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I really wish this surprised me.

Taken from jorit.

http://www.livejournal.com/talkpost.bml?journal=jorit&itemid=16921

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I wish it surprised me, too.

Of course, you have to wonder how the questions were phrased. Asking "Do you think Jewish control of the media distorts the news?" would probably reap a higher-than-it-should-be number of "Uh...yeah?" replies from a population that can't even pick out the Pacific Ocean on a world map, even when they're given multiple choice options.

Nod. As in that result a couple of years ago, when it seemed that a large number of respondents had doubts about the Holocaust, and it turned out to be a very poorly and awkwardly worded question.

I would like to see the poll.

On the other hand, I'm also following the news, and the poll gibes with what I've been seeing.

So, here's my issue. I somehow don't think his religion makes a bit of difference.

I'm surprised by the answers, and I wonder where they ran this survey.

My real problem. Why, oh why, must the first Jewish presidential canidate look exactly like Senator Palpatine from the new Star Wars movies?

I keep wanting to shout "A vote for Palpatine is a Vote for Order".

Argh. people bad.

*sigh*

Hugs.

What?! Okay, divided loyalties, *how*? As if every other concievable ethnic, religious, industrial or whatever background would be okay for a president. George Washington farmed tobacco, and look at the war on tobacco going on now. And the lobbyists and stuff don't make the other guys who could be president feel torn between what is good for the people and for the businesses, or what issues they want to see advanced as opposed to the ones they don't. It's all a matter of perspective. Which side of any given issue. People are so stupid.
Okay, my rant may have missed the point, I may have misunderstood or missed something here, I am not too comprehensive feeling today, but it's not like a Jewish president would be one who is all for setting off nuclear bombs solely for the purpose of saying, 'If you are gonna fight over the world, no one wiull have it,' like I do when my kids are fighting over a game. And a Jewish president can't do any more damage than your average any other guy. Might actually do better for all i know.

I was surprised by it. After all, as a VP candidate Lieberman won the popular vote...

The thing is, no one really votes for a vp. He's *safe* - his only job is to breathe.

And two years ago, there weren't so many protests on college campuses. We all remember that Rosh HaShanah, but it was too soon before the general election to affect it.

A Jewish man at the head of the ticket is something else again. We'll see what happens November, 2004, if he makes it past the primaries.

Oh dear.

I think -- people have such narrow little windows into the world, and it's so terribly sad.

This is ... disheartening, to say the least.

B

Hi Deb, it's been a while since you posted this, so I'm hoping it's just thee & me here.

Personally, and based on my reading of Jewish newspapers (especially my mother-in-law's) -- most Jews seem to expect and hope that e.g. Lieberman *has* "divided loyalties" with regard to the State of Israel. That is, that he would be a "good friend" to Israel, argue in favor of support to Israel, and see the needs and policies of the State of Israel as being necessarily in line with those of the US. I don't think it would be a matter of knowingly acting against the US's best interests, it would be not perceiving a difference between the US's interests and those of Israel. It is IMHO very difficult (and rare) for an American Jew to be able to think about Israel as a complete outsider -- rarer than it is for Irish-Americans to think about Ireland as an outsider, and more crucial.

But it's not just Jews: I think the dual-loyalty thing would cut even deeper for Muslim, ethnic Indian, Pakistani, Korean, Japanese, or Chinese candidates.