Beyond the Cusp

May 21, 2017

So We Impeach Trump So Now What?

 

Well, it appears that the only thing which will quiet the beating beasties will be to have Donald Trump’s head on a pole in front of the Capitol Building after a public, Game of Thrones style trial on the Mall with the fountain at the base of the Capitol Steps as the backdrop. After his fair public trial there will be an equally righteous beheading, of course, with the reward on display with PBS carrying the progress of Trump’s head on a stick. We probably are not being too graphic to note that it starts with the blackbirds pecking out the eyes but decency will not allow us to describe it any further. So, now what happens? Will we wait until a week passes and then on the next Tuesday with all the pomp and ceremony, and after removing the pole and the remains thereof, we will have the rightful swearing in by the Supreme Court’s Chief Justice Roberts of Hillary Clinton to be the forty-sixth President and the Democrats return to the White House, right? Well, this is the hope and idea we have often seen posted to discussions about the criminality of the Trump administration surpassing President Ulysses S. Grant and President Richard Nixon reaching never before achieved levels of perfidy. So many have stated as fact that once we get rid of the tyrant wannabe Donald Trump then the United States will get their rightful first woman President because since Donald Trump will have been found guilty of crimes pertaining to the election then the Republicans are disqualified and the Democrat candidate, that would be Hillary Clinton, who came in second, out of two, is then declared the winner. That seems to be the most popular reasoning from the main, strange and unusual discussion boards we have visited. There have even been links to news sources, or presumed news sources such as the JuniorReport and AntieMae’s Inforoom and numerous other similar sounding names, most of which our virus blocker refused to allow our servers entry. We then went to our favorite source, Encyclopedia Britannica, where we sought advice as to what really happens should President Trump be impeached, but more about that after a small amount of additional commentary.

 

The levels of #Trumpamania were of a highly agitated and fevered pitch starting almost immediately after the election results were official, some even earlier just in anticipation and just in case the worst possible of results were true and simply continued to ramp higher and higher seeming as if they would peak immediately after Inauguration Day. That proved to be an incorrect assumption on our behalf as the level still climbed for at least another six weeks and then simmered down slightly only to steady out somewhere between out of their cotton-picking minds (we know, disallowed and demeaning reference) and insanely jealous as if Donald Trump just stole your girl, boy, or alt-gendered friend (choose your appropriate gender). The stamina the anti-Trump team has shown and their ability to stay on topic all repeating the same, up to the minute, ever-changing charge of the moment has been nothing less than remarkable. They change to the most recent bombshell discovery with such uniformity that one can almost delineate the history of the reports and the near exact time they hit the presses. Even the Tea Party would be envious of such organization, sheer genius. Precision Marine Drill Teams have only slightly more disciplined displays. As of this writing, the latest is that there is a person of interest who is amongst the White House Trump team close to the President himself and a high level advisor who the FBI has decided they may be interested in questioning as he should be knowledgeable of a direct Russian plot to influence the election where monies have changed hands and other inappropriate interchanges also were perpetrated and this top advisor will definitely turn on President Trump if only to save their own neck. This time it is a solid, slam dunk evidence and the Trump team and all his minions (those little yellow guy are everywhere when there are crimes and unimaginable evil at play) can pack and get ready for their suites at that luxury Federal Prison at the Eglin Federal Prison Camp in Florida with the golf course and all the amenities. Actually, after a 60 Minutes special about what was termed “Club Fed” the golf courses and lobster dinners are gone and the best an inmate can hope for is a minimum security prison and a round of Frisbee golf at a makeshift course, and then only during free time. Back to Donald Trump and his shrinking time left in the White House. We do agree that his time left in the White House is shrinking to just less than four years or maybe just under eight years, with his reelection pending.

 

The actual hope of the people suffering from #Trumpamania is that simply to quiet them the Congress will take the best advised criminal charge that the FBI can provide the greatest number of individuals, often witnessing by deposition given in writing or by video with face blurred and voice electronically altered so they can remain anonymous and not face any further questions about what they are claiming to know. This Impeachment will occupy the House of Representatives for a few weeks, maybe months, and they will find there is no reason to charge or send recommendations to the Senate for an actual trial. The House of Representatives acts like a sort of Grand Jury in deciding if there is sufficient evidence of wrongdoing at a level sufficient to warrant Impeachment. Once they have decided and if they feel the evidence are sufficient, then they pass everything along to the Senate where the actual trial is held and presided over by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. In the Senate these people who made anonymous depositions could find themselves subpoenaed to appear in person so the Senators can cross-examine them and get clarification on any innuendo which carried sufficient weight in the House of Representatives but not in the trial held by the Senate where the demand of proof is far higher and a full two-thirds vote is required (sixty-seven Senators). No President has ever been Impeached and found guilty and been removed from office, just a little historical side note. Two have been Impeached, William Jefferson Clinton in recent memory and Andrew Johnson (from a past life memory). Richard Nixon very likely would have been impeached and found guilty which is why he resigned before the House of Representatives could take their full floor vote. It has been stated that the leading Republicans from the House of Representatives and the Senate came to the White House and informed President Nixon they were not going to cover his backside on these charges and he was likely to be convicted so falling on his sword was their advice. He followed their advice figuratively even if not quite literally.

