Below is what our Canadian friends are thinking about us in the USA and what one conservative new-media outlet published.
This is so sad; from a proud, strong country to a laughing stock of the world…
Canadian’s Version of David Letterman’s Top 10. Just makes you want to shake your head in disbelief, and, just maybe choke someone in charge…
Of course, we look like idiots we are…
Only in America… could politicians talk about the greed of the rich at a $35,000.00 per plate Obama campaign fund-raising event.
Only in America… could people claim that the government still discriminates against black Americans when they have a black President, a black Attorney General and roughly 20% of the federal workforce is black while only 14% of the population is black, 40+% of all federal entitlements goes to black Americans – 3X the rate that go to whites, 5X the rate that go to Hispanics!
Only in America… could they have had the two people most responsible for our tax code, Timothy Geithner (the head of the Treasury Department) and Charles Rangel (who once ran the Ways and Means Committee), BOTH turn out to be tax cheats who are in favor of higher taxes.
Only in America… can they have terrorists kill people in the name of Allah and have the media primarily react by fretting that Muslims might be harmed by the backlash.
Only in America… would they make people who want to legally become American citizens wait for years in their home countries and pay tens of thousands of dollars for the privilege, while they discuss letting anyone who sneaks into the country illegally just ‘magically’ become American citizens. (Probably, should be number one).
Only in America… could the people who believe in balancing the budget and sticking by the country’s Constitution be called EXTREMISTS.
Only in America… could you need to present a driver’s license to cash a check or buy alcohol, or board a commercial aircraft, but not to vote.
Only in America… could people demand the government investigate whether oil companies are gouging the public because the price of gas went up when the return on equity invested in a major U.S. Oil company (Marathon Oil) is less than half of a company making tennis shoes (Nike).
Only in America… could you collect more tax dollars from the people than any nation in recorded history, still spend a Trillion dollars more than it has per year – for total spending of $7 Million PER MINUTE, and complain that it doesn’t have nearly enough money.
Only in America…. could the rich people – who pay 86% of all income taxes – be accused of not paying their “fair share” by people who don’t pay any income taxes at all.
Yes, without Ten Commandments, our civilization is dead, and our Judeo-Christian spiritual leaders (rabbis, priests) are doing very little to slow down the process of dying.
The anti-Torah/Bible forces attack the Ten Commandments as the spiritual foundation upon which our Judeo-Christian civilization has been built. Their goal is to replace the Ten-Commandment-based spiritual foundation of our civilization by something else of their own designs.
Here is the latest example.
“The Ten Commandments monument must be removed from the grounds of the state Capitol, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled. Justices ruled 7-2 the monument must go because the state constitution prohibits the use of public property to directly or indirectly benefit a ‘church denomination or system of religion’.”
That is what all enemies of our civilization have done in the past and are doing right now. They are those who have the burning desire to dethrone the Supreme Power called God (being real, surreal or even imaginary) who guides all of us – through the Ten Commandments – in creating the better world for all.
Why do they want to dethrone God? To become themselves supreme powers above us and force us to work along the lines of their own designs of a better world.
Why should we care? We should care since the God’s design of the better world is aimed at creating conditions and incentives for peaceful creative coexistence of all of us while the human designs are aimed at creating a better world for a selected group of people at the expense of the others.
We the humans created the religions as a sort of investigative apparatus for discovering God’s guidance for creating the better world. The religions have been fulfilling their task successfully – except for the times of hot and cold religious wars. However, we have to remember that the religious wars were not a part of the God’s design – they were the outcome of some religious leaders’ fight for becoming a sort of human dictatorial leaders.
The Communists tried to replace the God’s Ten Commandments with the Communist Manifesto to empower the so-called proletariat and enslave the others.
The Nazis tried to replace the God’s Ten Commandments with the Main Camp to empower the so-called Aryan race and enslave the others.
ACLU and various anti-religious coalitions are trying to murder legally the Ten Commandments to impose their own design of a better world on all of us under the banner of social justice and human rights. Unfortunately, many in the US Government, among them some of our presidents and Supreme Court members, are assisting them.
Of course, I am not equating the Communists or Nazis with ACLU and anti-religious coalitions. I am just trying to emphasize the common desire of all anti-God-guided forces to remove the Ten Commandments from our life and then to fill in the spiritual vacuum by their own ideas.
Unfortunately, Jewish and Christian leaderships are not forcefully fighting the anti-Ten-Commandments wars. They are not exposing the falsehood of the anti-Ten-Commandments forces on the constitutional State-Church separation.
