Beyond the Cusp

June 25, 2017

The Scene Turned Ugly at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn

 

The rally was organized by extremist groups in the camp of Orthodox Jewry in both the United States and Israel who are against their congregants having to serve in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) because they believe that their willingness to study Torah, most of them, should exempt all of them from service just in case they decide they desire to study Torah today. These groups are part but not all of the Haredi movement. What is interesting is that in the United States the Haredi have normal lives, as they would see things. In Israel, many of the Haredi do not work and instead spend their days studying Torah, or so the argument is made. This is why they claim they should not be forced to serve in the IDF. They claim that according to Torah, their study brings about peace and that is their contribution to the safety of Israel. This is not a universal belief and there are Haredi who serve in the IDF with great distinction in many cases. These soldiers are in risk should they visit friends or family in Haredi neighborhoods and one recently suffered broken ribs as he was attacked in his own Haredi neighborhood. This was a disgrace and the most despicable of actions by those Haredi who perpetrated this beating.

 

IDF Crest Insignia

 

This takes us back to the rally held at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn, New York, New York. This rally was anything but inexpensive. Those behind organizing this rally have deep pockets and cannot be taken lightly as with such pockets comes power. This makes the events which transpired at the rally of importance. The rally was announced as being held in sympathy with the Haredi in Israel and their soon being required to serve in the IDF except for a percentage who will be Torah scholars, but the average Haredi are going to be drafted, as are everyone else, to serve their term in the IDF. This is part of the effort to integrate the majority of the Haredi into mainstream Israeli society as this is quickly becoming a necessity as the numbers of Haredi in the population increases the remainder of the Israeli people will be unable to support the Haredi. This is being resisted and the movement has been joined by other extremist groups in the camp of Orthodox Jewry. The rally very quickly turned from supporting the Haredi cause to being grossly anti-Zionist and then finally anti-Israel. That is where the rally became troubling and unacceptable.

 

Having political views is one thing which is acceptable. Turning against the Jewish state by organized Jews and doing so in such a publically observable manner is unacceptable. Jews who believe that Israel has no right to exist because according to their belief and interpretation of Torah the Jews were to await the Messiah before reestablishing their homeland is one thing. Publically calling Israel an abomination or decrying her existence is something entirely different. By expressing such views in a public forum can only result in enforcing the enemies of Israel and possibly result in enemies of Israel acting claiming that even the Jews do not believe in or support fully the Jewish state. Calling for an end to Israel is calling for the elimination of the Israeli Jews who are going nowhere voluntarily. That is well over six-million Jews plus all the rest of the Israeli population. This is a serious breach of reality. The Jewish state is a fact and exists. Claiming that the Zionist Jews should have awaited the Messiah is a wonderful thought. There are also Jews who read the same Torah and believe that there need be a Jewish Israel and Jerusalem into which the Messiah can return. Obviously, both sides of this argument cannot be correct and to muddy the waters further there are those who believe that there will be no Messiah, but only a Messianic Age. There will be only one means of determining which of the three sides are correct, and that will require either the arrival of the Messiah or the Messianic Age. The arrival of the Messiah will, of course, answer many, many questions and settle who was correct, as if it makes any difference at that point.

 

That brings us back to now. There are far too few Jews for us to go around accusing one another of presumably unpardonable sins, at least not so publically. Jewish sects have had their differences in every age. Rabbi Akiva and Rabbi Ben Azzai had a few differences over which Jews to this day can discuss and argue over the merits of the two Torah scholars. There are many who could rightfully declare that opposing the Jewish state today is tantamount to opposing the survival and welfare of the Jewish people as a whole. Debating Zionism was the biggest argument in Judaism a century ago but as of May 15, 1948 (5th of Iyyar, 5708) that debate was made mute. There is no reason to continue to beat a dead horse, as the saying goes. That debate is over, Israel lives and now it is the future of the Jewish people. Should Israel disappear the remainder of Judaism would assimilate and disappear except for a few stray groups clustered around their Rabbi and the Jews would become more of an oddity than a religion. That is the future of Judaism without Israel.