 

Presidents Andrew Johnson, Richard Nixon and William Jefferson Clinton

Presidents Andrew Johnson, Richard Nixon and William Jefferson Clinton

 

Now for the reality check and some distressing news for many who believe, getting rid of President Donald Trump will result in an overturning of the election results and the Inauguration of President Hillary Clinton, the first woman President. The truth is the election stands as the limit for challenging the validity of the election is the date that the Electoral College votes and the House of Representatives verify that vote. Once these steps are accomplished, the results are set in stone, unalterable, done and done. This means that the Line of Succession is set thus remove President Donald Trump and get President Mike Pence. If somehow both President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence were to be removed at the same time, this would make Speaker of the House Paul Ryan the President. It simply does not get any better as one continues on. The Line of Succession is as follows; 1 Vice President, 2 Speaker of the House of Representatives, 3 President Pro Tempore of the Senate, 4 Secretary of State, 5 Secretary of the Treasury, 6 Secretary of Defense, 7 Attorney General, 8 Secretary of the Interior, 9 Secretary of Agriculture, 10 Secretary of Commerce, 11 Secretary of Labor, 12 Secretary of Health and Human Services, 13 Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, or Secretary of Transportation, 14 Secretary of Energy, 15 Secretary of Education, 16 Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and finally 17 Secretary of Homeland Security. Currently the vast majority, possibly all in the not too distant future, are appointees of President Donald Trump with two of the top ten being retired Generals from the United States Military. Whether or not that is good news or bad news is completely dependent upon your feelings about the military and its commanders in particular. The one item of interest is that nowhere on that list is there a slot for the losing candidate from the previous election, or simply put, no room for Hillary Clinton. So, a peace of advice for those suffering the most extreme cases of #Trumpamania largely because Impeaching or otherwise removing Donald Trump from the White House will result in Hillary Clinton becoming President, save your energies and start to dedicate them to electing Hillary Clinton President in the 2020 or 2024 elections or maybe you would prefer Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren. Imagine the first woman President also being the first Native American President, unless Ms. Warren retired her Native American heritage now that she is done with her positions at Harvard University. Use all this energy in a more fruitful endeavor or, if yelling in all caps every other posting on Facebook really does make for your self-worth, then by all means carry on in the manner you have become accustomed.

 

For those who find this inexorable and eternal clamoring over the Russian connection and the myriad of other charges leveled thus far with new ones to come every day to be a bit over the top and annoying, we have some really bad news. Let us imagine for a moment and do a thought experiment about what happens should President Donald Trump step down either by choice or by Impeachment and Mike Pence is sworn in as the next President. Does anybody believe that calm will return to the world or do you suspect a new eruption to levels never witnessed as they immediately tie President Mike Pence with charges of collusion along with Donald Trump with the Russians to destroy Hillary Clinton denying her the Presidency. There have already been charges against Pence as well as against number seven on the succession chart, Attorney General Jeff Sessions as well as number three, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. Now that this list of succession will be attainable easily with the reading of this article, as looking it up would take too much valuable time away from tweets and social media storming against President Donald Trump and company. But, as Rosie O’Donnell stated on Twitter that “WHEN TRUMP GOES SO DOES SESSIONS AND GORSUCH GETS REMOVED GARLAND SWORN IN EVERY EO INVALIDATED” The all caps proves this is indeed fact and needs to be yelled from every tall building top and mountain top in the land. There is a small problem though, and that is none of it is accurate. As stated above, the Trump team remains, Gorsuch was nominated and approved for the Supreme Court, a lifetime position, Sessions would remain until and if then President Mike Pence might replace him. And Garland still does not see his promotion and the Executive Orders remain unless, you guessed it, President Mike Pence nullified them, highly unlikely. But thank you for the civics lesson in left-world where things are as you wish they were, not as they really are. These protests in the social media are simply an attempt to implode the governance of the United States.

 

This method, or at least something similar, has happened numerous times before. There are agitators who rampage through the streets destroying store-fronts and other property. Pressure is kept on the government charging the leadership with being poor stewards of the public interest while destroying the ability of the nation to function in an advantageous manner. Businesses start to fail or simply pack-up and head for greener pastures where they would be safe. Others will seek somebody, anybody who promises to end the violence. Then a savior steps from the shadows and exclaims that they have what it will take to make the streets and other venues safe again. Then, in a very bloody couple of days, if even that long, the rowdies and agitators are simply executed in the street and their bodies carted off thrown into mass graves. Promise delivered at a simple price, freedom and liberty are now gone, sold for momentary safety. This is where the obligatory quote from Benjamin Franklin must be used, as he stated, “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” This has been proven not only true but in the worst possible of ways. Those who have attempted to exchange freedom for safety have often ended up slaves to a fascist governance which took on a war that eventually destroyed the society, its cities and everything the people had hoped to protect when they traded away their liberty and freedoms to a dictator whose sole interest was absolute power and world conquest.

