From the news media:
President Donald Trump signaled disappointment that the Senate failed to pass an Obamacare repeal, after hours of failed Republican attempts to keep their promise to the American people.
President Trump may be disappointed but he surely understands why five Republican Senators voted against him.
As the latest US elections have demonstrated, the American majority is in the assembly of We the People, for whom the Declaration of Independence which entrusts our life guidance in God (in any His individual representations). However, many Americans are in the Swamp – they are those for whom the Swamp guidance has replaced the God’s guidance. The Republican Senators who are fighting against the Trump agenda are among them.
God’s guidance demands individual responsibility and reliance on our own spiritual and material labors while the Swamp’s guidance (the guidance of Big Government) requires obedience to human authoritative powers playing the role of a god, and reliance on “goodies” given to you for strengthening the power of your human gods (the Swamp).
In the Swamp, we can see representatives of all political, social and religious groups.
Republicans and Democrats, such as Republican Senators McCain, Murkowski and Collins and Democratic Senators such as Schumer, Durbin and Cardin, are in the Swamp. Many Jewish and Christian leaders, such as Reform Jewry Leader Jacobs and president of the Southern Baptists’ Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission Moore, are in the Swamp. Many Conservative and Liberal ideologues are in the Swamp. Why? Because all of them are empowering themselves through the Big Government. They are using the Big Government to promote and legalize their own power.
We the People have our own Judeo-Christian definitions of whom to love and to hate – they the Swamp fellows want these definitions be replaced by their own, which strengthen their own power and destroy our values.
We the People take care of our families and communities following our Judeo-Christian values for good families and communities – they the Swamp fellows want to replace these values by their own and enforce them through the Big Government.
We the People cherish our gender/sexuality/life-value Judeo-Christian traditions – they the Swamp fellows want these traditions be redefined by the Big Government to control our lives.
We the People want to have our health services at our choosing, balancing risks, benefits and cost – they the Swamp fellows are trying to chain us up to their government health system to control us.
We the people believe everybody is created equal “in the image and likeness of God” – the Swamp fellows do not believe in this and therefore impose on us various “affirmative actions” to make us “equal”.
We the People have own Judeo-Christian believes – the Swamp fellows force us to worship the Big Government, which is they.
From the news media:
Retired Marine Gen. John Kelly is a battle-hardened commander who would bring a background of military discipline and order to President Donald Trump’s roiling White House as the new chief of staff.
It looks like President Donald Trump has realized the Swamp fellows in the Republican-dominated Congress are not going to let him “Drain the Swamp” and the role of new Chief of Staff would be to neutralize the Congressional Swamp fellows and advance the We-the-People/Trump’s agenda.
From the news media:
UK Prime-Minister Theresa May says that the recent [terrorist] attacks are connected in one important sense. They are bound together by the single, evil ideology of Islamist extremism that preaches hatred, sows division, and promotes sectarianism. It is an ideology that claims our Western values of freedom, democracy and human rights are incompatible with the religion of Islam. It is an ideology that is a perversion of Islam and a perversion of the truth.
In essence, Theresa May makes a point that the religion has nothing to do with the ideology and that a religion cannot be wrong by definition. What Theresa May is saying is that if the devotees of some religion, in the case of Theresa May the Islam, do evil things, it is not the fault of this religion (Islam) but the fault of some evil ideology created by the evil people of this religion.
Unfortunately, that is not true. Ideology is a crucial part of any religion – without ideology a religion is a mere mirage. Trying to separate ideology from religion is self-defeating. And here is why.
Merriam-Webster dictionary defines religion and ideology in the following way:
– Religion – the expressed manifested faithful devotion to an acknowledged ultimate reality or deity.
– Ideology – the integrated assertions, theories and aims that constitute a sociopolitical program.
So, any religion has an acknowledged ultimate realty or deity.
