Beyond the Cusp

June 1, 2017

A House Divided Cannot Stand

 

Our title must give thanks to President Abraham Lincoln who used it in his accepting speech upon receiving the Illinois Republican Party’s nomination as that state’s United States senator. His review was about the issue of slavery which was tearing the United States in half and eventually led to the Civil War. Things back then were likely worse than they are currently but also moved slower thus tempers and reactions were not immediate and thus did not have quite the additive nature of items today where a comment Tweeted in a reference can reach around the world and back within seconds and millions can be roused from dead asleep to enraged by their i-Phone tones that something is up and so should they be awake and as enraged about the latest scandalous event or phrase made in passing. The threat developing in the United States is just as serious today as things were in Lincoln’s day, and that is making a dangerous measure which some will claim is over the top and others will claim that we haven’t seen nothing yet and admonish that just wait until the truth hits and the reality becomes unstoppable. These are some of those we should fear no matter which side they appear to represent in this struggle. The divide in the United States which is breaking-up friendships, marriages, families and even business partners is not as much about the loss of Hillary Clinton to Donald Trump or the end of the Obama Presidency and his replacement with what many believe is a reprobate.

 

The root of the problem goes beyond the two parties or liberals and conservatives and is really being driven by a group which remains unseen who wish to change the governance of the United States. These forces do not believe the people are wise or intelligent enough nor do they possess the understanding and deep thought necessary to rule themselves. These people are not newcomers to this thought but go back deeply into history. This was the argument made by the Kings and Emperors who along with the rest of the elite as Barons, Earls and the rest of the aristocracy made for their rightful place ruling over the serfs in their charge. They claimed that the serfs would starve and die without their administering and knowledge of things greater than they could understand and the protection they provided from those outside forces which would take everything if the serfs were not protected by their betters (view Monty Python spoof of monarchy in below video). These archetypical elitists continue to this day with some actually tracing their family trees back to those very leaders from before the democratic revolutions progressed across Europe coming to a head during and immediately after World War I, the last destructive war caused by the monarchies and their interwoven treaties and intricacies. The next phase of rule of the masses by their betters followed in two opposing political theories, Communism and Fascism. Fascism fell out of favor due to World War II which resulted in two opposing themes taking hold in the more developed world, this time Communism and the varying forms of Democratic rule from Republic to Parliamentary systems. Communism was the preservation of the theory that the people required a class of elites to lead them while the Democracies where trust was placed in the common man to be capable of collectively proving to be smarter than those perceived elites. William F. Buckley, Jr. gave this idea a solid understanding and easy to understand example when he stated, “I’d rather entrust the government of the United States to the first 400 people listed in the Boston telephone directory than to the faculty of Harvard University.” Me, I would rather be ruled by a random choosing of one-hundred midlands farmers than the United States Senate. If others have said this before, then I thank them for implanting the thought in my head, if not, may I please claim this one?

 

 

Today there are groups of elites who believe they should be granted the right to rule over the people because the people are too easily mislead and choose the wrong people to lead them and thus cannot be trusted to choose their own leaders. Some of these people are behind some of the unrest fomenting in the United States over the election of Donald Trump as President. An interesting aside could be taken that this election was exactly the above as Trump was elected by those hundred farmers over the choice of the urban elites. The reality today is there are groups of elitists who really do believe they should hold all the power simply because the people know not what they do. They are the leaders in the centrality of a number of movements, professions and former aristocracy. Examples which are immediately obvious include the mainstream media, the ecology elites, political elites, the extremely wealthy, academia, the political class and the leaders of industry among others. This struggle is being played out right now in the United States. What is truly sad is some are following the elitists for all the wrong reasons and because they are unaware of the reality driving much of the debate. The one thing the elitists have learned in their past centuries of attempting to regain their treasured positions of complete control is that the people must be tricked and fooled into bringing these elitists back into power, a reality which will lead to a loss of freedoms and liberties which will no longer be retrievable for generations afterward. The problem is that the elitists have a strong argument this time simply because their opposing side is represented by a questionable and untested leader who has a list of flaws in his past and personal traits which make picking him apart excessively easy. The side of leadership by the common man is represented by President Trump, whose every misstep, and let us admit there have been a plethora, while the elitist side is an unknown onto what each person can write their own desires, be they a return to President Obama, the election of President Hillary Clinton or something entirely different, thus one is easily faulted while the other can be portrayed as perfection. Unamazingly, this is exactly the way everything is unfolding, President Trump is being faulted for every shortcoming while the opposite side can claim their people would have performed perfectly. What is never depicted is whether their people means Hillary Clinton’s administration, the former administration of President Obama or some mythical administration of some thus far unforeseen President who was the ideal amalgam of former and potential Presidents from all of history and potential future Presidents.

