I am trying to respond to very important questions related to the Mueller Brigade and the unique democracies in the USA and Israel presented by one of my opponents.
The opponent: “I fail to see similarities between the KGB and Mueller investigation at all. Whatever Mueller and his team come up with will be made public and, if Trump is accused of something, he’ll be able to publicly defend himself with the help of best lawyers money can buy. The KGB operated slightly differently, don’t you think?”
The Mueller Brigade and anything similar to it should not exist in our unique Judeo-Christian (in the USA) and Jewish (in Israel) democracies.
There is only one fundamental principle of any democracy – the ability of county’s population to elect freely the government that defends and protects the traditions (the spirituality) of this population. The elected US government has to legislate to defend and preserve the US Judeo-Christian traditions; the elected Israeli government has to legislate to defend and preserve Israeli Jewish traditions; the elected Russian government has to legislate to defend and preserve the Russian authoritarian traditions.
The country’s population can elect anybody who they believe is the strongest in defending and protecting the country’s traditions. If some population segments do not like the election results, they have to change the results in the next elections. Unfortunately, those unhappy population segments are using the judicial manipulations – through unelected governing forces – to change the election results. Those forces do it with “the best lawyers money can buy” – to overthrow the will of the people expressed in the elections. That is what unites the Mueller brigades with KGB – KGB was suppressing the will of the people by “the GULAG-type punishments” created by the best KGB lawyers rewarded by the government perks.
The opponent: “So you think firing Comey the way Trump did it was a good thing? How so?”
Yes for both – the firing Comey and the way he was fired.
Comey and led by him FBI had become the most effective tool for changing or challenging the election results and it was changing the very essence of our Judeo-Christian democracy, which is based on the will of We the People, not on the will of judicial manipulations. We should remember that FBI was created for finding and persecuting the real criminals – not the political adversaries that FBI had become under Comey’s leadership.
Concerning the way how Comey was fired, you may not like it but the US President as the chief executive of the executive branch of the government has the right to fire anybody in his executive branch.
The opponent: “The reality is that Trump’s current approval/disapproval ratings are now 37/58 %, going down from 40+ approval at the beginning. Very low compared to several of his predecessors over the same period. How is it so?”
I think the answer is obvious. The “Trump’s current approval/disapproval ratings are now 37/58 %, going down from 40+ approval at the beginning” were produced by the same news media outlets which predicted the crushing electoral defeat of Trump.
By now, the true Trump supporters know those news media outlets are collecting the anti-Trump information only. Therefore, the true Trump supporters do not participate in these public opinion polls, and the news media are getting the results they want to have.
From the news media:
FBI agents raided the Virginia home of Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman in late July, taking documents and other materials related to the investigation into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election.
That is what FBI is going to subvert the will of We the People and American Judeo-Christian democracy.
From the news media:
More than 3,000 people are expected to attend a mass rally on Wednesday night at the Tel Aviv Fairgrounds in support of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu amid his efforts to deal with multiple criminal investigations.
It looks like Israelis are awakening – they are ready to defend – to defend not Netanyahu as a person but rather the Jewish Israeli democracy by defending Netanyahu. It is very similar to what is going on in the USA.
From the news media:
Krauthammer: Dispute Between POTUS, Mueller, and Congress Could be A ‘Threat’ to ‘Constitutional Stability’
The first half of my life I had lived in the Former Soviet Union. I lives there with clear understanding that, in spite of the Soviet Constitution with its three equal branches of the government (Soviet Parliament, Soviet Government and Soviet Judiciary system) all of them working under spiritual guidance of the Communist Party, there was only one real power in the country and that was KGB.
The common feeling was we the people in the Soviet Union were guilty of something what only KGB knew and therefore we could be GULAG-ed anytime by KGB.
About 40 years ago, my family and I immigrated to the USA and spiritually joined this nation – spiritually, since we loved American individual-freedom-based traditions. We are Jewish and for us the Judeo-Christian spirituality of this country where the Jews constitute a minority was very important (the Judeo-Christian spirituality was on the KGB list of serious crimes).
Now, almost 40 years later, the news media reminds me, here in the US, of those terrifying Soviet KGB-guided times when the news media describe the power of the Mueller Brigade.
