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.
From the news media:
Instead of the promised visible and permanent pluralistic prayer pavilion under their control at Jerusalem’s Western Wall — passed as a government decision in January 2016 — non-Orthodox Jewry is again to be shunted to second-class prayer status on a slim platform in the corner of an archaeological park creating a Western Wall crisis.
However, that is not a Western Wall crisis – it is much worse, it is a crisis of Jewish identity. This crisis relates to the Jewish identity in the following way.
The Jews are identified collectively and individually but the Western wall is a place where God identifies a Jew (or a Christian) individually
Leaders of Reform and Conservative Jewry should know and no doubt, they know that the Western Wall is place for individuals spiritually connecting themselves with God. All individuals are welcome, and they may be orthodox, non-orthodox and atheist Jews or even non-Jews. Nothing what might be a distraction for individuals trying to connect themselves to God is welcome. Collective events and presence of the opposite sex are natural distractions.
The individual mono-sexual Jewish prayers at the Western Wall are part of the Jewish identity. However, the leaders of Reform and Conservative Jewry demand precisely the collective prayers with both sexes present – that is their political identity, not the Jewish identity.
The identity of Israeli Jews is different from the identity of American Jews and it is frequently misunderstood
It looks like leaders of Reform and Conservative Jewry have a vision of Israel as a Little America with the Western Wall. As an American globalist-kind political vision, it might be a good one but it is wrong from the viewpoint of Jewish identity. The Torah-guided Jewish identity should differentiate between the Jewish ways of life in the Promised Land, the State of Israel, and in the “diaspora”.
In the State of Israel, where the Jews are governing majority, it is up to them to tailor the Torah guidance to their multiple visions of fair and honest society – from ultra-orthodox to atheistic.
In the USA, where the Christianity-minded people are governing majority, the Jewish spiritual obligation is to support the Christian understanding of the Torah-guided fair and honest society – not to fight against it as is often observed, assuming that the Christian understanding is in the framework of commonly acknowledged Judeo-Christian Torah-based morality.
The Israeli citizenship and the Jewish identity are two different things
A dangerous cold civil war currently in play in the USA is a result of neglecting the difference between US citizenship and US identity.
The US identity was defined by the Declaration of Independence. This document explicitly states that the God revealed in nature is the giver of a moral law between peoples. This document gives God the ultimate moral authority making the deity the clear source of morality. This Judeo-Christian morality was given by God in the Torah on Mount Sinai and tailored for the Christians in the New Testament.
At the beginning, when the US immigrants were receiving US citizenship, it was understood they were going to have their public social and political life in agreement with the Judeo-Christian morality of the country.
For the last half-century, the US citizenship has been disconnected – step-by-step – from the US “inauguration” Judeo-Christian identity. Nowadays the US immigration policy is based on many different things such as social justice, human rights, fighting inequality, religious persecution, LGBT status … but not on the honest desire to follow the Judeo-Christian morality. The result: a dangerous cold civil war currently in play in the USA. Something similar is going on in Europe as well.
Israel is not immune from this destructive political process. That is why Israeli government has to provide Israeli citizenship only to those Jews and non-Jews who agree to live along the lines of Israeli Jewish morality – to be defined with participation of Orthodox community but not exclusively by it.
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.