 

This brings us to one final point, world conquest. Many in the developed world have put away the idea of world conquest. Their reasons are good as they endured World War I and World War II where world conquest and the idea of empire were put to rest. But that does not mean that the thought of world conquest has been eradicated from the minds of tyrants and madmen. Just for a few choice individuals or people who believe they will rule the world and force everybody to bend to their demands, take North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. He has delusions that his destiny is to be ruler of the world, and he is building the weapons with which to accomplish this task. Then there are the leading ruling Mullahs, the Ayatollahs of Iran of which the Grand Ayatollah and Supreme Leader Seyyed Ali Khamenei is currently attempting to oust the Islamic State from the southeastern quarter of Syria such that Iran will have created their Shiite Crescent reaching from the Iranian shores on the Indian Ocean to the Syrian and Lebanese shores on the Mediterranean Sea. Iran holds the coasts of Lebanon and Syria and the southern forty-three percent of Iraq from Baghdad south (see map below). From this position, the Iranian leadership intends on conquering Kuwait, or absorbing it leaving an appointed Shiite Kuwaiti to rule as their puppet, and actually conquer the oil fields in the northeastern parts of Saudi Arabia. This will grant Iran control over the largest total collection of oil granting them control over the price of oil worldwide. This the Iranian leadership sees as vaulting them to take over Islam and then use the nearly two-billion Muslims to conquer the world as stated is the final predetermined destiny written in the Quran. Along these very lines the Saudi Royal Family see their Wahhabi sect of Islam leading the Muslim world to its final predetermined destiny written in the Quran. Also, there is Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan who has visions of reconstituting the Ottoman Empire and perhaps, after that has been established, the Islamic world will recognize him as its Sultan to lead them onward to world conquest as the final predetermined destiny written in the Quran. China has always seen themselves as one of the undefeatable powers of the world and as such having an overt and unequalled influence over the world giving them a form of world control. The Russians also view their nation as one of the last empires stretching across approximately ten time zones, more than any other country. China and Russia both have valuable resources, which further their abilities to influence the world. The main point is that there are forces on earth who still cling to the idea of world conquest and placing the entirety of the world under a single ruler, namely their ruler.

 

Iranian Crescent Resulting from an Iranian Surge Retaking Syria for Bashir al-Assad Connecting Iran to Mediterranean via Iraq, Syria and Lebanon

Iranian Crescent Resulting from an Iranian Surge
Retaking Syria for Bashir al-Assad Connecting
Iran to Mediterranean via Iraq, Syria and Lebanon

 

Oh, and we must not forget the United Nations which may start to disintegrate in the near future. If the United Nations is going to collapse, one of the initial signs will be Israel departing their company and following that up with ignoring their decisions seeing them as immoral and simply facilitating one of the groups to take control of the rest of the world, and Israel will not tolerate or play that game. Israel desires helping all in need who are willing to accept the assistance from Israel, and those who refuse to acknowledge the Israeli ability to help them simply may not realize the error of those ways. Unfortunately, these same people when they suffer blame Israel and not their leaders because they are raised on a steady diet of being anti-Israel, anti-Zionist and anti-Semitic. Israel has garnered the hatred of the Islamic world, or at least the vast majority thereof. Israel has also garnered the most vile treatment from far left dictators and far left politicians, mostly those leftists from the United States, Canada, Australia and Europe. The Europeans regularly hurt Israel by abstaining allowing the Islamic block in the governing board of UNESCO to denounce Jews owning land or having a national origin. They have completely ignored the writings of Torah and the Old Testament instead adopting the Quran and the idea that it is the final world of Allah, not Hashem, not the Judeo-Christian deity as Hashem is completely different and in opposition to Allah and much of the Quran.

 

But one need not worry because Europeans will soon find themselves obeying Sharia, the strictest interpretation of Islamic superiority enforced through the law itself. Some will simply slide under the rising tide and the constant beating of the waves, and which nations awaken before it is too late and address the problem directly, by demanding their culture survive, will decide where the lines are drawn when the final battle for the rule of the planet arrives. This future is not a pretty sight but it is coming and we must prepare, and splitting the population in half and setting one upon the other is just the disruption that the powers of Islam desire. Keep fighting against the other side because only your side is capable of proper governing. Keep fighting to tear down the institutions that were designed to rule in a just manner with all sides having a voice. Demand safe places where one can run when confronted with a reality that shakes their world-view and they require therapy and puppies to pet. Demand the levers of power for those whose main desire is the destruction of your way of life. Support those who believe that they can use Islam to conquer the world and then redefine Islam as their eco-friendly socialist utopian quagmire. Islam will not bend and once they have facilitated the Islamic takeover, most of those who installed Islam at the top of the ruling party will likely be amongst the first to feel the sting of Islamic Sharia. Their acts which lead to their being labeled apostates as they will have previously willingly taken on the title of follower of Islam giving it as much importance as one does their book club which has a brunch every other month.