 

Much of this battle is taking place on the many social networks from Twitter to Facebook to numerous chatrooms and discussion forums. The rancor is unprecedented, but then attempted revolutions often start with increased rancor and an escape from the normal channels of mediation which allow for differences of opinions in a normal and, for lack of a better term, congenial manner. There is another difference which signals troubles ahead. The rancor in a normal transition of power usually begins at an elevated level and steadily tones down until it become almost silent but this time the decline appears to not have taken a normal decline in intensity and instead has appeared to be refreshed whenever the slightest lull even shows the slightest inclination to start. This could be due to some having serious problems accepting the results of the election and they appear simply unable to allow their anger to dissipate as is the usual nature after losing an election. But there is a more sinister and troubling possibility which should scare every individual no matter which side they find themselves. The more troubling reason would be that there are those whose desire and are leading the charge towards a critical point where they plan to lead a revolution, a coup, and take charge of the controls of power and install themselves as the new leadership, unelected and soon to install their permanency through strict control and enforcement of their policies, and by that, their rule. Rousing the public in what can only be termed a holy anger, leading a rising struggle replete with violent demonstrations leading to rioting throughout the major metropolises, this followed by citizens demand for order, and then taking temporary power to restore the order demanded and then simply never relenting that power has been the exact means of destroying democracies and replacing them with some form of absolute rule, be them autocracies, theocracies, oligarchies, aristocracies or any other “crazies”, as we prefer to label them. There are reasons that France is in its Fifth Republic, or is it Sixth, no Fifth but soon it just might be the Sixth Republic which very well could be a theocracy or some other form of the “crazies.”

 

The main thing is that we have witnessed is an unrivaled level of distressed anger in the just over two-hundred days since the election and barely passed the one-hundred-thirtieth day of the Trump administration. The main message behind much of the angst has been that only the selected few with the right political and social orientation should be permitted to lead the United States. These people are also only to be found on the coasts and the largest of metropolises and who have the correct education and breeding to be true and reputable leadership. Many of the people making all the noise and, in some cases, demonstrations and rioting are completely unaware that their movement, “The Revolution” crusade, is being orchestrated by people from behind the scenes and who are not ever to be found on the frontlines in the streets being arrested and in time facing water cannons and other nonfatal means of dispersion and suppression being used. What they are completely unaware of, and are blinded from seeing, is that these very behind the scenes instigators will some day, should their plans lead to the coup they hope to realize come to fruition, they will use far more lethal means including military weaponry slaughtering the rioters and demonstrators in the streets while subjugating the rest of the population as they install their form of “crazies” on the United States. History has shown this methodical series of manipulating events to start a revolution and take control of all forms of political, societal, police, military and productive power establishing absolute rule. The picture is familiar to those who have studied history, which in the United States means those above fifty-five years of age, or otherwise known as back in the day when most of the public school system still taught world history, civics, and especially American history.

