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Limbaugh: Romney Shines in Israel

By David Limbaugh

I am pumped up about Mitt Romney's speech in Israel -- for both political reasons and policy ones -- and believe it may represent a turning point in the campaign.

Politically -- and this is important because it is critical that he win, or he won't be able to implement any policies and set America back on the road to recovery -- Romney has shown again he is going to take the gloves off, deal with the issues directly and draw a stark contrast between his policies and Obama's record. The significance of this cannot be overstated. Some of the reasons John McCain lost in 2008 were his lackluster campaign, his refusal to showcase Obama's extreme liberalism and, thus, his failure to demonstrate why he would make a better president than Obama.

According to Gallup, Obama has already lost support among Jewish voters, down from 78 percent to 68 percent. If Romney shows that he is genuinely committed to Israel and that Obama is not, he'll make further inroads.

In an earlier piece, I expressed my view that to maximize his chances of victory, Romney has to attack Obama's record forcefully and comprehensively -- and what a target-rich record it is. He must keep Obama so busy answering criticisms that he doesn't have as much time to obfuscate, scapegoat and level deceptive charges against Romney. In addition to highlighting Obama's disastrous policy failures, he must also present a positive, uplifting agenda. In short, he must communicate to voters his undivided commitment to America's greatness and its first principles and inspire confidence in the electorate that he will lead us to reclaim our greatness.

With his economic speeches in response to Obama's "you didn't build that" fiasco, Romney proved that he does have fire in his belly and that he is fervently dedicated to free enterprise, entrepreneurship and pro-growth policies. With his Israel speech, he laid down another marker -- telling us he is going to take the offense and make Obama accountable for his unacceptable and misguided policies. He has no intention of allowing Obama to get away with misrepresenting his record -- on the economy or on foreign policy, including his behavior toward our great ally Israel. Any concerns that Romney will adopt McCain's milquetoast campaign model are quickly diminishing.

As with his business speeches, Romney was animated and hard-hitting. There was none of this McCainish "Obama is a fine man and he'll make a wonderful president" nonsense. He called Obama out for his mistreatment of Israel and, at the same time, pledged his unwavering support for the Jewish state.

Like Los Angeles Dodgers base-stealing legend Maury Wills, who reputedly reached full speed on his second step, Romney opened up his speech in a full sprint, affirming our spiritual ties to Israel and virtually repudiating Obama's moral equivalence approach to the region.

Romney said, "To step foot into Israel is to step foot into a nation that began with an ancient promise made in this land." As Middle Eastern expert Daniel Pipes observed, this opener was in direct contrast to "Obama's crabbed statement in Cairo about 'the aspiration for a Jewish homeland (being) rooted in a tragic history.'" Indeed.

Romney's deliberate recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital was set against White House press secretary Jay Carney's rhetorical silence on the issue and against the gleeful reference to that city as "Al-Quds" -- the Arabic term for the city -- by John Brennan, Obama's deputy national security adviser for homeland security and counterterrorism.

Romney indicated that he would not allow to go unchallenged Obama's disinformation campaign boasting that he has been a strong supporter of Israel. He all but called Obama out personally in assuring us that he would treat Israel better -- the way a great ally deserves to be treated -- and that if he disagreed with the nation, he would take up his differences in private.

He called Obama to the carpet for openly rebuking Israel, as Hillary Clinton had over Israel's decision to proceed with settlements on its own land and as Vice President Joe Biden had when he said, "I condemn the decision by the government of Israel to advance planning for new housing units in east Jerusalem." Also, in an interview, Romney lambasted Obama for criticizing Israel before the United Nations and for ignoring the rockets being fired into Israel from Gaza.

Romney denounced Obama's reckless and disloyal campaign for Israel to return to its 1967 borders, calling those borders "indefensible." And, in contrast to Obama, Romney said he would respect a decision by Israel to take action to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons capabilities.

High praise for Mitt Romney for unapologetically pledging his administration's support for Israel and for taking his campaign to a new and promising level. Bravo.

