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July 28, 2016

The State Versus Religion and Family

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In the most recent times there has seemingly been a war waged over who is responsible for raising children. This battle was best epitomized when Hillary Clinton came out and stated at the 1996 Democrat National Convention as if it were established fact, “It takes a village to raise a child,” (Full Speech Below). The entire speech may have been her best presentation despite her almost Al Gore like metered cadence throughout the entire speech though once in a while she appeared almost attached to or excited by what she was proposing and her meter increased briefly. But the advice that the village, a euphemism for the government, is vitally interested in the raising of the child is a direct threat to the stability and autonomy of the family. This has become the watchword for the school teachers who receive additional training through approved courses which instruct that the teachers and school nurse or other medical officer and the principal are the first line of defense against improper ideas and concepts from being introduced to children because parents have been known to introduce archaic religious “indoctrination,” their phrasing, not ours, which must be instead replaced with the new age socialized concepts where the whole society teaches that which is beneficial to the society instead and above that which is beneficial to the family. The society is known by another name, another reference and that is government. But before we can even address the war against parents and government as the first parent of every child, we must first look back at an earlier conflict between science and religion which morphed into a battle between government and religion and has brought us to the world we have today.

 

 

The first concept required is to realize that all relationships whether private, public, familiar, governmental, religious and whatever; can be studied as living entities where the healthy and most adaptable grows in scope, influence and power and the lesser entities wither and eventually die. The earliest times in human existence, even before Homo Sapiens appeared, the basic unit was the family. This was because most of the groupings were clan based and one could tell your stature, standing, history and almost everything else about you by your name as it was an indicator of to what clan from which you arose. Different clans would have cooperative agreements often sealed with the exchange of women to show good faith and create and actual binding between the two families. This also served genetic diversity thus avoiding to some extent the genetic failings such as hemophilia and other disorders. With time clans merged to forge stronger and more capable collections which would supersede the family or clan unit. These groups were the first tribes which granted greater genetic diversity. All of this arose before the first modern man but was instrumental to development of complex society. The tribes grew to include numerous clans with some better at hunting and others at gathering knowing what was and was not edible while still others showed aptitude for healing and tending the young. In these more primitive conditions there were those whose task was the care of the youngest children but as they grew they would be trained in the skill they showed the best attributes by others such as a huntsman would train the young hunters, the gatherers would train the next generation of gatherers and so on. Tribes also began the concept of history, then simply known as the story. The story was one which was uplifting and always made the hunters as great warriors defending the tribe and the gatherer who risked life regularly trying new untested fruits and vegetables and if they survived and approved the tribe would add another plant to their diet which could have allowed the tribe to use previously unexplored lands. Such a person who would live to old age was likely rare but one who had along with the oldest hunters who reached an age where their use became telling of the stories. These positions evolved to become the job of an entire group who were to be the first priests who would eventually weave a set of codes which made the first religions.

 

With the onset of herding and farming, the time of city-states appeared and by now the tribal leaders were chosen by some method of testing or perhaps a single family’s eldest surviving son at the time of their father’s demise became the next ruler and the age of government had begun. It is important to note that the family was the initial and earliest defined obligation followed by clan and then tribe. With tribe we had the loosest governmental forms but religion grew into an actual class with priests who may have also been a warrior class which led the defense or assaults taken on by the tribe. Finally, about the time of the first cities, which would soon become city-states, did actual government take root amongst mankind. This was the first time that there would be actual laws enforced with proscribed punishment or at least delegating the one who proscribed the punishment for a particular crime. There came formalizations with religion already having led the way in this and they were followed by government. There came positions assigned with likely the first being the close guards who protected the ruling figure, then the ranking members of an enforcement group, the forerunners of modern police and judicial system. Often times the judicial system was also run by the clerical priest class as they were also the most learned class. This started the initial conflict between religion and government, even when a wise leader tied religion and government, blurring the difference and thus granting themselves the highest position in governance and religion. This was exactly what the Pharaohs of Egypt did when they proscribed for themselves a godly aura and was closely imitated by the Caesars of Rome.