 

Images from American History

Images from American History

 

Perhaps this plan has been in the incubator for almost a half-century and explains why those graduating after approximately 1980 were never taught civics or any form of history as required for graduation and merely as electives, and sold as very difficult electives which could more easily be earned with basket weaving or any of the newest soft-sciences including many of the specialized fields or disciplines such as psychology, sociology, anthropology, or political science, that interpret human behavior, institutions, society often where all opinions and interpretations are acceptable with the grades given depend on accepting preconceived dogma regurgitating exact phrases without any requirement for understanding or logical arguments. This has allowed for many amongst the youth and young adults to be led without their having any references by which to judge that which they are being fed to instigate their actions including demonstrating and rioting. They are unaware that their continued agitation could simply be agitprop leading them to be used for the gain if unseen manipulators whose real plans do not include their continued good health. In many ways, the scene is worrying and can only elicit mourning over the potential for an end which leads to a frightening end. As we have stated, this scenario has happened before, and if not taken seriously, will result in darkness beyond anything seen previously in history. Many studiers of world history have predicted that if, or when, the United States democratic republic is brought down and replaced with some autocratic or other of the numerous “crazies,” it will become the greatest tyranny of evil and may bring on the end of history as we know it.

 

Normalcy as we have known it since the end of World War II and the end of the Soviet Union with a massive decrease in the horrific costs of war, is only because a nuclear conflict made war almost unthinkable leading to proxy wars where main powers took sides in lesser conflicts. The major wars have shown ever-growing casualty figures with a drastic decline since the end of World War II and the onset of the Nuclear Age. Major wars between the greater powers of each age have extracted the greatest number of fatalities and total casualties but this number has approached zero since the onset of the Nuclear Age (see graph below). This is a slightly misleading graph, as there have been proxy wars, but this shows direct conflicts which became improbable due to the risk of escalation to a nuclear war which would completely ravage all warring nations. This leads to asking a disturbing question, what happens when those wielding nuclear weaponry are not aware or take no heed to the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and have no reason to fear a nuclear exchange either between one another or with one of the established major nuclear powers? What will be the result to the world when, not if, some neo-nuclear power decides that they not only can survive a nuclear exchange, but welcome the opportunity for a nuclear exchange, as martyrdom is preferable to life where they are not the supreme power and authority over the world? What does the world look like once one of the neo-nuclear powers attains sufficient nuclear weapons to reduce all of their perceived enemies to nuclear rubble? This would mean they have made sufficient first generation nuclear weapons with a low yield but emit an unimaginable EMP pulse reducing an entire continent’s electrical grid to ashes and destroys nearly all electronic devices, even many not even powered, and still retain sufficient advanced thermos-nuclear warheads to reduce every major nuclear power as well as all perceived enemies main cities to nuclear rubble, then what? How will the world move further into any form of future as long as such threats exist? The answers to all these questions are unsettling and may depend on a functioning United States behind which the world can find to rally and defeat any such threat before it completely actualizes one of the above scenarios.

 

Graph of Deaths Due to Major Powers Conflicts

 

The world has a wondrous future providing our societies can remain intact and free, or at least moving towards a world where liberty and freedom are the norm. This will require one simple realization, education of all the people making sure everybody is literate and capable of understanding the most basic means for survival in a technical world which is rapidly approaching. We can start with one real and exciting challenge by reaching at the very least fifty percent literacy rate in Egypt. With its current democratic governance, which is protected by the military, a system not too dissimilar to what Ataturk set up in Turkey and worked well until recently when President Erdoğan took control, should President Sisi step from power, as he is currently a populist president, or is defeated in an election, and there is a president of Egypt who is not from the military but whose rule is still protected by the military, then Egypt would be the perfect test case. The one exception would be any Muslim Brotherhood candidate, or other terror representative such as Islamic State, are prevented from becoming a candidate for president. This makes Egypt an exceptional nation for installing such a remedy to their current high rate of illiteracy. Then Egypt could be used as a kind of laboratory where increased literacy and improved education of a population and the ensuing results can be used to determine the levels required for true and ultimate change from a third world to a first world nation and all that should ensue. Then other nations can be enticed to follow the Egypt example of improving their populations through education which enables them to become engaged in more productive and technical employment raising the population’s quality of life and their standard of living. The third world requires proper education to levels sufficient such that they attain near 100% literacy along with basic abilities in simple mathematics and understanding of basics such that their employment opportunities are enhanced. Achieving such an outcome will, unfortunately, be excessively difficult, as many of the non-free nations will refuse to permit their populations to be so educated as an educated populace would make their dictatorial rule more difficult. This is why freedom and liberty are so vital for the future of our planet. This is why any challenge to the Constitutional rule of law in the United States, no matter from which side of the political divide it arises, is a threat to the health of the entire world as currently there is no free nations ruled by law rather than men to replace the United States. Is the United States Constitution perfect; no, but it is the best system yet devised allowing the rule by the governed and until something better comes along, it will suffice. That is why the constitution is more important and demands preservation no matter who sits in the White House, and that is an important piece which must be understood by all sides.