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David Limbaugh is a writer, author and attorney. His latest book, "The Great Destroyer," has been on the New York Times best-seller list for six weeks. Follow him on Twitter @davidlimbaugh and his website at www.davidlimbaugh.com.

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  1. inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
    July 31, 2012 @ 8:24 am

    Romney is clever enough to do exactly what Ronald Reagan did to the Iranians before the election contest with that other “hide under the sheets in a thunder storm wimp” Jimmy Carter. He is serving notice that all hell is going to break loose upon the Iranians when he gets in office and the days of dealing with the current waffling Obamanite American Wimpism will come to a sudden end, and the subsequent destruction of the current Iranian regime will soon commence.

    If the Iranian Mullahs are smart they will back off and go back into their holes and survive in power because they know in their hearts that if they take America and Israel on militarily their hopes for a world-wide Caliphate will evaporate faster than Hiroshima on a hot August afternoon.

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  2. JDZComment by JDZ
    July 31, 2012 @ 10:34 am

    Romney has the real potential to be the best President this country has had since Ronald Reagan and the more we see of him, the more I like him. Anyone who has been as successful as he has in his private and public service activities has to have the complete package going for him. What I mean by that is that he has a solid education, high levels of intelligence, a strong work ethic, demonstrated executive level leadership skills, and has excellent communications skills. He is a handsome man who exhibits altruistic personality traits backed up by his strong family and religious background which makes him a strong positive role model for young Americans.

    He publicly speaks his mind in an open and straightforward manner that helps us understand how he sincerely feels about our country and the issues we are facing. He knows he will take hits from his enemies that are just looking for anything to use against him but, he is what he is, and is willing to take his chances with critics as he knows that honesty with the American people on where he is coming from is what will eventually carry the day, one way or the other.

    The more I see of him, the better I like him.

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    • MortComment by Mort
      August 1, 2012 @ 9:33 am

      I am, like many Christians, coming around to the idea of a non-Christian being our president. After these years of having socialist, atheist, marxist, etc. in our government, we must take what is best for our country. Romney, like a lot of business men, gives the appearance and is exactly what he shows outwardly. Obama is all things to all people. Obama thinks he can kick the “citizens” of this country into the ditch and keep rolling on, but we have gotten up and will win against the Liberal agenda. DIVIDE & CONQUER won’t win this time. Israel wasn’t born yesterday, they have a grand old history of taking on the enemy and winning. With God on their side, what else do they need? OUR SUPPORT!

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  3. FlaJimComment by FlaJim
    July 31, 2012 @ 10:39 am

    What Romney said while in Israel (possibly a different speech?) about Israel’s success being a result of a superior culture to that of the moslems was also music to my ears. It’s about time someone called a spade a spade.

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    • Le SellersComment by Le Sellers
      July 31, 2012 @ 11:07 am

      Islam has its “upside”, I’m sure.

      However, among all the Muslims I recall meeting, none was “happy”, and those who were not morose could not blame their lack of depression on Islam. (I hope that was not too obtuse.) Christians I meet (among whom I count myself) are generally happy, and their faith is responsible for a large part of that happiness.

      In addition there are two reasons that the West (including Israel) is typically prosperous, while the so-called Muslim world is impoverished:

      1) Islam forbids interest on loans. Without interest, there is little incentive to save, and no incentive at all to lend. It requires a fairly large concentration of capital (savings, or, in more basic terms, a willing deferment of current consumption in favor of some future benefit) to be able to create small (and sustain large) businesses. Islam effectively precludes that concentration. Without small business, there is no true middle class and no other pathway to that goal.

      2) The Muslim world, from Morocco to Saudi Arabia, from Syria to Pakistan, from Afghanistan to Indonesia, is corrupt politically and economically. The much-touted “Arab Spring” began with the self-immolation of a fruit vendor (with an advanced degree) in Tunisia who was simply tired of the corruption that forbade his running a small business. Mohamed Bouazizi was slapped by a female police officer who, doubtless on orders, was hassling him because he had not paid (from money he did not have) the requisite bribe.

      Judges, police, bureaucrats at all levels, commercial societies of all types — they each share one thing, two, in common: they are controlled by Islam and they are corrupt.