 

There were a few exceptions to the basic complete authority of the governing leader or even the governing and clerical leaders which we have discussed a few times before, and that was the Torah which was the founding document for the Israelites who became over time today’s Jews. The rules given approximately three-thousand to three-thousand-five-hundred years ago were the framing of some of the ideas used by the Founding Fathers when drafting the United States Constitution leading to the proposed tight restraints on the Presidency. Such restrictions such as a President being withheld from granting themselves property or wealth derived from their knowledge of government workings nor could they simply invent and apply laws without the consent of Congress and were made answerable to both the Congress or the Supreme Court should they stray from the defined limitations of their office. These concepts along with the right of a state to leave the Union if they would so choose and do so in a prescribed manner and other limitations on a President were badly damaged or destroyed by Abraham Lincoln who basically became the government during the Civil War as he all but declared formally a State of Emergency permitting the President all but unopposable powers. Still, the limitations which were first set in Torah, the laws given at Mount Sinai in the book of Deuteronomy 17:14-17 which found their way even presumably to the present day in limits on the President of the United States and were placed as the very first laws limiting the powers and impositions of Kings where it read:

14  When you have come into the land that the Lord your God is giving you, and have taken possession of it and settled in it, and you say, “I will set a king over me, like all the nations that are around me,”
15  you may indeed set over you a king whom the Lord your God will choose. One of your own communities you may set as king over you; you are not permitted to put a foreigner over you, who are not of your own community.
16  Even so, he must not acquire many horses for himself, or return the people to Egypt in order to acquire more horses, since the Lord has said to you, “You must never return that way again.”
17  And he must not acquire many wives for himself, or else his heart will turn away; also silver and gold he must not acquire in great quantity for himself.

 

Meanwhile, somewhere between the gathering at Mount Sinai where the Israelites responded to the coming giving of “The Law” said, according to many translations, “We will obey and we will listen,” and today in much of Europe and the developed world where the people would not even listen to the religious codes and laws, let alone obey them as religion has been supplanted by government and the new priests are the lawyers who believe themselves the ultimate interpreters and applicators of the law twisting it to their will and whim. At some point around the rise of Persia and the rise of Rome religion and government became permanently separated in what would become Europe and much of the rest which came under either Greek or Roman rule. This began the contest between the two main centers of power outside the family unit. At that time the two still crossed boundaries with government infringing on religion for their advantage and religion infringing on government very much to their advantage. A sign of both comes as part of the Inquisition. Where it was an obvious usurpation of prosecutorial powers taken into the hand of the Church striping that power for the priest class who acted as judge, jury and often executioner, their prosecutions were also abused by government to destroy adversaries or other challenges to the throne or regional power structures. At the same time King Philip II of Spain used the purification edicts from the Church in Spain to raise and launch the famous invasion fleet of the Spanish Armada against England and Queen Elizabeth I which ran afoul of vicious storms and the fleet of English gunboats which were smaller, faster and more maneuverable capable of passing between the huge troop carrying Armada frigates who when firing at the English fleet had their shot pass over the top of the low slung English ships and simply blasted the other Armada ships in their own fleet. Almost all of the Spanish ships sunk and the remainder limped home and that ended this threat to England and its Church of England, a Protestant Church closely tied to the Tudors after being created by Henry VIII. The creation of the Church of England was another perfect example of religion out of the needs of the ruling monarch. Henry VIII needed a divorce which the Pope refused him; so he made his own Church after he went home.

 

Spanish Armada of Giant Frigates Holding Hundreds of Troops and Cannon Ports Only capable of Shooting Over the English Fleets Comprised of Sleeker and Low Slung Ships with Deck Cannons and by the Hand of G0d Seen as the Weather

Spanish Armada of Giant Frigates Holding Hundreds of Troops
and Cannon Ports Only capable of Shooting Over the English
Fleets Comprised of Sleeker and Low Slung Ships with
Deck Cannons and by the Hand of G0d Seen as the Weather

 

Over the ensuing years as science explains more and more of the unknowns and all appears to be explainable, the place of religion has diminished in the developed world. The need for religion to explain those things we did not understand had been greatly diminished but the final understanding is just as far out of the grasp of science now as it has ever been. The question surrounding the why, what and who caused the explosion which science has named the Big Bang is unknown and seemingly will remain unknown for the foreseeable future. Using Einstein’s equation of E=MC2 where ‘C’ is the speed of light which is times itself and multiplied just by the weight of the objects in our own little solar system and one gets a very large number and should that computation be done for all of the presumed objects just in our galaxy, the Milky Way, and that number almost becomes unimaginable and finally, if we add the viewable estimated number of Galaxies which the Ultra Deep Field Hubble Telescope took of a postage stamp piece of the sky thought to be virtually empty by all previous observations and that number is unimaginable by the average physicist, let alone the rest of us (see image below).

