The Bible says so.
According to The Minnesota Independent Bachmann took the opportunity at an event last week in Los Angeles to tell the Republican Jewish Coalition:
“I am convinced in my heart and in my mind that if the United States fails to stand with Israel, that is the end of the United States . . . [W]e have to show that we are inextricably entwined, that as a nation we have been blessed because of our relationship with Israel, and if we reject Israel, then there is a curse that comes into play. And my husband and I are both Christians, and we believe very strongly the verse from Genesis [Genesis 12:3], we believe very strongly that nations also receive blessings as they bless Israel. It is a strong and beautiful principle.”
That’s nice that her and her husband are both Christians and that they’re convinced. They have a right to be convinced. We have (for now) freedom of religion in this country. I fail to see what this has to do with national policy. Oh, that’s right, nothing! The Constitution forbids state-sponsored religion. But you know that, don’t you, Michele, being the constitutional expert here? So you’re welcome to your beliefs, but they really cannot form the basis of our foreign relations.
It might also be instructive to look at the entire passage, since as we all know, people like Michele tend to cherry pick and take out of context some rather important items. Here is Genesis 12:1-3:
Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
She should also know that God is talking to Abraham. Abraham is dead. Abraham is no longer here to be blessed or cursed. It might also be observed that God’s word is suspect; he inarguably failed to make of Abraham a great nation. If he had, Israel would not need our help. Israel would be helping us.
Right now in my own private Bible time, I am working through Isaiah . . . and there is continually a coming back to what God gave to Israel initially, which was the Torah and the Ten Commandments, and I have a wonderful quote from John Adams that if you will indulge me [while I find it] . . . [from his February 16, 1809 letter to François Adriaan van der Kemp]:
I will insist that the Hebrews have done more to civilize men than any other nation. If I were an atheist, and believed in blind eternal fate, I should still believe that fate had ordained the Jews to be the most essential instrument for civilizing the nations. If I were an atheist of the other sect, who believe or pretend to believe that all is ordered by chance, I should believe that chance had ordered the Jews to preserve and propagate to all mankind the doctrine of a supreme, intelligent, wise, almighty sovereign of the universe, which I believe to be the great essential principle of all morality, and consequently of all civilization.
. . . So that is a very long way to answer your question, but I believe that an explicit statement from us about our support for Israel as tied to American security, we would do well to do that.
This nice, the words of John Adams about Israel, but again, this is Michele Bachmann cherry-picking.She fails to mention what Adams told van der Kemp in a letter of December 27, 1816:
As I understand the Christian religion, it was, and is, a revelation. But how has it happened that millions of fables, tales, legends, have been blended with both Jewish and Christian revelation that have made them the most bloody religion that ever existed?
Let’s mention the Treaty of Tripoli, submitted to the Senate by President John Adams, ratified unanimously from the U.S. Senate on June 7, 1797 and signed by John Adams, took effect as the law of the land on June 10, 1797 and asserted the following about the United States:
As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion,—as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquility, of Mussulmen,—and as the said States never entered into any war or act of hostility against any Mahometan nation, it is declared by the parties that no pretext arising from religious opinions shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries.
Having been ratified by Congress without objection to the language used, this document has far more relevance than any biblical passage taken in or out of context. This is the official “law” of the land, as opposed to the Bible, which can only remain (by writ of the Constitution) “unofficial” and, well…beside the point. There is no other way to say it.
So John Adams thought the Jews had done a lot for civilization, but he also thought America was not a Christian nation. Can’t have it both ways, Michele. Going to start quoting people like John Adams be prepared to take into account everything they said. If Michele is under any doubt as to whether the Treaty of Tripoli truly expresses Adams’ feelings about the United States government, she might peruse the following from John Adams’ “A Defence of the Constitutions of Government of the United States of America” (1787-88). Emphasis added:
The United States of America have exhibited, perhaps, the first example of governments erected on the simple principles of nature; and if men are now sufficiently enlightened to disabuse themselves of artifice, imposture, hypocrisy, and superstition, they will consider this event as an era in their history. Although the detail of the formation of the American governments is at present little known or regarded either in Europe or in America, it may hereafter become an object of curiosity. It will never be pretended that any persons employed in that service had interviews with the gods, or were in any degree under the influence of Heaven, more than those at work upon ships or houses, or laboring in merchandise or agriculture; it will forever be acknowledged that these governments were contrived merely by the use of reason and the senses.
Finally, while Michele was quoting from Adams’ letter she might have thought to share this with her Jewish audience, revelation of Adams’ ultimate goal with regard to Israel, as stated in a letter to Mordechai Manuel Noah, a Jewish activist and journalist in 1819:
I really wish the Jews again in Judea, an independent nation, for, as I believe, the most enlightened men of it have participated in the amelioration of the philosophy of the age; once restored to an independent government, and no longer persecuted, they would soon wear away some of the asperities and peculiarities of their character, possibly in time become liberal Unitarian Christians…
So what Adams was really saying was that the Jews had done a bunch of good stuff for civilization, hurray for them, and now they should get their country back and become liberal Unitarian Christians. Why didn’t you tell your Jewish audience that, Michele?
LIBERAL Unitarian Christians. Oh dear, Michele. You can’t mention that, can you? He didn’t want them to become fundamentalist zealots like you, did he?
So much for Israel, Michele. So much for truth.