 

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March 18, 2017

Freedom is a Wonderful Thing to Have and a Horrible Waste When Lost

 

Let us start our discussion today with some information directly from another article titled The Pelosi Principle by Terry Jeffrey written for Townhall. The article was about the Republican replacement for Obamacare which while not being everything many of us would want, was still a better deal for much of America. This quote though tells a lot about what has gone terribly wrong with American society and paints a dim view that this can ever change as both sides of the aisle agree that the old way must die and government prevail. The article states, “Both Republicans and Democrats have rejected the principle of subsidiarity that once governed American health care: Individuals who could not pay for their own care were covered by private, particularly religious, charities and local governments.” Despite everything else, at the base of the opposition to Obamacare was the opposition to the Nanny State and its insistence on being all things to all people. Forced government insurance was just the latest outrage where government demanded they be given the responsibility for our care and as usual their ideas left much to be desired.

 

This problem has been a long time coming and is not about to wane any time in the future without a near revolution by the American public. Not a real, grab the gun off the mantle, revolution but one where the American people take the power back from the government by selecting a whole new type of political representation, regular, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (or watch at end of article) representation. This would have to be an all-encompassing movement which will only arise when things reach an intolerable level and when failure means the end of the democratic process because the government has even assumed making the choices as to who will lead and who is subjugated. One can only hope that such a time is not quite yet upon us, though with some of what has occurred there have been claims and fears from both sides that the other is attempting to take control of the governing processes and end any true freedom of choice. History has proven that one side’s claims are merely an excuse for them to enact just such fascist governance and the other side’s claims are actually valid fears. But this article is to tell the story of how we reached this point.

 

This all started with something everybody would know from history if such was still taught in the public and private school systems. Not all schools are delinquent of such but far too many are which has made ask the average person in the street history and civics questions something which makes for great laughs while others of us just shake our heads and fear for the future. We know that a people who do not know from whence they arrived at this day will have no idea where they will be going as the tomorrows pass. The beginning of our story is the Revolutionary War, the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, especially the Bill of Rights. One should read the Declaration of Independence as it is a litany of things in a governance which should be feared and the people should ever be watchful against their reoccurrence. There is a political theory which describes the cycle of governance from bondage to freedom and back to bondage called the Tytler Cycle of Power in Governance (see below). There have been many debates in universities back in our day and hopefully these debates continue as they raise awareness and strengthen societal awareness in the upcoming generation. The debate in my day over where in the circle we stood was over which it might be; Selfishness, Complacency, Apathy or Dependence. Nobody ever claimed Abundance and a few would claim we were on the verge of Bondage and the others were completely beyond consideration. One can only wonder where the debate would go today.

 

Tytler Cycle of Power in Governance

Tytler Cycle of Power in Governance

 

We got to wherever in the cycle we actually stand from a time when faith was high and courage was felt by a strong and steady leadership and their following and from that they struck forth and gained liberty. The American Revolution was led in many communities by their religious leaders who were men of sword and musket as well as the Bible. These men made up the Black Robe Regiments and were why the British often burned churches and would hang clergy on sight if they were at all suspect of preaching about freedom from bondage and King. The Revolutionary War was fought by people of faith and courage who gained freedom and a new nation. There were few large cities and nothing even approaching a modern city with London being amongst the largest in that day and Boston, New York and Philadelphia being amongst the largest cities but still the denizens were largely self-reliant. This was the way of life in early America and this was how it remained until sometime into the mid-1800’s. The problems began in the largest of cities which would be found on the eastern seaboard, west coast and along the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers. Within the largest cities people began to depend on certain public services. There was the water systems replacing the need to draw one’s own water, sewage replacing digging your own outbuilding, trash pick-up, and public transportation which was often bartered out to a private service whose owner often became quite wealthy as did the private purveyor of any other service which the cities licensed.

