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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Polls Control Politicians

A few years ago, quite possibly in Newsweek,  read an interview with an American politician.  His answer to one of the questions about his policy or opinion was:
"I have to check the polls first."
Politicians are in the business to get elected, and they tailor their statements to get more votes.  Some Israeli pundits are pretty sure that current Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu went against all of his previous policies and statements in agreeing to exchange over a thousand convicted Arab terrorists for Gilad Shalit, to increase his standing in the polls.  The summer's faux social justice aka Korach demonstrations are making him nervous.  Elections can only get sooner, not later.

United States President Barack Hussein Obama's announcement that he plans on returning U.S. troops from Iraq by the end of 2011 smells of a campaign pledge.  It reminds me of the advice that American campaign expert, James Carville, gave to Ehud Barak to promise to leave Southern Lebanon if elected.  We did, leaving valuable weapons, equipment and Lebanese who had been loyal to us and now know that you can't rely on Israel.

As the American campaign heats up, this should provide those of us who enjoy observing politics with an interesting year.  And Israeli elections are also getting closer.  Things won't be boring for sure.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

this was the advice the older sages of solomon gave to his son rechavam [and rechavam rejected, breaking up israel into israel and judah].

Keliata said...

I'm tempted to give Netanyahu the benefit of the doubt. Still, I have read that his decision on Gilad Shalit maybe have been politically motivated.

Gilad home for the holidays.


Now Obama is telling us that our troops in Iraq will be home for the holidays.

Elections pending for both politicians.


:( I hate comparing Bibi to Obama.

Keliata said...

I can't give Obama the benefit of the doubt.

Ever. He's lied and betrayed the US too many times.

Batya said...

a, what's the point?
keli, politicians have one thing on their minds... winning, and too many don't care how they do it.

Shy Guy said...

"Pnei Ha'dor K'Pnei Ha'kelev"

"The face (heads/leaders/rulers) of the generations (before the advent of the mashiach) are like the face of a dog."


Rav Elchanan Wasserman HY"D wrote in his small work "Ikveta d'Meshichah" that this means that the leaders (not at all limited to only political leaders) of the Jewish people at this time will be like a dog, who runs ahead of its master (the people), making the dog look like the actual leader. However, when arriving at a crossroad, the dog has to turn around and see which way its master actually intends to go. Thereupon, the dog alters its course accordingly.

Batya said...

Shy, so they're not chasing their tails? I've compared politicians checking polls on what to promote as dogs chasing tails.

Shy Guy said...

Batya, dogs have other traits, too, such as eating their own vomit. Inshallah.

Batya said...

We seem to have a lack of good moreal leaders here.

Keliata said...

I'll have to remember that quote, Shy.

Anonymous said...

the correct thing for rechavam to do was to bow to public opinion in order to stay in power.

Batya said...

That's not a leader.