Posted by: Liza Rosenberg | November 7, 2008

Yet another Israeli blogger with something to say about the US elections…

I could make excuses about the fact that life’s been crazy lately, but what it really comes down to is that I just haven’t had the energy to write. I’ve begun new entries that never panned out, had ideas at inopportune moments and never followed through… The urge to blog had simply gone AWOL, and frankly, it’s been more than a little worrying. Even now, as I write this, I know that I’m doing it just to prove that I still can, and not because I have anything particularly scintillating to say. I’m just sort of hoping that if I can pop out a few words, the rest will flow. And no smartass comments about where you may or may not have seen my groove and when. You know who you are… 😛

In any event…

US Elections

I didn’t vote. I have the right to vote, but given that I chose to make my life here, outside of the US, I don’t feel that it’s my place to try to make an impact when I don’t have to live with the consequences of that action. Of course, some of you may say that as an Israeli, that’s not necessarily true, and that I should use my vote to help elect the more pro-Israel candidate, but I disagree. What is best for Israel may or may not be best for the US, not to mention the fact that your ideas about what is best for Israel may not gel with mine. Gila summed it up very well in this post, though I would not have voted for John McCain, had I opted to exercise my right to vote. I don’t agree with his stances and I don’t like his style. And I think the Little One would be a more qualified running mate than the one he chose, given that the Little One can see the West Bank from his house, has more international travel experience than Sarah Palin and speaks two languages. And for the record, he would never have spent $75,000 at Neiman Marcus. That being said, I did enjoy watching her cast her vote wearing jeans and a hoodie – pretty much the only thing about her entire campaign that I could relate to.

Had I voted, I would have voted for Barack Obama, which I’m sure comes as no surprise to anyone. While I’m still not sure how he will be as president, I am impressed with his intelligence and his eloquence, and that he genuinely seems to give Americans hope in ways that I can’t recall ever seeing before. I am excited by the outcome of this election, and I am moved by all that his win symbolizes. It excites me that Barack Obama has realized Martin Luther King’s dream. It excites me to know that racists across the United States are most probably still apoplectic, and will be for at least the next four years.

Oh, and for those of you who still feel the need to refer to the US President-Elect as Barack Hussein Obama, please find another hobby. It’s unnecessary, and says so much more about you than it does about him. My husband is Persian, and most of his male cousins have Muslim-sounding names. It doesn’t mean anything! And just for argument’s sake, what if he is Muslim? So what? What difference would it make? Seriously. Your racism is showing, and it’s not your most flattering feature. Get over it. Go out and find another hobby. This one’s passé, baby!



  1. […] Yet another Israeli blogger with something to say about the US… …that the Little One can see the West Bank from his house, has more international travel experience than Sarah Palin and speaks two languages. […]

  2. Welcome back! You are dead on right in your last paragraph. Truly well said.

    Benji Hussein Lovitt

  3. Very well said. But it’s “your”, not “you’re”.

    And you wondered how i used to kick you ass in Scrabulous, z”l.


  4. Ahem.

    Hoist by my own petard.

    “your ass”, not “you ass”

    That’ll teach me.

    Penguin-lovin’ Hussein Trollmamma

  5. I was rather hoping you were going to come back with an announcement that you’re taking part in NaNoWriMo and were too involved to post.

    Couldn’t agree more with your assessment. Was heartily taken to task by several friends in the US for not exercising my right to vote, especially in the House and Senate races. How do you explain to them that voting local should be just that and my zip code isn’t in the US even though much of my US mail ends up there? :/

  6. Blogging is more interesting when you’ve been caught up in real-life for awhile!

    I had never heard what you and Gila both said about non-voting expats. If any expats in Jordan weren’t voting, they say it was just laziness, not conviction. Is it a common Israeli thing, being more ‘home’ there than ‘local’ in the US?

    Anyway, glad you’re back, please stay back, turn and churn those ideas out!!

  7. Did you know that it was a comedian who said that Sarah Palin could see Russia from her house?

    That wasn’t something Sarah Palin said but the Left is acting like they where her words instead of Tina Feys.

    So dishonest are the Left and the Press that echos their lies.

    But of course now this is working against you isn’t it after benefiting from it on other issues.

    Wahh, the Press is being biased.

    Well, DUH!

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