 

Ultra Deep Field Hubble Telescope Picture Each Smudge and Pinprick of Light is an Entire Galaxy

Ultra Deep Field Hubble Telescope Picture
Each Smudge and Pinprick of Light is an Entire Galaxy

 

Using science as a weapon of ultimate destruction, government in the developed world has assailed religion attempting to make any religious belief or system presumably archaic, its practices the equivalence of a rain dance, the prayers comparable to a voice at a séance, and its commandments, covenants, decrees or other rulings as the equivalence to Ouija board revelations. Concurrently government has replaced religion as the determiner of right and wrong, the provider of charity, the reason for a Sabbath renamed weekend, collector of alms as an integral portion of taxes and slowly rendered any expression of religious observance unacceptable in public. About the only suppressive action government has yet to take concerning religion has been to make religion illegal. The reason is likely because should they actually make religion illegal, religion would likely make a comeback just because it was outlawed. Especially any reference to Judaeo-Christian ethics,codes, holidays, prayer, deity, prophet or Bible passage, the government put the final clasp subduing even the slightest religious thought from the marketplace of ideas. Meanwhile, ignoring the dangers, those in governments are permitting Islamic religious teachings claiming that it is study of culture and comparison of governance and civics. This plus an extra-judicial importance placed on a statistically insignificant threat posed by anti-Islamic acts which have remained relatively constant since 2002 after a noticeable rise in the second half of 2001 while anti-Semitism acts are rising in some locations many folds but these acts are minimized or completely ignored. There have been those who have theorized the governments’ in the developed world preferences for Islam stem from the Islamic anti-Semitic and anti-Christian ethos and actions. This may also be behind the initial rush for European and developed nations taking in of “Syrian refugees” while not considering taking in Christian refugees facing persecutions in the Sudan and other nations in the Middle East and North Africa.

 

Finally we get to the family and the initial start of governmental infringements on the family unit. One of the initial assaults on the family used the equality for women fight to weaken any male claim of being better suited at any particular field of employment due to the differences which were previously thought to differentiate men and women. The most ridiculous of the denied differentiations was the strength requirement as it was agreed that strength requirements for men had to be restructured for women such that they required a similar percentile for women to be passed. One of the first to be altered was the strength testing to be a firefighter. The requirement for men to carry a full body double along with his fire suppression and breathing gear including wearing the mask down two flights of stairs and out of a building under fire simulated conditions had to be scalable. They had to take the weight of the dummy and scale it to meet the same percentile as women as it took for men to pass as well as scaled gear weight and so forth. This required new sized dummies and smaller breathing apparatus and other expenses just to train and test women applicants. The argument made by one Fire and Rescue company in court that in an actual fire the size of the person who may need be carried would not be scalable was rejected when they had a number of fire squad captains admit that they often set an order of people entering a building or if inside chose the largest and strongest to be tasked with such carries and thus the test really was not about actually carrying a real person from the building but actually a strength test and thus would meet those requirements for scalable testing. This argument was also the initial scaling of military combat arms testing including for Ranger, Green Beret, Seal and other special forces testing and training. The real aim was just as much blurring differences between men and women and removing any male dominated jobs from having such as their label. This blurring has continued that there exist work environments where the surname for all employees has been simplified to the unisex denotation using the letter ‘M’ for both genders. Then came the real punch to the gut, when some schools began to use a new picture book titled “Heather Has Two Mommies,” to depict that a family was not the conventional one of a Mom and one Dad. Such attacks were later continued with any combination which desired the status of a ‘family’ to be so denoted.

