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‘The Great Schlep’

Posted on Sep 27, 2008

Comedian Sarah Silverman has released a video urging young Jews to schlep to Florida to get their grandparents to vote for Barack Obama. Seriously. We’ll let her explain.

The New York Times confirms that the organizers may have a sense of humor, but the “schlep” is “100 percent real.”

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By Scorpionet69, October 20, 2008 at 7:07 am Link to this comment
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I hope the Jewish Grandpas and Grandpas are wiser than these people who travel to see them just to change their minds. If you’ve read ‘comedian’ Silverman’s last line practically insinuating ‘if you don’t vote for Obama…I hope you die’. Is that anyway to treat your elders, you call that love? Anybody who is not a moron know that lawyers lie to gain the trust of their clients, some do it better than others . Both Mr. and Mrs. Barack Hussein Obama Esq. know it well because it’s their nature as lawyers.

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By ronda hopes, October 14, 2008 at 10:14 am Link to this comment
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Try listing the number of countries in the world where Jews can live entirely comfortably and with virtually no fear of harassment or veiled anti-Semitism. I suspect you will not get further than 3 or 4. Yet collectively, the American Jewish Community in this country astounds me in its attitude. We pride ourselves in being enlightened and tolerant to our own detriment, and I believe this to be the single most threatening characteristic to our continued comfort in this most wondrous of countries.

As an illustration, consider the case of Mel Gibson revealing his true feelings in an alcoholic rant - feelings handed down to him by his holocaust-denying father. Within a week of the event a Los Angeles rabbi invited Gibson to address his congregation. Did he think he was going to change life-long, deeply ingrained anti-Semitism by showing Gibson that we are really OK and a nice group of people? Did he think he was going to open up a dialogue and change Gibson’s views? Did he think Gibson’s expressed regret was because he was truly repentant - or did he consider that perhaps in accepting the invitation, Gibson was worried that his career in a largely Jewish industry might well be over and that speaking to the congregation would show that he really didn’t mean what he said while under the influence?

What the hell was the rabbi thinking?

I also understand that woman’s rights versus abortion is a volatile and controversial issue for our entire country. I don’t have a “right” answer, but I have formed my own opinions in this regard because as a physician, I have literally been on the other end of abortion procedures and watched them being done. Because of those experiences, I cannot support abortion as a casual means of birth control - but accept its use in cases of rape, incest or severe deformity.  I have seen the remnants of the life that is being ended. I recognize that to be my personal view, yet it is another issue that is often virtually undebatable in the Jewish community. When did Jewish law and ethic succumb to standard bearing for women’s rights over those of the unborn? What happened to the Jewish tradition of respectful debate and discussion?

Lastly, I hear repeatedly from my lantsmen that another four years of McCain will be another 4 years of Bush. Excuse me - but if McCain is Bush, then let’s consider that Obama is Jimmy Carter on steroids- the most ineffective president of the 20th century. Obama is to the left of Carter - another skilled orator of high-minded rhetoric who brought is 18% interest rates, a humiliating 18 month hostage crisis in Iran with a botched rescue attempt, and the most anti-Israel secretary of state (and current advisor to Obama) Swingnow Brezinski - not to mention a fair number of anti-Semitic utterances during his post-presidency years - utterances from a self described deeply religious man who regaled us endlessly with descriptions of his deep Christian morals and values.

McCain is not Bush any more than Obama is Carter.

I am not asking my fellow Jews to flock to the Republican side, but it is a sad thing to me to so frequently encounter in a traditionally tolerant and liberal thinking population, an intolerance to opposing views.

We have become “Streisanded”.

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By ronda hopes, October 14, 2008 at 10:12 am Link to this comment
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I now receive forwarded email from these same people telling me that Sarah Palin supported Pat Buchanan, is a right wing, anti-Semitic Christian radical, has no concerns for the environment, is a heartless hunter, an irresponsible mother, a hypocrite because her daughter became pregnant out of wedlock, fired her ex-brother in law for personal reasons, and is a radical right-to-lifer who has a husband who had a DWI many years ago. Apparently, this is valid hype.

I think it is fair to say that many people base their votes on a limited number of issues - or even a single issue. For some it is the economy, or women’s rights, and for others it is the war or support for Israel. Herein lies my confusion.

How about this issue? Survival!

Our history as a people has taught us quite clearly, and as recently as 70 years ago, that complacency and comfort in what is viewed as an enlightened society with a “temporary” politically persuasive candidate with strong oratory skills can be a very dangerous mistake.

What value lies in placing the economy or woman’s rights in a position of priority when there are forces out there who want to destroy us - as a country and as a people?

On the one hand we have a candidate who would sit down with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad unconditionally, enjoys the support of Louis Farrakhan, says he supports a united Jerusalem one day and changes his position under pressure the next, and who worshiped for 20 years with Jeremiah Wright (who has pro-Hamas literature circulated in his church). On the other hand we have a battle-hardened hero who has never wavered in support of Israel, has consistently supported a united Jerusalem, recognizes the accuracy of history relative to the holocaust, and who sees the threat of Iran and its anti-Semitic, anti-Israel, holocaust denying leader.

