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.