 

The gender wars and war on conventional definitions continued and we even saw women enter the military training at all levels until today women have been cleared to serve in any combat role even in actual combat condition, though this has not been tested to the best of our knowledge, not even in Europe where such equanimous ideas go to be tested. There was the court challenge against the classical definition of the family in a number of states establishing the right for other than heterosexual couples to adopt children. Eventually, we suspect, that multi-coupled relations will also seek equal rights in adoption as well as tax codes dealing with deductions for married couples where communal communities will be permitted treatment as what will likely be referred to as a ‘greater family’ or a ‘communal family’ and demand they receive treatment equal to a traditionally defined family. Eventually, through whatever means are required, the definition of what constitutes a family will be so weakened such that a person suffering from having multiple personalities will be able to be granted status as a family. Then, as with religion, the government will claim that they are the ultimate family and thus children will be raised by a licensed individual who will soon become a government employee much in the manner that teachers are now government employees. In an age gone-by, some name it the frontier age but really was anywhere a town was small enough and in an unpopulated area where there is no overseeing governance, when the citizens, particularly parents, desired a teacher who was knowledgeable in what was called the three ‘R’s (Reading, wRiting and aRithmatic, they were very adaptable) the wealthy peoples or person would hire a teacher and the one-room schoolhouse would be erected by the townsfolk and that was how early schooling was accomplished. Eventually the town would grow where grades by age groups, usually the young, middle and advanced groups, and multiple teachers were required, where in some fortunate places the wealthy people still provided the salary for the required teachers but eventually the entire community would jointly provide the teachers’ salaries with each parent paying their share according to the number of children they placed in school. This would eventually become some form of taxation collected by the governing body who also hired teachers and this will eventually become the department of child-rearing with the law eventually requiring all children to be raised from birth by the government.

 

Caring, educating and making every individual dependent on the state for everything from birth to death, cradle to grave care, thus makes everyone completely comfortable with doing exactly what the governing bodies demand. Just pray that by that time some overseeing the governing has been taken over by a self-repairing computer system and not by very fallible human politicians such as the wonderful and kind imbeciles who are elected or appointed in far too many societies for such to become all-powerful. Still, it is the nature of any organism, be it an individual organism, a collection of similar organisms, a collection of differing mutually beneficial organisms, a collection of balanced organisms, a collection of prey and hunter organisms, an organism composed of a collection of organ or any other imaginable system of organisms as such as today’s political class where they are dependent on others on which they prey (we are somewhat unsure which class they fall into to be honest) which exist in the many strata which we find defined in our modern society. The government grows by replacing existing and often very functional systems by meddling and regulating until they have subsumed the entire system and then they start to lower the expectations such that they are able to claim by the lowered standards how government run programs are superior. They will always point to the area where by their own defined criteria they prove to be superior. Often the criteria they point to first is inclusion as they will find groups which was at the margins or preferably outside the margins of the private run systems were capable of including and claim superiority due to the sheer numbers served. This has been evident most often with schooling where minorities of students are able to afford private school and the public education system serves all including those who would be unable to afford private school at the current cost. What they hide is that should they give parents a voucher which can only be used for attending private schools, that the very students they point to would easily be able to afford private school education. The truth is that there would be an entire market of schools which would educate children for less. The same would very likely be true in other government run institutions, but government has two basic advantages; first is they accomplish the assigned tasks with the minimal amount of effort from the people served and, even more importantly, they can make their providing of the assigned services required to be provided by government trained and licensed individuals thus making only government the sole provider by law/regulation.

 

The last thing which is an evil by which government grows and makes the government the beginning and the end in all places government desires to control is the power of laws made by fiat and without review by elected officials. The Federal Government is the most guilty of this intrusion and dictation over the people without review by the people’s elected representatives. This mechanism is known as regulations. The House of Representatives and the Senate will all too often pass legislation which sets goals and not mechanisms and then assign the flushing out of the how to accomplish these goals to a cabinet or department within the government to figure out who, what, where, when and how these goals will be defined and met. They do this without any input beyond the vague and often amorphous set of goals even leaving the final definitions of the goals and then formulate regulations. http://hls.harvard.edu/faculty/directory/10871/Sunstein/ target=blank>Cass Sunstein was appointed by President Obama to be his Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs Regulatory Affairs and assigned to review existing Federal Laws and find those laws which would allow for new and varied regulations to be fashioned in order to complete desired acts, actions, positions and requirements desired by President Obama and his team of Czars so that they could accomplish policy goals without involving Congress. Many of the regulations which Cass Sunstein wrote will lay waiting for complimenting laws and regulations to be passed or written and then they will also be applied. Very few if anyone other than the President and his former Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs actually know all of what was found, written and sitting waiting for the appropriate time that these regulations will be required for government to accomplish another expansion of its powers. The regulatory route is what is most vital for government to grow and expand into new and various areas.