 

This was the path that Hillary Clinton promised, more Islam because Islam opposes the same ideas that Hillary Clinton hates, all those who are Evangelical Christians, believers of Christ, religious Jews, Zionist Jews and all who mold their lives to follow the dictates of the Judeo-Christian Deity. Islam is the latest tool for those who believe that there are no deities that science will define everything, and their lives are to be spent in the moment, as nothing else is certain. Hedonism is their governing principle and pleasure for their own is their goal and their greatest pleasure is power, power which permits their dictating to everyone else how they must live while doing as they please in their lives. They desire the power to apply the rules they believe are necessary to keep space between them and the little people. They actually detest the little people though they will use them for as long as they willingly and blindly follow. This is true of both political parties in the United States as well as the vast majority of those in Europe and the rest of the developed world. This is what is behind the official hate for Donald Trump by the Democrats and the never-Trump Republicans led by John McCain. Continue with your rage as it has blinded you from realizing the damage you may end up causing as a result of your actions. Eventually the people in the United States will elect a person who will so damage the nation finishing the job begun by President Obama and actually the start of the progressives drive to destroy the republican form of governance such that they could usher in the new governance where the biggest twenty cities chose the President and nobody else matters. That is the beauty of the Electoral College, but the leaders of these hate Trump people know the reasons and desire to end allowing Wyoming to have any say. They want Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Phoenix, San Diego, Dallas, Denver, Seattle and perhaps another dozen and they would rule the country under the desired new means for making the Progressive way the only way. Take away the Electoral College and this will be the future, and there will be no turning back once the rules are changed. There was a reason that the popular vote did not elect a President, and that was a good thing as it gave the smallest amongst you a voice. Now you desire drowning it out just as you drown out any discourse on social media and simply stick to your slogans which lie mostly along the line of Trump, Russia, Cash Paid, Election, Cheating, Impeach all Republicans, Democrat be granted permanent rule, end the Republic. Failure of the system to be protected will result in the end of the United States.

 

Beyond the Cusp

 

May 17, 2017

The Media that Cried Wolf Too Many Times

 

The latest Trumpism is from the Washington Post, which unfortunately makes one suspect from the start, is that President Trump divulged intelligence secrets with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov. The White House reply was that no intelligence gathering information or military plans, which were not already public knowledge or sensitive data not already known to both parties, were revealed. Who to believe and who has the right to final arbiter in this case? Well, allow us some explanation about so-called secret information and discussions including such with foreign dignitaries. First item is that many secret and higher classifications are determined by the Executive Branch and as such, their classifications can change. So, the basic fact is that secret information, the absolute lowest level right there alongside sensitive information, the latter oft times more damaging than actual secret information, can be reclassified even on the fly if the situation calls for such reclassification. That means that the White House can reclassify information allowing for sharing of information with the appropriate people, even from Russia, and can cause a reclassification of such information. When the White House has reclassified certain information, such a release will have predictable ramifications and send expected ripples through certain circles. For this reason, after any such reclassification, it becomes necessary to inform people in the intelligence communities, such as the CIA and NSA, so that filters and listening departments can have their directives altered appropriately.

 

What all this means is that unless information is too deep into the secretive layers, Top Secret or higher classification, it can be divulged as long as the gathering techniques remain undisclosed and the appropriate agencies are to be notified at the earliest convenience. These rules would explain the calling of the CIA and NSA by Administration personnel who handle such information and the trail of information and other pertinent implications. Any observational information is often granted secret classification as it waits being scrutinized and its final classification can be determined. There are many in the White House who can grant such information its final recommended level thus often making such secret information into unclassified information. The National Security Advisor, the CIA Chief, Secretary of Defense, and, believe it or not, the President of the United States can make such classifications even on the fly as necessitated. So President Trump disclosed information whose classification he can determine and give a lower classification completely upon his own determination. Under these rules, the President did no wrong and the immediate calls to the CIA and NSA were required once the final classification or reclassifications were issued by the President such that these agencies would not be blindsided by the release of information. Often it is the technique by which such information was acquired that is sensitive and not so much the data itself. There is so much more than the Washington Post reported at play here and because of powers vested in the White House, there was likely nothing more serious than a slight breach in protocols, nothing more. But in the current heated contesting of the legitimacy of the unapproved to be in the White House, their getting an untested drink of water would be blown up into an international scandal.

