Dear Emily: A Response From Michael Goldstein
UPDATE: Emily Hauser was on a live pannel on The Huffington Post with MJ Rosenberg, the now-famous Michael Goldstein, and a college senior and president of his school’s Young Jewish Conservatives named David Milstein, to discuss American Jews and the elections. To watch the video click here.
Last week on Open Zion, columnist Emily Hauser wrote an open letter to Michael Goldstein, a Jewish American voter who was featured in a anti-Obama advertisement campaign titled “My Buyer’s Remorse.” Goldstein switched his support from President Obama to Governor Romney out of disappointment with Obama and because he “[Barack Obama] is going to place Israel in a position where they're [sic] in danger” Michael responded to Emily in the comments section of her blog, defending his choice. Below are a few choice excerpts:
Dear Sweet Bubbele Emily,(Can I call you Emily? We definitely are mishpucha Emily—I even have political arguments with those in my family-some of whom think that I am too Liberal)....
I decided to change my vote after much careful deliberation and soul searching. Ultimately it came down to one major item.I no longer believed anything Barack Obama said….
Emily I love this country and I am afraid I do believe in American Exceptionalism as I do in Israeli Exceptionalism.
I believe the threats spoken by the Iranian government against the Israelis.
I believe that Iran is close to having a nuclear weapon.
I believe that Barack Obama will not stop that weapon from being developed.
I believe that the weapon will be used against Israel.
I believe our only chance is to elect Mitt Romney the 45th President of the United States of America to stave off the development of this weapon.
As my grandmother Frieda instilled in my core “Always Remember, Never Again”
I know you don’t believe as I do. I hope you are right. I know that you cannot be absolutely sure.
Oops I almost forgot to mention that I agree with many parts of Obamacare, love the way he speaks from a teleprompter, think he is devilishly handsome, articulate and bright. I love that he has a strong family and an awesome three point shot. I will of course not be voting for him again. I think he will make a much better ex-President than Jimmy Carter. I will give money towards his library.
I just hope that he starts building it in ’12 and not in ’16.
I’m holding out hope too.
Shalom and Gai gezunterhai to you,
The Guy from the Video
(For Michael's comments in full, see here)