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I have not as of yet gone on record as a supporter of any of the current candidates for president.  I have however gone on record as saying I believe when there are 2 names left standing in the race it will be a familiar 2, the names of Bush and Clinton.  CLICK HERE.  That being said, after a Sunday of watching many news programs I have come to the personal conclusion that the force behind the so-called Hillary Clinton email scandal is a familiar force. That force, a previously and still underestimated Bush presidential machine.

Earlier today I listened to Michael Mukasey discuss the email scandal.  This is a smart man who has had important positions in American government.  He was introduced as one of the most vocal critics of Hillary Clinton and her email issues. He was also Attorney General under George W. Bush.  I listened carefully to what this well spoken man said, nevertheless nothing he said made any sense, and the only thing I heard that explained his viewpoint was his connection with the Bush family.  This made me personally conclude that the email discussion is the trump card, no pun intended, for the Bush machine in a general election that pits Bush against Clinton.

I really tried to assess this so-called scandal objectively.  As hard as I tried I came up with nothing.  At worst, it appears to be an attempt to micromanage the communications of the highest ranking diplomat in U.S. government, something I believe is far more dangerous than the Secretary of State deleting emails.

When a presidential candidate is struggling to generate excitement by his or her personality and oratory, what is left is getting their name in the discussion through a one on one conflict.  While Trump mania is hurting some candidates in the Republican Party, it is helping one candidate in particular.   That candidate is Jeb Bush.  Previously lost in the crowd, Bush is now being positioned as the Trump alternative.  When the novelty of Trump wears off, or the Donald offends the wrong base with an off-the-cuff insult, it is Jeb Bush who has the best chance of picking up the pieces.  Understanding the  big picture as the Bush machine always has, the fact that no one really cares who loses the general election, the Clinton email scandal has Bush ready to battle the presumed Democratic candidate for the big prize.

It’s political theater at its best, but in my estimation that is all it is, theater.  Until someone can prove to me otherwise I see it as nothing other than political positioning and manipulation.  Something we will see more of as we get closer to the Iowa caucuses.

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Open Letter to Senator Charles Schumer

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Dear Senator Schumer,

I write to you today in the hope that when the time comes for you to make a choice, a choice that will confirm your legacy not only as an American Senator but as a Jew, that you make the choice you know to be right, not the choice you see as politically expedient.  I am of course referring to the vote on President Obama’s deal with Iran.

I have heard the arguments in favor of making a deal with Iran. I also understand the difficult position politicians in the Democratic party, particularly Jewish politicians, find themselves in at this time.  Your president is calling for your support. Your party is calling for your support.  Politics is at play on the grandest scale.  Oppose the deal and you risk alienating yourself from the top people in the party who have chosen to maintain their ranks by supporting their leader.  Oppose the deal and you yourself may fall far down the political ladder, destroying all you personally have done to achieve your current status.

I am not a politician, however I have a layman’s understanding of the basics in politics.  Sometimes you have to go against your better judgment and principles in order to ascend in the ranks.  I also understand that sometimes doing this causes an internal struggle only another politician can truly comprehend.  That being said Senator, as much as I sympathize with the personal challenge you are faced with, this is one of those times when you are required to answer the bell of those who elected you into office and supported you till now.  This is a time when the choice you make may determine the future safety not only of your home state but of the entire planet.

I have heard you say enough over the years to believe in my heart that you know that making this deal with Iran is a mistake.  That leaves me believing that the struggle you have is far more a personal one than an ideological one.  To make my point I will quote a line from the movie The American President, in which President Andrew Shepherd, played by Michael Douglas says the following: “I was so busy trying to save my job that I forgot to do my job.”

Senator Schumer, your job is to protect and serve the citizens of NY State and to represent us nationally in what is right and safe for all Americans.  It is my absolute belief that you know that dealing with Iran is wrong for the country and that the only reason for any hesitation on your part is concern for losing your job and or standing in the Democratic Party.  I urge you, as do so many others to do the right thing and oppose what you know to be wrong not only for New York, but for the rest of the country and the entire civilized world.

Sincerely,

David Groen

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Observing Tisha B’Av: Obligation, Guilt, or something else?

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As I sit here on a Sunday, not feeling very well and giving up a beautiful beach day, I ask myself what motivates me, a man in no way consistently observant, to acknowledge Tisha B’Av, the day widely recognized as the saddest day on the Jewish calendar.  Although by no means do I minimize anyone else’s observance of this sad day that commemorates the destruction of both Holy Temples in Jerusalem, but for someone whose observance is a daily integral part of their life, fasting and acknowledging the day is not even a question, very much like the observance of Shabbat, the Jewish Sabbath would be.  For someone like me it can almost be seen as random that I take the day as seriously as I do, to the extent that I myself have questioned its origin.