 

The fevered hyperventilation of the extreme left, which has hijacked the media and many in the political left of the spectrum, proves to be like crying wolf every day, twice a day, just to gain attention and keep the pressure up on the administration hopefully until the Administration is so tied in knots that it becomes impossible to accomplish anything for fear of media second guessing. That has become the atmosphere this Administration is being forced to operate from and in order to make gains they are forced to perform simple tasks which the former Administration performed without even the slightest of doubts being expressed by the media are no longer being tolerated. These normative activities have now become the basics for making impeachment hearings necessary and people’s heads on poles. This is unnatural and makes for a poisonous atmosphere under which every last move is examined from all possible angles seeking the worst one in which to report any act making a walk around the Rose Garden the equivalence to a declaration of war against the decencies set forth by the fourth estate and their cohorts across the leftmost edge of the political spectrum. Lastly, on issues such as anti-terror operations and limiting the effectiveness of the Islamic State, the Russians are our allies and as working allies addressing a shared problem they often would have the right to certain observations and other information about these shared enemies such that the United States and Russian forces do not end up in the same place at the same time giving each away when both are there addressing the same evil. Sharing information is how setting the Islamic State and other ideas of a fair settlement of questions still waiting for information are moved along. This makes the earth-shattering news reported by the Washington Post to belong in the trash, as are many of their opinion pieces, which was largely expanded to include too many front-page stories.

 

Earth as ISIS soft Target Bullseye

 

It becomes a problem when headlines in all too many newspapers have taken to resorting to attacks upon the President because it is what is expected from them. Almost every news-cycle there appears to be yet another scandal emanating from the President or at least one from the White House inner and most confidential staff, which of course warrants the impeachment of the President. One has to wonder what these peopled expect would happen should their wildest dreams come true and they successfully impeach President Trump. All such would accomplish is the placing of Vice President Pence into the White House and not Hillary Clinton. Truth be told, anything short of a revolution would be incapable of placing Hillary Clinton in the White House any time before 2020. Even in 2020 it would require Hillary Clinton to prevail against an even stronger President Trump, she would need to defeat him in a Presidential Election. At this current juncture, President Trump would be even more formidable and more difficult to defeat in his current level of popularity. Otherwise, there is no means of replacing President Trump with a Democrat of any stripe before the next elections. Invalidating the Trump election would set a dangerous precedent under which all future Presidents would necessarily fall, and such restrictions might make cooperation with other powers, with allies. Sometimes where dissemination of information is required, some items may require a reevaluation before being restored as secret or placed in the more general classification, potentially having all secrets revealed to the world.

 

The information, which was disclosed, appears to have been one of the aforementioned classified secret waiting for final evaluation by probably the State Department. Fortunately, the White House can also determine the level of secrecy was involved in this instance. That means they had every opportunity to pass a bill making such information a higher classification, which would even forbid many Congressional members from being able to read the contents without a minder familiar with the information looking over your shoulder and advising you of your options. The United States systems of government would necessarily slow and grind ever more relentlessly to a complete halt. Nothing could ever be accomplished simply because almost every iota, every scintilla of information gathered outside Congress would not be permitted review until its final determination was completed and the level of secrecy calculated. By having their secrecy calculated, we would be referring to the current rules regarding document classifications and its application to have them addressed in a timely manner. Still, such hindrances must be weighed against the potential for harm or for miscalculations being made to permit such information be used by allies in the War of Terror who may have lives depending on this. Allies come in all shapes and sizes and include the Russians when it comes to the Islamic State. That was the why President Trump revealed the information in question. Given a choice, the President decided that divulging this information would permit the Russians to perform towards the Islamic State in a positive and policy affirmative manner supporting the American aims for the destruction of the Islamic State forces and ideology. Weighing this desired end against all else, it made sense for this information to be shared in a timely manner and that is what the President did with the full knowledge of the correct individuals from his Cabinet assisting on this decision. They then notified the relevant agencies as required but this will never satisfy the get Trump out at any cost forces.

 

The entire reason behind these accusations is finally find one that sticks. The leftists and their minions are going to continue to holler about one thing after another until they wear down the sane opposition and they get their one or two or ten special investigations with a couple actually garnering some traction. Then they plan on wrapping President Trump so tightly, by whatever scandal they find gained traction such that everything he attempts is stifled and prevented from coming to fruition because it can be claimed that until the investigation is complete he must not be allowed to pursue any agenda. This is the end result desired, a President so hounded that he gives up attempting to do anything starting with draining the swamp. Nobody is quite sure what draining the swamp might entail and what skeletons will rise from the swamp. Fear of things becoming known or seen as the swamp drains has both sides of the aisle nervous with the left in full panic. Their panic is because they do know what some of the things that would be revealed by draining the swamp and are very worried about these items seeing the light of day. They are like frightened vampires who cannot be taken out into the noon or afternoon sun or they may explode. The entire concept behind these investigations and the desire for one to gain traction was made evident when one leftist spoke truthfully the other day demanding that whatever special prosecutor they might finally expect to entertain, that the investigations should be prepared to continue for four to eight years. Funny they should pick such numbers, four or eight years, exactly the length of one term or possibly two terns just in case they are unable to bring Trump low and make him to heel like a good puppy doing absolutely nothing the entirety he is in office be that four or eight years, we can tie him up answering investigations for that long. This is the great idea from the left, hogtie the President and intertwine as many cabinet posts into their web snaring them also for the entire length of the Presidential term, be it four years or a full on eight years. That one message spoken by a Democrat calling for a variable length investigation which could last merely four years and then declare they found no wrong but if Donald Trump gets reelected the special prosecutor could then fill another four years with stifling every effort made by any in the Administration, especially anything involving the top appointments. So, my friends, the most basic level, the screaming will continue until another progressive leftist is ensconced in the White House to finish what President Obama started, the conversion of the United States into European Union II. Once that has been accomplished, then the deconstruction of the United States as a world power can commence earnestly and never again will Americans be considered anything other than the new Europeans and the cowboy will be forever vanquished. They are planning nothing short than the death of American Exceptionalism once and for all. The question is will America allow the systematic deconstruction of everything they once stood for? We fear that they just might, but hoping we are wrong and they do fight and rage against the dying of the light.