 

Yes, there are those with a differing view of Torah than the religious Zionists like myself. They believe the Messiah must come to establish Israel and we believe that Israel must have been established and Jerusalem brought into Jewish hands for the Messiah to have an Israel from within which to enter Jerusalem. We believe that Israel is not yet ready to receive the Messiah and until we hold Jerusalem as our capital undivided and wholly holy and ours and with all the holy cities of our Torah under Israeli law and with Jews as the citizens within. Then once we are worthy, the Messiah will come. That is when all the Jews are worthy and we will never be worthy as long as we are at one another’s throats. We are one people despite our differences and we need to act as one people. Rabbi Akiva and Rabbi Ben Azzai had differences and debated their different interpretations all while each respecting the other. We could learn a lot from their friendly rivalry which was carried forth with high respect and never with animosity from one for the other. Debate within Judaism is almost a tradition, but always with respect and cordiality. As fellow Jews, we must act as what we are, brothers and sisters, a glorious family, the descendants of Abraham, Isaak and Jacob. Differences aside, we all say the same prayers and observe the same holidays and enjoy our Sabbath meals with family. While I understand the arguments of whether Israel was to be established before or by the Messiah and understand how many rise and fall over this argument, I see all of us as Jews first and foremost. We must all adopt this view for there are too few of us as has been the sad reality in every age. When we fight amongst ourselves, we only stir up wrath which will be our downfall. We must overcome out differences and learn to love one another as the siblings which we are. That is the long and the short of this and displays such as the one at Barclay Center in Brooklyn, New York, New York can only serve to destroy the Jewish people making us but a footnote of history. Torah say such can never be, so apparently Torah says we must mend our ways.

 

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June 24, 2017

Forget Calls by Left to Meet Halfway

 

All too often, there is this game played by the leftists and the media against the right and the people. This game follows the same old route every time but somehow it almost always claims it has worked. The affair starts with calls by leftist leaders calling for peace and an end to the bitter atmosphere between the Left and the Right. The media jumps on this olive branch being offered all but demanding understanding and a meeting in the middle by the political rivals. The invitation continues to hang and the media pounds the message home at every opportunity. Eventually, the leadership from the right weakens and it starts to look as if there will be a meeting in the middle. That is when the slide begins where the left ever so faster move their positions further left and further left until meeting in the middle becomes meeting in the left rather than the middle, as advertised. Currently, there is no call from the left in the United States for a meeting between the left and the right but if the left can ever calm down and accept their loss by Hillary Clinton to Donald Trump, then possibly the two sides can talk. What is interesting, the left in the United States is increasingly moving to the left without having requested or even hinted at any hope of working together with their rivals on the right. Instead, the left is demanding that they be permitted to call the agenda because it is their fair and proper place in the way of things. They claim it is their right and that despite losing the election, they have the moral right and responsibility to continue the programs and initiatives which are the only proper and true path which the nation must go. They are convinced along with the legions who claim that Hillary Clinton did win the elections except for interference from the Russians, James Comey, the FBI, Wikileaks, sexism, working class refuse to believe a woman can be President and lack of support from the Democrat Party itself, that all the power rightfully should lie with them. So, because she won except for cheating by the world and everyone being against her, it gives the leftists the right to dictate policy as if they held both houses of Congress and the White House because if the world was the way it should be, that would be the reality.

 

Hillary Clinton miserable

I Lost? Impossible! Trump won? Impossible! He won what states? Impossible!
You keep using that word, I do not think it means what you think it means.