As the title of this piece states, obligation has to be considered as a motivating force.  However, logically speaking, there are observances considered far more important than the observance of Tisha B’Av.  Frankly, as someone who truly believes each man and woman on the planet only really gets judged by God, I can honestly say I do not do it out of obligation.  Other than maybe 2 or 3 people, and now anyone reading this, no one coming in to the day had any idea that the day holds the importance to me that it does.  The other option I proposed was that I am motivated by guilt.  That too is not the case since when it comes to religious practice and honestly mostly every other aspect of my life, guilt does not motivate me.  That being said there is a personal element involved that is so inherent in my being that one can say it encompasses many factors including obligation and guilt.  Growing up the son of Holocaust survivors, and seeing how my parents used Tisha B’Av as the day they commemorated the murder of family members whose exact date of death was not recorded, as clearly as I felt the sadness of my family’s loss I felt the sadness of Tisha B’Av.  It is this fact that allowed me to identify what it is that makes the day so important to me.

As negative as the day may be, it is one of humanity’s most positive features that motivates me.  That feature is love.  Love for the Jewish people. I see humanity as one great force and see all people as equal in the most basic terms, but as a Jewish man raised in a positive Jewish household, I sit here as someone who loves the Jewish people.  Just as we observe the loss of a loved one and do so naturally, for me the tragedies that have happened to the Jewish people causes me an instinctive sadness.  As one Rabbi once told me in speaking of the fasting required on Yom Kippur and Tisha B’Av, “knowing what Yom Kippur stands for who is able to eat? And knowing what Tisha B’Av stands for who would want to eat?”

I don’t believe that this makes me love the Jewish people more than someone who feels differently about Tisha B’Av, but on this day as I sit here acknowledging the day I realize my motivations to be pure and my love for who I am and where I come from to be solidly in tact.

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Bush, Clinton, the Borg, and the futility of the voting process

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As a fan of Star Trek the phrase “resistance is futile” comes to mind when thinking about the American presidential election process.  For those who are not Star Trek geeks like me, this refers to the alien race known as the Borg that appeared in some of the Star Trek series and movies and had their way with every race they wished to assimilate into their culture. For the most part I am not a conspiracy theorist, so I am not that guy who believes that a few people have predetermined who is going to run things, but I do believe our democracy is controlled by money and power and when deciding the presidency, any resistance is indeed an act of futility.  When it comes to money and power on the Republican side, the Bush family is certainly entrenched near or at the top of the pile. Although the Clinton’s don’t wield the same amount of either money or power as the Bush clan does, they’ve achieved a power and influence within the Democratic party that leaves Hilary Clinton virtually unchallenged in her pursuit of the presidency.  Is this a good thing? I guess it depends on who you ask.

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We could start by saying that the fact that “resistance is futile” is never a good thing.  Of course this is up for debate since there are plenty of Republicans who will tell you they prefer Scott Walker,Ted Cruz, even Rand Paul or any of the other cast of characters throwing their hat into the ring, but the reality is that once the Bush people start spending their money and wielding their influence it’s hard to see anyone else in the Republican party winning the nomination.  From the Democratic Party side, even if one was a strong supporter of the Bill Clinton presidency, some questions still remain at the wisdom of a Hilary candidacy.  Maybe she would rise to the top of a more competitive field anyway, but the reality is that she is so assured of the nomination that Republican hopefuls already find themselves campaigning against her. So the truth is, not only is resistance futile, one might say voting is as well.

I’m a sports fan.  I love when the outcome of a season is uncertain.  So 2 years ago in the NFL when Seattle predictably made it to the Super Bowl against Denver, and to many predictably won the game, despite my love for the sport I was not thrilled by what I watched that entire postseason. I always love the presidential election cycle.  I find it enthralling, exciting, even fascinating.  I find it hard to stop watching.  Unfortunately this time I find it very predictable and subsequently losing a lot of its luster.  I am rather certain it will be a Bush against a Clinton, and since the Democrats just had 8 years in the White House, most likely it ends up with the Bush winning.  I won’t even talk about who I like better and whether or not I think either one would be good for the country, because in the end this is how it will turn out regardless, and my opinion, let alone my vote, will have no impact on the end result.  The frightening part to all of this is that this upcoming presidential election may be one of the most important in recent history and the American people are at the mercy of the money and power of a small group of people.

At least that’s my opinion. If it turns out otherwise I’ll eat crow, but I’m rather confident it won’t. After all, resistance is futile.


What Would you Like to Read?

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Just taking a quick moment to ask those who read Holland’s Heroes their thoughts on what they would like to see written on the site.  What inspires you? What do you think is time well spent? What do you think helps the cause and what do you think might actually hurt the cause?  I would like your input.  In the meantime I thank those who have taken the time to read the content of Holland’s Heroes and hope I can continue to capture your interest.

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Open Letter to Dianne Feinstein

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Dear Senator Feinstein,

I remember watching you on an interview after Prime Minister Netanyahu addressed Congress and even then I was struck by the arrogant attitude you displayed towards the Israeli Head of State. With that in mind your recent statements come as no shock to me despite the incredulous lack of logic in your words.