 

Beyond the Cusp

 

April 21, 2017

It Can Get Worse But Why Wait?

 

The articles and editorials all point to the same truths. It is painful to read about but we read it anyways. Those who read here regularly know the feeling and most made of sterner mettle read on if for no other reason than the hope that in the story there will at the least be a single ray of hope. The stories from the last few days held no such light. Stories from across Europe and back again, from the campuses of the United Kingdom to across the Ukraine to Paris, the capital city of France, the stories are all too similar. The names of the victims change and all too often the perpetrators remain unidentified and probably without remorse. The only time these beasts feel remorse is before the television cameras and the media and even then the discerning realize their remorse is that they will face legal proceedings. Then there are the few defiant who cannot understand that they had committed any crime and demand to have explained what they did that was wrong, after all, they had merely beaten the life out of a Jew. And these miscreants often come in small groups up to a half dozen or so and attack as a mob again a singular target or perhaps two Jews both teens or old men. They rarely take their vengeance and hate out on any Jew physically capable of dealing harm to at least one or two before numbers take their toll. These stories rise out of Europe and one of the rare voices reporting on these heinous acts has been the Italian journalist Giulio Meotti. His most recent article ”Welcome to Europe’s Four Capitals of anti-Semitism” was one of a series of articles over the past week which served as the impetus for this article.

 

There has been one ray of light we have kept in mind when reading these stories, and that is that more and more European Jews are choosing Aliyah to Israel as the solution to the growing menace in Europe. The information we have seen indicates that Israel is the number one choice followed by the United States with a small number choosing elsewhere such as South America and Canada or even Asia. The main group we would like to speak with directly, and to anyone knowing of such people, are those deciding that the United States, and by inference anywhere other than Israel, as their destination where they can restart their lives anew and be safe. We are not trying to imply that currently the problems for Jews in the United States is something dire and that it is a reckless choice which places them in nearly the same level of danger as that is definitely not the situation. But on the other end of the scale, we are speaking as amongst those who made Aliyah to Israel from the United States. The main reason is that one of us had promised themselves at an early age that they would retire in Israel when the opportunity arrived. We lost a great deal of financial security by doing so having now to rent at a far higher price than the mortgage we paid on our home in Oklahoma. We can tell you that the sacrifice was more than worth it. That leaves the question as to why we would make such a move and that gets to the crux of why we recommend that the United States not be at the top of any Jew’s list of safe destinations. If your reason is that you have relatives in the United States and you are moving near them, then by all means go to the United States as having supportive relatives of close friends should always be amongst the highest priorities. But, if the choice is purely which destination would be best, then choose Israel.

 

First, we can give a couple of startling facts comparing Israel and the United States. Taking in all types of criminal acts even including terrorism, one is more likely to have a violent crime committed against their person in the United States than they are in Israel. The best means of avoiding such a fate is identical in Israel as it is in the United States; simply avoid areas where criminal acts are most often perpetrated. Do not visit certain places or at least minimize visiting such places to daylight hours and one severely diminishes the probability that they will fall victim to violence. We will grant that there is a definitive difference in the likelihood of a military attack on the nation between the United States and Israel. Mitigating this problem is that the Israeli government has made a great deal of effort into protecting the people, particularly the children, from the ravages of war. There are shelters throughout the country and should the sirens sound, simply follow the flow of people to reach the closest shelter. During the last Gaza war the seeming biggest question on virtually every Western journalists’ list came across asking, “Where are all the dead Jews to match the Palestinian losses?” Of course, it was not phrased so clumsily, well except one journalist who said almost exactly that, but they were all seemingly fascinated in the fact that more Gazan civilians appeared to be dying than Israel civilians. Now we must point out that these very same journalists were following the crowds of Israelis heading for the shelters when the sirens sounded and they marveled, as did we all, at the unbelievable accuracy and kill rate of the Iron Dome batteries. But, despite witnessing the exact reasons for the disparity, they were not making a comparison as much as a political statement which basically could have been read, what makes the lives of Israelis more important than the lives of Gazans. They were asking the wrong side, that is what they should have queried the Hamas and Islamic Jihad leaders as to why they too had not permitted their civilians the protections they reserved for their fighters. But that was a lesson that Israel will spend just as much if not more, fifty-thousand dollars a missile cost for Iron Dome to prevent a rocket costing a few hundred dollars if that, preserving the lives of her citizens, all her citizens. Israel has recently completed fortifying every school roof and structure to withstand the majority of rocket strikes and further enforced the kindergartens and many daycare facilities. Israel requires that all new residences come equipped with a shelter which will withstand rocket attacks up to a certain level. Basically, Israel is a nation with bomb shelters spread across every city, town, kibbutz and community and invests in the best intercepting systems all in the name of keeping the people safe.