 

Sometimes one is required to look back centuries and research deeply into cultures and societies in order to see that which has changed. One area where this is particularly true is printing. There have been some radical advances in printing made because of computers but that is more in preparation as when printing mass numbers of items such as newspapers and books, the methods used have remained very constant since the invention of moveable type which was where each letter of the alphabet and each number from 0 to 9 along with spacers and punctuation were made on individual pieces as blocks and thus could be arranged in any order. With enough of each particular block one could print many pages of the same letters very quickly. Before that invention printing was done by a specialist carving out a master copy reversed often in wood and it would be used but had a limit on how long they lasted. Additionally, the letters carved into the master were permanently in place and could not be used in another page. A whole new master would need to be made. Before this method, things were even slower as the only people making books were a few crafts-people known as calligraphers and specialist Monks trained in calligraphy. Books in these times as well as anything else we would print today and requiring more than one copy were all made each copy by hand individually. The Monks trained in calligraphy would spend their entire lives on one book if many, many copies were required and those who had the finest styling and abilities would be permitted to make copies of the Bible. Making a Bible was the highest form of calligraphy. There are still some who are studied in this art who are hired to make such books and these books are rare, often one of a kind, and are extremely expensive, some priceless. There are still books and scrolls made today by hand. Torah scrolls are one such example and are written by trained Rabbis who often spend years making a special Torah scroll and months making normal Torahs. Just for the record, the government used to hire private companies to make their respective printed material such as pamphlets, maps, tourist informational material, records of Congressional actions and other necessary items. Today most of these are printed by the government with a vast number done at their Pueblo, Colorado printing facility. Of course all money is printed by the government at the mint. Thus far, schoolbooks are written and printed by private companies often following set guidelines set by, you guessed it, regulations. These regulations are changed at intervals as the government, the Department of Education, change their requirements or decide to emphasize different concepts. From some of the most recent textbooks we have read, it appears that much of what we were required to learn in school has changed drastically and not necessarily for the better. Concepts such as whole word recognition which replaced phonics and sounding out worlds, new math or newer new math, and history as well as civics texts have changed drastically. There is a reason so many college educated students know so little about history and government which may make for great fun on the Lettermen Show but is less funny when these same people vote. The lack of making informed choices was made, if one follows the news, obvious to many ‘informed experts’ by the two choices made as the candidates for President by the two major parties. We believe it could have been worse, but it might have been better. Our closing remark is a quote from Thomas Jefferson. It may be a reference to Jefferson’s comment to his nephew Peter Carr, “State a moral case to a ploughman and a professor. The former will decide it as well, and often better than the latter, because he has not been led astray by artificial rules.” As noted in Jefferson to Peter Carr, Paris, August 10, 1787, in Papers of Thomas Jefferson, 12:15.

 

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April 21, 2016

Gaza Withdrawal Redux Now in Judea and Samaria

 

The talk by President Obama and Vice President Biden denouncing Israeli actions in response to Arab provocations, demands that the state of Palestine be realized along with demands by Abbas that any pullback of IDF (Israeli Defense Force) troops be complete from across the entirety of Palestinian cities and populated areas has finally been addressed by the Security Cabinet with praise all around and back slapping congratulating all on reaching the point in security accomplishments that such a consideration could seriously be discussed is plain and simple proof that our fears of an establishment of Palestine and the setting of borders has now become imminent. The immediate leaks of information has indicated that Netanyahu is admitting in meetings to the establishment of a free of Israeli presence Palestine be established in Area A while Mahmoud Abbas is pushing the idea that all areas where Arab Palestinians reside be vacated for the initial state and President Obama is likely thinking big and will push for the new state of Palestine be based on the Green Line, the 1949 Armistice Lines with approved lands swaps and he will likely support the uprooting of as much as half the Israeli towns and residences throughout Judea and Samaria. The question has obviously reached the point that it is no longer will a state of Palestine come into existence before the end of this summer but rather what will be the extent of its borders and how far will Israel be pushed out of her historic heartlands of Judea and Samaria and will it include the surrender of the Old City and Temple Mount and what about the floated idea of a return of the Golan Heights to Bashir al-Assad to reestablish at least a sliver of Syria guaranteed initially by Putin? Things are about to explode along the Israeli eastern front and the conflict will become internationalized with potential for a United Nations Security Council (UNSC) under either Chapter 6 or 7 with either making the realization of these surrenders by Israel fact and not imagined but still are horrible ideas guaranteed to increase instability in the region, not minimize it.