 

The services provided through public/private contract or by the government directly such as police forces, judicial systems, street maintenance, street lighting, gas lines, fire departments and as time went more and more provided by the cities. Then there were the specialty services which cared for services which many of the people either found distasteful or were simply incapable of doing for themselves. Some of these services had always required a professional but many had also been performed by the average person before the advent of large cities with a professional core of providers whose prices were controlled by demand and number of people providing such services. Examples include the obvious such as shoeing horses, blacksmithing, locksmith and others and then ones we have forgotten in our modern world such as chimneysweeps, milkman, ice deliveries and other such services. Some still exist in smaller towns or rural areas or as specialty service in cities. What these specialty and general services started was the first stages of dependence which as long as it is kept to essential services is fine, but it did not remain this way. There used to be a safety net which provided for those people who were down on their luck or simply had fallen from the normal routines of the society and were dependent on the good graces of others for their sustenance and other needs. These people were served by religious groups, the churches, synagogues and other religious congregations and charitable organizations. This was the way of things for over a century until the onset of the initial takeover by the government which began with unemployment insurance which was not any form of insurance as much as it was a tax and spend means for government to reduce the power of people and increase the power of the government. This was followed by Social Security and soon thereafter adoption services were slowly subsumed by the government.

 

This continued with the government granting college scholarships first through grants for veterans through the G I Bill and then loans and Pell Grants. The largest expansion of the government came under Lyndon Baines Johnson and his Great Society which enlarged or created such programs as Welfare, Medicare, Medicaid, Food Stamps, National Endowments for Arts and Humanities, Public Broadcasting, Cultural Centers, Homeless Shelters and a plethora of other programs all based on a simple principle, the government was going to save people from being preached to just to receive help as the religious institutions were forcing people to suffer. They were saving the world from religion. In time the governments also provided the cities with transportation funds to assist public transportation in an attempt to replace the personal vehicle, environmental assistance and codes, consumer protection because people were incapable of not buying substandard goods, public housing so those on welfare could live without shame in any neighborhood where section eight housing was declared which was anywhere except the most exclusive neighborhoods, labor regulations and it continued into every realm of life even eventually to include the water permitted to be flushed by a toilet.

 

The government did not stop there and they are currently working on the next and near final stage of their plans to completely control all of society, the replacement of the children from parenting by amateurs. That is the theory behind the plan proposed by Hillary Clinton with her claim that “it takes a village to raise a child.” She made an entire book from the idea, It Takes a Village: And Other Lessons Children Teach Us in which she gave examples of such as African villages and spent most of the book encouraging new programs and government controls over ever more of people’s lives. Some of the programs and ideas coming out from her writings include Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993, the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act, Community Policing, the Brady Bill, Amber Alerts, immunizations, State Children’s Health Insurance Program, financial regulation, expanded Child Tax Credits, Minimum Wage increases, and the one making so much of the news of late, Universal health care. Government appears targeting even more of our lives and taking from us every choice as to how we live our lives, what we teach our children, what we are allowed to drive, where we are allowed to drive and how we can raise our children. Some schools have told their students that their parents do not have the power to deny them use of a telephone, forbid them access to a computer, refuse them their rights to watch what they want on television or other means of punishment including spanking, grounding or forcing them to eat foods they dislike and told students as early as first grade that they can report any violations of these rights by their parents to the school and then the school will report their parents to the government and the problem will be taken care of and they will have their rights respected. That is true, the child has inalienable rights which a parent may not infringe and amongst these rights is anything they desire. Of course once the parent has been duly punished for ignoring these rules, the child will just love the foster home and the parenting they will receive there.