 

Oh, so you doubt that. Have you read my Facebook page and all the leftists telling me how the world demands that they be granted the right to rule everything? I see it every day and it is truly amazing. Now there are rumors that those behind the demonstrations and racket about Hillary winning the election are arranging for grand demonstrations across the nation in every major city. One has to wonder what they believe all their racket and screaming and protesting and just plain noise, the same type interference one used to see when they fell asleep watching television and the station had gone off the air and you just had white noise meaning nothing, will accomplish. I actually know what some of them believe they will be capable of actually accomplishing, they believe they will end up driving President Trump from office and also drive Pence, Ryan and the rest of the Republicans from office and take over permanently and control the United States without any opposition. They believe they can override the Constitution and rewrite the rules declaring themselves as permanent rulers. They honestly believe that the Republicans are fascists and thus must be driven from all the halls of power allowing themselves to be running the show with absolute power forever. They believe they should be permitted to send anyone who opposes their rule and what they wish to install to places where they can be educated to believe the correct ideas and join the program and get onboard. They see themselves as the real heart of the people and the proper ways of the world as it should be and, by gosh golly, it will be. They will not be happy until they are placed in charge and everybody is brought to understand how their ways and ideas are the only true and proper way and the United States will be brought to understand this no matter what it takes. Oh, and they are most definitely not fascists or dictatorial in any way, they are the popular and rightful leaders of the nation because Hillary Clinton received the popular vote, and that ends it.

 

Then there are those who believe that the Constitution was written the way it was for some very good and real reasons and the Electoral College is what actually chooses the President, not the popular vote. Most understand that the Electoral College was designed so that every state had a more equal representation no matter its size or population. Without this, the United States would become represented by the major cities and the rural vote and states would never have much of a say except for in the Senate. Imagine the nation if it was run completely from the top cities by population listed below.

1) New York
2) Los Angeles
3) Chicago
4) Houston
5) Phoenix
6) Philadelphia
7) San Antonio
8) San Diego
9) Dallas
10) San Jose
11) Austin
12) Jacksonville
13) San Francisco
14) Columbus
15) Indianapolis

 

Bridging the Right-Left gap is folly in the extreme. The left does not desire any compromises any longer. They simply desire one thing, complete control and nothing less. This game has been played before and those who know history understand what has started. It starts with claims of stolen elections or crimes against the state by government agents and other claims of unfair treatment or being cheated from their rightful positions of power, as long as the eventual end result is their having unrestricted and uncontested power. They use protests leading to riots and unrest and eventually the government will try and establish order which will fail. The more the government attempts to establish order the more the leftists will raise a ruckus. Eventually, there will be a savior who offers to end the unrest. They may come disguised as somebody from the right or perhaps honestly from the left but always promising to reestablish order. Once the left retakes power it is over and the leaders of the protests and violence call off their attacks. There will be those who have learned to love the violence and will continue, feel very sorry for those few remaining rioters and disruptors, as they cannot be tolerated once the left takes their presumed rightful place. They were given a name by Joseph Stalin, useful idiots. They are more of a bunch of sacrificial lambs who must be offered up for the sake of power. Power is the only thing what matters, always has been and always will be.

 

The one thing people need remember, liberals and left-wingers are not leftists. Leftists are the fanatical fringe whose ideology is less important than having and holding power. Once they have power, then things can progress peaceably. They thought they had gained power permanently after President Obama was reelected. They ignored their losing election after election in state after state. They believed that Hillary Clinton had to win simply because they had the winning idea, the first woman President. This had to work just as they used the idea of the first black President and President Obama rode that to two elections. They just knew that Hillary would win the next two elections and after eight more years, there would be nothing left of the Republican Party and the leftists would rule forever. Hillary would implement the remainder of their programs just as President Obama had done regardless of the Congress. President Hillary Clinton would simply issue Executive Orders to establish things and they would have the many separate government bureaucracies simply enact new regulations to complete their coup and that would be the end of the republic and end the need for elections. This was going to be their swan-song which was going to establish their Utopian and eternal governance. Something went wrong with the plan. The people of the United States had to have made an unforgivable mistake. They could not have elected somebody as abhorrent and detestable as Donald Trump. They had gotten their perfect Republican candidate, a non-politician who was not liked and immoral. The religious right would not be able to vote for such a person and without them, then Hillary would waltz into the White House. Now that this has happened and the plan is unraveling with President Trump ready to undo everything they had accomplished, the leftists cannot let this stand. This was it and now it has all gone awry. This was it and they are willing to destroy it all if that is what it takes to win and establish their utopia. Of course, their utopia is for the select few, but don’t tell the useful idiots that they are not included, they will not believe you. They are the true believers and will believe that even their sacrifice will have been for the cause and that is just as it should be. They might wake up some day, but not today or any day too soon. If they wake up it will be too late for them but maybe they can teach those who follow what freedom was and that it is worth fighting to regain. But the reality is, should freedom be lost now it will not come back ever for this generation and is unlikely for the next generation but if the generation after that can make it, that would be the start of the cycle again.

