We are rapidly a approaching our last chance to determine what the direction this country that we all love will take in the future. This election will ultimately determine whether we will take a path that leads back to the mistakes and inequities of the past or whether we will take a path that will open up the future for the well being and inclusion of all of our citizens.
Elections are coming very close. It is hard to tell who has the edge either Trump or Biden. The main objection which Biden publicizes not to vote for Trump, is that he allowed 100,000 Americans to die from Corona. Biden claims Trump was negligent. Trump defends his handling of the outbreak of the epidemic.
The World Zionist Organization (WZO) met this week for three days. The WZO was established in 1897 by Theodore Herzl. The usual meeting takes place in Jerusalem, but this week it was done virtually because of the Coronavirus Pandemic. Seven hundred delegates and observers from over 30 countries took part in the conference.
Israel is known for its new innovations in Science and Technology. Today, it has introduced a new innovation in demonstrations for freedom and democracy. The right to demonstrate in a democracy is sacred. The right to protest may be a manifestation of the right to freedom of assembly, the right to freedom of association, and the right to freedom of speech.
French President Emmanuel Macron irked by the on goings in Belarus notably the brutal crackdown on peaceful demonstrators by the Lukashenko led administration, President Macron has ramped up the pressure on the embattled Belarus president by insisting that Alexander Lukashenko must vacate office, saying Lukashenko “must go”.
The Polish telegram channel Nexta, which became one of the main channels for the Belarusian opposition to report news and organize actions together, conducted a poll. The poll conducted was pertaining to the question, “are you ready to join the self-defense units and fight back against the punishers?”
Living in a democratic society until you understand the relationships between religion, faith and freedom you cannot appreciate democracy. All three factors religion, faith and freedom are in the center of life each one making its claims on modern society. Before religion came into the world beginning with Abraham described in Genesis in the bible, there was freedom and there was chaos.
When I was a child in elementary school we always started our day with the “Pledge of Allegiance,” the last line of which ended in the words “One nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” At that time it was just something we did each day, and I really didn’t think about what the words meant, but now that I am living as an adult in a divisive world that often seems filled with hate, I think about what liberty and justice for all really mean. We are living at a time that threatens those words and our democracy. I have seen a lot of administrations and presidents come and go, but I have never experienced a time so full of dissension and hate as we are now living through.
Alexei Navalny has received attention from the Western leaders. His alleged poisoning by tea in Siberia, and consequent induced coma, made the international headlines. Currently, he is receiving treatment in Charite Clinic in Germany. Chancellor Angela Merkel demanded the alleged poisoning to be investigated by Russia.
Belarus is on the verge of default. The Coronavirus pandemic impacted world economies and continues to cause a strain. However, outside of the coronavirus impact, Belarus’ political situation and challenging economic situation caused a drop in the foreign exchange earnings.
The murder of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin again arouses in people the desire to march for a cause. There are many different causes which are important. Black live matter is a favorite cause today. Those that look deeper into the need to demonstrate and march can find a better slogan which is LIFE IS SACRED – MARCH FOR LIFE. This slogan includes Black lives Matter and doesn’t create hatred.
Alexander Lukashenko managed to suppress Belarus’ Maidan. The protests continue, but without the same vigor. However, it is only a temporary measure. Eventually, the forces will get stronger, and it is highly likely this will be his last term. If he manages to get through it, it will be with the help of Russia.
The Israeli public is losing its trust in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Israel government. They feel that Netanyahu is abusing the privileges of his position as Prime Minister. The attempt to make a unified government between Benny Gantz and Netanyahu seems to be a failure.
The border clash between Armenia and Azerbaijan reminds the world about the Armenian Genocide which occurred in 1915. The Genocide was a systematic mass murder of 1.5 million ethnic Armenians by the Ottoman authorities after they were defeated in World War I. The awareness of modern civilization about the dangers of Genocide were awakened in World War II by the holocaust where 6 million Jews were brutally killed in German Concentration camps. The memory of the holocaust has great meaning to instill in the world a desire to prevent genocide in the future.
More is known today about Corona virus than in its beginning. There are three medicines available for general anti-viral use Hydro-Chloroquine, Remdesvir, and Cerdelga. Dexamethasome a cheap steroid is being used in hospitals. Plasma is still in the research phase. A vaccine is on the way. Bureaucracy still is slowing down the process of treatment.
A new International religious freedom alliance was announced by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Pompeo said that the alliance would include likeminded partners who treasure and fight for the international freedom of every human being. In the meantime because of the demonstrations for injustice to Floyd George corona cases are growing in the states while in Europe they are declining. The crisis of George Floyd has slowed down the American cause of freedom.
The American Constitution begins We the people of the United States in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our prosperity, do ordain and establish this constitution for the United State of America.