First of all, you say the Iranians are “sincere” about wanting a deal.  Well thank you Captain Obvious.  Of course they want a deal.  This is the best thing that could have happened to them.  They get everything they want. A lifting of sanctions, a place on the world stage, and a nuclear program that could very well wind up making them the most dangerous nation on earth.  It doesn’t take a brain surgeon or even a Senator from California to realize that Iran would be happy with this arrangement.  So to say that they are sincere about wanting a deal, is nothing less than a waste of breath.

You then go on to say that you disagree that “the broad outlines of the deal threaten the survival of Israel”.  If this deal increases the likelihood of Iran getting nuclear weapons that statement is just ludicrous.  Iran has repeatedly stated that it wants to wipe Israel off the planet.  Therefore basic logic would dictate that an Iran with nuclear weapons would indeed be a threat to Israel’s survival.

When discussing Netanyahu’s stance you say,

 “I wish that he would contain himself, because he has put out no real alternative, in his speech to the Congress, no real alternative, since then, no real alternative.”

Personally I am offended by anyone, particularly a Jewish leader speaking so disrespectfully about the Prime Minister of Israel, but I guess you are so partisan in your policies that you believe it is important to speak of him this way in order to support President Obama.  As far as the crux of the statement is concerned, if someone speaks out against someone’s desire to commit suicide but doesn’t give the individual an alternative way to live their life, should they therefore be in favor of suicide?  Based on your statement suicide would be the right move, not just for the individual in this hypothetical scenario, but based on this policy, for the United States as well.

It so happens that Prime Minister Netanyahu does have an alternative which is

“standing firm, ratcheting up the pressure (through continued sanctions), until you get a better deal.”

Of course you are opposed to this because you are seeing through partisan blinders and they are causing you to support the president in a deal with a distrustful government with the ambition of radicalizing the entire planet. Your own statement in response to Netanyahu’s comment only shows how illogical dealing with Iran is when you say, that the path of sanctions would drive Iran’s program underground and make it more difficult to monitor.  How do you get from that to believing this is a legitimate partner in peace?  I don’t believe that you do.  Instead I believe you are playing partisan politics at its worst, even when it is detrimental to the safety of the State of Israel, the United States of America, and ultimately the entire western world.

To me this is poor and irresponsible leadership that will not only hurt the country, but the political party you clearly deem more important than anything else.  Not to mention the fact that as a Jew, it is my opinion, and one shared by many others, that in supporting this deal you are supporting a policy that puts the Jewish nation and Jews everywhere in danger.  I hope you can live with that.

Sincerely,

David Groen

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Open Letter to Lauryn Hill

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Dear Ms. Hill,

I’ve written many letters over the past few years to various celebrities regarding their stance on Israel and in many cases I have very little trouble putting my sentiment into words.  However, if I am to take your statement on face value I find myself in a more difficult position today, because on one side there is the indication of genuineness on your part, while on the other side, even if your intentions started off pure, you now have a greater responsibility as a result of your actions.  That responsibility is to the truth.

I am of course referring to your recent decision to cancel your performances in Israel.  While you did not make any indication that you were challenging the position or behavior of the Israeli government, many on social media have taken your decision and used it as an opportunity to express their vile and unwarranted hatred for Israel and the Jewish people.  You made the following statement:

It is very important to me that my presence or message not be misconstrued, or a source of alienation to either my Israeli or my Palestinian fans.

My entire motivation for this letter to you can be taken back to that statement included in your letter in which you stated your decision to cancel the trip to Israel.  For all the times I have confronted blatant anti-Semites, unapologetic haters of Israel, and celebrities biased against fairness towards the Jewish people, I personally will choose to give you the benefit of the doubt and take your words as being honest and well-meant. However Ms. Hill, the catch to all of this is that for your words to carry meaning you need to back them up with some action.

I have often said that as a human-being I have no problem with people caring about the well-being of innocent Palestinian civilians as long as they do so with acceptance of the facts as to the true factors causing their plight and most importantly, that their concern is not at the expense of the citizens of the State of Israel.  If it is truly very important to you that your message not be misconstrued, now is the time to make certain it is not.  Follow up your statement with a comment stating your cancellation was based on logistical problems not on protest against Israeli policy. Based on your own words you have a responsibility to do just that, for your message is not only being misconstrued, it is being misrepresented, manipulated and exploited by those who look for every opportunity to attack Israel and the Jewish people.  To be quite frank with you Ms. Hill, this will also tell the world whether or not you truly did run into logistical issues or you were merely succumbing to pressure from the haters of the Jewish state.

So yes Ms. Hill, I am challenging you.  I do so because you have an unprecedented opportunity. You can show an equal concern for both Palestinians and Israelis in a manner not often seen in today’s world.  However to do so honestly you now have to stand up and defend Jewish people.  Please don’t let us down.  Please be true to your word.  How you respond to these concerns will determine whether or not you are just another hater without the courage of your convictions, or a genuine woman trying her best to use her art to make everyone’s life better.  I certainly hope it turns out to be the latter.

Sincerely,

David Groen

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