In accordance with the US Constitution, we have three equal branches of government (Legislative the Congress, Executive the Government and Judicial the Supreme Court), which have to work together and manage everything what is going on in the country. However, nowadays those three branches are afraid to control the Mueller Brigade. We have Department of Justice with Attorney General who constitutionally is obligated to control everything in his department including the Mueller Brigade. However, Attorney General is scared of the Mueller Brigade. We have the Supreme Court, whose constitutional duty is to make sure everybody in the country works along the lines of the Constitution. However, the Supreme Court is scared of the Mueller Brigade as well.
And I am asking myself a question:
Is it possible that the Mueller Brigade is an army of some hidden all-powerful dictatorial force inside of all three US governing branches, and this force has been creating an authoritative dictatorial-style governing system for the US? Is it possible this hidden all-powerful dictatorial force aims at securing the power of both political parties and their multiple associates, including the mass stream media – for the sole purpose of redistributing the wealth from us, We the People, to them whoever they are?
From the news media:
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office rejected accusations of corruption contained in a court document accidentally revealed to the public. On Thursday, a document submitted by the police to the Rishon Lezion Magistrate’s Court revealed that police are investigating Netanyahu on suspicion of bribery, fraud and breach of trust.
It looks like Israel may have its own Mueller brigade.
I am working on a book (“In intellectual search for spiritual Torah-based union between Jews and Christians”) and I am discussing various ideas I am exploring in the book with my friends and colleagues.
Many my friends and colleagues have expressed their uneasiness with one of the ideas of the book that we can fight successfully anti-Semitism only if we reestablish the spiritual closeness of Jews and Christians. Many of my friends and colleagues are uncomfortable with this idea because of historic Jewish dislike of Christianity as a source of anti-Semitism.
That is true – many Jews consider Christianity as the chief source of anti-Semitism, and I am writing this book precisely to address this dislike.
Every day we the Jews hear something about anti-Semitism in its “normal” everyday actions and its abnormal Holocaust explosion.
We are complaining and we are demanding from the government the laws that punish anti-Semites and Holocaust deniers.
However, these laws are making things worse – they are, in the minds of anti-Semites, the confirmation of the anti-Semites’ belief that the almighty Jews own the governments and the world and through the governments suppress – spiritually and economically – the others.
And we complaining, complaining and complaining … I have complained as well for long time, and, after I had become tired of complaining, I decided to look into the true historic roots of anti-Semitism – beyond believed to be “Christ killers”, “deceivers”, etc. I went back to the Torah, Bible, historic and contemporary Rabbinic and Priestly (Christian) teachings where I found the following.
• The Torah was given by the Almighty Power (whatever it might be) at Mount Sinai to everybody, let me say it again – to everybody, through the Jewish People, with the chief assignment for the Jewish people (the Chosen) to assist the non-Jewish people in transforming their lives from the pagan morals to the Torah-guided morals.
• The Torah guidance implies the transformation path is the spiritual and social competition among various human tribes each of them tailoring the Torah prescripts to their unique life conditions and randomly God-assigned genetic structure. There is no human uniformity in the Torah! Following the Torah guidance, the Jews created Talmud, numerous rabbinic rulings and various spiritual streams (Essenes, Sadducees, Pharisees, Zealots, Nazarenes and other in the biblical past and Orthodox, Reform and Conservative with different sub-streams now). Then, the Jews laid out spiritual foundation for other non-Jewish tribes (Rabbi Joshua who after his death became Jesus Christ), and those non-Jewish tribes created their own Torah interpretations in the New Testaments with their own priestly rulings and spiritual streams (many-many dozens of them).
• At the beginning, the spiritual and social competition was mostly peaceful since people were trying to receive the guidance directly from God with little concern for the actions of the others. At that time, there was no basis for anti-Semitism, and anti-Semitism did not exist in the form as we define it now. Then step-by-step the authoritative humans (rabbis, priests) got into the spiritual picture – since the life was getting more sophisticated and complex. Those authoritative humans were needed for Torah-guidance tailoring and interpretation. And with the authoritative humans as Torah-guidance tailors and interpreters, the foundation for anti-Semitism was developed.
• The authoritative rabbis and priests in their administrative power (this power has nothing to do with the true spiritual power) began solidifying and strengthening their own administrative power, and they did it by following the ancient technique of “divide and conquer”. Those rabbis and the priests for the last two millenniums constructed an image of mortal enemy of each other betraying the God’s unifying Torah/Bible guidance.