Um, Let’s see. Shouldn’t this be a slam dunk?

Try making these arguments in the Jewish community and you may receive, as I have, such arguments as “Yeah - well Palin is a right wing crazy!” 

Oy Veh!

I grew up in a Canadian town that was called Berlin until WWI. When the radio and newspapers announced German victories, the people poured into the streets to celebrate. I was in a small Jewish community and I had more than my share of bloodied noses and bruises as a kid. I grew up with friends living in eerily silent homes with parents who bore the tattoos of the camps on their arms. By the time I was a young adult, I learned that when someone stuck their finger on my chest with a threat or an insult, it was much more effective to grab that finger and hold it in a position where I could break it than it was to try to discuss how nice Jews really were - and that I really didn’t personally kill Jesus.

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By ronda hopes, October 14, 2008 at 10:05 am Link to this comment
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One of Two:
I am an American, a Jew, and an Independent. I think I have a good handle on the issues, the presidential candidates and their positions. I will be voting for John McCain.

I am also a physician and I think I have a reasonable degree of understanding of complex issues. I get the fact that Jews have historically been very liberal and often socialistic in their leanings and politics since the turn of the 20th century. That having been said, I am confounded, perplexed and completely confused by the fervor with which so many of my fellow Jews flock to, and support Obama and the democratic party in the face of the issues of today’s world.

One year ago, I was concerned about allegations widely circulating on the Internet about a relatively unknown Barak Obama with claims that he was a closet terrorist sympathizer, raised by a fundamental Islamist, educated in radical Islamic Wahibism, a cohort and confidant of Lou Farrakhan, a disciple of racist Jeremiah Wright, a true Muslim masquerading as a Christian convert; that he refused to salute the American flag, wear a flag pin or say the pledge of allegiance. When I forwarded such notes to my Jewish friends and family, I received angry responses that this was all slanted hype and without basis in fact. I think they have been proven to be correct in debunking such early hysterical hype.

I now receive forwarded email from these same people telling me that Sarah Palin supported Pat Buchanan, is a right wing, anti-Semitic Christian radical, has no concerns for the environment, is a heartless hunter, an irresponsible mother, a hypocrite because her daughter became pregnant out of wedlock, fired her ex-brother in law for personal reasons, and is a radical right-to-lifer who has a husband who had a DWI many years ago. Apparently, this is valid hype.

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By Sebastiano Mereu, September 29, 2008 at 1:50 pm Link to this comment
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American Jews are obviously torn. Even if young Jews will not be able to persuade their grandparents to vote for Senator Obama, they at least got to see their grandparents and enjoy the Sunshine State. Whatever the results in Florida will be, Obama is the winner—he brings young and old Jews together.

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By Christopher Day, September 28, 2008 at 9:51 pm Link to this comment
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Could the elderly jewish population be any MORE dissuaded by Sarah Palin being blessed by her pastor to take money away from the jews? I don’t think so. But you don’t see that being publicized very much now DO YOU!?

Really, now….why would any self-respecting Jewish person want to vote for this joke of a person?

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By samosamo, September 27, 2008 at 7:05 pm Link to this comment

What ever it takes to keep McPalin from being elected. Hopefully, by 4:00 pm McPalin will have lost, given his concession speech and you and I can vote for who we really wanted for president but, Most important also, your senators and representative. Probably 90% of these need to be replaced, especially pelosi. On second thought make that by 6:30 pm, I forgot about the lost votes because so many voters lost their homes to foreclosure and thus their residency so I guess we are back to square one because the republicans have had this figured at the collapse of the housing bubble because these republicans have a lot to gain by playing this trick card. And by jove, I would bet the techs and the ceos of diebold and es & s are working their tales off in overtime to get as many voting machines to cast a vote for McPalin no matter who the person voted for as happened in Ohio in 2004 and Florida in 2000.

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By Shana, September 27, 2008 at 6:10 pm Link to this comment
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This is for those of you in Florida who are for McCain:  I know the Bush administration has been a friend of Israel.  At the level of policy - so is McCaine.  That’s good. But, I believe Obama will maintain that friendship and loyalty.  So what do we gain by a vote for Mc Cain? We take the risk of Palin as President and from what we’ve seen of her so far - OMG what a disaster! Given that alone - how can you vote for Mc Cain???

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By Margaret Currey, September 27, 2008 at 4:08 pm Link to this comment
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Obama should be our next president and I hope Florida will go for Obama.

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By George, September 27, 2008 at 11:33 am Link to this comment
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This video is funny…very funny…but its also true as hell. 
Older Jewish people, like older ANY people, are stodgy and not inclined to try new things…such as DVR or a minority presidential candidate.  Younger Jews need to explain the consequences of 4 more years, and moreover the idea of Sarah Palin as VP, or worse P. 
But give it up to Sarah Silverman here on a funny and prescient effort!!!

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By Fadel Abdallah, September 27, 2008 at 6:22 am Link to this comment

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