Why are those people at the game?

… asked my almost-teenage-daughter in her sweet youthful voice yesterday. Why are all those fans sitting in the freezing cold stadium on a Sunday afternoon to watch their beloved 0-10 Browns lose yet another football game?

A simple observation from an honest broker. And one that defies a truly good answer. That got me thinking, why does anyone continue to believe, in the face of adversity. Why do we insist on sticking to our principles and bang our head against the proverbial wall in an attempt to affect change?

Well, no more my friends. Let’s apply this to the political world we cannot ignore. We all feel the winds of change, and the opportunities it brings along with it. Particularly in the area of American foreign policy and U.S.-Israel relations.

Yes, we won’t be able to predict what the future holds til we know who takes the offices of Secretary of State and others. But we do know that the last eight years are coming to an abrupt end and, despite what some ‘mainstream’ (don’t you hate that word) pundits and government bureaucrats may feel, opportunity knocks.

It is what we do with this opportunity that will measure our contributions to history: the road not (yet) taken and all that. I don’t deny those who are vying for jobs, sending an endless stream of resumes to friendly listeners who may or not be connected to key transition team members. In the very least, it gives us all something to talk about in the who’s-who in DC world. Some of those are complete newcomers, others seasoned veterans. Their service is probably a combination of true ideology plus a hankering for power — and I honestly salute their hard work in putting together the new family who will take charge. I just hope they are not afraid to trade in old paradigms for new effective strategies (i.e. the age-old ‘two-state’ solution as the only road to peace).

It’s a three-house-game now, and how it pans out is anyone’s guess. On the one hand, a Republican majority in both Houses of Congress paired with a White House rule as well, is a rthe-white-houseecipe for true growth. On the other, powerful forces are at work to undermine this unity, threatening to deflect any potential positive change.

This is not coming from within, we should note – the Republican ranks have drawn closer and tighter, encouraging teamwork and cooperation. Kudos to those ideologues who chose unity over an ill-timed bid to take over leadership positions on the Hill. Rather, it’s the minor-but-loud public opinion egged on by some media that threatens the implementation of the democratic will of the People of the United States.

Who are all those people insisting on showing up? Through thick and thin, those are the folks who can make things happen. We stick to our beliefs and work to bring real change. Forget the pundits’ patter, concentrate on the goal — this is the real deal, and we are here to help leave a mark of greatness in the history books.

I’ll try to remind my daughter of that, when she sees those crazy fans in the stands next week.

About the Author
Ruth Lieberman is an Israeli-based political consultant and licensed tour guide, combining her love of Israel with political acumen to better Israel's standing both at home and in the eyes of the world. She has consulted for political leaders in Jerusalem and in Washington, from work on election campaigns to public advocacy and events. Her tours in Israel connect Biblical history to modern realities, to highlight Israel's achievements and promote its policies.
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