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The November 4 Mid-term Elections:
A Point of No Return?


October 15, 2014 --

President Barack Obama, quoting a report in The New York Times, October 10, sees the November 4 congressional elections as "critical to the country's future." Indeed so.

LPR believes that this midterm election will determine whether the nation is to revitalize the republican vision of the Founding Fathers, or is to proceed, full speed ahead to oligarchy, where instead of government conceived as servant to the public good, the United States will turn to government of, by and for the insiders, where government is committed to the good of the favored few, and where the ruling classed is served by a fawning media.

This midterm election will signal whether the "sleeping giant" will rouse from his slumber to chase the political self-servers from power, or will, instead, become comatose.

This midterm election will signal whether the insight of Lincoln -remains operative -- that all of the people cannot be fooled all of the time.

Twenty years ago, when, on another November 4, the Republican ended 4 decades of Democratic control of the House of Representatives, the late Peter Jennings accused the voters of having had a temper tantrum. Outrage from the media at the election results on this November 4 will signal that the "sleeping giant" -- the American people -- have awakened from their political slumber and have seen through the left's propaganda.

Benjamin Franklin is said to have remarked, after the Constitutional Convention completed its work, that the form of government established by the convention was "a Republic, if you can keep it."

The results of this midterm election will signal whether the the Founding vision of our government is to be maintained, or whether it is to be transformed, irrevocably -- that is to say, discarded -- for the older form of government that serves the few on the sacrifices of the many.

This is not to suggest Republican majorities in the Senate as well as the House will immediately restore the Founding vision. For that to happen, the Senate and House must have conservative leaders committed to the common good principles set forth in Federalist No. 57, and the advice on governing set forth in other Federalist Papers, particularly including No. 58 which noted that the "power over the purse" that the Constitution gives to the House of Representatives "may in fact be regarded as the most compleat [sic] and effectual weapon with which any constitution can arm the immediate representatives of the people, for obtaining a redress of every grievance, and for carrying into effect every just and salutary measure."

If the wisdom of the Founding Fathers is to have any chance of breaking through the self-serving mindset of politicians who rely on on the stratagems and ploys of political consultants and lobbyists, the American people, voting on November 4, 2014, must signal that they have had enough with a ruling class that equates personal ambition with service to the people.


Red Line

Some Pointers How Rob Astorino Could Have Been a Contender

October 15, 2014 --

First -- responding to Gov Christie who dismissed Astorino's New York gubernatorial candidacy against Gov. Andrew Cuomo as a "lost cause," Astorino should have reminded Christie of the comment in the movie "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington," that lost causes are the only ones worth fighting for.

Second -- Astorino should have used Cuomo's vastly greater amount of campaign funds against Cuomo: Do the people of New York want a candidate who thinks he can buy an election?

Third-- Astorino should have linked up with ordinary -- and stressed -- New Yorkers. Why does a gallon of milk cost more in New York than a gallon of gasoline; are we supposed to have gasoline with our Wheaties, Corn Flakes, or Rice Krispies.

Anyone hear Cuomo speak out against the high cost of milk? No way -- instead he speaks out against conservatives daring to live in the State of New York.

"A vote that represents free will is never wasted"
-- David Zukerman

Red Line

Democrat or Democratic?

October 15, 2014 --

Apparently there was some political comment on television, not long ago, that conservative references to the "Democrat Party" were an insult.

Well, consider a front page headline in The New York Times, October 5, 2014: "DEMOCRATS LEAN/HEAVILY ON PACS." Should the Times have referred to "DEMOCRATICS?"


Red Line

Roger Cohen Omits

October 15, 2014 --

Columnist Cohen, writing in The New York Times, October 7, pointed out: "It is 67 years since the United Nations called for the establishment of two states, one Jewish, one Arab, in Mandate Palestine; 47 years since the Israeli occupation began...."

LPR here reminds Roger Cohen that it is also 67 years since the Arabs rejected the UN plan, more than 66 years since the Arabs invaded Israel for purpose of wiping her off the map, and thereafter maintaining a state of war against Israel (ended only with respect to Egypt and Jordan) and unto this day Hamas is committed to obliterating the Jewish State, and asking for media assistance in this endeavor.