 

The target over the past sixty-eight years from the founding of the State of Israel in 1948 has been to minimize the land, peace, quiet and freedom of its Jewish population. Ever since the Balfour Declaration was put to ink and paper promising to return any of the ancient lands to the Jewish People subsequent to the conquest of mankind over the planet the peoples had sought to find some manner of way to prevent that promise from being brought to fruition. Ever since the idea of a singular deity which ruled over this creation and was responsible for its not becoming something greater than the summation of its parts simply through finding a path whereby as its highest intelligence we were tasked with the construction of a peoples or groups of peoples who were capable of building a society around a basic sense of principles which would elevate mankind making their species capable of understanding and potentially even to manipulating their society based on the betterment of the individual to building institutions which were greater still than their component parts, their spirit as mankind dedicated to the furtherance of the knowledge such that mankind could elevate themselves beyond the simplicity of conquest and rule through strength of arms to challenge the simplistic thought that might makes right to an understanding that might only makes one more responsible for the use of that might for the furtherance of humankind into the curious being which strikes out across the stars and eventually across the galaxies and beyond until they controlled their cosmos and understood even the principles with which their entire universe was constructed. The fact that mankind might be capable of conquering more than just the one small rock upon which they find themselves into a race who would be capable of construction on an equally grand scale and through such knowledge building a civilizational structure which could find the path beyond the limitations of the physical domain within which one finds themselves. The fact that such a civilization could be erected starting with a pair of tablets upon which five basics of civilization were chiseled into their faces presumably by that very entity which placed them there in the first place.

 

 

Code of Hammurabi

Code of Hammurabi

 

 

Ever since one of their kind, a singular man with a dream of mankind greater than its birth upon the face of one speck of dust swirling through space within one of the creations could achieve so much more if only they could guide themselves under a greater code of law. A singular man who left the initial society which based right and wrong on the ability of mankind to complete simple physical fetes such as swim the breadth of a river without succumbing to the waters, this Code of Hammurabi, and so left the tribes of Mesopotamia and headed westward to find a new way, a better way. It perhaps was this first trek westward which inspired all following expansions of civilization eventually writ large that man must go west to find enlightenment, or simply more and better lands to conquer and tame it under the laws of Hashem which was the base for a set of laws by which all mankind could reside in peace and develop a better mankind than was the mere sum of its parts. This one man took the higher road and set his family on the path which would eventually lead to civilization where mankind strove to understand rather than simply to conquer. This strive for understanding over their mere existence and to understand the mind of Hashem would bring forth some of the greatest thinkers of humankind and great strides of understanding of the physical universe all of which would continuously return to the fundamental question which science is to ultimately understand, why and by whom exactly was the spark of intelligence designed to understand. Of course there would inevitably be those who strode to conquer and submit the world under their thumb of oppression and denial rather than upon a deeper understanding of why everything is as it is. These would inevitably find their opposition in those who would seek knowledge in order to find the ultimate pleasures of the body and not the highest reaches of the mind. The fight between complete surrender of the soul to denial of an enlightened mind to the fleshpots of pure Hellenistic pleasures of hedonism and the inevitable worship of mankind themselves, these would compete on the grander scale where war and force would decide the winners and the losers in an epic struggle. All that wasted energy and mind-power which could have made so many accomplishments and advances for man and the understanding of Hashem. And to believe it all began with Abraham who understood that mankind was meant to understand even the very fabric from which this cosmos was formed and another man, the lawgiver named Moses who gave the ten initial laws to guide all mankind, the Ten Commandments from which he fashioned the true history and the path that these simple laws first strode to understand why, simply why. From that understanding that everything has a why and that there exist basic building blocks from which all is composed and there exist laws that even solid and immovable objects could be fashioned and controlled bringing mankind greater understanding and mastery over his world and beyond that small world if only he survives his own foolishness.