 

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June 23, 2017

Where is the World Headed, a Vision of Our Future

 

The world is suffering some furious fluctuations where change is putting its shoulder to the door but that door is braced and boarded up from the other side. The establishment is lodged in many areas of our society. They occupy much of media but are facing some determined opposition which is aided by the freedoms granted by the Internet where even the least of us can be heard. Entertainment is ruled by the liberal left and to be announced as a conservative means the end of the top roles and a quick trip to oblivion, but there is still room for those with talent which cannot be denied. There are even a few lesser-known but active movie makers who choose from the actors by their fitness and ability to play the roles, political views be damned. There are numerous occupations where politics plays no role. Such callings include anything to do with electricity from microelectronics to repairing high voltage lines with some carrying over seven-hundred-thousand volts, enough to cut a person in half almost instantaneously. Medicine cares only about skill and attention to detail from the person in the laundry room to the operations plant to the receptionist at the help desk in the lobby to the ward nurse on through the doctors doing rounds to the heart surgeons to the brain surgeon, all are rated by their performance and little else. Construction from the common laborer to the people working high steel, it is about ability, not politics.

 

Brain Surgeon at Work

Brain Surgeon at Work

 

But there is one profession where politics is everything, that is politics. With the gerrymandered Congressional districts throughout the nation despite laws and judgements handed down by courts from the lowest of the system to the Supreme Court itself, the districts are still weighted by the ruling party every ten years when the census are taken. This has removed much of the need to obey the voters as one is all but guaranteed their seat is secure as long as they cover their actions sufficiently to prevent any rival in the primary election. The sitting Congressperson always has the advantage of their war chest, the cash remaining from previous elections. These build over the years where eventually one need not raise funds with such serious determination as they have more than sufficient remaining for use. But even a Congressperson with no opponent will pursue funding which they use to reward those who have supported them as well as relatives with high paying positions in their campaign, a campaign which requires minimal efforts. This is perfectly legal and is one of the evils of the body politic in the United States and probably in Europe and the remainder of the world. Senate races are somewhat different as there will almost always be a rival as these are much more important positions as every state is evenly represented so every Senate seat is of paramount importance. These elections are only up for election every six years and every state holds a Senate race two out of every three election cycles. Entire states cannot be gerrymandered but many states are safe while some are more interesting. States such as Wyoming, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Maryland are usually very safe in selecting their Senatorial winners from a single party, either Democrat or Republican. Some states are peculiar in that they tend to elect a Senator one from each party for reasons which are likely to never be understood. But politics is supposed to be about politics, our next profession is not.

 