A representative democracy is a form of government in which representatives are elected to make policy and enforce laws while representing the citizens. There is a plurality of virtues here, including first the intrinsic importance of political participation and freedom in human life; second, the instrumental importance of political incentives in keeping governments responsible and accountable; and third, the constructive role of democracy in the formation of values and in the understanding of needs, rights, and duties. All this is present in American political life. But the last time the Democratic party acquired an inclination toward socialism, that doesn’t blend with democracy.
The murder of George Floyd had nothing to do with Black racism. The policemen did not stop George Floyd because he was a black but as an American who was suspicious. An employee at the Cup Foods convenience store called police to say that a customer had tried to use a counterfeit $20 bill to buy cigarettes. According to law a person that uses counterfeit money to purchase goods or services may be arrested and charged with a crime.
Corona Virus has comes to push America and the world ahead and not backwards. The Lubavitcher Rebbe of blessed memory called America a nation of kindness. America has open arms to people of all races, creeds, ethnic groups and religion. America welcomes new immigrants which have entered the country legally. America offers a stable government with a stable economy. It also has the most powerful military in the world.
Corona reveals the Universal faith. The Lubavitcher Rebbe declared at the end of his life, “The world is in Messianic times.” The Universal faith reveals the resurrection of Moses the first prophet, the giver of the Law of God at Mount Sinai, the Ten Commandments. Corona has united the three religions and their representative in Jerusalem in prayer to end the Corona Pandemic. Each religion is a separate entity with a different scripture and law claiming to be the authentic representative of God on earth. At this prayer gathering each of the leaders stood two meters apart. They each prayed in their own words silently.
Ukrainian MP passed to the Prosecutor’s office materials about “Biden’s influence on Poroshenko.” The just released tapes are conversations between former US Vice President Joseph Biden and former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. People’s Deputy of Ukraine Andriy Derkach released audio materials that, according to him, may indicate the influence of Biden on the fifth President of Ukraine.
Corona virus has taught the importance of government. The governments of the world have taken charge of the threat of the virus through enforcing quarantine. When there was no medicine and no vaccine quarantine is the only other solution. Without any government restrictions, the disease would be allowed to spread naturally out of control until almost every person in the world became infected. Some people would die and others would live. There wouldn’t be enough hospital space for everyone. People would die at home. People have died at home anyway in New York. People die at home from other diseases like heart failure. There is a limit to ambulances and a limit to hospital space. Corona has no limits. It has the potential to infect the whole world.
Israel Independence Day will not be the same in the midst of Corona Quarantine. This month the holiday of Lag B’omer where gathered hundreds of thousands of Chassidism to the village of Meron the Tomb of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai will only be celebrated by Ten Chassidim and two Torch lightings. The holiday of Shevuot where at the Western Wall gathered hundreds of thousands of Jews will also be limited to ten Jews. Eurovision Israel song contest has been cancelled. These are today only memories. Madonna called Corona on her website “the great equalizer.” Corona strikes both religious Jews and secular Jews in Israel equally.
After many attempts to form a new government in Israel, and three elections in one year, an agreement was finally made between Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz of the Israel Resilience Party. The two will form an emergency unity government. Gantz’s party will receive sixteen ministerial positions and Likud will have fourteen.
We are approaching the holiday of Passover beginning with the first night of the Jewish holiday when the angel of death circled the homes of the people in Egypt including the homes where the Jews lived. The night was frightening everyone stayed inside their homes like today everyone stays home in quarantine from Corona. On the doorposts of some homes was the blood of the Paschal lamb mixed with hyssop herb which was a deterrent from the angel of death entering the home like a snake with poison venom. Netanyahu has declared total quarantine in Israel on the night of Passover. Everyone is ordered to stay inside. No prayers. No commuting. No guests from the outside to join in the Passover meal celebration.
The world is waiting to see what type of retaliation will be made by Iran for the assassination of Solimeini their general chief of staff. Iran shot eighteen missiles at US headquarters in Iraq. Democracy is at war with theocracy in the Middle East. In democracy freedom is of first importance in life. In theocracy the law, the Koran, The Torah is most important. Progressive Jewish Spirituality and Baha”i faith teach that freedom and the law are of equal importance but just like God is unknown his law is an unknown law. Koran and Torah are two attempts both claim to be the Law of God but they are in truth the Law of the Israel nation or the Law of the Islamic nation. The prophets like Isaiah, Ezekiel, and Jerimiah taught the truth that there is a third law whose specifics are unknown which is the Law of God. Teach this in a theocracy and you will be put to death immediately.
Social media has become part of our daily lives, from reading breaking news, to communication for business and personal purposes. It is an important tool for many in their daily lives, no matter how one uses it. It is also a dangerous tool, where one can have their life ruined. People have lost jobs over their posts, as well as being targeted and bullied on social media platforms. Some take it upon themselves to label other people online with the false narrative of being trolls (even though the profiles are legit!), just to cause turmoil.
In a democracy there are civilians and soldiers. In a theocracy every citizen is also a soldier of the nation. A dictator will not allow the people of his nation to rest. They are always under his rule, the fear of their dictator is upon them. Freedom is a purpose in a democracy; in a dictatorship or theocracy the purpose of life is work.
