't get the message, I think we've got to start blocking bridges and doing that kind of stuff. …We oughta be doing more than occupying parks. We oughta start occupying bridges. We oughta start occupying the banks' places themselves.
What is going on in Zuccotti Park is too timid for Gerard. Maybe he would prefer to see more cities going up in flames like Oakland. Normally you could dismiss such rantings from an overzealous supporter. But Gerard is not your average left-wing agitator -- he is president of the United Steelworkers union! In other words, he has the muscle to back up his threats.
Meanwhile, speaking in Florida last night, Sarah Palin ripped into the Occupy Wall Street movement with one of the best lines I have heard so far. Palin said, "They say 'Wall Street fat cats got a bailout so now I want one too.' And the correct answer is no one is entitled to a bailout. …The American dream, our foundation, is about work ethic and empowerment, not entitlement."
Palin is right. These so-called "occupiers" have a long list of demands from free housing to debt forgiveness. They want big government to bail them out with your hard-earned tax dollars!
And while they claim to be protesting joblessness, they're not interested in jobs. One conservative group went to the Occupy DC event in Washington and set up a "job booth," featuring dozens of job openings culled from the local papers all paying $40,000 or more. The reaction of the occupiers to these jobs was like a vampire to sunlight. Many indignantly refused to work for defense contractors and financial firms. Not one applied for a single job.
Cain Is Able -- So Far
Three national polls have been released since the sexual harassment allegations against Herman Cain surfaced on Sunday. None showed any erosion in his support. In fact, Cain is leading the field in two polls and is essentially tied with Romney in the third. Here's how the race stands today based on the RealClearPolitics.com average of polls:
Tune In Saturday!
As someone who participated in more than half a dozen presidential debates during the 2000 campaign, I can appreciate the frustration many people have with the formats. They stink! America is a great nation and we are facing some big challenges. We ought to be able to have serious debates about serious issues.
That's why I encourage you to tune in to C-Span Saturday night at 8:00 PM ET. C-Span has agreed to broadcast the Lincoln-Douglas style debate between Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich. The debate will focus on economic and social issues, and will be moderated by stalwart conservative champion Rep. Steve King (R-IA).