Education is the one place it would be hoped that politics would not play any part whatsoever, but that is unfortunately not the case. This transformation began back in the late 1950’s and proceeded through to the mid 1970’s where the transformation became a fait accompli. The demand came from the young teachers seeking entry into the college arena where the establishment was completely conservative as it had been for decades. Their demand was for diversity and for a voice, an opportunity. Slowly through the 1960’s the numbers of liberal educators slowly climbed and by the end of the decade they were starting to make their entry into administrative positions with their becoming associate deans and the beginning of making deans. They kept themselves in line with good behavior and with open minds and doing everything in such a manner as to not make the end target obvious in any way. Finally, by the middle and definitely by the end of the 1970’s the liberals and leftists had become the majority in the critical positions with their intended targets being the hiring positions. Now came their move in many universities and colleges and the ripple effect went across the entirety of the higher education system with a few exceptions. Then the lockout came of any conservative or even questionable new professor seeking a position. The liberal and leftists had completely taken over the departments responsible for educating educators making the next generation of educators for High Schools, Jr. High Schools, Elementary Schools all having the same liberal bend that their departments had and the teachers unions and all schools were also brought into the new education system. This system does not teach as much as it indoctrinates with the sole exception being the hard sciences as in things such as chemistry, mathematics, physics, biology and engineering are, by their nature, politics free. Despite Orwell, two plus two still equals four and never five. But in the humanities, there is little education and full time indoctrination. Students willing to read on their own and seek knowledge beyond that which is presented solely in the classroom are able to learn and become well qualified and be able to make a difference in the world. Others who take every excuse to take the easy route will become the snowflakes we hear about who run to safe-zones, need coloring books and petting puppies. But the real problem is the dearth of open discussion in the universities and colleges where any conservative or any controversial speaker invited to speak at most universities and colleges are met by demonstrations or worse where people and property are endangered as violence has all too often erupted. What are supposed to be places of learning and introduction to new concepts have now become funerals to thought where all but the safest and most leftist of ideas are acceptable. This has become such a dire situation and has now reached into the most elementary ends of education that the future of the United States as a world power could be threatened by its own education system. A recent graduate and valedictorian in the Pennsylvania’s Wyoming Area School District gave his graduation speech which went well until he veered into his own thoughts and away from his approved speech (video below). Unfortunately, he was cut off by the very administrator he was most complaining about, there’s a surprise. But cutting off speech which is unsupported is exactly what is the top of the list of how to handle such situations.

 

 

There is an interesting determining factor for any kind of potentially contentious speech, and it has nothing to do with the validity, informative or the weightiness of the argument but whether it might counter any liberal dogma or upset the feelings of the most sensitive of leftist individual who might hear or ever come across the words. Everything must be filtered through the colander of leftist dogma. Learning is of a secondary importance while the cause of leftist doctrine which must come foremost and before all other considerations. It really is unfortunate because the doctrines be ridiculed as they should be abandoned rather than cheat children and young adults of an honest education where every side of issues are allowed to enter the debate allowing the student to learn about every side and decide for themselves. The new educators follow an entirely different approach to education. Their claim is the student must be told what to think, not how to think. Students are told what is right and what is wrong, they are shown only the leftist doctrine while having all other thoughts ridiculed and if a student somehow, despite never being introduced to such thoughts, express some conservative idea, they will not only be shot down and blasted by their professor and their fellow students will be encouraged to join in on the chastisement such that they never venture onto unapproved ideas ever again. Repeating such ventures will inevitably be punished with lowered grades and eventually, if such unwarranted thinking continues, failure and eviction from the education system.

 

Things are getting even worse since the election of President Trump with conservative thought now punishable by violent confrontation and a beat down or worse. This has become standard fare with references to the murder of the President in theater, comedy, rap, songs and virtually every form of entertainment, if that word can be used to apply in these cases. For even more such thoughts and commentary one need not look any further than social media where some people have gone from puppy and kitten videos, family vacation and celebratory pictures, comedy bloopers to now only posting accusations of President Trump and any and all his administration and appointees, Vice President Pence, Speaker of the House Ryan, and Senate Majority Leader McConnell. The accusations are intermixed with threats with there even having been postings which made excuses exonerating the shooter of the Republican baseball practice, James Hodgkinson, with Representative Steve Scalise still not out of danger yet people making commentary claiming he deserved what he got for his vote on this legislation or that legislation or this or that position. Nobody deserves to be shot for having a political opinion, but that is the view of the leftists, that anyone disagreeing with their strictest of dogma must be eradicated, period. These types of situations and treatment of thought is something more attuned to situations where a government has thought police who take people in the dark of night and they are never seen again. In literature they simply join the other old and broken men who sit at the corner café drinking their cafe-au-lait while muttering, “I love Big Brother.”

 

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