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December 11, 2014

Vote Your Conscience and Ignore the Polls and Potential Coalition Possibilities

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As elections approach there will be party primaries followed later by the general elections. How we vote in each level of the election cycle may surprisingly be a parallel to Psalm 26:2 and the different translations from the original to the modern day. The modern translation states something along the lines, while retained the flavor to the original and having the essential difference, “Lord, try me and test me; look closely into my heart and mind.” The original translation stated, “Lord, try me and test me; look closely into my heart and kidneys.” How this relates to voting in primaries and general elections and which goes with which, well read on.

 

There is always the temptation to vote with our hearts which very few are capable of avoiding without, according to most modern thinking, the discipline of our minds. Ancient Jewish teaching may teach a different lesson which might also have its place in our modern world. But first how can we differentiate how to choose our votes between primary elections and our votes in general election. Let us first assume that we are choosing a righteous manner for our votes and not some cynical use where we attempt to damage a party we would never give even a thought of supporting in the general election, as none amongst us would ever choose such a deceitful path. There is a basic difference between primary elections and general elections. A primary election is where as a voter we are free to vote for anybody we desire as it is supposedly a measure of our most honest desire, especially in a parliamentary election where our choices will determine the order of the party card which it will present listing its representatives for office and if those you choose make it high enough on the list, then you get your own little piece of representation in the government. In the general elections you are not really voting for a person as much the party which you feel will serve you and the nation the best. Of course if you are fortunate to have any of the people you voted for in the primary elections head the Party ticket, then if your party is tapped to form a ruling coalition and they succeed, then your primary choice will likely be the Prime Minister and you get to feel vindicated, otherwise we must simply feel satisfied if we are able to get any of those we voted for in the primary elections seated in the government after the elections.

 

The primary elections is the place for voting purity where you listen to your heart and then refine your choices with the filter which is the kidneys which remove the impurities and assures that the blood carries sufficient red blood cells transporting oxygen to the body, assures that chemical and mineral concentrations are within the proper limits and are the organ which receives approximately twenty percent of the blood pumped by the heart from each beat. Thus using the heart and the kidneys we take our desires and refine them such that they perform the best in producing results which reflect the honest desires of the combination of everyone’s individual preferences in composing the tickets presented before the general electorate. Further, in most primary elections in a parliamentary system many parties allow for each ballot to contain more than one selection to be tallied and each party has their own manner for tallying the ballots cast. In some you receive a ballot with a set of positions for each member of the party to place the names of their preferred candidates’ names. Then the votes are counted and, where appropriate given weight depending on position if appropriate, and the tallies then decide the position on the party’s slate each candidate will be placed. If their party receives as many or more mandates than their position on the slate, then they will be placed in the government and if their position is beyond the number of positions, then they go home instead.

 

There are those parties where they have an established slate of members which stand and their primaries are scheduled independently from any election cycle but are held at set intervals. These parties thus do not hold primaries simply because a government has been dissolved but simply hold elections periodically and this can lead to them placing the same slate before the voters with the same leader at the head of the ticket thus allowing for the exact same presentation on the party’s slate to stand for more than a single election if the elections are held prematurely before the end of their scheduled term such as the elections currently being faced in Israel. Parties can also decide on new slates for each election having them chosen by a select committee which could be decided by ballot, decided by executive selecting committee or by any system which the elites of the party might choose as long as the rank and file members agreed to such a method for choosing the ballot and the steering committee no matter how unfair such systems may appear to outsiders. When the elections approach all parties slates are revealed to the public and then the elections are held and the people vote.

 