For the Jews it is One God with many names such as Yahweh for example; for the Christians it is the Trinity (the unity of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in one Godhead); for the Muslims it is Allah and His messenger Mohammad.
For the Nazis, the acknowledged ultimate realty or deity was Hitler and for the Soviets, it was Stalin.
What we tend to forget is that those ultimate deities were not silent. They provided for their devotees the “socio-political programs” on how to shape up a society/nation out of the devotees. And those “socio-political programs” are ideologies by definition.
For the Jews, it is Torah-based Talmud and all its derivatives; for the Christians, it is Torah-based New Testament and all its derivatives, and for the Muslims it is not Torah-based, fundamentally different Quran-based Sharia.
For the Nazis, it was (fortunately, was!) the Mein Kampf, and for the Soviets it was (fortunately, was!) the Communist Manifesto – both certainly anti-Torah “socio-political programs”.
The “socio-political” fundamentals of the USA are based on Judeo-Christian Torah-based moral prescripts which are opposite in many fundamental beliefs to those in the “socio-political” Islamic Quran-based fundamentals prescribed by the Sharia – on family structure, on women, on individual freedoms, on the role of government, on tolerance to the beliefs of others, etc. That does not mean that Islam cannot transform itself – but until it does it, in order to be able to survive as a Judeo-Christian nation we have to fight the Islamic ideology as a part of religion of Islam. This fight shall include preventing the Muslim citizens from creating “socio-political” institutions based on the Sharia and accepting only those new Muslim immigrants who pledge to do so.
This fight shall include preventing any kind of new immigrants who are not accepting the Judeo-Christian “socio-political” fundamentals of the USA. The ongoing (cold) civil war in the USA is to a great degree a result of the influx of such immigrants in the last half-century.
This phenomenon can be seen in how the chief Trump’s antagonists characterize his personality, his election victory and his governing actions.
Senator Schumer: Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer urged President Trump to give transcripts of his meeting with Russian officials and announced that he would oppose most of Trump’s Cabinet appointees.
Congresswoman Pelosi: President Trump was “dishonoring” God and questioned whether his grandchildren will even be able to breathe air after his announcement that he would withdraw from the Paris climate accord.
DNC Chairman Perez: President Trump did not win the 2016 election and took an expletive-laced shot at the Republican Party.
CNN: CNN host calls Trump ‘piece of sh*t’ over renewed call for travel ban.
As could be seen from the above, the Trump’s antagonists are not suggesting the new government policies that are better than those of the Trump’s government policies – they are attacking Trump’s personality and erecting roadblocks to his governing thus disregarding the will of the electorate who decided to try Trump’s governing ideas over Obama’s globalist, harmful to America actions.
This time the Trump’s antagonists are not the traditional political losers in the US Constitutional system of government who are modifying their election strategy and tactics to become the winner the next time – they are assaulters on the US Constitutional system under the pretense of defending it.
Their goal is not to convince the electorate that they, the Trump’s antagonists, have better government principles for the majority of the nation – their goal is to make the Trump-governed nation an ungovernable nation to persuade the electorate to elect the next election cycle them, the Trump’s antagonists, at any price.
They cannot convince the electorate that they have better government principles because their principles are chiefly based on the wealth redistribution and there is now no wealth anymore available for redistribution without serious civil disturbances or even a civil war. Until recent election cycles, the voting majority, who are mainly the working middle class, have not revolted against the wealth redistribution from them to numerous non-economically-producing groups in the name of “human rights and social justice” because the middle class thought it might be good for decreasing the social tensions in the nation. However, in spite of the constantly rising burden of wealth redistribution, the social tensions have not decreased – moreover, they are constantly increasing. And in the last election cycle the majority decided the burden of wealth redistribution has become unbearable for them seriously harming their spiritual and material well-being.
They are not scared anymore by the Russian intervention into our internal affairs, including elections, – they know it is impossible to prevent the adversaries from doing that, and that is an obligation of our own government to fight it.