The separation clause does not separate the Ten Commandments from the government – the Bible and the Ten Commandments are the foundation of the entire Constitution. The true purpose of the separation clause is to prevent any one religious denomination from becoming a sole interpreter of the Ten Commandments and a sole spiritual power guiding the legislative work – as it was in the countries of Old Europe.
By the way, it looks like that the forces fighting against legislating the state of Israel as the Jewish State are the same anti-Ten-Commandments forces – they want to substitute the Torah-based legislative foundation of the state of Israel by … something else of their own design.
That is true – many Jews are supporting various social movements, which are not only anti-Israel but anti-Jewish (in the true sense of Torah guidance) as well. Many Jews support same-sex marriage over children oriented family, supremacy of all-mighty human government over supremacy of the All Mighty, forced wealth redistribution over free-market forces, pro-Palestinian anti-Israeli “peace process” over security oriented Israel proposals, anti-religious basics of government legislative work over Bible-based fundamentals … That is mostly the result of insufficient spiritual Jewish leadership.
Indeed, the Jewish spiritual leadership does not provide the Jews with sufficient Torah-based guidance on how to create a better world for everybody here in this real world before being relocated to the Heavens, although most of the Jews are genetically (or Torah) driven to do this.
Building a better world, like building anything, requires the design of what is to be build. Various social movements are preparing their own designs and are trying to implement them through legislative authorities. Among the existing social movements, there are spiritually Jewish and spiritually anti-Jewish movements as could be seen from the analysis below.
The great majority would agree that any design of a better world for everybody should include provisions on taking care of those who cannot take care of themselves. The great majority would agree with the statement attributed among others to the Pope John Paul II and Mohandas Gandhi that proclaims, “The society will be judged on the basis of how it treats its weakest members”.
However, the great majority is split on defining what is the proper way of treating its weakest members and who is responsible for treating them.
Some in the society who are calling themselves the liberals (socialists, progressives, or even communists) believe
- the proper way of treating the weakest in the society is the so-called “social justice” and “human rights” way which is to take forcefully the wealth from the economically strongest (the rich, the wealthy) and transfer this wealth to the economically weakest (the poor, the unfortunate) with no responsibilities attached, and
- the official government authorities are responsible for treating the weakest since the government authorities have the legislative power to take forcefully the wealth of the wealthy people (who are making the wealth, the liberals believe, by indecent means).
The others in the society, who are called conservatives (capitalists, free marketers, or fundamentalists), believe in something opposite, namely that
- the proper way of treating the weakest in the society is the Torah/Bible-guided way which is to have the economically strongest in the society helping the economically weakest through the charity/mitzvah work, and
- the economically strongest individuals, who have become the economically strongest not by indecent means but rather by God-given talents, are responsible for helping the economically weakest individuals, and the help should be accompanied with the responsibilities to become economically independent and to leave the camp of the weakest.
Both the Jewish liberals and the Jewish conservatives are participating in creating the better world for everybody, promoting their own designs. The conservative design is a Torah-guided design and therefore the Jewish one. The liberal design is not a Torah-guided one and therefore is the anti-Jewish one.
The liberal design is anti-Jewish because the fundamental premise of this design is that the Jews and Gentiles are not capable or not willing to help the weakest through the mitzvah/charity as required by the Torah/Bible.
Why then the Jewish majority support the social movements that promote anti-Jewish designs of the better world?
The answer is simple. The Jews cannot build alone the better world for everybody without participation of everybody in this work – the Jews are in minority in all Western gentile countries. The Jews have to work together with the Gentile majority in the Western Gentile countries. The Gentile majority in the Western counties is not Christian anymore in the strict sense of the Bible guidance – as the Jews, they have stopped going to their mostly conservative religious institutions and have stopped consulting their mostly conservative pastors.
Thus, both the Jewish and formerly Christian majorities in Western Gentile countries are not advised any more on the design of the God’s better world. The spiritual vacuum on the design has been filled with the liberal non-Jewish (and non-Christian) designs. The Jewish majority do not have any other alternative to the design for the better world but the liberal anti-Jewish designs.
How to reverse it? There is only one way to do it – to get a new breed of rabbis (and Christian ministers as well) who would inject themselves into the social movements which create the designs for the better world and would make those designs the Torah/Bible-guided.
May be a relatively new International Rabbinic fellowship, which represents the so-called Open Orthodoxy with a leading rabbi Avi Weiss can do it since they are committed among other things, as they stated, to
- creating the “safe space” where every participant feels comfortable voicing his opinion
- bringing together Orthodox rabbis from the Golah and from Israel to put a wide range of opinions on the table in terms of Halakha, Hashkafa and public policy, and
- affirming the shared divine image (tzelem Elokim) of all people, and the responsibility to improve the world.