During the general elections we have only a single vote which we will most likely give to the Party we prefer or to the party whose person heading the party slate we most desire to be the Prime Minister. Whichever party is amongst the top vote recipients and with the greatest probability of forming a viable coalition, that party and candidate for Prime Minister is tapped to try and form a ruling coalition and if they succeed, then a government is formed, and if they fail then the next most likely candidate for Prime Minister and their party are given their opportunity. Should nobody be capable of forming a coalition, then new elections will be forced to be held and the entire cycle is repeated. When we vote in the general election, we are still given an initial impetus to vote in a particular manner by our hearts which is tempered by the logic and other mindful considerations from our minds, which places the deciding voices of the public before the separate parties of combined tickets such as the one be being formed by the Labor Party and Tzipi Livni and her party. What makes this a heart driven decision is that Labor stands to gain the equivalent of possibly as many as four seats but if predictions are accurate the presence of Tzipi Livni and her party will only produce at best three and most likely two additional seats. The Labor Party is likely to grant Ms. Livni as many as four or potentially five seats depending on the total number of mandates received by the combined blocks. This will mean that Labor will likely receive less additional seats than the number of slots they will be giving to Tzipi Livni and those in the leadership of her party. This will probably prove to be a great deal for Livni and not so much for Minister Hertzog and the Labor Party. Since there may be other parties reaching agreements where they combine tickets or agree to either both be included in any government or neither be included such as was done in the last election with Yair Lapid and Naftali Bennett making an agreement that either both parties or neither party would enter the government forcing Prime Minister Netanyahu to agree to include both parties in order to reach a coalition and may have been part of why the coalition failed prematurely. The different potential combinations and the fact that our usually favored party might decide to team up with another party with which we have a high degree of revulsion would make our support for our usual party problematic. This is why our vote in the general election requires more than just the heart, but the kidneys purifying the decisions of the heart is not likely to be helpful in choosing when the parties make agreements with those we refuse to give our vote to under any normative situations, thus instead of the purifying kidneys we substitute our minds to massage and shape the feelings of our hearts. By using our minds to shape and adjust the dictations of our hearts we might find we are capable of voting for our usual preferred party despite their compromising their purity and positions combining with some we do not honestly desire to prefer and reward with our votes. Thus in the general election we still initially choose with our hearts but use our minds to determine if our party will remain sufficiently pure no matter those they share power with in order to maximize their representation in the government after the elections. Thus we temper our hearts with the logic and power of our minds in the general election contrasting the purifying our primary selections of our hearts by filtering all with our kidneys and that is the major difference between the primary voting and our general election casting of ballots. So, which translation of Psalm 26:2 do you believe best represents your own election thinking for the primaries and the general elections and for what reasons?

 

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November 26, 2014

Ambassador Prosor Rightfully Accuses Europe of Failures

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Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Ron Prosor gave a statement accusing the European governments, with special note to Sweden’s move recognizing a state of Palestine, of failing the Jewish state and taking steps which would, in his words, “By handing them a state on a silver platter, you are rewarding unilateral actions and taking away any incentive for the Palestinians to negotiate or compromise or renounce violence.” This is an exact and valid accusation as one European parliament after another votes to show their solidarity for the formation of a nation of Palestine even knowing that such is not their national position and that the Prime Ministers or Presidents would never agree or sign such legislation had they sent it to the highest office of their nation, except for Sweden whose newly elected Prime Minister originated this entire domino effect which has followed that first domino tipping over when Sweden gave official recognition to Mahmoud Abbas and his band of rioters and terrorists. There are European parliaments voting for the formation of an Arab state without any regard even after the slaughter of four Rabbis and a Druze police officer while injuring several others inside a synagogue where morning prayers were in progress assaulting them with a firearm and then slashing them with a meat cleaver and other knives leaving a scene of horror spilled over the entirety of the chapel and hallway out into the street which apparently no European parliamentarian was concerned, influenced or even took much notice and instead decided that those inciting such acts deserve a state. Once again the Europeans are turning their backs on approximately six-million Jews of which a sizeable number are children, grandchildren and relatives of survivors from the Shoah, the Holocaust, and even the remnant of survivors themselves who once again in their lives they are to witness this betrayal.

 

But what does it mean to reward the Arabs with their twenty-third state and relieving them from having to reach an accord and recognize Israel’s right to exist, an end to violence and their terror war, and make a real peace. Instead the European politicians would grant Abbas and the terrorists a state free of any restrictive treaties or actual end to their efforts to destroy Israel. Instead these European elites desire to grant the Arabs a terror state and allow them to force the Israeli Defense Force and other security forces to retreat within the Green Line, the same lines which was instrumental in enticing the Arab neighbors of Israel to attempt to erase the Jewish state in a genocidal war in 1948 and again in 1967. Only miracles allowed Israel to survive and push the invading forces back from their borders and in the Six Day War of June of 1967 to liberate the remainder of the lands occupied since the 1948-9 war which Jordan was left in control of these areas which were denoted for the Jewish state by the San Remo Conference. The Six Day War also liberated all of Jerusalem and gave Israel control over the Temple Mount, the same Temple Mount that Arab throngs now riot and assault police in crazed fevered assaults claiming that any Jewish presence on the Temple Mount is an assault on the al-Aqsa Mosque which they have now decided occupies the entirety of the Temple Mount which is a very broad enlargement of the structure well beyond its awfully limiting walls.