 

 

Ten Commandments Arranged in Hebrew Reading from Right to Left with English Translations Underneath the Hebrew

Ten Commandments
Arranged in Hebrew
Reading from Right to Left
with English Translations
Underneath the Hebrew

 

 

Somewhere down this road of self-discovery and seeking truth mankind got waylaid and torn from that path again all because there are those more interested in tearing down and bringing all to heel to their force than there are those interested in the understanding of how things are built from the most basic particles to the greatness of all creation of which we see but a small but expanding piece. As a species given the opportunity to understand the basis of all that is, we instead find ourselves more interested in who owns what piece of land and who were the ones with first claim. The invaders claim indigenous culture as they successfully replaced and finished the dispersal of the ones who had held indigenous claim for the preceding fifteen or more centuries and had managed to hold their peoples together through the conquests of many of the most powerful of empires up until that time. The small fact that the indigenous peoples never completely surrendered or left their homelands though they were disgraced and brought to heel under yet another yoke, this the yoke of suppression to those claiming their rightful place as the rightful conquerors of all and the spread of the sole religion, a form and structure for rule through oppression, but their religion of surrender to their betters. Facing the return of the original inhabitants of these lands and their claim to just their small and insignificant plot of land which was a barren wasteland of fetid swamps, parched desert, rock strewn soil and a land left untamed and worthless for close to fifteen centuries, give or take a few here and there. Since their loss first as Israel and later the remainder from Judean rule, these lands had remained but an unforgiving and thought worthless land unkind in its treatment of those who sought to eke out a living from its parched or septic soils. The rains either fell unmercifully flooding out the inhabitants or refused to give up a single drop making parched the lands below. This land was seen as so inhospitable to mankind and his ability to build anything resembling a civilized society that it was given in large tracks to titled aristocracy as their claim to title though none expected them to leave the comfort of human society in Istanbul or Alexandria or wherever those left with but title and a land not worth residing upon simply ignored the land and it gladly ignored them.

 

Then its indigenous peoples began to slowly return starting in the early 1800s and some few even earlier. These initial returnees were truly people of their book, a people who desired to work these lands from which their forefathers were driven. They initially tamed the water bringing it to serve them and them to respect and serve it. They brought with them unfamiliar dress and strange beliefs and customs but also they brought the drive and love of the land to make it once again fertile and productive. Their initial limited success did make all the difference and now those who had ignored the wastelands came and took for themselves even the lands the returnees had bought at ridiculous prices out of their love for the lands and for Hashem. These interlopers stole land and bullied these first Jews returning and the Jews required their women to guard over their efforts as the men built irrigation and water canals, as those wishing to now take all for themselves after the land was being tamed would shoot at the Jews as they worked to better the lands.

 

 

Early American and European Zionists Returned and Rebuilding the Holy Lands

Early American and European Zionists
Returned and Rebuilding the Holy Lands

 

 

Early Zionists Working the Land, Digging Irrigation Channels, Removing Tree Stumps and Other Structures Needed by the Community

Early Zionists Working the Land,
Digging Irrigation Channels, Removing Tree Stumps
and Other Structures Needed by the Community

 

 