      Culture does make a difference. Mexico is likewise corrupt, and their lack of economic progress is largely caused by that corruption. USmerica is largely uncorrupted, and our economic power stems from that, among other things (all cultural, too).

      We could also note that oil is a curse no less than a blessing to the Arab (not co-incidental with the Muslim) world. No Bahrainian works. Those who have medical degrees do not practice the art. Those with shops open them rarely. They hire Filipinos and Pakistanis to do the menial (and even not-so-menial) work in their country because they are all oil-rich and can feed themselves without working. They abuse these “servants” (slaves, in most respects) miserably. But the real bane is that there is no work ethic in Bahrain.

      If Islam wants to grow into a power house that does not depend on oil alone (the only “bright spot” on the Muslim economic horizon), it must clean its house.

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  5. Le SellersComment by Le Sellers
    July 31, 2012 @ 10:52 am

    In the ninth paragraph, the first word is “O’bama”. I believe, and the context suggests, that Mr. Limbaugh meant “Romney”.

    Obama’s deliberate recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital was set against White House press secretary Jay Carney’s rhetorical silence on the issue and against the gleeful reference to that city as “Al-Quds” — the Arabic term for the city — by John Brennan, Obama’s deputy national security adviser for homeland security and counterterrorism.

    Contrast with

    Romney’s deliberate recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital was set against White House press secretary Jay Carney’s rhetorical silence on the issue and against the gleeful reference to that city as “Al-Quds” — the Arabic term for the city — by John Brennan, Obama’s deputy national security adviser for homeland security and counterterrorism.

    Otherwise, an excellent summary and conclusion of the facts.

    I was not an early Romney supporter, but am rapidly coming to the conclusion that he is able, not only to beat O’bama, but to start the process that could get USmerica on the road to freedom and success once again.

    There is one additional, CRITICAL, element to this goal: getting the White House is important, but, in the end, it is more important that we Conservatives (not necessarily Republicans) get control of the Senate, and not by a single vote, either.

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    • kentomwilComment by kentomwil
      August 1, 2012 @ 12:19 pm

      I have read the 9th paragraph several times and the first word is “Romney’s” NOT “Obama’s”.

      Does this mean that this item has recently been updated?

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  6. Dingbat36Comment by Dingbat36
    July 31, 2012 @ 11:14 am

    Romney hit a home run in Israel………..Obama’s disdain for that country and it’s Prime Minister are disgusting to say the very least and show exactly where BHO’s real backing lies. No one in Obama’s administration seems to be able to say out loud what the capitol of Israel is, no matter who is asked or how hard they are pressed.

    There were some choice remarks that Romney could have made in Poland concerning Obama’s lack of backing for a missile shield for the Balkan countries.

    Perhaps he did mention it but if so, the MSM hasn’t bothered to report it here at home. If he did, it will eventually surface.

    I leave you with the adage, “Cream always rises to the top”. Have you noticed that garbage seeks it’s own level as well?

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  7. hank1931Comment by hank1931
    July 31, 2012 @ 3:31 pm

    I’m just hoping that Romney’s researchers, advisors, speech writers start some more “street fighting” rounds. They have pleanty of ammo to use on Obama’s failures, and I hope they put it all to good use.
    With some of the idiotic statements recently made by Dem’s about Chick Fil A could somehow be used by Romney if done properly — show the anti-business attitude of them.
    I see some uptrend overall in Romney’s backing by more Rep’s even if he differs somewhat in certain areas. There’s a growing feeling that Obama MUST GO for the good of our country.

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  8. JDZComment by JDZ
    July 31, 2012 @ 7:34 pm

    The more I see of Romney the better I like him. He is the real deal. He has been successful at everything he gets involved with because he is smart, well educated, has a strong work ethic, and extensive experience in both our private and public economies. He has a lot of executive leadership experience under his belt and is well prepared to be our President. When he becomes President he will totally replace the political appointees in the Whitehouse with experienced professionals who know how to solve problems and deal with this economic crisis we have been suffering from for four years.

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