 

Where it would not bother the European elites and people of power especially the European Union’s new foreign policy representative Federica Mogherini who within her first week in her new office had set achieving the reality of a state of Palestine to be her single issue of importance and the sole measure of her having succeeded at her fulfilling her position, how in all that is sacred does this even fall under her new position and purview? Neither Israel nor the contested territories are anywhere near being a part of Europe and the sole legally existing government has not requested any input from the Europeans, not any single government nor the European Union. Somehow this eruption of mindless turpitude giving reward to declared genocidal violence with the honor of statehood could prove to be the greatest miscarriage of relations on the international stage left standing unrivaled by the end of the century. These acts are unforgivable and are simply the reaction of timidity attempting to placate an all-encompassing rapacious set of jackals which sup on the blood of the innocent and the righteous delighting in the horrors of their acts of depravity simply to postpone their drawing the sustenance from their own nations heart and body for the here and now giving little concern to the more distant future. The problem is such acts of timidity are what these haters feed upon like voracious sharks in a frenzy feeding on a fresh and bleeding injured innocent. Their granting legitimacy to the Islamists who terrorize and attempt to destroy Israel will not placate their counterparts in Europe, it will be blood in the water bringing the frenzied violence that much sooner and acting as an amplifying stimulus and an invitation to strike those who have displayed their weakness by these votes of submissive timorousness. Europe will not gain any peace nor put off their coming crisis of identity which these craven votes indicate that the mutation from Christian Europe through their midpoint of socialist humanism only to fall before Islamic conquest through infiltration bringing eventual corruption and death by political correctness and overt fear and the refusal to fight to retain their culture as in Europe nothing can be considered worth fighting to protect. Just because Europe has become paralyzed into a state of apologetic apathy where nothing actually matters, especially should that matter require any stiff resistance and taking a stand for those things they pretend to rest their base beliefs on as theirs is an advanced and progressive society where violence is inexcusable unless it is used against any established norms does not mean that their timidity and haste to surrender their culture should be exported to Israel just because some European elites believe that sacrificing the Jewish state might save their precious immoral pseudo-civility. Rewarding terror in any form and anyplace at any time does nothing to preserve or protect the rest of the world from future terrorist strikes. The only way to protect one from the violence of terrorism is to fight that terror source wherever one finds it and at every place where it rears its salivating maw to simply smite that maw and knock out its teeth making it lose its bite.

 

If Europe desires to survive and resist the effects of Islam on the rise then join with Israel, not try to sacrifice Israel for once Israel is fighting hard for her life, that will leave much of the powers behind radical Islam to consume Europe and one thing that will be promised is that should that fateful day arrive, then Israel will live long after Europe has fallen. Israel is experiencing the revival which will prove to be the antidote to creeping Islamism, and that is the rebirth and excitement by the next generation of Israelis who are embracing their Judaism and giving it a rebirth which will provide the strength and desire which will allow Israel to resist anything which may try to extinguish Israel and, by doing so, Judaism. If Europe really desires to retain her identity then Europe needs to return to her spiritual core and that which defined her and gave her a core of belief worth defending and gave meaning to the future over the instant pleasures of today. That spark was Christianity which is a far more moral and inspiring demanding investment in a future and the will to defend that future than secular humanism, socialist redistribution, political correctness and multiculturalism which teaches to live for today for who knows whether tomorrow will even come. The latter is the recipe for extinction while the hopes of Christianity with all its faults and jealousies still evokes a future that demands that each generation bequeath the next generation their hopes and dreams over the current European societal beliefs of the day which stress the hopes and dreams of the next fifteen minutes and no vision beyond the next hook-up or social soiree or other empty pleasure which demands one take any next pleasure simply in a voided attempt to live for the moment and believe this satisfies their heart, mind and soul though all three are empty and will continue to be empty and only act when fear drives them to the brink of insanity. Europe’s pity is made all the more sorrowful by their attempts to pass judgments on Israel and make accusations because Israel actually is willing to defend herself, something which Europe has forgotten, believing that passivity will win as it is principled and thus cannot be surpassed. The news is while accusing Israel of realizing the threat to their existence is unforgivable as Europe wants to insist that Israel be as Europe and ignore the threats to their way of life as Europe wants to force her concept that nothing is worth using violence as violence is far more detestable than is anything else, even extinction. While Europe has chosen to collapse and fall before her Islamist invaders, Israel refuses to go quietly into that bleakness that is Islam without the fight of her lifetime. Europe can wink out and become Islamic Eurasia if that is what they choose but please allow Israel to choose her own path in which she will fight to remain Israel and resist the slide before Islamism.

