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Ehrlich asks the wrong question

11:15 AM EDT, September 5, 2012

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It's a cloudy rainy dreary morning in Elkton and I'm looking for something to bring a smile, give a laugh or at least a chuckle so I check out The Sun's Sunday commentary section. There I find the column by Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr. who appears to be serious when he picks on the Jewish community asking, "Can Jews be sure of Obama's commitment to Israel?" (Sept. 2).

Come on now, Mr. Ehrlich, you know that, as a whole, the United States has always stood by Israel and we continue to; and that includes President Barack Obama. Just because President Obama is attempting to settle the Iranian issue of nuclear weapons by diplomatic means should not be misconstrued as a weakening of the U.S. commitment to Israel.

We have been at war for more than a decade and "We, the People" are weary of war. President Obama understands this far more than you and your Republican associates. Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona continues to push for war. His objective is to elect Mitt Romney so he can teach Mr. Romney his favorite song, "Bomb, bomb, bomb, Iran." A very sad commentary for the United States.

Israel, along with the entire world, should be concerned more about Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. This man can, with a single pre-emptive strike against Iran, put the entire world at risk of destruction. So to answer Mr. Ehrlich's question, Yes, the Jewish Community can be sure of President Obama's commitment to Israel.

Now why Mr. Ehrlich or any Republican would bring up the name Rev. Jeremiah Wright in this election cycle is hard to understand. How about we talk about Rep. Paul Ryan, Republican candidate for vice president and the influence he says Ayn Rand, the atheist Russian whose philosophies have been rejected, has on him. It's funny that once Mr. Ryan was about to be chosen by Mr. Romney as his running mate, that Mr. Ryan denounced that association.

While Mr. Ehrlich mentions Rep. Todd Akin and his views on "legitimate rape," he failed to mention that Mr. Akin's position on abortion is, in fact, the same as that of most Republicans and, more importantly, has been made part of the Republican platform. Why hasn't Mr. Ehrlich as the leader of the Romney campaign in Maryland and Mr. Romney himself fought against this fundamental denial of women's right to health care? Why are Mr. Ehrlich and the other Republicans so against a women's right to choose abortion in the case of rape, incest or the life of the women?

The position of the Republican Party on abortion in the case of rape, incest and the life of the woman is so unchristian and repulsive, it is enough to make one sick. This Republican position will come to be if Republicans are elected into any office. It's not something they want to talk about and I can see why, can't you?

Stanley W. Jakiel, Elkton