 

One can only wonder where this will end and many will tell you it will not end, or at least not end well. There is actually no limit any longer as to how far into your life government can impose. Already the wild stories that the government can turn on the camera attached to your computers, the camera attached to your phone (always keep them camera facing the table), turn on the microphone to your computers or phones, and have microphones and cameras spread all over your town or city and can also monitor any cameras which are electronically monitored despite what you have been told by the security company, every keystroke made on your computer and a log of every web location you have visited, and darn near anything else with soon coming to any electronic device bought new will also be able to report the amounts of electricity used as well as your electric, water, gas or other meters reporting your use and any notable changes such as a guest visiting (additional use especially during times you are not usually home) but all this only if you reside in the United States or are under suspicions by the NSA, CIA, FBI or any other intelligence agency including allies of the United States as the intelligence services of the Western World are capable of collecting every electronic piece of information on virtually every person within the United States, its protectorates, any ten nations the United States chooses with the exceptions of India and China (really way too many people) all with some abilities to spare. The problem is calling up the data on any one person unless specified in advance is a bit tiresome but then there are numerous government employees whose tiresome job it is to extract exactly just such data on demand, lucky them, or on their own whim if they can cover their tracks. The claims by President Trump that his phones were being listened to are true but then so were probably mine and yours and your best friend, worst enemy, and the past five-thousand people you have passed on the street because everybody has had their information gathered because it is far more simple to gather all the information than to choose whose you actually need. With the NSA’s new data center in Nevada outside Reno (pictured below) that is a simple deed and they can store all of it to be retrieved as required at any time. It simply requires the personnel to do so and that they also have.

 

National Security Agency NSA Utah Data Center

National Security Agency NSA Utah Data Center

That is where freedom now stands in the United States and much of the world today and that is the real problem we all face. But do not worry; most of us are of little concern so as long as we behave as expected we are safe. We hope that reading Beyond the Cusp is not a triggering exercise for which your data would be pulled up, but why worry as too many things likely will do the trick anyways.

 

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March 14, 2017

America and Judaism Share One Great Concept

 

Most nations and religions trace themselves to some great person who was responsible for their greatness and in some form or another deify that individual. For nations the examples are legion. Rome traced to the two children raised by a she wolf, Romulus and Remus, China was unified by a leader who was born of a dragon which brought him to China where he unified the separate kingdoms forging a great power, England has King Arthur and the Camelot myth and so on it goes. Christianity gave us Jesus, Islam gave us Mohammed, Buddhism gave us Buddha, Taoism came from Tao and so forth with each religion traced to a person who is raised above other men and in some way deified or immortalized. What follows will likely not sit us well with many readers but is presented for thought and not as any claim that the two seminal foundings were directly related beyond their emphasis on the sanctity of the human spirit and its enabling by the Creator, by Hashem.

 

But with the United States there was no one individual though George Washington is regarded as the father of the nation nobody would claim that he founded or singularly established the country. His greatest feat was giving up power when he could have continued as President until his death thus establishing the temporary power of the office instead of making it into a form of elected monarchy. The American idea was the world of the Founding Fathers, a group where though many people may choose one they prefer, none is more vital to the forging of the United States than the others. Sure we credit Thomas Jefferson with writing the Declaration of Independence but this only came about because John Adams deferred and chose him because he was a talented writer and an amiable person where, as John Adams is credited with stating in persuading Thomas Jefferson claiming when Jefferson claimed Adams was the stronger writer and better at expressing himself claimed that was why he could not be its author because he was far too disliked and anything he wrote would be torn apart by many of the others. James Madison is credited with crafting the initial wording of the constitution but again it became the work of all the signatories in some means or another. The United States is not traceable to a single person but instead to singular ideals expressed in that Declaration of Independence and a form of governance delineated in that Constitution and those are the two pillars upon which America rests.

