Is South America Another Arab Spring?

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).

Democracy in the Crosshairs

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 Leader Cancels Speech After Chaos in LegCo

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 Ready for Elections in One Week: A List of the Major Parties Vying for Power

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 – Cities of Refuge as an Answer

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.

Right vs Left – Democracy in Israel is Tested Too

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.

Theocracy vs Democracy – A Test of Love and Respect

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.

Is the Senate Really Broken? Or is History Repeating Itself?

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 News Media is Eroding American Democracy

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.

Keep Religion Out of Politics

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.