 

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March 31, 2012

What Could Happen if the Supreme Court Strikes Down the Health Care Law?

For argument’s case we will assume that the Supreme Court will strike down the individual mandate specifically and then quoting the lack of a severability clause in the Affordable Care Act, rule that the entirety of the Law has to be voided and thrown out. So, the entire two-thousand-plus pages of the Affordable Care Act would be unconstitutional and voided by the ruling. This would include the employer mandate, the disallowing insurance companies using preexisting-conditions as a consideration when considering granting insurance, and every other item even those items which were placed in the law having nothing to do with healthcare but were inserted simply to get these items approved surreptitiously and without serious debate. Will such a verdict be the death knell of the government injecting themselves even further into controlling healthcare in the United States? What will the future hold and will the health insurance companies now need to undo those items they had adjusted in order to begin to comply with the Affordable Care Act? What will be the effect of the uncertainty caused by this strike down of the government’s attempt to set in motion laws and regulations which would eventually lead to their complete usurpation of the healthcare industry in the United States?

My greatest fear is that the Supreme Court striking down the entirety of the Affordable Care Act will simply be the first volley in a war for the heart and soul of the future of health care in the United States. Any actions which have already been implemented by the government and as many adaptations the insurance companies have taken will be attempted to be cemented in place. We can expect Cass Sunstein to implement new regulations to shore up and make these changes and adaptations permanent fixtures going forward with healthcare in the United States. People who have chosen this as their fight to save individual rights and restrain the government from acquiring more influence and power over society and individual citizens’ lives will need to stay motivated and ever watchful to root out and prevent the passing of the mechanisms of the Affordable Care Act as individual regulations included in other pieces of legislation attempting to pass them stealthily. We can expect there to be a series over months of Executive Orders coming out of the White House which will be utilized as a single step-by-step implementation of the individual rules, regulations, and requirements which can be implemented individually as stand-alone regulations directly from the White House without even needing the Congress to vote or consider them. We can fully expect a coordinated effort to implement the entirety of the Affordable Care Act singular item after singular item which will later be woven together forming the completed legislation or a close facsimile thereof.

We have seen such actions in the past by those who wish to transform our country from its republic formulation of governance under which it was established into just another Nanny State top down dictated society controlled centrally with government imposed restrictions on individual liberties choking off our freedoms one small step after another. The one thing I have learned while watching the changes that have taken place during my lifetime and studying how the changes were rooted in actions from the past two centuries is that those who wish to control and regulate every small piece of our lives seldom are forced to step back and when such small wins have occurred, they are always followed by the use of incrementalism to accomplish the same ends one iota after another for as long as it takes. I have often marveled at their dedication to duty shown by those who favor government oversight and influence over all of society and life choices as they never take no for an answer and will settle for small baby steps when their sweeping legislative attempts are refuted or struck down. If those who are opposed to such a takeover of our lives and society by the busybodies of government honestly wish to hold their ground and prevent these usurpations, they will need to gather themselves and stand dedicated and unified in constant diligence guarding against the guaranteed onslaught by incrementalism. This is going to be the battle which will be fought and the sides have been defined. The end result will be totally dependent upon which side can remain relentless, dedicated, focused and determined going forward into the distant future as neither those wishing to regulate, tax, or subsidize every action, thought, possession and individual themselves will never stop proposing their nefarious schemes so those who will rally as the protectors of liberties and freedoms will need to be ready to make an even stronger effort to stir the people to their side and protect those rights spoken so elegantly of in the Declaration of Independence if those rights are to be continued to be enjoyed by our children and their children after that onto the last generations. As we were warned by Wendell Phillips, “Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty!” Lest we not forget for as we were warned by Ronald Reagan, “Those who have known freedom and then lost it have never known it again.” We must be patriots of vigilance such that we never need long for the taste of freedom and liberty we have lost.

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