Instability in South America is growing. The nations currently experiencing unrest are Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, Haiti, Uruguay and Venezuela. The region is experiencing a shift from dictatorship to democracy. The left and the right factions remained the same for a long time with both sides supporting black markets, corruption, and taking outside funds either from the West or Russia/China (in the past from the Soviet Union).
I have been a witness to the democratic process for many, many years. I have participated in numerous elections that have brought to office Democrats and Republicans of various philosophies and styles, but I have never before been worried through all of these various changes that our democracy was in danger of not surviving.
A democracy is based on the rule of law and when there is an assault on our laws, that is an assault on our democracy. Because I am so concerned, I have been paying more attention to the political changes that are occurring not only in our country but also in the world. I have begun to realize that what is happening in our country is not an isolated event, but is also happening all over Europe.
Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam was forced to read her annual speech via video after protests from pro-democracy legislators. They reportedly shouted and mocked Lam in the middle of the speech. Lam is being pressured by protests against Chinese intervention which had taken place four months ago. In her speech, she promised to remain committed to restoring trust in the government and asking people to “put aside differences.”
Israel is in a crisis. Hezbollah has threatened them from the North. They are at war with Iran deploying their forces in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon. Trump has vowed support for Israel and its survival in an unstable Middle East. The Peace Deal of the Century between Israel and Palestine is ready to be revealed after the elections.
Racism is a reality. It is here to stay. The Bible has already given the answer to the problems created by racism and it is not capital punishment. “Then Moses set apart three cities on this side of the Jordan toward the sun rising; that the slayer might flee there, who should kill his neighbor unawares, and hated him not in times past; and that fleeing unto one of these cities he might live.” Three cities of refuge were set up by Moses with the permission to set up six more when the borders of Israel will grow.
President Trump appears crazy in love with Israel. There is a close connection between the two nations more than just politics and economics. Not only is Israel and America representing Democracy in the world, they are both connected to the essence of freedom and democracy revealed by their flags, the American flag also called the Star Spangled Banner, and the Israel Flag.
Democracy which is enjoyed by America, Israeli and the free world continually faces conflicts between the two sides left and right. Democracy gives the right of both sides to interact peacefully but there is always conflicts over political control. After President Trump won the election he revealed himself as a conservative Republican. Republicans are generally more conservative than Democrats who are more liberal. Republicans can be conservative or liberal republican and democrats can be more or less liberal.
Minorities have a voice in Democracy. The communists a minority in America burned the American flag on the lawn of the White House on Independence Day in the middle of the address of President Trump.. Democracy allows the burning of the flag as a symbol of freedom of speech. Anarchism is also a minority. If not, there would be no state or law and order.
Most people are innocent witnesses of the conflicts in today’s life between democracy and theocracy. In common folk language we are Jehovah witnesses seeing history revealed. Sunday morning in Brooklyn, we would wake up late and about noon time would come to our doors two very lovely ladies to give us some help. They were carrying a Bible and some pamphlets which said on them “Jehovah Witnesses.” We were not Orthodox Jewish but maintained in our house Jewish Tradition. My mother was respectful to these missionaries. Not interested was our answer and they tried to accept it.
What is the purpose of the United States Senate? During a supposed breakfast meeting between founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson was said to have asked why George Washington agreed to the creation of a second, superfluous house of Congress. Washington himself replied with a question: “why did you just now pour that coffee into your saucer, before drinking?” Jefferson answered, “to cool it.” Washington thus answered Jefferson’s query, “even so, we pour our legislation into the senatorial saucer to cool it.” More than a century later, George Frisbie Hoar described the legislative body in which he served as a place where “the deliberate will, the sober second thought of the people might find expression.”
The media, specifically the news media, is the cornerstone of a strong democracy. Not only does the media keep voters informed, but it also keeps elected officials and bureaucrats accountable. However the media must be held to an incredibly high standard, because if the media succumbs to sensationalism or bias, it becomes a danger to democracy.
It is sad to say that the American media seems to be headed down that path. The Cable News Network (CNN), once a symbol of journalistic integrity, seems to have now become, in the eyes of many, a symbol of partisan reporting. A recent Harvard study found that CNN’s coverage of the Trump administration was 93 percent negative.
God Bless America. God Bless Israel. God bless humanity.
In the battle with Amalek Exodus 17:12 is says “Moses hands were heavy, and they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it, and Aharon and Hur supported his hands on one side and the other side, and his hands were steady.”
Religion was once part of politics. The first Monotheistic religious state was the Biblical nation of Israel which was a Religious Monarchy. The nation of Israel did not evolve into a Religious Monarchy immediately when they entered into Israel under the leadership of Joshua. There was a period of 400 years called the time of judges about which it says in Judges, “In those days there was no king in Israel, every man did that which was right in his own eyes.” During the time of Judges there was even a woman Judge Devorah who lead the country in peace and war. The nation of Israel at the time of Judges is an example for all nations today.