Israel has come a long way in barely two centuries since the Jews and Israelites began to return and rebuild their ancient lands. She is today a modern marvel with a large and successful agricultural industry, a leading technology sector and a blossoming return to Judaism and the scriptures of Torah and the Bible, the Old Testament. She also has a challenge to her existence by those who wish to steal all of the lands and who claim that they are the indigenous peoples with thousands upon thousands of years residing in these lands stretching back to before the Israelites came from out of Egypt or even Abraham made his life in the holy lands. The truth that their existence outside of the Arabian Peninsula is a mere fourteen hundred year history well documented by their Quran and that existence has been as a proud colonizer and conqueror of lands subjugating indigenous people if not exterminating them and their history of conquest they claim has only just begun. Their next targets are Europe and the Americas, particularly North America and the United States in particular. The Europeans and the current American President are dead set on establishing a foothold for the Arab Muslims to reconquer the lands they were unable to take in three great wars, the wars of genocidal intent of 1948-9 when Israel was a nascent nation just founded based on Arab rejection of a fifty/fifty split of the lands demanding every inch and the eradication of all Jews residing within in which they managed to conquer what became Gaza and the West Bank which was actually part of Judea and most of Samaria. They attempted once again in 1967 to “Drive the Jews into the sea,” as it was put by Egyptian President Nasser and again in 1973 with the Yom Kippur War. Since then a new tactic has been a war waged by different means, this claim of the poor and downtrodden Palestinians who are nothing but Arabs the same as the Arabs fleeing Syria and residing in Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and in Gaza and the West Bank as well as approaching two million Israeli Arabs who reside within Israel, are Israeli citizens, enjoy full rights, vote in elections, hold every position imaginable in the government from members of the Knesset to even a Supreme Court Judge from within their numbers. These Arabs live amongst the Jews and other Israelis which includes a growing Christian population, the sole nation of the Middle East with a growing Christian population, and even a flourishing Baha’i population. This drive to form a second Arab State under presumably the Palestinian Authority is now in full swing as President Obama believes that by forming such an entity he will have formed the core of a successful Middle East policy despite the furies and disasters of Syria, Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan and potentially a disastrous Nuclear Deal with Iran. Making this new Palestinian State ignores the disaster the last attempt at building such a state resulted when Israel removed every last Jew and all of the IDF presence from Gaza which within a short few years became a nest for Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other terrorist groups from which rockets are periodically launched at Israeli cities, schools and population centers and now a tunneling intifada is being set in place as Hamas uses almost every scrap of building material provided for rebuilding homes, schools, hospitals and other structures for the people of Gaza who were subjected to horrific damage due to two wars in four years launched by Hamas, Islamic Jihad and friends against Israel to now build extensive tunnels from which they plan on launching their next war. Despite granting Gaza and presenting it to Mahmoud Abbas in August of 2005 in a move which all but started a civil war in Israel, the world is dead set on gifting an even larger piece of land overlooking the industrial and residential heart of Israel, and not the Negev which abuts Gaza, with the promise that this time it will be different. What is frightening is that this time might be different, not in the result of a terror state being formed next to the heart of all Israeli society but that it will be Hamas and Islamic Jihad as this time it more likely will by Hamas and the Islamic State which take the lands and begin a new and even more destructive onslaught against Israel. When such comes to pass the world will be sure to demand that Israel not use disproportional force against this threat, the same threat where allied planes have bombed a hospital by mistake, twice and killed hundreds upon hundreds of remaining civilians in Iraq and Syria and allowed the situation in Syria to devolve to the point that no nation now exists where Syria once stood and almost the entire civilian population has fled to Europe, fallen into refugee camps in Jordan and Turkey or simply vanished murdered by an incessant warfare now in its later stages of its first decade and where chemical weapons have been unleashed and a new invention called a barrel bomb was invented. This weapon, the barrel bomb, consists of a fifty-five gallon drum filled with high explosives and nails, nuts, bolts, glass shards and anything else which could potentially imbed itself within the human body and potentially kill or permanently maim a person horrifically for the remainder of their lives. They are the terrorist bomb belt on steroids. This is what the world desires to place on Israeli borders and then demand that Israel live with their neighbors in peace. Unfortunately nobody is demanding the neighbors live in peace with Israel. Instead they desire to give these brutish terrorists a piece of Israel from which to operate. This is the plan for this summer and what does President Obama care as he will be gone before winter comes and certainly gone before the onslaughts guaranteed to arise from this legacy seeking madman and his golden idea for peace in the Middle East, a plan which will be just as successful as his every other effort, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria and the West Bank soon to come to a neighborhood in Europe, and even the United States as President Obama has been secreting Syrian refugees into the United States for over a year now under the radar. Awaken everyone as Europe may be gone except for the final bloodbath and the United States may be placed on a similar track which could get much worse depending on the outcome of the next elections where the main debate is about how horrible the choices are on the Republican side and how Bernie might upset the wonder woman Hillary Clinton who is deserving of being President because, well, she is. And this is supposed to fill the world with hope that the United States will be on the right track exactly when again? If ever mankind needed the guidance and help of Hashem, it is now; so let us pray something goes right as it appears to be going so wrong.

 

Beyond the Cusp

 

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