Only about 20% of Jews are attending Shabbat services at a synagogue – the rest do not participate in the spiritual life of a Jewish congregation. The Jewish majority have parted with Jewish congregations. Have they parted with God and Judaism, or they just parted with their congregations and rabbis?
The answer is they have not parted with God and Judaism – they have parted with their congregations and rabbis, and here is why.
Judaism, like any other religion, is exploring – in its unique way – the question of what is the God’s purpose in creating the humans and how this purpose have to be fulfilled.
The Torah declares that God created the humans in His image and that His image is an image of the Creator. This Torah’s declaration defines the God’s purpose in creating the humans. This is to assign them the task of continuing His creative work in building a better world for everybody. The other Torah declarations guide us to do it by the moral laws conceptualized in the Torah.
One of the moral laws is Free Will, which God gives to all human individuals. That is up to us the human individuals to make our own individual choices on what to do in our individual creative endeavors (family, community, politics, social actions, professional activities, inter-religious efforts …), and be personally responsible for our choices.
The individual Free-Will choice has to be coordinated with the collective Free-Will choices. There are two basic collective Free-Will-choice-making realms.
The Jewish collective Free-Will choice is made in Jewish congregations by rabbis and congregants. The non-Jewish majorities shape the societal collective Free-Will choice based on the societal traditions.
A truly Jewish individual has to decide what collective Free-Will choice – that of Jewish congregation or that of non-Jewish majority – is closer to his/her own Free-Will choice. That is not a competition between Jewish and non-Jewish, or between remaining Jewish and assimilation. That is a competition between two competing Jewish ideas on being the Chosen.
Some Jews believe that the Jews are the Chosen to build a better world only inside the Jewish realm and then to let everybody else to look at this better world and decide to follow or not to follow. For those Jews, the collective Free-Will choice of the Jewish congregation is the way to go. About 20% of the Jews go this way.
Many Jews believe that the Jews are the Chosen to build a better world together with the non-Jews, tailoring the Torah prescripts to the non-Jewish traditions. For those Jews, the collective Free-Will choice of the non-Jewish majority is the way to go. The 80% Jewish majority go this way. They are parting with their congregations since the Free-Will choice of their rabbis and congregants conflicts with their understanding of their mission of the Chosen. This “partying trend” may be slowed or even reversed if the rabbi-congregant spiritual relationship becomes a two-way avenue – instead of the traditional one-way avenue from a rabbi to a congregant.
Rabbi Stewart Weiss of the Jewish Outreach Center of Ra’anana described in Jerusalem Post the relationship between a good rabbi and his congregants as a one-way avenue in the following way:
“1. Personal example. The rabbi is first and foremost a spiritual role model. He embodies the personality traits – “Midot,” we call them in rabbinic language – that one should seek to emulate, that we want to give over to our children.
- Surrogate parent. The rabbi should be both a Father and Mother figure to us. Though he cannot and should not actually replace a parent, he can often do things, which our parents are unable or reluctant to do.
- Leaders as ladders. The principal task of the rabbi is to take each and every person, wherever he or she may be at that moment on the spiritual ladder, and raise him or her to a higher level.”
All those three items are a one-way avenue for the rabbi-congregant spiritual relationship. If we add one more item (#4) to the qualities of a good rabbi, the rabbi-congregant spiritual relationship would become a two-way avenue, and the “parting trend” may be slowed or even reversed. This item could be presented as the following:
“Cherishing the intellect and encouraging the Torah-related thoughts of his congregants – not just as a teacher (“I know better since that is my profession, or I am closer to God!”) but also as an equal participant in tailoring the Torah guidance to unique individual life circumstances of the congregants. Teaching the congregants not only rabbi’s (traditional, rabbinical, sages-wise …) interpretation of the Torah but also how to apply (interpret, tailor …) the Torah concepts to unique individual life circumstances. Appreciating the innovative thoughts on the Torah even if they deviate from the traditional thoughts.”
The prevailing world opinion on establishing the peaceful coexistence between Palestinians and Israel is that the peace between them cannot be reached if Israel continues building itself as a Jewish state and if it does not abolish the settlement activities. The leaders of the prevailing world opinion proclaim that
(1) if Israel is the Jewish state, the peace cannot be established since the Jewish state cannot provide equal rights to its Arab citizens, and
(2) if the Jewish settlements in the potential territories of a future Palestinian state are built, the peace cannot be established since the settlements there are an indication of Israel’s aggressive intentions to seize more Palestinian lands.
However, both assumptions are wrong and it is not too difficult to prove.
To prove the wrongness of both assumptions we have to define the peace Israel and International community are trying to establish.
