I have a friend named Stuart. I’ve known Stuart for close to 40 years. Some of you reading this even know him. I recently came to the realization that there is no friend on Facebook, excluding family members or friends of the family that I know longer than I know him. He and I used to argue so passionately on Facebook that we went through an “unfriended” period, the details of which are unclear, specifically in regard to who initiated the “unfriending”. Frankly at this point it is unimportant. We no longer argue. Why? Because we share a common understanding. The understanding that most of the issues we used to argue about will mean nothing if we don’t preserve the freedom and safety of the civilized world. Maybe even more importantly, we share an unapologetic love for Israel and the Jewish people.
Those of you who know him may know that 2 of his favorite words are obfuscate and metanoia. Stop pretending you all know what those two words mean and click on each one for the definition. Stuart and I have certainly gotten into it over the past few years. He has what can only be defined as conservative views while I hold some very liberal positions, particularly on social issues. He believes that what has happened to me is metanoia. I agree on some levels, but I’ve always loved my people, been pro-Israel, and hated bigots of any kind, especially anti-Semites. That doesn’t mean he’s entirely wrong. The events of the last few months certainly did change me, as I wrote in my piece “My Summer of Gaza”.
But here is what I believe has become the common ground in our discussion. If we allow Muslim extremism to run rampant all over the world the other issues won’t matter. The issues we argued about we’re allowed to argue about. We live in a free country. If we don’t wake up, and wake up soon, those basic freedoms may vanish before our very eyes.
I urge those of you reading this who are really tempted to address my views on specific subjects to leave it for another time. Why? Not because I don’t want to have the discussion but because it goes against the exact point I am trying to make.
All these other issues are secondary to the greatest issue of our lifetime. Freedom from an evil spreading over the planet like an out of control cancer. It’s why my next vote for president will be for whoever has the strongest stance on foreign policy and whoever is most pro-Israel. Even if on the issues they think just like Stuart does. In fact, I might just nominate Stuart for president.
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