 

Judaism is similar in that there were great people but no individual can be credited with establishing the religion. Granted when Hashem altered Avram’s name making it Avraham and Sari became Sarah, this would be the seminal point where the Covenant would be made and circumcision the sign of the contract which was to be undertaken by every male; yet the religion itself is transferred through one’s mother and not the father. To be a Jew one is required to have come from a Jewish mother. But Avraham received the Covenant with Hashem; he did not codify Judaism and did not write the Torah. Torah was transcribed by Moses which was why he is referred to as the lawgiver. But Moses transcribed Torah and led the Israelites from Egypt which is told in Torah in Exodus and retold in Deuteronomy. Moses went to great lengths to refute any deification including assuring that he would have no burial location which would be known so as to refute any worship giving all due credit to Hashem. Joshua was the leader of the Israelites when they conquered the Promised Land. Hashem kind of left out that after leaving Egypt the Israelites were going to have to conquer the Promised Lands but that was the way of forming a nation and claiming your place among nations in those early days of humankind. There also were numerous Judges and Prophets who ruled the Israelites but none were greater than the others in reflection and thus none were ever made to be more than wise and knowledgeable men. King Saul was the first Israelite king and was deficient in many ways but did preserve the nation passing it to King David more by default than any other means as the battle which claimed Saul’s son and heir to the throne also threw Saul into such grief that he took his own life, not the most glorious of endings. From King David the throne passed to King Solomon. King Solomon was regarded as one of the wisest of men but also had great failings chief amongst them were the inadequacy of his children who brought great harm upon the Israelites or Hebrews.

 

Torah the Founding Document of Judaism with Declaration of Independence, Constitution and Bill of Rights Founding Documents of the United States of America

Torah the Founding Document of Judaism
with Declaration of Independence, Constitution and Bill of Rights
Founding Documents of the United States of America

 

What is less known by many is that the Jews were the remnants of the Israelites. The kingdom ruled by Kings Saul, David, Solomon and so forth broke into two kingdoms with the northern Kingdom called Israel and the southern Kingdom named for its larger tribe, Judah, named Judea. Israel consisted of ten tribes and their priests and was conquered by the Assyrians and never actually heard from until modern times. These became known as the ten lost tribe of the Jews but were really the ten lost tribes of Israel. Jews are the remainder of the tribes of Benjamin and Judea and the Priestly classes, tribes, of the Levites and Kohanim. These two tribes basically merged into the entity of Judea and the people were the Judeans, obviously. With time people grew lazy and did not care to actually say Judeans so it eventually shortened to simply Jews. Judea traced back to Judah and Benjamin to Benjamin, two of the sons of Jacob. One need remember that when Judaism relates to Avraham it is almost always referenced as Avraham, Isaak and Jacob as these were the Patriarchs buried in Hevron in the cave bought by Avraham in which to bury Sarah. Still the story of the Jews hinges greatly on Jacob’s twelve sons but one was responsible for the survival of the entire family, Joseph. This was one of the more unusual stories amongst many unusual stories. Joseph was sold into slavery by his jealous brothers but because of this act he was in the right place at the right time to become a favored one of Pharaoh and was placed as Chancellor over Egypt second only in power to Pharaoh himself. He managed resources of food saving Egypt from a great famine and saved his family as well. This led to the eventual enslaving of his family which was then brought forth by Hashem through the vessels which were Moses with Aaron. As is said, the rest is history except in this case it is more accurate to say the rest is the Hebrew Bible or the Old Testament and then history as that story has had a rebirth which was foretold in the Bible with the formation in a single day of the nation of modern Israel in its ancient homelands, though that is still being contested the eventual forming of Israel will include its ancient lands even if that takes a thousand years.

 

Judaism and the United States owe their formations to many individuals with none more vital than the rest and neither would exist if not for all of these great people all of whom were guided by principles and forces beyond their comprehension. Did these people know they were a part of something far greater than themselves, of course they did. But each group had the guidance of great people when required the most and both claim that Hashem is an integral part of their formation as a nation. Neither deifies any individual and instead when they use the term Creator their reference is to the Creator of all things as told in Genesis and both Judaism and the United States of America claim to owe their creation to that very same Creator and both claim the view that mankind was imbued and “endowed by that Creator with unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” These principles are found throughout the laws and preaching in Judaism and were carried forth in Christianity and found their place in the Declaration of Independence where they were once again ensconced in the human mind and established repeatedly but most forcefully in Torah and thus made available for Thomas Jefferson to include in his declaration.

 

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