A peace treaty between Palestinians and Israel should not only end the state of hot/cold war between them but most importantly should define the proscribed behavior of both parties that prevents the peace treaty from becoming just a cease-fire for preparing a next war.
To ensure the true peace, the proscribed behavior on the part of Israelis should include the following provisions.
I1. The state of Israel should not resist the establishment of the Palestinian state as an Arab state the legal foundation of which would be Muslim Koranic tradition in its non-violent interpretation.
I2. The state of Israel should not deprive its Arab citizens from the same social, human and religious rights that the Jewish Israel’s citizens have, including the right to Islamic worship in mosques and communities (assuming that the Arab citizens would not violate in the public arena the Jewish Torah-based legal foundation of Israel).
I3. The state of Israel should not work against international guaranties on respecting and preserving the Israel-Palestine borders which should be negotiated.
To ensure the true peace, the proscribed behavior on the part of Palestinians should include the following provisions.
P1. The state of Palestine should not resist the state of Israel being officially proclaimed as a Jewish state the legal foundation of which is the Torah and Jewish tradition.
P2. The state of Palestine should not deprived its Jewish citizens from equal social, human and religious rights that all Arab citizens have, including the right to Jewish worship in synagogues and communities (assuming that Jewish citizens would not violate the Arab Koran-based legal foundation of Palestine).
P3. Taking into consideration numerous Palestinian statements where the goal of Palestinian people was proclaimed as elimination of the Jewish state, the state of Palestine should not resist its demilitarized status to make Israel accept its demilitarized independence.
The proscribed behavior of the state of Israel, which is required for the true Israel-Palestine peace, has already agreed upon by the state of Israel while the Palestinian leaders are refusing to accept their proscribed behavior.
Here is what Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu just recently stated:
“We want two states for two peoples: a Jewish state, a Jewish nation state—Israel, living in peace with a demilitarized Palestinian state. Unfortunately, the Palestinians do not negotiate. They ran away from negotiations. They ran away from [Ehud] Barak, they ran away from [Ariel] Sharon, they ran away from [Ehud] Olmert, they ran away from me. … What they do is they refuse to negotiate… run to Hamas, which calls for our destruction, go to the U.N. and try to get sanctions on Israel. They refuse to negotiate and then try to get boycotts on Israel for there not being negotiations, which they refuse to enter.”
The Palestinian authority answered this Netanyahu’s statement in the following way:
“Nimr Hammad, a political adviser to Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas compared Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Nazi Germany’s Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels Thursday. … Netanyahu is using Goebbel’s propaganda strategy in order to persuade the international pubic that the PA is the source of stagnation in Arab-Israeli peace negotiations.”
Thus, the Palestinians are not going to negotiate with the state of Israel. That means they are not willing to accept their proscribed behavior to establish their independent state. Why? The Palestinian National Charter created in 1968 and still being the guidance for Palestinian statehood provides the answer.
- Article 2 of the Charter says that Palestine, with the boundaries it had during the British Mandate (that is from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea), is an indivisible territorial unit.
That means there is no territory for the state of Israel for the Jews at any borders.
Thus, the Charter forbids the Palestinian leaders to take upon themselves the obligation P1 in the proscribed behavior needed for establishing the true peace with Israel.
- Article 15 of the Charter says that the liberation of Palestine is a national duty and it attempts to repel the Zionist and imperialist aggression against the Arab homeland, and aims at the elimination of Zionism in Palestine. The Charter describes the real Palestinian goal of establishing the Palestinian state – not to accept the Jews as equals in Palestine but expel all of them from Palestine.
Thus, the Charter forbids the Palestinian leaders to take upon themselves the obligation P2 in the proscribed behavior needed for establishing the true peace with Israel.
- Article 10 of the Charter says that Commando action constitutes the nucleus of the Palestinian popular liberation war that requires war escalation, comprehensiveness, as well as mobilization of all the Palestinian popular and educational efforts in the armed Palestinian revolution.
Thus, the Charter forbids the Palestinian leaders to take upon themselves the obligation P3 in the proscribed behavior, which is to be demilitarized, needed for establishing the true peace with Israel.
If the Palestinian National Charter forbids the Palestinians from taking upon themselves the obligations needed for the true peace, the only avenue to reach the true peace is for the International community to force the Palestinian leaders to change their Charter and include in it the proscribed behavior needed for the true peace.
The true peace could be advanced only if
(1) the Palestinians agree to accept the state of Israel as a Jewish state (as a response to Israel’s acceptance of the state of Palestine as a non-jihadist, peaceful Muslim state), and
(2) the Palestinians agree to treat the settlement’s Jews as equal citizens of the Palestinian state (as a response to Israel’s acceptance of Israeli Arabs as equal citizens).