They are irritated at the attempts to disrupt the work of the government by threats of impeachment or street violent disorders with the aim of replacing the duly elected government of the majority’s choice by the government of “our revolution” or “social justice and human rights” mobs.
They are suspicious of our judicial system, which let some judges govern instead of helping govern rightly.
At the core of the phenomenon of Trump’s antagonists is their inability to understand that the nation has awaken to the loss of spiritual and material well-being due to the past government policies and has found in Trump somebody who might be able to return what was lost.
Phenomenon of Trump that may make him one of the greatest American presidents could be clearly seen (of course, by an unbiased and not ideologically blinded person) from Trump’s The Art of the Deal, Make America Great Again, Drain the Swamp and Riyadh-Jerusalem-Vatican inauguration.
The Art of the Deal as applied to deals in politics
Donald Trump governs the country with the mindset of smartest business people as opposed to governing the country with the mindset of smartest politicians.
The mindsets of politicians and business people are different.
In politics, the chief goal is to be elected and reelected. In order to achieve this goal, a contemporary politician promises numerous free consumer goods to potential electorate and after an electoral victory tries to deliver most of the promised. In other words, what the contemporary politicians are doing is redistribution of wealth – by various taxation tools – from a more able wealthy minority to a less able and less wealthy minority. That is so because the government of traditional politicians does not know how to produce more consumer goods – it know only how manipulate with their distribution. To win the presidency, a contemporary politician has to divide the country and create from some divided groups a winning majority.
In business, the chief goal is to produce more consumer goods that benefits everybody – by either buying and possessing the goods, or making them. Therefore, a contemporary businessman who has entered a political arena to win the presidency reaches the victory by uniting the country through the proposed business-like goals that would benefit almost everybody.
The concepts of “The Art of the Deal” are clearly seen in Trump’s leading mottos.
Make America Great Again
For our traditional politicians, there is no such thing as “make America great again”. Although they cannot define what the “correct America” should be, they nevertheless believe they have made America “adequate” and only fine-tuning of “human rights” and “social justice” is needed.
For Donald Trump, America has lost her greatness because of wrong governing policies of the traditional politicians, and the restoration is needed. Donald Trump is sensing the majority’s longing for the restoration.
Donald Trump identified from the very beginning the two critical restoration things. They are to restore the free market economy that is able to provide well-paid jobs for everybody, and to restore the public Judeo-Christian morality by controlling the immigration and legislating in support of this morality.
Drain the Swamp
Donald Trump defined the swamp as the big all-powerful government that stifles the economy and individual freedoms and the all-powerful news media that fabricate the news in support of the big governing system. Donald Trump believes the swamp has to be drained since the swamp makes the people morally sick while the traditional politicians see instead of the swamp something pleasant that requires just a good maintenance.
Donald Trump believes America is unnecessary burdened, both economically and spiritually, by the policies of imposing on the others foreign to them American way of life under banners of “human rights” and “social justice”. He believes “the others” (many countries of the world main religions of Islam, Christianity and Judaism) may join the America-led efforts of fighting international Islamism-based terrorism and of developing mutually beneficial economic collaboration … if we stop assaulting their way of life. The traditional politicians think the mutual interests can be developed only if everybody is forced to govern along the lines of American “human rights” and “social justice”.
The problem with our elite news media and traditional politicians is that they are judging Donald Trump as they used to judge a traditional politically-minded president while Donald Trump is governing the country in a completely different, difficult to understand business-minded way.
And our politicians, all of them on the democrat/liberal side and many of them on the republican/conservative side, are nervous since they do not know how to compete with Donald Trump.
Yes, that is true: the news media are constitutionally free – free to be biased and to be used as ideological warfare. Why? Because the news media outlets are businesses, which are tailoring their information products to the customer demands to attract more customers and make more money.