 

Israel can offer one guarantee; she will not enter into any conflict which can be avoided by negotiations or other means to mitigate the necessity of war. The same cannot be stated about her neighbors, especially Hamas, Hezballah, the terrorists in the Sinai Peninsula (who are fortunately busy fighting one another), Syria (which is also engaged with internal struggles), Jordan, Egypt or Iran. What is interesting about Jordan and Egypt is that the nation’s leaders in both countries are less inclined in fighting with Israel than are the people, with the Jordanian people actually having the highest and most deeply ingrained hatreds for Israel largely due to their listening to Palestinian Authority radio and television, stations Israel licenses and permits to broadcast. That is largely financed by the European Union, United Nations, many individual European governments and likely the United States funds are also used for these broadcasts and at least the first three would all be up in arms should Israel shutter these incitive voices of hatreds. Some claim that Israel is high upon the list of the Islamic State as a target to attack should the opportunity present itself. This was revealed to be untrue when one of the commanders in the areas closest to the Golan Heights was asked if striking Israel was a priority to which he responded that striking Israel was not even on their to do list as they would incur serious and irreparable damage resulting from such a foolhardy move. If only all our enemies thought so clearheaded and logically. The main thing is Israel will do everything possible to refrain from engaging in a war, often going further than the majority of the population in such efforts. Once such conditions exist, the safety of the population becomes of paramount concern. Israel is a nation which stocks her shelters regularly and such activity being hastily performed nationwide would be a greater sign of potential for coming conflict than the opening of weapons bays and other such readying which other nations take as a sign of impending conflict.

 

So, even in worst-case scenario, one would be equally safe residing in the United States as in Israel. We must grant that residing in Israel would decrease the numbers of holidays one could celebrate as other than the Jewish celebrations, the other communities mostly celebrate on their own and theirs are not national holidays. On the other hand, with Synagogues plentiful and the vast majority of food retailers selling only Kosher foods and many restaurants also serving kosher food, it is far easier to be a practicing Jew here in Israel. Outside of certain neighborhoods in the United States, the same is not the case and it would be next to impossible in large swaths of the United States or at the least most difficult. In some areas, one would need look far and wide and likely further just to find sufficient men for a Minion for morning prayers forcing one to recite them alone, not a conducive setting for remaining religious. Assimilation in Israel means becoming more Jewish aware if not Jewish while assimilation in the United States makes one more secular Christian where you are either secular or Christian, both is difficult. So, should your concern be remaining a practicing Jew or becoming a practicing Jew, Israel should be your destination. If within you is even just an ember, a mere spark, of being a practicing Jew, Israel will nurture that spark until it lights the fire and from there you decide. In the United States, such an ember would be doused with ample water unless one was to protect it with great effort. So in Israel such an ember is given to lighting the passion of being a religious Jew and this is made much easier in Israel while in the United States the driving force is to make one a secular humanist and possibly a leftist who discards Hashem as they believe only those things they can see, touch and explain with formulae.

 

The final reason to choose Israel is the most difficult for people to accept, the growing anti-Semitism in the United States. For much of the last seventy-five years, anti-Semitism in the United States has been swept under the carpet. Much of this has been accomplished by those wishing to hide the brutal truth so as to make the United States appear moral. They also wished to deny that any trace of anti-Semitism was existent within their great nation. The problem is that despite these efforts, anti-Semitism has been measurably rising. The often-strange property of this rise in anti-Semitism is its tendency to rise fastest in those communities with the fewest or no Jews. All too often acts of anti-Semitism were perpetrated by people living outside of the neighborhood or even the city or town where the incident occurred. This has permitted the explanation that the act was a one-out or rare occurrence which poses no threat to the Jewish population. Such thinking is desperately erroneous. It is exactly this sort of anti-Semitism which is most dangerous because beneath such an act is a seething anti-Semitism which will only be furthered by the punishment of the miscreant. This will be interpreted as the Jew victimizing one member of their community and punishing them to an extreme for some minor act. My fortune was to, more often than not, live in an area where there was some distance, often more than five or even fifty miles, between me and the next Jewish family. Of course as I have resided in Wyoming; there in one town if there were not a person matching some description, it was at least fifty miles to the next town with maybe three homes between the two, so we are talking fair sized towns of at least seventy-thousand. Yes, that included where I resided in Wyoming.