• For the last three centuries with the formation, slowly step-by-step, the Western Judeo-Christian civilization, Jewish-Christian hostility has been reduced, and reduced sharply, in both Jewish and Christian camps, and the opportunity for finding the spiritual Torah-based unity between Jews and Christians, and therefore for reducing the anti-Semitism, has been created.
That is why I believe the reestablishing of Torah/Bible-guided spiritual unity between the Jews and the Christians is the key in fighting the anti-Semitism.
Your assessment of the future of American and Israeli Jewry depends on how you define the Jewish identity.
If you define it, as traditional rabbis are doing, by being born to a sort of halakhic Jewish family, the future is bleak. Indeed, the Jewish majority in America and Israel is increasingly being born to non-halakhic Jewish families.
However if you define it, as the Jewish majority is doing, by the results of a sort of Jewish genetic urge for intuitive Torah-guided actions aimed at making our world a much better place for everybody, the future is great. Indeed, our world is getting better through scientific discoveries, social progresses, economic innovations and technology advances, and Jewish people are the leaders here.
The assessment of Rabbi Efrem Goldberg of AISH community is bleak since he, like all traditional rabbis, defines Jewishness by being born to a “pure” Jewish family. He says: (http://www.aish.com/jw/s/American-Jewry-is-Disappearing.html?s=mm)
The recent Jewish People Policy Institute study found that outside of Orthodoxy, fewer Jews are getting married, those marrying are marrying later and having fewer children and intermarriage rates are increasing. The combination of these three factors raises the daunting question of the future of American non-Orthodox Jews. Among all non-Orthodox Jews in the 25-54 age group, just 15% are married to a Jewish spouse and have Jewish children. Intermarriage rates increase the younger the generation. Among those aged 40-44, 60% are intermarried. Among those aged 35-39, it is 73%, and 75% of those aged 30-34 have a non-Jewish spouse.
The assessment of Michael Steinhardt of The Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life is very much optimistic since, like a good Jewish intellectual, he defines Jewishness by Jewish actions. He says:
The last 300 years is the most enlightened — it is when Jews really shined. I would use the word superior, except people blanch when I use that word. But it’s really what I mean: Jews have accomplished so much, so inexplicably out of proportion to their numbers, in these 300 years, and it’s one of the great failures of Jewish education that that’s not focused on at all. The modern state of Israel is the Jewish miracle of the 20th century, but it’s the secular part of Israel that’s the miracle. It’s the extraordinary achievement, it’s the technology, the military, the development of a society out of nothing using Zionist ideals, taking people from terrible places and making them Israeli citizens. Israel has become, for me, the substitute for religion.
It looks like the non-halakhic majority of American Jewry is on the side of Michael Steinhardt, not on the site of Rabbi Efrem Goldberg. They are sure they are not disappearing – they are changing, flourishing, and advancing the better world for everybody. They are preserving their historic greatness.
However, many in the non-halakhic Jewish majority may disagree with Michael Steinhardt on the fundamental question of the source of Jewish historic greatness. It looks like Michael Steinhardt believes this source is the God/Torah-empty atheism. However, it is strongly believed the source is the in-build God/Torah-based guidance. This guidance is transferred from generation to generation genetically and educationally. Some Jews acknowledge it openly, and those Jews are called religious; the rabbis and synagogues guide them. However, many Jews prefer not to have rabbis and synagogues approving their actions – these are called atheists.
Many intellectual Jews are dreaming to see a friendly spiritual discussion between Rabbi Efrem Goldberg and philanthropist Michael Steinhardt with the sole purpose to find a common Jewish spiritual platform on the Jewish identity and Torah-guided actions in our Judeo-Christian civilization. The following two questions may be addressed at the discussion:
If so many Jews were not asking the rabbis for their advice, why the rabbis who are concerned with the future of Jewish Nation would not approach the Jews who call themselves atheists or non-religious with a convincing Jewish history-based message that says:
We the Jews have been successful because we have in-build spiritual GPS guiding us along the Jewish spiritual values received from our Jewish families and communities – with the help of rabbis and synagogues, if such help is needed, or without such help for those who feel they already know how to do it.
If intermarriage is a contemporary Jewish trend, why the rabbis who are concerned with the future of Jewish Nation would not approach the Jews who decided to intermarry with a convincing Torah-guided message that says:
Your families can be much stronger and purposeful if your families live along the lines of Jewish Torah-guided traditions and we the rabbis are happy to help you.