To do this, a particular news media outlet selects a particular group of potential customers and tailors its information products to the beliefs of the selected group. That means this particular news media outlet cannot be objective by definition since the objectivity requires presenting the information that may be disliked by the selected particular group of potential customers and therefore may hurt the business.
The news media outlets are used by various ideological consumer groups in politics, in social life, in economics, in arts, in religion, etc. to advance their ideological preferences in society and in various country’s governing institutions.
Below are a few illustrative examples.
Haaretz, the Forward, New York Times and Washington Post are the ideological warfare of the left-wing groups who do not like the life under the Torah/Bible traditional guidance and are trying to replace this guidance for the so-called “social justice and human rights” guidance. The left-wing groups are sponsoring these four publications since the published information is strengthening the left-wing causes in the public arena and the chances for left-wing electoral victories.
Yisrael Hayom or Breitbart News are the ideological warfare of the right-wing groups who see great dangers for the Israel and the USA to deviate from the Torah/Bible guidance in political, social and religious life.
In order to please its customers, the mentioned news media are reporting only on the facts that directly favor the ideology of their readers/viewers/listeners or could be make favorable by ascribing to the facts some negative motivations to ideological adversaries.
It looks like when Donald Trump is describing the news media information products as the fake news he has in mind the news media information products, which are ideologically adversary to the governing ideology of his administration. The news media that sell the fake news take the real facts but ascribe to them the fake motivations that their customers would like to believe in.
Here are a few examples on how it is being done.
From the news media:
U.S. President Donald Trump said anti-Semitism should be defeated and called the Holocaust the “darkest chapter of human history” in a video address on Sunday, following two missteps by his administration regarding statements about genocide during World War Two.
“The mind cannot fathom the pain, the horror and the loss. Six million Jews, two-thirds of the Jews in Europe, murdered by the Nazi genocide. They were murdered by an evil that words cannot describe, and that the human heart cannot bear,” Trump said in a speech to the World Jewish Congress Plenary Assembly in New York on Yom HaShoah, Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day.
It looks like this is a perfect pro-Israel and pro-Jewish statement by Donald Trump. However, the anti-Trump news media ascribe to this a fake statement that this is a Trump’s effort to cover up the “true anti-Semitic feelings” in his administration.
From the news media:
The author Michael Chabon’s tour to the West Bank was led by Breaking the Silence, the controversial Israeli group that collects and distributes Israeli soldiers’ testimony about their service in the occupied territory. Chabon, along with his wife, Ayelet Waldman, are two of the 24 leading novelists who will visit East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza over the next few months to research a book of essays marking 50 years of Israeli occupation. The couple will edit the book, which aims to illuminate what it’s like to live under Israeli military rule. Chabon’s essay will focus on Sam Bahour, a Palestinian-American businessman who moved to Ramallah to build the Palestinian economy in the wake of the Oslo peace accords, only to watch the Israeli occupation deepen around him.
It is indeed a true fact-based description of the Michael Chabon’s tour to the Palestinian Territories. However, a few fake descriptors are used to please the anti-Israel supporters. Some of them are “the West Bank” and “Occupied territories”.
In this publication, the historic Jewish name Judea and Samaria is replaced by the Arab-oriented political name “the West Bank” to discard the historic connections of the Jews to this land.
The “occupied territories” descriptor is debunked by the Levy report.
The Levy Report, officially called Report on the Legal Status of Building in Judea and Samaria published on 9 July 2012, authored by a three-member committee headed by former Israeli Supreme Court justice Edmund Levy. The committee, dubbed the “outpost committee”, was appointed by Israel‘s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu in late January 2012 to investigate the legal status of unauthorized West Bank Jewish settlements, but also examined whether the Israeli presence in the West Bank is to be considered an occupation or not.
The report concludes that Israel’s presence in the West Bank is not an occupation, and that the Israeli settlements are legal under international law.
Indeed, the news media are free to be ideological and biased, and we have to treat them accordingly.