 

While growing up as a youth anti-Semitism decreased hitting a low mark somewhere near or soon after the Six Day War as that made many in the United States feel as if they were a little bit Israel for that one week. Nevertheless, within a few short years, anti-Semitism began to grow, and in a most peculiar place, the far-left wing of the political spectrum. The far-right, today called the alt-right, actually remained relatively constant and more of a nuisance than an actual threat. The far-left had a simple problem with Jews, and that was Judaism and little ideas such as the Ten Commandments, the Torah and the entire Bible (Old Testament) and the morality within these documents. Adolph Hitler spoke of this hatred of a Jewish morality when he declared, “The Ten Commandments have lost their validity. Conscience is a Jewish invention; it is a blemish like circumcision.” And “…the personification of the devil as the symbol of all evil assumes the living shape of the Jew.” Hitler included Christianity as another of the items which prevented mankind from reaching its glorious heights he envisioned once Judeo-Christianity was dead. That is the overriding side of anti-Semitism left from many discussions, that what is the target is not as much the Jews as the Torah and the rules Judaism gave to human civilization. Judaism is the root from which Christianity grew and set at the core the Jewish morality which Christianity accepted as was with minor alterations making the practice more suitable for their target audience, the Roman pagans. Christianity kept many of the basics upon which Judaism is based, including but not limited to, the Ten Commandments, Love the stranger, treat others how you wish to be treated, and numerous other teachings which were gleaned from the words of Jesus. One item which remains in the backgrounds about Jesus was that he lived and died as a Jew, taught Judaic laws, preached from Torah and everything he said and performed he did so as Judaism taught and within the moral and legal codes of Judaism.

 

Conscience is a Jewish invention

 

Since the early to middle 1970’s anti-Semitism has grown regularly. This has been in part due to money flowing to anti-Semitic organizations with a great deal of this money invested on college-aged youth across the nation’s campuses. Many of these organizations and entities are under the collective arm of the Muslim Brotherhood often through multiple channels making direct tracing near impossible. Some of these organizations were recently linked to the Hamas terrorist group during the Holy Land Foundation trial which included amongst the numerous named co-conspirators Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). There was found numerous links from Palestinian Arab aligned groups especially the Students for Palestinian Justice (SJP) and the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions Movement (BDS), all of which come together for a singular cause, the destruction of the Jewish State followed by the systematic eradication of the Jews worldwide as called for in the Hamas Charter. The destruction of the Jewish State is also included in the Palestinian Authority Charter. These groups use far left tactics of intimidation, harassment, and ridicule targeting anybody who might give an even and unbiased review of anything to do with Israel. There are a growing group of colleges and universities which Jewish parents oppose sending their children there for further education and many of the names are as amazing as it would appear to many as unbelievable. This list on its own would be sufficient to prove that a serious problem exists at many of the leading liberal arts colleges and universities across the United States. What makes this even more threatening is that it is exactly these institutions which are producing the national leaders of the next generation and the generation beyond. These colleges have become central places of indoctrination of a curriculum and faculty fiercely anti-Israel, anti-Zionist and anti-Semitic. There will be those who claim that being anti-Israel is not against the Jews but the nation and its policies. They will also claim that Zionism is a form of racism and that they are against racism so of course they are not again the Jews. Yet the only nation these people demand be removed from the community of nations is Israel, the sole Jewish State. The only nativist group they call out as racist is the Jewish Israelite nativist calling. They have no problem with China basically destroying the Tibetan culture step by step removing forcefully Tibetan people moving them thousands of miles away into China and replacing them with Chinese peasants from rural areas of China. These groups have no problem with North Korea, Syria, Turkey, Canada and their indigenous people of the Inuit and other native tribes or a plethora of other nations and peoples we could name. Oh, many also have a problem with one other nation, the United States, where many will point to the problem that Jews have disproportionate power over the government. When pressed to explain, they basically just repeat that the Jews have too much influence and point out that President choose too many Jews for Cabinet posts and other important positions. If these are the most qualified people for these positions, we wonder why they should not be chosen. They always get to the same point, too many Jews alive and working hard and getting ahead. The simple answer is to come home now before the deluge starts, as it is coming. Some point in the near, far too near, future the United States will reach a critical point and past that point Jews will not be safe in the United States. This will signal the end for Jews in Europe as well and who knows where else. The Jews have already been wiped from the Arab World and pretty much from Russia. Europe will be next and when the United States pushes out her Jews, the end will have arrived. On that day, Israel has best be prepared because she will have no friends in the world and a mere half dozen nations remaining on talking terms. What comes after that, we are afraid to guess, really afraid to guess.

 

Anti-Semitic Cartoons top from Judge magazine bottom from April 15, 1896 issue of Sound Money magazine

Anti-Semitic Cartoons top from Judge magazine
bottom from April 15, 1896 issue of Sound Money magazine

 

The end of this story brings us full circle. Most anti-Semitism in much of the world generates the hatred for Jews in the baby’s milk. They are all but born with it permeating the conversation throughout their childhood. It is introduced as something as natural and normal as love for Mom and Dad. Life includes anti-Semitism is felt to be as normal as anything else in life and children are reared with anti-Semitism as if it were the right thing to do. Such hate simply is something that far too many children the world over are taught anti-Semitism just as they are taught their A, B, C’s and addition and subtraction. There is nothing strange or abnormal about such hatreds. That is the saddest of truths which the world must face.

 

Beyond the Cusp

 

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