Red Line

Text of a letter to
The New York Times
(not published -- from LPR prop. D. R. Zukerman)

October 15, 2014 --

The October 3 Times editorial that criticizes, predictably, Israel's Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu cited the assertion of the Obama Administration that the construction of new housing in Jerusalem will, among other things, "'call into question' Israel's commitment to a 'peaceful negotiated settlement.'" The editorial begins with the Times's assessment that such construction "will make it harder, maybe impossible, to reach a two-state solution with the Palestinians."

Article 13 of the Hamas Charter rejects peace negotiations with Israel for Jihad against the Jewish State. Hamas, by Article 13, declares its opposition to a two-state solution with Israel, preferring, obviously, a "Final Solution"-approach, with an Islamic State of Palestine rising on the ashes of the Jewish State. The formula of the Hamas position is not land for peace, but land for Jewish graves. The actions of Hamas in launching the 2014 attacks on Israel are consistent with its anti-peace, pro-Jihad approach to a one-state solution for the Palestinians.

Hamas is committed to obliterating Israel , and President Obama and The New York Times accuse Israel of making peace impossible. Such twisting of reality points to invidious intent from both the president and the Times, vis-a-vis the Jewish State, an intent that not only encourages anti-Israel belligerency from the Arabs, but invites "international condemnation" of Israel. As was made clear during the summer, condemnation of Israel for defending itself against Arab belligerency quickly degenerates into anti-Semitic violence.

In August 1960, Sen. John F. Kennedy, as the Democratic presidential candidate, wrote a letter to Rabbii Israel Goldstein stating that the Arab "persistence" in maintaining a "state of war" against Israel is the "obstacle" to peace. It is now evident that Israel's enemies have benefited from remaining, for nearly seven decades, in a state of war --now elevated by Hamas to "holy war"-- with Israel.

Either by intentional ignorance or inherent hostility, governments, media outlets and individuals blame Israel when she responds to the belligerency of her enemies that began with the initial Arab aggression against Israel that sought her destruction. Hamas continues to seek Israel's destruction, and the President and The New York Times blame Israel. Blame like this cannot conceal bias.

The latest chastisement of Israel from the Times concludes by indicating that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas plans "to ask the United Nations Security Council to call for Israel to withdraw from the West Bank by the end of 2016." The Times is imprecise on this point; the Palestinian draft calls for Israeli withdrawal from all territory occupied in 1967.

UN Security Council Resolution 242 calls for withdrawal from territories, not from "all terrritories." When it comes to Israel, the New York Times and, I fear, President Obama seem ever alert to find ways and means of enabling and encouraging her enemies.


Red Line

An LPR Experience
at the Post Office

October 15, 2014 --

Early this month I went to the post office and, not having cash, used my debit card. Before buying the stamps, I had to show photo ID.

Why is it reasonable for the post office to demand photo ID for a debit card transaction, but evidence of voter suppression to ask voters for photo ID at polling places?
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October 15, 2014 --

The Surreal Continues ...

"It's surreal to watch our president act as if terrorist organizations, autocracies and outright dictatorships are morally superior to Israel's rule-of-law democracy."

-- Ralph Peters, New York Post,
March 18, 2010

An Early Washington Post Warning About Putin ...

The Post, in a lead editorial, warned about the need to "deter further Russian aggression" so "the Kremlin" will not gain "a victory for its neo-imperialist project."

Date of editorial: December 6, 2008, giving advice to the incoming Obama Administration.

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How can same day registration not be an invitation to voter fraud?

LPR Says ...

Show me a politician who says he must spend lots of time fundraising, and I will show you a politician whose major concern is re-election, not public service.

Sleeping Giant -- How did this turn out for you?

"After retrieving control of Congress for the first time in a dozen years, Democrats will set out to re-define the domestic agenda through policies they say would address the economic needs of middle- and working-class Americans."

The Washington Post, November 19, 2006, page one -- story headlined: "Democrats to Push/Pocketbook Issues"


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